Outstanding itinerary at value for money pricing was the initial attraction. Sailing into New York Harbour with an overnight stay proved memorable. Weather precluded a Bermuda stop which meant six sea days in a row to the Azores. However the range and quality of the fine facilities on MSC Divina meant this was a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable period at sea.The food was of a considerable variety and good standard. Premium food offerings were available at the specialty restaurants at value for money charges - especially Eataly. The Italian coffee served in the bars ( at a nominal charge) was a delight. Standard free coffee was always available from the buffet (24 hours). The ship was thoughtfully designed and decorated in a modern contemporary European style - easy on the eye and not the garish touches apparent on some competitors.
Whilst not one for the usual entertainment fare aboard cruise ships this had a quality, variety and style that encouraged attendance in the spectacular theatre where the acoustics were outstanding.
Both the boarding and disembarkation were smooth and efficient - although I did choose to get off in Naples rather than encounter a full ship disembarkation in Civitavecchia the next morning.
Aft Balcony cabin was very comfortable with a balcony of sufficient size to accommodate two full size deck chairs ( spirited from the top deck) Full 180 degree views over the wake were especially good for arrivals and departures. Very comfortable bed and fully fitted bathroom with constant hot water ( unlike many ships). Storage capacity outstanding for a longer voyage. Service was spot on and the room was maintained in an immaculate condition
Ship berthed a short walk from the main Square. The town of Ponta Delgada can be easily explored on foot - highlight is the Governors Residence. Taxis are available to negotiate tours to the crater lakes ( 3 hours for about 35 Euro). Fascinating lush country side, much used for dairy farming.
Good local cafes, bars and restaurants serving Portuguese cuisine. Internet widely available for free in Ponta Delgada
Wide variety of fascinating things to see and do either on foot or using the local tram system. Historic sites, good local bars and restaurants plus great location beside the River Tagus. Ship berths within walking distance of places of interest.
Only stayed in Cadiz with the ship almost berthing adjacent the main Square. Narrow cobbled streets full of interesting Churches, Markets, Cafes and bars
South Beach a fascinating place for a stroll, drink and bite to eat. Vizcaya near Coconut Grove is an outstanding mansion and estate on the waterfront worth a visit.
Just soak up all the traditional offerings go Manhatten - something for everyone. World Trade Centre, the Oyster Bar in the basement of Grand Central Station, The Highline Walkway Garden using an old railway line, a Broadway show, the Staten Island Ferry - all from the convenience of Pier 90 at 50th Street