ShipA gorgeous new ship is lighting up the Caribbean on year round sailings from Miami – the dazzling MSC Divina! One of the newest ships in the MSC Cruises 12 ship fleet, the Divina is a stylish and elegant vessel with a contemporary décor and a vast array of amenities.

The divine Divina offers an extensive lineup of restaurants and bars, a number of venues for music and entertainment activities and you’ll love it if you enjoy a typical Italian atmosphere with an emphasis on many “made in Italy” products. Visit Segafredo Coffee bar for cappuccino and espresso, try the yummy Nutella corner where they’re serving delicious crepes filled with the luscious spread, or swing by the Venchi Gelateria for a tasty gelato prepared onboard daily; treat yourself to Martini and Campari cocktails and aperitifs, and enjoy the top quality service provided by a great staff and crew many of whom come from Italy and the Mediterranean region.

My favourite part of the ship is the Yacht Club. With the feel of a small ship experience, the Yacht Club offers expansive suite accommodations in a private enclave – virtually a ship within a ship. It’s now available for the first time in North America and it’s truly the place to be pampered.

I’ve sailed in the Yacht Club before and really appreciate the quiet, rarefied, club-like atmosphere as well as the luxurious suites and the services of both a butler and a steward. Guests enjoy key card access to two private decks, a 24-hour concierge and reception, as well as an exclusive lounge, the Top Sail. Ideal for relaxation, the Top Sail is located forward and high up in the ship, offering not only amazing views but also piano music at night, complimentary select wines and spirits, light breakfasts and snacks throughout the day, and attentive butler service. Yacht Club guests also have their own private outdoor deck space complete with a swimming pool, whirlpool, showers and the One Bar and café. You can enjoy sunning and relaxing on the upper deck, have immediate access to refreshments and a light lunch and feel very spoiled in the process!

The charming and intimate Le Muse Restaurant, reserved for Yacht Club guests only, is located at the aft overlooking the back deck and the lovely infinity pool. Though it’s always a perfect choice for dinner, exploring the ship is fun too. Two of my preferred spots, just launched on the Divina, are Ristorante Italia, and Italian restaurant and emporium Eataly Steakhouse, fashioned after the famed Manhattan location founded in 2007. These offer some of the best dining on the ship but there are also several main restaurants, a pizzeria – naturally – and the Gelateria for those with a sweet tooth.

Families and active couples will really enjoy such facilities as the Aqua Park, a fun-filled water-oriented spot by day and happening party central by night, the fitness center, Aurea Spa, the F1 simulator, a bowling alley, kids club and even Aqua Cycling at sea.

The night comes alive with every kind of bar – piano, jazz and sports – as well as the casino, a nightclub and a great show lounge with very impressive theatrical productions - truly some of the best at sea. There’s always a lot of activity on the Divina but if you’re longing for a quiet cocktail to the accompaniment of a jazz duo in a romantic atmosphere, there’s that too.

Sailing two, seven-day itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean and offering a large number of theme sailings too – such as rock music at sea and baseball cruises – the MSC Divina is a welcome addition to our shores and happily is here to stay!

Written by Vanessa Lee

First published in Cruise and Travel Lifestyle Spring/Summer 2014

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