Italian high style comes to the Caribbean in the form of two cruise ships, the MSC Divina and MSC Seaside…and Military Cruise Deals offers a military discount on them both.
(Call to get an additional discount applied if you want to book a balcony cabin or better on either of these ships.)
MSC Divina and MSC Seaside
We think MSC is the best-kept secret in cruising today!
This luxury Italian cruise line is 100 years old, but has just recently begun offering cruises in the Caribbean.
Look at all the ways MSC is BETTER FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES
than all other cruise lines!
- kids 11 and under sail FREE as the 3rd and 4th in cabin on select sailings
- deposit is only $99 per adult in the cabin!!
- big military discount off every single cabin and sail date
- this military discount can be applied to every cabin in military members group, including cabin of parents, in-laws, children, spouses and dependents
- future cruise credit if military member has to cancel anytime 15 days before cruise due to redeployment!
- free unlimited drink package in B3 balcony or better!
- There are wonderful free kids clubs for your kids to enjoy!
WHO QUALIFIES for the MSC military discount?
All active, retired and veterans of U.S. and Canadian military members, DOD and civil service employees and their spouses, dependents, parents and in-laws.
We’ve seen A LOT of cruise ships, but the MSC Divina may be the most beautiful we’ve ever seen.
Every step of the stairs in the main atrium is made with $40,000 worth of Swarovski crystals This is NOT your average cruise ship folks.It’s NOTHING like an older Carnival ship. These are brand new ships, and it shows. Everything is shiny, chic and de luxe.
All rooms contain a king bed which is convertible to two single beds. Inside and oceanviews rooms are 139 to 169 sq feet.
Balconies are 148 to 200 sq ft, plus 34-124 sq ft. balcony.
Cabins 13222, 13223, 13224, 13225, 13226, 13227, 13228, 13229, 13230 have Juliet balcony Cabins 8134, 8136, 8137, 8138, 8139, 8140, 8141, 8143 have partially restricted views.
Aurea suites are 220-314 sq ft. No balcony. Walk in closet, bathroom has tub and shower.
The Yacht Club experience – a ship within a ship
What is the Yacht Club? It’s a private area on the MSC Divina for those of you who want a big cruise ship experience, but with more privacy and luxury.
Yacht Club suites are the largest and most luxurious suites on the ship. They are all located in one area of the ship that can only be accessed by those in a Yacht Club suite.
Your Yacht Club suite comes with 24-hour-a-day butler service, pillow menu, free beverages in all Yacht Club venus includes beer, wine and spirits, private open seating dining in a restaurant only for Yacht Club guests, shaded swimming pool, spa baths, solarium and bar and grill.
Complimentary drinks, gourmet delicacies and desserts available throughout the day – so you never need to wade your way through the crowded buffet for any meals!
In this area is a private pool, buffet, library, lounge and dining room! So, you never need to leave! But of course you can, to enjoy all the other fabulous other amenities these large ships have.
The Yacht Club suites are bastions of high Italian fashion and lux.
Call for special discount on Yacht Club rooms. 866-964-5482.
The MSC Seaside is going to be the most exciting thing off land!
It will have an interactive water-park with slide boards, making slides into a game! It will have an ocean level promenade so you can gaze at the sea while shopping, and glass elevators so you can look at the sea even while moving from place to place! These ships are THE way to enjoy the Caribbean sun!
Like the Divina, the Seaside has the regular inside (129 sq ft), ocean view (172 sq ft), suite (302 sq ft), yacht club (226-614 sq ft), and balcony staterooms (150 sq ft). In fact the Seaside has 70% balconies so even more people can enjoy a private balcony for breakfast, reading, and relaxation!
The Seaside also has NEW stateroom types focused on larger families! There are Grand Suites that accommodate up to 5 people, Super Family connecting cabins which accommodate up to 6 people, and Super Family PLUS connecting cabins that accommodate up to 10 people! This is EXCELLENT news for our larger military families!
Category SD3 has 2 bedrooms and are cabin numbers 11001, 12001 and 14001. The Category SE3 suites all have 1 bedroom
Super Family Plus
DIFFERENCE between MSC Experiences: Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and Yacht Club
Bella is least expensive category of inside I1, ocean view O1, and balcony B1.
Fantastica I2 inside, O2 ocean view, and B2 balcony includes:
- Cabins on the upper decks and in the most convenient positions on the ship
- Freedom to change booking details
- Priority in choice of dinner sitting
- Cabin service 24 hours a day
- Connecting SuperFamily Cabins, if available
- Educational and recreational activities dedicated to our youngest travellers
- Master Chef cookery courses for kids, with MSC Cruises staff
Aurea B3 balconies and S3 suites include:
- Prestigious cabins with view, in the bow on the higher decks
- 24-hour unlimited drinks*
- Spa package with a spa welcome cocktail, one massage of your choice from the spa menu, tanning shower, private wellness consultation and free access to the Thermal Area throughout the cruise (available only for adults)
- Complimentary set of wellbeing products
- Exclusive access to the private solarium, in a reserved area
- Dinner in a reserved area of the restaurant with “My Choice Dining” flexible times
- Priority boarding
- MSC Club points to earn discounts and other benefits on subsequent cruises
- * The drink package refers to Allegrissimo in the Med or More For Less in the Caribbean. Both mean ‘all inclusive’ but not the top-shelf premium beverages.
Yacht Club suites include:
- Luxurious suites with memory foam mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, pillow menu, marble bathroom, plasma TV and minibar
- All-inclusive MSC Yacht Club restaurant with open dining times
- Soft drinks, cocktails, beer, wine and spirits included at all MSC Yacht Club venues and from the minibar in every suite
- Access to the Top Sail Lounge and The One Sun Deck private complex, equipped with swimming pool, whirlpool baths, solarium and bar
- Private lift to the MSC Aurea Spa
- Top Sail Lounge with a selection of drinks, delicious finger food and desserts, afternoon tea time and midnight sweets for a late night treat included
- MSC Club points to earn discounts and other benefits on subsequent cruis
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE all cruises and prices.
The prices shown online do not include maximum possible discount for balcony and suite cabins.
So be sure to call to get additional discount if you want to book a balcony or suite – 866-964-5482.
The prices shown here for all inside and oceanview cabins DO show maximum military discount.
So you can book online to get the best possible deal on those cabin types, but feel free to call for assistance.
Read Travel Agent, Rebecca Forte’s, article about her Divina cruise! (And check out the pictures!!)
Military Spouse reviews of MSC cruise line
Denis Q. My wife and I have travelled with MSC on many cruises and been on the Fantasia, Splendida, Musica, Poesia, Preziosa, and have just over a month ago come off the Divina after a 20 night cruise starting from Miami finishing up in Rome.
We have enjoyed every cruise that we have had with MSC. The quality of the furnishings is second to none, the decor has been tastefully selected and the staterooms are far more superior than other cruise lines that we have travelled on.
We were very happy with the quality of food in the buffet and in the dinning rooms and also the selection of drink packages.
In a nut shell, MSC gives value for money, a great selection of cruises around the world and beautiful Ships
Stephanie F. – military spouse in Germany – “We’ve been on five cruises with MSC and they are by far the best! We did 2 in the Mediterranean, one to Green and one to Istanbul. We absolutely love this cruise line.”
Krista L. – military spouse in Europe – “We have cruised twice on MSC….the Fantasia was amazing.”
Paul W. – from Baltimore – “It was funny, once the staff heard you were American, they treated you different than the Europeans. They were outgoing and jovial. Many staff members approached me to ask if everything was ok, and if I needed anything. They made me feel very special.”
Heather B. – from Virginia – I’ve been on many cruise ships, but the Divina is the most chic and beautiful. Even the other cruisers were a beautiful crowd. Be sure to find the ethnic section of the buffet. It was my favorite place for lunch. When I cruise MSC again, I’ve got to do the Yacht Club.
Full review of MSC Splendida by Kacie Rosario- military spouse (MSC Splendida and Divina are sister ships)
The MSC Splendida was our first cruise! We had read some reviews on MSC, and it almost changed my mind, but we decided to test it out ourselves.
We could not have asked for a better experience! From the staff, the food, the amenities, and the ports of call – it was our best vacation yet.
What were some of your favorite parts about cruising?
We just really enjoyed the ease of cruising and the relaxed atmosphere of the ship. There was always something to do, but if you just wanted to relax – there are plenty of places for that too!
Everything was well organized and ran smoothly – from embarkation, the excursions, dining services, and disembarkation. We never felt like we were rushed, crowded, or pressured. When we did have questions the concierge was always helpful.
It was also nice that everything was taken care of, by Mitch, before we cruised. He had our crib booked in our room, our tickets e-mailed to us, and even signed us up for the excursions that I wanted to do. I was a nervous first time cruiser and Mitch was great about promptly answering my dozens of emails.
We also enjoyed the dining experience onboard. Every night you have the option to enjoy a seven-course meal, and it does not disappoint. I consider myself a picky eater, and there was always something I enjoyed.
The wait staff also goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome. We have a two-year-old and I was really nervous about bringing him into the dining room and getting those annoyed stares, but the staff was so accommodating and understanding – as were our fellow diners.
We also decided to go with the Cheers package which allowed us unlimited drinks (beer, wine, soda, and water) during dining hours – which was a great purchase for us, and we certainly got our money’s worth!
The buffet was also great for breakfast and lunch. They had a wide variety of options and the service, again, was phenomenal.
Did you think the ship and your room were nice enough? Did they exceed your expectations?
Our room was fantastic, and far exceeded our expectations. From the reviews I was expecting a tin shoebox, but our room was large enough for two adults to relax, and a toddler to run around.
We had a great view from our balcony, and it was nice to sit outside while we were arriving and leaving a port. The room service visited twice a day and was always quick to offer assistance.
Although your son is only two years old, if you had time to look around at the kids clubs and activities on the ship, did it seem to you that it was a ‘good cruise for kids’?
We did look around the kids area, and we would have taken advantage if our son was older. The groups would come into the buffet at times, and always seemed like they were having so much fun. It looked like they had costume days, and plenty of arts and craft activities.
Even though we didn’t specifically use the kids club – the ship itself was very kid friendly. There are plenty of wide open spaces where we could ‘run off’ steam, or enjoy the views.
See for info and pics on cruising, see Kacie’s awesome blog here