Our Diva Makes History
Even though the MSC Divina made its debut in the Mediterranean 18 months ago, she was met with fanfare when she arrived, escorted by a fleet of high-powered Fiat 500 personal watercrafts. With today’s show-stopping entrance, MSC Divina concludes her 18-night Atlantic Ocean crossing to Miami from Venice, Italy. During the voyage, a fabulous 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. The 4,363-passenger ship will be based year-round for Caribbean cruises. The Divina is both the largest vessel in MSC’s 12-ship fleet and the first devoted to the year-round sailing of North America. The ship will be sailing a three-day preview cruise for thousands of agents, media and VIPs before launching seven-night cruises out of Miami to the Caribbean.
For Rick Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA, the Divina’s arrival marks the culmination of 10 years of effort to put MSC on the travel map outside of Europe.
“With MSC Divina’s debut, we are thrilled to welcome one of our finest and most innovative vessels to North America,” Richard Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, said in a statement. “Today marks an important milestone for MSC Cruises as we continue to grow in this region, offering more destinations and appealing to wider audiences.”
Prior to Divina’s Miami deployment, MSC Cruises had based its Caribbean-bound ships at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale during the fall-winter seasons. MSC Poesia sailed its last voyage from Port Everglades on April 20.
Divina has been specially tailored to American tastes in food, smoking and entertainment. Guests will experience several new, exciting features. Two entirely unique dining venues created in partnership with Italian restaurant emporium Eataly in Manhattan, New York 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 also 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 on-board experience, MSC Divina will also feature the MSC Yacht Club for the first time in North America. Our unique “ship-within-a-ship” will now 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.
The Fiat 500 personal watercraft have made multiple appearances this year, including the iconic waterfront of San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to this summer’s Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.