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This was our second voyage on the Divina and our fourth MSC voyage so we knew what to expect. Unfortunately a number of minor issues, none of which would be a reason to forgo a trip, added up to a less-then-perfect cruise. Let me expand. The bathroom lighting was poor, the cabin drawers are short, the captions on the TV ( a very small Samsung located in an awkward corner) did not work, the excursions listed on the interactive system had dates from a month before, the Daily Planner listed items that were flat-out wrong or did not exist, and there was little or no help from the excursion staff if you wanted to tour on your own. In addition, the excursion descriptions would mention food or drinks that turned out not to be, a partition door on our deck was broken and banged all night (they did repair it when we asked), and our safe batteries were dead when we entered the cabin. As for "drinks on us," a better name might be "Drinks on us, if you can find us." Bar service in the dining room was so slow that if you did not order immediately on sitting down, you might get your cocktail with desert. There is much confusion on board as to the charge for tips when you get free drinks. The consensus seemed to be that tipping would be addded, however, we did not get any such charge. On the fourth day of the cruise, our captain informed us that an unusually high number of gastrointestinal problems had been reported and that anybody with symptoms should visit the medical office for a free evaluation. In other words, norovirus! The fear of any cruiser. We realized at that point we were trapped. There was nothing to do but wash our hands every five minutes. We were lucky. Neither my wife or I got sick and we did not hear anymore about it. When we arrived back in Miami for debarkation, things went south. For some reason, we were told, US Customs was delaying our departure. Our assigned time of 9:00AM was off by about 90 minutes! Soon, the color-coded system meant nothing. Everyone was pushing and trying to make their flights or connections. Some may have missed them for sure. We only made our 12Noon flight (arrival is 7AM) by 10 minutes! We can not blame MSC if indeed the problem was caused by Immigration, but the staff quickly went into hiding and the "canned announcement" was repeated every fifteen to twenty minutes. "We are working to expedite the process, please be patient." We have no way of knowing what was really happening, but perhaps the drug bust in Mexico the month before and our stop in Columbia had something to do with it? We saw drug-sniffing dogs aboard in Miami, and we have never encountered that before. So, bottom line. The irritants I mentioned, taken individually, would never dissuade me from booking on MSC. But, when they all added together on one cruise, they weigh a lot more. We loved the interaction with Europeans, South Americans and travelers from all over the world.

Its the little things that count.

MSC Divina Cruise Review by LDEE

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
This was our second voyage on the Divina and our fourth MSC voyage so we knew what to expect. Unfortunately a number of minor issues, none of which would be a reason to forgo a trip, added up to a less-then-perfect cruise.

Let me expand. The bathroom lighting was poor, the cabin drawers are short, the captions on the TV ( a very small Samsung located in an awkward corner) did not work, the excursions listed on the interactive system had dates from a month before, the Daily Planner listed items that were flat-out wrong or did not exist, and there was little or no help from the excursion staff if you wanted to tour on your own.

In addition, the excursion descriptions would mention food or drinks that turned out not to be, a partition door on our deck was broken and banged all night (they did repair it when we asked), and our safe batteries were dead when we entered the cabin.

As for "drinks on us," a better name might be "Drinks on us, if you can find us." Bar service in the dining room was so slow that if you did not order immediately on sitting down, you might get your cocktail with desert. There is much confusion on board as to the charge for tips when you get free drinks. The consensus seemed to be that tipping would be addded, however, we did not get any such charge.

On the fourth day of the cruise, our captain informed us that an unusually high number of gastrointestinal problems had been reported and that anybody with symptoms should visit the medical office for a free evaluation. In other words, norovirus! The fear of any cruiser. We realized at that point we were trapped. There was nothing to do but wash our hands every five minutes. We were lucky. Neither my wife or I got sick and we did not hear anymore about it.

When we arrived back in Miami for debarkation, things went south. For some reason, we were told, US Customs was delaying our departure. Our assigned time of 9:00AM was off by about 90 minutes! Soon, the color-coded system meant nothing. Everyone was pushing and trying to make their flights or connections. Some may have missed them for sure. We only made our 12Noon flight (arrival is 7AM) by 10 minutes!

We can not blame MSC if indeed the problem was caused by Immigration, but the staff quickly went into hiding and the "canned announcement" was repeated every fifteen to twenty minutes. "We are working to expedite the process, please be patient."

We have no way of knowing what was really happening, but perhaps the drug bust in Mexico the month before and our stop in Columbia had something to do with it? We saw drug-sniffing dogs aboard in Miami, and we have never encountered that before.

So, bottom line. The irritants I mentioned, taken individually, would never dissuade me from booking on MSC. But, when they all added together on one cruise, they weigh a lot more.

We loved the interaction with Europeans, South Americans and travelers from all over the world.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom – Fantastica
Cabin B2 9021
A standard balcony cabin with a tiny bathroom. The huge mirror makes the room seem bigger and provides visions of yourself in the bed. TV is sub-standard compared to competing vessels. Please note, the Divina's design includes some balcony cabins that do not have glass railings. This restricts your vision from the cabin. Instead there is a solid metal portion to the level of the railing.
Cupido Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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