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  • Mediterranean style in food and design
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275 MSC First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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CindyJacobs4658
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We were greeted by exceptionally long queues and frustrated people. We paid for "Fast track" as it is impossible to stand in a queue with a 3 year old child for 4 hours. Once inside the Fast track option was available but this ... Read more
naomigrey
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed November 2015
This was one of the best weeks of my life and I didn't want to get off the Preziosa. MSC are one of the best value cruise lines for solo travellers which is why I initially chose this cruise. The staff were outstanding, friendly and ... Read more
JGANDROS
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
i. Eish! Not so Magnifica! On boarding, there is no orientation and you are left to figure out on your own where everything is located – all 14 decks worth! ii. We had paid for the welcoming champagne and canapés on arrival ... Read more
docktoar
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
First The good: The Ship itself is beautiful. Now for the rest. If you are palnning on cruising with MSC I would advise you to heed the following. Sail Date: November 2015 Destination: (Caribbean, Central & South America) The ... Read more
vladimirbeograd
Member Since 2015
1 review
My wife and I had a great honeymoon cruise on MSC Preziosa. Took the plane to Milano, went to Centrale station and then took a train to Genova, Piazza Principe. On account of the wedding trip we got a discount (on net price, without ... Read more
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Tarragon
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
We thought the ship was magnificent and the crew first class.Special mention should be made of the cabin steward and the waiting staff in the Velvet Lounge who were exceptional.The food we found was not as good as expected and the helpings ... Read more
CobraJet
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
The biggest reasons for taking a cruise are, for me, the food, the service and the entertainment (of all kinds) on board. Lets start with the food. It was terrible. Even after just 5 nights they started repeating earlier menus in the ... Read more
djames4
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
First and last cruise i will ever go on. The ship is ment to be new, i found the room dirty - our bin still has previous rubbish in - rust in the bathroom. We booked with the information we had they told us we were booked all inclusive. ... Read more
Stockjock
Member Since 2003
8 reviews
651 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Just got back from a 10 day, Mediterranean cruise on the MSC Divina (9-26-15 sailing). I’ll do a very short review for those with a short attention span and a much more detailed review for those who would like an in-depth review. ... Read more
gedjon1
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was my first real cruise trip so was pleasantly surprised how good it was . Firstly the whole check in and out process works really well considering the number of passengers. The airport is used to the sort of numbers so it all flows ... Read more
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Farnk
Member Since 2015
1 review
The Divina Hosts 4 000 'guests', which is way too much for the services it can deliver. There are long waiting times at the elevators, when getting off, at the buffet, at the excursion office desk, everywhere. In addition, to manage such a ... Read more
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C Laidlaw
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Our first impression of this huge ship was favourable. We booked late September to avoid children as we are a mature couple and didn't want the hassle. There were however a number of children of school age who you would have thought should ... Read more
h.rothney@btinternet.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was a first time cruise for my mother (early 60's) and I (mid 30's) and we were both very impressed. The cabins were immaculate and spacious, we had a large window on the 7th floor which I would thoroughly recommend as you can enjoy ... Read more
saska@ni.ac.rs
Member Since 2015
1 review
My family had a fantastic holliday on Preziosa. Preziosa gives you the expected and more. The food..., the crew....above expected! The cabins were beautiful and to be honest, the service in the cabin is very good. The Arabesque ... Read more
Frank Galway
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
My wife and i travelled as part of a group of 27 travellers. We spent two nights in bacelona prior to joining the ship. Check in at barcelona port was very efficient and well organised. Divina is a big ship with capacity of nearly 4,000 ... Read more
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johnboyday
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
26 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Embarkation was very good, our luggage was in our room quickly.this being a nice ocean view cabin. We went straight to dinner in the Marco Polo restaurant on early sitting, the service was excellent from our waiters, but we found the ... Read more
Uno time cruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
The MSC Divina was a beautiful ship and the staff could not have been more gracious. We were in Yacht Club 15028, with a wonderful balcony. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. We were offered a variety of ... Read more
3 Irish amigos
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed September 2015
I'm just glad I wasn't put off by some people's reviews of M.S.C. Divina. Just back from cruise with 2 friends and couldn't fault it. The ship itself is so glamorous took some beautiful photos. We had some wonderful nights, a big favourite ... Read more
sfresh
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise ever. We are seniors and were on a month long vacation of Europe. The excursions were the reason that we booked this cruise. The excursions were wonderful and what we expected. The excursion person that we went to ... Read more
shirajenta
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
We were a familiy travelling from Venice to Istanbul july 2015. 2 adults, four children from eight to fifteen years of age. The children loved the cruise, but not the sightseeing. We adults thought it was OK, but we will never go on a ... Read more
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Ddullard
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first cruise. We were a family group of 5 comprising my husband, 2 teenage daughters and my mum who is 70. This cruise was fantastic. I cannot rate it highly enough. We chose 2 x side by side balcony suites on the Fantastica ... Read more
reviewer12345
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed July 2015
Decor - MSc Divina's decor attempts to be an elegant and sophisticated, however its over the top sparkly and glittery appearance resulted in it looking extremely tacky. Service - There is a 15% service charge on everything ... Read more
millnerl
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
My wife and I are in our early 60's and we wanted to try something different. There's so much to say about this experience, so I'll try to summarise: ** Checking in ** The customs and checking-in procedure at the cruise terminal in ... Read more
Woo-Doo
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We (family of 12 people) had booked a cruise from Venice to Istanbul and back with the MSC Magnifica. The boarding was, due to the category of our cabins, very quick. The cabin was very nice, spacious and, thanks to the terrace, a ... Read more
Barrito
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Although our kids of 10 and 7 were meant to be in different groups, when I took them to the kids' club, there was one able-bodied girl looking after the group of about 25 children, with the assistance of another with a broken arm. The ... Read more
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