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Felt safe the entire time...appreciated the options to staying on board or bailing with Irma on the way. Captain kept everyone very updated with changes and conditions of ports etc. Can't say enough about how accommodating the crew ... Read More
Felt safe the entire time...appreciated the options to staying on board or bailing with Irma on the way. Captain kept everyone very updated with changes and conditions of ports etc. Can't say enough about how accommodating the crew was during a hurricane scare. And no food or drink shortages...only apologies for having to repeat shows. Are you kidding? They were all worth repeating! And how they were able to co ordinate all the port excursion changes...truly a challenge and they came thru with flying colors. Announcements in so many languages got a bit tiring...but then again with global passengers on board it really made for a more interesting ship. Enjoyed the diverse company. Will surely sail with MSC again. Although the ship holds many passengers we never felt the crowds as we have on other ships and somehow they seemed to have eliminated the lines that so many other ships struggle with. Already booked another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Just off the Divina yesterday afternoon. Cruised Saturday September 2, 2017 for seven nights that for us ended up being an 11 night cruise. Not everyone was required to disembark in Miami yesterday afternoon. Captain Massa - who was ... Read More
Just off the Divina yesterday afternoon. Cruised Saturday September 2, 2017 for seven nights that for us ended up being an 11 night cruise. Not everyone was required to disembark in Miami yesterday afternoon. Captain Massa - who was outstanding - (as was all the staff throughout our cruise) - is taking the ship back out and back in daily through Saturday and cruisers were given the option to disembark or stay on until they had final travel arrangements made. We were on the Divina in April and there were a couple things done differently since then: 1) your drink coupons are now delivered to your Cabin day of Embarkation 2) omelets are no longer made poolside on Deck 14 but rather in the buffet area 3) food in Sports Bar is free and excellent, had wings almost every night, and made a good effort at trying everything else on the menu as well Any questions I will try my best to answer. Had a great cruise. Were kept safe. Were well taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I traveled on the MSC Divina with my fiancee and her 12-year old daughter on a weeklong cruise for a little over $1,000. That price point I think clouds the rest of this review. It's simply incredible what you get for the price pay, ... Read More
I traveled on the MSC Divina with my fiancee and her 12-year old daughter on a weeklong cruise for a little over $1,000. That price point I think clouds the rest of this review. It's simply incredible what you get for the price pay, particularly if European elegance appeals to you. On this cruise there is no hairy chest contest, but there is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi. What you think of that trade off is going to sum up a lot about how you'll enjoy the MSC Divina. I literally saw people wearing top hats, white gloves, coat tails, and walking sticks on formal night. Again, if this makes you want to run than you probably should. As for me, I loved it. As MSC is not well known yet in the American market, non-Americans made up a majority of those on the ship. Fortunately, my experience was that most people spoke English and communicating with my fellow passengers was never an issue. It was amazing to see so many different cultures on the ship. The cleanliness of the ship was amazing. Although reviewers noting that the buffet gets chaotic at peak times are correct, it was astounding that I never one came across a table with dirty plates on it. The cleaning staff works incredibly fast. So fast that even seagulls leave the ship alone in port because they know they won't find any scraps. The productions were incredible. The Michael Jackson show was one of the best shows I have ever seen at sea. There are some things to nit pick about (main dining room was slow, buffet busy, wifi sign up was confusing) but for the price I can't knock off a point for that. Overall, a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My wife wanted to try the Yacht Club, and we had never been on MSC or been to Jamaica. The YC was primo and the special private restaurant, pool, spa, bar and butler service was amazing. Except for them moving pool deck chairs over or room ... Read More
My wife wanted to try the Yacht Club, and we had never been on MSC or been to Jamaica. The YC was primo and the special private restaurant, pool, spa, bar and butler service was amazing. Except for them moving pool deck chairs over or room at wee hours of am. The ship was beautiful and classy. But the mob, masses on the regular pool deck and at the buffet at meal time were intense...so we stayed mostly in our private ritzy area. On and off escort was cool. Great food in The Muse and Galaxy specialty restaurants. We did not go to many shows or movies and avoided crowds. For the retail price, the YC was pricey, and the "steerage" (sorry, not just my word, it came up several times) was too cheap. Don't expect high class or seasoned travelers on this line. So take my review and ratings only for YC perspective, please. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our third cruise in the Yacht Club and it just gets better. We had no complaints for the entire week. Check in was smooth and quick. In the YC we activated our key cards and choose our dinner times and table. Maitre'd Robert ... Read More
This was our third cruise in the Yacht Club and it just gets better. We had no complaints for the entire week. Check in was smooth and quick. In the YC we activated our key cards and choose our dinner times and table. Maitre'd Robert met all our requests with enthusiasm and a smile. All our meals in La Muse were enjoyable and delicious. We were greeted each time by Robert or the assistant, Lindsay. Lindsay is a real joy to encounter each day, she was always positive and upbeat. Our waitress each night, Loretta, was excellent. She was starting her first day in La Muse when we came aboard but you would never have known it because she was outstanding. A genuinely sweet and caring personality, she made each meal a very pleasant experience. The sommelier, Dechen, was very knowledgeable and anxious to improve the dining experience with excellent recommendations. Robert's fresh made desserts and pastas was a very nice and tasty touch. Our suite was well maintained by Juan Carlos. He was always available before you were even sure you needed him. Whether answering a question, fulfilling a request or escorting us around the lines to go ashore, he was magically there when needed. We have been on over 45 cruises on many different cruise lines and the MSC Divina and the Yacht Club has really spoiled us. I am sure that a large part of the attitude of the entire ship is due to the leadership of Captain Marco Massa. The Captain is highly visible and very accessible. I am a retired US Naval Officer and told the Captain that I would love to visit the bridge to see the new technologies not available when I was still on active duty. He took the time and trouble to get special authorization from MSC headquarters to allow me to have a very informative and enlightening tour of the bridge. It was amazing!! Thank you again Captain Massa. We look forward to sailing on MSC Seaside as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was my fourth cruise on MSC Divina. It has become a home away from home. I absolutely love its elegant contemporary italian design, with every area meticulously decorated with high-end finishes and art. I find the food to be ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise on MSC Divina. It has become a home away from home. I absolutely love its elegant contemporary italian design, with every area meticulously decorated with high-end finishes and art. I find the food to be delicious with many vegetarian and healthy options. The staff and crew especially the maids, pool attendants, waiters and bartenders are upbeat, warm and friendly which makes cruising all the more enjoyable. Andre the cruise director is warm, engaging, and awkwardly funny. On this particular cruise I saw the captain Massa and hotel director Ziggy on many occasions greeting the guests, chatting in depth, even solving problems for them on the spot. They were asking many questions of the guests- wanted to make sure they were happy. Extraordinary! I did hear some guests complaining and unhappy. Often people expect everything to be perfect or according to their unrealistic expectations. One thing is not perfect and suddenly they focus on this. Some people don't know how to relax and enjoy. I must admit though- MSC can do a better job of setting expectations correctly through better communication and specific information. Americans relax through information. MSC is quite vague at times. For example, they need better diagrams and details of the rooms. I got lucky because a previous guest had posted a video of the stateroom on youtube- otherwise I had no way of knowing if it would truly fit my needs. In all likelihood, we would not have booked this cruise otherwise. This cruise I brought a friend who has never been on a cruise. She is well-traveled for business but doesn't vacation much, and I wanted to make sure we both would be comfortable and happy. We both agreed that yacht club was absolutely worth the money. Butler escort from curb & port to avoid lines, Le Muse dining & all drinks, steam & sauna access, private area to avoid crowds all included. We paid $4600, or $328 each per day. She loved the shows, photo & video service, Eataly, & Le Muse, plus made some great new friends from around the world. I learned some salsa moves, got a great tan, and enjoyed myself immensely. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our second time on the Divina and it did not disappoint! We sailed both times as a couple. The first time in a balcony cabin 3 years ago and loved everything about the Divine. When we looked at cruises for this trip, some other ... Read More
This was our second time on the Divina and it did not disappoint! We sailed both times as a couple. The first time in a balcony cabin 3 years ago and loved everything about the Divine. When we looked at cruises for this trip, some other ships had more desirable itineraries, but we loved the Divina so much, we were afraid we'd be disappointed with another cruise line. In the past, we've cruised with Royal Caribbean and Carnival and we far preferred MSC to both of those. We enjoy both land vacations and cruises and have traveled fairly extensively throughout the Caribbean and in Europe. ARRIVAL in Florida: We flew in on the Thursday before our cruise and spent two nights at the Residence Inn by Marriot Il Lugano in Fort Lauderdale. I'd highly recommend the hotel - rooms were large, clean, modern, and had a beautiful view of the inter coastal. It was also walking distance of several excellent Italian restaurants and a very short shuttle ride (7 minutes) to Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant which has a great show, complete with twirling fire batons and a huge drink menu. We took Uber to the Port of Miami Saturday morning and arrived shortly before 11am. EMBARKATION: Completely smooth and done within minutes. (It was also a pretty quick painless experience last time, but this was truly seamless) We splurged on YC and it was absolutely fantastic. We checked in our bags at the white YC tent at the front of the ship and immediately had a port side butler bring us into the terminal. We were whisked past the lines and lines of people and brought to a separate room to check in. You knew right away this was going to be a different experience - in a really great way. We were then taken to the next room where champagne, juice, and cookies awaited us. After approximately a half hour, the ship was ready and we were escorted aboard and shown how to use the YC room cards in the elevator in order to access the YC decks. First look at YACHT CLUB and Cabin: We were escorted to the Top Sail Lounge (which is big and beautiful and always quiet and peaceful - rarely more than a handful of couples/families at a time) and immediately met by the maitre de of Le Muse, Robert. We gave him our preference of dining time for dinner, chatted and joked, and that was it. Time to see our room! A butler escorted us to our room and showed us the basics. There was a welcoming bottle of Prosecco and fruit basket. Little gifts were left for us in the room throughout the week. The room itself was much like our balcony cabin from our last cruise in size, but had a much appreciated walk in closet and a tub/shower combo. The colors and furnishings were also nicer, including the bathroom. The bed was incredibly comfortable as were the pillows. If they weren't to your liking, you could choose others from the pillow menu. The butler who escorted us told us that our room butler would stop by to introduce himself personally and explain breakfast, lunch, concierge service, room service, etc..As it was almost noon, we decided to go to Le Muse for lunch. LE MUSE: We had been on the Divina before so declined the escort to Le Muse. We took the elevator down to 7, walked the length of the ship through lounges and bars and took in the beauty of this immaculate ship, and took the aft elevators up to 15 and Le Muse. We were always greeted at the entrance of Le Muse by the hostess or Maitre'd at each meal. Breakfast and lunch is open seating, dinner is usually at the same table and same waiter for your entire cruise. Food is my passion so I apologize in advance if I go on and on. We are from central NJ and eat out at some pretty great restaurants in NYC, Philadelphia, and in NJ. I also cook a lot and my family is from Italy. I like good food. I could not find fault in anything we ate at Le Muse save for one dish that I thought was a little bland - the timbale of polenta. It was beautifully presented and tasted fresh, but not entirely to my taste. Everything else was wonderful! Our first lunch offerings included bay scallops & mango cocktail, Caprese salad, and filet mignon. Le Muse makes a great first impression! Everything was delicious and beautifully prepared! My advice to you is to try everything! They will bring you anything you want from the menu and change things if they are able to. I was hesitant to try the herb risotto with a squid bouquet - what's a squid bouquet? I never came across that watching the Food Network, lol. It was just a little bit of calamari on top of a creamy, tasty, delicious risotto. There was a pasta dish with a salmon vodka sauce with fresh arugula mixed in at the end that was a favorite! It was prepared fresh in the dining room by the maitre'd which was a fun touch to meals. Sometimes he prepared pasta, sometimes delicious desserts. One of our favorite entrees was the roasted swordfish and Provola cheese roll for my husband, and Magret of Long Island Duck with caramelized figs and roasted pumpkin for me. I had the Sacher Torte for dessert (a rich Austrian chocolate cake with an apricot filling and sauce) that was the perfect ending to the meal! The warm flour less chocolate cake and the cheesecake - any cheesecake - are also fabulous. On the second formal night, we were encouraged to have the 7 oz lobster tail for an appetizer and again as an entree along with the beef tenderloin to create your own surf and turf. Just try it all! You won't be sorry. The waiters will recommend wine to start your meal and to pair for each course. The Sommelier is also always available making her way around the dining room to greet you, ask your preferences, and make recommendations. She's fabulous! Staff of Le Muse : I cannot say enough about the helpful, kind, wonderful people who work so hard to please every person in Le Muse. From our friendly waiter to the knowledgable lovely sommelier, to the friendly Maitre'd, to the quiet unassuming chef, Giovanni - everyone helped to make our meals memorable, enjoyable, and a true dining experience each evening. CC Meet and Greet: Definitely sign up for this if you haven't yet. MSC and CC put together a really nice gathering where you can meet people with whom you've chatted and where you can meet the Captain and crew. We were fortunate that ours was so small - about 30 people at the most - so we all had a chance to speak with the crew personally. At the 10:30 am cocktail party, we were offered my favorite - Prosecco, as well as juice along with some tasty treats and cake. ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainers are all so talented! The dancers are amazing and always doing dance lessons or encouraging others to participate in the lounges after their shows. The singers and performers are all so entertaining! The first time onboard, we missed most of the shows lingering over dinner. We saw almost all of them this sailing and are both glad that we did! YC note - a butler will always be at the entrance of the theater on deck 7 at the beginning of each show. There is a reserved section on the side balcony for YC members so you never have to worry about getting a seat. The butler does leave a few minutes after shows begin, so sometimes the seats fill in with other passengers if they haven't been taken yet. ONE POOL It is so nice to go up to the pool area and find a lounge chair - or 5 - at any given time. Even on the busiest of sea days there will always be open loungers. There are two hot tubs and a small pool on deck 18 but it was more than adequate for guests. There was only one time the whole week that anyone else was in the hot tub with my husband and I. Kids enjoyed the pool and occasionally went in the hot tub with their parents, but it's never overrun the way it can be in the bigger pools onboard. We had breakfast at the One Pool buffet most mornings. There was always a selection of meats and cheeses, yogurt, bread, fruit, potatoes, sausage or bacon, eggs, (you could also ask for an omelette) and my favorite - fresh flaky croissants, pain au chocolat, and other delicious breakfast pastries. All perfect with a cup of cappuccino or two! Servers/Butlers were always quick to help you and offer juice, coffee, or whatever you needed. We never ate here for lunch, but saw that they usually had buffet offerings from Le Muse along with other cold lunch choices. There are servers to take your drink orders during the day while youl're lounging, but when it's a quiet day by the pool, you're better off going up to the bar to order your own. Once you order, they'll bring it to you. They don't like you to carry much up in YC. :-) The bar area is not in sight of most of the loungers and they don't always know when you arrive. Once they know, they will come around to check on you and refill your drinks. SUGGESTED DRESS Code (as MSC calls it) for lack of a better word: I know there's a lot of discussion about this. What we found is that it all goes - for the most part. We enjoy getting dressed up and wore formal clothes for the gala nights - my husband wore a tux one night and a white dinner jacket the other, I wore long evening gowns both nights. The other nights I usually wore either cocktail dresses or sundresses that I tried to match to the theme nights (2 gala, 1 white night, 1 Italian night, 1 70's Flower Glory (?) night, and 2 more casual nights). My husband wore a jacket most nights or a button down shirt. Observations - please know I'm not trying to judge in any way. So many people ask, this is what we saw: On formal night, we saw one man walk in with shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops. We were frankly surprised no one said anything. We had heard it was a big no-no to wear flip flops to Le Muse at any time. Shorts are totally common at breakfast and lunch, less common at dinner but people did wear shorts - usually with a polo shirt. The first evening we saw a couple being politely turned away wearing flip flops and t-shirts. Most men wore slacks and a polo shirt or button down shirt on the more casual nights. On formal nights there were a few tuxes, a few jackets, a few button down shirts with or without a tie, and there were a couple of shorts with polo shirts. I will say many staff and some passengers took the time to tell us they appreciated that we did dress up with the themed nights. But we did it for us. We enjoy it and we feel it adds to the atmosphere and ambiance of the whole dining experience of a thoughtfully prepared meal paired with excellent wine and topped with delicious desserts! All in all - we had an absolutely fabulous YC experience and LOVE MSC. Our family is booked and very excited to cruise next summer on Seaside! PICTURES AND QUESTIONS: I took a ton of pictures and will post some from my phone in the comments. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to try to help. I loved reading everything I could find before our cruise and hope I can add to your excitement if you're cruising with MSC or the Divina! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My daughter who is a travel agent and have sailed this ship before. I went with them so had the advantages of their experience. The entertainment staff was great as was the dining staff. Everyone was very good at their jobs. Embarkation ... Read More
My daughter who is a travel agent and have sailed this ship before. I went with them so had the advantages of their experience. The entertainment staff was great as was the dining staff. Everyone was very good at their jobs. Embarkation had some long lines as not enough check in staff. Disembarkation was not bad but colors and numbers not called on timely bases. Food was good. Went to 3 specialty restaurants. Galaxy was good but slow, took 1 3/4 hours for 4 courses. Service was very good though. There were only 3 tables at the time. Ports good. Did not go on any of the ship excursions. Cabin was comfortable and roomy. Ship was very nice. Played a lot of trivia games and attended other contests and activities. Plenty of things to do. The many languages did not bother me as plenty information given in English, usually first. Enjoyed listening to the children speaking other languages. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Having been on Carnival and RCCL cruises int he past we were a bit apprehensive about trying out a new cruise line but the price, itinerary and dates all worked so we booked 2 balcony cabins for myself, my husband our two daughters (17 ... Read More
Having been on Carnival and RCCL cruises int he past we were a bit apprehensive about trying out a new cruise line but the price, itinerary and dates all worked so we booked 2 balcony cabins for myself, my husband our two daughters (17 & 18) and their two friends. I have a more detailed review in the cruise critic message boards but I will say that we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. No problem communicating with any of the staff as English was the primary language on this sailing. There were a lot of non-English speaking passengers but it made the experience more exciting and was not a problem. We had the fantastica experience and the balcony rooms were quite spacious. The food, service, entertainment and decor on the ship were all great. There was not the variety of entertainment options as on some of the other cruise lines but enough for us (between the nightly shows, the casino, the music in the bars and lounges etc) as we were mainly there to relax and enjoy some tropical locales. If you are looking for a party ship this might not be for you. If you are looking for a quiet ship this also might not be for you (especially in the summer with all the kids) but if you are looking for something in between don't be afraid to give MSC Cruises a shot. I am glad we did and will definitely consider them again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We are going to stay with MSC Cruises when we cruise again in the upcoming (near I hope) future. One thing we noticed about the ship compared to the others sitting in ports was that MSC keeps the inside AND the outside spotless. Always ... Read More
We are going to stay with MSC Cruises when we cruise again in the upcoming (near I hope) future. One thing we noticed about the ship compared to the others sitting in ports was that MSC keeps the inside AND the outside spotless. Always pressure washing, cleaning, doing maintenance to both inside and specialized cleaning/maint/preserving on the outside. We say other ships similar age at port rusty and with dirt on the outsides. MSC seems to take pride in everything they do from this area to food drink and entertainment. Also.... as one notices in mass dish and silverware cleaning at restaurants and resorts sometimes you'll find a little residue left behind---not on MSC, their dishes and silverware were spotless. Can't say enough about the food and entertainment. Wait staff friendly and helpful. Most of these people have 8 months contracts working the ship away from family and longtime friends, we asked several of them how things were going being away this long and they generally loved what they were doing....as they might miss home and family and perhaps be ready for a break they were always there with a smile and ready to help you enjoy your vacation. Top Notch! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
...no lie, we both caught the cruise bug! This was our first cruise and we're hooked! The whole adventure was memorable and we can't help but tell everyone how extraordinary the experience was. The embarkation process went ... Read More
...no lie, we both caught the cruise bug! This was our first cruise and we're hooked! The whole adventure was memorable and we can't help but tell everyone how extraordinary the experience was. The embarkation process went smoothly especially considering there were 4,000 guests to board.The excited anticipation of the cruisers and the well-executed organization of the MSC staff made for a pleasant and seamless boarding. Entering the ship we were welcomed by the stunning crystal staircase and lovely live piano music. Before searching out our cabin, we wandered around just a bit to get a feel for what we were in for. We were not disappointed. The Davina was clean, maps were abundant, and even with thousands of guests, we were able to move about comfortably and with minimal wait time. The cabin was roomy and spotless and throughout the cruise the wonderfully efficient crew kept it clean, stocked, and orderly. We called them our elves and we joked about how they seemed to know when we were out so they could slip in and clean up multiple times a day. Having a balcony room was a plus as we loved relaxing out there at all hours of day or night. The 24-hour buffet of food... oh my! What a treat. We enjoyed the everyday foods like pizza, hamburgers and salads, but also looked forward to the daily specials where we found interesting items like eggplant lasagna and lemon chicken and a variety of fish plates. We love salad and fruit and found the melons especially to be wonderfully ripe and tasty. And who could deny the many desserts?! We could never choose just one. We especially liked the international crew. These people are hard working, friendly, helpful and pleasant.There wasn't a lazy person seen. What a joy they were to be around! Being our first cruise, we didn't take in any excursions, although we were immediately approached in Nassau and agreed to take a tour. The driver had a lot of great information and stories. We would have never seen nor learned as much on our own. The stop at Half Moon Cay was beautiful and at 57 years old I finally learned how to float! Looks like we'll need to schedule another cruise so I can learn to swim. (Our only disappointment was the internet. My husband was in the midst of online classes for his masters and the connection was incredibly slow making it a bit stressful getting assignments turned in on time.) Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Having read such mixed reviews about the Divina and MSC, but being cruise ship junkies, we have wanted to try the Divina but always found reasons to cruise with other lines. But this year a short 3 day cruise to the Bahamas convinced us to ... Read More
Having read such mixed reviews about the Divina and MSC, but being cruise ship junkies, we have wanted to try the Divina but always found reasons to cruise with other lines. But this year a short 3 day cruise to the Bahamas convinced us to put our toes in the MSC waters. And boy, are we glad we did! We were so impressed with MSC, and in particular the Yacht Club, that we booked a May cruise on the Seaside. We tried the Haven on the NCL Getaway and were very disappointed. That was by far the most expensive splurge we've even taken in all our cruising years, and we found the Haven, in its own small way, just as crowded and cramped as the rest of the Getaway. The food in the Haven dining room was average, the Haven pool was tiny, with chair hogs spreading their towels around at 8 AM, and to add insult to injury our cabin was never turned over until 4 or 5 PM. Granted we did have a Spa Suite outside of the main Haven area, but it was still unacceptable to shell out that kind of money and not have our beds made until we were getting ready for dinner. The Yacht Club, however, is everything we thought the Haven would be and wasn't: spacious, phenomenal service and great dining. Yes, as some reviewers have stated it's a hike to the YC Le Muse restaurant, and yes, it was very odd to eat escargot while watching bikinied and thonged cruisers lounging immediately outside the restaurant windows, but the food and service were so great that the view turned into a running joke. The new MSC ships have this YC restaurant issue corrected, so we thought of the Divina as a work in progress for an Italian company that's trying to break into the American market. But from the easy and fast check in and disembarkation to the always empty private pool, the Yacht Club was everything it promised to be. Oh, and a fairly new MSC policy: all the drinks on the entire ship (including the spa smoothies) as well as gelato are all included in the YC fare! We are Platinum on Princess and have sailed on Celebrity, HAL, Carnival and NCL, and the Divina has, without a doubt, the friendliest crew of any of the ships we've sailed on! And I'm not just talking about the crew in the Yacht Club, but the entire crew on the entire ship was super happy and friendly at all times. The Captain was always out and about, and the crew really gave this ship a genuine personality. When wandering outside the Yacht Club, however, we could see where some of the mixed reviews might have come from. Overall, the Divina has a surprisingly dark décor. For a ship that's only a few years old it seemed stuck in a dated 80s look, with mostly browns, purples, mauves and silver trim. The atrium fountain wall was empty, and the fountains around the main pool were not working. These minor décor issues were a big surprise as most reviewers rave about how beautiful the ship is. Also, MSC, a family owned company, is very family friendly, and kids always sail free. Add to that a July sail date, and the ship was, as we feared, very crowded and overrun with kids. The Buffet had to be the most chaotic cruise ship buffet we ever entered. All the kids created a frenzied vibe that we've never experienced on any other ships, even the over crowded Getaway. So had we sailed outside of the YC this have been be a much different review. But if we were a family travelling with kids, I'm sure we would have had an amazing time. Overall, Princess is still our favorite cruise line. They have a great product, the experience is always just right, and the Regal Princess is one of our favorite ships. That being said, if you can afford the Yacht Club, it is definitely a cut above everything else we've ever tried, even on Princess, and we're hooked. Add to that MSC's incredible values and it's worth the splurge (while these values last!) Example: we booked a two-for-one fare for this short cruise, and with MSC's status match loyalty program, our Princess Platinum converted us to MSC Gold Members on our very first cruise, which resulted in a 5% discount on top of the two-for-one fare! MSC is also currently running a "Countdown to Seaside" Promo which offers free Wi-Fi and $150 stateroom credit on the Seaside. By booking a cruise onboard the Divina, we received an ADDITIONAL $200 onboard credit! So we're sailing in May (less kids) with a $350 stateroom credit, free Wi-Fi, and a 5% discounted fare for being in their loyalty program. We had a great time in the Yacht Club, and with various perks and promos MSC makes it a very affordable splurge. On the whole, while there were minor quibbles here and there, the Divina has a great personality, thanks to here wonderful crew. If you want to give her a try, just sail when the kids are in school! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I loved this cruise. Everything was wonderful for us. The service in general was excellent for me and my family. The dining crew was very friendly, and professional at the same. Carmine was very courteous and patience each moment we had ... Read More
I loved this cruise. Everything was wonderful for us. The service in general was excellent for me and my family. The dining crew was very friendly, and professional at the same. Carmine was very courteous and patience each moment we had questions regarding any dish. Also, Mark was very attentive to any of our request. Dark Craw Restaurant, table 505. Their only purpose was to please us and make us feel good. On the other hand, the cabin service was amazing! Our cabin was always kept very clean. Our cabin attendant was great. My mom enjoyed the casino facility as well. I was impressed with the fast disembarkation procedures. The crew in charge with it showed a well and organized way to facilitate the process of departure. I am recommending MSC DIVINA to my friends and anybody else that I know that would like to live a great cruise experience :) Sincerely, Adela Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was a very short cruise, which MSC also did last year. Last year, I felt that MSC was very up-and-down. Some aspects were very good (the Yacht Club, the personal service of the butlers and other employees), but unfortunately, they ... Read More
This was a very short cruise, which MSC also did last year. Last year, I felt that MSC was very up-and-down. Some aspects were very good (the Yacht Club, the personal service of the butlers and other employees), but unfortunately, they definitely needed to improve in others (there was a definite upgrade needed in the food, for example.) They definitely improved in virtually every area ... this is definitely a cruise line that is upgrading all over the place. Now, this is still definitely European - and that is part of Divina's charm. Announcements are still made in four languages, and English is not always the first (and I don't think that is necessary.) There are many more 'international' passengers than the bigger American-centric lines. Again - that's is at it should be. After all, we go on vacation primarily to learn all about different cultures, and this is a real learning experience. Cabins are probably a bit smaller than the ones we are familiar with. And a minor point - wish MSC would devote bigger space to the Future Cruise desk - boy, the two consultants hardly have room to turn around! But, top to bottom, this has been a very successful year. Good grief, the Divina CAPTAIN took time out of his day to participate in a Cruise Critic meeting - and circulated freely about the room for the better part of an hour! That is TOTALLY unheard of! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I enjoyed my short cruise on Divina. There were many more kids on the ship this time, but that's what happens this time of the year. Pool staff did not consistently enforce no kids allowed iin the adults only area. All pools ... Read More
I enjoyed my short cruise on Divina. There were many more kids on the ship this time, but that's what happens this time of the year. Pool staff did not consistently enforce no kids allowed iin the adults only area. All pools were open late into the night. This was a great change, as the evenings were hot and the pools were a great place to cool off. There were a lot of kids in the pools at night, but at least the parents were there to supervise them. I bought the 18 drink vouchers. It's better to buy them onliine before you board to avoid the service charge. Although you can usee them to buy everything from alcoholic beverages to specialty coffess and gelato, I did not use all of my vouchers on the short cruise. I wish that I could have bought the 12 voucher package. The best bartenders tend to work midday. Some the bartenders at the poolside bar were slow and not very experienced. They could not make some of the drinks in the bar menu. All in all, it was still a great way to relax over a long weekend. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The MSC Divina was a very beautiful, very clean ship. We had the opportunity to upgrade to the Yacht Club. It was definitely worth it! Embarkation went swiftly and smoothly. We were escorted by a butler upstairs to our stateroom which ... Read More
The MSC Divina was a very beautiful, very clean ship. We had the opportunity to upgrade to the Yacht Club. It was definitely worth it! Embarkation went swiftly and smoothly. We were escorted by a butler upstairs to our stateroom which was a deluxe suite with a balcony. There was a bottle of champagne and fruit waiting for us in our room. We had a butler, Victor and a junior butler, Fidel who were wonderful. The Yacht Club also has its own Concierge which we used on many occasions. The restaurant, Le Muse, for Yacht Club members is at the back of the ship and unfortunately right by the outdoor adult lounge/pool which is one of the few places you can smoke on the ship. Unfortunately that is what you see when dining in LeMuse instead of a beautiful ocean view. The food was good but could use more variety. Our waiters were excellent. My favorite place in the Yacht Club was the Top Sail Lounge. The staff were very attentive and they had a small buffet which depending on the time of day had pastries, breakfast items, appetizers, finger sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, nuts, candy and desserts throughout the day. All of your beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic are free for those staying in the Yacht Club. The Yacht Club also has its own pool and hot tubs which were never crowded. The main pool and buffets for the rest of the ship were very crowded and finding somewhere to seat was nearly impossible. We were traveling with my son, his wife and their 2 children ages 6 and 9. The children only stayed in the club once and attended several of the children's activities which were outside of the club in a lounge. The kids program could stand some improvement. The entertainment on the ship was good. We enjoyed the Michael Jackson review the most. Disembarkation was quick and easy. The butler escorted us down. We had no problem communicating with the staff. All of the staff we encountered were able to speak and understand English. On this particular cruise we heard more English then any other language. This was our first time on MSC and would definitely sail with them again but it would have to be in the Yacht Club! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The summer of 2014, July, was truly amazing! It was the year we had our first experience of cruising. We are a family of four that, somewhat reluctantly, booked an entry level cruise without doing much research. The cruise company we chose ... Read More
The summer of 2014, July, was truly amazing! It was the year we had our first experience of cruising. We are a family of four that, somewhat reluctantly, booked an entry level cruise without doing much research. The cruise company we chose was MSC. The ship was the Armonia, a mid-sized, slightly older vessel, the cabin an Oceanview four berth Bella category. Cruising for 7 nights, the route took us out from Venice, into the Adriatic and then the Mediterranean. The price seemed reasonable, the route was ideal, the dates fitted perfectly in with our plans. Before we confirmed the booking we spoke with friends who had cruised before. They recommended... Royal Caribbean or...NCL, we hesitated. However, in the end we did our own thing. We booked with MSC. We are so glad we did, and here is why. Before we left the shore we felt cared for, even special. Even though we had opted for a lower price cabin the staff were so helpful, respectful and efficient. Our inexperience did not matter. We sensed that all we had to do was ask, or even just look bewildered, and help arrived. The boarding was seamless, the queuing minimal. The ship was gleaming, spotlessly clean. We were impressed. The cabin was much as we had expected, a little cramped for 4, but very comfortable nonetheless. The cabin option was fine for us at the time. On a budget, and reluctant to spend too much money on a holiday choice we were unsure of, we were happy that we had made the right choice. Then the fun began. Like 4 children swept away on a tide of excitement and overwhelmed by the size and grandeur of our first cruise ship we went to explore. The bars, restaurants, leisure facilities were wonderful. The choice and the quality of food was amazing at the buffet. The shows were unmissable. That week went so quickly. However, those family memories are treasured and remain with us. Our next cruise experience was on a Baltic cruise onboard the Norwegian Star. A beautiful ship with good service but our customer experience did not compare well with MSC. We did not feel that the NCL approach was suited to our needs. So we returned to MSC for our next trip. MSC does not have a ‘hard sell’ approach and the staff seemed less interested in us and more focused on profit. In July 2017 we joined the MSC Divina on a magnificent Caribbean voyage. The ship was only spectacular. Embarkation was painless. The decor was exceptionally pleasing, its classic Italian style was so easy on the eye. We found that the staff were always highly motivated and enthusiastic in their service. The Michael Jackson show was incredible as was the Queen Tribute night which really made us rock! Our balcony cabin with the Aurea package was spacious, even quite luxurious. We had invited friends to travel with us. Our friends had cruised a number of times before with Royal Caribbean, they were a little apprehensive with the lesser known MSC. However, when we boarded they were simply delighted with their MSC experience. They fell in love with the Divina as soon as they boarded, as did we. The Aurea package included a massage... it was sensational, no pun intended. The highly trained and graceful staff in the spa made our experience unforgettable. The food was fabulous and the flexible dining offered with Aurea was a welcome option. As previous cruisers with MSC we were invited to a drinks reception with Captain Marco Massa. We spoke with him for a few minutes at the reception. His personal warmth and interest in us and his other passengers was reassuring, genuine and heartwarming. It was clear to us all that he had so much pride in his vessel, his crew, and MSC. MSC is clearly a family owned company with a family oriented philosophy. Captain Masso embodied this family ethos. He was exceptionally personable, a real people person. He made it seem that our satisfaction was his ultimate goal. As we disembarked in Miami all five of us wished we had another 7 nights onboard. We have just booked again! Our enthusiasm for MSC along with the enthusiasm of our “cruise line converts” has resulted in us coaxing other family members and friends to experience MSC with us. We are travelling as a group of 14. We have booked 7 cabins on the MSC Seaside for July 2019. We can’t wait! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and I just returned from an excellent cruise aboard MSC Divina. We chose MSC because of the company's generous loyalty match program. Since we have sailed many times on another line and have achieved the highest loyalty ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from an excellent cruise aboard MSC Divina. We chose MSC because of the company's generous loyalty match program. Since we have sailed many times on another line and have achieved the highest loyalty level and benefits, it was fabulous to be able to enjoy similar benefits on MSC without having to start over from scratch. Another consideration for choosing MSC was the excellent price offered, especially since we traveled during the summer season and decided to go at the last minute. Because of the loyalty benefits, we were able to enjoy priority check-in on embarkation day. The process was easy and painless. A comfortable waiting area was nearby. The disadvantage was that we were unable to hear the announcements in this waiting area and did not realize our group had been called. It wasn't a problem in the long run--it just delayed our boarding five or ten minutes. Staterooms were expected to be ready by 2:30, but we were in our spacious cabin, unpacked and taking a nap, well before that time. The closet area in our stateroom was very roomy with six large drawers and a safe in addition to the area for hanging clothes. A few extra coat hangers would have been nice, but overall the storage was more than ample. The bathroom was much larger than many cruise ship bathrooms with a large, easy-access shower. Our stateroom had a large sofa for seating, and the desk area was spacious and also equipped with several drawers. Both US and European electric plugs were available on the desk. The balcony was deep and considerably more spacious than many ship balconies we've seen. Meals on the MSC Divina were delicious with many choices. Our only complaint was that the dinner service in the dining room was quite slow. The servers were working very hard, but it just seemed to take a really long time for the food to arrive from the kitchen and be delivered to the table. We enjoyed all of our meals--the beef and chicken were excellent, but the fish was mediocre. The buffet was loaded with great choices, but very crowded at times. Several delicious varieties of pizza were available each day, and we finally found the free soft-serve ice cream on the last day. The gelato looked delicious, but it was served at an additional charge. We dined in each of the speciality restaurants and found them to be outstanding. The Galaxy restaurant was in a class all its own with its gorgeous decor and food presentation. Pools on the Divina were lovely, especially the covered pool area. Sadly, they were a bit small for a ship with 4,200 passengers, so we never tried to swim. The water slide looked like great fun for kids of all ages. The spa was extensive and beautiful; we loved our relaxing thermal session. A great variety of events were offered on our two sea days, as opposed to some other lines whose sea day activities don't really get going until after lunch. It was nice to have some interesting things to do in the morning. We participated in two shore excursions with MSC while on board. Both excursions were well-executed and enjoyable. The only recommendation I would offer to MSC would be to streamline the check-in process for shore excursions--waiting in line to get excursion stickers and sign waivers was a bit disorganized. Having a member of the crew escort the group to the exit and travel along with the tour was an excellent bonus, however, and getting on and off the ship was effortless, even on our one tender day. We enjoyed the entertainment on the Divina, but we would have liked a little more variety. All the shows consisted of singers, dancers, and acrobats--all fantastically talented. We would have enjoyed a comedian or other different type of show as well. The cruise entertainment staff, however, made the wait for the show to begin very enjoyable with their antics. On Italian night, the zaniness involved a waiter with a trick limoncello bottle, and free hugs were passed out by the entertainment staff another night. It was fun to get to the show a little early to see what shenanigans were going on. Another real advantage to the Divina was the friendliness of the crew. At the Black Card party, the senior staff members actually mingled and engaged us in conversation. Hors d'oeuvres were delicious, and drinks were plentiful. We had several opportunities to interact with the captain and found him to be extremely personable. We've already booked a cruise on MSC Seaside, coming in December. We plan to sail with MSC often in the future! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose MSC because we wanted a good price and the limited ships in South Florida in the summer. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen in over 50 cruises. We had been warned that food was not good, it was very good. Our ... Read More
We chose MSC because we wanted a good price and the limited ships in South Florida in the summer. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen in over 50 cruises. We had been warned that food was not good, it was very good. Our cabin steward was excellent and most helpful. Every member of the staff was very helpful. I use oxygen at night and forgot to pack the cannula. The ships doctor got one for me and I was able to avoid stress. The captain was very friendly and personable. The cruise director Andre was just terrific. We were o. July 4th and they had a lively tribute. Was very impressed by the kids camp, although we didn't have any with us. They were so adorable and did a little performance before the evening shoe We loved it so much we booked the Yact Club for next year. A very,very enjoyable week. Can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and I took this cruise to celebrate our 29th anniversary. The ship was beautiful! We were a little concerned about all the bad reviews we had read...but we didn't find any of those negative reviews to be true at all!!! To ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise to celebrate our 29th anniversary. The ship was beautiful! We were a little concerned about all the bad reviews we had read...but we didn't find any of those negative reviews to be true at all!!! To begin with MSC Divina upgraded us to a balcony cabin...which was fantastic! The cabin was spacious and the balcony was a perfect size...this made our celebration even better!!! Every crew member we came in contact with was so friendly. Captain Marco (who speaks 5 or more languages) was so social with the passengers and never seemed annoyed by us wanting his picture taken or just talking small talk....and all the crew members seemed to respect him. The shows were awesome to say the least! The food was sooooo good!!!! I had the best Italian food I have ever had...and I am Italian and I love to cook! The buffets were delicious too and the pizza was the best!!!! I can not say enough about the MSC Divina and cruise except that we loved everything about it and we have booked a future cruise on the MSC Seaside and can not wait to experience the excellence of this cruise line again!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Yacht Club Cabin - Excellent Yacht Club Butler and Steward Service - Excellent Yacht Club Turndown Service - Excellent / Amazing! Le Muse Yacht Club Restaurant Food Quality - Excellent Le Muse Yacht Club Restaurant Menu ... Read More
Yacht Club Cabin - Excellent Yacht Club Butler and Steward Service - Excellent Yacht Club Turndown Service - Excellent / Amazing! Le Muse Yacht Club Restaurant Food Quality - Excellent Le Muse Yacht Club Restaurant Menu Variety - Good Le Muse Yacht Club Restaurant Service - Excellent Le Muse Wine Service - Excellent / Amazing Le Muse Gluten Free Menu Quality and Variety - Excellent! Top Sail Lounge Food Quality - Excellent Top Sail Lounge Food Variety - Good Top Sail Lounge Service - Good Top Sail Lounge Entertainment - Fair Top Sail Lounge Bar Service - Very Good One Pool  - Excellent One Pool poolside beverage service - Fair One Pool buffet Food Quality - Good One Pool buffet Food Variety - Good One Pool Bar Service - Good Yacht Club Concierge - Good Theater Entertainment - Good Theater Design - Excellent / Amazing Lounge Entertainment - Good Dancers - Excellent / Amazing Singers - Excellent Casino Overall - Fair Casino Gameplay- Fair - Machines are extremely tight! Casino Tables - N/A Casino Bar Service - Fair Bar Service / Overall - Fair Bar Design and Comfort Overall - Excellent Calumet Buffet Food Quality - Good Calumet Buffet Food Variety - Fair Calumet Buffet Beverage Service - Fair Calumet Buffet Pizza - Excellent Calumet Interior Design - Excellent Photoshop - Fair Photoshop Service - Fair Photoshop Design - Poor Photoshop / Quality of Photos - Poor (out of focus / poor print quality / staples in photos / not enough space to accommodate and display the amount of photos / staff was rude at times and didn't fully listen before answering questions / $100 pre-paid online photo package rules were not explained properly at time of purchase and made for a very confusing and at times disappointing experience) Shops - Good Shops / Service - Good Shops / Merchandise - Good Cleanliness of Ship Interior and Exterior - Excellent Officers - Excellent Public Announcements / Captain - Excellent / Amazing! Cruise Director - Excellent / Amazing ! Executive Chef - Excellent Private Restaurants - N/A Disco - Fair Lounges / Entertainment & Service- Good Design of Ship and Public Spaces - Excellent Embarkation - Poor (porter at curb was absolutely rude / Yacht Club tent was totally confused / boarding procedure was confusing with many delays - some of them long and in the heat of the sidewalk / Staff seemed confused at certain points. We didn't feel especially welcome until we were actually in the Top Sail Lounge). This was by far the most disappointing and surprising part of our vacation as first impressions are so important. Gym - Excellent Gym Machines and Design - Excellent Gym Service - Good Spa - Excellent Spa Service - Good Ship Design Overall - Excellent / Amazing! Deckplans - Excellent Maps / Directories in Common Areas - Fair Elevators and Stairs - Excellent Pools and Hot Tubs Cleanliness - Excellent Maintenance  - Excellent Debarkation - Excellent Future Cruise Desk Service - Excellent Purser's Desk - N/A Room Service - Excellent Laundry Service - Excellent Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was a first time MSC experience for my husband and I, as it was also our first Cruise departure out of Miami. Living in San Diego we have explored pretty much every port on the West Pacific. We flew into Fort Lauderdale as Jet ... Read More
This was a first time MSC experience for my husband and I, as it was also our first Cruise departure out of Miami. Living in San Diego we have explored pretty much every port on the West Pacific. We flew into Fort Lauderdale as Jet Blue offered some great fares Long Beach to Fort Lauderdale. We took a red eye flight and arrived early in the morning, we had a hotel and their free shuttle picked us up from the airport, the hotel included full hot breakfast. If you can do this it was a lifesaver! We were able to check in, shower and get ready to board the ship, repack a few things after the flight to redistribute weight, switch out our carry on luggage with our boarding necessities bag, we had full leisurely breakfast with coffee, we then had made arrangements for a driver to pick us up at 12pm to take us to the ship. We already felt re-energized, and on vacation. We had chosen the Yacht club and it was difficult to clearly understand how our expedited check in service was going to work, there had been varying instructions from our MSC booking material, our MSC vacation planner, and the MSC website. We gave our driver the instructions and luckily, he knew exactly. About 1.5 hours later, he pulled the car up to the curb in front of a White MSC Yacht Club Tent and began to prepare our luggage. WARNING: baggage should only be handled by your MSC representative and are not supposed to charge you or request or mention tip, we later were informed of this during our check in process. A Port of Miami employee approached us saying your here for Yacht Club we told him yes and he began to remove our luggage from the car and hand it to the MSC employee who was lining up the luggage and verifying your paperwork, the Port of Miami employee then approached us and requested $5.00 / bag and that was the normal cost. My husband paid him and then when the MSC employee returned to verify our bags, make sure tags were correct, etc., he wouldn't accept my husband's tip said that this service is entirely covered by our Yacht Club privileges and that no payments can be accepted. If we would have only interacted with the MSC uniformed worker we wouldn't have gotten shaken down for $10. Now we are waiting for a Butler to escort us all to a room inside where we were led in maze like fashion thru all these really long lines of passengers waiting to go thru the boarding process. We were then all very nicely deposited into an air conditioned, lounge with a view of the Divina up close out the window, we were offered cookies, water, juices, San pellegrino and sparking italian wine. In a fairly quick manner we are all checked in and then we again waiting for another Butler, he then snaked us all back thru the crowds and lines of people and then onto the ship we went and then up and up we all went into the Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge where there was a small buffet of finger sandwiches, shrimp, mixed nuts, a full bar, desserts, fruits, salads, etc. We then snacked, and took in the view of the Port of Miami from the very front of the Divina, (By the way our Yacht Club area had it's very own Swarovski Crystal staircase and front desk area with a small library.) and waited for our Butler to take us to our room. We didn't wait long and we met Manuch our "butler", feels funny saying that still, he gave us a quick yet efficient tour of the ship and in his way his explanation of the Yacht club rules...Finally, arrived at room 16001, front of the ship just up the crystal staircase from the lounge, just below the Yacht Club Pool Deck. Our Yacht Club dining experiences were all amazing. We were lucky to have had Arthur as our Main Waiter and every night was a dining experience lasting 1.5-2 hours every night. Towards the end of our cruise he was telling us what to order and drink and we took it all in. Tried things we had never had before, and loved them, he was extremely attentive, very good at working with the wine stewards and making wonderful pairings for us every night. We thought we were going to do specialty dining while on board, and other than the pizza both in the buffet and in room service, we never ate any where else. MSC could really do well to take note of Arthur as he was in high demand by the end of the cruise, fellow guests including our selves were willing to change dinner and show times to ensure that we would be served by Arthur! Divini is a gorgeous ship and I think that MSC would do better with the American customer if they provided clearer written explanations of things and I think that the Americans who rated MSC so poorly needed to remember that they were on a foreign ship, and to allow yourself a little extra patience for better communication. They all seem to be working very hard and all seem to be trying very hard to please everyone. I think that in some areas they need more staff, but also had to remind my self that this trip had a brand new crew only 1 trip together and it takes a bit of time for them to get their rhythm. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise for the value and felt we received a bonus. The ship was beautiful and very clean. We found our service excellent. We had a great waiter in the dining room who never let our glasses go empty. The food was great. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the value and felt we received a bonus. The ship was beautiful and very clean. We found our service excellent. We had a great waiter in the dining room who never let our glasses go empty. The food was great. We had read some bad reviews of this cruise but didn't find any of the negatives on these reviews true to our cruise. We didn't notice any of the staff being from the USA; however, we found everyone to speak English quite well. We never felt there was a language barrier. The captain spoke several languages which impressed us. We felt like lunch and dinner in the dining room went smoothly and quickly. St. Maarten was our favorite port on this cruise. We booked an excursion through Bernard's Tours and was impressed with our tour. We would book through them again. We enjoyed going to the forts in San Juan. We used the free trolley for transportation. We did have to wait a long time for the trolley which was packed with people and not air conditioned. Our least favorite port was Nassau. We went to Junkano Beach and visited the Tiki Bikini Hut. We will never go back to the Tiki Bikini Hut. The service was terrible. We enjoyed our cruise so much, we booked another cruise on MSC for next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Family get together. When because of price and that I had cruised with MSC before. Normally, we would cruise in the fall, but this time I the summer. The pools were way too crowded. We did not even attempt to use them. The buffet ... Read More
Family get together. When because of price and that I had cruised with MSC before. Normally, we would cruise in the fall, but this time I the summer. The pools were way too crowded. We did not even attempt to use them. The buffet was crowded, but I have seen worst. The pizza got rave reviews before the cruise, but I did not think much of them. There was too many other foods to eat. Main restaurant was very good, except where they placed our family. Gave them 7 months notice, was told 4 times we would all be at same table....we were not. Did not take any of the excursions. Used private companies, like I do on almost every cruise. Wish the parents of small children would control them more. Running around the lounges, running into elevators and pressing all the buttons. Maybe that is why I enjoy October November cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
It was my wife and I 20th wedding anniversary so we decided to take a cruise for 7 days. I was told by friends and family that we should have taken a 3 day cruise because it was our first and how we might become sea sick. Let me tell you ... Read More
It was my wife and I 20th wedding anniversary so we decided to take a cruise for 7 days. I was told by friends and family that we should have taken a 3 day cruise because it was our first and how we might become sea sick. Let me tell you that that was not the case at all. I will never take another cruise unless its 7 days. There was so much to do on the ship that anything less 7 days would be uncivilized. The food was good the service when it comes to the rooms was excellent and the shows were OUTSTANDING! The MSC cast and crew put on a wonderful show and the finally with a tribute to Michael Jackson was one for the ages. We had a room on the 10th floor in the middle of the boat so the ride was smooth so was our rest at night, what little we got because the parties, games and ship activities kept us busy. Our sleep was quite (free from noise) and sense we had a balcony room the view of the crispy blue water was breathtaking. I can not wait to take another cruise with MSC and my wife and I have already started to plan our next trip this time with the kids. The only thing I didn't like was where the gym was located. It was in the front of the ship and I guess on that day we were in a rough patch of water which did shake the boat a bit. Also when I purchased my cruise DVD to re-watch those amazing shows, the cast was not the cast that we had seen on our cruise. Im guessing it was from the past cruise because I didn't recognize anyone on stage. Other than that the cruise was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
MSC Divina Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 1.0 3.2
Service 4.0 3.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 5.0 3.7

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