MSC Divina Cruise Review by Occasional sealegger
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
This cruise was unusual that a number passengers embarked and disembarked at each of the seven ports, so there was no 'start' or 'finish' to the cruise. It was like a holiday camp on a ferry.
After the initial shock we got used to the ship and enjoyed the cruise because the destinations were fun. However the ship is pretty chaotic and disorganised. There is a great lack of information, particularly about the ports of call - no maps or information available as you leave the ship at each port. There are few onboard activities organised for the evenings.
We took the Portofino excursion at Genoa - absolute waste of money! The boat ride 'along the coast' was a mile out to sea so you couldn't see anything and it was dreadfully choppy despite being a pleasant day. It took a boring hour and a half to reach Portofino, where we were told there was just one hour before we needed to be back on the boat! We had thought the return journey was by coach but instead had to rush around Portofino and then spend another dreary 90 minutes aboard back to Genoa. Portofino was quite pretty but not worth the journey.
The restaurant food was good and the service excellent. The buffet was very spread out and very repetitive, but perfectly okay for lunch. We enjoyed having a drink in the Eataly bar which offered complimentary canapes with the drinks. We were appalled that you have to pay for water on board! MSC is very strict about taking no drinks on board.
We enjoyed the theatre shows. The resident main singers and dance pair were first class.
The ship was clean and attractive but the cruise lacked the little extras and frills that we expect so we wouldn't travel with them again. P&O has been our favourite line so far.
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