MSC Divina Cruise Review by KfordRedSox: MSC Divina Is Fine (with understanding)
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MSC Divina Is Fine (with understanding)
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Having booked the Divina at fairly short notice we got what turned out to be an excellent deal ï¿½£699 balcony room less 5% online booking (this 5% is wiped out by service charges. Some reviews did make me wonder if we had done the right thing.
In a nutshell this is a continental, family orientated "monster" (size wise) of a ship. Mainly Italians plus Germans, Spanish and French as the main users, so don't expect afternoon tea and a three course Michelin star dinner.
Let's start with the staff, we found them to be helpful and charming, only one or two struggled with English but on a multi language ship this is to be expected.
Embarkation was fairly painless, our luggage was transported from the service offered at Venice station and it didn't take long to get on board. Disembarkation was a little slower, organised but slow, again, you have to consider the ammount of people leaving the ship so all in all it was OK. The only hitch is getting back into More venice when off the ship as other cruises were disembaking so the dockside was pretty busy.
The buffet food was fine, we never had a problem finding something to enjoy, there was an issue with seating on occassions but with 4000+ people it had to be expected. The evening dining is a seven course continental style meal, some dishes were excellent, mainly they were good with one or two disappointing plates, but you never left hungry.
Our cabin was fine, everything worked and everything clean.
The Allegrissimo drinks package was well worth it, drinks on board are expensive but when bottled water, beer, wine, cocktails, fresh fruit juice etc are included you can't really go wrong.
We only did one show which was good, other shows had good reviews off other passengers we met. Entertainment in all the bars seemed a little below par from the small exposure we had to it, this was balanced out by some fine entertainment in the main lobby by the crystal staircase, the pianist and the trio of piano and two violins were excellent, we had many a relaxed evening listening to them.
The Gym needs more equipment considering the amount of people on board and
we didn't really use the pool area so can't comment on the facilities other than on our day at sea, sun beds were rarer than rocking horse droppings!
To briefly sum up, we travelled as a couple and thoroughly enjoyed our time on board considering what we paid, don't expect 5 star dining, entertainment and services. If you have a problem with children on board, don't go in the school holidays the same goes for the continental style of the ship. You will meet a tiny percentage of rude arrogant people of all nationalities, they exist in everyday life as well (you should have seen the neanderthal tendancies of some people every time cherries appeared at the buffet!) Less
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