Return to Cruising Ship Guide: MSC Divina
When is MSC Divina slated to resume operations?
Starting on September 16, 2021, MSC Divina will resume sailing in the Caribbean. Homeporting from Port Canaveral, the ship will sail a range of 3-, 4-, and 7- night Caribbean voyages. Depending on the itinerary, sailings will make stops in Nassau, Cozumel, Costa Maya, or the line’s private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.
MSC Cruises highly recommends guests be fully vaccinated to sail with the line, however they will allow unvaccinated guests. Passengers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to purchase the line’s Travel Protection Plan with coverage for COVID-19, and will be subject to stringent health protocols. These protocols include wearing masks, required purchase of an MSC-sponsored shore excursion in order to go into a port, and COVID testing at embarkation and while on board.
All guests age 2 and older (regardless of vaccination status) must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test at the pier. The test must be taken no more than 2 days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation and the guest is responsible for cost. Fully vaccinated guests must provide either a negative RT-PCR test, negative NAAT or negative antigen test. Not fully vaccinated guests must provide a negative RT-PCR test or NAAT (antigen is not accepted).
Cruising on MSC Divina? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: MSC Divina is one of MSC Cruises’ extra large-sized ships. The vessel is home to a number of activities and venues perfect for travelers of all ages. At full capacity (prior to COVID-19 restrictions) the ship can accommodate up to 4,363 passengers and offers 1,751 total cabins. Launched in 2012 and refurbished in 2017, MSC Divina features high-end amenities like the ultra-luxurious Yacht Club suites, international dining venues, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and riveting entertainment ranging from a Michael Jackson tribute show to Italian opera.
Activities + Entertainment: You will find absolutely no shortage of entertainment or activities on MSC Divina. Some highlights include the Aqua Park and Garden Pool, Le Sirene Pool and Solarium, Toboga waterslide, a walking track, shuffleboard, the MSC Sports Arena, a Formula 1 simulator, teens and kids clubs, the Virtual World entertainment center, the Aurea Spa and thermal suite, a casino, and fitness classes. Adults can enjoy any of the twelve bars and lounges onboard, as well as late-night dancing in the Galaxy Disco.
Dining: MSC Divina’s dining options include a variety of international and Mediterranean-inspired venues. Menus across the ship's main dining rooms focus on European flavors with American favorites like hot dogs and french fries added just for fun. Included and specialty venues on MSC Divina include the Black Crab Restaurant, Cafe Italia, Calumet Buffet, Manitou Buffet, Piazza del Dodge, and Sacramento Tex Mex.
Pricing: Sailings are booking up fast with MSC Divina’s return to the Caribbean. Right now, you can expect basic accommodations to start at around $50 per night for basic accommodations. Looking for more room to spread out? We recommend booking a balcony cabin, which currently starts at $70 per night. Book NOW to score a cabin at these great prices!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols
MSC Cruises’ embarkation and onboard procedures vary for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests:
- Vaccinated Guests: Guests who can present valid proof of the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to take a rapid antigen test at the terminal prior to boarding (covered by the line). During port visits and at Ocean Cay, vaccinated guests can travel independently. Vaccinated guests will be required to wear a mask throughout the cruise while indoors and in public areas. Mask use is not required outdoors.
- Unvaccinated Guests: Guests who cannot present proof of the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to take a rapid antigen test at the terminal prior to embarkation (covered by the line). Guests 12 years and older will be required to purchase (prior to final payment) the line’s Travel Protection Plan with coverage for COVID-19. Non-vaccinated guests will be required to wear a mask throughout the cruise while indoors and in public areas. Mask use is not required outdoors but is recommended. While visiting Ocean Cay, unvaccinated guests can spend the day as they wish; however, at any other port of call guests must purchase a shore excursion through the line in order to go into a port. For cruises five nights or longer, guests will be required to take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of disembarkation (covered by the line).
Tips from Our Community Members
It is worth the money you pay. A lifetime experience. If you want to go on a cruise try MSC Divina first. It is a massive and elegant ship. - KThiagarajan
Getting on and off the cruise was very well organized and the staff was very helpful. During the cruise we received the schedule of activities everyday and there was always plenty to do. The food was good and changed frequently, so as to not get boring. - Luckiducki4444
MSC was a great surprise. So clean. Everyone on board was friendly and kind. We met so many new friends. - jeanpederson4
With so much to see and do in the ports which MSC Divina visits, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by destination are:
Ocean Cay, MSC Marine Reserve - Ocean Cay is the brand-new tropical paradise private island destination from MSC Cruises. This pristine island features more than two-miles of sandy shores that are perfect for both relaxation and adventure. Features of the island include multiple beaches offering chair and cabana set-ups, a full-service spa, food trucks and beach bars, fire pits, and a lighthouse offering spectacular light shows. Guests can enjoy a number of water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, paddle boarding, deep-sea fishing, and more.
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Latest Update: September 7, 2021