She left under some showers and heavy clouds Saint-Nazaire ; quickly MSC DIVINA found off the Ile de Noirmoutier a more clement sky and the crossing of the Bay of Biscay came true under a sky where the sun and the blue dominated. The good weather accompanied all the rest of the cruise.
What to say about such a huge ship?
333 meters long and 18 decks (14 accessible to the passengers) to receive more than 4.200 passengers and 1.200 crew members it is inevitably very studied..
The quality of construction and the harmony of the decoration of the passenger ship are evident and serve the reputation of the STX shipyards of Saint-Nazaire.
For the meals it is necessary to mention an excellent Italian cooking.
For all the other served dishes the quantity is widely sufficient for a normal appetite: nothing pantagruelian.
For the gourmet it is not the good ship to go on board....
The type of dishes recovers from a standard of cooking of industrial chain : there is no surprise or of flavor which you will memorize : the cooking served aboard the s/s NORWAY was of an upper level and the standards of the company Cunard are very sharply superior... Aboard a ship MSC you should not wait for a great cuisine...
For the organization of the passenger ship everything was studied well but to put on more than 4.000 persons in a reduced universe is difficult..
Deck 5, Saturno deck -
The atrium of reception where the passengers board into the passenger ship the first time reserves the surprise of staircases with glass walking with brightness of diamonds. The tone is the grey, the stainless steel the glitter and of beautiful banquettes of color plum, a magnificent piano..
Two glazed elevator bring you up to upper deck : it is necessary to use it at least once..
Occupying the front part of the ship the space of the Pantheon theater reserves the surprise of a luxurious decoration and a gigantic space; it is absolutely to be seen.
The quality of the proposed shows became of a good level much better than at the time of the starting of the MSC OPERA.
Deck 6, deck Zeus:
It is at this level of the decks 6 and 7 that you will find the animations convenient to the night-activities aboard passenger ships: the traditional Casino, and the bars for evening or the amateurs of quiet discussions with a drink, the shops, the photo gallery. There is also a Tex mex restaurant, the Pizzeria and many other places...
- The outside walks on this deck are not exploited: it is certainly one of the places (with the balconies of cabins) the most quiet of the passenger ship; it's a pity that the designers of the passenger ship did not connect the side starboard and the side port at their front part, if done that would give a walk discovered of about 600 meters!!
Some benches there could make some magnificent outside areas and would not hinder the safety...
- The internal spaces show attractive ornamental exploit and diverse atmospheres and certainly a little beading but it remains reasonable with regard to atmospheres of the other companies...
The biggest deficit is the one of the information of the places - very often you don't know exactly in which room you are and which way you have to go to reach the back or the front of the ship - you don't see the outside...
To note very beautiful Golden Jazz Lounge bar quickly nicknamed the orange bar because of its color and just beside him port the bowling...
Deck 8, Artemide deck - Deck 9, Minerva deck - Deck 10 Giunone deck - Deck 11, Iride deck - Deck 12, deck Aurora - Deck 13 Cupido deck:
It is decks reserved for the main part of the cabins great majority of which very have balcony... the staterooms are at the best level of cruise ships.
It is here that we find the main entertainment for holidays: swimming pool, restants,bar, open spaces and sun..
This deck has entirely glazed walls giving a fantastic view over the sea...
For the meals, even if the passengers of the MSC DIVINA have the choice between 6 restaurants and cafeterias: it is the cafétaria The Calumet, that remains the most frequented restaurant:
It is better not to look for a table in the Calumet at the time of breakfasts or noon meal: it is a real moment of patience because too many persons stay in this place and mobilize tables far beyond their time of meal: it is necessary to notice that to put 4.200 passengers in a space where we put 2.600 passengers on another type of passenger ship has inconveniences: noise, clogging of the public places... Ceilings do not filter the echo of talking of sat people and it becomes fast a hubbub...
It is better to move its schedules at any beginning or any end of service or even better ask for the breakfast in cabin to find a little of rest waited for holidays...
For the lunch, it is necessary to be patient until 14:00 to have some quiet moment...
The ship has 4 swimming pools among which one with a retractable roof and a reserved in MSC yacht club: 2 are situated on this deck 14; the 2 others are in the deck 15 and the deck 18 (MSC yacht club). There is numerous Jacuzzis near swimming pools.
The place is very beautiful but still translates the passengers large number and are characterized by many people there.
The Italian-style musical animations with a strong music are difficult and add a level of compulsory additional decibels... For the amateurs of peace, it is a place to be avoided... It is added to the crowd...
Other sports activities are possible for the MSC Sports Arena which proposes several playing fields, a slide of accessible water from the deck 15.
Balinese massages or aromatic hydrotherapy, care, saunas and hammam are available during your cruise for a reservation, the installations are situated on the front of the deck 14.
On the extreme front part of deck 14, is installed the sporting area which has views towards sides and front of the ship, it is surprising to privilege that kind of unique view in this place as far as screens videos are on each training machine...
Deck 15 . Mercurio deck - Deck 16 . Urano deck - Deck 18 . Elios deck :
The magnificent swimming pool Infinity is situated at the back of this deck and it is surrounded with a glass balustrade.
The swimming pool Infinity has side beaches which are covered with water and arrive until glass walls: the reflection of the light on the surface of the pond can persuade that it becomes confused with the horizon and the sea it is rather magic.
Situated on the upper deck of the passenger ship, this part benefits from very beautiful suites, their occupants benefit from gastronomic dinners in restaurants Olivo and The Star.
The passengers of the MSC Yacht club have access to privative spaces: top Sail Lounge, a panoramic lounge with bar, The One Pool swimming pool with its solarium and Jacuzzis.
By creating the zone MSC yacht club and all the luxury suites on the front part of the passenger ship the shipowner and the builder forbid any front access of the ship for the other passengers: it is practically impossible to see the arrival of the ship or during departure of the port from the front part of the ship except from the bridge;
The Observation Deck of passenger ships Queen Elizabeth 2 or Queen Mary 2 give to the passengers that unique moment.
To finish the tour of the ship it is necessary to mention the deck 18 and its Solarium with Jacuzzi on the front of the funnel; it is a relatively quiet and pleasant place.
In the final the MSC DIVINA is an attractive passenger ship of 21°century well equipped but perfectible at many levels.