MSC Divina Cruise Review by Maksim: Our First and Last Time with MSC
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Our First and Last Time with MSC
We just got back from a New Year's Cruise on MSC Divina. All descriptions and pictures were beautiful. There were no bad reviews, just comments about being open minded. We have been open minded all right. Please keep in mind that I am a very positive person and always look for good things, so I will start with good. The embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth, well organized, no problems. The shows were magnificent, great voices, amazing dancers and beautiful costumes. Music in lounges was great; Gorgeous atrium with 2 violonists playing every night. Public areas decorated for Holidays, look very festive. The crystal staircase is something out of this world. Our cabin had a full bath, which was unexpected and very much appreciated. Ports of call were good.
Now, to the negative side. The ship is designed in such a way that you can see and feel all 4,300 passengers. It feels VERY crowded, although I have to say it was a fully booked cruise. Still, public areas, such as More pools, atruim, etc. were packed with people at all times. At the buffet you basically have to push your way around in order to get through and very hard to find a table. The food in the buffet was so-so. Waffles soggy, nothing interesting for lunch, not even tuna salad. Lot's of pizza that didn't taste good. There is no way you can find a lounge by any of the three pools. There were lots of kids on vacation, plus they sail free, so they were out of control and parents were nowhere in sight. Impossible to swim. Spa design doesn't make any sense. It's coed and at the same time separate. It's not close to the pool, so you can go in and out. Dining rooms are packed with tables and chairs so tight that it's impossible to walk between the tables. I felt bad for the waiters that had to go around. Not all tables are round. If you have such luck sitting by the wall or window, those tables are rectangular and are accompanied by couches, which can only accommodate small people. Besides, if you are by the wall or window, there are pockets with no air, very stuffy plus these areas are separated by the particians from the middle of the dining room, so you can't see when the waiters are presenting something. The food came in cold most of the time. Again, more work for waiters, who didn't speak english for the most part and couldn't provide any explanation about the dishes on the menu. The worst was rack of lamb. It was like someone dumped them in the boiling water and just boiled. Discusting. Lobster was OK and they didn't mind providing extras. Pool towels situation was annoying. They were not just there for passengers to use. One has to stay in line and provide your cruise card, they recorded it and then return with the ticket, so they know you turned them in. Why? What could passengers do with those towels anyway? At the same time there were a bunch in the spa without any problem. Less
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Cabin review: MSC Divina 8130
People, DO NOT book deck 8 balcony mid ship. These cabins are obstructed view, but nobody tells you that. The problem is that life boats are not tucked in under the ceiling of the deck, and instead of beeing above promenade deck, they are sitting on promenade deck. The exterior wall of the ship is indented, which made our balcony sitting on top of the life boat. Another words, when we went on a balcony, we fist saw a life boat, a promenade deck under our balcony, and then the ocean in the distance. This was the most disappointing thing. We have seen 4 ships on tender in one of the ports and none of them have this rediculous design.
Port and Shore Excursions
We took a taxi to Mr. Sanchos and used pay as you go. Great beach, nice swimming, plenty of chairs. We ate at the restaurant and the food was OK, just expensive and portions small. But, we enjoyed the day there.
The new port is beatiful. We had prior transport arrangement and went to the beach. We didn't want to go far, so the driver took us to "Time and Place". The owner was very nice guy and we had a great time. The only problem was that our swimming was not so great because there was tonns of seewead and we didn't realize it. Some people from our ship went to Montego Bay and said the bottom was sandy and nice. Oh well!
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