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MSC Divina cruise - Jan 3-14 2018 Itinerary: 3-5 at sea 6 - St Thomas USVI. (Megan's Bay beach) 7 - Antigua/Barbuda. (Zip line. Dennis restaurant. on Caribbean beach) 8 - Barbados – (Harbour Lights. Snorkel shipwreck and turtles) 9 - Grenada (spice island). (Grand Anse beach by water taxi) 10- Curaçao – (Mambo Beach - Rock wall protecting beach). Swinging bridge. 11 - Aruba – (Palm Beach. Parasail. Itito Water Sports. DePalm Pier restaurant by RIU hotel) 12-13 at sea 14- arrive back Miami Highlights: The decor and design: Stunning! Swarovski crystal staircases in main atrium....attention to detail in design and planning of common areas and staterooms. Bars and lounges were thoughtfully designed and furnished. Eg. La Luna bar - ceiling has twinkling LED lights to resemble stars. La Cantina. Seats are designed like oak wine barrels. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time in these Lounges listening to the music and enjoying a glass of wine. Entertainment: top notch! We did not miss a single show and caught almost all the special singers and performers throughout the ship. The Michael Jackson tribute is incredible! You feel like it's him on the stage! Aurea Spa. Very well appointed and professionally staffed. We enjoyed hot stone massages and facials. Decks and pools: always a bit crowded on at-sea days. MSC tolerates 'saving' loungers by putting towels on the chairs. Like being at a resort and having to get up early to save your seat. Food: The highlight: the pizza! Amazing! Black Crab (main dining room): service is slow at times. 90 minutes for lunch one day. Staff seem to be 'junior' level. I heard that top staff from Divina were pulled over to 'Seaside' due to many problems they were having with this new ship. This might explain the less-than-ideal level of service. Dining room food: I think all these mega-ships are suffering from the same problem: inability to serve top quality food due to the sheer number of passengers. The food was often lukewarm. Portions of certain dishes were meager. Even their lasagna was just ok, and this is an Italian cruise line. They do make their own pasta (so the menu says) and other pasta dishes were acceptable. The always-available entree selection is good (steak, salmon, lasagna). Restaurants: only two specialty restaurants on the ship; Eataly Pizza/Steak and Galaxy Bar. We did not choose to eat at either one. Buffet: It’s huge; often chaotic. Pizza is the highlight. They have hot entrees and their North American hamburger /hot dog / French fries area (Something MSC added to try to appeal to North American cruisers…kind of sad when you think about it!). Ethnic food. Salads. Fresh fruits. Wide variety. You just have to hustle to find a seat and then manage to get your food. We avoided the buffet for the most part. Stateroom: we chose a balcony. We were on deck 13 forward. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Spacious. Clean. Well appointed. Our package included free room service so we took advantage of that and ordered our coffee and croissants and fruit each morning. Service was always very prompt. Cabin steward freshened room twice daily. Ports of call: Divina seemed to have the top spot at the ports of call. She was usually first in, prime spot and one of the last ships to leave port. We loved all six locations as we had not been to 4 of the 6 ports. Our favorites were Curaçao and Aruba. All ports had fantastic beaches. We only booked one excursion through MSC as our experience has been that you can arrange virtually the same excursions on the island for a fraction of the cost. We booked the Antigua zip-line through the ship as the attraction was closed to the public for that day (Sunday) on their website. It was well worth the cost and our driver then took us to a beach on the Caribbean side which was amazing. Overall experience: 5/5!

All in all, an excellent experience!

MSC Divina Cruise Review by cruisincanucks2008

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
MSC Divina cruise - Jan 3-14 2018

Itinerary:

3-5 at sea

6 - St Thomas USVI. (Megan's Bay beach)

7 - Antigua/Barbuda. (Zip line. Dennis restaurant. on Caribbean beach)

8 - Barbados – (Harbour Lights. Snorkel shipwreck and turtles)

9 - Grenada (spice island). (Grand Anse beach by water taxi)

10- Curaçao – (Mambo Beach - Rock wall protecting beach). Swinging bridge.

11 - Aruba – (Palm Beach. Parasail. Itito Water Sports. DePalm Pier restaurant by RIU hotel)

12-13 at sea

14- arrive back Miami

Highlights: The decor and design: Stunning! Swarovski crystal staircases in main atrium....attention to detail in design and planning of common areas and staterooms. Bars and lounges were thoughtfully designed and furnished. Eg. La Luna bar - ceiling has twinkling LED lights to resemble stars. La Cantina. Seats are designed like oak wine barrels. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time in these Lounges listening to the music and enjoying a glass of wine.

Entertainment: top notch! We did not miss a single show and caught almost all the special singers and performers throughout the ship. The Michael Jackson tribute is incredible! You feel like it's him on the stage!

Aurea Spa. Very well appointed and professionally staffed. We enjoyed hot stone massages and facials.

Decks and pools: always a bit crowded on at-sea days. MSC tolerates 'saving' loungers by putting towels on the chairs. Like being at a resort and having to get up early to save your seat.

Food: The highlight: the pizza! Amazing!

Black Crab (main dining room): service is slow at times. 90 minutes for lunch one day. Staff seem to be 'junior' level. I heard that top staff from Divina were pulled over to 'Seaside' due to many problems they were having with this new ship. This might explain the less-than-ideal level of service.

Dining room food: I think all these mega-ships are suffering from the same problem: inability to serve top quality food due to the sheer number of passengers. The food was often lukewarm. Portions of certain dishes were meager. Even their lasagna was just ok, and this is an Italian cruise line. They do make their own pasta (so the menu says) and other pasta dishes were acceptable. The always-available entree selection is good (steak, salmon, lasagna).

Restaurants: only two specialty restaurants on the ship; Eataly Pizza/Steak and Galaxy Bar. We did not choose to eat at either one.

Buffet: It’s huge; often chaotic. Pizza is the highlight. They have hot entrees and their North American hamburger /hot dog / French fries area (Something MSC added to try to appeal to North American cruisers…kind of sad when you think about it!). Ethnic food. Salads. Fresh fruits. Wide variety. You just have to hustle to find a seat and then manage to get your food. We avoided the buffet for the most part.

Stateroom: we chose a balcony. We were on deck 13 forward. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Spacious. Clean. Well appointed. Our package included free room service so we took advantage of that and ordered our coffee and croissants and fruit each morning. Service was always very prompt. Cabin steward freshened room twice daily.

Ports of call: Divina seemed to have the top spot at the ports of call. She was usually first in, prime spot and one of the last ships to leave port. We loved all six locations as we had not been to 4 of the 6 ports. Our favorites were Curaçao and Aruba. All ports had fantastic beaches. We only booked one excursion through MSC as our experience has been that you can arrange virtually the same excursions on the island for a fraction of the cost. We booked the Antigua zip-line through the ship as the attraction was closed to the public for that day (Sunday) on their website. It was well worth the cost and our driver then took us to a beach on the Caribbean side which was amazing.

Overall experience: 5/5!
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
Cabin B2 13068
Excellently appointed. We loved having the balcony. We'll never cruise again without having one! Room was spacious, well appointed. Bed was super comfortable...we slept like babies!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Ziplining
    A blast! Our third time zip-lining. This was was very good. Truly in the rain forest. One line is 332 feet! Also went to a beach on the Caribbean side for the afternoon and ate at Dennis restaurant. Amazing singers; good food. Great beach!
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  • Parasailing
    The operator did not tell us that they first fill up their small boat and then take you out into the ocean and you bob up and down waiting for one of the actual parasailing boats to be finished. Our boat had 8 people; each sail is 12-15 minutes. The entire experience took almost 3 hours! Painful!
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  • Beach
    Harbour Lights; only $20; chair, umbrella and snorkel with turtles and shipwreck. Get there early; sold out by mid-morning.
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  • Beach
    Mambo Beach; a ways from the port; but nice little beach village; upscale shops and restaurants. Nice protected beach with smooth sandy bottom. Well worth the drive.
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  • Miami
    Just went straight from airport to ship. No excursion. We did stay on our day back for one day in Sunny Isles at a beach resort. Very nice.
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