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We sailed on the Divina May 16-23, 2015 from Rome with another couple. Previously we have tried Norwegian, Carnival and Celebrity Reflection (also a Mediterranean itinerary in 2013). We flew to Rome the day before and enjoyed all the sights once again, highly recommend seeing it late at night, beautifully lit and no people! The next morning we walked to Termini, hopped on a train and 1 hr and 5 euro/each later were in Civitavecchia. It was a beautiful sunny day and we walked along the coastal promenade to the port (15 min). They had various vendors selling cheeses, breads, freshly marinated olives (fantastic), etc. Buses picked people up at the port entrance but instead of taking us straight to the ship it dropped us off at another parking lot, all the luggage had to be collected and we waited for yet another "port authorized" bus to take as to Divina. Apparently those changes have been implemented recently for all cruise lines, so instead of 15 min it took close to 1 hr to finally arrive to the terminal. We travelled light so took our own luggage through security, bottle of brandy included:), bought the wine package and 10 min later had our cruise cards in hands, very smooth and quick! Once onboard we went straight to our cabins which were ready, unpacked, grabbed a bite to eat at the buffet (fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, bread, fruit, yummy!) and then it was time for the safety drill. We had to bring our life jackets to the casino, listened to instructions on how to put them on in 5 or 6 languages and that was it. We had an early dinner seating at 6.45 on the lower level of Black Crab restaurant at the table for 4. Restaurant doors are closed at 7 pm so no late arrivals are allowed in. It is understandable as they try to coordinate serving hundreds of people simultaneously and then get ready for the next round of late diners at 9.15 pm. Food was very good all week, lots of European flavours, we would usually order different items on the menu and just sample each others (the only disappointing exceptions were bread pudding, and, surprisingly, panna cotta). Pasta was fantastic, different offerings every day. Our server was quick, cheerful and never mixed any of the orders! Buffet also had plenty of choices, tons of fresh fruit, overall comparable to other cruise lines. It has been said numerous times how clean and beautiful Divina is and I will reiterate. We admired black and white photography, sculptures, interesting design solutions and quiet elegance of the ship. Our forward balcony cabin on deck 8 was comfortable, had plenty of storage and kept immaculate thanks to a great cabin stewart. Theatre productions were of high quality and aesthetically pleasing. We were joking that you could see a whole cross section of humanity on this ship, so many different nationalities and languages! But everybody got along, OK, maybe they didn't smile as much as the Americans or Canadians:) The only difference in service compared to other cruise lines would be the lack of it at the buffet or by the pool, if you wanted a drink you had to go to the bar and get it. Buffet servers clear away the dirty dishes only. It was not a problem for us since we only used buffet for breakfast and got our own coffee, water, juice, etc. at multiple self-serve stations. We didn't book any shore excursions and did our own thing at each port. For those planning to hike Cinque Terre, some trails are still closed, we could only walk in reverse, from Monterosso to Vernazza. I admit, it was much harder than anticipated (especially when wearing Columbia flip-flops), it took us about 2 hrs with a couple of brief stops, but so worth it, just beautiful, thank God, we packed a bottle of wine and cheese for the trip! We opted for self disembarkation on the last day. Left our packed bags in the cabin while we had breakfast and then just walked off after 8 am (had to wait a bit for the customs clearance), got on the port bus, thankfully just one this time, and then walked back to the train station. Happy sailings to all!

Enjoyed!

MSC Divina Cruise Review by Aurelija

Trip Details
We sailed on the Divina May 16-23, 2015 from Rome with another couple. Previously we have tried Norwegian, Carnival and Celebrity Reflection (also a Mediterranean itinerary in 2013).

We flew to Rome the day before and enjoyed all the sights once again, highly recommend seeing it late at night, beautifully lit and no people!

The next morning we walked to Termini, hopped on a train and 1 hr and 5 euro/each later were in Civitavecchia. It was a beautiful sunny day and we walked along the coastal promenade to the port (15 min). They had various vendors selling cheeses, breads, freshly marinated olives (fantastic), etc. Buses picked people up at the port entrance but instead of taking us straight to the ship it dropped us off at another parking lot, all the luggage had to be collected and we waited for yet another "port authorized" bus to take as to Divina. Apparently those changes have been implemented recently for all cruise lines, so instead of 15 min it took close to 1 hr to finally arrive to the terminal. We travelled light so took our own luggage through security, bottle of brandy included:), bought the wine package and 10 min later had our cruise cards in hands, very smooth and quick!

Once onboard we went straight to our cabins which were ready, unpacked, grabbed a bite to eat at the buffet (fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, bread, fruit, yummy!) and then it was time for the safety drill. We had to bring our life jackets to the casino, listened to instructions on how to put them on in 5 or 6 languages and that was it.

We had an early dinner seating at 6.45 on the lower level of Black Crab restaurant at the table for 4. Restaurant doors are closed at 7 pm so no late arrivals are allowed in. It is understandable as they try to coordinate serving hundreds of people simultaneously and then get ready for the next round of late diners at 9.15 pm. Food was very good all week, lots of European flavours, we would usually order different items on the menu and just sample each others (the only disappointing exceptions were bread pudding, and, surprisingly, panna cotta). Pasta was fantastic, different offerings every day. Our server was quick, cheerful and never mixed any of the orders! Buffet also had plenty of choices, tons of fresh fruit, overall comparable to other cruise lines.

It has been said numerous times how clean and beautiful Divina is and I will reiterate. We admired black and white photography, sculptures, interesting design solutions and quiet elegance of the ship. Our forward balcony cabin on deck 8 was comfortable, had plenty of storage and kept immaculate thanks to a great cabin stewart.

Theatre productions were of high quality and aesthetically pleasing. We were joking that you could see a whole cross section of humanity on this ship, so many different nationalities and languages! But everybody got along, OK, maybe they didn't smile as much as the Americans or Canadians:)

The only difference in service compared to other cruise lines would be the lack of it at the buffet or by the pool, if you wanted a drink you had to go to the bar and get it. Buffet servers clear away the dirty dishes only. It was not a problem for us since we only used buffet for breakfast and got our own coffee, water, juice, etc. at multiple self-serve stations.

We didn't book any shore excursions and did our own thing at each port. For those planning to hike Cinque Terre, some trails are still closed, we could only walk in reverse, from Monterosso to Vernazza. I admit, it was much harder than anticipated (especially when wearing Columbia flip-flops), it took us about 2 hrs with a couple of brief stops, but so worth it, just beautiful, thank God, we packed a bottle of wine and cheese for the trip!

We opted for self disembarkation on the last day. Left our packed bags in the cabin while we had breakfast and then just walked off after 8 am (had to wait a bit for the customs clearance), got on the port bus, thankfully just one this time, and then walked back to the train station.

Happy sailings to all!
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