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|Port of registry:||Panama|
|Laid down:||September 3, 2011|
|Christened:||May 19, 2012, by Sophia Loren in Marseille|
|Completed:||May 16, 2012|
|Maiden voyage:||May 27, 2012, to June 2, 2012
to the Mediterranean
|Identification:||Call Sign: 3FFA5
IMO number: 9585285
MMSI number: 373178000
|Class & type:||Fantasia-class cruise ship|
|Length:||333 m (1,092.52 ft)|
|Beam:||124.6 ft (37.98 m)|
|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)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
(327 inside cabins, 1,310 outside cabins)
|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 until the company renamed her to honor the actress Sophia Loren. 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.[note 1] She can accommodate 3,959 passengers in 1,637 cabins; her crew complement is 1,325.
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In July 2010, MSC Cruises announced the construction of a new Fantasia-class ship to be named MSC Fantastica. 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.
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The ship was delivered to MSC Cruises on May 19, 2012, with her christening scheduled for May 26 in Marseille, France. 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.
Specifications and Amenities
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The ship is 333 m (1,092.52 ft) long, and carries up to 3,959 passengers and 1,325 crew members. She has 13 passenger decks, which contain 1,310 outside cabins and 327 inside cabins. Her speed is quoted at 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph). She is the twelfth ship in MSC's fleet, and the largest of their ships at 139,400 tons.
De Jorio Design International designed the deck to be different from her sister ships, and added a new restaurant. The MSC Yacht Club area was redesigned and enlarged.
Other amenities include a rear lounge, casino disco, and an infinity pool. 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.
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From May 27 to June 2, 2012, the MSC Divina made her to the Mediterranean; she stopped at Civitavecchia in Rome; Messina in Sicily; 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. She skipped Piraeus (Athens), in Greece, because of a strike, and also skipped Heraklion, in Greece, because of high winds. 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. One of the events that the ship will play host to is the Holy Ship! music festival in January 2014.
The following is a list of itineraries for the MSC Divina:
|Dates||Region||Round-Trip Duration||Ports of Call (visited)||Notes|
|June – November 2012||East Mediterranean||7 nights||Venice, Italy
|November 2012 – March 2013||West Mediterranean||11 nights||Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
(Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
|March – October 2013||East Mediterranean||7 nights||Bari, Italy
|MSC Preziosa will serve the West Mediterranean area.|
|November 2013 -||Caribbean||7 nights, 14 nights||Miami, Florida
(Georgetown, Cayman Islands)
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
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- The MSC Preziosa entered service in March 2013, and is the same size and make up as the MSC Divina.
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