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 the Atrium, I decided to find my cabin. This was the first time trying an interior room so I was a little nervous to see what it would be like. I found my way to the Cabin #10027 (Category I2) in the front of the ship. The room was actually very nice and didn’t feel as small as I thought it would due to the giant mirror on the wall over the head of the bed.
The bed was extremely comfortable and the room was completely pitch dark with all the lights turned out. I actually had to use a small night light (clock phone display) just to be able to see my way around at night. The room had one single lounge chair with a small round table, a desk chair and ample closet space for hanging up clothing.