MSC Divina Cruise Review by Mlap
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
Due to an ice storm, we had to change our flight from Sunday, day of embarkation to Saturday. We had been on a layover in Baltimore-Washington for about 7 hours and had to stay in a pretty awful (last min. booked) hotel with no elevator near Miami Airport. We were afraid we were going to arrive late once our hotel transfer finally showed up but we arrived in good time.
After drop off, we went right to the Yacht Club tent and were ushered right in to the boat. They tagged our luggage and carry on bags (we didn’t have to carry anything). Once inside the shore butler team took care of is. The process was so fast, we even cut the line a few times with the butler team and were provided champagne and treats while waiting for our key cards to be made up. Once on the boat, we were taken right up to the Yacht Club Too Sail Lounge. It was nice with drinks, snacks and canapés. Once our room was ready (about 10 minutes later) we were shown our room by our private butler, Marcella (awesome!!) who showed us the room, converge and elevators up to the One Pool/Bar. In the room she showed us the the mini bar (complimentary), walk in closet, bath and offered us a pillow menu if we wanted different pillows to sleep on or certain drinks and snacks in the minibar.
The bed was foam, which we have at home so we are used to that. Pillows and sheets were good quality Egyptian cotton, very comfy. The TV had ports to connect a video game or computer to. The TV selection was a little dull, but it’s vacation and we didn’t watch more than a few movies at night. The balcony was small, but adequate with room for two chairs and a small table. There was a fruit bowl (filled every day with our faves) and champagne. There was both sparkling Pellegrino and Still mineral waters (complimentary) throughout the whole trip. There was a couch in the room and a table as well as a stool and desk
The bathroom was marble. The sinks were not very large, but there was storage under the vanity and in the cabinet in the room. The tub was large enough and the shower was good pressure. I love to soak so it was nice for me.
We ate all of our dinners in the Yacht Club Le Muse restaurant which was at the back of the ship (Club was at the front), which was a little strange. The menu was somewhat limiting (a lot of European dishes) and new to get used to, although different each day. My hubby wanted a steak and potatoes each night and they accommodated him. Most of the rest of the guests dining were European, Germans and Italians and not many children on board.
The portions were fine as far as I was concerned, eve though I had read complaints of small portions. The deserts were perfectly sized to give a taste. We sometimes couldn’t make up our minds so they brought us a few to try.
On sea days we ordered pizza from Eatly and it was brought to our room at no extra charge (we did cash tip tho) and it was excellent, very Italian!
The few times we went to the buffet it was total chaos, much like buffets on other lines, but the set up of different stations makes one have to cross all over to get all the different choices. I don’t know if it was just general confusion or lack of signs, but it was chaos and the food, other than the salad and fruit was below average. The choices at the Top Sail and the One Bar were better. I actually lost weight from all the fruit and veggies combined with walking about 6 miles a day when in port.
The One Bar had breakfast daily an omelet station and waffles could be ordered. It was often windy up there in front of the ship. The breakfast buffet was limited to continental pastry, cereal, home fries, bacon and sausage which were not very hot. They also had fruit and yogurts. It was still better than going to the chaotic buffet. Yacht Club is the way to go!
The shops were nice. Boutiques (carried better brands I.e. Tommy Hill. Guess?, etc. ) sizes ran to about 14 in women’s. There was also jewelry, perfume, makeup, logo items, candy, toys, photo shop, liquor and cigarettes. Throughout the cruise there were tables set up in the area of the coffee, gelato and pastry shop that sold watches and accessories.
The casino was small but there were some table games and bingo available (costing extra)
We did not go to any of the shows (we are not really show or disco people) we did enjoy the hot tubs in the One Pool and La Sirene (indoor pool with retractable roof) pool areas. We don’t have any kids so we did not go to the kids or teen areas. We also didn’t go on the water slide because it was closed one time and had a long line another time.
The ship on general was beautiful! A lot of marble, statues, and mirrors. It is Italian after all. The main staircases were clear glass with various size Swarovski crystals that shined like diamonds. Just beautiful.
The ports were Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel MX.
Bonaire: not too much to do unless you like to snorkel and scuba dive. We went for a 6 mile walk.
Wilmastead, Curaçao. We went shopping and over the “floating bridge” into town to walk around and shop some more. We bought some Dutch tiles and linens. We had lunch and tried our luck at the casino near the docks. It was very windy that day, but warm and beautiful.
Oranjestad, Aruba. We had been here before and took a tour of the island and the church in the past so we went to Dunkin Donuts and a couple casinos. We had planned to take one of the busses to the beach but there was a rainstorm, so we went to some of the upscale shops in the port area and had lunch.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We had planned to take an excursion to walk up Dunn’s River Falls, but decided against it and instead decided to walk into town and hit the beach then go to lunch at Margaritaville. The initial walk through the taxi area was difficult because the drivers are quite pushy. Since it was Sunday, most of the shops were not opened, except the jewelry store and the others that seem to be on every island. Our walk into town was a little scary. Hubby and I are not people who scare easy, we are pretty tough, but the men began to follow us to try to get money from us and to get us to buy drugs. Not our thing. A few commented on my blond hair. We are in our 40’s but don’t look it so I think they thought we would be interested in buying some pot. Most of the women we saw were dressed for church and it was interesting to see security people at the church. We ended up going back to the ship before Margaritaville opened up. We spent the day up at One Pool/Bar.
Grand Cayman. No pier so tenders would have to be taken. It was too windy and choppy so the captain canceled the port call and we had a sea day.
One thing about the ship some complained about was the announcements being made in 5 languages. It is a very European cruiseline and we encountered people who spoke many languages. I thought it was fascinating to speak to people from all over the world, who all seemed to be able to speak English.
Cozumel, MX. We just went for a long walk looked at souvenirs, took pictures and had lunch at the outside mall at the pier. It was a nice area. Funny seeing armed men in military vehicles about every 10 min. driving up and down the road. The sellers were a little pushy and the things were pretty much the same. We bought some rum cakes and brought them home
We were so busy we didn’t get to the gym or thermal spa.’The thermal spa is included with Yacht Club which has steam rooms, hot tubs and relaxation rooms.
All in all the staff worked very hard to please us. They always had a smile on their face and a friendly hello. I would love to go on MSC again in the Yacht Club. It was totally worth it.
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