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This was our 1st MSC and we were very pleased. The Divina has elevators everywhere, so getting around was quite easy. The casino was small and there were even $1 blackjack tables. The shows were good, but the same performers/singers ... Read More
This was our 1st MSC and we were very pleased. The Divina has elevators everywhere, so getting around was quite easy. The casino was small and there were even $1 blackjack tables. The shows were good, but the same performers/singers were in every show so I would rate the shows less. The other venues were great and each had music every night and a dance floor. The Golden lounge seating was a bit weird but it was a nice place. The La Luna Lounge was very nice but lacked a good dance floor. The Rosa dining room was nice, but service on the second night was very, very slow, taking 1hr 20 mins just to get our appetizers. After that, however, service was quick. The one slight complaint would be their drink package(s). There are way too many packages and the crew were constantly having to look up to see if our drinks were included in which package. They really need to cut down the number of drink packages. All in all, it was a great ship and we would recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I'm a frequent cruiser. Nearly 50 cruises on Royal, Celebrity, Holland, Norwegian and Princess as well as MSC. This was our 7th MSC cruise and 4th on Divina. The good - we encountered very good service from a hard working crew. A ... Read More
I'm a frequent cruiser. Nearly 50 cruises on Royal, Celebrity, Holland, Norwegian and Princess as well as MSC. This was our 7th MSC cruise and 4th on Divina. The good - we encountered very good service from a hard working crew. A specific - we received a chilled bottle of wine just as we were leaving our cabin for lunch. We didn't want it to sit un-iced, but didn't see our cabin steward. Another steward further down the hall happily fetched us ice and did so with a smile and no questions asked. Table service was friendly and personalized. They accommodated changing numbers of people at the table with a how can we make this work attitude. Wine bar servers were outstanding and knowledgeable. Do try the personalized wine tastings. Lots of fun. Entertainment at night was varied and plentiful. Musicians in every venue. This ship does not roll up the sidewalks at 10. I've seen comments that the buffet items never changed and I noticed that while the categories of offerings remained the same, the items changed. For example, pizza (which is awesome) was always available, but the types changed constantly. In an Asian section one day you'd fine orange chicken, the next day spicy beef. A meal at Eataly was excellent. The food compares favorably with other mainstream lines and ours was never 'cold' as I've seen others say and service was well paced. The ship has a nice layout, it's very clean and it's gorgeous. The holiday decorations were lovely. The Quirky - you need to register your credit card onboard at a kiosk not as you check-in at the terminal. The shows are not your typical reviews. They do opera. They use tumblers (amazing trio of guys) aerialists as well as singers and dancers. No elaborate sets. To keep the lights on in your cabin, you need to put your room key in a slot. Others say any card works. We didn't try anything else. BTW the key in the slot activates a light outside that lets your steward know you're in the room. The annoying: The EFFY shop promotions in the plaza are noisy and non-stop. If you want one of their free mimosas or free gift get in line early and wait a long time. If they run out, you're out of luck. The lovely Garden Bar on deck 15 aft was filled with smokers. If smoke bothers you, you'll need to go elsewhere. My understanding is that there are no chairs on deck 7 for smokers any longer and that they've restricted smoking on the pool deck, so the smokers congregate at the Garden Bar. Hope this summary is helpful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I just want to give a shout out to George from Serbia who is a hair stylist on board He does amazing work and is so nice I encourage anyone who is thinking about getting their hair styled to go right ahead and do it! The ship is ... Read More
I just want to give a shout out to George from Serbia who is a hair stylist on board He does amazing work and is so nice I encourage anyone who is thinking about getting their hair styled to go right ahead and do it! The ship is elegant The entertainment at night was enjoyable The meals were not up to my standards although they did improve after day 3 I encourage everyone to try Eataly. It was a big birthday so we treated ourselves. Having eaten in the one in Manhattan several times I found the one on Divina superior in every way. The drink prices on board were very reasonable. My one criticism. Deck chairs! Not enough. It’s sad that people hog the chairs by putting their towels on them and then they disappear so those who actually want to use one can’t. This is not unique to MSC but I’d like to see reserved chairs like in days of old for a nominal fee. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The ship is glamorous and full of bling. Guests are mostly European. They seem to have more fun than on American ships. The nightlife jumps. The Divina is immaculate and the service is excellent. Announcements are in five languages and ... Read More
The ship is glamorous and full of bling. Guests are mostly European. They seem to have more fun than on American ships. The nightlife jumps. The Divina is immaculate and the service is excellent. Announcements are in five languages and the menu international. We were in the Yacht Club. It’s simply wonderful. This is our second time and we are booked for third. The main ship is much less expensive and a great value although there are more extras than an American ship. The shows more international and elaborate. It’s a much different experience than an American ship and ,yes, there is plenty of fine food. Ports were not so good except for Panama Canal, amazing. Book a Aqua Clara deck tour. Cartehena ,Columbia is very beautiful but annoying sales people. Costa Maya is a shopping village so take cab to Mahahual and have drinks or lunch on the beach there. If you like the beach, then Jamaica can be good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Chose this 10 day cruise because of the great price and sailing to ports we had not been to before. We traveled with another couple and really enjoyed ourselves. We are all over 50 and found we really liked the layout of the ship and all ... Read More
Chose this 10 day cruise because of the great price and sailing to ports we had not been to before. We traveled with another couple and really enjoyed ourselves. We are all over 50 and found we really liked the layout of the ship and all the ports. You could really get a lot of steps in on this ship! The exercise room looked great but I didn’t use it. Some people will complain that The ship docked at an industrial port and they had to walk a lot. Well, these are BIg Ships that don’t fit in the smaller existing port areas. They don’t have any choice but to dock where huge cargo ships dock. So don’t leave a bad review because of where the ship docked!! Our cabin was an inside room and the roomiest we have ever had! Absolutely no room complaints! Our cabin steward was fabulous, even left a note with the $20 bill one of us threw away with a receipt. His note told us how he found it while cleaning. (We just toss $20’s in the trash and only keep $50’s, lol!) Believe me, he got more than that $20 for a tip, he was awesome! We didn’t frequent the casino. We are smokers and not much of a smoking area, but that’s ok and other passengers like that it doesn’t smell and is not filled with smoke. I get that! There is a smoking area at the back of the ship we frequented a lot. It is for adults only and is around a bar and a small pool area. It would fill up if you didn’t get a spot picked out, but we could always find seating! Very nice area. I don’t think that it’s bar area had enough help or enough waiters. We did have to wait on drinks many times. (What a terrible problem to have, right?! Ha, ha!) I did notice when we would say something, they seemed to bring someone in to help. A few times I rode the elevator to a bar either in the buffet or by the pool area, and grabbed a drink and headed back up. Great views, comfy seating and met some nice folks. Shows were really good! We went to a show almost every night and had no problem with seating. Drinks on Us was a free package we took advantage and it was just fine for my husband and me. On the first day, bartenders were unclear as to what all was included, but by day 2, all was figured out. My husband got all the bud light and screw drivers he wanted and I could have my wine, coke n rum and or screwdrivers and all the bottled water anyone could want. Our friends preferred to upgrade and bought a package. She didn’t care for the house wine and likes a Bloody Caesar in the mornings that would not be included in the Drinks on Us package. They still had a few issues with the upgraded drink package until talking to the Captain, that happened to be passing by us one morning. They were rewarded with several drinks to the table and a particular bottle of wine that my friend could only find in the dining room. She also found that they started keeping a bottle for her in the cigar lounge and in the cafe area outside the cigar lounge. Loved Addison in the cigar Lounge and the waiters in the cafe! (I can’t think of the name of the area, served coffee and snacks) The crew and staff so want to please everyone, they go out of their way to make you happy. Buffet was pretty good, we never walked away hungry! Pizza was amazing!! Be sure to grab some! Main dining was...different. I have to admit that I really thought it was going to be like I was at “Olive Garden” for 11 nights!!! It wasn’t. American Italian and real Italian are really different and we didn’t care for it. I’m talking about pasta dishes, not the rest of the menu!! They do have more than pasta! We tried Pasta twice and decided to order the steak and lobster on several nights if the menu didn’t appeal to us. It was only $24 for a 6 oz filet and I think a 6 or 8 oz lobster tail with salad, baked potato and bread. I recommend skipping salad and go easy on the bread so you can finish the steak and lobster. Absolutely fabulous and didn’t regret it a bit! We had heard you can take gratuities off and tip in cash if you prefer. Went to guest services and did just that. We were diligent with tips at dinner, at bars and our room steward. If you do this, be sure to bring small bills. The casino and desk services didn’t like to exchange more than $25 at a time for small bills. We tried to keep one dollar bills for bar service but gave bigger bills at dinner and to our room steward. My husband and I would definitely recommend and sail this ship again! Our friends would not sail this ship again but said they would like to sail on the the MSC Seaside. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was my second cruise with the MSC Divina and the main aim was to recharge my batteries and I most certainly did that! The highlights for me were: 1. the beautiful islands, the wonderful sceneries and their people - Nassau ... Read More
This was my second cruise with the MSC Divina and the main aim was to recharge my batteries and I most certainly did that! The highlights for me were: 1. the beautiful islands, the wonderful sceneries and their people - Nassau Bahamas was my favourite island (third visit) 2. we decided not to go on excursions on this trip and explored each island at leisure, which ended up being spontaneous and fun! 3. the invitation-only events i.e. the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and the Returners Cocktail 4. dining was a lovely experience and I cannot recall a single pang of hunger during this trip! My vegan friend was spoilt for choice and had dedicated staff to discuss meal options 5. the Aurea Spa and the lovely ivigorating treatments 6. the charming cruise staff - we wanted for nothing at all :) However, there were a few minor yet important gripes: 1. Evening entertainment was great, but as returners, we noted that the evening shows (bar the last two) were the same as the last cruise. This was was a bit of a downer for us. 2. The disco was great fun but we soon noticed that the music was being catered to the young Miami/Latin American crowd. There was no R&B, Golden Oldies, Mowtown etc so the crowds dwindled fast as the holiday progressed...so, Mr. DJ, please review your strategy and deck! 3. Merchandising was a bit in-your-face, a bit bazaar-like. It would be best to restrict selling to the shops in the mall area and this would enable us to enjoy the beautiful ship, unapprehended :) In spite of the few minor complaints - the score for me is a big fat 10/10! It was a great time of pampering, luxury, socialising, discovering new places and learning about new cultures. Everything went so fast and I left the ship planning the next set of Caribbean islands to visit! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Found this mini cruise one day trawling the internet. Previous thoughts on MSC had been poor quality, loud italians, mediocre food. ALL WRONG. Sailed from Valencia to Genoa stopping off at Marseilles. Boarding was so so easy, all done and ... Read More
Found this mini cruise one day trawling the internet. Previous thoughts on MSC had been poor quality, loud italians, mediocre food. ALL WRONG. Sailed from Valencia to Genoa stopping off at Marseilles. Boarding was so so easy, all done and dusted in 30 minutes. On the ship straight to the buffet for lunch. Excellent choices and good quality. One minor point if you dont have all inclusive on the first couple of hours unable to order any drinks as no cruise card to charge to until cabins released around 1400. At 1330 announced cabins were ready. We had an aft balcony cabin 10258. Huge balcony plenty of room for table and 2 chairs plus the two loungers. Due to overhang could be a bit dark in cabin sometimes though. Very quiet and great view from the rear of ship. Ship ID cards all ready incabin and was quickly activated at one of the on board machines. Huge bed and very comfortable. Staff round the ship eager to please and very chatty. Especially recommend the Eataly restaurant ( pay extra) and its associated pizza restaurant and bar where it is included. Wines on board very good and great choice of spirits. Excellent night where looked in on the Cirque du Soleil style show and also the casino where on both nights of cruise won on roulette. Breakfast in buffet was excellent ( apart from the free instant coffee). Take my tip order proper coffee and pay a little more. Marseilles we had taxi into town (20 euros) and had a good wander. Entrance into Genoa next morning very interesting as we were towed in by tug. Huge port. Well worth if have the time take the boat trip around this huge harbour. 8 Euros for about an hour and a quarter booked on the quayside. Go all the way past the airport. We came away with a totally different view of MSC which is a 4 star cruise line at 3 star cruise line prices. Excellent and a nice surprise. Definitely will book again. Choose your own cabin after some research is my tip Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Went for our friend's birthday,we were a group of 15 people on board. This was our first Mediterranean cruise. The services were excellent, very friendly staff. The entertainment was awesome, The shows were great no less then any ... Read More
Went for our friend's birthday,we were a group of 15 people on board. This was our first Mediterranean cruise. The services were excellent, very friendly staff. The entertainment was awesome, The shows were great no less then any broadway show. The Michael Jackson show totally nailed it. The service on bars by pool was great. The pool side party was a delite. It was an excellent experience, excellent services. Excellent buffet. The pizza bar chief made us some awesome pizza, we totally relished on. Our everyday dinner experience had the best food prepared by Chef Milind Patil. The bar attenders by the poolside Manish & Sachin were very courteous, they took care of our likes. The house keeper took care of all our needs whenever we needed anything he was always there to help us meet our expectation. The services at the Blackcrab dinner was excellent, where we dinned every night. The parties at the Black & white was rocking. Overall an excellent cruise and wonderful vacation.I would always recommend my friends. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We booked this cruise because friends of ours were taking this cruise and suggested it might be fun if we joined them - so our group of 4 consisted of 2 couples age 65+ and no children. Our port of embarkation was Valencia, Spain and that ... Read More
We booked this cruise because friends of ours were taking this cruise and suggested it might be fun if we joined them - so our group of 4 consisted of 2 couples age 65+ and no children. Our port of embarkation was Valencia, Spain and that was the beginning of a wonderful week aboard MSC Divina. Embarkation went smoothly, but disembarkation at the end of our week was a bit confusing. Due to an early flight out of Valencia, it was necessary for us to leave the ship earlier than our assigned disembarkation group, and we had some trouble finding the correct location to exit the ship. This ship is the largest we have ever cruised on, and it is beautiful. Considering that there are several thousand passengers aboard at all times, we also found it to be amazingly clean. We chose a balcony cabin on deck 11 at the aft of the ship, which turned out to be the ideal location to enjoy the views at several ports on our itinerary. Our cabin was tastefully decorated, not too small, storage was adequate, bed and pillows were comfortable (an option was available to switch to more comfortable pillows, but the ones in the room suited us just fine), the bathroom was well-designed and efficient, and - best of all - our cabin attendant GERRY took great care of our room, and always greeted us with a smile. When we found out we would not be dining until the second seating at 9:45 we were a bit concerned that would just be too late. The time turned out to be just fine. We were able to enjoy all of the early shows in the theater (and they were all GREAT!) and have leisurely dinners in the dining room. Our waiters, KIKIT and JAMES, were fabulous - always smiling, polite, friendly, and professional. They were just the BEST! Our meals in the dining room were always good - often great - and items were always served at-or near-the appropriate temperature (We NEVER had a warm dish served cold!). We did not eat at any specialty restaurants. During breakfast, lunch, and late afternoon "snack" time, the buffet areas were usually busy, but we were always able to find something good to eat, and there were usually places to sit near the back of the ship. In the dining room, we had breakfast twice and lunch once, and each time we were able to meet passengers from other countries. Knowing minimal Spanish, German, French, etc. attempting to communicate was sometimes challenging, but the people we shared tables with did their best to speak to us in English - and in one case our conversation with a family from Madrid went fairly smoothly thanks to Google Translate. It was fun and educational for us! Prior to leaving home, we booked only one excursion - a day in Rome. After we boarded the ship, we were informed that excursion had been canceled due to lack of participation. We then booked a different Rome excursion through the ship excursion desk. The bookkeeping was handled properly. Prior to disembarkation, our on-board account (viewable on the TV in our room) showed the correct charges and credits for our excursion - and we enjoyed our day in Rome very much. Waldo, our tour guide in Rome, was great! The other days, we chose to explore the ports on our own schedule. Our friends booked several excursions through the ship, and each evening we got to hear about their day trips. They seemed to enjoy all of their excursions. As a group or individually, we did not really use the casino, pools, fitness, or spa services. We usually met at a bar each evening to discuss the activities of the day. Unfortunately, we found that after about 7:00 p.m. each evening, nearly every public place on the ship became extremely LOUD. We enjoyed listening to the music in several bars on board - but it was always loud. The buffet areas were always loud. The dining rooms were loud. The only quiet place that we found in the evenings was sitting in the theater waiting for the shows to begin. It would have been nice to find a public space with some QUIET background music. Maybe there was a more quiet area - we just never found it. We did experience a bit of confusion a couple of times regarding when and where we could use our drink vouchers, but it wasn't a big problem. Our itinerary included only Mediterranean ports. Because the passengers aboard the ship came from many different countries, most announcements were made in several different languages. As far as we could tell, the information was presented as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we didn't find it to be a problem at all. We were amazed at how many crew members greeted us in English - almost always with a smile. It's highly likely that they also had some knowledge of Spanish, Italian, French, German, etc. - very impressive. This was our 5th cruise, our first with MSC, and our best one so far. Unfortunately, we did have one experience that was very disappointing. On our final night, the dining room schedule was changed from designated seating times to "open" seating. We arrived at the dining room about 8:00 p.m. and hoped that we would be able to have our usual wait staff - KIKIT and JAMES - for our final night. Although we requested our usual table - 860 - we were informed by the gentleman who seated us that the night was open seating, and he made no attempt to honor our request. As we passed our usual table, we noted that it was open, and there seemed to be no good reason for us to sit at a different table than we had become accustomed to. Luckily, we were seated near KIKIT and JAMES, and they were able to stop by and briefly say hello and goodbye to us. Perhaps someone in our group should have demanded - rather than requested - that we be able to sit at our usual table. Unfortunately, the situation left all 4 of us feeling a little sad on our last night on the ship. All things considered - with the exception of our dining room experience on our last night - we were extremely happy with our cruise, and we would be happy to cruise again with MSC. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The dining room experience was amazing Alejandro Jefferson Blando and his companion were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We loved the shows which were so professional. We will definitely be sailing with MSC again The ... Read More
The dining room experience was amazing Alejandro Jefferson Blando and his companion were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We loved the shows which were so professional. We will definitely be sailing with MSC again The embarkation procedure was slick and stress free The food portions and quality was amvic The reception staff were efficient and professional We were booked on the second sitting for dinner which was 9.30pm which was a little to late but we still enjoyed it. The buffet was too crowded and the staff were not very efficient so we choose to dine at lunch times in the Black Crab restaurant and have the a la carte which was superd and beyond our expectations as last year we cruised with Princess cruises and there was no such option to do this MSC go all out to make you trip a great experience Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
From the moment we arrived to the port we were taken care of. It was hands down the best vacation and cruise we have been on.The ship was just the right size, the cabin was great even with 4 people. The food was wonderful in the Yacht Club ... Read More
From the moment we arrived to the port we were taken care of. It was hands down the best vacation and cruise we have been on.The ship was just the right size, the cabin was great even with 4 people. The food was wonderful in the Yacht Club restaurant. The kids had a blast in the kids club and the Spa was great. There was one downside, I could not get my family off the ship. If I had not prepaid for a few of the excursions we would have never left the ship. Luckily we had already been to most of these ports. All they wanted to do was hang out at the Top Sail Lounge or up top by the pool. The concierges went above and beyond to make our trip perfect. It was a great experience. So much so we canceled our Disney cruise for next year and rebooked on the Seaview. And yes we have been on Disney cruises before :) The Yacht club is amazing and worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our 7th MSC Cruise, 6 travelling in Yacht Club. We embarked on MSC Divina in Rome. As part of the Yacht Club experience we were taken to an area and offered drinks and snacks whilst we were checked in. Before we could finish ... Read More
This was our 7th MSC Cruise, 6 travelling in Yacht Club. We embarked on MSC Divina in Rome. As part of the Yacht Club experience we were taken to an area and offered drinks and snacks whilst we were checked in. Before we could finish our drinks check in was complete. We were taken aboard the ship to our room, which was immaculate. House keeping come twice a day and should you need anything additional you just call the butler and he will bring it to you. We dined in the main restaurant every evening and the service was excellent. I can be a fussy eater but they never made me feel awkward and were always happy to bring me something that wasn’t on the menu. The staff could not have been more friendly and attentive. We went to a couple of shows and the casino and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. As we were tired we decided we would stay on board and didn’t get off all week! The ship was fantastic, service was amazing, we loved every minute, so much so we have 4 more booked with MSC. I see the negative reviews and can’t understand how our experience is so different, possibly the Yacht Club makes a difference. We both work in customer service and have high expectations, we have never been disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We choice this cruise because it departed from Valencia and we could easily drive there from our home in Alicante province. As first time cruisers we were a little apprehensive about everything. There was no need to be!! Everything was ... Read More
We choice this cruise because it departed from Valencia and we could easily drive there from our home in Alicante province. As first time cruisers we were a little apprehensive about everything. There was no need to be!! Everything was so simple. The parking was easy to find. We handed our luggage in, showed all our documents and we where away. A bus took us through the port and the first sight of MSC Davina was WOW!! She looked amazing. We boarded the ship and got a very warm welcome from the crew. We went to deck 14, the buffet deck, had a spot of lunch (had to try the amazing pizza). After lunch we had a wander round the ship, and found our cabin. It was a balcony cabin, which was an adequate size, with good storage and was spotlessly clean. Our luggage arrived quite quickly at our cabin, we unpacked and our first cruise began. We found our way to The Black Crab Restaurant for our evening meal. The food was lovely and the waiters very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend MSC to first time cruisers, it gives you a chance to sample cruising at a lower price than other cruise lines. But don't let the fact that it is cheap put you off, there is nothing cheap about the ship or the standards. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We love cruising, are seasoned travelers and active seniors from California. We chose this cruise on the Divina for the itinerary -- some places we haven't been, the relaxing sea days crossing the Atlantic, a great ride to Italy. As ... Read More
We love cruising, are seasoned travelers and active seniors from California. We chose this cruise on the Divina for the itinerary -- some places we haven't been, the relaxing sea days crossing the Atlantic, a great ride to Italy. As expected, the ship was stunning, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and had a variation of venues inside. We'd sailed once before with MSC, and of course we'd read all the warnings -- but we recognize that crabby people don't like anything, always complain. In all but one area (embarkation) this was a fabulous experience! Our balcony cabin, Aurea experience, was clean and stylish and efficient, with a cabin steward who didn't bug us all the time, but was always available and amenable. The dining room was a highlight -- from the seating hostess who greeted us with a smile every day, to the waiter who was fun and helpful and knowledgeable, to the bus boy who always smiled and kept our table spotless. The menus were varied, there were some "interesting" dishes, but plenty of choices, including comfort food. The food was hot, the servings were not huge but we were always satisfied -- just right. The buffet was pretty standard, though seating areas are larger, which helps. The pizza place was special (about $7 per pizza), cooked to order, with wines/beers well-chosen. The large central snack area had an ever-changing mix of small sandwiches and pastries (complimentary), gelato, coffees and fun drinks. We all four bought the "drink package" so we tried everything/everywhere -- coffees, smoothies, cocktails, wines and beers; we met for pre-dinner drinks in a different bar/lounge every night, always greeted courteously -- smiles, little conversations about the ship or the port, tasty drinks served quickly and cleanly. All the dining and drinking venues were gorgeous -- beautifully decorated, thoughtfully furnished, unusual but not weird. We loved that there were a lot of places to visit after dinner with music, some for dancing and some for listening, all comfortable and friendly. (We wished for more rock-n-roll, but the disco didn't start up until almost 11:00. This is a good place to say that Europeans seem to have dinner and parties later than we're used to, it's just a difference.) The big theater shows varied widely, from opera to Sinatra to costume productions, so sometimes we said, "no way" and sometimes we said, "can't miss," all seemed pretty well attended, and the variety was key. Another big plus on MSC is that they're not in your face all the time selling stuff. As mentioned, the only negative part of this cruise with MSC was embarkation -- it was a mess! We joined in Miami and it was awful -- they need to get their staff out front, communicate with them and through them. The other thing that gets complaints for MSC is the many languages spoken, every message in five languages, queueing with all those people who don't speak your language -- Americans are not tolerant of this, but it is a European experience, and a silly thing to complain about. We had a great cruise on a great ship with great service, great food, great ports! We'll sail with MSC again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
What a great experience!! The ship was absolutely beautiful in its décor and Venues were plentiful! The food was phenomenal in the dinning room and the best we have had in the buffet! We always managed to find seating in the buffet and in ... Read More
What a great experience!! The ship was absolutely beautiful in its décor and Venues were plentiful! The food was phenomenal in the dinning room and the best we have had in the buffet! We always managed to find seating in the buffet and in venues after searching a bit. The staff were absolutely pleasant and attentive to our needs, except for face clothes. We only ever got 1 a day, even though we asked for 4, Seems like they are a hot commodity! We ended up "borrowing" more when we saw a maid cart in the halls. The shows on this ship were absolutely wonderful as well and the seats in the auditorium were very comfortable. Our balcony room was well appointed and roomy enough for 2 with ample closet and drawers for all our belongings. The bathroom as well was very nice. The outdoor spaces were always kept clean and well maintained and I loved that we didn't always get asked by bar staff if we wanted something (we are not drinkers) Our wait staff in the dinning room (Oscar & Ana) were fantastic as well, always remembering our drink preferences and make wonderful suggestions. We loved the diversity of the guests on board, many Europeans and Canadians. It was the first time on a ship where you heard such a variety of languages! Was wonderful! The entertainment staff were wonderful at getting people having a great time. Overall, I think Divina will be a re-do for us! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have enjoyed our cruise! We were in the Yatch club section who is oustanding! The quality of the service was wonderful and the food was at the same level! Show in the theater: not good at all! 30-40 minutes max per show and ... Read More
We have enjoyed our cruise! We were in the Yatch club section who is oustanding! The quality of the service was wonderful and the food was at the same level! Show in the theater: not good at all! 30-40 minutes max per show and after 3 shows, I gave up and spend more time at the lougne! Boat in General: nice boat with all you are expecting from a major cruise line . Yatch club: much better than NCL Heaven. Yatch club cabin: OK. Could be larger for a delure room. We were three in the cabin (my 22 years old son was wiith us). Thre sofa-bed is not a good bed and not a good sofa. The staff at restaurants and bars speaks often English, French,m Spanish, Italian... I was surprised to receive service in my mother tongue. The majority of travellers on this cruise were from Europe and the service / food was targetting and corresponding to this market. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary. I traveled with my partner, mother and aunt, sister and brother in law. We all booked Bella Interiors last August, linked our bookings. In December, we were thrilled when we received ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the great itinerary. I traveled with my partner, mother and aunt, sister and brother in law. We all booked Bella Interiors last August, linked our bookings. In December, we were thrilled when we received free upgrades to balcony staterooms! However, like so many have mentioned, their website/customer service needs some work. Nothing we couldn't figure out and find solutions, but it seems more complicated than necessary. Once booked, I started researching and reading, and was quite surprised by the number of negative reviews related to MSC. We're pretty laid back, so I wasn't too worried. Well, turns out I could not disagree more with the negative reviews. The ship is stunningly beautiful, with great care given in ensuring she is well maintained. The staff were attentive and friendly. Cruise Director, Miguel Angel leads a group of talented and endearing people who made sure our cruise experience was second to none, with a particular shout out to International host, Wesley, French host, Zahir and the ever joyful Sasha. We found the international vibe on this cruise greatly contributed to our experience. It was so refreshing to be cruising with people from such a wide variety of nationalities and cultures. It would be a shame if MSC were to change their approach to look too much like the other cruiselines and try to cater to one specific nationality. Food was delicious. We had 6pm dinner in the Black Crab dining room. Dinner was always a highlight of the day; our wait staff, Oscar and Ana, provided friendly and attentive service. Dinner would generally take between 90 and 105 minutes, which we felt was perfect. We never felt rushed nor did we feel that we were waiting too long for the next course. I had read about issues related to water glasses being refilled or coffee not being served with dessert - never an issue during our cruise. The food was delicious and the variety provided options for even the most fussy of eaters. We ate lunch at the buffet a few times. The food was good and although the buffet area was quite busy, finding seating was not an issue - plenty towards the back of the ship. However, the hallways throughout the buffet are quite tight, especially in the beverage areas. Entertainment was great. MSC provided nightly entertainment in the theatre. Their singers and dancers are the best we've seen at sea. They also have entertainment staff working the crowd before showtime - this was a nice (and mostly comedic) touch ... kudos to Juan Carlos! There was always things to do throughout the ship during the evenings, much to the delight of the majority of passengers - most venues were full with happy people! The venues themselves, especially the Black and White lounge and the Golden Jazz club could benefit from being bigger with better seating. Outdoor spaces were great. Garden pool was delightful, as was the Aqua park and Lido deck. One word of caution - do not walk barefoot near the Garden pool. The beautiful ceramic tiles get fire hot! We were always able to find loungers, although we had to search on a couple of occasions. Nothing we haven't had to do on each cruise we enjoy! Another major plus - smoke free casino! Although we don't indulge in the casino experience, walking through it was always pleasant, unlike other cruiselines. All in all, this was among our best cruise experiences. I would not hesitate to sail with MSC again, and am actually looking at a few itineraries! Looking forward to sailing with MSC again soon! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I picked this ship for the itinerary and after reading some of the reviews I was a little nervous about going. Boarding was a breeze, the best one ever, just walked the line and disembarkation was smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean. ... Read More
I picked this ship for the itinerary and after reading some of the reviews I was a little nervous about going. Boarding was a breeze, the best one ever, just walked the line and disembarkation was smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean. The staff was great and super friendly. The shows were good some were more enjoyable that others but that is the way it is on all cruise ships. The same with dining some days better than others but again that is the norm just a preference of what you like more. I can’t say enough about the entertainment people, they were the best I experienced so far. They enjoy their jobs and it showed! The interaction with the passengers was amazing. They had people dancing, participating in games and laughing everyday and always with a smile. They seemed to care about how they could make your experience better. The captain even made himself available on different occasions and wanted to know how they could improve and asked for suggestions. There may be a few minor things I could comment on but not worth the mention. There were some rude people on board but that is not a fault of the ship and they are everywhere. I would recommend this ship and I would certainly travel with MSC in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
La crociera è un’isola. Se da un lato c’è il sole, dall'altro trovi ombra, se tira vento sulla tolda scoperta, a prora: calma piatta, se fanno casino nella piscina superiore, puoi rilassarti a quella tre piani sotto, se il ... Read More
La crociera è un’isola. Se da un lato c’è il sole, dall'altro trovi ombra, se tira vento sulla tolda scoperta, a prora: calma piatta, se fanno casino nella piscina superiore, puoi rilassarti a quella tre piani sotto, se il buffet non ti offre le giuste alternative, al ristorante ti servi à la carte. Un'isola perfetta. Con l’orizzonte sempre diverso. Se vuoi essere coinvolto, non avrai respiro. Se desideri quiete, nessuno la infrangerà. Anche perché le svariate escursioni previste (dalle foreste pluviali alle favelas di periferia, dai templi Maya alle sfavillanti dimore degli attori più in voga, da città ultramoderne a sterrati in mezzo a piante di banane e caffè), riempiono occhi, cuore e spirito, somatizzano da ogni presunto principio claustrofobico, ed anzi, rendono ancor più piacevole il ritorno a bordo, tra comodità e attenzioni. Tant'è che stiamo già organizzandone un’altra per il prossimo anno, perché anche la fiaba dei costi altissimi, va sfatata. Certo se paghi, puoi avere la suite reale, il maggiordomo h24 e lo champagne a colazione. Ma sono eccessi trascurabili, perché i riguardi dedicati a tutti gli ospiti sono incredibili, la pulizia estrema, quasi maniacale, l’aria di gioiosa spensieratezza costantemente palpabile, i servizi di prim'ordine. Poi ci sta che ognuno viva una crociera differente… c’è anche gente che si uccide di fila al buffet, che attende l’ascensore ai piani una vita (mentre noi avremo fatto almeno duemila gradini di scale su e giù tra gli svariati ponti), o che si alza all'alba per prenotare un lettino sul quale rimanere sdraiato fino a sera, incurante di qualsiasi cosa avvenga attorno... NON abbiamo neanche mai fatto scatenati balli di gruppo, ne’ le ore piccole in discoteca; disertato di regola i corsi di bricolage, gli assaggi in enoteca (trincavamo già di brutto al ristorante), le foto di rito col Comandante e gli ammassi in piscina. Abbiamo preferito giri di ponte alla sera prima dell’aperitivo, foto a raffica, rigenerante teatro post cena, abbronzatura nel solarium di nostra esclusiva pertinenza, allegro trekking dei diciotto ponti esplorabili alla scoperta di ogni pertugio visitabile della nave, cocktails e idromassaggi (anche in contemporanea), senza negarci un distratto shopping e simpatiche serate di gala a fare le pulci su come riesce a vestirsi (!) l’americano medio… Ma anche leggere Grisham nel silenzio e nel sole sul balconcino del nostro dodicesimo piano, con solo il mare a sussurrare mormorii, al largo del Belize... ...vi assicuro che non è assolutamente trascurabile. The cruise is an island. If on one side there is the sun, on the other hand you will find a shadow, if you wind on the open deck, in the bow: calm flat, if they make a mess in the upper pool, you can relax on the three floors below, if the buffet does not offer you the right alternatives, at the restaurant you need a la carte. A perfect island. With the horizon always different. If you want to be involved, you will not have breath. If you wish quiet, nobody will break it. Also because the various planned excursions (from the rainforests to the suburban favelas, from the Mayan temples to the dazzling houses of the most fashionable actors, from ultramodern cities to gravel roads in the middle of banana and coffee trees), fill eyes, heart and spirit, somatize from any presumed claustrophobic principle, and indeed, make the return on board even more pleasant, between comfort and attention. So much so that we are already organizing another for the next year, because even the fairy tale of high costs, must be debunked. Of course if you pay, you can have the royal suite, the 24-hour butler and champagne for breakfast. But they are negligible excesses, because the concerns dedicated to all the guests are incredible, the extreme cleanliness, almost maniacal, the air of joyous carefree constantly palpable, the services of the first order. Then there is that everyone lives a different cruise ... there are also people who kill themselves in a row at the buffet, waiting for the elevator to the floors a lifetime (while we have done at least two thousand steps up and down between the various bridges) , or who gets up at dawn to reserve a bed on which to remain lying until evening, regardless of anything that happens around ... We have never even unleash group dances, nor 'the small hours at the disco; defected as a rule DIY courses, tastings in wine shop (we were already looking bad at the restaurant), the usual photos with the Commander and the pools in the pool. We preferred bridge tours in the evening before the aperitif, burst photos, rejuvenating post-dinner theater, tanning in the solarium of our exclusive relevance, happy trekking of the eighteen explorable bridges to discover every visit of the ship, cocktails and whirlpools (also in contemporary), without denying us a distracted shopping and nice gala evenings to do the fleas on how he manages to dress (!) the average American ... But also reading Grisham in silence and in the sun on the balcony of our twelfth floor, with only the sea whispering murmurs, off the coast of Belize ... ... I assure you that it is absolutely not negligible. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We have just returned from our 10 night eastern caribbean cruise. Our first experience of msc which exceeded our expectations. The kids club team were simply amazing and really looked after and kept our children engaged...they were the ... Read More
We have just returned from our 10 night eastern caribbean cruise. Our first experience of msc which exceeded our expectations. The kids club team were simply amazing and really looked after and kept our children engaged...they were the stars of our cruise and a true credit to msc...well done to you all!!!! Overall all the staff were friendly and courteous and always greeted us around the ship. The entertainments team were excellent as too were the shows and our chamber maid....food on the whold was good in general. We will definately be back on msc and based on my first experience of msc exceeded our cruises with the likes of celebrity, carnival and princess. We had a group of vegans onboard that whilst pleasant restricted us to not being able to do first dining as they had the whole of the first dining option which meant that we had to use the buffet. We made it to dining on 3 occasions though but having the kids had we been able to have first dining would have used this on every occasion. This did not however have any impact on how much we enjoyed the cruise and the amazing staff!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My friend, Beverly White and I were on the 1/24/18 - 2/4/18 cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The cruise ship was absolutely beautiful and very accommodating. We walked the entire ship the first day admired the beautiful designs all ... Read More
My friend, Beverly White and I were on the 1/24/18 - 2/4/18 cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The cruise ship was absolutely beautiful and very accommodating. We walked the entire ship the first day admired the beautiful designs all through the ship. Our room was small although very useful for us as we only slept there. Our favorite club was the Black and White. We spent every night dancing and enjoying the music of the Groove Island band. They were extremely talented and played great music. The entertainers that worked this club were totally out of this world with talent. It was the best entertainment we had seen. They were not only great but kept the whole audience in stiches with their comedic productions. I cant wait until this ship returns to the Miami port so that we can again travel with this group. It would be appreciated if you would send more information on when this ship would be back to the Miami port. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Embarkation was extremely smooth, disembarkation was "OK". MSC sails in/out of Miami and we find sailing in/out of Ft Lauderdale easier and much more user friendly. .A previous post stated "food at the buffet was the same ... Read More
Embarkation was extremely smooth, disembarkation was "OK". MSC sails in/out of Miami and we find sailing in/out of Ft Lauderdale easier and much more user friendly. .A previous post stated "food at the buffet was the same every day. Ya...it was, but the variety and selection was so great, there was nothing else they could have added. Much, much more inclusive than the cruise we took 2 weeks prior on an other line. (I'll mention that fact later on regarding other topics) The best pizza and pasta on any cruise I've been on, and that's now over 100. Shows were very "Las Vegas review/cirque de soliel-ish. No comedians, no jugglers. Synchronized high tech VERY professional lighting added to the enjoyment. 3 Pools..one similar to those on most other ships, one under a retractable dome, one in the rear an adult only infinity pool. One thing I liked was that recorded musci around the ool area was "background" music and pretty much 70's-90's classic rock. On the ship we were on 2 weeks prior it was techo/rap that was SOOOO loud, you had to SCREAM at the person sitting next to you!. Needless to say, we found loungers elsewhere, albeit not very convenient to quick dips in the pool. Even after several guests asked for the volume to be lowered....it wasn't. MDR dining was good, pretty much comparable to most other lines. MDR service for us anyway was very good, but I heard from staff it was spotty as they took a lot of experienced staff and put them on their newer ship, the "Seaside". It will take a while to get everyone up to speed (or so I was told). Cabin (standard balcony) was nice. We were on a cruise 2 weeks prior on an other line and had a suite. The Divina cabin was pretty much identical to the suite on the other line/ship, the balcony was larger and we paid a lot less. The only difference I could see was that on the ship with the suite, we had a tub and not just a shower, but for almost $1K pp difference, I could live with just a shower! Yes,there were "foreigners" on the cruise..... about 20% .If you don't want to encounter people who speak a different language.....don't travel! However, there were not a lot of announcements on the ship (A lot less than on others we've been on) so that was not an issue. More children than I expected for a 10 day cruise not during school break, probably because pricing for kids is so attractive. Public rooms are very spacious and beautifully decorated. We never felt crowded, anywhere. . We did not take any ship's tours. They were a bit pricey (we thought) and as is the same with most other lines, a very similar tour can be gotten on the pier for about 1/2 the price. As I mentioned earlier, I've been on well over 100 cruises now. I'm "Elite" on one line, "4 Star Mariner" on another and "Diamond" on another. I was impressed with MSC and will sail with them again! And by the way, MSC will match the highest repeaters level you are on any line with thier comparable level category. Extra perks MSC offers were VERY nice, like a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries in your cabin on formal night and a sur- charge restaurant dinner for 2. Also thier internet package is a fraction of the cost it is on some other lines. I think it was something like $20 for the cruise (no time limit) and the cruise we were on prior on a different line, although we got 250 comp'd minutes, if you bought the internet package, it was over $100. Seems to me, that with free Wifi in every port, these cruise lines have to rethink their internet charges. There were some things I think MSC did better than on some other lines as they are anxious to develop a following and they are one of the few lines that's not part of the "Carnival Corporation" which seems to have homogenized most of thier lines into a "sameness". I was impressed and WILL be sailing with MSC in the future! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
MSC Divina-25 January to 4 February 2018 First a little about us, this was cruise number 99, we are Diamond + on Royal, almost Diamond on Carnival, Platinum + on NCL and have sailed Princess, Celebrity, Holland American and a ... Read More
MSC Divina-25 January to 4 February 2018 First a little about us, this was cruise number 99, we are Diamond + on Royal, almost Diamond on Carnival, Platinum + on NCL and have sailed Princess, Celebrity, Holland American and a couple of cruise lines that are no longer in operation. This was our first cruise on MSC. We have friends that love MSC and others who hate it. This was a 10 day cruise with a couple of stops we had never been to before and the price was right. We used our status match of Diamond plus to become Black Card on MSC, their highest loyalty level. I recommend that everyone who that a status on another cruise line use the status match. We were given a boarding time of 3:45 but arrived at 2 pm and we were directed to the priority security line. The security line moved a little slowly because they used the priority line for the people with wheel chairs also. After security we went to the priority check in line. We were the only ones in that line and went to the next open check- in counter. Check in was fast. To use a credit card while on board, you do not set up a credit card account in advance or at check in, you do it once you are on the ship. Also you do not have to fill out the health form like you do on other ships. After checking in, we went directly on the ship and to our cabin. We were in an inside room with the Bella experience. The room was small but immaculate! If you have ever sailed on the Majesty of the Seas, the size of the rooms are much the same size. Because we were Black Card, there was a bottle of wine and a plate of fruit already in the cabin. We also had robes, slippers and a choice of pillows. MSC's choice of pillows is called their "pillow menu" - very nice and is available to every passenger. The only thing we needed to ask our room steward for was ice. We dropped off our suitcase and went to the buffet. No shock - it was crowded and you couldn't get in the door. We passed on the buffet and walked around the pool area. We found the self- serve ice cream machine, and the ice cream was one of the best we have had on any ship. We each had two cones and called that lunch. We then went down to deck 5 and found the stand-alone terminal to set up our on board credit account. It was quick and easy and took less than a minute. At 4 pm we did the muster drill. MSC requires you to bring your life jacket to the drill. Our muster station was in the photo gallery and became warm very quickly. The drill lasted a little longer than usual because the safety instructions were given in several languages. Most of the announcements were made in several languages; better most passengers know what's going on the not. After changing for dinner, we spent some time exploring. There is a bowling alley, a smokers lounge, a 4-D theater(we did the Canyon Coaster - the best scary simulator ride ever), a formula one simulator car ride, casino, retail shops, etc. The biggest initial impacts were the theater (magnificent), the large number of lounge/bar venues and the overall beauty of the individually designed passenger spaces. The ship is unbelievably gorgeous! For dinner we were assigned to the 6 pm seating in the Black Crab restaurant at a table for 6. We really lucked out. Our table mates were all from Florida and couldn't have been nicer. The menu was a little different to the ones I've seen on other cruise lines. As as example, shrimp cocktail is an extra cost item, and you order your dessert when you select your dinner. The first night I selected the lamb chops which were really good. The service was a little slow the first night but improved. After dinner we played in the casino, which to our surprise was non-smoking. We don't smoke so appreciate that the casino was non-smoking. We play the slot machines and hope in the future the MSC management puts together a package listing points-played to earn drinks, dinners, etc. and not just the amount for a free cruise. We purchased the wifi package for the duration of the cruise and it was the fastest wifi we had ever experienced and the best price we have ever seen . One of the highlights of the cruise was the Cruise Critic meet and greet. I believe there were about 40 of us. The room was set up with tables that held a variety of fruit, other goodies and the wait staff brought around drinks. The waiters offered drinks from their trays but also said you could order any drink you wanted that was not on the tray. The Captain, Hotel Director and several other Senior Officers attended the reception. Captain Francesco Di Palma and Hotel Director spent time with each guest and then gave a short welcome speech in at least five languages. The Cruise Director and the Captain cut and helped to serve a large cake that was in the center of the room. This is the first time I've ever seen a Captain at a Meet and Greet. We were very impressed. A group photo was also taken of all the Cruise Critic attendees and the Captain. This photo was sent to our cabin free of charge - another first! We would see Captain Francesco Di Palma all over the ship and he always had time to stop and chat. Since we were Black Card members, my wife and I had a free dinner each at a specialty restaurant. We chose the Steakhouse named "EAT-aly". All of our table mates joined us at the specialty restaurant and all of them were status match Black members. The menu was wonderful and our waiter assured us that everything on the menu was available under our Black Card free offer. Everyone ordered different appetizers, and there was plenty for sharing. We all ordered the surf and turf -steak and lobster with sides that we also shared. Dessert was also included and a wonderful selection. wine was not included but was available for a fee. As none of us ordered alcohol, there were no fees and no receipt was given to anyone to sign. So, no receipt to put a tip on. By the way, service was exceptional. Although we had the choice of two specialty venues for dinner, we chose to go back to the EAT-aly just because the lobster, filet mignon and service were superb! We heard from another passenger later, that the EAT-aly is a chain restaurant . We don't have it in Florida but this passenger was from Boston and raved about it - we agreed it was great! At this second specialty dinner, we invited the Hotel Director, having met him at the Meet and Greet and again at the Loyalty Black Card Reception, to join us for a drink during dinner. We had won a bottle of Proseco at trivia and wanted to share it. He, Alistair Burnett, did join us for about an hour and we shared our thoughts about the ship. We did tell him that although the top officers and the stewards and wait staff were very friendly, we found the rest of the staff a little stiff. We thought that the language barrier might weigh in on this observations and he agreed and said he would pass it on. We also mentioned that we had gotten used to being referred to as the North Americans! We might have been in the minority - by nationality! In many ways the cruise had a very continental vibe and we were prepared for it. We know that Americans are not the only cruisers and not the only culture. we were prepared for passengers to not regard queuing up for things to be the norm so jungle rules often occurred. But, if you're looking for a European trip without leaving the U.S. then this is for you. The entertainment is not what you're used to, but worth seeing. Trivia was daily and fun. We played with couples from Paris, Canada, Slovenia, and Slovakia. The retail shops were very diverse and a wide range of prices. All the items were top quality! Sales were really good too. We want to mention the staff that we particularly were impressed by: our cabin steward Michelson from Madagascar, Andrey our waiter, and the Cruise Director staff, especially Kaitlan from South Africa. We have to Boris, the technician, who always had a friendly word for us waiting for visual trivia to start. Also, in the buffet is a gentleman who is so suave and cosmopolitan - Simon Osan, who works seemingly everywhere! For a genuinely different experience in cruising from Miami, we highly recommend MSC! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Precautious as first-time MSC cruisers, our 3-days prior-to-departure purchase paid off wonderfully! Other cruise lines going to our chosen Southern Caribbean ports on 11-night itineraries or less in early January were elevating their ... Read More
Precautious as first-time MSC cruisers, our 3-days prior-to-departure purchase paid off wonderfully! Other cruise lines going to our chosen Southern Caribbean ports on 11-night itineraries or less in early January were elevating their Interior fares to equal the $699 we paid for an Aft Balcony. Fares aboard this MSC Divina cruise were dropping at the end. Blog videos, pix, and reviews made the ship sound crowded, but since the balcony provided "private real estate" with a wonderful glass wall and wake view, we went for it and were so pleased! Deck chairs WERE rail-to-rail on sea days, but we chose to stroll decks in the mornings and evenings, timing some of our buffet visits to periods when it was almost empty. The terrific 3-story water slide was NEVER crowded the whole cruise! Embarkation-Disembarkation was efficient and pleasant taking about 30 minutes both times. My last-minute purchase gave the seller no time to send documents, but that presented MSC registrars no problems, smoothly processing us like others. MSC's European (Italian) culinary and entertainment style was just right for us. There were many healthful menu and buffet choices with always-wonderful breads of all varieties. From gymnasts to operatic vocalists, the tasteful theater shows charmed and thrilled, sometimes to tears. The cabin carpet was "tired," and corridors seemed to always have room service trays in them. Unlike other cruise lines, there were no super-soft beds with fine linens. Our Deck 13 Aft cabin transmitted vibrations and creaking sounds in the night. But, we enjoyed the view more than enough to compensate. High-deck Aft balconies are extremely shallow, but we adjusted the love seat to face the balcony and treated it like a very large picture window. We almost never buy ship excursions, opting for independent excursion operators available outside port terminals on-shore. In Aruba, "Full-Throttle" provided a 90-minute snorkling trip to reef and ship wreck for only $40! The whole trip was grand! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
MSC Divina cruise - Jan 3-14 2018 Itinerary: 3-5 at sea 6 - St Thomas USVI. (Megan's Bay beach) 7 - Antigua/Barbuda. (Zip line. Dennis restaurant. on Caribbean beach) 8 - Barbados – (Harbour Lights. Snorkel ... Read More
MSC Divina cruise - Jan 3-14 2018 Itinerary: 3-5 at sea 6 - St Thomas USVI. (Megan's Bay beach) 7 - Antigua/Barbuda. (Zip line. Dennis restaurant. on Caribbean beach) 8 - Barbados – (Harbour Lights. Snorkel shipwreck and turtles) 9 - Grenada (spice island). (Grand Anse beach by water taxi) 10- Curaçao – (Mambo Beach - Rock wall protecting beach). Swinging bridge. 11 - Aruba – (Palm Beach. Parasail. Itito Water Sports. DePalm Pier restaurant by RIU hotel) 12-13 at sea 14- arrive back Miami Highlights: The decor and design: Stunning! Swarovski crystal staircases in main atrium....attention to detail in design and planning of common areas and staterooms. Bars and lounges were thoughtfully designed and furnished. Eg. La Luna bar - ceiling has twinkling LED lights to resemble stars. La Cantina. Seats are designed like oak wine barrels. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time in these Lounges listening to the music and enjoying a glass of wine. Entertainment: top notch! We did not miss a single show and caught almost all the special singers and performers throughout the ship. The Michael Jackson tribute is incredible! You feel like it's him on the stage! Aurea Spa. Very well appointed and professionally staffed. We enjoyed hot stone massages and facials. Decks and pools: always a bit crowded on at-sea days. MSC tolerates 'saving' loungers by putting towels on the chairs. Like being at a resort and having to get up early to save your seat. Food: The highlight: the pizza! Amazing! Black Crab (main dining room): service is slow at times. 90 minutes for lunch one day. Staff seem to be 'junior' level. I heard that top staff from Divina were pulled over to 'Seaside' due to many problems they were having with this new ship. This might explain the less-than-ideal level of service. Dining room food: I think all these mega-ships are suffering from the same problem: inability to serve top quality food due to the sheer number of passengers. The food was often lukewarm. Portions of certain dishes were meager. Even their lasagna was just ok, and this is an Italian cruise line. They do make their own pasta (so the menu says) and other pasta dishes were acceptable. The always-available entree selection is good (steak, salmon, lasagna). Restaurants: only two specialty restaurants on the ship; Eataly Pizza/Steak and Galaxy Bar. We did not choose to eat at either one. Buffet: It’s huge; often chaotic. Pizza is the highlight. They have hot entrees and their North American hamburger /hot dog / French fries area (Something MSC added to try to appeal to North American cruisers…kind of sad when you think about it!). Ethnic food. Salads. Fresh fruits. Wide variety. You just have to hustle to find a seat and then manage to get your food. We avoided the buffet for the most part. Stateroom: we chose a balcony. We were on deck 13 forward. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Spacious. Clean. Well appointed. Our package included free room service so we took advantage of that and ordered our coffee and croissants and fruit each morning. Service was always very prompt. Cabin steward freshened room twice daily. Ports of call: Divina seemed to have the top spot at the ports of call. She was usually first in, prime spot and one of the last ships to leave port. We loved all six locations as we had not been to 4 of the 6 ports. Our favorites were Curaçao and Aruba. All ports had fantastic beaches. We only booked one excursion through MSC as our experience has been that you can arrange virtually the same excursions on the island for a fraction of the cost. We booked the Antigua zip-line through the ship as the attraction was closed to the public for that day (Sunday) on their website. It was well worth the cost and our driver then took us to a beach on the Caribbean side which was amazing. Overall experience: 5/5! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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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