By Tricia Matthews
The christening of MSC Divina happened on 26th May 2012 in Marseille, France. It was a "blue" carpet event, and all guests were already on board MSC Divina, as the ship had all bars open serving cocktails prior to the event. At 6pm we made our way off the ship along the blue carpet to the secure area in front of the ship where an array of media from around the world, and special invited quests were seated.
The Christening ceremony:
The ceremony started with an Air Show by the French Air Force - this was spectacular! There was also a special performance by the ships singers and dancers; a speech from the mayor of Marseille; and a special appearance by actor Gerard Depardieu. The main artist that performed was Paolo
Conte, a well known singer/musician; and there was a special appearance by the Godmother for all MSC ships, Sophia Loren. Ms Loren is now in her late 70's, but she is still all style and elegance. After the ceremony it was all back on board for the Gala Dinner.
MSC Divina's Cabins:
The cabins on MSC Divina are a great size - bigger than many European hotels I have stayed in. The showers had glass doors, a rather nice change from shower curtains which you find on many ships. There is great robe space as well as a standard desk, flat screen TV, fridge, safe etc. The ship is well decorated with lots of earthy tones, dark wood and dark carpet in most cabins, with golds, lots of black and silver or black and white, with some spectacular light fittings.
Health and Fitness:
MSC Divina has one of the best and biggest spa areas at sea that I have seen. She is very elegant and very well laid out and decorated. There are lots of special separate rooms for treatments and yoga etc.
There are lots of seats and sun lounges around the pools, and the pool areas are very spacious. One pool has a retractable roof just in case there is a day that is not so good weather-wise. There are many bars on this ship and at most bars you can also obtain speciality coffee, but there is a dedicated coffee shop which serves great cafe lattes, as well as a variety of the most divine cakes (that can be purchased for a small additional charge).
There was a mixture of entertainment on the ship - we saw a "Broadway" style show, which we thought was very good. The costumes were spectacular and the singing was excellent. There was however a mixed reaction to other shows on board.
MSC are a very family oriented cruise line, and all their ships are highly recommended for families, as they have a great kids club on board.
The Dress code by day is casual, and in the evenings it is smart. On most cruises there are two formal nights so passengers can get dressed to the max.
On all MSC ships you have a service charge added to you ship board account, which is for gratuities. On our cruise we were charged EURO7pp/day. You can also pre-pay your gratuities, which will amount to A$10 pp/day.
MSC Divina Facts:
- MSC Divina is 139,400 tonnes, with 18 decks including 14 for guests
- Her maximum speed is nearly 23knots
- MSC Divina can have 3,502 passengers, based on double berths - there are 1,751 cabins and 45 disability cabins, and approximately 1,370 crew members on board
- The ships has 4 pools, 1 of which is exclusively for Yacht Club members, and 12 whirpools, a waterslide, a bowling alley, 7 restaurants and 20 bars
Tricia Matthews is a Product and Marketing Specialist at Flight Centre Limited - Cruise and Rail. To read more about the christening of MSC Divina, read our previous article - MSC Divina: The Christening of a Diva