For our second Moody Blues Cruise (the first was in 2013), we travelled again from Bahrain to board the ship in Miami - last years vessel was MSC Poesia which was a first class ship, but my goodness this year excelled with the 2 year old MSC Divina. The Italians certainly know how to sail in style - the ship providing excellent facilities throughout and spotlessly clean.
At around 2700 passengers on board, and not at full capacity, the ship was easily crowd free, except to say that this was a music cruise and of course all the artists appearances were well attended but never overly crowded. Our previous cruises include Crystal, Silversea, and Regent considered by many to be at the top of the game - our vote would be for the Divina over any of these lines.
Modern, contemporary features provide a vibrant and bright environment and the vast expanses take some time to get your bearings. We were fortunate in obtaining a room in the Yacht Club which is at the forward end of the ship at the higher levels - we were on level 15. The Yacht Club is the "exclusive" section of the ship with seperate pool, lounge, bar, and deck areas - absolutely stunning!! The room, as expected, provided bathroom with basin, WC and shower over bath, together with small walk in wardrobe space. The double bed was of good size and the room had a small balcony equipped with 2 chairs. Room size the same as most current day "all suite" ships.
With the exception of one particularly rude Italian crew member, all other crew members were very pleasant. The Yacht Club provides a shared butler but we had little need to call on his services. Not only would we not hesitate to book on to next years Moody Blues Cruise (details and reviews of which can be found on that website), but we will certainly sail on this ship again. With another new ship already launched and word of another coming in 2015, we will certainly be planning our future cruises with MSC. For this particular cruise, we would however question the policy of no refunds on drink pre-purchased drink vouchers with a policy of if not used, no refund - we have suggested that un-used pre-paid drink vouchers be deposited on disembarkation and a portion (or whole) of face value be given to a charity - this suggestion we posted on the Moody Blues Cruise facebook site but has now been removed!
A final word on disembarkation - we left our room at 0715 and was ashore within 5 minutes!!!!!!!!