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We love cruising, are seasoned travelers and active seniors from California. We chose this cruise on the Divina for the itinerary -- some places we haven't been, the relaxing sea days crossing the Atlantic, a great ride to Italy. As expected, the ship was stunning, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and had a variation of venues inside. We'd sailed once before with MSC, and of course we'd read all the warnings -- but we recognize that crabby people don't like anything, always complain. In all but one area (embarkation) this was a fabulous experience! Our balcony cabin, Aurea experience, was clean and stylish and efficient, with a cabin steward who didn't bug us all the time, but was always available and amenable. The dining room was a highlight -- from the seating hostess who greeted us with a smile every day, to the waiter who was fun and helpful and knowledgeable, to the bus boy who always smiled and kept our table spotless. The menus were varied, there were some "interesting" dishes, but plenty of choices, including comfort food. The food was hot, the servings were not huge but we were always satisfied -- just right. The buffet was pretty standard, though seating areas are larger, which helps. The pizza place was special (about $7 per pizza), cooked to order, with wines/beers well-chosen. The large central snack area had an ever-changing mix of small sandwiches and pastries (complimentary), gelato, coffees and fun drinks. We all four bought the "drink package" so we tried everything/everywhere -- coffees, smoothies, cocktails, wines and beers; we met for pre-dinner drinks in a different bar/lounge every night, always greeted courteously -- smiles, little conversations about the ship or the port, tasty drinks served quickly and cleanly. All the dining and drinking venues were gorgeous -- beautifully decorated, thoughtfully furnished, unusual but not weird. We loved that there were a lot of places to visit after dinner with music, some for dancing and some for listening, all comfortable and friendly. (We wished for more rock-n-roll, but the disco didn't start up until almost 11:00. This is a good place to say that Europeans seem to have dinner and parties later than we're used to, it's just a difference.) The big theater shows varied widely, from opera to Sinatra to costume productions, so sometimes we said, "no way" and sometimes we said, "can't miss," all seemed pretty well attended, and the variety was key. Another big plus on MSC is that they're not in your face all the time selling stuff. As mentioned, the only negative part of this cruise with MSC was embarkation -- it was a mess! We joined in Miami and it was awful -- they need to get their staff out front, communicate with them and through them. The other thing that gets complaints for MSC is the many languages spoken, every message in five languages, queueing with all those people who don't speak your language -- Americans are not tolerant of this, but it is a European experience, and a silly thing to complain about. We had a great cruise on a great ship with great service, great food, great ports! We'll sail with MSC again.

Trans-Atlantic on the beautiful Divina

MSC Divina Cruise Review by Minna22

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Aurea Balcony Stateroom
We love cruising, are seasoned travelers and active seniors from California. We chose this cruise on the Divina for the itinerary -- some places we haven't been, the relaxing sea days crossing the Atlantic, a great ride to Italy. As expected, the ship was stunning, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and had a variation of venues inside. We'd sailed once before with MSC, and of course we'd read all the warnings -- but we recognize that crabby people don't like anything, always complain. In all but one area (embarkation) this was a fabulous experience! Our balcony cabin, Aurea experience, was clean and stylish and efficient, with a cabin steward who didn't bug us all the time, but was always available and amenable.

The dining room was a highlight -- from the seating hostess who greeted us with a smile every day, to the waiter who was fun and helpful and knowledgeable, to the bus boy who always smiled and kept our table spotless. The menus were varied, there were some "interesting" dishes, but plenty of choices, including comfort food. The food was hot, the servings were not huge but we were always satisfied -- just right. The buffet was pretty standard, though seating areas are larger, which helps. The pizza place was special (about $7 per pizza), cooked to order, with wines/beers well-chosen. The large central snack area had an ever-changing mix of small sandwiches and pastries (complimentary), gelato, coffees and fun drinks.

We all four bought the "drink package" so we tried everything/everywhere -- coffees, smoothies, cocktails, wines and beers; we met for pre-dinner drinks in a different bar/lounge every night, always greeted courteously -- smiles, little conversations about the ship or the port, tasty drinks served quickly and cleanly. All the dining and drinking venues were gorgeous -- beautifully decorated, thoughtfully furnished, unusual but not weird.

We loved that there were a lot of places to visit after dinner with music, some for dancing and some for listening, all comfortable and friendly. (We wished for more rock-n-roll, but the disco didn't start up until almost 11:00. This is a good place to say that Europeans seem to have dinner and parties later than we're used to, it's just a difference.) The big theater shows varied widely, from opera to Sinatra to costume productions, so sometimes we said, "no way" and sometimes we said, "can't miss," all seemed pretty well attended, and the variety was key.

Another big plus on MSC is that they're not in your face all the time selling stuff. As mentioned, the only negative part of this cruise with MSC was embarkation -- it was a mess! We joined in Miami and it was awful -- they need to get their staff out front, communicate with them and through them. The other thing that gets complaints for MSC is the many languages spoken, every message in five languages, queueing with all those people who don't speak your language -- Americans are not tolerant of this, but it is a European experience, and a silly thing to complain about.

We had a great cruise on a great ship with great service, great food, great ports! We'll sail with MSC again.
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Cabin Review

Aurea Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B3 12048
The cabin was stylish, clean, always made up quickly, very private. The storage was pretty good -- important for a 3-week cruise. The shower doors were quirky, but way better than that soggy curtain we often have.
Cupido Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins