MSC Cruises is one of those hidden secrets, because although she’s the industry’s third largest cruise line, her ships sail worldwide, with limited departures out of the US. But that’s changing. Starting this November the MSC Divina will be homeported in Miami and sailing year round from PortMiami, a first for MSC Cruises. The MSC Divina will be offering a variety of Caribbean cruises including 7 night/8 day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings. And she’ll be adding two new dining venues as well as the cruise industry’s first Aqua Cycling.

More about MSC Divina

The MSC Divina was christened spring of 2012 by legendary actress Sophia Loren and the third “Fantasia-class” ship. She has the line’s signature “ship within a ship” the MSC Yacht Club, as well as other Fantasia class features and more. Accommodating 3,502 guests with 1751 staterooms, the MSC Divina has seven restaurants (including two new ones that will be added before she starts sailing from PortMiami), 5 swimming pools including the infinity pool, a bowling alley, theater, Internet café, conference center, gym and spa along with 18 bars and lounges. She also has kids and teens areas. The MSC Yacht Club, located on the upper foredecks of the ship is an exclusive VIP area that includes 69 luxury suites. Guests enjoy complimentary select spirits and wines, along with soft drinks, juices and mineral waters. Butler and concierge service is provided 24/7 for guests in these luxury suites, and there is a private dining room, along with private access to the spa.

Eataly partnership expands

Before she starts sailing year round from the PortMiami this fall in November, the MSC Divina will be undergoing a few enhancements including some new features. As a result of the partnership that MSC Cruises already has with Eataly, the popular Turin-based chain and epicurean emporium, the MSC Divina is going to have two new restaurants and marketplace. Located in the area that had been the Tex Mex specialty restaurant will now include the upscale Ristorante Italia and Manzo, a spectacular regional steakhouse. Also a boutique Eataly marketplace will be added where guests can purchase authentic Italian and artisan products. MSC Cruises has found that their partnership with Eataly has been a terrific complement to their ships and first added it to their new MSC Preziosa earlier this spring.

Ken Muskat, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MSC Cruises USA notes, “Eataly is the perfect complement to MSC and the Mediterranean flare we bring as a key differentiator to the North American Market.” Muskat further explains, “Much like MSC Cruises, Eataly is taking its Italian roots and expanding in North America. It is now one of the most talked about food emporium concepts with 16 locations around the world, including one in Manhattan and another opening this fall in Chicago.”

A new industry first – Aqua Cycling

The cruise industry IS about bringing in industry firsts and the MSC Divina will showcase a brand new one. She’ll be the cruise industry’s first ship to offer Aqua Cycling by Hydrorider. Noted as the newest fitness craze and featured on “Good Morning America,” the aquatic cycles being used are made of marine stainless steel by Hydrorider in Italy. Placed in one of the pools for training and classes, guests onboard the MSC Divina will be able to participate in classes for a small fee, led by fitness professionals who’ve been trained in the benefits of cycling underwater, while enjoying energizing music. The aquatic cycles will be removed when classes are over, allowing guests to enjoy the pool for other relaxation purposes as well.

Taking Health and Nutrition to a New Level – “Five Colors of Well Being”

Guests onboard the MSC Divina can enjoy a wide variety of healthy dining experiences and options throughout the day. And for dinner, MSC Cruises has “Deliciously Healthy Menus” that feature a selection of nutritionally balanced dishes, along with offering gluten-free dishes.

But with the MSC Divina, MSC Cruises is taking that to a new level and introducing their new “Five Colors of Well Being.” Colors can influence our moods and lives, so with the “Five Colors of Well Being,” there will be an array of nutritional drinks and spa treatments based on the colors. These include Green (relaxing), Red (anti-aging), Blue/Violet (cleansing), White (Purity), and Yellow/Orange (beautiful skin). It’s a fun and easy to remember approach, where guests can make selections based on their area of focus – from healthy foods and nutritious drinks to spa treatment – using the “Five Colors of Well-Being Menu.”

More about MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is a privately owned Italian cruise line. Her fleet includes 12 ships, which sail year round in the Mediterranean, as well as seasonally in the Caribbean, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, Northern Europe, South America, South and West Africa as well as the United Arab Emirates and the Red Sea. And starting this November, their MSC Divina begins sailing year round from PortMiami offering year round Caribbean Cruises. Guests onboard can enjoy the “Mediterranean way of life” from gracious hospitality to dining.

With the MSC Divina now sailing year round from PortMiami, your group might want to consider the “Mediterranean way of life” sailing to the Caribbean, and also enjoy some of the new features she’ll be offering. From the new industry first, Aqua cycling, to the newly announced Eataly restaurants, along with “Five Colors of Well-Being,” the MSC Divina brings some other options to consider for your group.

As far as the MSC Divina? The announcements as far as Aqua Cycling and the new dining options being added are just a series of firsts. More will be coming, and the countdown is on!