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We went on this family cruise as a group of 10 ranging from ages 7 to 65. The ship is absolutely gorgeous with many great amenities for all ages. There was always something to do on the boat whether it was relaxing by the pool, watching an outdoor movie, listening to live music in one of the many lounges, watching a live show, bowling, or going to the spa. There is also an outdoor children's play area on the top deck with a teeter totter and play house for the kids. My kids really enjoyed that. As for the food, we ate in the Black Crab restaurant for breakfast, buffet for lunches and snacks, and in the main restaurant (Black Crab) for dinner. The food in the main restaurant was delicious. I would highly recommend the smoked salmon or eggs benedict for breakfast and the surf n' turf on Gala night. As a meat lover, I was very pleased to see that steak was an option every night. For the vegetarians, there were always vegetarian options. We bought a wine package online prior to departure and it is a great deal compared to what you'll pay on board. We paid about around 90$ US for 7 bottles of wine, which includes the service charge. Drinks, gelato, and treats in the cafe were extremely reasonably priced compared to other cruise lines. In the cafe, you can buy a macaron for 90 cents, cupcake for 75 cents or a gelato for $ 2.00. The staff is very friendly and attentive. They always seem to be working very hard and very appreciative of any tips you give them. The Captain and his Officers can often be seen around the boat and at various social activities. They were also friendly and attentive and set a great example for their staff. Our entire family had a great time on this trip. The only negative comment I can make about this cruise was with the transfer from the airport to the boat. We waited for almost 2 hours for the bus to pick us up. One hour of that time was waiting outdoors in the Florida heat breathing in bus fumes. The airport staff were very rude and told us it was taking so long because we were in the last terminal and the buses would go to the other terminals first and get filled. That doesn't seem to be a fair system of doing things. The transfer back home went much smoother. My advice would be to just to take an Uber or a taxi if you have an option.

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MSC Divina Cruise Review by Cloud Star

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Balcony Stateroom
We went on this family cruise as a group of 10 ranging from ages 7 to 65. The ship is absolutely gorgeous with many great amenities for all ages. There was always something to do on the boat whether it was relaxing by the pool, watching an outdoor movie, listening to live music in one of the many lounges, watching a live show, bowling, or going to the spa. There is also an outdoor children's play area on the top deck with a teeter totter and play house for the kids. My kids really enjoyed that.

As for the food, we ate in the Black Crab restaurant for breakfast, buffet for lunches and snacks, and in the main restaurant (Black Crab) for dinner. The food in the main restaurant was delicious. I would highly recommend the smoked salmon or eggs benedict for breakfast and the surf n' turf on Gala night. As a meat lover, I was very pleased to see that steak was an option every night. For the vegetarians, there were always vegetarian options. We bought a wine package online prior to departure and it is a great deal compared to what you'll pay on board. We paid about around 90$ US for 7 bottles of wine, which includes the service charge. Drinks, gelato, and treats in the cafe were extremely reasonably priced compared to other cruise lines. In the cafe, you can buy a macaron for 90 cents, cupcake for 75 cents or a gelato for $ 2.00. The staff is very friendly and attentive. They always seem to be working very hard and very appreciative of any tips you give them. The Captain and his Officers can often be seen around the boat and at various social activities. They were also friendly and attentive and set a great example for their staff. Our entire family had a great time on this trip. The only negative comment I can make about this cruise was with the transfer from the airport to the boat. We waited for almost 2 hours for the bus to pick us up. One hour of that time was waiting outdoors in the Florida heat breathing in bus fumes. The airport staff were very rude and told us it was taking so long because we were in the last terminal and the buses would go to the other terminals first and get filled. That doesn't seem to be a fair system of doing things. The transfer back home went much smoother. My advice would be to just to take an Uber or a taxi if you have an option.
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Cabin Review

Bella Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 10009
We stayed in a Balcony Fantastica Room at the front of the ship. This room had a metal hull balcony. MSC does not tell you that it is actually more like a cove balcony. After reading reviews about this type balcony and seeing pictures on the internet, I was worried that it would ruin our experience. MSC was unwilling to change our room. If you want to see the water, you will have to stand. Children will not be able to see above the metal hull. In my personal opinion, having the metal hull balcony did not ruin our experience in any way, but I can see how it can be an inconvenience especially if you're paying the same price as a room with a glass balcony. I would not recommend it for children or anyone with mobility issues. If you're not sure if your room has a metal hull balcony or not, I believe there is a post somewhere on cruise critic with a map of the metal hull balconies.
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