MSC Divina Cruise Review by letsgoonholiday: MSC Divina - Very good!
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MSC Divina - Very good!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
June 2013. Our first ever Cruise and we decided on the Med and MSC Divina. Booked and paid far in advance (that afforded us a nice discount)to board in Venice and do a 7 day trip to Dubrovnik and back. Before our Cruise we read some bad reviews about the Divina - bad staff, bad food, terrible wine etc etc. Well...we experienced NOTHING of the sort! The staff was excellent, the food was very acceptable and the wine was fine.
Boarding in Venice took all of 15 minutes. Our cabin was ready 2 hours before the advertised time and we found it spotless and inviting. The Cabin attendant (Frederique) introduced himself and after that we just saw him slip in and out of our Cabin to freshen things up.
We bought the Allegrissimo Drinks package at 23Euro per person per day and it was a very good decision. Our evening meals we had in the Villa Rosa Restaurant and our waiters Halili and Stephen went out of their way to ensure we had a good time. 1 Evening meal we went to the Tex Mex More (Extra charge) and another evening we Dined at the Buffet Restaurant (we did not feel like dressing up). It is advisable to wear long pants for dinner. We had 2 Gala evenings and a Jacket and tie is advisable if you do not want to do Black tie.
Guest relations - Tyrone, Guest entertainment - Bonita and Oscar, Waiters - Mischa and Violetta were gems!!!!
Excursions: We only used the Ship excursion for Katakalon - well worth it as the guides are VERY informed. There was no waiting or pushing and shoving to get off the Boat and onto Buses - all was very well organised.
Istanbul and Dubrovnik we did on our own.
The Divina is kept very clean - staff constantly cleaning. It was a pleasure Cruising and we will do it again! Less
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Cabin review: 1213075
Cabin 13075. Enough closet space. Bed high enough so that empty cases could be stored underneath. Bathroom good (shower a bit small - but fine). Balcony was great and being on deck 13 had fantastic views. We had 2 cabins and had an interleading door. The balcony partition between our Cabins could also open - that was great.The cabins were kept in very good and clean state.
Port and Shore Excursions
Another Port we did by ourselves. Just took a Taxi to the old City and walked around. This is a Port you HAVE to get off at. It is absolutely amazing. Pay the ticket price to get onto the City wall - it is worth the visit (and the steps!!)
We took a Taxi and did our own thing in Istanbul. Don't get caught by the Taxi drivers trying to sell you the 100Euro site seeing trip! Everything is right next to one another (Blue Mosque, Sophia etc) so just pay 15Euro to be dropped off at one of them and walk around. Be aware of people trying to sell tours, goods etc - just say "no thanks" and walk on.
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