We’ve got something special for you! Ann Mellor shares her experience on-board MSC Divina during a Caribbean Cruise in September! Read below for all the wonderful details!
I am oh so very excited about my seven-night Caribbean cruise! Departing from Miami, we saw South Beach in the morning and lucky we did because it begins to get very busy with traffic later during the day. Embarkation was fast, easy, and relaxed. We could check-in anytime from 11am and deposit our bags. My experience overall was an amazing one and I really got to experience the family-feel on-board an MSC Cruise. The crew has such a caring attitude, a real family vibe! You can really tell that MSC Cruises is a family business. Read on for my adventures!
A Kiwi in the Caribbean: Sea Day Adventures
|Balcony Cabin on MSC Divina|
It’s my first morning on-board the gorgeous MSC Divina and I still can’t believe how incredible my balcony cabin is. I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of sleeping all night while the ship journeys to its next port of call. Leaving the balcony door ajar, I woke up soothed by the sound of the bow wave and gentle movement of the ship in calm seas. The first thing I did was rush to the balcony like a kid in a candy store. I saw the coast of Cuba just off the starboard. The closest I am ever likely to be to Cuba I missed, so a stroll along the promenade deck above the pool was in order to take in the full scenery.
My group of friends that joined me on this Caribbean cruise were gathered for coffee, relaxing and enjoying an Italian-style café. Caffé Italia quickly became our favourite meeting spot, on level 3 of the ship. With beautiful chairs and a great atmosphere, it was a very relaxing place to have a coffee or drink. Now, all my fellow travellers have finished unpacking and have made their cabins home for the next 7 days. Everyone was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the ship, “elegant, stylish and welcoming” they exclaimed, far exceeding their expectations – and it was only day one!
A sea day is one of my favourite shipboard experiences. After a long flight from Auckland to Miami, it was the best way to ease into our Caribbean adventure. My morning started with a fresh croissant and a steaming hot chocolate from Caffé Italia (this was quick to become my daily ritual) followed by a walk around the deck. Then I was back in my cabin to daydream on the balcony, watching for seabirds and admiring the beauty of the endless ocean and vast blue skies. Since I’m on holidays, there’s no better time to pamper myself, right? So I made my way to MSC Aurea Spa for an incredible pedicure – “now, this is a holiday” I thought. Starting to feel hungry, I headed to Villa Rosa for some lunch: Salmon tartare followed by a delicious mushroom risotto – just, yum! My fellow travellers were making the most of their $44 per day drinks package with pre-lunch cocktails and Italian wine.
There was trivia on and we all agreed that Trivia is such a cheesy thing to do, but we thought we’d go along just to check it out. We were surprised, trivia was so much fun! We couldn’t stop laughing, especially when our competitive edge came to the fore. Unfortunately, the Kiwi team was unsuccessful, but it was a lot of fun! Now it’s time for an afternoon nap to get some rest before our big Gala night.
It’s Gala time! Fellow travellers were sipping on delicious cocktails courtesy of our captain. To our delight, we discovered Captain Pier Paolo Scala had lived in New Zealand and still visits his family there regularly! A handsome line of officers were presented to us in MSC Divina’s stunning theater. We all headed to the show before retiring for the night and collapsing in bed. We were truly one of the ‘Divinas’ now – a name we bestowed our group!
|The group with Captain Pier Paolo Scala|