Just the Facts:
Ship: MSC Divina
Ports: Miami, USA - St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda - Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis - Road Town, British Virgin Islands - Pointe−a−Pitre, Guadeloupe - Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Miami, USA.
I’m cruising as a solo. This is my 3rd cruise on the MSC Divina, my 9th MSC cruise and my 139th cruise overall. I do have some good cruise friends sailing.
Thursday January 10 / Travel-Miami / Embarkation / Day 1
|MSC Divina Atrium|
Friday January 11 / Day at Sea / Day 2
|MSC Divina Atrium|
Saturday January 12 / at Sea / Day 3
|The Amazing Mask|
Sunday January 13 / St. Johns, Antigua / Day 4
|Mystic Catamarans in port|
Monday January 14 / Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis / Day 5
|Sunshine's Bar on island of Nevis|
Tuesday January 15 / Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands / Day 6
|Two gangways for guests in Tortola|
Wednesday January 16 / Pointe−a−Pitre, Guadeloupe / Day 7
|Carbet Falls - Guadeloupe|
Thursday January 17 / Philipsburg, St. Maarten / Day 8
|Finale - Con te partirò|
Friday January 18 / Sea Day / Day 9
|Captain at MSC Loyalty Party|
Saturday January 19 / Day at Sea / Day 10
|Treasure Island and Grand Finale|
Sunday January 20 / Miami, Florida / Debarkation
We arrived very early in Miami and I am doing the self debark program. It was to begin at 7:00 am but it did not…the U.S.C.G. delayed clearing the ship thus delayed ship debark. The Border and Customs guys were doing a great job. The result was some initial backup but once we were cleared it progressed fine. I was through customs by 8:15 am and purchased the MSC airport shuttle and was on bus by 8:30 a.m . Very short wait to fill bus and at airport by 9:15 am. A bit of a wait to check bags, then to go through TSA but maybe an hour total. I was eating Street Tacos by 10:10 am in Terminal D. at MIA. Flight to DFW boards at 1:15 pm. and arrived at 3:45 local time. Flight to Waco @ 5:00 and home at the ranch by 6:45 pm. Long but fairly easy ravel day.
Maiden Voyage: 2012 I Gross Tonnage: 139,400 tons
Passenger Capacity: 3959 | Crew: 1325 I Length: 333 meters
Max Cruising Speed: 27 knots I Avg Speed 23 knots
Installed power: Diesel (40,000kW) I Propulsion: Twin propellers
Godmother: Sophia Loren
I have cabin 5039 a port side forward interior located on deck 5, not a full guest cabin deck as it the Atrium deck (mid ship) and the MDR-Black Crab Restaurant located aft. The cabin is just one deck below theater and one deck above the port gangway. A great location. It is well decorated and somewhat spacious cabin for an interior. It has a push button safe, twin/king beds, large mirrowed headboard, two night stands with lights, a small refrigerator, small table, large upholstered chair, seat at dresser/desk, and TV with interactive features. There is a very large four door wardrobe with a set of drawers a set of shelves and large hanging area with two doors.
Our MDR waiters were not efficient and very slow in beginning but really turned it around by mid-cruise as they knew we were unhappy. My cabin steward was wonderful. Overall the crew is more friendly than past MSC cruises, there were some exceptions, but it’s a very different environment from most cruise lines. Most cocktail servers provided very good service.
Dining / Food / Bars / Entertainment
Entertainment is the strong suit of MSC with very elaborate production shows and live music in most all venues. In addition to the production shows they have a ‘fun’ event scheduled every night night at 10:30 pm in the Black & White Lounge (large venue/lounge located deck 7 far aft). The MDR dinners are good to very good, Buffet food is good to excellent. The Calumet and Manatou Buffets were great as mentioned, but always very busy as they have no real alternate choices (as a Deli or Burgers joint). The pizza station, taco station, and salad bar were excellent. Eataly was much improved from my previous visit there. The MSC Divina has some very beautiful lounges and bars with live entertainment, I tried to visit most.
Black Card — I received a dinner in a specialty restaurant, a Chocolate ship, two private Cocktail Parties, Champagne & Chocolate strawberries, a logo gift of a pen, photgraph, and more. Good program.
Comments - MSC Cruise Line
MSC is very different than the usual American cruise lines and if your looking for the same experience it will be much different. You may like the differences or you may be unhappy with the differences. As an experienced cruiser I love different. If you don’t like change or are not flexible you will probably NOT like sailing a European cruise line. I like MSC and the Divina very much.
Beautiful Public Rooms, Top quality MSC Production Shows & Entertainment, Quality and Beautiful Themed Bars, Large Cabins, Hot Milk readily available on buffet and MDR, Attentive bar servers, Good MDR Breakfasts, Smoothest sailing ever. They are really working on better customer support.
Highlights of the Cruise
MSC Production Shows
Two Excursions on Catamarans
Black Card Benefits