Cruising the Eastern Caribbean aboard MSC Divina

Welcome Aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina as she prepares to set sail from the Port of Miami for the Eastern Caribbean! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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.

We embarked MSC Divina in the cruise capital of the world, Miami, Florida. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

We embarked MSC Divina in the cruise capital of the world, Miami, Florida. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome Aboard! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome Aboard! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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.

MSC Divina's passenger corridors are attractive and well-lit. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

MSC Divina’s passenger corridors are attractive and well-lit. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

My home for the next seven days: one of MSC Divina's 1,125 balcony staterooms. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

My home for the next seven days: one of MSC Divina’s 1,125 balcony staterooms. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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.

These midship Deck 9 balcony staterooms are unusually spacious...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

These midship Deck 9 balcony staterooms are unusually spacious…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...and feature a decent amount of storage space. Bonus points for the closet with the eight small drawers in it! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…and feature a decent amount of storage space. Bonus points for the closet with the six small drawers in it! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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

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