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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise for a great deal and because the ship looked great. We were keen to find another cruise line to widen our options. Sadly, this was not to be. Firstly, there is a long list... only 5 people checking in about 300 ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a great deal and because the ship looked great. We were keen to find another cruise line to widen our options. Sadly, this was not to be. Firstly, there is a long list... only 5 people checking in about 300 people between 330pm and 430pm at the port of Civitavecchia - rude staff and it took forever. We were so late on board (520pm not 430pm) we had to go straight to our room for our life jackets (yes really!) and go to our muster point. Staff talked to themselves and ignored the cruisers. They were hopeless. We were there almost an hour -gasping for a drink and totally fed up after 2 long waits. Eventually we got to our cabins - highlight - cabins are lovely and very clean. Then we tried to sort out our dinner reservation having found out that MSC had changed our 830pm to 930pm - far too late to eat. We had no luck so ate at the buffet - this was ok but no better. Alot of pizza and pasta - so much for MSC aiming to broaden their appeal and market. The next day arrived in Sicily. Breakfast buffet was fine but always the same - no variety. Lunch buffet back on board was again ok at best. Limited options again if you didn't want Italian fair. There were huge pizza, pasta and salad areas. Two dessert options- both the cheap, cream filled sponge finger cake option. Common at all times.. I saw nothing else in terms of hot puddings, creme brulee/mousse type thing. Disappointing.Later on we tried to book our earlier evening meal in Black Crab - the manager could not be less bothered. Rubbed his head and said fully booked earlier - you'll have to come and queue - this is all because THEY changed our time! When we did get to the dining room it was such an anti-climax. The food choices on the menu we had in the Black Crab were poor- 4 options - I only eat fish so two were out. But the meals were unappetising and poor quality e.g lasagne night - only a lump of lasagne about 4x5 inches on the plate!! No vegetables! Nothing else. It looked dried out and unpleasant. I had risotto - it was ok but no better. When we sat down on nights 2-4 there was no bread or butter - we had to ask. Glassware had not been replaced either. Basically the wait staff were lazy and self obsessed - they were having a great social time whilst cruisers waited for drinks, orders and food!! It was shocking. We had to ask twice for drinks one night and even then the white wine was warm!! Appalling experience. We were only told about the fixed menu and the lobster/fish options in the speciality restaurant when we were honest about how we had found the dining room. Then there was the embarking after days out expereince - the queues to get back on were awful - such slow service and no greeting, no banter with cruisers. So poor. Finally, disembarkation - told we could get off in Valencia and then they kept us all on lower level 4 in a stairway for an hour!!!!! People were fuming as they had connections to make. We were also told there was a bus for luggage (?) so as we got off we prepared to use it to suddenly see taxis - were told no taxis by MSC!!!! Shocking. Customer service is non-existent. Entertainment was awful -- nothing going on during teh day and poor shows - all very Italian focused - not one of the good shows mentioned in other reviews. The Luna bar had a good double act who were lovely. The singer in the main area for entertainment at night was ok but did the same songs each night!!!! The CD - never met - never saw and never heard about!! The Master Chef at Sea - 30 minutes of a stupid quiz to find contestants - beggared belief. Hygiene - forget it. Never saw one person clean a thing except two giggling young men scraping the metal on the stairs. Never saw anyone wiping down lift buttons, stairway rails or anything. No one in the buffet checking the cleansing fluid is used. No reminders about cleaning hands. I saw people taking food with hands eg a man took a handful of almonds!!! Just shocking all round. Noro virus risk is high on board for sure. In short - go on here for poor food and to be ignored. Would never go with MSC again - the ship and cabins are lovely - what a missed opportunity MSC. Get some decent chefs and train your staff what customer service is. At every opportunity if it could go wrong by them, it did. Heartbreaking we spent hard earned money on this and it was my sister's first cruise. Wish we hadn't bothered. We read the American reviews and thought it was fussy American critics - sorry, no! Do not book this ship. You can do better with your money - even Costa was better than this, as we told them when we found our bill miscalculated - we had someone else's - we had drinks packages! Even that they got wrong. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
For the itinerary. We were not informed it was a Holistic Vegan cruise and they took over the entire ship. MSC catered to them even though there was only 1900 of them sailing. They were rude and expected everything their way and MSC ... Read More
For the itinerary. We were not informed it was a Holistic Vegan cruise and they took over the entire ship. MSC catered to them even though there was only 1900 of them sailing. They were rude and expected everything their way and MSC treated all others as second class citizens. The food was mediocre and mostly vegan in the buffet. In the dining room we were served regular food which was not exceptional. Most staff were rude and did not care about any concerns we had. Entertainment was almost nil as they used theatres for meetings instead of shows. They were supposed to have two shows a night but mostly only one at 7:00 pm but that was our dining seating. When we did attend one show it was mediocre and not very entertaining. Our cabin was normal for a cruise ship and the chambermaid did an okay job cleaning the room. We did two excursions booked through MSC. The first was the horse and carriage ride through old Cartegena which was well worth the money. We would highly recommend this one. The second was the Panama Canal boat tour. Do not recommend this one as it was not worth the money they charged. The boat they hired was very old and seats very uncomfortable. Would not do this again. We will never sail the Divina again (this was our second time) but will give MSC another chance to satisfy us on the Meraviglia in January of 2020. Hopefully we will have a better experience or never sail again with MSC or recommend them. Compared to a Carnival cruise we took in December 2018 which was fantastic this one was totally disappointing. The only redeeming factor was the great bar tender we had. He made the cruise for us. Thank you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The only good things on this ship were the shows in the theater and the Italian Specialty Restaurant for a fee. Food and service in the main dining room were terrible. Food was tasteless and cold. The description on the menu had nothing ... Read More
The only good things on this ship were the shows in the theater and the Italian Specialty Restaurant for a fee. Food and service in the main dining room were terrible. Food was tasteless and cold. The description on the menu had nothing to do with what was actually served. We had one waiter that didn't know what Iced Tea was.We missed the Opera performance because dinner service was very, very slow. Took about 2 1/2 hours for dinner. One day our excursion returned after the dining room closed, we were told to eat at the anytime dining, when we got there we were told that we had to eat at the Buffet because we hadn't made prior arrangements for the Anytime dining. The theater was not handicapped friendly. Two people in our group fell down the steps. Disembarkation was a nightmare, Took over three hours to get off the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I have never written a review before even though l have been cruising for once or twice yearly for 25 years but felt l had to let future cruisers know what to expect We have never cruised with MSC but saw that Divina sailed to Bonaire, ... Read More
I have never written a review before even though l have been cruising for once or twice yearly for 25 years but felt l had to let future cruisers know what to expect We have never cruised with MSC but saw that Divina sailed to Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba which are some of the ports of call which we haven’t visited so decided to give them a go, was very reasonably priced for a balcony cabin but the saying ‘You get what you pay’ is certainly right in this case The food is the restaurant was appalling, arrived cold most nights, it was presented like a school dinner, just thrown on the plate, complained the first few nights but was told by the Maitre’d that they have got to cater for American taste so that’s why the meals are like they are, l answered that all the cruises we have been on are American ships and thankfully have never complained about the meals on those, he promised he would make sure they were better the next day, they were not and he seemed to avoid our table after Even though Divina is a large ship, there are only 2 speciality restaurants , one being a sushi restaurant which we didn’t try as l am not a lover of sushi but we did go to the Italian, the food was very nice but it is more like a cafe as very hard and uncomfortable chairs, hardly special at all! The worst experience for me was trying to get a sunbed, we had 2 threadbare orange towels ( which you could see your hand through as so thin) given to us in our cabin, on the 4 sea days we wondered around the ship several times without getting a sunbed even though more than 40% of the beds were unoccupied, why doesn’t MSC do what the rest of the cruise liners adhere to and remove towels and belongings after 2 hours if unused, we were told that a lot of passengers put towels on sunbeds in the sun and in the shade and just move from one to the other if they use them at all so in the end we had to sit in a bar to read our books inside with a view of the lifeboats! Finally and probably the worst was the state of the ladies bathrooms, on the 12 days on the ship, l never saw a cleaner once in the toilets, there wasn’t any signed checklist in any of the bathrooms to know when they have been done or when they are going to be done On gala night l had to pass toilet roll to the lady in the toilet next door! UTTERLY DISGRACEFUL MSC Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
MSC DIVINA REVIEW SAILING 1/20/19 As far as the gambling on your ship the points system is not straight and forward as it was on my visit on the msc seaside where if you play any machine it would be 2 or 3 dollars a point. now on the ... Read More
MSC DIVINA REVIEW SAILING 1/20/19 As far as the gambling on your ship the points system is not straight and forward as it was on my visit on the msc seaside where if you play any machine it would be 2 or 3 dollars a point. now on the devina that only happens if you play max coins if not most machines are 8 to 10 dollars a point very deceiving at this rate to get a free cruise certificate you would need to play between 80000 and 100000 dollars and at a average loss of about 20 % that would be a cost of between 16000 and 20000 not going to happen for me Also playing in the casino is becoming impossible all night long there are hundreds of europeans standing in large groups chain smoking even though there is a sign stating smoking in casino is only for casino players i brought this up to casino managment and they advised me that they will not enforce this rule due to the fact they do not want to hurt thier feelings so thier is no feelins for the players who do not smoke and get sick from the heavy smoke this is why i am ending my play today on day 8 in the casino these are reasons why urcomped should relook at the gaming points system that will hurt established player ratings to be able to go on other cruises due to the fact it is very very hard to earn a free cruise certificate on these msc ships WE have taken four on MSC .cruises and unfortunatly the food service and amenitys has been on a steady decline we first traveled on the devina in 2014 for two cruises when your company decided to sail out of the u.s.a full time in july of 2014 at that time your pasts sauses and meats were your ship is excellent , We then sailed on the seaside in july of 2018 as part of a gambling cruise in conjuction with urcomped and as far as the seaside goes the ship is beautiful and very comfortable but how the crew handles the ships is no better than unorganized craziness ,the food has become almost inedible ,your lunch buffet consists of hamburgers hot dogs and meats of one carving than is normally a dried out piece meat fourteen types of reconsitied dreid pasta and sause that tastes like it come directly out of a jar ,the cold cuts you serve are mostly a cheap italian bologana mortadela and everything else is cheap undercooked vegetables most items have no taste or flavor As far as the dining room for dinner it not much better seme nights your shrimp coctail have a terrible dried out shrimp some nights they are tasty and moist ,most of the items on the menu must be set for european tastes most items are very strange for american comsumption i normaly end up with shrimp cocktail a strip steak with way to much extra fat a baked potato and french onion soup and maybe a caesar salad on evening i had two lamb chops witch were served raw. My wife nancy wackes was sitting at a table having lunch on the day we debarked from miami she got up from her chair to go back to the buffet for some more food as there was a block of wood connected to the floor that was not marked in witch she fell over to the floor crew members saw her fall the basically walked away i who am confined to a wheelchair had to help her from the floor in the photos please view the bruises she suffered from this terrible fall. For your information i have been cruising since 1978 started with carnival mardi gras and the s.s. norway this is my 54 th cruise so i am no stranger to cruising your company needs to change your ways in a major way or you will not be sucessful in the us market on a year round basis check out a major cruise rating company cruise critic your company very rarley gets more that a one star rating and soon after this letter i will be doing a sad review for your company on cruise critic we all can not be wrong when are you going you going to get up and smell the coffee Good points ship is beautiful and comfortable , shows were very but the bad out weighs the good by far sad. 1. Air conditioning in cabin not working properly for the entire cruise it gets very hot in the cabin they send technicians every day and it shuts down and then it works fot a while 1/27/19 waiting for a.c. TECH AGAIN AIR NOT WORKING 2. CABIN STEWARD BROUGHT FRUIT BASKET FIRST DAY AND IS SUPPOSE TO REFILL IT DAILY AND NEVER HAS 3. CABIN STEWARD DID NOT BRING WASH CLOTHS TO ROOM 4. CABIN STEWARD 5. HAMBURGERS WERE SERVED COLD WRAPPER KEPT UNDER COUNTER SAME AS BREAKFAST FOODS THIER ANSWER IS TO MAKE ME A FRESH ONE HOW ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE 6.BREAKFAST BUFFET 11:00 AM EGGS ARE ALWAYS COLD THEY KEEP THE CHAFING DISHES UNDER THE COUNTER NOT IN HOT BOXES AFTER THEY ARE MADE THEN THEY PUT THEM ON THE HOT SURFACE TO REHEAT THEM TERRIBLE THEY DO THIS WITH ALL HOT FOODS 7. ORDERED ROOM SERVICE VIA CARD LEFT ON CABIN DOOR 12AM WOKE UP NEXT AM NO ROOM SERVICE THEY REFUSE TO TAKE CARD OF OF DOOR HANDLE NO ROOM SERVICE 1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24,1/26 ROOM SERVICE 1/25,1/27,1/28,1/29,1/30 8. PORT OF CALL CANCELED GRAND CAYMAN DUE TO ROUGH SEAS UNDERSTOOD BUT NO COMPENSATION ARE OFFERED TO ANYONE ONBOARD OTHER CRUISE LINES WILL PUT ONBOARD CREDITS ON YOUR ACCT ,NOT MSC 9. WE ASKED FOR ICE TO BE BROUGHT TO CABIN DAILY THAT ONLY HAPPENED FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS 10. We had dinner at eataly this evening 1/30/19 it was terrible this was our comp. Members for black card members you can not get a complete dinner you are allowed either a salad , or a pasta and either a swordfish or a sirloin we chose the sirloin we were served 6 small raw slices of sirloin that was so full of fat cheap and tough it was a disgrace server was was nice thought. Thank you for taking the time to read this information if your company wants to suceed in the u.s.a and be a competiter in this industry and be able to have more thank 10 % of u.s. Guests you must make changes read your reviews on cruise critic the majority of the reviews for MSC flagged ships departing from Miami are 1 star sad for such beautiful ships Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
MOLD in the cabin bathroom, poor quality and improperly prepared food in the Dining Room and Buffet, filthy floors and tables in dining areas, Dining Room servers unable to set a table properly and generally unresponsive to guest requests, ... Read More
MOLD in the cabin bathroom, poor quality and improperly prepared food in the Dining Room and Buffet, filthy floors and tables in dining areas, Dining Room servers unable to set a table properly and generally unresponsive to guest requests, a "Drinks On Us" package that did not include some of the most basic drinks and mixes and required guests to pay a 15% gratuity on each drink over and above the gratuity paid for each day - a gratuity that several bartenders told us they never saw. Something that tasted like Tang being used as Orange Juice in Screwdrivers, running out of Club Soda before the final two days at sea and then trying to substitute bottled water, not having enough servers so they could offer and get mixed drinks in the Dining Room, not to mention their inability to even keep water glasses refilled. A Balcony Cabin where if you sat in a chair on the balcony you could not see the water since it has a metal wall instead of glass - CLEARLY should be advertised as Obstructed View. Common area Restrooms that are few and far between compared to other ships we have been in, and which are not cleaned often enough. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We boarded MSC Divina on 30 December for a cruise around the Caribbean and Central America, the embarkation and disembarkation procedures were fabulous, we were on board within 17 minutes of arriving at the port. However, it stopped ... Read More
We boarded MSC Divina on 30 December for a cruise around the Caribbean and Central America, the embarkation and disembarkation procedures were fabulous, we were on board within 17 minutes of arriving at the port. However, it stopped there! On our first night we had been allocated to the first sitting in the Black Crab restaurant on deck six. We ordered our evening meal and advised the waiting staff that we expected hot food and hot plates. Sadly this was not the case. Husband ordered French Onion soup, if that French Onion soup had even seen an onion we would have been surprised, it was not of a consomme type, indeed it had cream in it or even cornflour to thicken it up, it was disgusting. On New Years' Eve, we had a "special menu"! My husband ordered duck and I ordered the surf and turf, quite frankly it was inedible, my steak tasted of the fish and husband refused to eat the duck which was well overcooked. We left the restaurant immediately and did not return. Sadly this was indicative of the standard of food on the ship, which was never hot, never served on warm plates and for the most part inedible! Of more concern was the lack of hygiene in the restaurants and buffet, there was absolutely no monitoring of hygiene in the restaurants and at some entry points there were no facilities for hand hygiene. Where there were gel machines, these inevitably were empty. Even after we had complained about this nothing was done, quite shameful really when you think of the number of passengers on the ship and the possibility of a noro virus outbreak. Whilst on the ship I caught a cold, (I am convinced this was because of the appallingly poor hygiene standards) and tried to cancel my excursion which was due to take place in Colombia the next day. The excursion staff advised my husband, very rudely that I could not cancel without a medical certificate from the ship's doctor which would cost $95 - the trip itself cost $88 so I wasn't likely to pay more. He asked them whether they would rather I stayed in my cabin and kept the cold to myself or, as it would appear they would prefer i carried on the with excursion and infected the whole ship and anyone else I came into contact with. They, apparently just shrugged their shoulders in a "don't care" attitude, this was quite indicative of the senior staff on the ship. My excursion was eventually refunded but husband was expected to attend. A word of warning - if you have booked onto Divina as a "Bella" passenger be very careful when using room service - you will be charged a delivery fee of $3.50 every time you use room service - this is not the case if you are a "Fantastica" or "Aurea" passenger, a clear case of discrimination I believe. We were accommodated in cabin 13230 at the very back of the ship, in what was a balcony cabin... however because of the overhang at the back of the ship we got very little sun and the balcony was so small, we had to turn the chairs to the side to sit on them, we were not told about this and it was a huge disappointment. The cabin itself was comfortable although we did experience some "movement" on at sea days and during the night. We did not visit the theatre at all as the only show we wanted to see came on when I was unwell. The lack of communication on the ship is apparent, the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. We were invited to a cocktail party at which the captain was to attend, this invitation came because "we had already booked a further cruise with MSC", we hadn't (they wish) and would never do so, needless to say we didn't attend. The ports were very enjoyable, particularly Costa Maya and Cozumel but the excursions are very expensive for what they are and it is quite easy to buy cheaper excursions off ship. All in all this was a cruise of two halves, particularly disappointing was the catering, the crew, particularly in the Silver Bar were fantastic fun and the bar staff and waitresses here helped make our holiday worthwhile. All in all, I wouldn't book with MSC again, they really need to get the food issues sorted and start catering for all nationalities rather than the USA and Italian markets. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We recently sailed on the MSC Divina from 12/20 – 12/30/18. The price was fantastic and it appears that they are trying to break into the US market but like anything you get what you pay for and in our case, this was the worst cruise we ... Read More
We recently sailed on the MSC Divina from 12/20 – 12/30/18. The price was fantastic and it appears that they are trying to break into the US market but like anything you get what you pay for and in our case, this was the worst cruise we have ever been on and we have been on a LOT of cruises! This was our first experience with MSC Cruises and will most likely be our last. When we made the reservations during Memorial Day, we had a very pleasant MSC travel agent assist us (Lori Segal). When I tried to contact her a couple of weeks later with a few questions, I never heard back. About a month later she finally emailed me back and said she had been out sick. Later still, I received an email that she was no longer with MSC, from Lisa Mazuz. Does no one pick up and respond to agent’s messages when they are not there? After getting frustrated with not hearing from her, I waited on hold for over an hour (no exaggeration) and finally was able to speak with Patrice Burke. She tried to assist me but I found out later that she had actually cancelled our cruise and our shore excursions. So again I had to hold for over an hour to get this straightened out. This should have been enough to tell me that this cruise was a mistake but no we persevered. When we arrived at the cruise terminal (as Black Card Status) the girl that checked us in, gave us our keys and nothing more. Normally we get a map of the ship (which we later found out that other guests had been given) and they take our credit card information so that we are all set up. Instead, once we were on board we had to register our credit card at a Kiosk. I was OK with this, even though it was another step that could have been avoided; however, at the end of the cruise as we were trying to depart, they made us turn around and go back to the Kiosk to pay off a balance. Why did we have to register the credit card if it was not going to be used to pay off the balance? This was so ridiculous and my husband was irate – per his comment “this was the last nail in the coffin”. In addition the ship has no ATMs and the only way you can obtain cash is to get a Cash Advance at 5% so make sure you have plenty of cash as some of the shops on the islands do not take credit cards. Concerning the Cabin: When we finally got to our cabin, in Bella Class, we discovered the smallest cabin and balcony that we have EVER had. It was the size of a postage stamp. There was hardly any room in the closet, the drawers were too small to put anything in. There was no table in the room to put food/room service, etc., on. No couch, no chair – only a small ottoman to sit on in front of a makeup mirror. The shower design was ridiculous – you could not take a shower without the water running out on the floor and you could not get in or out without hitting yourself with one side of the door or the other. The deck chairs were not adjustable and were extremely uncomfortable. Again no table. The bed was made up with a regular sheet on the bottom, instead of a fitted sheet and it kept coming undone - under the bottom sheet was a nasty, pelted mattress pad that was just disgusting. The TV in the room was so small that my husband could not make out anything on it from his side of the bed (and we are not talking far away). There was no bar soap in the shower or sink and the liquid soap did not foam up or make us feel clean at all (we had to wait and buy soap on one of the islands). We did not have hot water in the shower until the 2nd to last day! Concerning the Activities On Board: Other than pool activities, there really was not much going on. We are used to having shows, lectures, activities or something in the atrium, at least on sea days but no! If there were any slot tournaments or other specials in the Casino, they were not well advertised and we did not know about them. The theater did not offer any cocktail service, there were no cup holders in the seating, etc. The shows were horrible!!!! They had Opera one night (I did not hear one person say that they enjoyed any shows), they force fitted a show called the “Christmas Witches” for Christmas Eve, that had nothing to do with Christmas. The male singers were terrible. They did a show called “The Show much Go On” with songs from Queen, the female singer was fine but the guys sounded like cats being choked. We went to the “Afternoon Christmas Trivia” on Christmas Eve only to find out it had nothing to do with Christmas! We went on a Celebrity cruise for Christmas two years ago and the entire cruise was very festive. Not so on this one. Concerning the Food and Dining: We were supposed to be in 1st seating, but when the travel agent cancelled our cruise and we had to rebook, they put us in 2nd seating. I called several times and was assured that we would be moved to 1st seating; however, when we checked in – our cards had us in 2nd seating and we had to wait about a half hour to talk with the Maitre’d to get the seating changed and it did not happen until the 2nd night. We were with 10 other people but we could not sit near any of them, we could not even get a special table to be together for Christmas dinner. Our very first meal in the main dining room (the Black Crab) took us over 2 ½ hours to get our food. On later nights, after having complained we were able to get in and out in 1 ½ - 2 hours. The food was terrible everywhere. This is no exaggeration! Very little selection in the Buffet (if it were not for pizza we would have starved). They actually charged extra on the main dining room menu for certain selections! The only specialty restaurants were Sushi and Italian. We actually tried the Italian one night (Eataly) it was terrible. My Carbonara was so dry you could not eat it and the bacon smelled terrible. My husband’s steak was too tough to cut. The waiter was rude and kept calling my husband “Chief”. When the Maitre’d came over, he kept apologizing and wanted to give us something else. But at this point we had given up. He asked us to complete a comment card which we did, we can only hope someone will take appropriate action. The hostess told me I could take my wine with me when we left, but the waiter chased us down and told us we could not take the glass out of the restaurant. On one of the special nights in the main dining room, they had Diver Scallops as an appetizer and warm water Lobster as the main course. We were finally thrilled with the menu; however, when it came out the Scallops and the Lobster were so overdone and rubbery, everyone at the table (all six of use) returned them both for other selections. We had lunch in the main dining room one day and that was enough. We ordered Clam Chowder and when it came out, it was Gray and smelled like rotten fish. I tried the Shrimp Ceviche and it was terrible, tough and smelly! It is really bad when even the wait staff try to get you to stay away from some of the dishes! On “Italian Night” they did a presentation on the center stage and said “And now for your first surprise – join us with a toast of your Lemoncello” Of course no one had lemoncello to toast with and then they went around the room with FAKE cakes! Concerning the Ship’s Design: This ship was not designed for relaxation, comfort or elegance….There we no shady spots to sit out on deck. You had a choice of sun, smoking, by the pool or in the enclosed pool area with no breeze, no deck chairs anywhere to enjoy a good book in the shade. The bar stools in every single bar/lounge were terribly uncomfortable. There is no place to put your feet and they sit off center. The Eataly restaurant (one of the specialty restaurant) had plastic chairs!!!! When we came back from shore excursions there were empty bins designated to put your “hand towels” in – of course no one was given a hand towel to use or put in the bins. Definitely an Italian Line: All announcements were in seven different languages, it took forever for the announcements to be conveyed. I tried to order a Chocolate Martini one night and ended up with a Margarita first and then a Mojito second. English is not well understood by any of the staff on board. The phone announcements (when you try to set an alarm or are on hold for room service) are all in Italian, we had no idea what was being said. All of the medication and toiletries for sale are all in Italian and the music on most shows was in Italian. TV in the room had very little on it in English and if you wanted to watch a movie it cost $9.00! Bottom Line: The Staff were friendly and tried really hard. They were overworked (not enough staff) and were not well trained in any of the services that were offered; e.g., dining room, bar, etc. If MSC wants to be successful in the US Market they need to make a LOT of improvements/changes. We have taken the time to give detailed feedback, we can only hope it will make a difference! And the kicker of them all is that MSC indicates on their shore excursion tickets that they are NOT responsible for the excursions!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The absolute worst vacation you could inflict upon yourself. It all began when they charged multiple of my credit cards 6 times for the trip and told me each time it didn't go through, although all of my banks confirmed it ... Read More
The absolute worst vacation you could inflict upon yourself. It all began when they charged multiple of my credit cards 6 times for the trip and told me each time it didn't go through, although all of my banks confirmed it cleared. It took a literal fight to the death to get any of my money back. I should have known then to cancel the entire thing. Their website is atrocious - couldn't book any excursions on their site and when I called for help they said to wait until the site was back up. It never was. My partner tried to purchase a bottle of champagne for our arrival and the website wouldn't process the order. When he called, they said they would tell the ship ahead of time to help accommodate us. There was no champagne and no one knew a thing about it. MSC had a special way of making you feel invisible and insignificant during the one time of the year that you are spending your hard earned savings to enjoy yourself. We actually anticipated taking our bags with us on one of the islands and letting the cruise leave without us while we enjoyed freedom and good food before flying directly home. The Drink Packages So you've prepaid for a drink package and feel excited to enjoy. Don't try to get someone's attention for a drink, as they drop eye contact and walk away to avoid you... over and over again. Like their commercials where they show you drinks being brought to you poolside? Good luck with that! You have to order at the bar and it takes at least 25 minutes to get someone to cash you out, if they let you have the drink you want. Bye bye sunshine time. What they don't explain well is that you will have to pay 15% of every drink you order from your package on top of that. If you order a Jack Daniels and coke, they will calculate them separately and you will pay 15% of a can of coke, plus another 15% for the Jack Daniels. Don't try to order a cocktail - unless you want to order gin, champagne, lemon juice, and ginger beer all separate. They would not mix it for me and told me I couldn't have it. They did however bring me all 4 glasses separate for myself to mix and charged me 15% of a markup price for each individual ingredient. Every bar sets a different price of each drink so you never know if you'll be able to have what is offered or what your 15% service charge will be. One evening, we ordered a Jim Beam and coke, which was clearly outlined as part of our package. The bartender said we couldn't have it and we showed him the pamphlet. He stamped away to show another worker and then begrudgingly made it. We ordered an Irish coffee and the same bartender ran coffee through the old unchanged coffee grinds on the barista machine and gave me what tasted like liquid cigarettes. When I told him I couldn't drink it, he stormed out and literally disappeared for the rest of the night into the back room. The Dining We paid extra to have a better dining time, yet we were placed in the early dining time with no one that would allow us to change it. Imagine this - you are out on an island in the sun and sand, then must be back on the ship by 6pm. But the issue is that dinner is right at 6pm. So you have to leave the island early to get showered and dressed before they serve you awful food. We opted to skip this dinner when we could to enjoy the islands as the food was unworthy of a cafeteria. I was served the same "dessert of the day" for the entire 10 days. I asked every day if there was a new dessert and he said no. It was literally the same cake, as it got harder and harder as the trip went on. I asked for some raspberry sauce to help make it easier to eat, but the waiter told me there was none, even though raspberry sauce was on my partner's dessert. The same food you are served in the dining room is the same food in the buffet, one day later from leftovers. There is no 24 hour food or drink. During Christmas, the waiter poured our table champagne. One woman barely got a swig and asked if he could please pour a bit more in. He said no and that is was complimentary and walked away. During Christmas dinner, our server gave us turkey dinner which was from a turkey crown and the slices were small and almost see through. One member at our table only got 1 slice instead of two. I had one piece that was so yucky it wasn't even edible. I ordered chips and salsa in the Sports Bar and only received 8 chips total to accompany the salsa. (Photo evidence) We only had 3 food options - 1 buffet, 1 Sports Bar (filled with children) and The Black Crab Dining Room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We tried to go in the Villa Rosa for any other meal and they said we were assigned to the one dining room for all meals. You will pay extra to have any gelato and many places will charge you for a regular coffee also. Our waiter Ryan did not smile one time during the entire vacation. I was given a gluten free lunch box to help me when on island to have food options. I was excited to receive a sandwich and maybe some fruit or chips. The lunch box was plain crackers, a plain muffin, and tea cookies. Who eats that for lunch? The head chef should be insulted by what he serves. He is unfit to feed low income inner city hospital food. Room Service I requested room service breakfast for the following morning for 9 am. At 10am, I called to check on it and they told me I already received it, which I had not. They told me I must not have been in my room, which I was. They then delivered it to me 30 minutes later after slamming on my door out of anger, and the woman admittedly told me that they delivered it to another room. The cleaner in our room accused me of throwing facial tissues in the toilet, which I had not. Said he inspected the toilet and that if I continued this that he would report me and charge me $300. I again said I had not even used the tissues, but he was adamant. The cleaner will disturb every attempted sleep in and nap you get a chance to take by slamming on the door at random times. When you don't answer, he keeps at it. When I did answer he simply said, "Do you want anything?" Yes - a nap. The Ship We arrived at the port to check in and the agent told us that they gave our room away to someone else. Then she gave us tickets to the correct room and said nothing further about it. She then gave us check in documents in Spanish and said thats all she has left. We told her we don't speak Spanish and she said there was nothing she could do. Our tickets told us to board no earlier than 4:15 pm. When we arrived, we had a sheet on our bed explaining how the ship cabin was open and ready for 1pm and that there was a poolside welcome bbq and live entertainment. We were not even allowed on the ship for this time so this was infuriating as we spent the day at a restaurant nearby to kill time and spending money on food and drink. They make a mandatory meeting occur as soon as you settle on board where they force everyone into a room to try on life jackets. Then you leave in long lines and backed up elevators. They never tell you any safety info or where the life boats are. The elevators are so fast that if you are any older than 18 years old you will not make the doors before it is off to the next floor. The customer service people are the most vial folk on the planet. When you ask a question, they say "I don't know." and then expect you to walk away. The night before we left the ship we asked for times for disembarkment so we could plan ground transport. We were told "I don't know..." and then she went on to insult my partner's ethnicity. Only one hour later, documents were passed out on each door with this timing, so she must have had this and known. They charge you $12.50 per person per day for this undeniably awful customer service. We were unable to secure a spot on a sunbed near a pool area during the entire 10 days on the ship due to others putting towels down at 5 or 6 am, and then sometimes never showing to use those sun beds. We had so lay in various creative spots. The hot tubs towards the back of the ship were so cold my teeth chattered. The Garden Bar and Pool which are adult only have a constant waft of sewage from the ship. The design of the ship is so poor that you have to take multiple elevators at different sections of the ship to move from floor to floor. Balconies get no sun as there is a roof over each balcony. Went to play bowling in the Sports Bar and card what charged twice for a broken machine. Had to call 3 times to get a refund. Each time they said they would and they did not. It's like a job keeping on them to do their job. I received a slip in the room for a massage promotion of 50% off. I called to book it and they would not let me book it and tried to up-sell me to another day when the promotion wasn't running so I would pay 100%. I said no, I want to book the promotion, and they proceeded to try to put me down for the day it was not available. I had to literally hang up. Any yoga or health classes are for a fee. Entertainment The entertainment on the ship is so bad that you actually feel insulted and cheated after every performance. The director of entertainment should be left on a faraway island. There are NO PROPS - much less props than an elementary school play. There is no live band. There is no use of the lighting packages on stage, only a spot light and lighted stairways that change colors. There are barely any costumes let alone costume changes. They rewore Halloween costumes as witches for the Christmas show. The lead singer Roberto Cavallaro should not have been permitted into a high school musical, let alone lead every production. He has an unmistakable lisp that comes through in his songs. His tribute to Queen and Frank Sinatra made them turn in their graves. A fellow audience member sang over him the entire Frank tribute in order to drown him out in the theatre. During a pirate fight scene, he ruins the entire show flow when breaking into "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Grobin. He is an insult to the arts community. He too should be left on a faraway island. Mediterranean Shipping Company's Cruise lines are just as bad as their shipping service which was in the news this week for dropping 270 containers of valuables, vehicles, antiques, and hazardous materials into the ocean during transport. Steer clear. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
We had the opportunity to try a new cruise line at a reasonable price with a group of friends so we decided to give it a go. WHAT A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. EMBARKATION: There was absolutely very little help or none at all in assisting ... Read More
We had the opportunity to try a new cruise line at a reasonable price with a group of friends so we decided to give it a go. WHAT A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. EMBARKATION: There was absolutely very little help or none at all in assisting on the embarkation. It was extremely crowded with the people hearded like cattle. There was a 6 family group of us which included our son-in-laws dad who required the use of a scooter to get along. There was no way that the would have been able to maneuver around a winding line of over 300 people. After a search, we found someone to ask for assistance and were told that we could move forward into a side line which wasn't well documented. We finally made it through that nightmare. SANITATION: After sailing on 15 cruises, we had seen sanitation improve greatly on the ships throughout the years requiring sanitation dispensers around the dining areas and various other locations and requiring the use of them as people walked in. No such thing on this ship. There were sanitation dispensers at the entrance to the food, however, there was no one insuring that they were being used. Many times, they were not working or didn't have any sanitizer in them. There was no warm water in the restrooms to insure clean hands and noticed many people walking out without even washing their hands at all. We’ve seen the crew wiping down walls but never the handrails on the stairways or walkways. FOOD (BUFFET): The food in the buffet was the poorest ever seen. There was little variance in the selection. It was basically the same for lunch and dinner which included hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, and pizza. There was a carving station, however, when I stopped to investigate, the chef had a hard time trying to slice whatever meat he was carving at the time. Needless to say, I walked right past. There seemed to be no organization to the buffet as to the layout of the food. If you wanted a salad, you had to wonder around several stations to find your condiments. Several of the passengers were rude and seemed to cut in line at their own convenience. FOOD (BLACK CRAB); Rather than fight the unorganized crowds at the buffet, we ate the majority of our meals in the Black Crab. Unfortunately, this was slightly a step above the buffet. For breakfast, we always had to ask for water and coffee. The service was not what you would normally expect at a sit down meal. We were at a table of six and had placed our orders. Five meals were delivered and I patiently waited for my eggs and bacon. After waiting at least 15 minutes when everyone was almost done with their meal, we finally grabbed the attention of a server. Shortly thereafter, he brought me salmon and cream cheese which I definitely did not order. He returned later with my eggs after everyone else was done eating. On another occurrence, my wife received her eggs (just 2 eggs) and asked where the potatoes and meat were since the menu said that eggs were included with potatoes, meat and toast. The server informed her that potatoes and meat had to be ordered separately. After telling him that the menu said it was included, he began arguing with her and telling her that she was wrong. We called a supervisor over and he clearly stated that it was included when eggs were ordered as stated on the menu. He had the server come over and apologize to my wife for basically calling her a lier. I don’t know if the underlying fact is that the staff needs a lot more training or if the supervisors have to be more involved to insure things are moving smoothly rather than just standing around doing nothing other than appearing busy. ENTERTAINMENT: Very little variation in the entertainment onboard. Every night was performed by the ship crew. Same acrobatics over and over with singing. Got tired after watching a few nights. DISEMBARKATION: Another nightmare. We carried off our luggage to avoid the huge crowds at the end. Once again, no guidance, just follow the masses. After departing the ship, were told that Americans and Canadians get into the left line and all others into the right line. What we didn't know that after moving an hour in line, the left line led into a single elevator while the right line led to the escalator. No attendants at the end of the line to direct you to your choice. Now people were positioning themselves which was total chaos. Thank goodness we finally made it off the hell hole and never to return. Overall the ship was beautiful with plenty of areas to sit and relax. In addition, this had been one of the smoothest sailing ships we were ever on. Unfortunately, this goodness does’t outweigh the bad. 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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