MSC Divina

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MSC Divina in Istanbul, Turkey
Career
Name: MSC Divina
Owner: MSC Cruises
Operator: MSC Cruises
Port of registry:  Panama
Route: Caribbean, Mediterranean
Cost: $550 million
Yard number: U32
Laid down: September 3, 2011
Christened: May 19, 2012, by Sophia Loren in Marseille
Completed: May 16, 2012[1]
Maiden voyage: May 27, 2012, to June 2, 2012
to the Mediterranean
In service: Operational
Identification: Call Sign: 3FFA5
IMO number: 9585285
MMSI number: 373178000
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasia-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 139,400 GT[2]
Length: 333 m (1,092.52 ft)[3]
Beam: 124.6 ft (37.98 m)[2]
Height: 219.2 ft (66.81 m)
Draft: 27.2 ft (8.29 m)
Decks: 18 total, 13 passenger decks
Installed power: Diesel (40,000kW)
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)[2]
Capacity: 3,959 passengers[2]
(327 inside cabins, 1,310 outside cabins)[2]
Crew: 1,325 crew[2]
Notes: 17 elevators, post-Panamax

MS MSC Divina is a 139,400 GT cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was constructed from 2010 to 2012 being originally named MSC Fantastica while under construction.[2] MSC renamed her when near complete in the shipyard to honour the actress Sophia Loren.[4]

Divina is the third ship of the four Fantasia-class cruise ships, built after MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, and followed by her identical sister ship the MSC Preziosa. Divina and Preziosa are larger than the previous ships in the class. She is the twelfth ship in MSC's fleet, and is joint largest ship with Preziosa at 139,400 tons.[5] 4,363 passengers in 1,751 cabins are accommodated with a crew complement of 1,325.[2] She entered service in May 2012, with her identical sister ship Preziosa following in March 2013. Divina cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Development[edit]

In July 2010, MSC Cruises announced the construction of a new Fantasia-class ship to be named MSC Fantastica.[6] MSC Fantastica was largely based on the two previous ships in the class, however she was increased in size from 137,936 to 139,400 gross tonnage with 100 additional cabins and facilities and more efficient and energy saving mechanical and electrical systems. Passenger numbers increased to 4,345 with the crew compliment increasing by 63 to 1,388. The vessel has a total of 1,751 passenger cabins. The main dimensions of the vessel have remained the same as the previous two ships, with the length being 333.33 meters, the moulded breadth of the hull 37.92 meters and the draught remaining the same at 8.45 meters.

Italian naval architects De Jorio Design International designed the ship and the interior areas with construction by STX Europe at Saint-Nazaire France.[7] When near completion MSC Cruises announced that Fantastica would be renamed MSC Divina to honour the Italian actress Sophia Loren. Ms Loren had mentioned to MSC Cruises president, Gianluigi Aponte, that she had wished to have a ship named after her. Mr Aponte approved and renamed the MSC ship next into service after Ms Loren.[4]

Launch[edit]

The ship was delivered to MSC Cruises on May 19, 2012 at Marseille in France, with her christening by Ms Loren on May 26, 2012.[8] The ship embarked on her maiden cruising voyage the next day.

The maiden voyage was met with protest when the ship entered Venice. Ms Loren received letters claiming that air pollution was created by the ship and the wake from her bow and vibrations created by her engines could damage historical buildings.[9][10]

Specifications and Amenities[edit]

The ship is 333 m (1,092.52 ft) long,[3] and carries up to 4,363 passengers with a crew complement of 1,325. She has 13 passenger decks,[11] which contain 1,310 outside cabins and 327 inside cabins.[2] Her speed is quoted at 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph).[2]

The vessel has 14 passenger decks and 1,751 staterooms. 80% of the rooms have an ocean view with 95% of the ocean view staterooms having a veranda. The cabins range from balcony cabins, ocean view cabins, inside cabins and cabins for people with disabilities. All rooms are furnished with a double bed with easy conversion into two single beds. Standard amenities include interactive television, mini bar, safe and air conditioning.

Public facilities include seven restaurants, 20 bars and lounges, four swimming pools, a bowling alley and a gymnasium. A Spa is located on deck 14. The theatre accommodates 1,600 guests. The sports arena offers sports as basketball, volleyball, tennis and a 235m jogging track. A Smurf-themed play area is located on deck 15 in a dedicated children's area.

Divina has more powerful and efficient electric propulsion motors, more efficient alternators and more advanced heating, ventilation & air conditioning controls and chillers than her predecessors. Rolls-Royce folding fin stabilizers are fitted to reduce roll while cruising.

The ship's drivetrain is the more efficient diesel/electric, powered by five Wärtsilä diesel engines. The engines produce low NOx emissions, using low-sulphur fuel. The engines turn alternators producing electricity. Propulsion is by two GE Energy Power Conversion electric motors with each giving 21,850 kW at 138 rpm. Redundancy is provided, with the two fully independent electric motors each turning a fixed propeller on conventional propeller shafts. The two propellers are fully independent ensuring propulsion if one fails. The same approach was applied to the two fully independent steering systems. Further advantage of using electric motors to turn the propellers is in small sunshine ports. Each propeller is controlled individually, and quickly, for ease of ship manoeuvrability along with the four bow thrusters. The need for tugs while in the many ports of call is greatly reduced. Two of the five engines have 16 cylinders each with an output of 16,800 kW, and the remaining three engines have 12 cylinders each producing 12,600 kW. Total power generated is 71,400 kW at 514 rpm.

Incinerators are used for burning waste with the ashes stored onboard and removed when in port. The waste heat from the incineration is reclaimed. Solid waste is not discharged into the sea. An advanced waste water treatment plant treats all solid waste. The hull is treated with an anti-fouling coating system preventing hull fouling reducing drag and improving fuel consumption.

Energy savings from innovative technology was introduced significantly reducing greenhouse gas production. Energy saving LED lighting is used throughout the ship. In the cabins an average energy saving of 25% is achieved. A simple system automatically switches all energy using devices off in the cabins, such as the main light, bathroom light, socket-outlets and hair dryers whenever the cabin is empty. A Cabin Monitoring System regulates air conditioning in all cabins allowing guests to set their own cabin temperature. Centralized air-conditioning control is replaced with local cabin control significantly reducing energy waste. The control extends to when the balcony door is open or the cabin card is not in place the cooling system is switched off.

A sea water distillation plant produces all the fresh water needed onboard using two evaporators and two reverse osmosis plants. The ship does not pump onboard water from shore water stations. The highly efficient evaporators are completely pollution free using a system of free heat recovery as the power source.[7]

Itineraries[edit]

From May 27 to June 2, 2012, the MSC Divina cruised in the Mediterranean calling at Civitavecchia in Rome; Messina in Sicily; and Valletta in Malta. The ship provided cruises in the Mediterranean calling at Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia. In November, she cruised in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, calling at Kotor, Montenegro; Marmaris, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta.[12] She skipped Piraeus (Athens), in Greece, because of a strike, and also skipped Heraklion, in Greece, because of high winds.[13] She then provided cruises with stops in Italy, Spain, Canary Islands, Portugal, and Morocco.

In the Autumn of 2013, she moved to Miami, Florida, and provides cruises to the Caribbean year round.[14] The ship has hosted the Holy Ship! music festival since January 2014.[15]

The following is a list of itineraries for the MSC Divina:

Dates Region Round-Trip Duration Ports of Call (visited) Notes
June[16] – November 2012[12] East Mediterranean[16] 7 nights Venice, Italy
Bari, Italy
(Katakolon, Greece)
Izmir, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Dubrovnik, Croatia[16]
November 2012[12] – March 2013[17] West Mediterranean[18] 11 nights Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
Genoa, Italy
Barcelona, Spain
(Casablanca, Morocco)
(Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Malaga, Spain[12][17]
March – October 2013[17] East Mediterranean[19] 7 nights Bari, Italy
(Katakolon, Greece)
Izmir, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Venice, Italy[19]
MSC Preziosa will serve the West Mediterranean area.
November 2013 -[17][20][21] Caribbean 7 nights, 14 nights Miami, Florida
Falmouth, Jamaica
(Georgetown, Cayman Islands)
Cozumel, Mexico
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Miami, Florida
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas[17]

Reception[edit]

Incidents[edit]

On the afternoon of June 18, 2014, a Mexican passenger called Jorge Alberto López Amores, jumped into the sea, after drinking for two consecutive days.[22]

Moments after the "man overboard", the MSC Divina stopped, and the capitan instructed the search for López Amores. This lasted several hours, being unsuccessful. MSC Divina then resumed her route, and the search was taken over by the Brazilian Maritime Authority. This search was suspended after failing to get results.

Amores was aboard MSC Divina after he won a contest organized on the occasion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup by a beer company. Throughout his journey aboard the MSC Divina and even shortly before he jumped, Alberto had published his account on the social network Twitter, images and videos which stated the festive atmosphere that existed on board the vessel.

Other passengers reported that the jump of Jorge Alberto was to impress a young host and interviewer of Mexican television, who allegedly he had met on board MSC Divina and who also traveled to Brazil.

Raciel López Salazar, attorney general of the Mexican state of Chiapas, is the father of Jorge Alberto.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "MSC Divina – Vessel's Details and Current Position – IMO: 9585285, MMSI: 373178000". MarineTraffic.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ a b "MSC Cruises changes name of new ship". Travel Weekly. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ http://miamiherald.typepad.com/roadtripping/2012/05/2-new-cruise-ships-launched-in-europe.html
  6. ^ "MSC Announces FANTASTICA". Maritime Matters. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.bolidt.com/downloads/en/pdf/nieuws/msc_divina_brings_more_capacity_and_advanced_technology.pdf
  8. ^ "STX France Shipyard Delivers MSC Divina". Shipbuilding Tribune. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Conway, Lawrence (2012-06-05). "A giant cruise ship endorsed by Sophia Loren swept into Venice sparking protests over spoilt views and air pollution | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  10. ^ Pullella, Philip (2012-06-02). "Venice environmentalists ask Sophia Loren to renounce ship". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  11. ^ "MSC Cruises MSC Divina Deck Plans". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Schedule for the MSC Divina for November 2012". Cruise TT. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  13. ^ "Piraeus Strikes Force MSC Divina Itinerary Change". Cruise Industry News. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  14. ^ "MSC Divina to Sail Year Round From Miami - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  15. ^ "Holy Ship!!! 2014 Booked for a Boat Named After Sophia Loren". Spin. March 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "Schedule for the MSC Divina for June 2012". Cruise TT. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "MSC Cruises MSC Divina Cruises". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  18. ^ "MSC Divina 11 Night Mediterranean Cruise Schedule & Itinerary". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  19. ^ a b "7 Night Mediterranean Cruise on the MSC Divina". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  20. ^ "7 Night Caribbean Cruise on the MSC Divina". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  21. ^ "14 Night Caribbean Cruise on the MSC Divina". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  22. ^ Missing drunk Mexican fan, 28, moments before he leapt off cruise liner to impress girl after drinking and celebrating team's World Cup victory last week

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