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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because the price was good and we needed a break. After reading reviews on MSC because we have a cruise booked for September on the Musica for a group of 20 people we thought it would give us an opportunity to see how ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the price was good and we needed a break. After reading reviews on MSC because we have a cruise booked for September on the Musica for a group of 20 people we thought it would give us an opportunity to see how bad it could possibly be. This was our 29th cruise with various cruise lines including Celebrity, RCL, Thomson, NCL Etc. And we should have known that everybody’s opinions and views do vary. So this is our thoughts on MSC and in particular the Divina. Yes the portions in the main dining room were on the small size but you only have to ask for more and if there was nothing you fancied, like on other cruise lines you could pick from the standard menu that was available every night. We had a drinks package and I have to say that there was no holding back on topping up our glasses. As far as the comment that the staff are not trained properly, we certainly found our waiters very efficient and pleasant, as of the rest of the crew thru out the ship. The language comments about everything being repeated 5 times could be a problem if you let it, cruise director before the evening show and safety drill were the only times we noticed it. The animation team were the best we have ever come across they worked really well as a team. The Divina is in a class of her own, the little bars with wonderful staff and nibbles if you were feeling peckish to the various musical performers. The layout is truly so well planned It’s a shame we are not on her in September. MSc have introduced a great system in the buffet (which other lines should look at) we really don’t use the buffets because of the amount of people and of course the pushing and shoving, unless we have missed the MDR times but we did use them occasionally this trip because the MSC system is that at busy times the head waiters are at the door and do not let people in until there colleagues tell them there is a table available. All in all very enjoyable trip, make up your own minds, your on holiday enjoy. Ports of call access, the port authority bus in Marseille was much further to walk to than previously so we took the ship transfer 16 € return, which is actually better because it takes you right into Centre. Genoa easy to walk off. Civitavecchia free port authority to drop off point which has moved back to where it used to be so not so far to walk to the station. Palermo and Cagliari easy to walk off. Palma they say they dock at further port but wait and see, normal dock which they are expanding you can walk off and get public transport number 1 into the city, if they do dock at the further pier then you can use the ticket that is left in your cabin,hand it in as you get on MSC transfer bus and it will be charged to your account. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I booked this cruise to spend time with my two daughters, the youngest just graduated from college, and my sister-in-law. This was the first time we all cruised together, and was looking for a fun "girls' trip". We really ... Read More
I booked this cruise to spend time with my two daughters, the youngest just graduated from college, and my sister-in-law. This was the first time we all cruised together, and was looking for a fun "girls' trip". We really wanted to do a Mediterranean trip, and the price, dates, ports fit our bill. We booked a "suite", cabin 9001 Aurea experience, because it was more cost effective if we all stayed in the same cabin. After confirming our trip, I started to read reviews here about this ship, and started doubting my choice. This was my 17th cruise, but first on MSC. I started dreading my decision from all the negative reviews, but decided to suck it up, and since my family is pretty easy-going (I'm the spoiled one), and it was too late to back out. My husband and I cruise usually twice a year, and a lot of my decision-making is on this site and other reviews. But, I'm going to say, for now on, I'm going to be taking future reviews with a grain of salt. I've never written a review, but here it goes... Embarkation and Disembarkation- Rome (Civitavecchia)- We came in a day earlier and stayed at a charming B&B. We arrived at the port at around 11:30am, and it was a breeze to get on the ship. Took no more than 20 minutes. Disembarkation- we left our bags out the night before, and left the ship about 8:30am. I'd say it was about 30-40 min from the time we left the ship, grabbed our bags, and hailed a taxi. Totally painless experience. I will recommend arriving to the ship around 11ish am, because it seemed more chaotic around 2-3pm, but we were already sipping on wine at that point. Cabin- we were in cabin 9001, at the very front of the ship. No balcony, but a panoramic window. It's categorized as a "suite", but it was more of an oversized cabin. My sil and I slept in the two twin beds, and my girls slept in the pullout couch. The twin beds were comfortable; the pullout couch is what it is- a pullout couch, but the girls were fine with it. There was plenty of space for the four of us. The bathroom was surprisingly big, and included a bathtub! I've never had a bathtub in any of my other cruises. There are plenty of outlets, including 2 US standard plugins, and a USB port. Our room steward was on top of every need, and was very discreet. My only complaint about the room is, being in the very front, it is VERY noisy when coming into port. From about 4am (if we ported around 7am), every groaning of the ship, dropping of anchors,etc, was heard in our room. But I just put a pillow over my head and went back to sleep. The girls, because their pullout wasn't as sturdy as our beds, tended to rock more with the ship. Dining- The dining was fine here. Did it knock my socks off? No, and I'm super picky. But I could find something on every menu, whether at the buffet or MDR. And I don't understand everyone's gripe about finding seating at the buffet. We never had a problem. Before we even perused the offerings for food, we found a table, threw one of bags on it, then filled our plates. The MDR offerings were decent. I agree with other reviewers that portions are smaller, but who cares? It was enough food, and if we wanted more, we'd just ask. We had a lovely woman waiting on us, Francelly, and she did everything to make our dining experience wonderful. We did have one night with another waiter, didn't catch his name, and he was dreadful compared to Francelly. So, if reviewers got him, I'd understand their bitter review. Entertainment- went to three shows and enjoyed them. Service- Another thing I disagree with other reviewers. The service was awesome. Everyone was willing to help, even guest services was very accommodating. Ports- LOVED THEM ALL! Bottom line- I think the reviews I've read about this ship did not reflect my experience. Were there snafus? Absolutely, but I've had them on ALL cruises I've been on. Would def cruise MSC Divina again, and look forwardto experience her other ships! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We sailed on the MSC Divina in September 2017. Our cruise was interrupted by Hurricane Irma so we decided to take the generous discount MSC gave us and try our first European cruise. Prior to having to leave the ship in September we loved ... Read More
We sailed on the MSC Divina in September 2017. Our cruise was interrupted by Hurricane Irma so we decided to take the generous discount MSC gave us and try our first European cruise. Prior to having to leave the ship in September we loved our cruise. We were in the the Yacht Club so we booked the Yacht Club again. We embarked in Rome and everything was going well until later that evening when we went into the topside lounge for a pre dinner drink: the lounge was full of smoke. We were never told that in Europe you can smoke in almost the whole ship. When we asked about it we were told that they were only smoking in part of the lounge and they had a right to smoke - Unfortunately smoke doesn't stay in one spot. There were several times on the cruise we could not go into the lounge as the smoke and smoke smell was very strong. As we went to dinner we found out that smoking is allowed in all of the bars. Being that I am allergic to smoke that left out most of the evening activities except for the main theater. Other that that we loved our cruise. The dining room for the Yacht club we wonderful and the food and service outstanding. The hostess was still on the ship and remember us from September. We loved breakfast and lunch at the one pool. Everyone we encountered from MSC was warm and friendly. The only issue we had was a excursion left without us; they couldn't fix it but tried to make us comfortable with a bottle of wine. All of our excursions were with MSC and we loved them. Other that the smoking issued (which was a big issue for us) we will sail with MSC again, but be sure to ask about the smoking policy prior to booking. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Because on this ship everybody can board/disembark at every port there was no queue when we embarked. When we got on we weren't told anything apart from the fact our key card will be in the room. We then felt a bit lost. We went to ... Read More
Because on this ship everybody can board/disembark at every port there was no queue when we embarked. When we got on we weren't told anything apart from the fact our key card will be in the room. We then felt a bit lost. We went to our room where we got our cruise news info. We had a balcony cabin at the rear which was quite roomy. Our cabin attendant was friendly. Bathroom was a decent size and no wet shower curtain, it was a door. The attention to detail on this ship is amazing. It looks very stylish. Lots of bars on board, all with their own different personality. Even the buffet looks stylish. Reasonable amount of choice. A Pasta station, Pizza station, regular buffet, Vegetarian and an "Ethnic" station but I think they mean more Asian food. The main restaurant is efficient. Portions are quite small, European size but very tasty. We had a table for 6 but managed to get this changed after 2 days for a table of 2. They don't have very many tables of 2. We used the gym most days and it was very big and had excellent equipment. The entertainment is fantastic. They do a theatre show every night with amazing singing and dancing. One night is an opera singing night too. The official language on board is Italian but they also do the announcements in French, English, Spanish & German. We did the behind the scenes tour which was reasonably priced compared to other companies. It was such an interesting tour, we really enjoyed it. This is our first time with MSC and would definitely use them again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
A Cruise trip is a dream come true for many of us, especially those from the Asian countries since they are not, exactly, economy. Apart from the cost of Cruise Trip, which can amount to $280 a day for a couple, you have to reach the ... Read More
A Cruise trip is a dream come true for many of us, especially those from the Asian countries since they are not, exactly, economy. Apart from the cost of Cruise Trip, which can amount to $280 a day for a couple, you have to reach the embarkation point of the Cruise on your own. Other costs include daily trips to shore for sightseeing as the ship docks on a new location every day. The total cost on a Mediterranean Cruise, for a couple, works out to: Cruise cost = $2000 (seven day trip) Cost of reaching the port of embarkation(France)= $ 1850 Daily trips to shore for sightseeing= $700 Taxi + last day shore stay = $ 150 Wifi + drinks on ship = $100 Tips on ship(compulsory) = $140 TOTAL about $ 5000 Cruise ships are floating cities offering you every kind of facility in the form of Drinks, Casinos, Stage Shows, Pools, Jacuzzis, Shopping and every other form of temptation imaginable. There is a bar at every corner with irresistible cocktails beckoning you to try them out. Our ship was huge, with a crew of 800, management claimed to be preparing almost 20,000 meals a day. The worst part is the food. The buffet halls are open 20 hours a day and every kind of fruits, salads, pizzas, breads, hundreds of type of dishes, sea food, puddings, cakes and anything else you can think of is on offer from around the globe. It is impossible not to give in to the temptation, however hard you may try. It is no brainer, therefore, that despite all precautions, all of us put on 2-3 Kg of weight within the first two days. All the food at buffet counters is on the house. Despite all these temptations, by day two we had realized that we needed the skills of a fox to survive in this jungle full of traps at every step and if I did not watch out I would be disembarking with none of my clothes fitting me. Obviously, some strategy was required to ensure one does not pay for unnecessary things and at the same time make full use of a host of facilities being offered in the package. So we worked out a routine to do all of above, and more, as follows: We got up at 6 AM, there being no arrangement for tea in the cabin, one was expected to go up to 14th floor buffet hall to get it, a prospect hard to follow early in the morning. So we brought two satchels of tea+ milk from the dining hall in the night, heated two cups of water in our room with a tiny rod that we always carry with us, and had a nice cuppa ready in a few minutes. (tea served in the entire western hemisphere is always lukewarm, perhaps they like it that way). Water bottles are available at €3, (even the first bottle in your room is charged), but you can always fill up the empty ones in the buffet hall. We got ready and headed for the gym located on top floor of the ship by 6.30 AM. Gym is located in the forward most portion of the ship and it gives a heady feeling watching the ship sail right from the front. Completed our cycling and treadmill routine by 7 AM and then we headed for the Jacuzzi hall located right outside, which opened at 7. At this time there are few people and these huge Jacuzzi pools, which can take up to 10 people each, at a wonderful temperature of 370C, were just what the doctor ordered. After half a hour in the Jacuzzi pools, we came out, fully charged, and headed for the Buffet Hall for a fresh fruit feast (Phalahar). Despite all temptations, refrain from eating anything else. Go back to your room for a bath and getting ready for the day’s excursion. Then head for the buffet hall again by 8.30 AM or thereabouts, depending on what time will your ship dock. Now is the time to enjoy your breakfast. Best take a round of the entire buffet hall before you choose, as there are 10-15 stations to choose from, and if you fill up from the first few ones, you will invariably regret it later on. Sadly, you will notice many of the travelers wasting a lot of food, but we don’t want to emulate that, do we? You would want to go for local sightseeing in whichever town the ship has docked. One way is to book an excursion organized by the ship. These have to be pre booked. These trips are expansive at around € 60 per person. They take you in buses and halt at one or two predetermined places only. The other way is to come out of the dock and look for a 4-6 seater taxi. This is a much better and cheaper option, if you are in a group. Sometimes you can’t walk out as the dock gate is far away or you are not allowed to walk. In such cases, the ship organizes ferry services to a convenient point (on payment, of course, at € 10-12 a pop). Then you can make use of Hop on-off buses available locally or again hire taxis to go around. Since you have to be back by around 4 PM, you will never get enough time for local sightseeing. The best option is to choose a couple of places to spend time on and take a drive through the rest (better to do your homework before starting on your cruise trip). After return to the ship, take a cup of tea at the buffet hall, take a shower and get ready by 7 PM and come over to the lobby bar for a drink(not cheap by our standards, a glass of beer costs around € 5+). Some of us, lucky ones, were provided with a coupon booklet which gave us a limited choice of free drinks. Do try some of the cocktails offered, they look enticing. The evening shows commence at 7.30 PM. They are performed by professionals and are a treat to watch. These shows finish by 8.15 PM and then you can come back to the Bar or go for Dinner. All the lobbies are full of stalls selling perfumes, watches and other knick knack imaginable. There is also a huge Casino on board, many times offering you free coupons to nudge you to get going. With nowhere else to go, it is not difficult to give in. All this can get pretty heady as all the décor around the lobbies is five star and beyond. This is especially true for those who have been exposed to such environment and luxury for the first time. For dinner you either go to the buffet hall or head for one of the fancy restaurants where you are pre allotted a seat for a sit down dinner at 9 PM. If you choose the fancy restaurant route, it will take more than an hour and a half before you can finish your dinner. Also, wine or water etc., will have to be paid for at these tables. Too bad if you don’t like the dish served to you. It is no brainer, therefore, that after the first day none of us went back to that table. I suspect that, except for some stuck up guys coming to dinner in formal clothes, striking business deals, no body went back there. Some days Captain of the ship, or his Deputy, must have been the only guy having his dinner there. Speaking of the Captain, we were invited to have our photograph taken with the captain, so we all decked up in formal clothes and landed up at the appointed place. I perceived that the Captain should feel honored to have his photograph taken with a person of my rank and standing, but that guy was even more stuck up than me and he hardly glanced at the guests and stood around looking at the sky with his female secretaries fussing over him. This looked somewhat akin to a coop full of hen, with a single bossy Cock. Imagine the temerity of these guys, they wanted me to pay for this photo! I rather thought it should have been the other way around. While on the ship, avoid the temptation to shop even if watches, perfumes etc. are available at a fake discount of 30%. Best time to socialize and make friends is over a drink around the pool after you return from the sightseeing or just before and after the stage shows. Be warned that there are huge queues everywhere, especially when you enter the ship or are leaving the ship in the morning. What is surprising is that there was always a big queue at the reception. You have to wait a long time to resolve a query or get to get a question answered. If it is deliberate, I couldn’t fathom the reason. They ask you to deposit € 250 at the beginning of the cruise on your card issued by them. This card is also used for exit or entry to the ship, our passports having been retained by them on arrival. All your expenses are done through this card and deducted from your deposit. Tips are also deducted every day at the rate of € 10 per person. Parting is always a painful process but the cruise organizers seem to have undergone special training to make it more so. We were to dock at 1 PM on the final day. They asked us to deposit our luggage by 11PM the previous night. This caused us immense discomfort. It is difficult to fathom the reasons for such a wise step. To top it all we were asked to assemble at 2.10 PM for disembarkation, we all reached the assembly point, waited till 3 PM and when nobody turned up, we all just walked out of the ship. It looked kind of weird. All in all you can have a fairly good time despite these minor hiccups. Language is a barrier on European tours, all announcements are made in, at least, four languages. Preferably, best to travel in a group, you don’t feel lost and it is cheaper as well. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This is my collulative review for MSC Divina based on our 2 cruises ( one in 2017 Miami- St Martin- Puerto Rico, Bahamas; and the second one in March 2018 14 days trip across Caribbean and Central America ( Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, ... Read More
This is my collulative review for MSC Divina based on our 2 cruises ( one in 2017 Miami- St Martin- Puerto Rico, Bahamas; and the second one in March 2018 14 days trip across Caribbean and Central America ( Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize) The ship is really big, it takes up to 3500 passengers. During both vacations ship was full, almost no empty cabins. Even though it’s 6 years old, all public areas are in very good conditions. No obvious signs of wear and tears. Always in every ports, and between cruises, crew members did small renovations: painted some elements, restore polishing and many other. In general there is enough place of the ship, but public areas and pools are very overcrowded when you have a day at sea. There is no hope to find a vacant sunbeds after 9am. Many people “book” their sunbeds by attaching towels. So, you can see a lot of “booked” sunbeds with no people on them. Crew staff does not enforce their 30 mins policy. *****Cabins***** First time we had inside cabin and a cabin with balcony view second time. Inside cabin is rather small, no sunlight and no natural elimination. It makes me feel sleepy all the day. At the same time room is enough for accommodation of two people with relatively small amount of personal belongings. Cabin with balcony is big enough for two, a lot of space. All cabins are equipped with TV with some free channels . It’s enough to be up to date with the world news. Room service is good. ******Service****** I have to admit that the level of service significantly dropped over from last year. Maybe the reason is that the best staff were promoted to new ship MSC Seaside. People looked quite exhausted and indifferent. One small example: we had a problem with smell from toilet. I had to leave a request 3 times in order to fix it. It was very funny to see when you ask a guest service for something or leave a request, they say “sure we will do or fix”, but they didn’t even ask a cabin number. Do I need to say that nothing is done after all? Service in restaurants are also very slow. Here it really depends on your waiter. We had very slow waiter. At the same time tables near us, had an excellent waiter. He managed to support small talks, advice some dishes and bring food quite quickly. *******Food******* In general, I would rate food for 3 stars out of 5. There is nothing special, but at the same time there are plenty of choices. Hungry is the last thing you should worry about. The only time when you have nothing to eat is between 2am and 6am at night. General buffett offers a variety of food: salads, grills, soups, pastas, burgers, vegetables, fruits, cakes, and many other. I would highlight here their pizza corner. Their pizza is very delicious and is served all the day. Dinner is served in two big restaurants for those who prefer more stylish menu and in buffet for those who’d like to eat quickly. As I mentioned above, service in restaurant is quite slow and you should allocate at least 1.5 hours for a dinner. There are many people who don’t go to restaurants for dinner and lunch only because of slow service. Menu in the restaurants and buffets is absolutely the same, as we had a year ago. Nothing new. In general I’d say the food is Ok, but not great. Do not expect crabs, sushi, prosciutto, expensive seafood and some other dishes that you can have in high end restaurants. At the same time we should take into account below market price for MSC cruises.Having said that, I would estimate food choice as really good for that price. For those who’d like something more elegant, there are several a-la carte restaurant where you can get more delicious food for extra charge. As in most cruises, coffee and alcohols are charged extra. Alcohol I think is very overpriced. What you can buy in Spain or Italy for 5-6 USD, or in the USA for 10 USD, here you will pay at least 40. ******Entertainment.****** Even though MSC publishes a long list of entertainments and events in daily program, there is few of them are worth visiting for adults. Evening performance are really great. But, a typical program is created for 7-days cruise. The second time we had 14 days cruise and they tried to stretched 7-days program for 14-days cruise. We saw the same shows as first time. The rest days they created very weak presentation by simply offering musicians from bars and public areas to play on the main scene. Or, as alternative, showing once again some extracts from already shown shows. *****Conclusion***** As a conclusion I would say this ship is good for first time cruisers and for budget travelers. MSC offer a good options for very decent price. I think it is an ideal price-value combination. MSC also tries to promote people to return back to the ship next time. But I think this is not a good choice. They run the same buffet, the same shows, entertainment every single year, and there is no a single reason to buy the same staff twice. Pros: - Big ship in a very good shape. - Many public areas don’t make you feel boring during a day at sea - Good price-value combination - Some shows are really good when you see them first time - Room service is good Cons: - The ship is for one time visit only. The second time you will get the same food, the same show, - everything the same. - Service is slowly going down. The ship is understaffed and staff is exhausted and indifferent - Slow service in restaurants. - Alcohol and excursions are overpriced. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Holistic cruise, our daughter and son law joined us on the cruise all three are vegan, whole food plant based diet. I am not. I did not like the long lines and disorganized eating accommodations or the large amount of people on the ship. ... Read More
Holistic cruise, our daughter and son law joined us on the cruise all three are vegan, whole food plant based diet. I am not. I did not like the long lines and disorganized eating accommodations or the large amount of people on the ship. We are used to smaller ships less or no children. We all enjoyed the speakers and the topics they covered.The embarkation was very well organized, the activities where good. Although the cruise was not very relaxing. There were many speakers at different times, a lot to do. I was running here and there to hear a speaker or participate in a class. I joined the three that are vegan to all the meals some where very good others where not. I don't know what more to say about that cruise. We are now leaving for two back to back cruises with NCL. Will write a review when we return. Eleanor Moschetti Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We weren't sure what to expect when booking our MSC 11-night cruise because the reviews on here had lots of conflicting information. All-in-all the cruise was great. Staff was amazing, very hard working, friendly, and personable. Got ... Read More
We weren't sure what to expect when booking our MSC 11-night cruise because the reviews on here had lots of conflicting information. All-in-all the cruise was great. Staff was amazing, very hard working, friendly, and personable. Got to know everyone quite well in the 11 days and was sad to see the cruise end. The ship is designed with a lot of back-and-forth walking from venue to venue, and with such a large number of guests it was difficult in the evening between dinner seatings and shows to find seats in the lounges or even find your way down the main hallways. Couple that with 24/7 entertainers and some of the lounges got quite full. (Looking at you, Sasha and your shenanigans in the golden lounge!!) Once you're settled in a lounge the parties can easily stretch from 8pm-2am every night. The band in the Black-and-White had everyone up dancing all night. Days at sea were busy. Tons of entertainment, tons of pool parties, but the deck chairs were always 100% taken, and lots of abandoned towel 'reserved' chairs with nobody using them. We ended up just laying on the wooden deck near the garden pool most days, without a chair. Pool attendants didn't really adhere to their 30 minutes and it's free rule. If you're looking for quiet, book the Aurea type experience. Aurea come with private sun-deck included, which would have been quiet and reserved for few people (or the Yacht Club for serious bling-bling). Otherwise it's party non-stop. The food was great, selection was nice in the dining room. Steaks were done exactly correct for all 10 people at our table. The salmon in the 'favourites' always-on-the-menu-menu was delicious. We didn't have the experience of some people where meals took 'forever'. Our wait staff were attentive and quick. After all, dinner is scheduled at either 6pm or 8:30pm, so they've got to get people in and out. We bought an all-inclusive drinks package, and the dining room staff were great about bringing the wine around. Cappuccino, Macciato, Mexican Coffees, Gelato, Pina Colladas, Cuba Libres, they were all delicious, if you could manage to get to the bar and shout over the italians to get your order in. The buffet selection was great. Love the 'ethnic corner' options and 'vegetarian' options. Pizza, yes, of course the buffet pizza was good. Americans didn't have the best time, especially the older crowd. The large 'European' contingent tried their nerves. Lots of skipping the line, pushy, yelling at bar staff for service, and perceived 'rudeness' based on cultural differences. I didn't really have an issue and got along, but the American and Canadian retirees looking for a quiet cruise were harried looking by the end and stressed by the other guests on the ship. Excursions: DEFINITELY book an excursion in Ocho Rios and Panama. Super sketchy ports with lots of pushy touts on land. The remaining ports were peaceful and amazing and didn't need an excursion booked. Did a $65 excursion in Cartegena and could have done it for a fraction of the price on my own. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Having been on several different cruise lines to different locations, this was not a special trip for us, but more of a just "get-away." It was a good price - we booked somewhat late. An upgrade to an Aurea Suite near the bow ... Read More
Having been on several different cruise lines to different locations, this was not a special trip for us, but more of a just "get-away." It was a good price - we booked somewhat late. An upgrade to an Aurea Suite near the bow was great, but it is a bit bouncy in front. It is a large ship with a lot of people. The buffet was a mass of people sometimes - we only wen there for lunch. Poorly designed, with narrow aisles to access the food. Lots of choices, but often dry and flavorless. Our dining room experience was very good. The food varied greatly. They did not enforce the dress code - so you are with mostly nicely-dressed people, but some with shorts and flip-flops. The second seating was good for us, but you had to see the show prior to dinner. The entertainment was very good - 40-45 minute shows with singers dancers and recorded music. A variety of acts. Not enough chairs on the decks sometimes, but also no room. Good ideas: sugar free drinks available all day on the buffet. Always a sugar-free (no sugar added) dessert option for dinner, but none for lunch. Breakfasts were good in the restaurant,but the hours were too short. We picked this cruise for ports we ad not seen, but the itinerary changed due to rough weather. This ship swayed much more tan any other we had been on in similar weather. Embarkation and disembarkation were both easy after delays. The Miami Cruise Port is large, so we had to a walk and drag luggage a while to get back to our pick-up location. It was a very diverse group on the ship - lots of Europeans and families. They do cater to the repeat passengers and, obviously, those who paid more. All-in-all, it was a good cruise, but we will stick to smaller ships. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We got an incredible deal on this Eastern Caribbean cruise! This fact was considered when rating the cruise. *EMBARKATION: The embarkation process was disorganized and at times even chaotic. *SHIP: WOW!! The Divina is an ... Read More
We got an incredible deal on this Eastern Caribbean cruise! This fact was considered when rating the cruise. *EMBARKATION: The embarkation process was disorganized and at times even chaotic. *SHIP: WOW!! The Divina is an absolutely beautiful ship! We have cruised for several years and this was truly one of the most exquisite looking ships on which we’ve traveled. Less flash...more class. *DINING: Ehhhh.... I’ve had better! The buffet experience was more frustrating than most. Much of this had to do with the setup. Poorly organized buffet to say the least. But we were on a cruise with the rudest group of passengers I’ve EVER witnessed! I can’t blame the cruise line for that! One morning the main coffee maker wasn’t working. I’ve never seen THAT happen on a cruise. I felt bad for the workers as the mob was ANGRY! Can’t say I was thrilled, but I also knew it wasn’t the fault of the dining room staff! The dining room, as the rest of the ship, was BEAUTIFUL! We had a fantastic waiter and assistant waiter. Savio and Dylan were friendly, attentive and efficient. The menu selection was possibly the worst I’ve seen on a cruise. But the food quality was usually pretty good. The Beef Wellington was delicious!! Desserts were disappointing. But then, they were probably doing me a favor with that part!! *ENTERTAINMENT: Congratulations Divina!!! You WIN!!! We did not go to every show, but most. Every show was incredible!! An impressive combination of dancing, singing and acrobatics!! Our favorites were (Starwalker) a tribute to Michael Jackson, The Witches of Paris and Treasure Island. I really can’t say enough about the consistent quality of the entertainment!! *PORTS: We LOVED every island we visited! My advice to all first time cruisers: Do your research and leave the port! When we first started cruising several years ago, we would often stay in the port. We soon realized we were not seeing the island at all !!! I now do a ton of research before we go and I know what I want to see when I get there. It is also important to research transportation. We usually hire a driver for a tour or a specific point of interest. However, I would NOT recommend doing this on every island. Know before you go!!! Due to the language barrier and the size of the island, I did not feel comfortable hiring a driver in Guadeloupe, so the four of us booked an excursion with the cruise line . We saw one of the most beautiful sites we have ever seen on the absolute worst excursion we’ve ever been! We were in awe of Pointe des Chateaux!!! It was God’s handiwork at it’s best! I highly recommend you see it if ever possible! But DO NOT go on an MSC Divina to see this beautiful site! We went away feeling like it was the site we almost saw! We had a four hour tour. Pointe des Chateaux was and hour and 15 from the cruise port. (Well worth the distance). The bus stopped at Some sort of shopping village. I call this a money stop as I am assuming the tour company gets something out of this. They gave us 45 minutes at this stop. This would have been fine if we’d been on an all day tour. Then we stopped at a lovely hotel for a mango drink. Again, would have been a lovely stop on an all day tour. When we finally arrived at Pointe des Chateaux, we had 45 minutes to hike to the top, take a quick peek and rush back down! There was so much we didn’t see!! I could have easily spent two or three hours at this amazing site! Incredibly disappointing! Our last stop was at a cemetery...Morne-a-l’Eau. We had 10 minutes to look around this interesting historical site and I’m pretty sure that included the three minutes it took for everyone to unload the bus. Moral of the story… DO visit Pointe des Chateaux! DO stop by this cemetery!! DO NOT do it as an MSC excursion unless you just feel like you need to be punished for something! DISEMBARKATION: Another unorganized mess!! It was worse than the embarkation. Summary: Although I ended my review with a bit of negativity, I believe that to get the most from any experience is to not let the bad override the good! (But I’m still mad about that excursion 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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