At Sea En-Route to Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Once again, we’re sailing the Caribbean Sea en-route to Philipsburg, St. Maarten aboard the gorgeous MSC Divina. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Monday, February 9, 2015
In the old days, doctors used to routinely prescribe a “long sea voyage” as the cure-all for a variety of ailments. It was thought that the ocean air had rejuvenating powers, and that being at sea was good for the patient’s overall well-being. While 19th century medicine was no picnic, doctors of the time were right about one thing: being at sea is definitely good for you. Here onboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina, thousands of very happy guests are, at this very moment, discovering just how relaxing two days in a row at sea can be.

A trip to MSC Divina's enclosed Le Sirene Covered Pool on Deck 14 proved to be a popular choice. I wish more ships would do the indoor pool/solarium thing. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

A trip to MSC Divina’s enclosed Le Sirene Covered Pool on Deck 14 proved to be a popular choice. I wish more ships would do the indoor pool/solarium thing. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The vast majority of today’s activities took place outside on Deck 14, near the Aqua Park, MSC Divina’s exquisitely-designed pool deck midships. In fact, the Aqua Park is the one-stop-wonder when it comes to outdoor entertainment. Starting with the Morning Walk group at 9:00 a.m., a total of 13 separate activities are scheduled to take place here until the evening concludes with poolside karaoke at 10:30 p.m.
I’m not much of a pool deck guy, but by the time I did decide to take a break from working and go up and read a few chapters in my book topside, the rest of the guests onboard had figured out that Decks 14 and 15 were the places to be. But, no matter: I spent an enjoyable hour reading on my balcony, listening to the sea churn beneath our hull as we continued to make our way at 19 knots towards Philipsburg.

Deck 14's Aqua Park was packed today! This was the pool deck when it was still relatively calm...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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