MSC Divina Entertainment

Dinner and a show, that is what we did every night and the MSC Divina entertainment team never disappointed! Every cruise line is a little different in their nightly show offerings.  I was excited to find out what MSC had in store for us. When we first got on the Divina we made our way to the Pantheon Theater.  It is a huge theater that is 2 ship decks tall with very comfortable,  red velvety seats.  The stage was covered but the curtains looked like liquid silver.  It was not a dulled silver color…but more like a silver chrome.  We ended up walking down to the lower part of the theater and tried out a few different seats trying to find the ones that we wanted to be “our seats”.  Of course, all the seats are available first come first serve, but we made sure to get there early enough for every show that was got to sit in the seats we chose that first day. Every show put on by the MSC Divina entertainment team was incredible!  They all had a general theme as far as the costumes and the general flow of the show went.  But overall they were kind of like a big variety show.  They featured opera singers, acrobats, dancers, magic tricks…the list just really goes on and on.  The costumes were equally as impressive as the performers who wore them! On our sea day, we found out that the theater would be putting on a show during the middle of the day.  WOW what a treat.  That is definitely something that the other cruise lines do not do!  Then come to find out that they would be performing an hour-long condensed version of the Italian opera La Traviata.  I have never been to an opera before but this was so fantastic to see.  I do not speak Italian at all, but this was one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen.  The theater had a really great turnout which kind of surprised me…I had no idea that operas were so popular. I had two shows onboard the Divina that are my absolute favorites from that week. The first was Wonderland that was designed after Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  I have to admit that I love all things Tim Burton…his films are incredible!  The performers were all spectacular and it was so fun to have something that I love come to life before my eyes! The second show that was my favorite was Pirates that was themed after Pirates of the Caribbean. After all who does love pirates…especially when you are currently sailing the Caribbean?? The quality of shows that were performed on the MSC Divina entertainment is unlike any that I have seen on a cruise ship before.  Everything was extremely well put together from the costumes, transitions between performers and the quality of the acts.  I cannot wait until I can get on another MSC ship to see what other performances they have! Like this …

MSC Divina Review Part 2

Continued from: MSC Divina Part 1 After checking out the room, I decided it was time to see some more of this beautiful ship.  Other guests were still boarding so I used this opportunity to wander around without a ton of people being in the way. Deck 5  Pantheon Theater The Pantheon Theater was very large and quite pretty.  The seats were very comfy and arranged so that every seat in the house is a good seat.  My personal favorite was the front row and if you want to sit up front arrive early because the shows do fill up.  The stage shows on the Divina were amazing and truly not to be missed.  All of the performers are incredibly talented and each night offered something completely different than the previous. Deck 6 Casino Honestly, I did not spend much time in the casino area.  This was my assigned muster station and other than the mandatory drill after embarkation, I was only here to pass thru.  The area is very nicely decorated and has all the normal casino games.  The casino always seemed busy when I would pass thru and I do have to say that walking down the central casino staircase is enough to make any girl feel like someone special.                       Piazza del Doge Piazza del Doge has cute little shops with a seating area in the center of the room.  There is a gelato and dessert bar here (these are not included with the cruise price but are reasonably priced.)  Quite often, there was something happening in this area…a sale being feature by the shops or a musical performance…great place to sit and watch the world walk by. Deck 7 La Luna Piano Bar I have to say this wasn’t really my kind of piano bar.  I was kind of hoping for a dueling piano bar setup…you know more of the sing along and make new friends kind of place.  This area did have a lot of plush, comfy couches, but the color is kind of blah…kind of a purple-mauve color… Golden Jazz Bar Pretty quiet place during the day but once the sun went down this was a very popular place to hang out, hear some music and talk with good friends. Sports Bar The sports bar on the Divina is a pretty nifty place to hang out.  They always have lots of TVs and always have sports showing.  I figured this bar would be very busy and much to my surprise it was one of the quietest places on the ship.  I went here for free happy hour drinks and had the place to myself.  The sports bar also has a small 2 lane bowling alley and a super cool Vespa on display! Caffe Italia This coffee bar is centrally located at the top level of the atrium and right beside the beautiful Swarovski staircases.  They have delicious coffees available (for an additional fee) and they are worth it.  With …

MSC Divina Review Part 1

When I booked our trip on the MSC Divina I had never even heard of them.  After looking at photos of their ship I was really excited to see it for myself.  Everything looked very nicely decorated and I read some wonderful reviews.  The trip started really rocky…it was October 2014 and I was flying on Spirit Airlines from Phoenix to Miami the night before the cruise on a red eye flight.  After arriving at the airport, I found out that there was a massive line of storms going across Texas and all the airports were shut down temporarily.  Shortly after that I started hearing that the airline might possibly cancel the flight and re-book people for the next day.  Not normally a problem but this time it really was…Spirit has very few flights to Miami and the flight the next day would get me to Miami way to close to the boat departure time.  After a little last minute scrambling, I finally found an alternate option that luckily I did not end up needing.  With the flights finally sorted I was on my way to Miami…late but still arriving way before boarding time. Arriving at the port I found that Miami finally finished work on the new tunnel that takes you right into the cruise terminal instead of having to navigate the downtown area.  It was super convenient!  The shuttle dropped me off right at the cruise terminal building and I went in to get checked in.  Cruise terminal felt small compared to some of the other terminals but it was nice and they had some fruit flavored water dispensers available.  I stood in line for a while waiting to get checked in, but I was too excited to mind.  One thing I noticed while standing there was that a lot of the people around me held foreign passports.  Turns out that MSC is very well known to European travelers.  After I finally made it through the line I was directed up an escalator and I went straightaway to board the ship.  No waiting for a group to be called to board…I think I liked this way better. The lobby atrium was one of the first things I saw after boarding the ship.  It was spectacular!  Not to mention the Swarovski encrusted staircases..WOWZA!  I read that each stair costs about $3000 and there are about 100 stairs on these staircases.  They are beautiful to see in person and a photo doesn’t really do them justice!  Everything was super shiny and sparkling with lots of seating around for passengers to sit and relax and just take it all in. The colors and patterns of the decor were all very warm and inviting… nothing gaudy or tacky about this boat.  On the ground floor of the atrium, there is a piano that quite frequently had a piano player or one of the highly trained singers performing.  MSC definitely felt like a step up in the world of cruising. After seeing the staircase and …