MSC Divina Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Surprisingly good after reading reviews

Review for the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on MSC Divina
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Premium Balcony
Traveled with children

The reviews had me very nervous about MSC Divina, but the naysayers were wrong. We had a very good experience on this ship and found the staff, food, and overall experience to be way above what others have said.

First, the most common complaints are about things beyond MSC’s control. The cruise line can’t control the rudeness of guests, nor can they control the way the Greek government runs the cable car, tender service, or number of ships in port on any given day in Santorini.

Embarkation at Civitavecchia was flawless! We’ve never had a better boarding experience. Lines to drop luggage were quick and efficient, and security continued opening lanes as the crowd grew. Although debarkation was still taking place at 10am, new passengers were onboard within minutes of MSC opening the desks. The ship was clean, and lunch was available in the buffet. Yes, it was busy, but isn’t every buffet on day one?

Cabin Review

Premium Balcony

We had an aft cabin with an absolutely huge balcony! (See photo below)

Port Reviews

Malta (Valletta)

We love Malta! We hired a driver, for our group of 6, and had an amazing day. We visited Mdina, the temple ruins at Hagar Kim, the Blue Grotto, and our driver took us to a store to buy local wine. Back in Valletta, we had fantastic food at Grana near the CoCathedral.

Santorini

Santorini is beautiful, but get up early to beat the crowds. We left Fira and headed to Oia first thing. There were about 50 tourists when we arrived, but there were thousands by the time we left. A cab took 5 of us up to Santo Wines for €40, and we had a beautiful wine tasting flight and tasting board. The views from there are gorgeous.

With 4 ships in port, it was disastrous trying to return to the tender dock. I’d recommend taking the city bus south to the boat dock and ferrying back from there to avoid the 10,000+ people trying to get to the cable car.

Syracuse

The birthplace of Archimedes, this is a lovely little city with something for everyone. There are historic sites, Greek and Roman architecture, a beautiful piazza near the Cathedral, and an amazing sea glass beach. Walk the off-the-beaten-path streets of lovely shops or the city wall. Siracusa also has its own Blue Grotto, and boats are available right at the city bridge.

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