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MSC Divina Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1787 reviews
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Very different from other cruises

Review for MSC Divina to the Bahamas
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bkgrl21
2-5 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Jan 2020
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom

This was our first MSC cruise and the best way to put it is that it is very different. First of all, it's a good thing that they are able to incorporate multiple languages in every announcement. It really helps show that they are an "international" cruise. But it gets VERY long. As for entertainment, they introduced EVERYONE. I mean EVERYONE, from the wait staff all the way to the head chef. I fell asleep in the introduction TWICE and woke up clapping both times. The performers were definitely talented. They had very good vocal ranges and dances were good. As a native New Yorker, I have the "New York" syndrome; nothing compares to our Broadway. But it was still enjoyable.

Our cabin was good for the most part. We had a balcony room, 12078. It was a corner room so the balcony was a little bigger than most. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. No majo complaints. The bathroom had this stink that would not go away. Every time we would use the toilet, we would hold our breaths until we put the seat down and leave. The attendant told us it's because we didn't allow him to clean it. We had the "Do not disturb" sign for two nights. But even after he cleaned it, the smell was still there. It did not get better or worst throughout the trip. When we were leaving to go to Ocean Cay, that very stink is at the exit of the boat. You can smell it and OMG it was so strong and disgusting. Overall, we enjoyed our stateroom and would recommend it. It was quiet and near the front elevators.

Dining was definitely not up to par. We read reviews that MSC was understaffed and we totally saw that. You would always see people walking around going places but where are they going? Our server and waiter knew our names but that's about it. I'm used to interacting with them, listening to them talk about their hometowns. It's okay that we didn't bond over this trip but isn't that what cruise life about? It would take FOREVER to refill any drinks and water. Our dining experience was not the best. We opted for the first sitting which was 6 pm at the Black Crab. We come on time, sit down, and stare at an empty table. Sometimes there will be bread, sometimes not. It would take roughly 15 minutes later to take our order. Then another 45ish minute for the starter to come. Total dinner time every night would take over an hour and a half. We shouldn't complain because we overheard some people waiting for 2 hours and a half for dinner. Which is terrible especially if you have kids. The food was seriously not good. We sat at table 486 which was right next to the kitchen and our food would come out lukewarm. Maybe because they had to wait for everyone's dishes together? So we learned a trick on the last night. Order a second entree and that comes out HOT. The best meal we had was the LAST night. The Ocean Cay's burgers and hot dogs. They were HOT, crispy and JUICY. Omg, it was so fresh. The fries were crispy golden and SALTED. And Black Crab's short ribs (We had seconds). Best food on the WHOLE trip. So that added an extra star to this review. Otherwise, it would have been just 2 stars. It really was 2 stars for the overall experience.

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Our cabin was a corner balcony which was slightly larger than the others. It had a great view of the ship when leaving ports. The pillows and bed were very comfortable. The new design for the shower door is an excellent idea and more cruises should convert. One bad thing is when you want to hang wet bathing suits, you have to halfway close the door to pull the line in the shower. One weird thing was no towel animals ;(. But we understand that they are understaffed. Our attendant told us he had 20 rooms to take care of.

Port Reviews

Miami

Embarkation was the longest we have ever dealt with. Took us over 2 hours and a half to get onto the ship. We did the whole check-in online as well. They were forming lines every second for seniors with disabilities. It felt like we were just stuck in line forever.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

BEST food on the trip. Water was cold that day but beach was very nice. There was a good amount of chairs and umbrellas for everybody.

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