Say the word “cruise” and I don’t think of the islands, I immediately think of what I ate!

Food always brings back memories for me – the taste, the smell, the styling of the plate, the company with whom I dined. This probably explains why I always take so many photos of my food (yes I’m one of THOSE people).

I thought I’d share just what hubby and I ate as we sailed through the Caribbean on a 7-day cruise aboard the MSC Divina. Just a note but I didn’t photograph everything! These are just the highlights…

NOTE: This post is from 2014. I sailed on MSC Divina Dec 19, 2015 and have written an updated review. But as a word of caution things have changed dramatically.
Read: MSC Divina Cruise Ship Dining Review – An Update

Divina Day 1

MSC Divina food review

     

  • Angus Beef Steak (Black Angus top sirloin grilled to order, with Béarnaise or green peppercorn sauce, baked potato and grilled tomato)
  • Herbed Rack of Lamb (served with oven-roasted red bliss potato wedges, tomatoes, bell peppers and zucchini sautéed in olive oil)

Divina Day 2

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  • Ravioli di Zucca (stuffed with pumpkin, candied fruit and amaretti sautéed in brown butter, sage and Parmesan) I’m not going to lie, everyone at the table had 2 servings)
  • Risotto ai Porcini (Arborio rice creamed with Parmesan cheese and flavoured with truffle oil)
  • Herbed Rack of Lamb (with potatoes and broiled asparagus)
  • Broiled Atlantic Salmon Filet (with boiled potato and zucchini)

Divina Day 3

MSC Divina Eataly Review
 
Eataly Steakhouse Specialty Restaurant
Created by the famous chefs Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich, Eataly is an Italian specialty supermarket and restaurant all in one. Similar in concept to the restaurant on land of the same name with locations in Italy, Japan, Dubai, Istanbul, Chicago and New York.

MSC Divina Eataly Review
 
The atmosphere was relaxed and quite nice, with wood table tops covered in paper and clear acrylic chairs (which I found to be stylish but rickety and uncomfortable). The service was attentive yet relaxed, and not rushed and we quite enjoyed our time dining and chatting with new friends, fellow blogger Holly of The Culture Tripper and her husband Brian.

As expected the food is presented beautifully, I especially liked how the bread was served in little paper bags but I was a bit surprised that the restaurant was à la carte as normally specialty restaurants on cruise ships are prix fix.

MSC Divina Eataly Review
 
We dined on the following:

  • Caesar Salad ($8)
  • Rack of Lamb ($15)
  • 8.5 ounce Sirloin Steak ($25)
  • Vegetable Side dishes ($3 each)
  • Bombolone (similar to a donut but filled with pastry cream)

Tip: As side dishes are separate don’t do as we did and both order potatoes. The portion is large and you’d be better off ordering different items.

MSC Divina Eataly Review
 
MSC Divina Eataly Review
 
The food was excellent; the Caesar was crisp, fresh and perfectly dressed, the steak and lamb were both perfectly cooked as requested and the Bombolone….well, let me just say that I could have eaten a few of these babies – they were that good! Light, fluffy, not overly sweet – quite heavenly.

MSC Divina Eataly Review
 

Divina Day 4

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  • Piccatine di Pollo al Marsala (chicken escalopes flavoured with Marsala wine, served with buttered angel hair pasta and grilled vegetables)
  • Ossobuco alla Milanese in Gremolata (braised veal shank with saffron risotto and buttered carrots and peas)
  • Tiramisù (ladyfingers soaked in coffee, layered with Mascarpone cream and sprinkled with bitter cocoa powder)

Divina Day 5

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  • Tagliatelle al Ragù di Porcini (in Porcini mushroom and veal sauce flavoured with Chianti wine)
  • Costata di Manzo alla Mediterranea (oven-roasted prime rib marinated in thyme, with baked potato, broccoli and confit cherry tomato)
  • (sorry I didn’t get the name of these 2 desserts)

Divina Day 6

MSC Divina food review Gala night

     

  • Shrimp and Avocado Salad (with American Sauce)
  • Porcini Mushroom sautéed with Garlic and Parsley (served with crispy puff pastry)
  • Filet of Beef (served with truffled Port wine sauce, sautéed string beans and roasted red bliss potatoes
  • Broiled Atlantic Lobster Tail (with Duchesse potatoes, grilled asparagus, melted butter and lemon)

Divina Day 7

MSC Divina cruise food review

     

  • Penne alla Carbonara (in a creamy egg sauce with parsley and crispy bacon)
  • Grilled Beef Striploin Steak (with oven-roasted herb potatoes, fried onion rings and coleslaw)
  • Torta Caprese (Italian-style chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream)

7 Divine Dinners. A MSC Divina Food Review & Photo Essay

Hope you enjoyed this MSC Divina food review and photo essay as much as I enjoyed eating and photographing the dishes…