FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The beautiful MSC Divina bade farewell to Venice today as she embarked on her much anticipated 18-night Grand Voyage to Miami, where she will become the first Fantasia class ship to sail from North America and the first MSC cruise ship to offer year-round Caribbean sailings.
An additional touch of Italian style enchanted spectators in Venice this morning, as a fabulous Rosso Brillante (metallic red) Fiat 500, or Cinquecento as it is known in Italy, was loaded onto the ship to officially escort MSC Divina across the Atlantic Ocean. Fans can follow the iconic journey by following MSC Cruises USA ( www.facebook.com/MSC.Cruises.USA) and FIAT USA ( www.facebook.com/fiatusa) on Facebook and also by following #FIATATSEA on Twitter and Instagram.
Travelers on board will enjoy numerous relaxing days at sea as well as calls in the diverse destinations of Valletta , Malta, Malaga, Spain, Funchal, Portugal, the Azores Islands, Philipsburg, St Maarten, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas and San Juan , Puerto Rico, before sailing into the sunshine state on November 19 th to a very special welcome. (Followers should be on the lookout for MSC Divina's eye-catching arrival and welcome into Port of Miami on the morning of November 19 th.)With her sleek and sophisticated Italian design and recently launched partnerships with other legendary Italian brands Segafredo, Venchi, Nutella, Campari, Martini and Eataly, MSC Divina sets sail as a true Italian ambassador, bringing the best of the Mediterranean's beloved country of Italy to those on board and to the diverse mix of US and international travelers who will enjoy her Caribbean journeys over the coming year. For more information about MSC Divina's first season in the US and its unique new features and special offers, please visit www.msccruisesusa.com. About MSC Divina Christened by legendary actress and "diva" Sophia Loren, MSC Divina features 1,751 staterooms, 322,900 square feet of public space, a casino, seven restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, five swimming pools (including an infinity pool), a bowling alley, theater, gym, spa, internet cafe, conference center, kids and teen areas, and the lines signature ship within a ship, MSC Yacht Club. About MSC Cruises On board MSC's twelve vessels, guests experience the passion and vibrancy of MSC's Mediterranean way of life. From world-class hospitality and entertainment to authentic regional cuisine, guests are enveloped in our unique Mediterranean spirit. On board, guests are encouraged to slow down and savor every moment their MSC vacation has to offer. As a family-owned company, MSC also prides itself in ensuring kids 11 and younger sail free when sailing with two full fare paying guests in the same stateroom. Children 12 to 17 sail at a reduced rate. For more information, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or call 877-665-4655. About FIAT Brand FIAT — Life is Best When Driven. The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento — a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine. Reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle's global popularity. Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year and Best New Engine of 2010 (Fiat MultiAir® Turbo). In the U.S., the 2012 Fiat 500 was named "Best Buy" in the subcompact category by Consumers Digest and was deemed a "Top Safety Pick" by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This year, the 2013 Fiat 500 was named to the "10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000" list by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com and the new 2014 Fiat 500L was recognized as a "Top Safety Pick" by IIHS. The FIAT brand portfolio in North America continues to expand. In 2013, the FIAT brand launched the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, the fully-electric Fiat 500e and the Fiat 500L, an all-new five-passenger model that expands FIAT's brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.