We recently came back from family cruise vacation on MSC Divina.
It was not our first cruise so we were able to compare Divina with other ships such as Celebrity Eclipse, Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas.
As many other people we read multiple review and peoples opinions about this company and ships and while it was lower than other companies we anyway decided to give them a try.
We learned a valuable lesson to trust other’s people’s reviews, basically it was worst cruise we ever had.
To begin with I will compare MSC Divina with a similar size ship of Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas:
Divina has capacity of 3,959 passengers compare to Freedom of the Seas capacity 3,634 – Divina has 325 passengers more on the similar size ship real estate.
There are so much more internal rooms stocked up, that in order to cross a ship from front to back without going outside on the top deck you will need to walk thru multiple corridors and elevators. I heard some other’s people opinions that the entire ship is like a “hamster walk tube” consist of multiple passages and low ceilings. Even general bar’s and restaurant area’s are so small and congested that you may start filling claustrophobic even if you never suffered from this disorder.
For those who traveled on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and other big ships, probably noticed that each ship has large promenade areas with specious high ceilings, O well, not in this one!
The only large and well-planned areas of the ship are decks 14 and 15 with a lot of pools and hot tubs. I have to admit that pull area is done excellent with plenty of space to accommodate many passengers, but this is only positive thing I can say about this ship.
Food: Usually food on the cruise ships it’s a celebration of culinary arts and extravaganza, Oh well, in this case than MSC Divina is big exception!
If you would imagine combination of fast food restaurant and school cafeteria than you would understand what kind of food they serve, and its same every day with little exception in main diner menu. MSC covers chip food under “mediterranean style” diet, which is obviously not.
Try to avoid the Black Crab main diner restaurant; this is most crowded and uncomfortable restaurant. We have been sited there and immediately asked to be moved to a different place, its overcrowded with more number of table than place can comfortably accommodate.
Entertainment is a bit boring, out of seven nights only about 3 evening shows were ok, other were just same thing with different decorations.
This ship and her sister ships serve as floating hotels for big sport events such as soccer world cup, in 2014 they going to Brazil. Clearly ships like this was designed to be just a hotel with as much as possible rooms, but not a luxury Cruise ship.
The list can go on and on, in general my advice to everyone who is looking for a cruise just avoid this cruise line. Don’t get trapped by the low price for the tickets, its will be a waste of time and money. While on the ship I spoke with many people, some novice and some were seasoned cruisers and most of them shared same opinion that they give MSC a chance and this was a first and the last time they traveled with this company.