MSC Divina Entertainment
Those used to more traditional cruise ship entertainment will be surprised by the offerings on Divina, which range from high-flying acrobatics and contortionism to opera and tribute shows. Some passengers described the acrobatic pirate-themed show as "unusual," while others said they were "blown away" by it. We were awed by the feats of strength and flexibility of the performers. To satisfy the North American audience, MSC added comedians and magicians to Divina's lineup. The result is a vast mixture of options that means there's something that appeals to everyone. Production shows take place in the massive and magnificent Pantheon Theatre, a two-deck neon-and-crystal spectacle. The space itself is a showstopper, with its bright red seats that alternately have high or low backs (strictly an aesthetic choice). Interestingly, drinks are not served -- nor are they allowed -- in the theater.
Deck 7 serves as the hub of activities on Divina. There, things really take off at night. When MSC revamped the ship's activities for a North American audience, Golden Jazz Bar became the spot for karaoke. It also picked up dueling pianos, so it's a bustling spot for singalongs at night.
Adjacent to Golden Jazz Bar is the Sports Bar, a small American-themed bar where patrons can watch sports (including American football), nosh on American food and bowl. The bar has two lanes with mini-pins and balls (akin to candlepin bowling), and scoring is done electronically. It costs $7 per person, per game.
Also on Deck 7 is La Luna Pub, a piano bar. Because things tend to get more raucous at the adjacent Golden Jazz Bar, La Luna doesn't see much action and is mostly quiet at night.
One of the prettiest spots on the ship is the enormous Black & White Lounge on Deck 7 aft. Its panoramic windows provide natural scenery, while its black-and-white marble with accents of silver make it a knockout. The silver sofas are oversized and comfy, and there's plenty of space for socializing. There's a dance floor, and at night, live music is the norm. During the day, the spot hosts trivia.
The casino, located on Deck 6, offers the usual variety of table games and slot machines, as well as a small bar. The space is completely smoke-free, a concession to North American preferences. Those who wish to smoke indoors on Divina can head to the Cigar Lounge, a glass-enclosed but well-ventilated spot on Deck 6, which features a stocked humidor.
During the day, Divina offers a number of standard cruise activities, including basketball tournaments, trivia, shuffleboard tournaments and poolside arts and crafts. At night, passengers can stargaze with Divina's astronomer.
After 11 p.m., the Galaxy Bar on Deck 16 turns into a dance club. Other watering holes include the Silver Lounge Bar, the Divina Bar and the various pool bars. Yacht Club passengers can enjoy the Top Sail Lounge, where a piano player entertains.
To keep up with other ships sailing in the Caribbean, Divina added a small LED movie screen to the pool area. The plan is to show movies at night.
For a little fun, try out the Formula 1 Simulator on Deck 16, which allows passengers to transform into open-wheel drivers (for $9 a person) in a life-sized racecar. Adjacent to the simulator is a 4D Cinema, where passengers hop on a virtual roller coaster for one of four experiences. For $7 per person, we had a blast on the roughly six-minute ride. In the same area, you'll find a small video arcade.
Hundreds of shore excursions are offered through the ship, and MSC offers customizable excursions, too, for a fee.
MSC Divina Public Rooms
The Piazza Del Doge and the adjacent atrium on Deck 6 serve as the heart of the ship. The area is inviting; during the day, you can enjoy an espresso and people-watch, and at night, you can relax, chat and listen to music. It's is also where you'll find Divina's excursion desk. Numerous shops -- which sell jewelry, perfume, logo items and clothing -- dot the sixth and seventh decks. Guest services are located on Deck 5, near the ship's Cybercafe. Wi-Fi is available there and throughout the ship ($29.90 for 60 minutes, $44.90 for 100 minutes, $99.90 for 300 minutes, $149.90 for 480 minutes, $299.90 for 1,440 minutes). In the cafe, you can buy the packages or purchase minutes in smaller increments ($6 for 10 minutes, 60 cents each additional minute).
A library and conference room facility is located on Deck 16, adjacent to the Galaxy Disco. Passengers can borrow from a small selection of books and games. There are no self-service laundry facilities onboard, but laundry service is available for a fee.
MSC Divina Spa & Fitness
At nearly 20,000 square feet, Divina's Aurea Spa is impressive for its sheer size. It's also a serene space decorated in neutral colors and with natural stone and wood. The sauna and steam rooms are complimentary to all passengers. Treatment rooms are large and private. Options are pretty typical and include facials, Shiatsu, Balinese massage and Reflexology. A beauty salon is available for styling, haircuts and other treatments.
The fitness facility is extraordinarily large and well equipped. Even when it's busy, it isn't crowded. It features cardio equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers, as well as a selection of free weights and numerous weight machines. All cardio equipment tracks distance in mileage, and free weights are in kilograms, so come armed with a good sense of the metric system. A small room is available for yoga, aerobics and Zumba classes (for a fee). Aqua Cycling is also offered onboard in the pools for a fee. While a "Power Walking Track" is listed on the Deck 15 map, it's not actually a well-defined track. It's usually overtaken by sun loungers, so those who want to get in a power walk or jog should plan to take advantage of the space at nonpeak times (before sunrise or during dinner, for example).
A multipurpose sports court, complete with stadium seating, is available on Deck 16 for basketball, soccer or tennis.
The main pool area on Deck 14 has plenty of loungers for sunning during the day. At night, it's host to parties and movies, played on the poolside LED movie screen. Le Sirene is Divina's covered pool area; the retractable magrodome is opened on pleasant days, closed on not-so-pleasant days. Le Sirene has a good-sized pool and three hot tubs.
Our favorite pool is the aft Garden Pool on Deck 15, an adults-only infinity pool with fabulous views and a fun pool bar. This was the place to be during our cruise, as passengers seemed to love the views, the low-key vibe and exuberant bartenders.
The Top 18 Solarium, on Deck 18, is an adults-only sunning spot that features two hot tubs and a bar. Furniture includes standard loungers and covered rattan sun beds. Use of the area requires a fee, which ranges from $5 to $30, depending on which piece of furniture is being used and how long it's needed. The Solarium overlooks Divina's waterslide.
Yacht Club passengers have their own pool area, which features a pool and two hot tubs, as well as bar and small snack area.
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