The MSC Divina departed from Port Canaveral last week on Sept. 16, 2021. It was MSC Cruises first of many ongoing 3-, 4-, and 7-day cruises from the Central Florida port.
We were invited to tour the ship by MSC Cruises. It’s their 11th ship to resume sailing globally since the pandemic. With MSC Cruises new partnership with Port Canaveral, look to more ships arriving to the this port in the future.
The staff was very excited to begin sailing again. They even threw confetti and had a royal welcome for Debra and Mike Millner. They were lucky enough to be the first guests to board the MSC Divina in Port Canaveral.
“We are thrilled to bring MSC Divina to Port Canaveral and offer our guests even more choice when cruising with us from the U.S.,” said Rubén Rodriguez, president of MSC Cruises USA.
After the first guests celebration, we were given a tour and lunch before disembarking.
The ship has a relaxing, yet elegant feel about it. It doesn’t have loud colors all over the place like some ships. The decor design was in part the idea of the ships godmother, Sophia Loren. (Divina means divine in Italian.)
The MSC Divina looks very clean and new, despite having launched in 2012. She did have a refurbishment in 2017. The ship went into dry dock over the pandemic for some cleaning and sprucing up.
The dining and entertainment, of course, have been changed a bit to accommodate the Covid protocols. There are many areas, including seats and tables marked off for social distancing and the staff wears masks. Masks are required for all guests indoors when not actively eating or drinking. We had to show our vaccination cards and get a Covid-19 rapid test at the port before boarding, the same as all passengers 12 and older. That’s the normal procedure at this time. There are hand sanitizing stations all around the ship. You’re served your food at the buffet. They even have separate dining times for families with unvaccinated children.
The entertainment onboard has a little something for everyone: shops, casino, piano bar, jazz bar, disco, bowling, waterslides, Aqua Park, F1 simulator, 4D theater, arcade and organized activities. They also offer teen and kids rooms and activities. Let’s not forget the ship’s Pantheon Theater is the largest MSC theater, with seating for 1,603 guests. They have spaced out the seating and have separate showtimes to accommodate for the Covid-19 protocols.
The MSC Aurea Spa offers a wide range of treatments. From what we saw, most of the treatment rooms and workout areas offer a nice view while you’re exercising or getting a relaxing spa treatment.
The MSC Yacht Club is an exclusive suite enclave. Guests staying in a Yacht Club stateroom have access to a private lounge, the posh Le Muse restaurant, and private pool deck.
There are 18 bars and lounges onboard and seven restaurants and dining areas.
The ship will be sailing to the Bahamas on a few short 3- and 4-night cruises and visiting MSC Cruises’ newest private island destination, the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Seven-night cruises will include ports in Mexico in September. More ports are added for the 7-10 night October and November cruises.
For more about MSC Cruises partnership with Port Canaveral, as well a bit about their upcoming ship, visit out sister site at AttractionsMagazine.com.
Enjoy our photo gallery and video tour below: