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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Well…if you are looking for someone to pick at the smallest of imperfections because it makes me appear highly qualified, you have found the wrong person. If you want a true opinion from someone who appreciates an opportunity to be ... Read More
Well…if you are looking for someone to pick at the smallest of imperfections because it makes me appear highly qualified, you have found the wrong person. If you want a true opinion from someone who appreciates an opportunity to be pampered at any degree, here you go. General This is my second consecutive experience on the Divina, and I would leave on her tomorrow if I had the chance. The ship is fantastic, and the layout of public spaces suits my tastes to a tee. There are several intimate little corners to get comfortable in, and there is always a place to establish as your own, if you choose. Embarkation was the quickest I had experienced on any line. Disembarkation was the same as always, so I was not surprised. However, there are huge amount of people who opt to walk off with their luggage nowadays. There is absolutely no reason to want to get in that gigantic line. I would rather eat a casual breakfast and hang out in an effort to prolong the experience as long as possible. Dining The offerings at dinner always provided difficulty in making a selection throughout the trip, and the portions were just right for me. Naturally, they did not object to double appetizers, which became a necessity because of the outstanding variety. Service in the dining room was spot-on, and the banter between our staff and tablemates made for quite a lively dinner each and every night. I know a lot of the reviews comment negatively on the main buffet because it has an unusual layout that requires some serious navigation to see everything that is offered. I find it very refreshing because it provides for some areas of privacy using various architectural features rather than some of the more cafeteria like feel on other cruise lines. While I only went to the buffet for breakfast, lunch, and the best pizza at sea, I felt it was plentiful and offered a significant day-to-day variety in the ethnic, daily special, and healthy choice sections. Fantastic imported cheeses and cold cuts were rotated on a daily basis, and more than worth the trip to the buffet (did I mention the pizza?). Staff The crew and staff were extremely responsive to my requests and remembered my preferences for the entire trip. Maybe it’s because I look to develop relationships rather than complain about having to wait at the bar for a few minutes while the staff does their best to maintain a high level of consistency. That said, every presentation, whether it be an appetizer in the dining room or a tropical beverage on the pool deck was of a pleasing quality. Cabin I had an aft balcony cabin for the second time on this ship, and would highly recommend these if you desire a gigantic balcony big enough for 4-6 people. No wind, great view, and seemingly private because of the depth of the balcony. The cabin décor is subdued and classy, with a great bathroom layout. Absolutely no complaints. Entertainment The sea days were filled with activities. While they do not have the hijinks typically found on some American-based lines, they are definitely entertaining, and allow you to pass the time with plenty of variety. If you prefer to lounge on the pool deck, I found absolutely no problem locating a chair in the sun or the shade at practically anytime. Entertainment in the theatre is some of the best at sea. I know there are other reviewers that go into detail, so I will defer to other posts. I will say that I had no problem finding a prime viewing location at the first seating, even when arriving just 10 minutes before show time. Here comes my only criticism…no craps table in the casino. Oh weil. Probably kept $ in my pocket. There’s a plus. Had a fantastic time in the Black & White lounge after the late dinner seating every night followed by some great dancing in the Galaxy Disco and a late snack in the buffet. Nothing like ending the nights at 2AM even if some might say you’re too old for it. Ports-of-Call I really don’t have any comments on the ports-of-call as I didn’t book any excursions with the ship and had a plan of action because I had been to each of them before. Final words: Love the staff Love the ship Love MSC Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise because we liked the look of the ship, and it was cost effective. We were very pleasantly surprised by the time we had! We had more fun than we have ever had on a cruise! The entertainment staff is AMAZING!! They ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we liked the look of the ship, and it was cost effective. We were very pleasantly surprised by the time we had! We had more fun than we have ever had on a cruise! The entertainment staff is AMAZING!! They are very engaging, and there is always something fun to do! The food on the buffet was good, the dining room was the only place that I would say needs some improvement. We have cruised on a few different lines, and I can say we have never had to wave down our table staff. When the food was good it was very good, stay away from the steaks. They cook them all super well done, YUK! But the prime rib!! That, was the best ever! A big spectacular show every night, dance parties every night, dance lessons, more activities that you could ask for! I appreciated not being bombarded by salespeople trying to cram the photos down our throats, but at $25 a sheet, they were very expensive, and no package specials to be had. Over all I would say that I am looking forward to my next MSC cruise!!! The Davina is a beautiful ship, and I can only imagine what the Seaside will be like! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We are 76 & 79 and we chose this cruise for a little R&R before Christmas. We also both have December birthdays and our anniversary is in December, so the cruise is a gift to us!! We really like the Divina and especially the crew ... Read More
We are 76 & 79 and we chose this cruise for a little R&R before Christmas. We also both have December birthdays and our anniversary is in December, so the cruise is a gift to us!! We really like the Divina and especially the crew and staff. Having cruised many times on Divina, it's like coming home as old friends greet us. We were fortunate to book one of the square YC cabins that gives a little more space to move around the cabin. Excellent storage space including shelving behind the mirror over the desk. Dining in Le Muse was a treat as always. Our waiter, Noel, was excellent and made very good recommendations of choices for our meals. Really enjoyed all the fresh pasta dishes prepared by Antonio. We dined once in the Steakhouse and had a delicious and tender filet and great service. Entertainment staff did their usual wonderful and varied performances. Starwalker and Witches of Paris were our favorites. Our Cruise Critic Meet & Greet was well attended from our roll call and most of the senior staff and department heads were there. Captain di Palma was very gracious and visited each table to discuss the cruise and the ship. Looking forward to sailing Divina again in the future on the longer itineraries. My only complaint is lack of seating while waiting and not enough shore side butlers to escort us to check-in in a timely fashion. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
There are a lot activities that are going on all the times at the poolside, Black and White lounge, Reception area (5, 6 and 7th floors) by the Cruise Staff which makes it worth it all. They do their best to make the guests feel and enjoy ... Read More
There are a lot activities that are going on all the times at the poolside, Black and White lounge, Reception area (5, 6 and 7th floors) by the Cruise Staff which makes it worth it all. They do their best to make the guests feel and enjoy their best. Kaitlyn (from SA) is worth mentioning, who always has that cheerful face, dancing anytime you see her to keep the guests smiling. She also hosted a few shows in the Black and White lounge and gave her 200% to ensure the guests leave with beautiful memories of the trip. It definitely has a European flair to the experience, and so you'll be hearing announcements in 5 different languages. The main shows in the auditorium caters to all audiences, with some Opera styled shows, but the Michael Jackson show was the Best. Other shows like Hollywood were good too. I am glad I spoke some of these wonderful Cruise Staff (related to Entertainment) folks the first day or 2, which made my cruise experience a lot better. My kids comments too were the same - the Cruise Staff made it worthwhile ! - Reddy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I've heard that it is very difficult to receive an upgrade from balconies to the Yacht Club, however, for this cruise we hit the jackpot. This was our 1st cruise with MSC and my wife and I fell in love with the Yacht Club. Our ... Read More
I've heard that it is very difficult to receive an upgrade from balconies to the Yacht Club, however, for this cruise we hit the jackpot. This was our 1st cruise with MSC and my wife and I fell in love with the Yacht Club. Our cruise did not go without a few hiccups, but the pluses did out weigh the negatives. Here were the negatives, Don't believe the free Black Status photo of your choosing promotion. It becomes a free photo of the photo shots choosing. We were told that we had to accept the photo from the Captains party,the problem was that we didn't go to the Captains party and we wanted another photo. That didn't happen unless we paid 24.00 bucks to get it. Another minor issue was we paid for the Fantastic package and in the Yacht Club we never used the fantastic package so we went to the concierge just to see if we could get reimbursed for our fantastic package but that didn't happen. Now for the plus side, pretty much everything else about the cruise. The talent was amazing, the specialty restaurant LaMuse was great, our butler Franco and our waiter Juan were fantastic.The Michael Jackson show was good. My wife and I have been Royal Caribbean loyalists but after our Yacht Club experience it will be hard to go back. Looking forward to next December 9th on the Seaside in the Yacht Club Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our first cruise on MSC cruise line . It will not be the last.. our room was very elegant, our Butler was fabulous.. Room was keep very tidy, they were great to listen, room service was great.. our dinner we ate in the Le Muse and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on MSC cruise line . It will not be the last.. our room was very elegant, our Butler was fabulous.. Room was keep very tidy, they were great to listen, room service was great.. our dinner we ate in the Le Muse and was very appealing and delicious. We ate steak cook at right temp. My husband ate a lot of fish. They made pasta cooking right in the dining area. Very tasty.. Desserts were out of this world.. We were very happy eating in the Le Muse. Our shows were outstanding.. We went to most of the Opera’s on board.. went by the pool area laid out in the sun. Could get food right around the corner.. We were in the Yacht Club.. I definitely would do that again. Felt like second honeymoon.. Everything was beyond our expectations.. We heard a lot of good and bad remarks but you have to move forward and enjoy what you have at that time. Don’t let the little thing ruin you fun.. Yes there was things that could of been better or had better done a different way,but all in all we enjoyed our first time on MSC.. WE were in room 16011 Yacht Club and was a beautiful view..Would love to do it again.. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
This is the 2nd time my wife and I have been on the MSC Divina. Our last time was in January of 2014, and since then, a few things have changed. Over all, this was a fantastic experience and a much needed getaway. We traveled with 3 ... Read More
This is the 2nd time my wife and I have been on the MSC Divina. Our last time was in January of 2014, and since then, a few things have changed. Over all, this was a fantastic experience and a much needed getaway. We traveled with 3 people total, my wife, her cousin and myself. We took a flat rate cab ($27) both ways. When we arrived at the Port of Miami, our porter, Clarence, was warm, inviting, fun, and made our first stop exciting and memorable. He had a big gold smile that kept us smiling all the way to the ship! Being upgraded from inner state room to balcony was a bit life changing... I may never want to go back, but with MSC's affordable pricing for inner state rooms, that's going to be hard for someone with limited finances. We watched the sun rise and set several times throughout the trip, and that alone made it so worth it! But you can always see that off of the 14th deck if you have a non-balcony room. Plenty of chairs and space, so that's never a problem. The rooms themselves were fantastic. Very well maintained, and we had no issues. Simon Jose was our attendant, and he was very thorough and great at his job, not to mention how friendly and kind he was. Always went out of his way to say good morning or wish us a pleasant day, even as we passed by a room he was servicing. So our days always started right thanks to Simon! The entertainment this time around was a bit lacking, I must say. Fewer activities and games, but the ones they did have were tons of fun due to the incredible entertainment staff! So full of life and energy, which is hard to do on a daily basis. The tag team of Kayla and Sergo, whether they were at the theater dusting bald heads (including mine) and giving out free hugs, or at the pool stage hosting games, like the Octoberfest contest and trivia, it felt like they've been best friends for years, and that energy transferred to us. We felt like we've known them our entire lives! That's how comfortable they made us feel. Marlous was always smiling and full of laughter, as were Conrad, Carlos and Jonathan Rodriguez (amazing Michael Jackson performance btw). I know I missed a lot of names here from the entertainment team on board, but they were all exceptional and made us have a great time. Congrats on the new baby, Sergo! The bar service was very fast and always on point. Drinks were made well, and no matter how busy and overwhelmed they were, they always managed to smile, be courteous, patient, and made you feel like you were their only customer. Kate, who we met at the La Sirene bar (and followed to the B&W lounge as well as the Divina bar) was one of our favorite people to meet. We helped her discover the mini beer shot, which she then introduced to several other guests on the ship, and maybe it'll be a signature shot one day! Thank you Kate for the great times! Noel at La Sirene also must be mentioned, as he made us some great lemon drops throughout the week. Great personality and a heck of a guy! And when we spent time at the Casino, a very busy area, Vijay and Oxana made sure we were always taken care of and happy. I don't know how they worked so quickly for every guest there, but everyone was always smiling! We spent almost every morning at Caffe Italia with Ronald, who made our first coffee of the day a special treat! And we ran into him daily on the ship in many places, offering us his signature fist bump every time we saw him! The one day he was not at Caffe Italia, we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Samu, who gave us some great tips for the Bahamas! The evening shows in the Pantheon Theater were exceptional! The Meyer sound system is top of the line, along with the great lighting provided. Well done by the production team, as well as the Latin and ballroom dancers, acrobats, aerial performers, set designers, magicians, wardrobe team, and the choreographers... so much goes into this (I know, as I work in the production industry and was a dancer for many years) so to maintain this standard even 4 years later, and providing a completely different experience, is very difficult. We loved all of it! Although, I do have to mention that the sound could have been louder for some of the shows. It was a bit low and I feel it could have been more impactful had the system been turned up. Maybe it was for legal and safety reasons, idk. But then why would it be high for some and low for others? Either way, wonderful shows, amazing performers, and stunning costumes/costume changes! And of course, the host every night, Darren (also the host for the Quest event) was funny, engaging, entertaining, and seemed genuinely happy to be there. Excellent host and person! Wonderful team! Lets talk about the food on this ship. Now, my wife and I are foodies. We cook well and know quality when we taste it. We expected the breakfast and lunch buffets to be how we remembered 4 years prior... unfortunately, it was not the same, and I feel the quality has slipped. It's still better than many places I've been to, and a decent variety, but not the top level amazing we had enjoyed our first time, with a few exceptions. As a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, to find pizza as good as this made us very happy. The white slices were my favorite! VERY well done with that! We had dinner at the Black Crab every evening, and it was hit or miss. I'd have to say about 50% of the dishes were 5 star out-of-this-world amazing, and the other half were pretty average or above average, but none were bad or inedible, so regardless, dinner was very enjoyable. But it was our server, Savnell, and his assistant J.R. Dela Cruz, that truly made our smiles last throughout the night! As busy as they were, Savnell and J.R. always took the time to welcome us, chat with us, and make us feel like family. One night in particular, we were in a rush to make it to a certain event, and thanks to them, they were able to speed us up without diminishing quality or service. We truly appreciate them for making our evenings so memorable. Thank you Savnell and J.R. for our wonderful dining experience! The three of us decided to try the Bali massage and spa package, something we felt was a bit pricey, but we still felt we could use some pampering. The massages were very nice, and definitely helped us feel great! The spa area, which has several saunas and a steam room (separated for men and women, which we were not informed about since back at home, it's unisex, but we made it work), was actually our favorite part. Extremely relaxing and peaceful. If you want to get away from noise and spend some time unwinding, this is where you go. And for $33 a couple, it's not bad at all. All of the pools were kept exceptionally clean and maintained, including the whirlpools. The entire ship is kept immaculate, actually. Personally, I saw too many people leave so much garbage around, and the staff was quick to take care of it. We only went on 1 excursion, and that was on St. Thomas. The VI Ecotours kayak, hike and snorkel tour, led by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide, Troy, was an incredible way to spend a day learning about St. Thomas and exploring the natural side of it. Our driver, Peter, got us there and back safe along those narrow and winding roads, and he even shared a piece of his life with us, which made it so personal. And Ally, the photographer, was somehow everywhere all at once and was able to capture stunning photos of our day! Troy was very informative and answered all of our many questions, and then some! He really helped us connect with St. Thomas and we feel we still have much more to see, so we will be returning thanks to the great crew on this excursion! In the Bahamas, we stopped at a local restaurant called Conch and Kalik. Get the wings. Just do it. Don't ask questions, just eat there if you're hungry. You'll meet a guy named Tommy, who showed us what the Bahamas is all about... great times, great food, and great beer! Tommy flagged us down to come over and it was his energy that really put our butts in those seats. Definitely a happy, life-loving guy... I'll be back only to find him and eat those wings! Otherwise, the Bahamas are sketchy. I was asked if I wanted buy hard drugs more than a handful of times, and we were advised not to use ATMs, walk alone, and or carry bags/purses. Definitely felt different than the other islands, so we really didn't spend much too time there. Tommy was definitely the highlight of the island. Thanks Tommy! So many highs and some small lows, but overall, we would 100% return to cruise with MSC again, especially with how many new ships are coming out in the next decade, with amazing new features, and a private island with an amphitheater! Thank you all for providing such a memorable trip. Now to go through the hundreds of photos! See you soon MSC! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our 4th time on the Divina, but our first time in Yacht Club. We had a wonderful cruise, met new friends, and have become completely spoiled by Yacht Club. The ship is beautiful and still looks brand new. We constantly saw crew ... Read More
This was our 4th time on the Divina, but our first time in Yacht Club. We had a wonderful cruise, met new friends, and have become completely spoiled by Yacht Club. The ship is beautiful and still looks brand new. We constantly saw crew members cleaning every inch of the ship. They also did some touch-up painting to the outside while the ship was docked in port at St. Thomas. This was the fastest embarkation we have ever experienced! As soon as we pulled up to the white tent, the dedicated Yacht Club porter took our luggage, the butler took our carry-on, escorted us through our very own security line, then took us to the Yacht Club waiting lounge where we were given champagne while the butler completed our check-in process. We were onboard the ship in less than 15 minutes (including the time we lounged in the waiting area). We ate the majority of our lunches and dinners in Le Muse. I was happy to see that both menus change daily. During lunch on sea days, the maitre d', Antonio, would make a different fresh made-to-order pasta dish each day which were all delicious! We ate most of our breakfasts at the One Pool bar area where they had fresh fruit, waffles, french toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes, smoked salmon, a variety of breads and pastries, and made-to-order omelets. We did have dinner at Galaxy Restaurant twice during this cruise- all I can say is that lobster pasta and the lamb chops are sooo tasty. We spent a lot of our free time in the Top Sail lounge where there were always snacks available, a wonderful afternoon tea service, and live music in the evenings. The butlers that work the Top Sail lounge are so friendly and welcoming; they also introduced us to some new favorite drinks. Every time we sail with MSC, we enjoy ourselves more than the last time. The entire Yacht Club experience is, in my opinion, the best experience at sea for the price. My hubby has already said he would rather do 1 yacht club cruise instead of 2 cruises in a regular cabin. We will definitely be sailing in the Yacht Club again! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose to cruise on the MSC Divina because we saw the Divina on a TV show called “Mighty Ships” and it looked fabulous in the program. The show featured the staircase, pools, hot tubs, rooms and facilities. The information ... Read More
We chose to cruise on the MSC Divina because we saw the Divina on a TV show called “Mighty Ships” and it looked fabulous in the program. The show featured the staircase, pools, hot tubs, rooms and facilities. The information presented in the show was in no way an exaggeration. The ship is spectacular. The staircase is stunning. All of the mirrored glass makes the ship look much bigger and adds even more sparkle to the envoirnment. The mirrors in the state rooms make the cabins look bigger. Even the tiled floors sparkle. The shows presented in the stunning theatre are world class. Above all the service provided by the stewards, pool staff, waiters, staff at the reception desk and the excursion consultants is outstanding. Overall our journey on the Divina lived up to and surpassed our expectations. We would consider traveling with MSC again and are looking forward to our first glimpse of the MSC Seaside on December 23rd. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Let me start by saying my wife and I go on a cruise every year for our brithdays in the first weeks of Dec.(both mid 40's) we have been doing this for years. This was the first time on MSC I read the reviews and saw what everyone was ... Read More
Let me start by saying my wife and I go on a cruise every year for our brithdays in the first weeks of Dec.(both mid 40's) we have been doing this for years. This was the first time on MSC I read the reviews and saw what everyone was saying and it seemed kind of picky the comments.So we took our chance cause the price was right! This ship was one of the best looking ships we have been on. This ship is made for you to go and enjoy yourself which is what we wanted this year and did. If you are looking to party late in to the night and drink your trip away yes this may not be the ship for you. If you are looking for a nice get away give it a try. The only down side we found was the rude people on board with us but being from central Fla we are use to a large amount of foreign tourists so this was not a complete shock to us. we ate in the black crab (Main dinning room) a most nights some people don't like the set dining times and sitting with the same people every night. But for us it was great it was like cruising the old way we meet some people who now we are great friends with. The food was good, great some nights service was a little slow but not as bad as most make it out to be. We also ate in the steakhouse on board we had the surf and turf it was so good we went back 3 other nights during the cruise. I would say to buy the package ahead of time to eat at the steakhouse before you leave home it was 75.00 per person but you got a 3 course meal on 4 different nights. Break it down people that is 18.75 a meal better deal then going to your favorite place at home for the surf and turf and was so worth it. Of course they are those that don't want to pay for meals once they have paid for the cruise I say to them don't stay with the main dinning and the buffet you will get a lot of choices there. The only down fall was the tables at the buffet sometimes was hard to find a table. Aft (back) of the ship seem to always have some open table keep that in mind. Pizza on the buffet was great and the peanut cookies so good! The shows all I can say is the shows are the BEST I have seen on any ship and will leave it at that. You must go to the shows if you are on this ship. Ports were good and MSC did a good job of getting us on and off the ship with no problems if you curise like we do you know to let the rush go then make your way off the ship. If I had one down turn to the whole trip I would say it was our cabin person not that the room was not keep clean or stocked it was every day. I never saw him he was like a ghost I saw him the 1st day asked for a couple extra pillows and he asked if he could get them after he got all the bags to the rooms as that is what they were doing when I saw him said no problem. Sure enough when he turned down the room the extra pillows were there. So back to him being a ghost we are and if you curise a lot use to getting your sheet for the next day at turn down with your towel animal. Well guess what no towel animals the whole trip total let down and our sheet for the next day was pushed under our door or put on the outside of the door late every night.so there is my con for the cabin guy no towel animals besdies that like I said he keep the room clean and stocked and out of sight the whole trip. Well all said and done I can say this as I write this review I have already booked our trip for next year and guess what it is on the MSC Divina that says a lot. We want to do a Panama Canal trip next year and after shopping around you guessed it the price is right almost $600.00 dollars cheaper then the next lowest NCL That $600.00 will pay for some shore excursions and you guessed my surf and truf dinners! Give MSC a try you may just enjoy yourself if you try! Read Less
MSC Divina Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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