MSC Divina Back in Miami


As part of a US expansion strategy, MSC Cruises recently celebrated the arrival of MSC Divina – one of its newest ships – to Miami where it will sail year-round to the Caribbean.

MSC Divina spent this past summer in the Mediterranean, following an inaugural Caribbean season sailing from Miami between November 2013 and April 2015.

In other news, MSC announced that sales for its next-generation cruise ship MSC Seaside will open on Dec. 15, two years ahead of its debut in December 2017. Seaside, which will join Divina in sailing from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami, will be the first MSC Cruises’ ship to head directly to the US from the shipyard, and be the first to be christened in the US.

“MSC Cruises is embarking on an ambitious growth plan that includes seven planned new builds that will allow us to expand our geographical footprint to new destinations and double our capacity by 2022,” said Rick Sasso, president of MSC Cruises USA. “We’ve already seen significant interest from North Americans in MSC Cruises unique ‘Mediterranean Style Cruising’ experience and MSC Divina sailing year-round from Miami – coupled with the opening of sales for the ground breaking MSC Seaside – represents a new chapter for MSC Cruises as we grow in this region.”

Along with Divina’s return to Miami, MSC is introducing four new shows to its entertainment line-up, including “Treasure Island,” “The Voices,” “Swing” and “The Mask.” In addition, MSC Divina will feature new musicians and bands specifically selected for the US market to play in bars and lounges, as well as new themed parties such as a weekly “fluo” party (a glow-in-the-dark party) and a “snow” party with a snow cannon.

In partnership with Blend Craft Wines, Divina will also launch new “Boutique Winery Tastings.” Other changes include updated casino offerings and new children and family activities such as live talent shows put on by the children aboard.