Cruising the Eastern Caribbean aboard MSC Divina
Saturday, February 7, 2014
There’s nothing more rewarding after a marathon of red-eye flights than seeing an enormous cruise ship looming over you – and knowing you’ll soon be stepping onboard. That was the situation I found myself in this afternoon as I stood at the Port of Miami, ready to embark on my very first cruise aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina.
At over a thousand feet in length, MSC Divina is a Very Big Ship. My last cruises have all been aboard Very Small Ships, which I love dearly. But I cut my teeth, so to speak, on megaship cruising, and there’s always something exciting about coming back onboard a massive cruise ship.
Embarkation took no time at all, and I have to give the porters at the Port of Miami credit for stating that tips are purely optional. That’s a nice touch; in the old days, it was assumed that if you didn’t tip, your bags might end up in the drink. No more. It was a kinder, friendlier Port of Miami – the experience of which continued throughout the document verification, security, and check-in process.
When I arrived shortly after noon, embarkation had already begun – but the process of stepping aboard MSC Divina was deceptively simple. Sure, there was plenty of queuing, but that’s to be expected on any megaship. Still, from curb to check-in, I stepped off the gangway and onboard my massive cruise ship in just a little over thirty minutes.
For the next seven days, my home will be one of MSC Divina’s Balcony Staterooms on Deck 9. There are a whopping 1,125 of these onboard, al