MSC places a big emphasis on family, and you'll see parents of all nationalities taking advantage of the line's "kids under 11 sail free." Brand partnerships that enhance the kids experience include the Smurfs and Legos; there's an entire Lego shop onboard.
Divina has two areas designed for children and teens, and divides supervised activities into the following age groups: Mini Club Sailors, 3 to 6; Junior Club Pirates, 7 to 11; Y-Team, 12 to 14; and MSC Generation Teen Club, 15 to 17 (although we noticed on our cruise that the tweens and teens were combined for most activities). Programming takes place during port and sea days and parents may leave their children on the ship while they go ashore.
There are no programs for children under 3. But Divina does have a partnership with Chicco, a European baby brand. Families are able to borrow complimentary digital bottle warmers, strollers, bouncers and caddy backpacks during the cruise.
Private babysitting is not available, but Divina does have a for-fee Kids Around the Clock group program between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Kids need to be between 3 and 11 years old.
The headquarters for most kids is "Il Puffi" or "The Smurfs," a play area that celebrates those blue cuties and comes complete with mushroom houses and teeter-totters.
Mini Club Sailors must be toilet trained, and parents are required to sign their kids in and out. Programming might include a cooking demonstration, Lego challenges, movies, Wii gaming, arts and crafts, parades through the ship, family disco time and a talent show (relevant hashtag is #smurfship, if you want to check it out online). While most of the club activities are complimentary, some come with a fee if you're staying in the basic cabin category.
Pirates have many of the same activities as the sailors, but they can sign themselves in and out and have access to adult swimming pools, with signed permission.
Divina also offers a gratis Happy Dinners program for families with kids ages 3 to 11. Kids eat their dinners with their parents while Mom and Dad eat their starters. When the kids are finished with their meals, youth staff bring them to the clubs for evening activities.
Most nights, kids can skip the MDR altogether and eat with others their age (and youth staff) for "Fun Time" dinners in a special section of the buffet area.
Y-Team and MSC Generation Teen can hang at Graffiti Disco, a space decorated in graffiti with its own private staircase to the Virtual Arcade. Inside teens will find Wiis, Xboxes, a foosball table and a separate area outside to hang out. Activities include trivia, photo scavenger hunts, Ping-Pong tournaments, ice cream socials, boys vs. girls karaoke and lip sync battles and a talent show. Teens are also encouraged to meet up at the club to go to lunches and dinners together. Games are also held at the Sports Arena.