MSC Divina Yacht Club

msc divina yacht club review

The MSC Yacht Club on the MSC Divina is much like the one on the other MSC cruise ships in the Fantasia class like the MSC Splendida . It's an exclusive "ship within a ship" sanctuary, with suite accommodations, Concierge reception area, lounge, pool and bar area, plus a private restaurant and private access to the MSC Aurea Spa.

Those staying in the MSC Yacht Club can enjoy complimentary wines, spirits, and gourmet snacks in the Concierge lounge, along with Butler service in their staterooms or suites. The spectacular views of the sea from this Deck 15 Lounge also make the Yacht Club a guest favorite.

The MSC Cruises' ships with Yacht Clubs include MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Preziosa, MSC Seaside, MSC Seaview, MSC Bellissima, and MSC Splendida.

Top Sail Lounge

TripSavvy / Linda Garrison

The Top Sail Lounge in the MSC Divina Yacht Club is a quiet place to have a drink, enjoy a snack, or just appreciated the exceptional views of the sea. It is an exclusive area for those staying in the Yacht Club staterooms and suites.

Snacks in the Top Sail Lounge

Those staying in the MSC Yacht Club can enjoy nightly canapes and other snacks along with a complimentary drink in the Top Sail Lounge.

Light Bites in the Top Sail Lounge

Guests staying in the MSC Yacht Club can enjoy light bites in the Top Sail Lounge, but they also have access to a dedicated restaurant for dinner. The menus in this special restaurant are exciting and sophisticated, and unlimited drinks are included with each meal. On the MSC Divina, the dedicated Yacht Club restaurant is named La Muse, and it is located aft on deck 15.

Sophia Loren Suite Sitting Room

The Sophia Loren Suite on the MSC Divina is one of two Royal Suites on the large ship . The suite was designed by Sophia Loren and has a separate sleeping area. The decor is mostly red, and the walls are covered with photos from her movie career. The suite has a separate bedroom and measures 390 square feet with a 172 square foot balcony.

Photos of Ms. Loren in some of her famous movie roles adorn the walls of the suite, and occupants can sit at a replica of her dressing table to apply makeup and style their hair. However, sitting at this dressing table probably won't make you look like Sophia Loren, but might give you an extra boost of confidence.

Sophia Loren Suite Bedroom

Doesn't this bed look like it was designed for a famous movie star like Sophia Loren? The red certainly looks like it is fit for a diva.

Deluxe Suite Category YC1

Those staying in one of the 62 MSC Yacht Club suites on the MSC Divina can enjoy all the yacht club amenities, including 24-hour butler service. These suites measure 234-283 square feet, plus a 61 square foot balcony. They aren't as spacious or distinctive as the Sophia Loren Suite but are very nice (and less expensive).

Wheelchair Accessible Deluxe Suite

The MSC Divina has two wheelchair accessible deluxe suites in the exclusive MSC Yacht Club area. They measure 356 square feet and have a 39 square foot balcony.

Le Muse Private Restaurant

Le Muse is the private restaurant for those staying in the MSC Divina Yacht Club. This restaurant is located aft on deck 15 and features fine food and panoramic views of the sea.

A summary of the special features in the MSC Yacht Club include:

  • Unlimited drinks in all bars and restaurants of the ship
  • MSC Yacht Club Le Muse restaurant with all-inclusive dining at flexible times
  • Priority check-in and check-out in a dedicated area of the terminal
  • Exclusive Top Sail Lounge offering finger foods, desserts, afternoon and midnight snacks
  • Private MSC Yacht Club swimming pool and bar
  • Suites with Egyptian cotton linens
  • Dorelan pillow menu
  • 24-hour butler and concierge service

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I tried a ship-within-a-ship cruise experience and it was worth it for the endless perks—here’s why

The MSC Yacht Club affords travelers a totally different cruising experience, but you’ll have to splurge.

Erica Lamberg

I heard tales of luxury from people about the ritzy MSC Yacht Club , the ship-within-a-ship concept where discerning passengers enjoy their own area of the cruise ship that includes a dedicated restaurant, private lounge, separate pool and sundeck as well as private butlers and concierges to take of any whim while cruising. The elevated Yacht Club boasts priority everything while sailing MSC.

I sailed on a four-night cruise on the new MSC Seashore, a glitzy ship with Italian flair intermingled with references to New York City at every turn. Although the ship was well-appointed and had amazing dining, drinking and entertainment venues, and a bountiful Top Sail main buffet, thousands of passengers made the ship feel crowded at times, elevators were slow, and as I strolled through the general pools, they were boisterous and crowded.

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Switch gears to MSC Seashore’s Yacht Club, passkey-protected for lucky guests, and is a 180 from the ship’s general spaces. Once you scan your handy Yacht Club wrist badge, or your room key, you’re instantly given entrance to a breathtaking retreat of 131 staterooms and suites. All this luxury does come at a price. Cruise fares will vary based on destination, time of year, and cabin category, but generally speaking you can expect to pay double for the Yacht Club. And from my experience, it’s worth it. Read more about why you should splurge.

You’re fast-tracked through everything

The Yacht Club’s exclusivity and impeccable service standard started from the moment I got dropped off at the Port Canaveral cruise terminal. There were hundreds of people waiting to board at 1pm on embarkation day. I saw in the distance a canopy that said MSC Yacht Club. My husband and I wheeled our carry-on luggage to the representative under the canopy. I gave her my name and within two seconds, she gave me a sticker to wear and up we ascended on the escalator to check in. Just five minutes later, I was directed to the dedicated check-in area for Yacht Club guests. To my right, I saw about 1,000 people serpentine through ropes to do general check-in. I felt a sense of relief; who wants to wait in that line? Five minutes later, a butler from the Yacht Club insisted on wheeling my luggage to board the ship and I was in my room in a total on 12 minutes from the time I stepped foot out of the car to my stateroom in the Yacht Club.

Relaxing and streamlined

In addition, Yacht Club guests have the freedom to get off the ship first for excursions. Your butler will happily escort you off the ship with a smile. Guests also can disembark on the last morning first, which is a big convenience. Your butler walks you right to the place you disembark, bypassing crowds and hassles. Port Canaveral is about an hour away from Orlando International Airport, and we took a 10 am flight home. We didn’t have to linger around until the afternoon for our flight home.

Another perk is that there’s a special seating area in the theater for shows. All the shows were excellent during my voyage. All other ship passengers have to make reservations in advance for shows but that’s not the case for the privileged Yacht Club passengers. As long as you arrive about 10 minutes before any show you choose, a crew member from the Club will allow you entry into a special roped-off section. Again, no rushing through dinner—you have the flexibility to plan your evenings your way.

MSC Seashore

Your Yacht Club package is packed with remarkable value

The price tag may sound daunting, but there’s lots of value there. All Yacht Club cabins and suites include a premium drink package that covers beverages up to $15. You can use this perk both in the Yacht Club and throughout the ship. In addition, your package includes a two-device Wi-Fi package, which worked well during my sailing. Finally, you get access to the thermal spa suite, which is a place to indulge after a day in port or a sea day. Commonly, there’s a taboo regarding mini-bars, but not in the Yacht Club. It’s stocked each day with the beverages you want; just tell your butler and consider it done.

You get perks ashore too

If your sailing includes a call to Ocean Cay, MSC’s private island, Yacht Club guests get an elevated experience there too. Yacht Club guests enjoy a private area, and a dedicated restaurant called the Ocean House. While other ship guests were hosted to a buffet of predictable fare, I enjoyed a lobster roll, and my husband chose carne asada. In my opinion, one thing that could be improved was the tram service to the Yacht Club’s private area. We were told the last tram back was 3:30pm if we didn’t want to trek a 15-minute walk in the heat. Since we were docked in Ocean Cay for the evening and weren’t sailing, I was a bit dismayed by this logistical quirk. I felt like I was keeping an eye on my phone to make sure I didn’t miss the last tram.

You have private areas with curated food and drink and outdoor spaces

Within the Yacht Club complex, there’s the Yacht Club Restaurant, Top Sail Lounge and the One Pool Buffet, which are all exclusive to Yacht Club guests. Obviously, the food and service are steps above other dining venues of the ship, I can vouch for that. Although the food is delicious, if you don’t want to pay extra to dine at the specialty restaurants or fuss in the main buffet, eating three meals a day in the Yacht Club restaurant can get a bit monotonous. The breakfast is the same daily, and lunch and dinner offer a menu with daily specials plus a few standby selections like a hamburger or pasta each day. Although the Yacht Club Restaurant concept is desirable, I would strongly suggest dining in other venues on board, especially for dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed specialty dining in Ocean Cay Restaurant, Butcher’s Cut, and Kaito Teppanyaki. I also want to mention that late afternoon high tea is offered daily at the Yacht Club Restaurant. It was one of the nicest I have experienced at sea.

MSC Seashore

Also available exclusively to Yacht Club passengers is the Top Sail Lounge, which offers panoramic water views and has chef-curated selections from morning through late night. We enjoyed popping into the lounge at all hours to try finger foods and sweets. The One Pool Buffet offers a more casual option for breakfast and lunch by the pool. The buffet has grilled fish, sandwiches and lots of delicious options if you want to dine outside.

There’s also an exclusive area with a private pool and two whirlpools for Yacht Club guests only. The sun deck loungers are very comfortable and I never had to worry about finding a lounger, there are ample. One issue I had was that there was almost no shade on the sun deck; there were shaded day beds for Royal Suite and Owners Suite guests, but beyond those, I couldn’t find any shade, which was disappointing.

You can justify the price at the end of your cruise

Overall, the best way to explain my enthusiasm for my MSC Yacht Club experience is this: it’s better to book an interior stateroom in the Yacht Club than a luxe cabin outside the Yacht Club. It’s worth the splurge and you return home feeling truly pampered and it’s money well-spent. And I make this prediction: Once you try a ship-within-a-ship concept like the MSC Yacht Club, you won’t want cruise any other way. Bon Voyage!

Been there, done that? Think again, my friend.

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MSC Divina Cruise Review – Is It Really Worth It?

Are you looking for an honest and thoughtful cruise review of the MSC Divina? Then you are in the right spot.

The MSC Divina is a stunning, 333 meters long cruise ship that has been roaming the seas since 2012. It was christened by no one less than Sophia Loren herself – and follows the motto of timeless elegance.

Obviously, it is hard to know if the ship is perfect for your next cruise just by pictures alone. They are rarely accurate and never show the full picture of the experience.

My husband and I have just returned from a 12-day cruise on the MSC Divina. And I am here to give you my brutally honest and unfiltered opinion.

First of all: Yes, the MSC Divina is definitely worth it. Keep on reading to find out why and who will enjoy cruising on this ship.

Let’s set sail!

picture of the impressive msc divina floating in the ocean in front of a harbor, impressive cruise ship with 18 decks, picture taken from the side

Table of Contents

The embarkation process, buffet calumet (breakfast, lunch & dinner), the pool area, the spa & gym, villa rossa – fine dining, the ship itself, the itinerary, the disembarkation, which is the best route for a cruise on msc divina, what is the best time for this cruise itinerary, when was the msc divina last refurbished, is the msc divina a big ship, is cruising safe, is msc yacht club worth it, conclusion: msc divina review, more 1-day cruise itineraries, about the author.

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MSC Divina Review – Pros and Cons

😊 Modern and Elegant Design

😊 Friendly and Competent Staff

😊 Spacious Ship & Cabins

😊 Great Entertainment Opportunities

😊 Delicious Food

😊 Fine Dining Dinner Settings

😊 Relaxing Spa & Fitness Area

😊 Amazing Service

😊 Lots of Bars and Restaurants

😞 Ship was Crowded at Times

😞 Spa Treatments, Internet, and Specialty Dining are super expensive

😞 Excursions were pretty booked up & expensive

😞 Drone was not allowed

😞 Embarkation and Disembarkation was a chaos

msc divina from behind in tenerife cruise port

⭐ (3/5 Stars)

The Embarkation process on the MSC Divina was sadly less than optimal this time. I am used to this smooth and streamlined procedure from MSC.

In our case, the previous ship in port, MSC Fantasia, did not leave the port on time. This meant, a three-hour delay in our embarkation. We weren’t given too much info and we had to wait forever in a crowded hall.

Once the ship arrived, the embarkation process luckily went a lot smoother. We quickly handed our documents at the counter (our luggage was already taken) and got our embarkation card.

Once on the ship, our cabin was already waiting for us fresh and clean. Also, our luggage was delivered to the cabin in the meantime.

msc cruises divina infinity pool over ocean

⭐ (5/5 Stars)

We loved our cabin from the moment we entered. It was elegant, modern and so comfy.

The balcony was equipped with two chairs and a footrest. Inside, we had a couch with a small table, a vanity with a chair, and a TV. And of course a super fluffy king-sized bed.

There was absolutely nothing to criticize about our cabin. Our sweet steward Arjun came 2-3 times a day to make sure everything was spotless and perfect.

We also had a lovely surprise waiting for us: a bottle of champagne with strawberries dipped in chocolate. The perfect welcome for our honeymoon.

balcony cabin on the msc divina with a view over the french coast in the background

Justin and I had a Love/Hate relationship with the big buffet restaurant.

On one hand, the food was absolutely fantastic, and the view and the service were both amazing. Nothing to criticize on the MSC side. I ate Pizza Vesuvio every single day because it was so yummy.

But the buffet was always incredibly packed. It was hard to get a nice table, and people were loud and rude. This is not the fault of MSC per se, but I think they need to give people more space for lunch and breakfast especially. On sea days you had to wait sometimes to sit down for lunch.

The food was amazing. You could sample daily changing dishes, ethnic dishes, pasta, pizza, salads, and much more. And this basically 24/7. Everything was fresh and looked totally good. I can’t compliment the chefs on this ship enough.

the author's husband eating breakfast at the calumet buffet on the msc divina

The ship has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor pools.

At the main pool area, you can find a big pool and a couple of hot tubs. This is also where all the entertainment happens. Be prepared for some music and good vibes all day long.

In the back of the ship, you can find the big infinity pool (I loved it) and some hot tubs. This was my favorite place on the ship. There was also a less-crowded pool bar.

The indoor pool area was also pretty nice, but I only used it once on a bad weather day. Otherwise, it is a lot nicer to be outside in the sun with some music in my opinion.

Lastly, make sure to go down the water slide. It was so much fun!

whilpool on the last deck of the msc divina with a view over genoa

⭐ (4/5 Stars)

We splurged a little and treated ourselves to a 12-day spa access package (about USD 150,00 if booked before the cruise).

The spa had a couple of saunas & steam rooms and a relaxation area as well as a tea & smoothie bar. I was a bit disappointed because there was no hot tub, but for the rest it was great.

I booked a massage, which was absolutely divine . Sadly, it was also pretty costly with EUR 150,00 for 60 minutes.

We never used the gym but it was spacious and had lots of great equipment.

My tip: book the spa access pass and the massages in advance, it is a lot more expensive on the ship!

In typical MSC fashion, dinner is served in a fine dining manner. You can choose between the first and second seating. We took the first, as we like to eat early.

We were seated with other Austrians together, so we had some nice conversation and we loved our dinners.

The food was outstanding , and the service as well. Every day you could choose between around 5 starters, main dishes, and desserts . You could also order seconds (as I did with the chocolate mousse).

You will have the same two waiters for the entire cruise, so make sure to bring a little tip at the end of the cruise if you like the service. This is not mandatory but we felt like they deserved it.

Good to know: you can also go to the buffet if you don’t like fine dining. We only missed our seating once, when an excursion ran longer.

Important : most days the dress code is casual, but bring something white (for white night) and something fancy for gala night.

delicious dessert of mousse au chocolat on msc cruises

Last but not least in this MSC Divina review, I want to talk about the other parts of the ship.

The ship is modern, and elegant and has a lot to offer. There is a casino (we won, yay!) and a big theater, as well as a Formula 1 simulator (we did not win there) and a 4D cinema.

There is a huge amount of bars, lounges, cafés and nightclubs. I totally lost count, but we did not manage to have a drink in all of them.

The shops are nice, but a bit overpriced in my opinion. They will have a final sale every day , so no need to rush.

The ship has 18 decks, although the highest one is exclusively for MSC Yacht Club members. There is also a sports area, but we did not go there.

the upper deck of the msc divina with lots of pools, hot tubs and sunbeds

⭐ (1/5 Stars)

The people on the ship are sadly something MSC Cruises can’t influence. But I still feel inclined to warn you about those.

We were sad to see many loud, rude, and horrible people on the ship. Since I never had it this bad on MSC ships, I can only assume that they sold the cruises at an insanely low price to get the ship full.

People pushed, shoved, screamed, and harassed the workers. They put so much food on their plates that they never finished. We were so sad to see this.

Nothing about this was upscale or luxurious, as my previous MSC cruises had been. I truly hope this was a one-off.

We absolutely loved our itinerary. It was a great mix of amazing stops and some sea days to relax. There is nothing we would change about this.

Here is our itinerary, and my rating of the ports of call:

  • Day 1: Barcelona ⭐ (5/5 Stars)
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3: Casablanca ⭐ (4,5/5 Stars)
  • Day 4: At Sea
  • Day 5: Tenerife ⭐ (5/5 Stars)
  • Day 6: Lanzarote ⭐ (5/5 Stars)
  • Day 7: At Sea
  • Day 8: Malaga ⭐ (5/5 Stars)
  • Day 9: At Sea
  • Day 10: Marseille ⭐ (4/5 Stars)
  • Day 11: Genoa ⭐ (4,5/5 Stars)
  • Day 12: Barcelona ⭐ (5/5 Stars)

stunning infinity pool on a big cruise ship from msc cruises in front of genoa houses on a hill

Disembarkation was a bit of chaos again. We were supposed to disembark at 02:00 in the afternoon, but we already had to leave the cabins at 09:30 in the morning.

This led to masses of people clogging up the buffet and the bars. It was a super uncomfortable, long morning that I would have rather spent in my cabin or on shore, to be honest.

Luckily, the cruise card still worked so we could get cocktails.

In the end, the disembarkation was super smooth (the actual going off the ship part). We got our confiscated drone back (thanks) and happily left the ship with plenty of new memories.

the author standing on the deck of the msc divina with the beautiful houses of genoa in the background

MSC Divina Review – Frequently Asked Questions

We booked a Mediterranean Cruise with a small venture out on the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands. The waves on the Atlantic were super high and it was a bit uncomfortable.

For first-time cruisers, I suggest booking an Eastern Mediterranean or Western Mediterranean Cruise . They are known for calm waters and easy-to-access ports.

More advanced cruisers will probably love the Caribbean Cruises that cover ports like the Dominican Republic or Aruba and Curacao . If you don’t love the sun as much, why not try Northern Europe, with cruise ports like Southampton ?

the msc divina from the back in shore next to a royal caribbean cruise ship in tenerife with stunning mountains in the background

This question is a bit tricky. In some ports (Casablanca, Tenerife, and Lanzarote) we had the perfect weather, as they are so far south (our cruise was at the end of October).

In other ports, like Genoa and Marseille it was a lot colder and rainy. All in all, I think it was a good time for a cruise, but ideally, you go a couple of weeks earlier. This way, you can avoid all the rain in the northern cruise ports a bit better.

To be honest, we could only use the balcony on certain days and it was also a bit too cold to swim sometimes. If you truly want a summer vacation, try going in September at the latest.

the pool and entertainment area on the msc divina cruise ship with a big pool and some screens in the background

The MSC Divina was first sailing in 2012. It was last refurbished in 2017. The ship was dry-docked for a while in 2021 and is in great shape.

Also, we noticed that little improvements, for example at the floors or the pool are done basically all the time (mostly at night) to keep the ship up to date.

The ship is in amazing shape and I couldn’t see any imperfections on the cruise.

Yes, I would consider the MSC Divina a big ship. It is 333 meters long and has 13 decks available for passengers.

Admittedly, it is a lot smaller than the newer vessels from MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

However, it is still big enough to have a good time without being crammed.

Yes, cruising is pretty safe. There are barely any incidents on bigger cruise ships and the crews are well trained to handle any emergency.

On land, you are responsible for your own well-being, so I suggest good travel insurance for any accidents that might occur.

Do you need travel insurance on a cruise ship? Yes, travel insurance on cruises is highly recommended. Especially during shore excursions, travel insurance could come in handy.   EKTA offers worldwide travel insurance  with 24/7 service and no hidden fees or restrictions.

Yes, I would say MSC Yacht Club is worth it. The MSC Yacht Club offers a private sundeck, a private restaurant, and other small perks.

Most importantly, you can avoid the masses that haunt the buffet. We will definitely book MSC Yacht Club on our next cruise.

balcony cabin on the msc divina with a book and a cocktail

That’s a wrap on my in-depth MSC Divina cruise review. As you’ve seen, we have loved the ship, the crew, and the ports of call. One thing that bothered us was the huge crowds of rude people on the ship.

But in the end, we managed to avoid them and had a really good time. The pool area, the restaurants, and the spa on the ship were excellent, and we especially loved our balcony cabin.

All in all, it was the perfect cruise, with less-than-perfect people. We would definitely book it again and totally recommend the MSC Divina to any cruise enthusiast.

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Everything you need to know about MSC Cruises cabins and suites

A relative newcomer in the North American market, MSC Cruises is equal parts elegant and kitschy. The line tends to appeal to a wide swath of cruisers, from Europeans who like to party into the wee hours of the morning to American families who book because of affordable fares and "kids sail free" pricing.

To satisfy its diverse passenger base, MSC offers accommodations to fit all types of travelers. Rooms include inexpensive inside cabins that sleep two people, midlevel staterooms with windows and balconies, and high-end suites that offer cruisers with larger budgets a private oasis in the form of the MSC Yacht Club .

A variety of connecting rooms and cabins with extra bunks accommodate larger groups and families who wish to share space.

Because your cruise cabin will be your home away from home for several days, it's important to book one that fits your needs. That's especially true if you're sharing it with several people.

Whether you're looking at an inside cabin for a cruise with friends, balcony accommodations for you and your significant other or a suite for your family, here TPG breaks down what you can expect when you book a room on one of MSC's ships.

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MSC Cruises cabin primer

MSC Cruises has become one of the fastest-growing lines in the cruise industry, with about two dozen ships in its fleet. The vessels fall into six classes : Lirica, Musica, Fantasia, Meraviglia, Seaside and World.

Although cabin offerings can vary from ship to ship and class to class, the standard types remain the same: inside, outside, balcony and suite.

Additionally, you'll find the same basic amenities in each room, unless otherwise noted below. They include two twin beds that can be joined to form a queen- or king-size bed; an in-cabin bathroom with a shower, a sink, a toilet and basic soap, shower gel and shampoo; a couple of nightstands; a chair or sofa; a desk/vanity; a closet; a safe; a hair dryer; a minifridge; a phone; USB outlets and a selection of both North American and European outlets.

On all ships except MSC Lirica, MSC Opera, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Armonia, you'll also find an interactive TV that allows you to view the daily schedule, check your onboard account and choose from a selection of live TV programs and movies.

Twice-daily room tidying is provided by a room steward assigned to each cabin, and room service is available throughout the day for an added fee.

One confusing aspect of MSC's bookings is that you'll have to select an experience package in addition to a cabin type. Package tiers determine things like your ability to choose a specific cabin and preferred dining time and whether you'll receive welcome amenities in your room. Certain cabin types are only available in conjunction with certain package experiences and vice versa. Those are noted in each respective section below.

Accessible cabins , including accommodations for wheelchair users, are available on every ship in MSC's fleet. In addition to more space, they feature wider doorways and lowered sinks and toilets in the bathrooms, as well as grab bars.

MSC Cruises' experience packages

Here's what you get when you book each of MSC's three experience packages, which determine the perks you'll receive on your sailing.

  • Accommodations
  • Complimentary food in the dining room and buffet
  • Broadway-style theater entertainment
  • Access to the onboard gym, pool and kids club
  • MSC Voyagers Club points
  • One for-fee change to your cruise booking (with some restrictions)
  • Drink package discount at time of booking
  • All Bella perks
  • Choice of specific cabin and location
  • One free change to your cruise booking (with some restrictions)
  • Ability to choose between early and late seating for dinner
  • Room service (complimentary for breakfast, but fees apply for other meals)
  • Discount on pre-cruise specialty dining package
  • All Fantastica and Bella perks
  • Flexible My Choice dining, which lets you eat at any time you choose between set hours
  • Free 24-hour room service delivery
  • Pillow menu
  • A welcome package, including Prosecco and chocolates
  • Complimentary access to your ship's solarium and thermal area
  • A 10% discount on all spa treatments purchased on board
  • Special Balinese massage offer when booked pre-cruise
  • Complimentary use of bathrobe and slippers
  • Priority boarding and luggage drop-off

Inside cabins on MSC Cruises ships

Inside cabins — rooms with no windows — are available on all ships in the MSC fleet. Ranging from 140 to 301 square feet (depending on the ship), they make for great sleeping because they're so dark. They're also ideal for passengers who are on a budget.

In addition to the standard amenities mentioned above, they provide room for anywhere from two to four passengers to sleep. (Rooms that sleep more than two feature bunks that pull down from the ceiling.)

These cabins are available with the line's Bella and Fantastica experiences.

If you're sailing solo, some MSC vessels offer cabins for one outfitted with a twin bed that converts into a couch. These interior studio accommodations are only available with the Bella package on MSC Meraviglia , MSC Bellissima and the line's World Class ships.

Ocean-view cabins on MSC Cruises ships

Ocean-view rooms are similar to insides in that they provide basic amenities — but with a view.

Offering 129 to 269 square feet of space (depending on the specific ship and ocean-view category), these staterooms allow you to see outside through a porthole or a window that doesn't open.

MSC's outside cabins are available to passengers who book Bella and Fantastica packages.

Additionally, if you're traveling with your family or another group, several of MSC Cruises' ships — particularly those in the Meraviglia and Seaside classes — feature space for as many as 10 passengers via a series of connecting rooms. Options are available at the ocean-view and balcony levels.

Balcony cabins on MSC Cruises ships

You might be surprised to discover that most of MSC Cruises' balcony cabins provide less interior square footage than what's available in inside or ocean-view staterooms.

Balcony rooms run anywhere from 129 to 205 square feet, but their key feature is, of course, a private balcony, which does add an extra 32 to 129 square feet, depending on the vessel and specific type of balcony room booked. These cabins are bookable in conjunction with MSC's Bella, Fantastica and Aurea experiences.

Although balcony cabins offer upgraded amenities, including MSC's brand of hand lotion and toiletries, they are largely the same as inside and ocean-view accommodations.

MSC's newest ships — including those in the Meraviglia, Seaside and World Classes — house connecting balcony rooms that can sleep up to 10 in the same group traveling together.

Additionally, on its World Class ships, the line has introduced inward-facing balconies, similar to the ones Royal Caribbean pioneered in 2009 with the debut of its Oasis Class vessels . On World Europa, for example, they overlook the ship's promenade, offering views of the activity below, rather than the ocean.

MSC Cruises suites

All ships in MSC's fleet have suites that can be booked as part of the Fantastica and Aurea packages, but it's Aurea that offers the largest number of perks, as outlined above.

The several types of suites vary by ship in terms of size and amenities. Some come with balconies, while others only offer floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

Junior Suites

Although this room type is listed as a suite, it's essentially a balcony cabin with a bit more space — 183 square feet of interior accommodation with a balcony that ranges from 140 to 183 square feet.

Standard suites include rooms with huge balconies larger than the cabin's interior space and ones with private whirlpool tubs. They run from 269 to 355 square feet, with balconies measuring 32 to 409 square feet.

Grand Suites

Coming in between 377 and 420 square feet, with balconies spanning from 32 to 495 square feet, Grand Suites — found on Seaside and World Class ships — come in two types. They include standard one-bedroom Grand Suites, as well as two-bedroom varieties.

The latter has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and another with two twins. It sleeps up to five passengers and offers two bathrooms — one with a shower and the other with a bathtub.

While most suites are designed for double occupancy, some suite accommodations on MSC Bellissima, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa and MSC Magnifica can sleep up to five people.

MSC Yacht Club suites on MSC ships

All cabins located in the MSC Yacht Club — an exclusive, gated area on select ships — are called suites, even the smallest and least expensive, which don't have windows or balconies.

Yacht Club suite types range from insides to two-deck duplexes, all of which come with butler and concierge services, luxuriously appointed furnishings (such as real marble finishes, memory foam mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets) and access to members-only restaurants, bars (alcohol is free there), lounges, pools and sun decks.

The Yacht Club features seven different types of rooms. Ships that have the MSC Yacht Club on board include MSC Bellissima, MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Grandiosa, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Preziosa, MSC Seaside, MSC Seascape, MSC Seaview, MSC Seashore, MSC Splendida, MSC Virtuosa and MSC World Europa.

Note: Not all Yacht Clubs have the same suite types available.

MSC Yacht Club Interior Suites

Although these 161- to 226-square-foot cabins don't offer a view or fresh air, they are elegantly decorated and include all the Yacht Club benefits mentioned above.

MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suites

These Yacht Club digs are the equivalent of a balcony cabin — but in a dedicated area that includes all the exclusive perks. They run 236 to 366 square feet and have balconies ranging from 54 to 86 square feet, so they also come with a bit more space, both inside and outdoors.

MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Grand Suites

Similarly, Deluxe Grand Suites are like the Yacht Club equivalent of booking a Grand Suite with more perks. Depending on the ship, they offer anywhere from 269 to 463 square feet of space, plus 65- to 129-square-foot balconies. Some Grand Suites also have two bedrooms instead of one. Further, these rooms on Seaside Class ships include bathrooms with bathtubs, as well as separate living areas.

MSC Yacht Club Duplex Suites

Rising two decks, MSC's duplex staterooms measure 495 to 635 square feet and come with 65- to 334-square-foot balconies. They feature living rooms with two-person sofa beds downstairs and master bedrooms upstairs, which also sleep two passengers.

Each of these accommodations comes complete with two walk-in closets and two bathrooms — one with a bathtub and one with a shower. Most duplexes on Meraviglia and World Class ships also have their own private whirlpool tubs.

MSC Yacht Club Executive and Family Suites

The line's Executive and Family Suites, available only on Fantasia Class vessels, are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to stay in the Yacht Club with a family or other group of more than two people.

This option, which is one type of suite (despite its confusing name), has space for up to five cruisers via a combination of bunk beds, sofa beds and beds that pull down from the ceiling, depending on the ship. The suites clock in at around 431 to 549 square feet, depending on the vessel.

The only drawback is that these staterooms have no balconies and no in-room dining areas, but they do include all the perks you'd find in Yacht Club cabins.

MSC Yacht Club Royal Suites

Although they only occupy one level, at 388 to 667 square feet, MSC's Yacht Club Royal Suites are right up there with the Duplex Suites in terms of space. They offer the second-largest amount of square footage after the Owner's Suites. They come with huge balconies comprising 355 to 753 square feet of outdoor area.

Additionally, bathrooms in these suites offer bathtubs on Fantasia, Meraviglia, Seaside and World Class ships, and the latter three have private whirlpool tubs, as well. All four classes' Royal Suites also include separate living room areas.

MSC Yacht Club Owner's Suites

The largest and most impressive of all MSC's cabins are the Owner's Suites found in the Yacht Club. Offering an impressive 840 to 1,119 square feet — larger than some land-based apartments — plus 269- to 670-square-foot balconies, they're some of the most luxurious rooms afloat.

Specific amenities vary by ship, but as an example, Owner's Suites on MSC World Europa offer floor-to-ceiling windows and walk-in closets. These accommodations on both the line's Seaside and World Class vessels also feature bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, as well as private whirlpool tubs and separate living room areas.

Bottom line

Although MSC Cruises' cabin types are straightforward, the line's add-on experiences can complicate things a bit.

Overall, what's key to remember is that MSC Cruises offers a wide variety of rooms and pricing to meet just about any budget or style of cruising. Each ship will offer accommodation choices from the least expensive, bare-bones interior rooms to the priciest suites, which come with butler and concierge services.

When you sail with MSC Cruises, you can expect function, style and comfort, regardless of the cabin type you book.

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MSC World Europa deck plan review at CruiseMapper provides newest cruise deck plans (2024-2025-2026 valid floor layouts of the vessel) extracted from the officially issued by MSC Cruises deckplan pdf (printable version).

Each of the MSC World Europa cruise ship deck plans are conveniently combined with a legend (showing cabin codes) and detailed review of all the deck's venues and passenger-accessible indoor and outdoor areas. A separate link provides an extensive information on MSC World Europa staterooms (cabins and suites), including photos, cabin plans and amenities by room type and category.

MSC World Europa (2022-built) is the first WORLD-class vessel of MSC Cruises - the fleet's largest and most innovative ships ever constructed. With the same design are three more liners (sisterships) with deliveries in 2025 ( MSC World America ), 2026 ( MSC World Asia ), and 2027 (tbn).

MSC World Europa cruise ship deck plan shows 2633 staterooms for 5240 passengers (max capacity is 6782) served by 2138 crew-staff. The boat has 20 decks (16 passenger-accessible, 12 with cabins), 13 dining venues/restaurants and food bars (including 3x MDRs-dining rooms, 6x specialty restaurants), 21 lounges and bars, 7 swimming pools, 13 Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpools/hot tubs, including 4x cantilevered), 39 elevators (11 of which are Panoramic / glass-walled-floored Lifts in the Atrium).

MSC World Europa decks are named after European capital cities - Berlin (Germany), Rome (Italy), London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Dublin (Ireland), Vienna (Austria), Moscow (Russia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Prague (Czechia), Brussels (Belgium), Bern (Switzerland), Athens (Greece), Paris (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Valletta (Malta).

This unique ship has 40,000+ m2 (430,000+ ft2) of public space, 15000 m2 (161,000 ft2) outdoor deck space, 3440 m2 (37000 ft2) main pool deck area, 760+ m2 (8200 ft2) of children's interior complex designed by Lego & Chicco (with 7x rooms dedicated to different age groups), Zen District (adults-only wellness and relaxation complex), Family District (with 10 kids facilities/pools, clubs, playgrounds), Family Sundeck (kids-friendly sunbathing area), Aquapark (with outdoor playgrounds, splash pools, water cannons, 3x waterslides with virtual reality experiences), Teens Sundeck (with a swimming pool and spa pool).

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Deck 05 - berlin-cabins, deck 06 - rome-lobby-lounge, deck 07 - london-casino-shops, deck 08 - madrid-promenade-spa, deck 09 - dublin-cabins, deck 10 - vienna-cabins, deck 11 - moscow-cabins, deck 12 - copenhagen-cabins, deck 14 - prague-cabins, deck 15 - brussels-cabins-bridge, deck 16 - bern-cabins-duplex suites1, deck 18 - athens-cabins-lido-pools-duplex suites2, deck 19 - paris-cabins-kids-top sail lounge, deck 20 - lisbon-cabins-gym-waterpark, deck 21 - valletta-cabins, deck 22 - amsterdam-waterslides-the spiral-yacht club sundeck.

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Best of Moscow by high speed train

By shuguley , February 15, 2014 in Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Sure would appreciate someone who has taken "Best of Moscow by high speed train" from St. Petersburg could please share their impressions of this shore excursion. From the description this sounds like a very long day.

Wondering how the 4 hour train trip was in terms of accommodations, etc. Also what time did you leave the ship and what time at night did you return? Were both legs of the trip on the high speed rail (I read that slower trains also travel the same tracks)?

My wife and I are considering this excursion. We thought that if we are making all the effort to go to Russia then how could we pass up going to Moscow, walking in Red Square, seeing St. Basil, etc.

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If you are considering this on the 2015 June Baltic cruise on Voyager; my suggestion is don't. There is so much to do in St. Petersburg and although a train is one of my favorite ways to travel the time would be far better spent in St. P.

Thanks for the advice. Yes, this would be on the Voyager during the 2015 season but not yet sure exactly which cruise.

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We did the Moscow excursion "on a different luxury line", but from your brief description it sounds very much like the same trip, so I will operate on that assumption. It is a VERY long day! We left the ship at 5:30 AM and returned at 12:30 AM. The highspeed train trip is comfortable, and while they call it "Business Class" it does not compare well to the equivalent class on say Rail Europe. When we did it in 2011, we did have highspeed both ways, and the trip back seemed much longer as the adrenaline and excitement had worn off!:D

Moscow itself is not that terribly different from any other big city in the world, but this Cold War kid never thought he would ever stand in Red Square, never mind walk the grounds of The Kremlin, or tour The Kremlin Palace, or see (but not visit) Lenin's Tomb, or visit The Armoury. But he did, and he loved every minute of it! Yes, it is a long day, and you barely scratch a scratch on the surface, but it is worth it. There is a tremendous amount to see in St. Petersburg, but every Baltic cruise goes to St. Petersburg, so you can go back if you choose to. Not every cruiseline offers you the chance to see Moscow.

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I have not personally done this tour, but our last time in St Petersburg, the private guide that we hired for a day was leading the regent tour to Moscow on the high speed train the next day. He said it was way better than the previous alternative, which was flying to Moscow and back. He said that you actually got to Moscow faster because you didn't have to deal with airline checkin etc. it did seem like a very long day to me, and there is so much to see and do in st. Petersburg that I didn't consider doing it.

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We toured to Moscow from St. Petersburg via the hi-speed SAPSAN train last September, from a Baltic cruise on the Oceania Marina. You need to have a two-night, three day port call in St. Petersburg to take this tour because the tour typically leaves the ship around 5:00 - 5:30 AM and doesn't return until after midnight the next day. We didn't take the ship's tour; we made private arrangements with TravelAllRussia for three days of touring, the first and third days in St. Petersburg and the second day the tour to Moscow by train. Our cost for the private tour for three days was about the same as what the ship charged for the excursion to Moscow alone. There are a number of private tour agencies that operate in St. Petersburg and offer the Moscow train tours; we would strongly recommend them over the ship's tours.

All three days had private guides with car and driver. The second day, the driver picked us up at the ship and took us to the train, but we were alone on the train, and met in Moscow by the guide on the station platform. After our tour and dinner, we were brought back to the train and after the return train trip met by the driver and taken back to the ship. Because you are alone on the train you must have your own Russian visas.

If this is your first visit to St. Petersburg, I would agree there is much more to see there. We found Moscow somewhat a disappointment, particularly Red Square. The Kremlin and the cathedral in Red Square were also worth seeing. But the best thing we saw was the Moscow subway! I worked for the Washington Metro system back in the 1980s as it grew from 40 to 80 miles and although I was in the computer area, I learned a lot about the challenges of running a subway system. We used the Moscow system to get across the city from where we had dinner to the train station, and I was amazed at the cleanliness', speed of operation, the short headways maintained, and the courtesy of everyone involved. A very impressive experience!

We had been to St. Petersburg before, and so had the time to take a day and go to Moscow. Also, I really like trains, and the SAPSAN is a German train set running on Russian rails. Seats are like first class domestic air, spacious but not too plush or comfortable, but with enough room. Not too much recline, and almost 8 hours on the train in two shots is a lot for an old man. They come through and sell drinks, candy, etc. but the sellers don't speak English and no one around us helped, so we had just poor coffee once coming, and brought stuff with us for the trip back. Not too much to see from the train either, particularly on the return when it is night the whole way.

If you decide to go, take a private tour and avoid the overly expensive ship's tour. I'm glad we did it, but wouldn't bother to repeat the tour; we've seen Moscow.

Thanks so much to all of you for the thorough and thought insight. Yhe information you have provided is most helpful.

countflorida: Your detailed post is very helpful. We are not quite ready for a Baltic cruise but should do so within a year. Time enough to do our pre travel research, bookings and visa gathering.:) Thank you!

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Sure would appreciate someone who has taken "Best of Moscow by high speed train" from St. Petersburg could please share their impressions of this shore excursion. From the description this sounds like a very long day.   Wondering how the 4 hour train trip was in terms of accommodations, etc. Also what time did you leave the ship and what time at night did you return? Were both legs of the trip on the high speed rail (I read that slower trains also travel the same tracks)?   My wife and I are considering this excursion. We thought that if we are making all the effort to go to Russia then how could we pass up going to Moscow, walking in Red Square, seeing St. Basil, etc.

I did this on Seabourn. IMO DONT. Take Aeroflop (er Aeroflot). The train has non folding seats where you are literally knee to knee with your fellow passenger (facing each other). Further they don't believe in air conditioning. It's also the worlds slowed bullet train. I think I would have found more enjoyment wandering around the St. Petersburg and Moscow airports.

Countflorida,

This is a little off topic,, however we had planned a river cruise in Russia but decided we would rather stay on land and have booked about two weeks with Travel-All-Russia using the private guide and driver. I'm curious as to how you found them as a tour company.

The guides they provided were fine. We had a different guide each of the days in St. Petersburg, but both were flexible, pleasant, knowledgeable and spoke English very well, as did the guide in Moscow, incidentally. She was a bit aloof, distant, not too friendly, but otherwise fine. In fact, she was the one who suggested taking the Metro, which unexpectedly became one of the highlights of the Moscow excursion. If I have a complaint with AllTravelRussia, it is with their plan and its execution (more later).

I had requested emphasis on World War II (in Russia, the Great Patriotic War) sites and info. In scheduling us, they weren't careful about dates and a couple of the sites we wanted to see were scheduled on the third day, after we'd been to Moscow. But both sites were closed that day of the week, and that info was readily available, right on web sites describing them. Also, the included meals (lunches in St. Pete, dinner in Moscow) were not what we asked for: light meals with some choices, so we could avoid things we didn't like and choose things we did like. My request was ignored; we were given full Russian meals with a fixed menu, no choice. On the first day, a fish dish was the entre, but I am allergic to fish. Fortunately, I had the e-mail I'd sent with me and showed it to the guide, and she was able to change my entre to chicken, which was very good actually. But we didn't want a 3-4 course lunches or dinner (in Moscow). We had the guide drop the lunch the third day, although we never got any credit or refund. But, particularly in contrast to the ship's tours, the prices were so reasonable we didn't worry too much about it.

The people who were on the ship's tour to Moscow saw us boarding the same train for which they were forced to queue up and wait on the way back, and asked us what we had done. I was candid and open so they were not happy when I explained what we had arranged and particularly what it had cost. Also, when we returned to the ship, we found they had laid on a late supper for those who had gone to Moscow, so up we went and had something. Well, it turns out the late supper was supposed to be just for those on the ship's tour, but we and others on 'independent' tours, there were a dozen or more of us, crashed the party, actually got there first, and they didn't realize it until the larger group arrived and there weren't enough tables/places set. By that time, the 'independents' had all gotten served and were eating; what could they do?

A couple from the larger group sat down with us and asked us about our tour, and they were the ones I told about our arrangement and its cost. They turned to others who’d been with them and announced the details, loudly enough so the whole room heard, which started a lot of bitching and complaining. I gathered they weren't very happy with the ship's tour to begin with, and this was the straw that broke the camel's back. We finished up and beat it out of there, but overheard later that one of the excursion staff came to check on something and ran into a real mess. I caught a cold on the trip, which forced me to bed the second day following in Tallinn, so by the time we reappeared we heard about the contretemps' but apparently no one recalled who started it, thankfully.

Because of what happened to us, I would probably not use AllTravelRussia if I were to go again, or if I did, I would be sure to get confirmation of every detail of the tour. They do have good reviews generally, and we were certainly helped by their visa department and liked the guides and drivers. Their weakness, I say now with full 20:20 hindsight, is that once the sales person who plans the tour, sells it to you and collects your money, he (or she) transfers the plan to their Russia office for implementation; there is no follow-up to make sure it gets done right. And that is where our problems arose; we paid for a custom tour but got a standard package with a few destinations switched, and no one checked them out, even to see when they were open the day we were scheduled to go. If you check every detail that’s important to you, it should be OK, but that’s a hell of a way to have to do business, in my opinion.

Thank you for the 20/20 hindsight observation on your Russian tour operator, and better priced than the ship's excursion cost.

Thanks very much for the feedback.

We had the same experience as you so far as price. We originally booked a Viking Cruise but, hearing some things about the river cruises that made us unhappy, looked into other options. T-A-R cost the same or less than a cruise and had us in hotels for 11 days. We opted for the private tour. They have three tour levels, based on hotels. We originally opted for the four star as it did not cost much more than the three star hotels. Finally we decided to throw it all in and upgraded to five star. In Moscow we will be at the newly opened Kempinsky which is two blocks from Red Square. In St. Petersburg it is the Grand Hotel Europe, one of the most vaunted luxury hotels in Russia. Location is important for us as the tours use up only part of the day so being in the center of everything for our independent touring is important. As with many other cities, the less you pay, the farther out of the center of town you are.

We have been working with our salesman in D.C. and he seems to get back to us with the changes we want. He recently returned from Russia so is up on everything. When I asked they said they paid the full TA commission if I wanted so I got my usual TA on board so he is watching our back and giving us that extra level of comfort. He also set up our air, which I know pays him little or nothing, and got us business class for much less than T-A-R wanted for economy, though it took working for a while with a consolidator. He's happy to get his 10 percent on this trip without having booked it. He also took care of the trip insurance. We've been doing a lot of research on the CC sister site Trip Advisor and will write a report there. We will, I guess, become a source of info for CC members after having spent 5 days in Moscow and 6 in SP.

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Anybody considering a day trip to Moscow from St. Petersburg on the Sapsan may want to look at our travelogue filled with pictures.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1927687

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Very informative. Thanks dor sharing. Jeff

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  1. MSC Divina Cruise: Expert Review (2023)

    Our expert MSC MSC Divina review breaks down deck plans, the best rooms, dining, and more. ... as well as butler service and a host of other perks -- the MSC Divina Yacht Club is a true haven (and ...

  2. MSC Divina Yacht Club 2/11

    MSC Cruises. This review will be covering our first ever MSC cruise. As the title indicates we will be sailing on MSC Divina out of Miami on an 11-day adventure. My wife and I are somewhat experienced cruises but have previously only sailed, with the exception of a single Carnival cruise in 2006, on Royal Car...

  3. MSC Yacht Club Perks: 10 Amenities Worth the Splurge

    2. All Inclusive: So Much Comes With Your Yacht Club Fare -- Including Your Drink Package. There's no question that the Yacht Club is a splurge. Interior cabins start at around $2,800 for two ...

  4. MSC Divina Review (and Why You Need to Stay in the Yacht Club)

    The MSC Divina Ship. MSC Cruises recently became one of our preferred cruise partners (they deliver great value to clients, are a reputable company and work closely offering training and support to our specialists) so I was eager to experience the cruise line. Our MSC Cruises rep, John, highly recommended the Yacht Club, a specific category of ...

  5. MSC Divina

    413 reviews. 1-877-665-4655 Website. All photos (3,178) Traveler ( 1,043) Common Areas ( 1,768) Dining and Bars ( 648) Itineraries for this ship. Itinerary. 7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean.

  6. MSC Divina Yacht Club

    Those staying in one of the 62 MSC Yacht Club suites on the MSC Divina can enjoy all the yacht club amenities, including 24-hour butler service. These suites measure 234-283 square feet, plus a 61 square foot balcony. They aren't as spacious or distinctive as the Sophia Loren Suite but are very nice (and less expensive).

  7. MSC Divina Reviews from Travelers

    MSC Divina Reviews; MSC Divina Cruise Reviews - Reviews 3.8 (1523 Reviews) Photo Gallery Photo. Photo Gallery Photo. Photo Gallery Photo. View all 4832 Photos. Close. Follow ... MSC focuses so much on the yatch club guests that most times ignores services the rest of the guests. Did not have towels nor toilet paper for 2 days.

  8. MSC Divina Review

    MSC Divina Review. 4.0 / 5.0. Editor Rating. 1,921 reviews. 3 Awards. Reviews ... I am writing this review to let everyone know about the incredible experience that is the MSC Yacht Club. My ...

  9. I Tried the MSC Yacht Club and it Was Worth it for the Endless Perks

    The MSC Yacht Club affords travelers a totally different cruising experience, but you'll have to splurge. Written by Erica Lamberg Friday January 26 2024. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email WhatsApp.

  10. MSC Divina

    MSC Divina. 387 reviews. All photos (3,152) Traveller ( 1,017) Common Areas ( 1,768) Dining and Bars ( 648) Itineraries for this ship. Itinerary. 7 Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean.

  11. MSC Divina Cruise Review

    The MSC Divina is a stunning, 333 meters long cruise ship that has been roaming the seas since 2012. It was christened by no one less than Sophia Loren herself - and follows the motto of timeless elegance. Obviously, it is hard to know if the ship is perfect for your next cruise just by pictures alone. They are rarely accurate and never show ...

  12. MSC Divina Reviews, Ship Details & Photos

    With high-end amenities and competitive fares, Divina was MSC's first foray into the highly competitive Caribbean cruise market. Launched in 2012 and refurbished in 2017, MSC Divina features high-end amenities like the ultra-luxurious Yacht Club suites, international dining venues, a 20,000-square-foot spa, and riveting entertainment ranging from a Michael Jackson tribute show to Italian opera.

  13. MSC Divina Review

    MSC Divina Cruises: Read 1921 MSC Divina cruise reviews. Find great deals, tips and tricks on Cruise Critic to help plan your cruise. ... We chose MSC after hearing how wonderful the Yacht Club is ...

  14. Everything you need to know about MSC Cruises cabins and suites

    MSC Yacht Club Owner's Suites. The largest and most impressive of all MSC's cabins are the Owner's Suites found in the Yacht Club. Offering an impressive 840 to 1,119 square feet — larger than ...

  15. MSC World Europa deck plan

    MSC World Europa (2022-built) is the first WORLD-class vessel of MSC Cruises - the fleet's largest and most innovative ships ever constructed. With the same design are three more liners (sisterships) with deliveries in 2025 (MSC World America), 2026 (MSC World Asia), and 2027 (tbn).MSC World Europa cruise ship deck plan shows 2633 staterooms for 5240 passengers (max capacity is 6782) served by ...

  16. MSC Divina

    MSC Divina. 418 reviews. All photos (3,192) Traveller ( 1,057) Common Areas ( 1,768) Dining and Bars ( 648) Itineraries for this ship. Itinerary. 7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean.

  17. MSC Divina Review

    Sail Date: Dec 2017. Cabin: Yacht Club Deluxe Suite. This was our 4th time on the Divina, but our first time in Yacht Club. We had a wonderful cruise, met new friends, and have become completely ...

  18. MSC Divina Cabins & Staterooms on Cruise Critic

    The MSC Divina Yacht Club offers a few dozen Deluxe Suites, measuring 302 square feet, including 67-square-foot verandas. Two of these suites are wheelchair accessible (356 square feet plus 39 ...

  19. MSC World Europa decks, cabins, diagrams and pics.

    Click on top left to choose a different ship or use the menu above which is specific for MSC World Europa. HOME > MSC > MSC World Europa Decks and Cabins; Built in 2022, the MSC Cruises MSC World Europa cruise ship weighs 216K tons and has 2631 staterooms for up to 6314 passengers served by 1413 crew.There are 20 passenger decks, 12 with cabins.

  20. Best of Moscow by high speed train

    We toured to Moscow from St. Petersburg via the hi-speed SAPSAN train last September, from a Baltic cruise on the Oceania Marina. You need to have a two-night, three day port call in St. Petersburg to take this tour because the tour typically leaves the ship around 5:00 - 5:30 AM and doesn't return until after midnight the next day.

  21. MSC World Europa Cabins & Staterooms on Cruise Critic

    Splurge: If money is no object, the MSC Yacht Club Owner's Suite is the crème de la crème of shipboard accommodations, rivaling those found on purpose-built luxury ships. Huge open decks with ...

  22. MSC Divina

    MSC Divina. 413 reviews. All photos (3,178) Traveller ( 1,043) Common Areas ( 1,768) Dining and Bars ( 648) Itineraries for this ship. Itinerary. 7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean.