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MSC Divina
MSC Divina
Member Name: jazzmanmitchell
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        3-6 6.0
        10-12 6.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Thanksgiving Cruise on MSC Divina 2013

I was hesitant to write a review after reading some of the comments in these threads- but since I think I have a unique perspective, here it goes:

This is my 6th cruise, 1st on MSC. I traveled with my spouse, our 2 children (3 and 10 yrs old) and my in-laws. Overall I liked this cruise. The entertainment was good, the food was mostly very good (especially if you like seafood, but don't order the steak) cabin was pretty much as I expected and the kids' clubs were excellent. I blame my TA (or MSC for not educating the major TAs?) for not informing me of/ allowing me to take advantage pre booking restaurants/drink packages (now I know better). I am disappointed that our stop to Stirrup Cay was cancelled - 5 days at sea out of a 7 day cruise are one or two too many.

a number of things I'd like to see improvement on:

consistency of schedules/procedure between what is on line/in print/ on the interactive TV's/ in the announcements (when to have your bags out/ when to be out of your cabin/ etc)

getting on/off the ship at ports could be a little faster (the barcode scanners seem to take longer than on other ships)

4 ports of call on a 7 day cruise seems to me about optimal

why not load the drink packages on the cards vs. paper coupons? just one more thing to carry around/get lost

more flat rate (and less expensive) options in the specialty restaurants - they always seemed empty which is nice that no reservations were needed but I can't help but think that if was $20/per person vs. a la carte they'd be more popular

electronic check in/out of kids to the kids' clubs

Please Please don't mess with:

The Gelato/sweets - excellent and for between 75 cents and $2.00 for a nice portion is PERFECT

The coffee - excellent espresso, espresso drinks. Again a small charge -

Bartenders that know how to pull a beer, make café coretto

I found MSC to be very nice. Celebrity was better for dining experiences, Disney wrote the book on logistics and Kids' Clubs - overall I'd say nicer than Carnival and RCI- definitely worth a try.

A piece of advice for Americans who have never traveled abroad (independently/ not on a cruise) MSC's culture feels European, like being at a resort in Sorrento or the Amalfi coast - neither good or bad - but different - read the first couple of chapters of one of Rick Steves' guide books to get in a temporary European frame of mind.

Special kudo's to the staff at the Kid's Club for getting our deck phone reprogramed - makes much more sense that can dial to/from cabin. (When a concern was raised - they FIXED it- an accommodating attitude I found all over the ship- all one needed to do was ask for assistance and things got done)


Publication Date: 12/16/13
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