MSC Divina rendering.

MSC Divina rendering.

Later this year, MSC will move to PortMiami for its Caribbean sailings.  MSC’s newest ship, the Divina, will call Miami its home beginning in the fall.  MSC signed a three-year deal with PortMiami.

The majority of MSC’s sailings take place overseas, and their presence in the U.S. is relatively light, compared to its competitors.  Figuring that many of you may be apprehensive about trying something new, we would like to share one of our follower’s experiences on the MSC line, just returning this past weekend:

We have just recently returned from a week cruise to the carribean (Antigua, San Juan and Nassau) on the MSC Poesia. I had read many bad reviews on cruise critic and was a little concerned prior to boarding the ship. I don’t know which ship those critics were on, but it wasn’t the Poesia. The ship itself is goregeous and spotless, the staff were courteous, especially our room attendant and dinner time servers. The cruise director and his staff were always getting cruisers involved with morning exercises and dance lessons, and the nightly shows were fabulous (very different from what you see on other lines). The costumes were elaborate. We had 2 opera singers, one torch singer, and gymnasts. We had late seating for dinner and went to the show at 7:30 p.m. which was very nice. Most ships have late seating diners eat first and then go to the shows at 10:00 p.m. or later. While it’s true that all announcements are made in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian and German), we didn’t feel it was a big issue (there was some criticism on cruisecritic. com about this). As a matter of fact, one day at lunch we sat with a husband and wife from the US who had lived in Italy, 2 sisters from Argentina and a husband and wife from Italy who didn’t speak English. We had the best time with these people. My husband spoke Spanish with the girls who then spoke Italian with the other couple and translated the Italian back into Spanish and then Leon would translate it into English for me. We highly recommend this ship.

To learn more about MSC Cruises in the U.S., click HERE.

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