A Divina Thanksgiving cruise: MSC Divina Cruise Review by alexkrn46

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A Divina Thanksgiving cruise

Sail Date: November 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We are a family of four husband and wife and two adult children, we choose the Divina Yacht Club, since we have been on MSC once before in Europe.

We flew in to Fort Lauderdale since we had originally had booked two balconies on the Oasis, we felt the two YC for similar price was a better choice for us.

Our family drove down to Miami in a rental car, the YC check in was a tent and you were escorted to the VIP Lounge for check in ( the same lounge RCCL uses). Around 12:30 the ship was cleared and we escorted by family groups. Our rooms were 16027 and 16029 which were ready and well appointed , our butler Harrison was waiting for us. The suite is not the biggest suite but very comfortable, large couch, walk in closet, and a marble bathroom. The mini bar is well stocked. The bed is one of the most comfortable beds. There was limited tv channels, CNN, and HLN and football games were available on ESPN.

We ate lunch at the Le Muse , it was a great lunch, with an More excellent waiter. The Le Muse includes house wines and sodas. The ship is beautiful and clean. We had lunch at the Buffet which was large and seem to have plenty of choices, always able to find a seat.

The only thing we missed is way to walk around the outside of the ship, like the RCCl Ships

Muster drills were inside and painless, The Sail away was late at 7pm and beautiful. Dinner was wonderful in the Le Muse and we attended the show which was great, although I do miss live music.

In the am , my daughter reported the gym was busy and she could not get a machine around 8 am. We also saw land an announcement was made there was a medical emergency. As a whole announcements were very few ( which we like).

The low key atmosphere was enjoying by the family. My son found the F1 racer and he and my husband enjoyed racing each other. After two glorious sea days we arrived at Saint Martin, which turned out to be so crowded. We went to Maho Beach saw a 747 land. The beach was too crowded to be enjoyed. The next stop was San Juan were we did some shopping. We had wonderful weather. The stop at the private island was cancelled due to weather and had another sea day.

Thanksgiving dinner there was a turkey dinner, which was appreciated but not a typical American turkey dinner, the lobster was juicy and wonder though.

There was fresh Pizza delivered upon request to YC which was wonderful. The YC has a Top Sail Lounge which had American finger foods such as sliders.

Overall we had an excellent cruises, we will do MSC again, we appreciated the low key approach to cruising and great service

We never had a photo taken during dinner or at the ports.

The ship was spotless and the crew seemed happy. The shows were well attended and the theater was beautiful. I did miss live music in the shows.

We took the ship's paid shuttle back to the airport which was quick and efficient.

The shopping on board is the usual items seem on all cruise ships. Disembarkation was one of the worst due to customs

Good points::The YC

The cleanliness of the ship

The Beauty of ship

The low key atmosphere

the Shows

Internet was slow but nor painful


Areas for improvement:

Better Passenger flow

Long painful waits for elevator

Overall great family cruise, it had the elegance of Celebrity Cruise but had appeal for the whole family, Unlike Celebrity which the ship closed down at 8pm there was plenty to do after the show. Less

Published 12/12/13

Cabin review:

Comfortable bed, great linens, plenty of storage and bathroom with bath tub. Great location, good access to one pool and very very quiet location. Comfortable coach, Numerous Mirrors. Use of the YC lounges extends personal space.

Port and Shore Excursions

Great shopping port and sight seeing.

Read 2952 San Juan Reviews

Usually one of our favorite ports but due to the number of ships in port is was crowded and almost unenjoyable to the number of people and time waiting. Maho Beach was too crowded to be enjoyable and shopping was hard due to the crowds.

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