The dazzling MSC Divina made cruise history on Nov. 19, when she was escorted into PortMiami by a fleet of high-powered FIAT personal watercraft. With her arrival, MSC Divina becomes the first MSC Cruises ship to sail year-round from North America.
With her show-stopping entrance, MSC Divina concludes her 18-night Atlantic Ocean crossing to Miami from Venice, Italy. During the voyage, a Rosso Brillante (metallic red) Fiat 500, or Cinquecento as it is known in Italy, was loaded onto the ship to accompany MSC Divina across the Atlantic.
“With MSC Divina’s debut, we are thrilled to welcome one of our finest and most innovative vessels to North America,” said Richard Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA. “Today marks an important milestone for MSC Cruises as we continue to grow in this region, offering more destinations and appealing to wider audiences. We look forward to offering North American cruisers something new and fresh.”
MSC Divina guests will experience several new, exciting features. Two entirely unique dining venues created in partnership with Italian restaurant emporium Eataly in Manhattan, NY, will include the upscale Ristorante Italia and spectacular regional steakhouse, Eataly Steakhouse, fashioned after the famed restaurant in Eataly’s Manhattan location. Eataly was founded by Oscar Farinetti in 2007 and launched in the U.S. in partnership with celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich.
MSC Divina will be the first ship to offer Aqua Cycling at sea. Reported as this summer’s latest fitness craze by Extra TV and highlighted on Good Morning America, New York Times and Time magazine, among other media, Aqua Cycling will allow MSC Divina guests to take spinning to new heights while cruising the Caribbean.
Unlike any other luxury onboard experience, MSC Divina will feature the MSC Yacht Club for the first time in North America. The unique “ship-within-a-ship” now will be available in the Caribbean for guests looking for unparalleled indulgence, luxury and comfort. From personal butler, 24-hour concierge service and complimentary select wines and spirits available any time of the day, guests booked in the MSC Yacht Club Suites are pampered throughout the MSC Yacht Club’s exclusive lounges and pool area. This oasis of premium tranquility provides several private venues, including Le Muse panoramic restaurant, Top Sail Lounge, pool and relaxation area as well as private access to the MSC Aurea Spa.
For more information about MSC Divina’s first season in the U.S. and its unique new features and special offers, visit online at <www.msccruisesusa.com>.
Christened by legendary actress and “diva” Sophia Loren, MSC Divina features 1,751 staterooms, 322,900 square feet of public space, a casino, seven restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, five swimming pools (including an infinity pool), a bowling alley, theater, gym, spa, Internet café, conference center, kids and teen areas, and the lines signature ship within a ship, MSC Yacht Club.
For more information, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or call 1-877-665-4655.
The MSC Divina joins the Disney Magic, which arrived earlier in November, among the PortMiami-based ships featured for the 2013-14 cruise season. Other ships scheduled to arrive this year are the Carnival Conquest and the Costa Luminosa. The Carnival Ecstasy is scheduled to arrive in January 2014 and the Norwegian Getaway is set for February.
“The 2013-14 cruise season marks the continuation of our largest expansion ever, bringing more new cruise vessels and cruise passengers in a single cruise season than ever before,” said PortMiami director Bill Johnson.