This was our second MSC cruise on the Divina. This ship is beautiful with a European style and flare including our fellow passengers who were from 52 different countries. There were many more Americans and Canadians on this cruise than when we cruised out of Istanbul last summer. We thought that the staff was delightful and very helpful to us, particularly our dinner waiter and the cocktail wait staff. The excursions were interesting, well priced and well organized. Our family group included my 84 year old father in law and hip 25 year old daughter, and we all found places on the ship we enjoyed. The live music ranges from classical to hip dance music.
We love having a balcony room because you can always get some peace and quiet. MSC has made some concessions to the American market. Ice was always available and you could get coffee to go. The international flavor of the other passengers was a plus for us, but we are well traveled and really enjoy talking to people from different cultures. There were many food choices. The buffet is enormous with many choices, but...it's buffet food. More quantity than quality. We thought that the food in the restaurants offered a good selection of choices and was better than average. We would recommend the Aggressimo drink package that includes specialty coffees,gelato, wine, beer, soft drinks and cocktails. We also used the spa services and thought it was lovely....the staff is from Bali and the atmosphere is restful.
We deliberated chose to cruise before school was out to avoid hoards of children. Of course, there were some children on board, but they were well behaved and not roaming free. The Divina is very large and very clean. We'd highly recommend it, but to a more sophisticated traveler who wants to actually leave the country and experience something new.
We have been to beaches all over the world, and this is one of the most pristine. Palm trees lined the powdery sand, providing some shade. The water is exquisite...calm, clear and a surreal aqua color.
The ruins at Tulum date from the 12th century. It was a trek from the ship....first a ferry ride, then a bus ride of about an hour. I would have liked a little more time there to see the last city of the Mayans and learn about their culture. The setting is spectacular...overlooking the Caribbean. It is really a privilege to see one of the oldest cities in the Americas.
We had an excellent and hilarious tour guide that made the experience fun. I would not recommend Dunn's Falls to anyone with small children, mobility issues or older relatives because the rocks are slippery and treacherous, even with the experienced guides. There were lots of people in the falls and lots of hustlers around trying to sell things, braid hair, etc. Jamaica, at least around Falmouth, is a very poor country, but the people are happy and quite delightful to be around.
We loved the ability to snorkel around a wreck and to see the huge coral reef around the Cayman's. The time was perfect....two sessions of about 45 minutes, followed by the beach break. Most of our group are strong swimmers, so it was easy. I did think that a little more time could have been spent to explain things to beginners and warn people to not touch the coral (it destroys it). The water is very clear and beautiful. From what little we saw of the Caymans, they looked like Florida with a lot of banks!
Very nice experience