Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina: Day at sea

Kids program
Kids program

ABOARD MSC DIVINA: Another evening, another show.

Last night’s offering, entitled “Mask,” and loosely based on the old Jim Carrey movie, showcases the entire cast of singers, and dancers, acrobats and more in a skilled production that kept audience members – young and old alike – on their toes while they kept on tapping them.

I have sailed on MSC some six or seven times and each time came away impressed with the caliber of entertainment. (More about that later in the week.) I think this cast of performers under the direction of Cruise Director Andre Schlemmer.

MSC Divina offers a different show each night. Last evening we saw top quality performances of amazingly well choreographed numbers. That, my friends, was entertainment.

Many families are traveling now, it’s the midst of summer vacation, and families with two, three or more kids are enjoying the ship’s teen and children’s programs while mom and dad enjoy some quiet time. There are more than 1,000 children 3-17 in the onboard program, and 66 little ones under the age of 2.

Children's corner at buffet
Children’s corner at buffet

That’s a lot of youngsters, but the ship is big and the kids’ at nearby tables so well-behaved, that one would never know. We have a table next to ours’ of 10: two sets of parents and four youngsters under seven. They are delightful in these eyes of aging grandparents and apparently very happy in the ship’s program and bright and airy, colorful and sprawling space on Deck 18.

And although I didn’t have little ones with me on this cruise, I was entertained as well.

I think one of the best things about cruising is being able to enjoy a day at sea. It is the best possible time to enjoy back issues of your favorite magazine or new best-seller, take a mid-day nap, enjoy a visit with (or old) friends and then tomorrow sightsee all you like.

Daytime activities include varied trivia games, dance lessons, shopping talks, art auctions and the ever-popular bingo games.

You can do a little or a lot.

Tomorrow we call at St. Martin, the Dutch-French island is home to amazing beaches, shopping venues galore and, on the Dutch side, gambling casinos.


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