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MSC Divina Cruise Review by rrforster12

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MSC Divina
MSC Divina
Member Name: rrforster12
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 11246
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Although a veteran of 72 cruises, this was our first experience with a "Mega Ship". It was not a particularly satisfactory experience. The ship is very attractive in its decoration, however if one is using a scooter or wheelchair the ship's design is quite problematic. None of the doors on this ship are equipped for automatic opening, and when one is trying to get outside or back in when underway, the wind makes opening a doorway extremely difficult.

Our "accessible" cabin itself was lovely, with plenty room for our 2 scooters, however there is only 2 110V plugs and they are at the cabins desk area, so if one must utilize a CPAP unit or other device by the bed you must bring a 12' extension cord to power it. The doorway was not any larger then the standard cabin doors, and the passageways are quite narrow so maneuvering our scooters into and out of the cabin was difficult. The large beam that stuck out into the passageway directly opposite our cabin door made it all the more difficult to get in and out. There was also a consistent problem with cleaning carts in the passageways at all hours that had to be moved by us to get past them on our scooters. (For scooter users info, the best ships we have found for accommodating us has been Celebrity's Solstice Class. Almost all the ships doors, including the "accessible" cabins are electric and auto opening)

Re meals: The quality and choices for our dinners in the dining room were quite good, and the service was very good. The Buffet meals were not so much. Very crowded and not very appetizing.

Shows: Varied from very good to Poor. Did not have a show every night. Good access to the theater for scooters. Embarkation and Debarkation was quite well managed at Port Miami.

Overall appraisal: Would not choose to cruise this ship again due to the crowded conditions and less then satisfactory ease of movement for scooter usage.

Publication Date: 01/01/14
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