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MSC Divina Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Don't Believe Naysayers; Excellent for First-Timers

MSC Divina Cruise Review by genuine1998@yahoo.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2016
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

Hubby and I booked Divina as first-timers, and we almost didn't. What a MISTAKE it would have been to miss out on this. First, it is important to read the literature and know your options. The buffet around the pool serves a lot of pool/grill food on disembarkation day and day two, so if you want primo selection, don't eat there. We ate in the Galaxy Restaurant, the Black Crab, the Eataly Steakhouse and the Sports Bar. In all cases, I was thoroughly satisfied. We reserved the buffet for our last early morning breakfast (6 a.m. on disembarkation day). It wasn't crowded, and the selection was decent.

Excursion opportunities abound. We didn't take any because we were thoroughly engaged in activities on the ship, but if you pay ahead you can load your vacation with all kinds of pre-planned trips in your port cities.

The Aurea Spa is fabulous. We scheduled a couples' massage and didn't have to suffer long lines or wait times to enjoy an excellent Balinese session (30 minutes) for only $49 each on disembarkation day. It is important to read the daily schedule for daily sales on various amenities.

And the gelato... gelato is everywhere. I didn't bother looking in the buffet area for ice cream since there is a gelato bar near the pool on deck 14. It is heavenly.

I understand that cruisers who have taken 20 or more cruises will find many faults with this ship: it is smaller, newer and new to the USA. Also, this is not the ship for you if you don't like foreign people; there are 37 nationalities onboard and most print literature is in five or more languages. But, if you are a person of the world who enjoys talking with people from many cultures and engaging in multilingual, cross-ethnic conversation with other cruisers, this is the ship for you.

Finally, it will be very hard to beat the price. ;) Right now there is a 7-day going for $429, double occupancy.

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