This was our 3rd winter in a row sailing on the Divina and 4th on MSC. In past reviews some folks were put off by "all of the foreigners on board" but they seem to be catering more so to Americans as the years progress At least this was our experience, this being the 3rd yr in a row on this ship out of Miami. There was Trivia 2X a day, in English, other than important safety type announcements, most others were only in English, only. tremendously There were 30% Americans on board, and with folks from Canada, UK, Australia and NZ, English was the predominant language. We met folks from Franck, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Greece and it seems like everyone knows at least a minimal amount of English. And I think it was Mark Twain who said "Travel is the enemy of ignorance" and it certainly didn't bother me that folks sitting at the next table were conversing in a language other than English. Anyway.....We only dined in the MDR for dinner, which we all thought was very, very good. Rack of lamb and Osso Buco were on the menu and folks at our table who were on an other line in Nov said those choices used to be offered, but on their Nov cruise, they no longer were. Buffet area offered just about every and any thing you could want, with one area being the daily specialties, usually a specific ethic offering. IE: Mexican, Chinese,etc. There was always a carving station with a different selection every day, several pasta dishes every day and the best pizza at sea, available most of day, not just lunch time. We had a balcony cabin which was pretty comparable to any balcony cabin we've had on any other ship/line. Evening shows were very good and kind of a cross between a Las Vegas Review and Cirque d' Soiel (sp). The MSC CC Meet and Greet is probably the nicest, ever. All the high ranking staff is there and mingles, passed h'ors douvres, a special cake, cocktails, and everyone gets a cy of the group photo. The thing we most enjoyed in the evenings was that there was a band playing music for dancing in at least 3 different lounges, simultaneously, as well as the disco after 11PM We've been on many many Caribbean cruises to date and we did not get off of the ship other than at thier new out island which is absolutely amazing. We were there from early AM to 11 PM. We docked, no tendering. Several dining venues, bars, shopping, Beautiful beaches (yes...plural) more than ample loungers, a light show in the evening. Loungers are complementary but if you want an umbrella, I think it was $12. There are "stands" everywhere between loungers for the umbrellas, so you pick one up and sit where ever you want. We had the beverage package and all beverages on the island were included, all food complementary. Boarding was a breeze, disembarking was as well as could be expected for 3500 pax. Now...the down side. Late sitting in the MDR is kind of late...8:30. Anytime dining is only offered for folks booked in the "Aurea" experience. You can book "fantastica" "bella" or "aurea" for us "common folk". Not to be confused with "Yacht Club", which is I think comparable to "Haven" on NCL. From comments I've seen if you want that kind of experience, "Yacht Club" is more bang for the buck than NCL's " Haven" Pool towels.....you get one per person in your cabin and there are no additional ones around the pools.. But speaking of pools, we REALLY enjoyed the back "adults only" pool on the stern. A large forward pool is under an atrium slding dome and the main central pool is where games and act ivies are held. All in al it was a great cruise and we WILL sail on MSC again! Next year they are having more ships out of Miami and one out of Tampa.
Comparable to any "standard" balcony cabin on any other ship/line
The largest, nicest out island we've ever been to. Beautiful beaches (yes..plural) nice dining, not just a picnic bar-b-que, plenty of loungers, shopping, kayaking, jet skiing, paddle boarding, sunset champagne cruise, light show in the evening (we're docked form 9AM to late evening. If there was a hotel there, I'd go and stay for a few days.I