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
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 & 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 cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was constructed from 2010 to 2012, and was originally called the MSC Fantastica[2] until the company renamed her to honor the actress Sophia Loren.[4] She entered service in May 2012, and is handling cruises in the Caribbean. She is a Fantasia-class cruise ship, built after her running mates, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, and followed up by the MSC Preziosa. She is the twelfth ship in MSC's fleet, and is the largest of their ships at 139,400 tons.[5][note 1] She can accommodate 3,959 passengers in 1,637 cabins; her crew complement is 1,325.[2]

Development[edit]

In July 2010, MSC Cruises announced the construction of a new Fantasia-class ship to be named MSC Fantastica.[6] In November, during a ceremony in which coins were welded to the ship's keel, MSC Cruises announced that Fantastica would be renamed MSC Divina to honor actress Sophia Loren. She had told MSC Cruises president, Gianluigi Aponte, that she had wished to have a ship named after her.[4]

Launch[edit]

The ship was delivered to MSC Cruises on May 19, 2012, with her christening scheduled for May 26 in Marseille, France.[7] The arrival was met with protest when she was anchored near Venice. Loren received letters that claimed that the ship created air pollution and the vibrations set by her could damage historical buildings.[8][9]

Specifications and Amenities[edit]

The ship is 333 m (1,092.52 ft) long,[3] and carries up to 3,959 passengers and 1,325 crew members. She has 13 passenger decks,[10] which contain 1,310 outside cabins and 327 inside cabins.[2] Her speed is quoted at 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph).[2] She is the twelfth ship in MSC's fleet, and the largest of their ships at 139,400 tons.[5][11]

De Jorio Design International designed the deck to be different from her sister ships, and added a new restaurant.[citation needed] The MSC Yacht Club area was redesigned and enlarged.[citation needed]

Other amenities include a rear lounge, casino[2] disco, and an infinity pool.[2] The MSC Aurea Spa has treatments ranging from Balinese massage to sauna and whirlpools. The ship also features a "4D" cinema and a Formula 1 simulator.[citation needed]

Itineraries[edit]

From May 27 to June 2, 2012, the MSC Divina made her to the Mediterranean; she stopped at Civitavecchia in Rome; Messina in Silicly; and Valletta in Malta. The ship provided cruises in the Mediterranean with stops in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia. In November, she moved to the western part of the Mediterranean, and visited 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 fall of 2013, she moved to Miami, Florida, and provides cruises to the Caribbean year round.[14] One of the events that the ship will play host to is the Holy Ship! music festival in 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[17][12]
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]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The MSC Preziosa entered service in March 2013, and is the same size and make up as the MSC Divina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bureau Veritas". Bureau Veritas. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "MSC Cruises MSC Divina Ship Information". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  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. ^ a b Lambert, Marjie (2012-05-31). "2 new cruise ships launched in Europe". Roadtripping – The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  6. ^ "MSC Announces FANTASTICA". Maritime Matters. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "STX France Shipyard Delivers MSC Divina". Shipbuilding Tribune. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Pullella, Philip (2012-06-02). "Venice environmentalists ask Sophia Loren to renounce ship". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  10. ^ "MSC Cruises MSC Divina Deck Plans". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  11. ^ Eaton, Terri (2011-10-20). "MSC Divina Launch in May 2012". Cruise International. 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. 

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