MSC Divina Cruise Review by cruiser543
- Sail Date: January 2013
- Destination: Western Caribbean
The good parts - The ship is beautiful, the workers are friendly, and everyone speaks a passable English. None of the billed gratuity goes to them so if you want to leave a tip, it is best to leave it on the table and/or cabin on the last day. The cabin was nice with storage space but only has one outlet available. So you may want to bring an electrical strip. Our cruise rate was reasonable but you often get what you pay for.
The not so good parts - From previous reviews, I knew the food would not be fancy but their buffet makes an inexpensive family buffet look like a 5 star restaurant. Salad, bread, apples, and oranges were always available but their cuts of meat range from pig necks to rolled and pressed turkey. Water is available at the buffet but a sign says not to fill water bottles for hygiene reasons. The buffet was always crowded even at off times and it could be difficult to find a table. In the main dining room, we had to buy a plastic bottle of water each evening, so much for being green. Our table mates, who had been on several other MSC cruises, said the food and activities had sharply declined. Even their shrimp was fishy but no one got sick.
There is no advantage to the web check-in since each person is given a group number when they arrive. Activities during "at sea" days were few. One day they had shirt painting but there was only room for 7 people on a ship of over 3500. I noticed that people didn't participate very much in activities that were extra money. The casino had few people gambling, the spa was mostly empty, and not too many people were drinking alcohol. We took three MSC excursions and the buses were only 1/3 to 1/2 full even though they combined the languages (e.g., English and German). Internet cost 12 euros an hour, is slow, and the mostly empty Cyber Cafe is even more expensive. Given the large cutbacks and lack of spending with the other cruisers, it makes me wonder if MSC is financially sound. Anyway, don't book a guaranteed cabin in ANY category unless you want to move in the middle of your cruise.