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We chose the 11-night cruise option from Miami to Jamaica, Aruba, Columbia, Panama, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. We had a tenth floor balcony with two chairs and a table where we enjoyed morning coffee and afternoon cocktails. The bed was comfortable and the room was cleaned twice a day. The cruise included a "drink package," however a 15% service charge based on the printed cost was added to all orders. Not really a big deal, but you can expect to pay between 80 cents and a dollar per drink. To upgrade to premium would be an additional $35 per person per day, so didn't feel it was worth it for us as we drink mostly beer, wine and vodka). The staff and service were excellent. Our cabin attendant was superb as were our waiters. The selections for food, desserts and drinks were very good. The ship's interior was a beautiful, contemporary style, but still warm and friendly. The main shows were what we expect on a cruise and the lounge entertainment was very good. We hoped there would be more of a variety in the lounges, but the Brazilian Sax and Guitar player were our favorite. Overall we had a wonderful time and plan to cruise with MSC again this year.

New's Year's Eve on Divina

MSC Divina Cruise Review by BchBikerBum

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
We chose the 11-night cruise option from Miami to Jamaica, Aruba, Columbia, Panama, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. We had a tenth floor balcony with two chairs and a table where we enjoyed morning coffee and afternoon cocktails. The bed was comfortable and the room was cleaned twice a day.

The cruise included a "drink package," however a 15% service charge based on the printed cost was added to all orders. Not really a big deal, but you can expect to pay between 80 cents and a dollar per drink. To upgrade to premium would be an additional $35 per person per day, so didn't feel it was worth it for us as we drink mostly beer, wine and vodka).

The staff and service were excellent. Our cabin attendant was superb as were our waiters. The selections for food, desserts and drinks were very good. The ship's interior was a beautiful, contemporary style, but still warm and friendly.

The main shows were what we expect on a cruise and the lounge entertainment was very good. We hoped there would be more of a variety in the lounges, but the Brazilian Sax and Guitar player were our favorite.

Overall we had a wonderful time and plan to cruise with MSC again this year.
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Cabin Review

Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B2 10154
Good size cabin located in the middle of the ship's PRIME area on Deck 10. Bed was comfortable. The linens and bath towels were always clean and changed when needed. The cabin steward was wonderful.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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  • Cartagena (Colombia)
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  • Beach
    If you pre-book a beach spot with Tropicana, there is NO charge. If you don't have a reservation, it's $5/chair. Fares are posted so only pay $8 total for the short cab ride to the beach--even with 4 in the car. Beware of folks selling "all inclusive drink packages" as they aren't associated with the bar. The service was good and the staff was honest and friendly. They warn you that the "silver jewelry" isn't real nor are the "Cuban cigars," so avoid buying from the walking vendors. The had fair prices and good food.
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  • Scuba
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