For a truly multicultural experience at sea, step aboard Divina — one of 12 ships in the MSC Crusies fleet. The Marseille-inducted, Sophia Loren-christened Divina is a lively, lavishly decorated European microcosm — complete with a realistic indoor piazza — that sails from Miami to the eastern and western regions of the Caribbean.
As her Italian-French background suggests, food is a very important aspect of life aboard the ship. Dine in one of seven restaurants, including Eataly Steakhouse, crafted to look and feel just like its New York City counterpart, or make your way to numerous cafés and specialty bars serving an assortment of Italian favorites — warm Nutella crêpes, artisanal gelato and Disaronno cocktails, among them.
Three pools (one features a retractable roof), a selection of lounges (dueling pianos, karaoke bar, a disco boasting panoramic views) and nightly theater performances (crowds go wild for the Michael Jackson impersonator) make for a jam-packed itinerary from day to night.
Book the MSC Yacht Club for an upscale experience aboard the Divina, as its guests have use of private areas, exclusive dining privileges and continual butler service. Yet for the majority of cruisers who still fetch their own drinks or coordinate their own excursions, it’s strolling the center atrium or ascending the glittering Swarovski staircase that truly makes you feel like a VIP.