MSC Divina Cabins
MSC Divina's cabins are decorated in tones of blue, yellow, orange and brown. Each standard cabin features two single beds that can be converted into a European king bed, vanity seating area and closet and drawers with plenty of space. Cabins also have interactive flat-screen TVs, hair dryers, mini-bars, safes and Internet connectivity, though actually getting online requires purchase of an Internet package. Movies are available on demand for a fee, which starts at $8. The bathrooms feature showers with glass shower doors and dispensers for shampoo and body wash.
Divina's 405 inside cabins range from 138 to 169 square feet; 13 of those are wheelchair accessible and are 222 square feet. Its 115 oceanview cabins range from 130 to 215 square feet. Two of the oceanview cabins are wheelchair accessible and 306 square feet.
The ship's 471 balcony cabins range from 182 to 317 square feet, including the verandahs. Balconies measure between 34 and 124 square feet. (Those seeking the 29 cabins with 124-square-foot balconies should look for categories 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12). Within this category, 28 cabins are wheelchair accessible (345 to 489 square feet, 61 to 99 square feet for the verandahs). Two fabric chairs and a low fabric table are included on each balcony.
Aurea Suites -- 22 of them are located on Decks 9, 10 and 11 -- run between 220 and 314 square feet, while the six Aurea Balcony Suites, also located on Decks 9, 10 and 11, have 388 to 480 square feet, including 33 square feet for the verandahs. Neither category has wheelchair accessible cabins. Beginning in spring 2014, this category will be absorbed into other categories.
What really sets MSC apart is its Yacht Club, a ship-within-a-ship concept that provides a level of exclusivity to passengers booked there. On Divina, the Yacht Club is located on Decks 15 and 16 aft. Yacht Club passengers have access to a 24-hour concierge and butler services, as well as the Top Sail Lounge, a quiet spot on Deck 15 forward that provides passengers complimentary drinks, snacks and desserts throughout the day. Yacht club passengers also get complimentary in-suite mini-bars, 24-hour room service (late-night fees are waived), and select wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks in all of the Yacht Club venues, as well as priority check-in and debarkation. Each passenger has a private entrance to Aurea Spa and private access to Le Muse restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Our favorite feature of the Yacht Club, though, might be the One Pool Bar and Grill, a private spot tucked away on Deck 18 aft. The space is quiet, with plenty of rattan loungers for sunning around a small pool and two hot tubs. The area includes a small grill with tasty options like filet mignon and gnocchi, and service there is extraordinarily friendly.
All Yacht Club suites, decorated in browns and mauves as well as marble, feature walk-in closets, and tub-and-shower combos. Passenger also get bathrobes and slippers. We loved the comfy memory foam mattresses and pillow menu. The Yacht Club offers 64 Deluxe Suites, ranging from 295 to 344 square feet, including 61-square-foot verandahs. Two of these suites are wheelchair accessible (356 square feet plus 39-square-foot verandahs). Suites in this category feature small living areas. Two Royal Suites are 390 square feet each and feature 172-square-foot verandahs (562 square feet total). These suites are not wheelchair accessible. They feature separate master bedrooms and sizable living areas. Sophia Loren, godmother to Divina -- and all ships in MCS's fleet -- designed one of the Royal Suites. It's not tough to figure out which one; the suite is bold, with punches of red throughout plus black-and-white photos of the actress from movies and appearances throughout her career.
Three Executive & Family Suites are 462 to 547 square feet apiece. Each suite in this category has a separate master bedroom and a comfortable living area. They can each accommodate as many as four people. While they are located on Deck 12, passengers still have access to the Yacht Club via the main lobby on Deck 15. These suites don't have balconies and are not wheelchair accessible.
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