MSC Divina Review

MSC Could Almost be Great with a Little Effort -

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on MSC Divina
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2023

Sailing MSC makes you realize how some other lines really get it right. And what it's like when done wrong. The itinerary decided this try, and my brother in law sailed this very ship March 2023 for a short jaunt to ensure it was a good choice. He had a great 5 day Caribbean cruise so we were excited to try MSC for the first time on a special Christmas cruise.

SUMMARY: I hope your family doesn't make the mistake we made booking MSC or MSC Divina. We did thorough research but it wasn't enough. Stick with what you know and like. We have traveled extensively overseas and thought a foreign clientele would add character. It added to chaos, anger, lack of harmony with fellow travelers, a level of rude I've never experienced on vacation before. It all came unglued when we tried to disembark and fights broke out. Everyone had enough. I would never go on another cruise again if this had been my first.

SHIP: The ship is pretty and it's clean. It is not designed to handle 4,100 passengers. With two dinner seatings and 1 half operating Lido deck, there just aren't enough areas. Everywhere you go it's crowded. Walking from dinner to the show is crowded. Anything at the Lido you better just get ready - it's going to be a crazy experience. Some cultures just don't mind reaching on top of you, rubbing up against you, breaking in line, running into you, or generally fighting to get the last piece of something you are trying to identify. The Atrium stairs are beautiful but everyone wants photos on them - even the ship photographers use them.

Cabin Review

Cabin was comfortable and very clean. The beds sleep firm. We brought our own pillows from home which was a good call. There is no sofa - just a small chair and you sit on a footstool at the desk. Full size tub in bathroom. 9th Deck - look out over lifeboats - can see ocean straight out but looking down only see lifeboats and promenade deck on 7. Cabins are very quiet. Other passengers smoke and we could smell it sometimes.

Port Reviews

Cartagena (Colombia)

Cartagena was a wonderful port for our group. It is a long walk from the ship to the port terminal, but the terminal is a tropical bird aviary! There is a nice, airconditioned gift shop with many items from Columbia, including a wide selection of emerald jewelry. The aviary is large with all kinds of tropical animals and hundreds of birds (free). There is a kiosk where you can exchange US dollars for Columbian pesos resonably. After passing through the animal displays, taxis and ubers are stationed. We couldn't get a taxi without a minimum of 4 passengers ($30 one way). So we got an Uber ($5) one way. We walked Getsemani for a few hours and returned to the ship. It's very hot.

Roatan

We docked at Mahogany Bay for the first time. It is well developed and you can have a good time if you just stay there (shops, beach area, restaurants, snorkeling, etc). We hired a cab for 2.5 hours and ate at a local restaurant. Roatan is beautiful but extreme proverty is everywhere as so much trash. Trash in the water, trash on the streets.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay is beautiful, well planned, well laid out, and has great amenities. 5 stars if there had been food. 11 hours on the island and the buffet was only open 12-2pm. Some food trucks (for a fee) were open but not many. Plenty to do and not crowded at all. Cute shops. Was one of our favorite stops.

Puerto Limon

Our second time to Puerto Limon, it is a poor fishing village. Take any kind of excursion because the surrounding areas are beautiful but this isn't a 'do it yourself' port at all. There is no real beach or attraction to see in this port. Book an excursion and travel safely to see some of the area.

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