Monday, February 24, 2014

At Home Aboard MSC Divina

After a speedy check-in at PortMiami, we’re aboard MSC Divina and off to the Western Caribbean with port calls in Jamaica, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman before a day on the private island Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

But first things first—we made ourselves at home in balcony stateroom 12107 where rich warm fabric colors and dark woods set a restful tone. Spacious and comfortable, twin beds combine to form a queen size with a cushy sueded headboard. Flanked by nightstands, each is topped with a lamp and has two small drawers for incidentals.

The combination desk/vanity also has two handy drawers, one with a built-in hairdryer. Shelves above house the flatscreen television and afford storage for the things we like to keep at hand. Below is a mini-fridge stocked with beverages and snacks and enough free space to chill any soft drinks or bottled water that we might have brought on board with us.

Opposite the desk is a full length sofa bed that would accommodate a third occupant and a coffee table adequate for in-room dining.

Behind two of the three closet doors in the stateroom is space for hanging garments—with more than enough hangers—and it’s also where we found plush terry bathrobes for our use while on board. The third door opens to reveal six drawers below two shelves, one of which holds a personal safe.

The bathroom rounds out the facilities and we were pleased to find generous storage there as well. In addition, a real plus is the roomy shower with glass doors—no shower curtain to stick to you while showering and no water dripping onto the floor.

Of note is the literature found in a leather folder on the desk that is among the most comprehensive we’ve seen on any ship in recent years. Inside the folder we also found a pen, note pad, and complimentary MSC Divina post cards—another rarity these days.

Once our luggage arrived we found plenty of room for everything we packed for a one-week cruise. After a full day of travel we rested well in the supremely comfortable beds and enjoyed sweet dreams of our upcoming journey.

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