MSC Divina Cruise Review by Danbee46: We Have A New Favorite
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We Have A New Favorite
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Our cruise in the Divina's Yacht Club far surpassed any of our other 16 cruises by a wide margin. We flew into Fort Lauderdale and took a shuttle to the Port of Miami. The company, Express Shuttle, did a fine job and only cost the two of us $85 for the round trip. I would use them again.
We arrived at the pier and immediately saw the white Yacht Club tent. The handlers took our luggage and we signed in with the butler. After about 15 minutes another butler lead about 8 of us onboard. We went through security and then to a lounge where three staff people were available to get us registered and give us our cards, which, as usual, served as door keys and credit cards. They also were used to open the doors to the Yacht Club area. Following registration, the butler took us to the Yacht Club concierge where we selected a preferred dinner time (we could still show up whenever we wanted) and the daily newspaper we wanted. So far, every staff person we met was friendly and treated us More as valued guests. The butler then took us to our cabin. We had a YC1 cabin. Eight cabins in this class (4 each on decks 15 and 16) are wider with longer balconies. We had one of these and it was great. Great closet space; we could walk past the bed without squeezing against the wall; etc. Besides the bed there was a love seat and easy chair. The flat screen tv was large enough to watch from anywhere in the room. There was a bottle of sparkling wine chilled and waiting for us and the mini-fridge had soft drinks, beer and snacks, all included, as were all drinks, except top shelf stuff, in the Yacht Club and Le Muse. It was refilled twice a day.
Our butler was Harry and the first night he escorted us to the private dining room, Le Muse. It was the only time we really used him for anything but the normal cleaning of the cabin. The concierge was amazing. We had two problems in the cabin. We called them and someone was at our door in less than 60 seconds. Each problem was resolved in less than 5 minutes.
Le Muse is an attractive restaurant with friendly but professional staff. The menu was too limited in choices for me, but there was always something delicious and perfectly cooked to eat. Luigi, the Maitre d', always made sure we had the same table with our favorite waiter, Giancarlo. We didn't eat in any of the specialty restaurants because the food and service in Le Muse was so good. We had breakfast every morning at the One Bar, right next to the One Pool. MSC says it is a continental breakfast, but they always have eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes in addition to bread, pastries, yogurt and fruit. We loved eating outside watching the ocean.
This review has gotten kind of long, so I'll just end it repeating what I said at first. The Yacht Club is a great experience and one we hope to repeat again and again. Less
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Cabin review: 16032
Cabin 16032 is one of the eight larger YC1 cabins. It is several feet wider than the rest of the YC1 class and has a longer balcony with the same two chairs and one footrest. The walk-in closet also has 6 shelves. There is enough room under the bed for 4 large suitcases. It has a loveseat and an easy chair. This would be my choice every time.
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