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MSC Divina Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1745 reviews
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A comfortable cabin, but public areas crowded, & entertainment too loud

Review for MSC Divina to Transatlantic
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom

Most of our cruising has been with Holland America (over 300 nights), but we have also sailed with Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Swan Hellenic (of blessed memory). We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience a big ship, and we liked the itinerary (Genoa, Italy to Miami, FL, via Civitavecchia, Marseille, Barcelona, Cadiz, Lisbon, Azores, Bermuda, and New York City). Unusually for a trans-atlantic repositioning cruise, we had three overnight stays (Tenerife, Bermuda, and New York City. A hurricane over the Azores caused a diversion to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanish Canary Islands.)

The Divina has a capacity of 4,345 passengers, but we were 3,335 upon arriving in Tenerife. Even with the ship only 77% full, it always felt extremely crowded in the public areas, and especially on the sun decks, the restaurants, the bars and lounges, and the theatre. One problem with bigger and bigger ships is the fact that more and more people still have to leave and enter the ship via a couple of gangways. This can lead to long waits in the ship and/or on the quay.

The food was average or below average (my wife's evaluation) to good (my own evaluation). We succeeded in obtaining freshly made, consistently hot dishes at breakfast and lunch in the Black Crab restaurant by insisting (we were frequently told that he was not on duty, but this was true on only one occasion) on being seated with a particularly attentive waiter, Mr. Arturo de Leon, from the Philippines. His consistently excellent service to us, and to some other passengers who sought him out, seemed to provoke jealousy, rather than emulation, on the part of several of his colleagues. Our evening dining in Villa Rosa was also enjoyable, as we shared a table for 8 with two other Canadian couples, and were served by a trio of excellent waiters: Rusdi (Indonesia); Rohan (India); and Gabriel (Romania). My favourite meals were the fish dishes and the desserts.

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Cabin B1

A comfortable cabin, with good mattress and pillows, and a bathtub in the bathroom. The balcony was tiny, but adequate, and was cleaned frequently. Unfortunately, deck 7 starboard was directly below us, and this is where smoking is permitted. Smokers occasionally congregated under our cabin, talking loudly, and their smoke forced us to vacate our balcony. Lastly, the Golden Jazz Bar was under our room, and the reverberations from their incredibly loud music could be felt in our room, and even through our bed.

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