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31 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My boyfriend and I had never been on a cruise so didn't know where to start when booking. After some research we came across the MSC Seaside and were mostly attracted to the ship as it was brand new. For a couple who have never been on a ... Read More
My boyfriend and I had never been on a cruise so didn't know where to start when booking. After some research we came across the MSC Seaside and were mostly attracted to the ship as it was brand new. For a couple who have never been on a cruise and were slightly wary of cruising the idea of an old weathered ship smelling of stale cigarettes was not what we wanted. So the fact this was the ships third voyage sealed the deal for us. We went with the Aurea package with the whirlpool suite and unlimited drinks. Any couples traveling I would highly recommend this room and package. We were unsure when we booked as it seemed a little extravagant to pay the extra money for a hot tub. BUT, I would say it was the best decision we made, we used it every morning and evening at sunset, it worked with no problems, had underwater lighting, 2 types of pressure and perfect temperature. The hot tub is also situated in a way that gave us the most relaxing view of sunset and the ocean as the ship sailed away. Some nights we spent 2 hours in there! The hot tubs around the ship are usually full of 8-10 people to so to have your own private one really made a difference. Other perks of the package were the unlimited drinks and use of spa. There were no loop wholes with the drinks package as I thought there might be. it literally was unlimited any drink at any bar and restaurant through out the whole ship (except room service for alcoholic drinks) Food - we found the food to be very good, I over heard a lot of Americans complaining about the food (I am an American) I think this is because it is an Italian cruise line so the options were more Euro style which is my opinion is a lot more of a broader selection. No there were not options of endless fried and junk food but instead fresh cheese, ham, fruit pastries as well as all the usual cooked breakfast options, eggs, bacon, pancakes etc etc... Basically if you are looking to gorge of junk food for a week this is not the cruise line for you. The options were endless and certainly enough to please everyone, the quality in my opinion was great, nothing ever ran out, as soon as certain foods were running low a fresh batch would appear. I have read reviews from the first cruise from italy and how bad the food was, I think this must have been resolved before we cruised as there was no way the food could have been described as in anyway bad unless you are reviewing for the New York Times ;) The Korean BBQ restaurant was our favorite, and the Butchers cut. I did not enjoy the seafood restaurant because of course being on a cruise the shell fish has to be frozen, so the crab i ordered had been de-frosted and was soggy. The fish was good but I would always avoid any shell fish on a cruise. Spa was brilliant, 8 different rooms, snow room was spectacular. We had a couples massage booked in with our package which was very good. Didnt use the swimming pools much as they were too cold, the adult only pool is a nice touch as the other pools were over run by children. Gym was very well equiped had more than my gym at home, and not too crowded. My boyfriend got a very good hair cut in the barbers for a good price. Arcade was fun but you have to pay additional which I dont think is correct, this should be included in the package, it doesnt cost the ship any extra to operate a bowling alley or 5D cinema so no reason to charge more, its just a money making scheme which seems harsh considering the amount cruisers have already paid. Seaview lounge was our favorite bar to have afternoon drinks, not too crowded always served quickly and good views of the oceans. Bar and food wise there are more than enough options and neither one was ever too busy even at the peak time we sailed. Staff we all very pleasant and quick with service, especially our dining staff. The only bad service we encountered was the MSC representative at Fort Lauderdale airport, she was actually very rude to us, would not help us we actually ended up getting the address for the port from a Royal Carribean worker, so that was not a great intro to our trip. There also seemed to be a lot of staff lingering around who couldnt actually answer questions, it was a lot of 'you need to go there' or you need to ask this person. The feeling of being passed on to someone else with no resolution seemed too frequent. Room service was very bad too, phones rarely were answered and when they were things either didnt arrive or came 1hr plus late. One evening we wanted to stay in the room and order room service for dinner, after trying to call for over an hour with no response we gave up and went to a buffet. Once someone did answer I asked why it took me 10 attempts to get though and they said it was very busy and they only had 4 phones. Not really a good enough excuse for a boat that holds 4000+ passengers, solution - get more phones - have lingering staff to answer them. Cleaning of the room was very good, always done on time and cleaned twice a day. Entertainment wasn't a big concern for us as we arent big show watchers, The 2 shows we did see were good. only 30 minutes which is the perfect amount of time, some of the dancers were of a very high standard, females I thought a lot stronger than males. Bingo was a lot of fun we played 3 times, I think they should have done more bingo as it seemed to be a big hit. There were always enough parties and things going on in the evening for a young couple no problems there. We stopped in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Bahamas. We only booked one tour which was the Bob Marley tour in Jamaica, well worth it if you are a Bob Marley fan. Cozumel was the least favorite of our stops, Bahamas was beautiful. Weather wasnt great that week but if it is and you dont want to do an excusion just google the nearest best beach and jump in a taxi from the port. Its worth getting out for a couple of hours. Except Cozumel, unless you have booked an excusion you're best staying on the boat as there is nothing to see there. We got a taxi to a beach and it was full with other cruisers, over prices bad food and drink. Your better to stay on the boat and save the money, there is nothing to experice there. In summary, going into this experience somewhat wary of what a cruise entails we were pleasantly surprised. The mix of nationalities on the boat for us was a real plus, it showed people had flew in from all around the world for this ship. The ship was by far the most impressive we saw on all of our port stops and was very much in envy of the passengers travelling with other cruise lines! If you unsure of weather to book this from previous bad reviews, from what I saw any initial faults were fixed and we had a perfect sailing with very minimal problems, I would definitely sail on the seaside again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
What a wonderful cruise visiting Reunion and Mauritius Island. It was relaxing, fun and entertaining in the sun. This was a cruise that we will remember for the tasty food and dinner served by our friendly Joseph and his assistant ... Read More
What a wonderful cruise visiting Reunion and Mauritius Island. It was relaxing, fun and entertaining in the sun. This was a cruise that we will remember for the tasty food and dinner served by our friendly Joseph and his assistant Ashley. The bingo boys kept us entertained during the day and the shows at night was brilliant. Such hard work to achieve and keep those standards Our cabin attendant also made great efforts to ensure our cabin is clean. We also had a "behind the scenes" tour of the ship. It was good to see the detail of care they take for each meal. We also had two full body massages on this trip which made us relax even more . Having a balcony cabin made the 11 day trip great. We had lovely sunsets from the balcony Thank you Stephen Cloete, our cruise director for a great and memorable cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I have been on various cruises , Caribbean and Europe.the last one on Msc musica . Three quarters of an hour check in , easy transition, double Bacardi and up to see our balcony rooms . Fantastic , clean , large and spacious. Explore the ... Read More
I have been on various cruises , Caribbean and Europe.the last one on Msc musica . Three quarters of an hour check in , easy transition, double Bacardi and up to see our balcony rooms . Fantastic , clean , large and spacious. Explore the ship. Watch YouTube videos then double how good it is . The staff, the bars , the entertainment day and night and the food is just fantastic, remember I've been on other cruise lines and the last one in Dubai was good ,but this was brilliant. I can't say the buffet wasn't busy, but still easy to get your food, and if you can't get something you love ,you are not hungry ! The evening meal was just fantastic , great service ,steaks and lobster , the choice just incredible. Hers a tip , choose second sittings , get dolled up,go to the first show at 7pm in the massive theatre for great shows and entertainment , have a drink after listening to a live guitarist or singer , get another drink , then sit and enjoy a fantastic meal, go to another entertainment venue such as the black and white club , fantastic live music , then have a few more drinks !!, then either the nightclub or late night pizza , forest incredible pizza or burgers , or just about anything !!, then bed !!!, the excursions are very expensive , didn't fall for that !, truly , I'm quite a critic, I just couldn't fault the overall experience , Tim Seaton, family of four , from England Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
It was our 5th cruise on Divina (7th with MSC). Previous Captain of Divina along with First Officers and managers were moved to Seaside and it was a really good change. The new management makes much-much better work than the previous - ... Read More
It was our 5th cruise on Divina (7th with MSC). Previous Captain of Divina along with First Officers and managers were moved to Seaside and it was a really good change. The new management makes much-much better work than the previous - even though we have not had any problem with the "old" team neither. During our previous 4 cruise on Divina, we had to watch exactly the same shows every year, so now we expected something new, especially due to the extended length of the cruise. The entertainment still the weakest point of Divina. We had exactly the same shows on a 12 days cruise like we had had on the 7 days cruises before. The "Queen" tribute concert was the worst. Most of people left the show after 15-20 minutes. The ship is still in good condition overall, but it has more sign of her age than she had in last year. Day activities were great and funny, excursions were perfect. I prefer European and various food instead of typical American food (hamburger, hot dog, steak and sugar with extra sugar), so we were happy with the food as well. People usually complaining due to the high prices in the photoshop on board, which is basically true ($22,90 for the small photos, $32,90 for the large photos), but if you buy an Ultimate Photo Package before the cruise, the price is only $100 for 100 photos, which is a great offer. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
My wife and I took a Cruise at MSC Musica. RIo-Buenos Aires-Rio. After purchasing the tickets, directly with MSC, we received, on the eve of the trip, an email confirming a cabin with a balcony. We were very happy because we bought the ... Read More
My wife and I took a Cruise at MSC Musica. RIo-Buenos Aires-Rio. After purchasing the tickets, directly with MSC, we received, on the eve of the trip, an email confirming a cabin with a balcony. We were very happy because we bought the Bingo rate and knew we could go to internal or external cabin with balcony. Confirmed that it was external, with balcony, we rejoice even more. On the day of the checkin, they confirmed our cabin and we dispatched the bag. Arriving in the cabin, our bag was already there and even the beverages tickets that had been bought, were on the bed, waiting for us. The chamberlain introduced himself, "ticked" our name on the passenger list under his responsibility and put himself at our disposal. The journey began in the best possible way. My wife loved the cabin, took pictures, sent them to friends, etc. After about an hour we were there, I decided to take a shower. When I went out of the shower, naked, the door of the cabin opens and another couple enters !! I pulled the towel over to cover myself, but it was extremely embarrassing. The couple, it was not their fault. MSC gave them another card with the same number of our cabin! Very embarrassed, I put my clothes on and went down to reception to try to solve the problem. The man at the front desk said that I would have to leave the cabin for this couple to use and they will send me to an internal cabin. I answered that no, I had received that cabin, the checkin had confirmed that cabin and that my things were waiting for me in that cabin (suitcase and beverage tickets) We even had already taken all the clothes and kept them in the closet. Also, I confirmed with this couple that their ticket was also promotional. So, why they would get us out of there ??? The receptionist said that he could not do anything and that I was supposed to go upstairs, pack my things and that someone would come there to help me with my bags and tell us where we were going. I went back, embarrassed, My wife was very upset and we started to pack things back. We waited for an hour in the cabin.Nothing. I went down again with the same gentleman and he asked me: Why do you not changed yet? I lost my temper: I said: you told me to wait. I do not know which cabin you will send me. even if I knew, would I open the door with my finger? Where's the card? He then took the card and gave it to me. Needless to say, we had to carry the bags ourselves. Arriving in the inner cabin, my wife almost cried. Suffocating. She went totake a shower. It only had cold water. Can you imagine the disappointment ??? We called the maintenance service. The guy went there after a while and said that he needed to change the register that opened the water, but that he did something that we would be able to use for a while, until he fix it later. In fact, the hot water worked. But it was closing after a few time and we had to constantly regulate. All of these situations have spoiled our whole experience on the ship. On the second day, at night, they left a champagne in our cabin, apologizing. Later, around midnight, we were informed that there was an external cabin availiable. I decided to move in the same night, because the internal cabin was very bad. We packaged everything and by one o'clock AM, we were in our new cabin. Tired, but at least we got a decent shower. I felt really embarrassedin froint a couple of strangers and MSC ignored our suffering. The ship's reception staff is insensitive and does not seem to care for the guests. Oh ... I forgot to mention one detail: On the first day, I called the MSC number where I had bought the ticket and they advised me to talk to someone from the guest relation in the ship. I went to the front desk and asked to speak to her. I was told that she was not available and that if I wanted to, I could schedule a meeting with her the other day, at 10 o'clock AM. But it would not help me, because she coulddo nothing. Even so, I scheduled the meeting. The other day at 10 AM, what happened? She was not there and could not receive me. I reiterate that in the purchase of the fare, I knew that the cabin would be allocated by lot. But after the confirmation by email, checkin, after we are using the cabin, to be surprised by other guests, in a delicate situation, It was terrible! We could not have been "ripped" out of our cabin like that. It was a monumental MSC mistake that, I repeat, embarrassed me and spoiled our experience on board. They tried to solve it later, but it was little, in comparisson to what we went through. I would not recommend this cruise because of the lack of organization, the insensitivity of the attendants on the ship and for the embarassement I was exposed. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We flew to Durban a day before the departure so that we have ample time in the morning and also to avoid flight delays. The cruise staff at the port were very friendly and helpful. There are clear marks and demarcations at the port making ... Read More
We flew to Durban a day before the departure so that we have ample time in the morning and also to avoid flight delays. The cruise staff at the port were very friendly and helpful. There are clear marks and demarcations at the port making it east to check in until one is done with the immigration clearance. The ship embarkation was delayed but it was very smooth as i couldn't feel because i was resting in the comfortable cabin. The food was good even though same things in the buffet menu everyday. Our table at the restaurant was attended by lovely and friendly waiter called Eddy and Suranam. I loved the 24hrs pizza station. The cabins were kept clean by the cabin attendants at all times utmost three times a day. The activities were good and exciting, the entertainment crew was always creating good mood and vibes. unfortunately we couldnt do the Pomene island due to bad weather conditions. The Portuguese island came on tops mainly because we had to eat something different. I traveled with my wife and we have found ourselves a new hobby Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Somewhere I had this fantasy that “MSC” in the cruise line meant “Mediterranean Shipping Company”, and referred to the second largest container shipping firm in the world. I now find out this is fake news: ... Read More
Somewhere I had this fantasy that “MSC” in the cruise line meant “Mediterranean Shipping Company”, and referred to the second largest container shipping firm in the world. I now find out this is fake news: “MSC” really stands for “Most Stressful Cruiseline”. I will put the review into two sections: For those that want the quick rundown, I will give an overview, for those that want to see the dirty details, it will follow. Overview: When MSC started entering the US market with their Caribbean cruises out of Miami, the Divina was billed as a beautiful ship, but services were not up to par. Now the industry considers the line to be able to compete in American markets, and services supposedly have much improved. There is no way for me to compare what services were like before the said “improvements” took place, but overall, while the ship is beautiful, the level of service on many fronts is simply unacceptable, and unless there are significant changes we have no interest of taking this line again. The fundamental problems come in two flavors: A bad attitude towards the traveler from many (not all) crew, and plain incompetence. We were guests in one of the largest suites on the Divina, being members of the supposed high-quality Yacht Club. But even in this supposedly higher level of service, the ship was always right until proven wrong, and when proven wrong, admission came grudgingly and without a real apology. This is not a hospitable environment. MSC knows something is wrong, they have this SMILE poster campaign. S = Smile and Greet. M = Make the Difference. I = Involve yourself. L = Lead by Example. E = Enhance Guest Experience. Other poster campaigns involve taking ownership of problems and solving them. Alas, these posters are evidence of not that things are changing at MSC, but how bad they really are, because overall NONE of this is happening. From petty arguments with waiters to gross mismanagement in excursion packages, MSC needs to do a lot of improving, and the Yacht Club has a lot of work cut out for itself before it can compete with premiums such as Celebrity and Oceania. The ship may be beautiful, but no number of Swarovski chrystals in the grand steps will make the current version of Baguette on board have real taste or a real crust. The Details (long!): I will start with a short snippet of a story. We are having breakfast in the Top Sail Lounge of the Yacht Club. It is buffet style. I am at the place where you pick out your cereals. There are two containers of milk: Whole and “Semi-Skimmed” (probably 2%). Then there is a sign next to these milk containers: “ON REQUEST Skimmed Milk, soy milk, rice milk”. I asked our waiter for skimmed milk. He points to this table and says: “it is right over there on that table.” I say “no, it isn’t, it says there it is on request.” He says “no, it is right there”. I go up to the table, gesture him over and show him the sign. He gets quiet. Later he comes by our table with a glass of milk and states “the sign is wrong. The milk is mislabeled. It is skimmed milk.” And he hands us what clearly looks like the 2%. Every day after that I still notice the same containers of milk, and the same sigs. I even photographed them on two different days. With MSC, on an argument like this the cruise line always wins, the problem is not acknowledged, it can even be thrown back into the guest’s face. Our first full day of the cruise was at sea, heading to Ocho Rios. We had booked our excursions a month ahead of time, and in Jamaica were really excited to see Nine Mile, Bob Marley’s home and burial place. We were supposed to receive tickets for the excursion the night before, we did not, so I assumed the concierge held them, and on the assigned time I presented myself at the Concierge. (I will try to keep identities of staff completely anonymous, I will now introduce Concierge A followed by Concierge B). Concierge A assured me we had no booking for this excursion, and there were no tickets. I argued that we had booked this a month ago, the concierge argued we must have asked our travel agent to book it, and the agent missed it. I replied that no, we booked it directly through the MSC web site. The Concierge said simply no, we did not, since there is no record. I said “wait, I will get a copy of the voucher.” I ran downstairs, went to my laptop, opened up the first ticket we were issued by MSC (a .pdf file), and snapped a photo of the voucher on the screen with my smartphone. I go up and present my case. “OK, that is a voucher. You are correct. But the tour is sold out, and you don’t have a ticket, so therefore you can’t go.” At this point I am fuming. The error is obviously on MSC’s part, and I cannot get them to (a) take ownership, and (b) solve it, and this is the famed Yacht Club service I am supposed to receive. Concierge A seems totally overwhelmed by the entire excursion organization process, I wonder if Concierge A is the right person for this job. Concierge A even is getting snappy with other colleagues. In the meantime I find out ALL of our excursions were cancelled, even though we had paid for them. We arrange our own tour for a lot more dough, find a taxi driver who takes us on a nearly two-hour drive over the mountains and gets us to Nine Mile. About 15 minutes after we arrive, the tour from MSC arrives. We make sure we get back a little earlier, since we know if we end up late the ship will not wait for us. After the excursion I go back to the Concierge. This time there is Concierge B. And there is the cruise manager for the Yacht Club section. After a while, with a smile and some gaming around, I convince them that it is part of the Yacht Club service area to solve problems. Concierge B is pro-active, attentive, and finds the problem. He finds all of our reservations, which for some reason had been cancelled (we are still investigating this one). He re-books all the missed ones, and actually SOLVES the problem. At this point, however, I am miffed that it took such stress level and anxiety to get us there. And I also see what I have described at the first snippet with the skimmed milk: Until I proved I was right with the screenshot of the voucher on my laptop, no one was willing to lift a finger. The next quality of cruise issue came on Cozumel, where there were six ships at berth and Divina as the seventh ship could not berth. Despite fairly rough seas, passengers were tendered to shore. This operation took a long time as passengers had to be assisted to jump to the tender over choppy seas and often had to wait briefly for calmer waters. Many passengers, including us, were concerned that the tendering operation was extremely dangerous. Frankly, if Divina could not get a berth at Cozumel we thought she should have diverted to another port. We met a first time cruiser who asked us if this is how it is always done, because if it is, she’d never partake in another cruise, it was that scary. That evening the captain issues somewhat of an apology over the intercom, but I think the damage was done. Many complained. There was another day at sea between Cozumel and Nassau in the Bahamas. We took the “Behind the scenes” tour, which was going to show us the things passengers usually don’t see on a ship. I had taken this before on the Celebrity Summit, and it was truly interesting. We were taken to the bridge, and I learned how extensively the AIS (Automatic Identification System) is integrated with standard radar returns, similar to primary and secondary radar in aviation. I did not know, and found this very interesting and revealing. In the engine room I learned that the Summit had as main powerplant a turbine engine of the same type used on the Boeing 747, providing electricity to power the electric propulsion propeller pods. On MSC Divina we were told right away the bridge and engine room were of limits, due to “security”. Instead, the guests were subjected to a tour of the Yacht Club (basically a sales pitch), laundry facilities, and an extensive, overly prolonged tour of the kitchen. The main tour of the kitchen involved a highly enthusiastically and loudly yelling master chef whom nobody could understand because of his heavy accent. It was another sales pitch as to how great the kitchen was, and how special it was in trying to treat the guest’s needs. It got hot while he was talking, and some of us were dying to get out of there. When we finally were free, I told the guide supervising the tour that this chef was hard to understand, and that this section was too long. Other passengers agreed. He gave me a look of steel and stated coldly: “This is part of the program.” (MSC: Never again!) Our final stop was in Nassau. Our guide for group going to Atlantis, leading us from the port to the road transport, went so quickly through the crowds that at least forty of us lost track of her, and we were abandoned. The guide never came after us, never looked for us, never gave us any hint as where to meet. So after someone at the port realized what happened the port took us to a bus and drove us to Atlantis. We arrived at Atlantis after having lost an hour due to the confusion, we were told to “get out.” No one gave us any information about how to get around in Atlantis or what what our tour included. When asked about the return shuttle, we were told buses were going back to the Divina every half our until 3 pm. We showed up at 3 pm, there were no buses, so we became part of a group taxi we paid for going back to the ship. Concierge B was aware of the problem, and finally he got the excursion office to settle for a 10% discount on the tour. That covered our taxi fare but seemed inadequate compensation. Imagine you are at a hotel, checking out in the late afternoon. You realize your minibar bill has overstated your purchases. You drank one bottle of wine, and there were two on the bill. You tell the person at checkout, and they say “I am sorry, I do not have the authority to do anything about this, only accounting does, and they are in Northern Virginia, and are currently closed.” This about describes one of the fundamental problems with MSC: You have the SMILE campaign, but people are not really empowered to solve problems. The system seems authoritarian and bureaucratic. Or maybe even downright cynical, from the top management downward. On the last night, the cruise director was trying to be amusing, giving a short speech before about 900 passengers in the grand auditorium. I am paraphrasing part of what he said, and I do not have the statements in the right order, but here is how it went, with an accompanying powerpoint presentation: “I have been talking to passengers over the trip, and here is a collection of questions I have heard: Do these steps go up? Which elevator do I take to get to the front of the ship? Does the crew sleep on the ship? (No, they paddle to the ship every morning.) Does the ship make its own electricity? Is it salt or fresh water in the toilets? What time is the midnight buffet? Is this island completely surrounded by water? And a couple more. First of all, my wife and I were bothered that he was making fun of his own passengers. Second, he was not truthful. These were not questions he ever was asked by any MSC Divina cruise passenger. These questions were copied word for word from p. 242 of Brian David Bruns “Cruise Confidential’, published in 2008. The author states that he was asked those questions over the years. By proposed sections: Ship: Quite nice, quirky layout though. Cabin: Executive/Family suite not well integrated with Yacht Club real estate wise. Great suite though, great bathroom. Dining: La Muse has a beautiful view over the Garden Pool, where sun worshippers can look in at you while you are dining, and you can observe them while you are dining. (Not a good visual arrangement, I hear they did a better job on the new Seaside.) Food varied in quality, I already mentioned the baguette, this cruise ship needs better breads by far. Entertainment: Show absolutely boring after the first one, non-coherent and non-understandable singing combined with repetitive acrobatics. Gets boring the second, third, and fourth time around. Classical venues superb. Real musicians, real performers, quality work. If you like classical music, attend the recitals and performances, but skip the rest. Service: Dear passenger, whatever goes wrong, it is your fault. Ports and shore excursions: Be safe and relax, skip them all. Go into a hot tub. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise because we liked the look of the ship, and it was cost effective. We were very pleasantly surprised by the time we had! We had more fun than we have ever had on a cruise! The entertainment staff is AMAZING!! They ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we liked the look of the ship, and it was cost effective. We were very pleasantly surprised by the time we had! We had more fun than we have ever had on a cruise! The entertainment staff is AMAZING!! They are very engaging, and there is always something fun to do! The food on the buffet was good, the dining room was the only place that I would say needs some improvement. We have cruised on a few different lines, and I can say we have never had to wave down our table staff. When the food was good it was very good, stay away from the steaks. They cook them all super well done, YUK! But the prime rib!! That, was the best ever! A big spectacular show every night, dance parties every night, dance lessons, more activities that you could ask for! I appreciated not being bombarded by salespeople trying to cram the photos down our throats, but at $25 a sheet, they were very expensive, and no package specials to be had. Over all I would say that I am looking forward to my next MSC cruise!!! The Davina is a beautiful ship, and I can only imagine what the Seaside will be like! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great experience as it was our first time on a South African cruise. It was value for money except for the shore excursion. In future we will recommend people don't do excursions ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great experience as it was our first time on a South African cruise. It was value for money except for the shore excursion. In future we will recommend people don't do excursions as especially the turtle beach one, as it must be the season for them. We also missed lunch on the beach cause of delays to getting to our excursion, which was not great as we had nothing to eat or drink except for a bottle of water at the beginning of the excursion. It was disorganized and once we got on the boat to Inhaca Island we left on our own. Other than that, food, entertainment and the experience was really great. Looking forward to booking another cruise in the near future. Booking of hotels and shuttles where great prior to departure as it made things a lot easier. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I promised my wife to be something special, and although the Sinfonia made no special accommendation for honeymoon couples, it was still very romantic especially when we embarked with all to photos on deck and places on the ship. I only ... Read More
I promised my wife to be something special, and although the Sinfonia made no special accommendation for honeymoon couples, it was still very romantic especially when we embarked with all to photos on deck and places on the ship. I only wish they could accommodate the younger people better as the Pacha disco club only opens at 11 at night. Which makes it difficult as you do not always have the energy to stay up so late. Cabin was spacious and suite view was amazing. With a ship that big you can hardly feel the waves. Service on the ship was amazing as all the staff is friendly and hardworking. There is a lot to do if bored it is your own fault. Food is great and I really recommend dinning each night. Breakfast buffet has so many choices you hardly know what to eat. Shore excursions is great just make sure it is the correct fit. Read Less
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