MSC Divina Makes Inaugural Visit To Bermuda

April 15, 2015

The MSC Divina, operated by MSC Cruises, made her inaugural call to Bermuda yesterday [April 14], and the occasion was commemorated with a traditional maritime plaque exchange, which is customary when new vessels visit a port for the first time.

The Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell and the Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier exchanged plaques with the MSC Divina Captain Pier Paolo Scala.

MSC Divina entered service in 2012, and was originally called the MSC Fantastica until the company renamed her to honor the actress Sophia Loren. She is the twelfth ship in MSC’s fleet, and is the largest of their ships at 139,400 tons. She can accommodate 3,959 passengers and has a crew of 1,325. On arrival in Bermuda the MSC Divina was carrying 3402 passengers.

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The Divina will be returning again for her second and last call for this cruise season on May 2nd.

Minister Crockwell said, “I was honoured to meet the captain and crew and it was great to get to see such a magnificent vessel. The MSC Divina is a gorgeous ship, one of the most beautiful I have ever been on and it is easy to see why she is considered a star of the MSC fleet. Bermuda is very fortunate to continue to attract this caliber of cruise ships.

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“Having two premier class ships this week in Dockyard is indeed a boost to our economy and a great way to kick off our 2015 cruise ship season.”

Minister of Public Works, Craig Cannonier said, “As the Minister responsible for Public Works I would like to congratulate the Works and Engineering team, WedCo and all of the contractors who all did a great job of getting the Heritage and Kings Wharfs ready in time for these visiting vessels.

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“There was considerable damage from the hurricanes last year and good work has been done to ensure that arriving ships are safe.”

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  1. Kangoocar says:

    It is nice to see a photo that does NOT include the two former ( you know who and flip flop Furbert. ) ministers of tourism in this article, and I am sure the cruise line feels the same way!!!

    • yes much better says:

      True it’s better to have the disgrace former Premier and another minister with his background n this photo. Just the facts!

    • mockingjay says:

      But a minister with a certain past and the other resigned as Premier for alleged corruption is a consolation.
      Ya gotta love it.
      I’m sure the cruise lines wouldn’t want to know about that.

    • Mockingjay says:

      So these two ministers are of reputable praise.

  2. Karma says:

    We sailed on the MSC Armonia several years ago…it was a stunningly beautiful ship and so clean you felt bad using the brass railings in the stairwells!!! And the food…!!!!! :)

    Great cruise line.

  3. Indeed a beautiful ship, nice to hear she’ll be returning.
    I commend everyone that had played a part in restoring the pier so that we are able to accommodate such magnificent vessel as well as all the others that will be visiting Bermuda this season.

  4. On de Hill says:

    It’s great to see new high end ships coming to Bermuda. Hopefully we see some new air arrivals this year as well,

  5. Yawns says:

    They only went on for a free meal, nothing else.