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We sailed on MSC Divina because we got got a bargain and to entice us we were "matched" to the level on NCL/Carnival, we found the ship to be nicely designed, our cabin was comfortable and the amount of amenities and dinning was ... Read More
We sailed on MSC Divina because we got got a bargain and to entice us we were "matched" to the level on NCL/Carnival, we found the ship to be nicely designed, our cabin was comfortable and the amount of amenities and dinning was plentiful, we were hesitant because people's reviews had made it seem like there was too much pasta on the menus, we found the opposite, the food was very tasty and the selections was great, they still need to work out a few kinks, in the black crab restaurant ( where we were assigned ) we had to wait for our coffee to accompany our desserts, but it seems like every cruise line is cutting staff and you don't get quite the prompt service that we expect. The itinerary was wonderful too, going to shore and coming back into the ship was painless and we loved the fact that the ship stayed longer in ports than most cruises we have taken, that was nice surprised. Another pleasant surprise was the entertainment in the theater, we enjoyed all of the shows, they did an amazing job and would certainly would do another MSC Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our friend who is a regular cruiser has been saying for years we must go on a cruise, but it wasn’t something that particularly appealed to us. Anyway after watching lots of cruising TV show we warmed to the idea and booked MSC Divina ... Read More
Our friend who is a regular cruiser has been saying for years we must go on a cruise, but it wasn’t something that particularly appealed to us. Anyway after watching lots of cruising TV show we warmed to the idea and booked MSC Divina for our honeymoon, and are so glad we did! We absolutely loved it, even though it started off with bad weather - we love the sun, and normally if the first couple of days of a holiday have bad weather it sets the tone for the rest of the time away, but I spite of that we still loved it. Whilst we don’t have any other cruises to compare it to, what it has done is made us want to book again, so we must have enjoyed it. I don’t like to think of us as hard to please or very demanding, and on the whole we enjoyed everything about it. We had an issue with priority boarding in that we awerent give it, even thought it came as part of our package - got it sorted out but wasted maybe 45 minutes waiting around in the terminal. The staff there were either very good or very bad, but I don’t think that is something MSC can control. As first timers I think maybe they could explain things a bit better, such as getting in and off the ship. We felt a little lost at times, but are perfectly capable of figuring things out - I question whether maybe some passengers would just get on with it and figure things out like we did, so perhaps a little work is need there, Regarding food, this seems to be one of the main areas where there is criticism and I understand this, it wasn’t the best. For us, it was fine. Food isn’t really a huge issue fo is, as long as we can get something to eat. I would say it was probably average, selection wasn’t always great wherever you had dinner and not always as hot as it could be, but equally was too hot at other times. Definitely an area for improvement, but by no means a deal breaker for me. All said, it was a fabulous experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go on Divina again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The price was unbeatable as a "last minute". We dined every night with the same people and luckily we loved them all and had some great conversations as well as a lot of fun. Ordering breakfast in the dining room was a crap ... Read More
The price was unbeatable as a "last minute". We dined every night with the same people and luckily we loved them all and had some great conversations as well as a lot of fun. Ordering breakfast in the dining room was a crap shoot ... order what you want and get what they give you so be a flexible breakfast eater. The food was OK but not fabulous. The entertainment on the other hand was truly fabulous and every night was like going to an off Broadway event. We tendered once out of 4 stops and I don't tender so that was a plus for me. The balcony room was great....13125 was a super convenient location and the beds were nicely prepared to make you comfortable. The ship itself is HUGE and beautiful. It has literally thousands of mirrors and "Glitz" is the operative word for this ship. They had two formal nights, one white night and one Halloween night (which was an absolute fun night) The ship was all decorated for Halloween and dressing up for the best costume contest is highly encouraged. Not everything was perfect but the imperfections were fairly minor ....it's all in your attitude so go with a good one and have fun !! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I had read about this cruise liner and wanted to experience it for myself. The MSC Divina is truly a beautiful ship and the Atrium is the most beautiful one I've ever seen. Very nice ship to walk around in and experience. The ... Read More
I had read about this cruise liner and wanted to experience it for myself. The MSC Divina is truly a beautiful ship and the Atrium is the most beautiful one I've ever seen. Very nice ship to walk around in and experience. The lounges aboard the ship are truly beautiful and the Dinners were excellent. My only complaint is that the boat is so huge and it holds so many people, there tends to be crowds in the mornings and afternoons at the food areas and somewhat hard to find a table at times. Also, the two pools is somewhat small to handle to many people that you really need to wait at times to get in to enjoy it. Overall, the ship is beautiful and definitely worth taking, you will enjoy yourself very much. I would give this Cruise ship a solid B/B+ and would maybe cruise it again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was the first cruise for my husband and I. We are both in our 40's. We traveled with friends of ours who had cruised on this ship previously. I had read a lot of reviews before starting this trip, and it was quite a mixed bag, so ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my husband and I. We are both in our 40's. We traveled with friends of ours who had cruised on this ship previously. I had read a lot of reviews before starting this trip, and it was quite a mixed bag, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was pretty much prepared for anything. Overall, I would say it couldn't have turned out much better!!! Embarkation went fairly smoothly, although we had a different experience than most of the passengers since we were traveling with a disabled friend. This helped us avoid the lines, but also kept us from taking embarkation photos, which might have been nice to have as a memory of our journey. The ship was truly amazing. The decor was gorgeous, and throughout the cruise, the staff worked to keep everything clean so you could enjoy your time there. The Divina is really large, so it was a bit daunting for a first-timer, but with the help of the maps and wandering around quite a bit, it became fairly easy to navigate and get to where you wanted to be. Our interior cabin, 9175, was decently sized, clean, and in great condition. The food on the Divina was good, for the most part. The buffet allowed us to try many things, and I was really only disappointed in one. The desserts were great. The food doesn't vary a lot throughout the week, but with so many option to choose from, there's no need to eat the same thing each day if you don't want. Our dining room was The Black Crab. We were supposed to get early seating, but ended up with the late seating instead. I think this worked out better for us in the end, as we didn't have to rush from dinner to get to the show, so we could get decent seats. I will say that service in the Black Crab was pretty slow, but that's probably to be expected when you have to serve so many people all at once. Our servers, Brendo and Magdalena, did their best to make sure we had bread and water, and to try to hurry things up when they could. Sometimes there was some confusion, but it always got worked out. The food in the Black Crab was better than the buffet. The portions the first night were larger than we were expecting, but the other two nights we ate there, portions were much smaller. We also dined at the Sports Bar, where we found the food to be quite delicious. It got busier there as the week progressed, so get there early to really enjoy it. I truly enjoyed the shows put on by the Divina each evening. Like many people have said, the shows are somewhat similar in nature, as if there is a formula they have to follow. There's dancing, singing, acrobats, and a bit of humor. With cruisers from all over the world, perhaps this is the best solution. The dancers were all amazing, and I loved the different acrobatic acts immensely. I also enjoyed the different activities that went on throughout the week on the ship.The staff always seemed very high-energy and upbeat from early in the morning, to very late at night. Sasha especially was very friendly to us and always made us feel like we were family. We got to enjoy most of the dances at night. They had various venues around the ship so you could do the kind of dancing you wanted. No matter where we went, people were having a good time. I especially enjoyed the 70's party, where many people dressed for the occasion, and the white party, where everyone joined in on the fun and stayed up late partying. The pools and hottubs on the ship were nice, though we found it was best to go early, especially if you want a chair. At the infinity pool, a pipe broke the last day and we were unable to use it, so if you really want to experience something on the ship, don't put it off till the end, or you may not have the chance. I'm glad I did earlier in the week. The slide is fun, as well, even though there were mostly children using it. We did not book any excursions, and decided to just do our own thing on each island. In the Bahamas we took a taxi tour with a woman named Sharon. She did a great job telling us about the island and its people, and was very friendly. We drove around in less-well-to-do areas for part of the tour, so it was interesting seeing how some of the Bahamian people lived..We went to Fort Charlotte, had a drink at a local bar, checked out the John Watling's distillery, went to Fort Fincastle and Queen's staircase, and finally some time at Atlantis. We didn't get a lot of time at any one place, so it was a bit rushed, but we got to see a lot. And we had time afterwards to wander around and check things out at our own pace. In Puerto Rico we just walked around Old Town.There were a lot of interesting things to see everywhere, and we didn't even get around to doing everything we wanted. We especially enjoyed our time at Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The grounds are fascinating, and the views can't be beat. Everything around that area was worth checking out. We had lunch at Sanse Tapas Bar, where the food was incredible. In St. Maarten/Martin we wandered around on the beach in Philipsburg and the shops for a bit, then took a local bus to Marigot on the French side. We had lunch at L'Arhawak restaurant, where the crepes were amazing, and a nice outdoor seating area. Then we hiked up the hill to Fort Louis. There's not a lot to the fort, but the views from there are probably some of the best on the island. If you are LGBTQ, they have a meeting near the beginning of your cruise, where you can meet some of your fellow cruisers. We found a couple of cool people to hang around with during our time on the ship, and sometimes off-ship as well. I unfortunately missed the Cruise Critic meeting on the Divina, as I confused the day. I wish they would have had it on the first sea day, as doing it on the first port day was a bit overwhelming for a first time cruiser. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. The weather was great, the people (both staff and passengers) were pretty friendly, and the ship lived up to its hype. Sure, there were a few little bumps here and there, but I was expecting that. I had never really been interested in crusing before, but after my experience with the Divina, there might be another cruise in my near future!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
MSC---Not ready for prime time. October 11, 2014 On October 4, 2014, we checked into what was supposed to be the exclusive "Yacht Club," a ship within a ship. Butlers escorted us from the street to a private room while waiting ... Read More
MSC---Not ready for prime time. October 11, 2014 On October 4, 2014, we checked into what was supposed to be the exclusive "Yacht Club," a ship within a ship. Butlers escorted us from the street to a private room while waiting to board the MSC Divina. What MSC did not inform us was the procedure upon arrival as to what to do and where. Consequently, we checked our baggage with the longshoreman, tipped him, only to be told that we needed to check our baggage directly with the "butlers." So, we retrieved our luggage from the man we had just tipped, now for nothing, drug our luggage to a white tent where it was taken over by the butler team. After a wait, we were taken up to our Yacht Club 2 level suite and settled in. We unpacked, fairly please with a two room accommodation, with a bathroom complete with a Jacuzzi tub and nice size. The view was great as it looked out over the bow of the ship. Where the ship was headed, we could see. As always, I was very tired from the plane trip as my back goes into a total uproar, and I laid down to sleep for an hour or so. As it got later in the afternoon, and closer to the mandatory lifeboat drill, we dressed in the bedroom, grabbed our life jackets and headed out. Once it was over, we returned to the suite and changed for dinner. As I walked barefoot to the bathroom, I stepped on the carpet outside the bathroom and had water envelope and cover my toes. The carpet was drenched. I called our "exclusive" concierge and was told someone would respond at once. When they did, we found out that MSC was already aware of the problem as it had occurred on the previous cruise. The sealant around the tub and shower and disintegrated, allowing water to flow freely out of the bathroom and onto the carpet. As I looked closer at the carpet, I could see salt stains from previous flooding and I counted three, plus the new one. While we were at dinner, they dry vac'd the water and set up this massive machine that blew wind around so strong, I'm surprised our full wall-sized glass that allowed us to look out at the world managed to stay in place. It was then that I smelled what was a putrid smell of wet carpet. It permeated everything. We should have never been put into this suite in the first place. The Ship's hotel department offered to move us to a downgraded suite, but due to a language problem, it was not made clear whether or not we would be refunded the difference between the second level suite and the one down from that. We stayed the night in the room. The next morning, the stench from the carpet was too much. After being told that we would have to vacate the suite for repairs to be made, I contacted the hotel department and told them that we'd take the one room suite that was no different than any other balcony cabin on any other ship. I began to pack only to be told that the butlers would take care of all of that. I watched as three men came in a began to pack our bags that had been unpacked the night before. I was told they would take care of everything and to follow the head butler to our new suite, the aforementioned ordinary balcony cabin. The baggage arrived, and we insisted on unpacking and placing things where we wanted them. When we had finished, we realized, we were missing clothes. I called and informed the Ship that not all of our clothes made it. Twenty minutes later, four more long sleeve shirts arrived from the previous suite on Deck 12 to our new deck, deck 15. As we looked the clothes over, we noticed that we were still missing one Brooks Brothers Tuxedo Shirt, valued at $129 when I purchased it, now selling for $135. We were also missing one pair of Tuxedo suspenders, valued at $35 off the rack. I informed them once again. This time, no one came up with anything. I gave them anther day to find the missing items, which they did not. I then informed the hotel department, that either the clothing had been stolen or lost. I met with the head of that department and was told that a search of my new cabin would have to be undertaken as part of the search. While uncomfortable with the idea, I readily agreed. Shortly thereafter, a knock on my door, revealed FIVE (5) security people, including a ship's officer, the head butler, and three suited security types complete with ear plugs. I was then questioned like a common criminal about the shirt and suspenders. What brand was the shirt, when did I see it, was it in the ships laundry, etc. One even got on his hands and knees and looked under our bed! All of our things were gone through by these paragons of security acuteness. I was then told the crew would be questioned, and other things. Let there be no mistake about it; as many searches as I've done as law enforcement, my cabin was treated as if it was being raided for drugs, and I was a smuggler. But surely this crack security team found my items.....eh, no. Not only did they not find my missing clothing items, no one ever got back to me about the results. I heard ZERO from MSC Divina. To this day, I do not know what they found out, who they talked to or what happened to my missing clothes. I do know that we were not compensated for being put into a suite that MSC knew was not fit for guests, the hassle of moving three decks, nor for the missing clothing valued at $164. Finally, there is NO excuse for the way I was treated by the security staff, none whatsoever. If they think that a man with a distinguished law enforcement career behind him would try and scam any ship over a tuxedo shirt and suspenders, they are deluded. Will I ever sail with MSC again? Hell no! I also do not recommend to my friends and readers that they book with them either.(I am a well published author of books, and translated in 5 languages) There are much finer cruise lines who know how to treat a guest, and unless given probable cause, that does not include treating said guest as if he were a drug smuggler! Oh, still searching for the refund of the difference between the two grades of cabins. Finally, I really wanted to like this ship and this cruise. They have a lot of good things going for them, such as the Yacht Club, butlers, free alcohol, etc. But all that was ruined by their treatment of me as an individual. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
MSC Divina Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 1.0 3.2
Service 4.0 3.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 5.0 3.7

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