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The Americanization of MSC Divina: MSC Revamps Entertainment Line-Up

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship MSC Cruises Theresa Norton October 07, 2013

The Americanization of MSC Divina: MSC Revamps Entertainment Line-Up

MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina will expand its entertainment and activities programs before beginning year-round Caribbean deployment from Miami in November.

To better appeal to the North American clientele, MSC Divina will offer a changing roster of entertainment to include such performers as singing comedy impressionist Scott Record and comedic magician Levent. The Jazz Bar will feature dueling pianos played by different musicians, including Van and Keith, Dueling Pianos Forte and Michael and Amy Pickering. The open pool deck feature tropical music by a Calypso band called Trio Caribe.

In keeping with its Mediterranean heritage, MSC Divina will continue to showcase “Traviata,” a presentation of Verdi’s celebrated opera; “Sogno Italiano,” a tribute to popular Italian music; “Starwalker,” a tribute to Michael Jackson; and “Billy Bones,” inspired by the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

First-run films will be projected throughout the day and evening hours on the new large outdoor screen on the pool deck. The screen will also show sporting events such as NFL football, including playoffs and the Super Bowl, NCAA basketball, NBA finals, MLB playoffs and the World Cup.

Among the new guest enrichment programs are stargazing and astronomy classes, wine tastings, mixology classes, culinary demonstrations, Mediterranean jewelry making, daily dance instruction of ballroom techniques such as tango and meringue, Mediterranean cooking classes, and Italian language lessons.

MSC Divina also shows 3D movies in a 4D theater and has a Formula 1 racecar simulator that tests skills on race courses from Monte Carlo to Montreal. The ship also will feature a Smurf-themed children’s program. The Smurf mascot will host some family events, such as the Smurfs Family Disco, the Smurfs Live Talent Show, and Smurfs Master Chef, a cooking demonstration held by the head pastry chef in which children learn how to make biscuits and cakes. For teens, MSC Divina will hold a Teens White Party, a take on MSC Cruises’ deck party, a prom and a flash mob dance workshop.