The MSC Divina has arrived in Miami as part of the first phase of MSC Cruises' expansion in North America, which will see the ship sail year-round cruises to the Caribbean.
MSC Divina spent this past summer in the Mediterranean, following its inaugural Caribbean season sailing from Miami between November 2013 - April 2015.
In addition, MSC Cruises announced that sales for its next-generation cruise ship, MSC Seaside, will open on December 15, two years ahead of the ship's debut in December 2017. MSC Seaside, which will join MSC Divina in sailing from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, will be the first MSC Cruises ship to head directly to the U.S. from the shipyard, and be the first MSC Cruises ship to be christened in the U.S.
MSC Divina Enhancements
During MSC Divina’s inaugural Caribbean season, the company catered to the needs of North Americans through customized enhancements, such as adapting menus and dining times to North American preferences; introducing Aqua Cycling at sea; and offering wine blending classes, in which guests work with wine experts to create, label and bottle their own blend of wine.
With the ship’s return to Miami, the cruise line will continue to make enhancements to MSC Divina’s offerings for a North American audience. This season, MSC Cruises is introducing four new shows to its entertainment line-up on MSC Divina, including “Treasure Island,” “The Voices,” “Swing” and “The Mask.” In addition, MSC Divina will feature new musicians and bands specifically selected for the U.S. market to play in bars and lounges, as well as new themed parties, such as a weekly “fluo” party (a glow-in-the-dark party), and a “snow” party with a snow cannon.
MSC Divina is also launching a new wine offering, in partnership with Blend Craft Wines, called “Boutique Winery Tastings.” Guests on MSC Divina will have the chance to try rare wines from award-winning boutique wineries, many of which produce wines that are only for sale at the winery, or can only be bought by wine club members. MSC Divina guests who participate in the tastings can then order many of the wines to be shipped directly to their home.
Other changes being made on MSC Divina as it returns to Miami include updated casino offerings, replacing approximately 50 percent of slot machines found on board with new premium games, and new children and family activities, such as live talent shows put on by the children aboard.