MSC Divina Cabins
- Pros: Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night
- Cons: Main dining room food needs improvement
- Bottom Line: Family-friendly fares and Italian touches make Divina a good choice
MSC Divina Cabins
Decorated in maroon and blue, with gold accents, Divina's cabins are well-designed and feel surprisingly roomy. We found the beds very comfy and reports in Cruise Critic reviews about hard pillows a little exaggerated. Though room stewards do not create fun towel animals, they do promptly service the rooms. A small light that comes on when you insert your keycard into a power slot alerts the crew that the room is occupied.
(One note on MSC's booking system: Cabins are booked in classes that come with varying inclusions; all higher classes include the amenities of the lower ones as well. Bella class has interior, ocean-view and balcony cabins and doesn't come with any perks. This also means room service is not available in these rooms. Fantastica class includes slightly better placed interior, ocean-view and balcony cabins and has room service and children's activities in the kids club; in 2017, this class will also include a 12-voucher drink package. Aurea class balcony rooms and suites are near the spa and include priority embarkation, a full drink package, solarium access, a spa package and use of the Thermal Suite. In 2017, the line will introduce the Wellness class, which comes with a complete partnership with Technogym in the fitness center and free laundry.
All standard cabins have two twin beds that convert to a queen, a small sitting area with a sofa (in many cabins, this is a pull-out), and a vanity. The flat-screen TVs are small, and can be used to watch on-demand movies (for a fee) and a handful of channels in a variety of languages. Americans will be pleased to see CNN while there's BBC for Brits. Outlets, both U.S. and European, are situated on the vanity (and not particularly close to the bed). All cabins on Divina are nonsmoking.
All cabins, even interior rooms, have enough shelves and hanger space. Suitcases fit under the bed. There are also two nightstands for further storage. Balcony cabins and suites have mini-bars. Orange beach towels are in your room and can be used both at the onboard pools and on shore, but if you lose it, there's a $20 fee.
Bathrooms feature glass showers with shampoo and gel dispensers; there is no conditioner or bar soap, so bring your own. The bathroom also features a handy dandy bottle opener. Hair dryers are located within the vanity in the main cabin area. All cabins come with bathrobes.
Interior: Divina's 405 inside cabins range from 140 to 258 square feet; 13 of those are wheelchair accessible and are 222 square feet. In most cabins, the beds face the door, which makes them feel roomier.
Oceanview: Divina's 115 ocean-view cabins range from 120 to 215 square feet. Two of the ocean-view cabins are wheelchair accessible and 306 square feet.
Balcony: The ship's 1,044 balcony cabins range from 182 to 317 square feet, including the verandas. 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 the balcony category, 28 cabins are wheelchair accessible (345 to 489 square feet with 61- to 99-square-foot verandas). Two fabric chairs and a low fabric table are included on each balcony.
Suite: The ship has 28 suites (some with a balcony and some with a panoramic sealed window). These rooms are configured into two spaces, making them true suites, and they range in size from 226 to 505 square feet.
Yacht Club: 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, 16 and 18 aft. Yacht Club passengers have access to a 24-hour concierge and butler services, as well as three places to eat. Top Sail, the Yacht Club's lounge, provides passengers complimentary drinks, snacks and desserts throughout the day and turns into a lovely place for cocktails in the evening, complete with piano player. 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, lunch and dinner.
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 breakfast options such as made-to-order omelets, lunch choices such as a pasta station and salad bar and evening canapes. 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. Passengers also get slippers, in addition to the bathrobes that all Divina passengers get. We loved the comfy memory foam mattresses and pillow menu. The Yacht Club offers 69 Deluxe Suites, ranging from 295 to 344 square feet, including 61-square-foot verandas. Two of these suites are wheelchair accessible (356 square feet plus 39-square-foot verandas). Suites in this category feature small living areas. Two Royal Suites are 390 square feet each and feature 172-square-foot verandas (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 and 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.
Family: Divina has 90 Super Family Staterooms, which are composed of two connecting triple balcony cabins, giving families two bathrooms and two balconies. They are the only cabins onboard with two bathrooms. It can fit six people, and is priced per oversized stateroom, regardless of how many people use it.
There are 250 cabins, across all categories, with foldout sofas to accommodate children or a third adult.
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