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We had been warned by our travel agent that this was an Italian cruise line and things would be different, especially the meals. She was right. The Divina is a beautiful ship. Embarkation was smooth and went quickly. The staff was polite but not overly friendly. They do not seem to interact with the passengers like staff on other cruise lines. Of all the cruises we have been on, we saw the cruise director, Jerome, the least of any cruise director on past ships. Bingo was a single game. The first time offered they had a snafu with the computer shutting down during the game so all info ended up being lost and the game needed to be restarted. We did not play again after that and I think many others avoided it also. The meals were definitely catering to European flavor and, I feel, lacked variety. The buffet line food was often barely warm. The main dining room was not much better and took forever to be served one course to another. Portions tended to be small. The ports were great and we booked this particular Eastern Caribbean cruise (11 days) because it went to ports we had not been to before (with the exception of Antigua) We definitely got what we paid for but we will not book with MSC again.

Forewarned is forearmed

MSC Divina Cruise Review by pastorrhs

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Bella Balcony Stateroom
We had been warned by our travel agent that this was an Italian cruise line and things would be different, especially the meals. She was right.

The Divina is a beautiful ship. Embarkation was smooth and went quickly. The staff was polite but not overly friendly. They do not seem to interact with the passengers like staff on other cruise lines. Of all the cruises we have been on, we saw the cruise director, Jerome, the least of any cruise director on past ships.

Bingo was a single game. The first time offered they had a snafu with the computer shutting down during the game so all info ended up being lost and the game needed to be restarted. We did not play again after that and I think many others avoided it also.

The meals were definitely catering to European flavor and, I feel, lacked variety. The buffet line food was often barely warm. The main dining room was not much better and took forever to be served one course to another. Portions tended to be small.

The ports were great and we booked this particular Eastern Caribbean cruise (11 days) because it went to ports we had not been to before (with the exception of Antigua)

We definitely got what we paid for but we will not book with MSC again.
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Cabin Review

Bella Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 11125
A very nice cabin. However, if you want wash cloths you have to ask for them. We did not meet our room steward until the third day of the cruise, which was unusual for us also as normally they greet you on the first day.
Cupido Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins