Take a cruise on the new MSC Divina, enjoy some spring training fun in Jupiter, Fla., and warm yourself in Curacao

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By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com


Trade the snow boots for flip-flops — simply by boarding the recently debuted MSC Divina.

Steal: “Hot Rates on Hot Dates” offers include seven-night Caribbean cruises on the following departures. March 8: Western Caribbean sailing, visiting Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, and the Bahamas, starting at $429 per person. March 15: Eastern Caribbean sailing, visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, starting at $399 per person.

Experience: Inspired by film goddess Sophia Loren, MSC Divina offers several divine new features, including two restaurants — the upscale Ristorante Italia and Eataly Steakhouse, fashioned after the famed restaurant at Eataly’s Manhattan location and artisanal marketplace. The MSC Divina is also the first ship to offer aqua cycling at sea.

The 1,751-cabin ship has other features, including: 18 bars and lounges; five swimming pools; a bowling alley; gym; exotic Aurea Spa; 4D Theater; and Formula 1 race car simulator. The yacht club is a “ship-within-a-ship” concept with 69 suites on board. Yacht club guests can indulge in their own personal butler and 24-hour concierge service, including complimentary wines and spirits available any time of the day throughout the club’s exclusive lounges and pool area.

Book it! Online at msccruisesusa.com or by calling (877) 665-4655.

The MSC Divina pays tribute to actress Sophia Loren, especially in its Sophia Loren Royal Suite.The MSC Divina pays tribute to actress Sophia Loren, especially in its Sophia Loren Royal Suite.


Step up to the plate this spring training season at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in Florida. Enjoy the ultimate “Day at the Stadium” experience.

Deal: Book the “Diamond” package and receive four field box tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals or Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Also in this deal: a personal curbside escort upon stadium arrival ; behind-the-scenes tour of the 110-acre sports complex; the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field and throw the ceremonial first pitch. This package includes superior-suite accommodations, with daily breakfast for four. Rates start at $520 per night for travel between Feb. 28 through March 27. The package is only available during spring training home games and is subject to availability.

Experience: Within one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns,” the 168-room Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa serves as the perfect backdrop for a low-key, beachside escape. Relax in a hammock overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, grab a Cucumber Breeze cocktail at Sinclair’s Lounge or go paddle-boarding and kayaking along the Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve.

Book it! Visit jupiterbeachresort.com or call (800) 228-8810 and use promo code DIAMOND.

The pool at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, which has a special deal for baseball fans during spring training.The pool at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, which has a special deal for baseball fans during spring training.


Head to the Caribbean for a luxurious and affordable getaway at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.

Steal: Book the “All Inclusive” package now through April 30 and receive 35% off. The package includes a luxurious resort view room, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, unlimited drinks (including alcoholic beverages & sodas), discounted golf rates and complimentary on-site activities. Rates start at $274 per person, per night.

Experience: Enjoy meditation hikes up the Tafelberg Mountain, beach tennis and paddle-boarding through the Spanish Bay. For an authentic look at the island, head to town for a Chichi painting lesson at Serena’s Art Factory and dare to get up-close and personal with sharks during a snorkel encounter at the Curaçao Sea Aquarium.

Book it! Visit online at santabarbararesortcuracao.com/caribbean_deals/all-inclusive-web.