MSC Divina

3.6 out of 5


With enhanced entertainment, tweaked menus designed to appeal more to the American palate and a crew hand-picked to offer a higher level of service, MSC Divina offers a Caribbean cruise experience that would feel right at home in the Mediterranean. Switzerland-based MSC Cruises doubled-down in the Caribbean in late 2013 with the MSC Divina, their largest and most cutting edge ship at the time. The Divina continues to sail a variety of Caribbean itineraries from Miami (including extended 14- and 21-night voyages), though it will be offering some Mediterranean itineraries in 2018. With rates that are often absurdly low compared to similar ships, the Divina a great value for cruisers who are open to new experiences and have the proper mindset and expectations. Plus, kids 11 and under sail free on MSC (and tweens and teens 12 to 17 sail at reduced rates), so Divina tends to attract plenty of families.

Stepping aboard MSC Divina feels akin to a luxury hotel in Italy, and there’s no other large cruise ship sailing from the US that looks quite like it. Throughout the ship, Italian sculpture and art lend an air of elegance, as do the photos of godmother Sophia Loren and other "divas" that inspired the name and décor. The most extravagant pieces of decor are the sparkling Swarovski crystal staircases that circle the lobby and atrium, creating a feel of class and luxury you rarely see on mainstream cruise ships.

But Divina isn’t all about looks, and there are plenty of activities to keep cruisers engaged throughout their sailing. Arts and Crafts, trivia, bingo, dance lessons, cooking demonstrations, and Italian lessons are regularly on the schedule. A unique offering is the Wine Maker Experience, where each participant receives a bottle of their custom-created wine with personalized label. The kids programs feature I Puffi (the Italian name for The Smurfs) and a partnership with Lego. Grafitti’s teen club is a perfect hideaway for tweens and teens. Adults Virtual World, home to a Formula 1 racecar simulator and a 4D cinema, offering about 6 different movie rides.

The MSC Divina’s entertainment is some of the best and most diverse at sea. There’s a new show every night, each one a high-quality production featuring variety acts like acrobats, magicians, and even vaudeville-type artists. The larger-than-life Michael Jackson Starwalker caps off the cruise in style on the final night.

Of the four specialty dining venues on Divina, Eataly Steakhouse is by far the buzzed about. Other restaurants of note include The Eataly Pizzeria, which serves handmade-to-order thin-crust pizzas, and the Calumet and Manitou Buffets, where for 20 hours out of the day, passengers can order yet more superb pizza, plus burgers and a wide assortment of international cuisine. Freshly-made Venchi gelato is available both on the pool deck and in the Piazza del Doge lounge for small price.

Staterooms on MSC Divina are typical in size and amenities. Bathrooms are relatively spacious and offer a slightly larger than normal shower with swinging plastic doors rather than a curtain. Two outlets are provided by the desk, and an (a la carte) mini bar is stocked regularly. The MSC Yacht Club is a dedicated, key-card access space exclusively for suite passengers located at the front of the ship. Yacht Club guests enjoy access to a private lounge, restaurant and pool courtyard and have the services of a concierge and private butler available.

Sails from: Genoa, Italy, Miami, Florida, Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Cruises to: Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Eastern, North America

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Disappointed First Time Cruisers

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This was our first cruise and it was disappointing. We felt that the ship was overcrowded and understaffed. On board activities are pretty mediocre, unless you enjoy binge eating at the buffet and splash in a crowded pool full of kids. We would not recommend it.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Awesome time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The MSC cruise was one of the best cruises I have been on. The ship is beautiful. Those crystal stair case took my breath away!!! The entertainment was exceptional and I love that everything started at the said time. My only disappointing part was never being able to find a seat at the pool because the people kept their towels on them even when they were not at the pool. Also I did not enjoy the buffet but the evening dinners were amazing. Overall it was an amazing experience and I will definitely sail with MSC again.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Magnificent Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group
This is my first cruise experience. I really enjoyed every aspect with family and friends. The ship was well maintained. Our rooms were well maintained daily. The food was good and a lot all through the day for the entire 7 days. A wide variety of drinks at the bars and buffet. Entertainment was superb.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

it was AWESOME!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
My wife and I had a wonderful time and we wanna thank every person, from the cook to the captain! Y'all did a great job!!! So again thank you for all y'all did!!!

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  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 4363

  • Built: May 2012

  • Number of Decks: 13

  • Total Cabins: 1751

  • Cabin Categories: 29

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
Sep 09, 2014

There are two hot tubs on deck 16 towardsthe back of this ship that are never crowded. A fun place to hang out with a group of friends

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Sep 05, 2014

If you want to avoid all the hustle & noise there is the Garden Pool (infinity Pool) at the back of the ship that is perfect to get away from all the madness. This is were we stayed all week.

Contributor Level: Second Mate
Dec 02, 2015

Don't miss the Theater entertainment every night! It's Broadway on board. I live in New York City and the shows are in par with Broadway shows, no kidding! Don't miss having some pizza at the Pizza Place on the 6th Floor, the BEST PIZZA ever!

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