People not things make the difference and leave a lasting impression. While there were so many of those MSC Cruises people moments while I was on board the inaugural sailing out of Miami of the MSC Divina, these are four people moments that made a lasting impression on me:
The obvious delight and pride of Mr Enrico Borniiotto opening the Eataly Restauarant
The fast growing Eataly chain of premium Italian slow food cooking was created in Italy in 2007. It now has a few select stores in major cities of the world. It now also has two outlets on MSC Cruises. The first was placed on the MSC Preziosa for its maiden voyage in March 2013 and the second was opened on the MSC Divina on her inaugural sailing out of her new year round home in Miami in November 2013. Mr Enrico Borniotto who runs Italcatering, the company that sources and controls all the food quality for MSC Cruises and was instrumental in fine tuning the concept to meet the tastes of the North Americam consumer, proudly opened the restaurant. This is my photo of him showing the flurry of cameras recording the event – and his obvious pride in the achievement.
Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero and Cape Canaveral Port CEO John Walsh taking part in the traditional maiden port call Keys and Plaque Ceremony.
Despite having done well over 20 cruises, I have never been on a ship calling on a port for the first time. It is tradition when this happens that the Captain and the head of the Port have a formal ceremony on the ship where there is a handover of a plaque that is fixed permanently on the ship recording the event. I was delighted to have been part of the one when the MSC Divina called at Port Canaveral to watch Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero and Cape Canaveral Port CEO John Walsh take part.
“The Divas” on board MSC Divina
The promotional campaign for the move of the MSC Divina to Miami was based around “A diva like no other”. Throughout the inaugural cruise a small group of divas in bright red dresses, pearls and big hats would appear. They became the symbol of the cruise and whenever you saw them you knew something was happening of importance! Here they are at the opening of the Segafredo coffee cafe on board.
The crepe swirling bar tender and maker of delicious Nutella filled crepes
Through the ship was great service and lots of smiling and fun crew. The bar tender that made the Nutella filled crepes for me was the best symbol of this. He was engaging, funny, entertaining, helpful – and delivered delicious crepes!
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Declaration: I travelled as a guest of MSC Cruises USA on the MSC Divina.