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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
A Cruise trip is a dream come true for many of us, especially those from the Asian countries since they are not, exactly, economy. Apart from the cost of Cruise Trip, which can amount to $280 a day for a couple, you have to reach the ... Read More
A Cruise trip is a dream come true for many of us, especially those from the Asian countries since they are not, exactly, economy. Apart from the cost of Cruise Trip, which can amount to $280 a day for a couple, you have to reach the embarkation point of the Cruise on your own. Other costs include daily trips to shore for sightseeing as the ship docks on a new location every day. The total cost on a Mediterranean Cruise, for a couple, works out to: Cruise cost = $2000 (seven day trip) Cost of reaching the port of embarkation(France)= $ 1850 Daily trips to shore for sightseeing= $700 Taxi + last day shore stay = $ 150 Wifi + drinks on ship = $100 Tips on ship(compulsory) = $140 TOTAL about $ 5000 Cruise ships are floating cities offering you every kind of facility in the form of Drinks, Casinos, Stage Shows, Pools, Jacuzzis, Shopping and every other form of temptation imaginable. There is a bar at every corner with irresistible cocktails beckoning you to try them out. Our ship was huge, with a crew of 800, management claimed to be preparing almost 20,000 meals a day. The worst part is the food. The buffet halls are open 20 hours a day and every kind of fruits, salads, pizzas, breads, hundreds of type of dishes, sea food, puddings, cakes and anything else you can think of is on offer from around the globe. It is impossible not to give in to the temptation, however hard you may try. It is no brainer, therefore, that despite all precautions, all of us put on 2-3 Kg of weight within the first two days. All the food at buffet counters is on the house. Despite all these temptations, by day two we had realized that we needed the skills of a fox to survive in this jungle full of traps at every step and if I did not watch out I would be disembarking with none of my clothes fitting me. Obviously, some strategy was required to ensure one does not pay for unnecessary things and at the same time make full use of a host of facilities being offered in the package. So we worked out a routine to do all of above, and more, as follows: We got up at 6 AM, there being no arrangement for tea in the cabin, one was expected to go up to 14th floor buffet hall to get it, a prospect hard to follow early in the morning. So we brought two satchels of tea+ milk from the dining hall in the night, heated two cups of water in our room with a tiny rod that we always carry with us, and had a nice cuppa ready in a few minutes. (tea served in the entire western hemisphere is always lukewarm, perhaps they like it that way). Water bottles are available at €3, (even the first bottle in your room is charged), but you can always fill up the empty ones in the buffet hall. We got ready and headed for the gym located on top floor of the ship by 6.30 AM. Gym is located in the forward most portion of the ship and it gives a heady feeling watching the ship sail right from the front. Completed our cycling and treadmill routine by 7 AM and then we headed for the Jacuzzi hall located right outside, which opened at 7. At this time there are few people and these huge Jacuzzi pools, which can take up to 10 people each, at a wonderful temperature of 370C, were just what the doctor ordered. After half a hour in the Jacuzzi pools, we came out, fully charged, and headed for the Buffet Hall for a fresh fruit feast (Phalahar). Despite all temptations, refrain from eating anything else. Go back to your room for a bath and getting ready for the day’s excursion. Then head for the buffet hall again by 8.30 AM or thereabouts, depending on what time will your ship dock. Now is the time to enjoy your breakfast. Best take a round of the entire buffet hall before you choose, as there are 10-15 stations to choose from, and if you fill up from the first few ones, you will invariably regret it later on. Sadly, you will notice many of the travelers wasting a lot of food, but we don’t want to emulate that, do we? You would want to go for local sightseeing in whichever town the ship has docked. One way is to book an excursion organized by the ship. These have to be pre booked. These trips are expansive at around € 60 per person. They take you in buses and halt at one or two predetermined places only. The other way is to come out of the dock and look for a 4-6 seater taxi. This is a much better and cheaper option, if you are in a group. Sometimes you can’t walk out as the dock gate is far away or you are not allowed to walk. In such cases, the ship organizes ferry services to a convenient point (on payment, of course, at € 10-12 a pop). Then you can make use of Hop on-off buses available locally or again hire taxis to go around. Since you have to be back by around 4 PM, you will never get enough time for local sightseeing. The best option is to choose a couple of places to spend time on and take a drive through the rest (better to do your homework before starting on your cruise trip). After return to the ship, take a cup of tea at the buffet hall, take a shower and get ready by 7 PM and come over to the lobby bar for a drink(not cheap by our standards, a glass of beer costs around € 5+). Some of us, lucky ones, were provided with a coupon booklet which gave us a limited choice of free drinks. Do try some of the cocktails offered, they look enticing. The evening shows commence at 7.30 PM. They are performed by professionals and are a treat to watch. These shows finish by 8.15 PM and then you can come back to the Bar or go for Dinner. All the lobbies are full of stalls selling perfumes, watches and other knick knack imaginable. There is also a huge Casino on board, many times offering you free coupons to nudge you to get going. With nowhere else to go, it is not difficult to give in. All this can get pretty heady as all the décor around the lobbies is five star and beyond. This is especially true for those who have been exposed to such environment and luxury for the first time. For dinner you either go to the buffet hall or head for one of the fancy restaurants where you are pre allotted a seat for a sit down dinner at 9 PM. If you choose the fancy restaurant route, it will take more than an hour and a half before you can finish your dinner. Also, wine or water etc., will have to be paid for at these tables. Too bad if you don’t like the dish served to you. It is no brainer, therefore, that after the first day none of us went back to that table. I suspect that, except for some stuck up guys coming to dinner in formal clothes, striking business deals, no body went back there. Some days Captain of the ship, or his Deputy, must have been the only guy having his dinner there. Speaking of the Captain, we were invited to have our photograph taken with the captain, so we all decked up in formal clothes and landed up at the appointed place. I perceived that the Captain should feel honored to have his photograph taken with a person of my rank and standing, but that guy was even more stuck up than me and he hardly glanced at the guests and stood around looking at the sky with his female secretaries fussing over him. This looked somewhat akin to a coop full of hen, with a single bossy Cock. Imagine the temerity of these guys, they wanted me to pay for this photo! I rather thought it should have been the other way around. While on the ship, avoid the temptation to shop even if watches, perfumes etc. are available at a fake discount of 30%. Best time to socialize and make friends is over a drink around the pool after you return from the sightseeing or just before and after the stage shows. Be warned that there are huge queues everywhere, especially when you enter the ship or are leaving the ship in the morning. What is surprising is that there was always a big queue at the reception. You have to wait a long time to resolve a query or get to get a question answered. If it is deliberate, I couldn’t fathom the reason. They ask you to deposit € 250 at the beginning of the cruise on your card issued by them. This card is also used for exit or entry to the ship, our passports having been retained by them on arrival. All your expenses are done through this card and deducted from your deposit. Tips are also deducted every day at the rate of € 10 per person. Parting is always a painful process but the cruise organizers seem to have undergone special training to make it more so. We were to dock at 1 PM on the final day. They asked us to deposit our luggage by 11PM the previous night. This caused us immense discomfort. It is difficult to fathom the reasons for such a wise step. To top it all we were asked to assemble at 2.10 PM for disembarkation, we all reached the assembly point, waited till 3 PM and when nobody turned up, we all just walked out of the ship. It looked kind of weird. All in all you can have a fairly good time despite these minor hiccups. Language is a barrier on European tours, all announcements are made in, at least, four languages. Preferably, best to travel in a group, you don’t feel lost and it is cheaper as well. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was a themed cruise and had never been on or even heard of MSC before booking this cruise. To begin with the check-in was different. We had to use a machine onboard the ship for our credit card rather than giving it at the embarkation ... Read More
This was a themed cruise and had never been on or even heard of MSC before booking this cruise. To begin with the check-in was different. We had to use a machine onboard the ship for our credit card rather than giving it at the embarkation counter. Not a lot of direction was given at anytime during the cruise and I wondered how first time cruisers would do. It was a little confusing at times and things might not have been smooth all the time, but the staff worked very hard to make our weightwatchers cruise the best. It was a different environment then we were use to with other cruise lines. We have been on Carnival and NCL prior to this. MSC was definitely Italian in its feel. Not bad just different. We didn't really get into the ships activities as we were fully emerged in the weightwatchers program. Not sure if we would do this cruise line without being associated with the WW agenda. We did love the thermal spa package and the drink coupons!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I loved everything about the cruise with the exception of the announcements repeated in six different languages and most of the songs in the shows were in Italian. Another issue I had was the pool towels were in the room and I missed out ... Read More
I loved everything about the cruise with the exception of the announcements repeated in six different languages and most of the songs in the shows were in Italian. Another issue I had was the pool towels were in the room and I missed out going into the pool/hot tubs because I didn’t want to go back to the room just to get a towel. Yet another issue that was VERY strange was that they didn’t “link” your credit card to your ship pass and you had to go to the Cruise Card Activation Points to register your credit card. The embarkation was very smooth and didn’t take long once they let you into the building – we (myself and my sister) got to the pier early because the shuttle from our hotel only had one ride to the pier at 8:30 am. Once you were on the ship you were able to hit the buffet and walk around the ship. The food was exceptional – especially the pizza! I didn’t hear any announcements when our cabin was ready and only found the room was ready when I gave up pulling my carry-on luggage and I went to the storage area that holds the items until your room is ready – the attendant said I should go check my room to see if it was ready and it was ready. We were very fortunate to be seated at a 6 person table near the window – 2 of the group didn’t show up at the dinner all week. Unfortunately the table next to us had 7 people and when I asked if 2 of the 7 could sit with us I was told they have to keep the seats open in case the people assigned showed up for the early dinner. I think it was a bad situation on both the cruise line and the couple to leave those 2 seats unused when the other table was so full. Our wait staff was very entertaining. Our tablemates, Jane and Ruben, were exceptional to dine with all week. The ship is so beautiful and different from the other cruise lines I’ve been on. I loved the shiny crystal look on the stairs. We had a balcony stateroom that was amazing and the room steward kept the room very clean. We had a change in our Itinerary due to Hurricane Irma and we did the following excursions: Negril Beach Experience & Rick’s Café Cliff divers in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Reef & Wreck Snorkel in Grand Cayman, West Indies; Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Costa Maya, Mexico. Negril Beach Experience & Rick’s Café Cliff divers in Montego Bay, Jamaica – This was a very long bus ride to Negril Beach – the beach was so full of seaweed that we didn’t go near the water. We went to the Margaretville restaurant for lunch – food was good but the portion was very small and I was still hungry. Next was Rich’s Café to watch the divers – this was a waste as the wait for the person to go on the high dive was very long! Of course we had to make a stop in a souvenir shop for twenty minutes – again a waste of time! We got stuck in so much traffic that we got back to the boat 30 minutes late. There wasn’t any time to go to the Diamond Exchange for me to get my charm for the charm bracelet. Reef & Wreck Snorkel in Grand Cayman, West Indies – this was a great snorkel trip JC and Diana were very informative about the sites that we were going to snorkel at. I loved seeing the sunken Coast Guard boat and visiting the Cheeseburger site. Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Costa Maya, Mexico – This was one of the best snorkel trips I’ve been on – Michele was my group leader and she used my underwater camera to take awesome video and pictures. My sister went with the beginner’s group and said she loved her guide (can’t remember his name) and she stayed in the water for whole time – she usually only lasts about a couple of minutes before she doesn’t like the mask. We purchased the Thermal Cruise Pass for the week and loved going into the sauna and steam room – sure wished there was a hot tub in this Adults Only area. The shows were very nice with the exception of songs in Italian. We also did Bingo two times and had fun with the Bingo boys (every time a B number was called the Bingo boys came and did something funny). We also took the dance lesson to learn to dance to Thriller at the Halloween party – this was awesome and I had so much fun doing this dance. We also attended the Captain’s Welcome Back party as my sister had already taken this cruise in March of this year. Of course we attended the Cruise Critic’s party and it was the most impression party I’ve been on (I’ve done both NCL and RCL) – they had drinks, appetizers, a fabulous cake and I received a beautiful photo of the party. Getting off the ship was not as easy as getting on because we weren’t told where to get our RED 2 luggage – we stopped at the first conveyor belt and only saw purple tags and thought it was strange. Then somebody said that the RED 2 luggage was way down the end. In the meantime the line was very long to get through customs and we couldn’t find a porter to help us with our luggage. MSC needs to have more porters! Overall, I think MSC did a great job and would go back on a MSC cruise in the future! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose MSC cruises because the price for a 7-day cruise was inexpensive. This was my first cruise and I am pleased so say MSC was the cruise line that officially made me no longer a cruise virgin! The embarkation and disembarkation both ... Read More
I chose MSC cruises because the price for a 7-day cruise was inexpensive. This was my first cruise and I am pleased so say MSC was the cruise line that officially made me no longer a cruise virgin! The embarkation and disembarkation both were fine, had long lines but the process was easy. I can say that although the price was very affordable the service, attention to meet my needs and the others who traveled with me was phenomenal. The ship was decorated magnificently, our cabin was an average cabin compared to other cruise lines. We all asked for two single beds and all three rooms had to call to request the beds be separated. I really loved that we had clean ups twice a day. The entertainment was good, the evening shows got better each day. Some activities I actually attend occurred during other events so I did not get to participate. I also noticed that most parties or other adult entertainment was very late at 10:30 pm or later. On port days it made it difficult for me as I was tired from my fun day on the Island sight seeing, shopping, excursions or visiting local beaches. Each of the Ports of call I was impressed as it was so much to do and see. I felt it just was not enough time to actually get to see each place. The ports during this cruise were Cozumel, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Cayman Island. None of the places we traveled to was affected by any of the hurricanes, the locals said they had rain or nothing at all. The weather was great each day and it may have rained but it wasn't a wash out. I loved that when returning to the ship from port ice cold water and cold wash clothes were awaiting while we waited to be checked back on board. I did not see that on neighboring ships. The ship was beautifully decorated and no two areas looked the same, the ship was really clean and the food was good. Buffet always had fresh fruit some days it was sweet and other days it seemed as if they were trying not to spare any because the rind was attached to melon changing the taste. The food at the black Crab was good, the first day service was not to my standard as we felt as though we was being ignored, Jeyen improved and I to my disappointment most of us did not attend dinner the last nigh due to taking care of business in photo area or did not like the menu. I do regret not saying than you and good-bye. I was amazed when I received a birthday card signed by Captain Masso on disembarkation morning that was unexpected and put a smile on my face. I would sail on MSC Divina again but 1st want to get the new ship experience can't wait to sail on the MSC Seaside in 2019, if opportunity permits I will take two cruises next year one on Seaside and a birthday party on a Carnival ship! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We travelled as a party of x3 couples from the UK. We had all cruised before with different lines and we all went with an open mind to enjoy our Christmas and new year holiday cruise on the MSC Divina My wife and I and friends joined ... Read More
We travelled as a party of x3 couples from the UK. We had all cruised before with different lines and we all went with an open mind to enjoy our Christmas and new year holiday cruise on the MSC Divina My wife and I and friends joined the cruise at Miami. We were doing a back to back cruise over Xmas and new year Embarkation was relatively smooth and trouble free. The MSC Divina is a cashless ship where you have to transfer money from a credit card onto your cruise ship card. This is done via one of the various terminals dotted around the ship. This was an easy and painless process. We got on the ship about 2.30pm and went up to deck 14 to check out the buffet while our suitcases were being delivered to our cabin. The buffet was very busy as everybody who was boarding seemed to have the same idea. We found a table at the back of the ship. We briefly explored the ship and went on deck for for some sun. About 4.30pm we went to our cabin where our suitcases had duly been delivered. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10. The room was clean and in good order. We found the bed to be quite firm and low but it had sufficient space underneath to store the empty suitcases. The wardrobes and drawers while not being massive were just about sufficient to store all of our clothes. The balcony was a good size with x2 chairs and a table. Our cabin boy was great We were allocated a table for x6 in the Villa Rossa restaurant which was a little dissapointing as the other restaurant The Black Crab seemed a little more luxurious. The first nights meal in the Villa Rossa was a disaster. The kitchen seemd to be in melt down. The head waiter apologised profusely and promised the service would get better - Apart from one other night (again the first night of the second part of the cruise) the food was excellant. (TIP) The portions can be on the small side... if you are a big eater just order x2 portions. The waiting staff were great and tried really hard. By the third night they really understood what we wanted. If you hit breakfast buffet at the wrong time 08.30 to 9.30 be prepared for a scrum down. We ate in the Black crab restaurant for breakfast on a couple of mornings. If you are unlucky enough to want breakfast at the above busy times - it is best to eat in one of the restaurants or order room service. We ate in x2 of the pay restaurants; The Eataly restaurant did a great steak with good service - The Galaxy restaurant was not so good. There was x3 formal nights and various Black & White / Red, White & Green / 70's & 80s nights..... most people made an effort which was great. The shows were generally quite good - the Soul show and the Michael Jaskson shows were excellant entertainment. The deck parties on Xmas and New Years night were great! The entertainment around the ship during the day and night was a little dissapointing. I'm afraid the screeching hispanic sounding 'entetainment' lady on the mic was really not to our taste around the main pool area. It was all a bit old style Butlins We found the 'dancy' music at the rear of the ship much more relaxing by the pool on deck 15. Ana the waitress by this pool was really great! On sea days the decks around the pools got extremely busy and the 'hogging' of the sunbeds while not occupying was a little annoying. The Divina needs to observe its own rules and remove towels if they are not occupied within 45 mins We went in the casino most nights and was great fun. Would have been even better if they had a craps table. There was a great diversity of countries and languages on board. This was an eye opener and some of these countries I found to be really quite rude. The ship is truely beautiful with its swarovski staircases. The public areas were all tastely decorated and kept very clean. The MSC Divina stood out among all of the other ships when in port and was a shining example aesthetically to the others including the big Royal Caribbean ships which really looked a bit dowdy. Would I recommend it to others - for the price abso-bloody-lutely. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Annual MSC Cargo meeting. All areas where the meetings were held have been prepared very well. Restaurants were good, buffet restaurant excellent, with a good choice of meals and good taste. Pizza was really good (and a bit heavy). ... Read More
Annual MSC Cargo meeting. All areas where the meetings were held have been prepared very well. Restaurants were good, buffet restaurant excellent, with a good choice of meals and good taste. Pizza was really good (and a bit heavy). Room service very good, room service personnel excellent. Crew members and bar personnel very friendly, except the bar near the pool: baristas very slow and overwhelmed. SPA not as expected: I did a 55 minutes massage and it was done superficially and less than 55 minutes. I really liked the fitness area, the gym is fantastic and well equipped. I really disliked the swimming pools: too small and too crowded for a ship of 4,000 passengers. Prices for room bar are too high. Entertainment was poor for a cruise ship: I expected more involvement. This was my 2nd cruise. the 1st one was on MSC Musica in Mediterranean Sea which I appreciate the most. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I went on this cruise because it was with a group. The group portion was fantastic and will def do it again! The Divina is a beautiful ship and has many different style lounges & music. Some of the music groups were live as others ... Read More
I went on this cruise because it was with a group. The group portion was fantastic and will def do it again! The Divina is a beautiful ship and has many different style lounges & music. Some of the music groups were live as others played with a dvd and programmer. Problem with this is that it takes away the 'live-ness' of the room Prefer full live people. The Production Shows in the Theatre were fantastic! Always the best shows!! The Divina is a spotless ship! There is nothing ever out of order in the public areas. They keep this ship in excellent condition. Officers & Crew very friendly and always speak directly to you. Our stateroom was spotless and our attendant was friendly and did a grat job. The large buffet is your typical ship buffet. Has all the things you would want but hands down.... had the best pizza on any ship!!!! Over 660 pizzas per day! The food is fresh and they have daily specials. Crew was there to make sure tables and areas were kept clean. Had no problems there. FYI - I now like going to the dining room for lunch. It's quiet and air conditioned and it's nice having a server to handle it all. Dining Room on the Divina for dinner is a hit or miss. This has been a major issue for aa long time. The service is horrible which causes the food to be a problem. Things that are suppose to be hot come out cold and things that are suppose to be cold come our arm. I honestly believe (as many) that there are way too many tables and chairs! 2 top and ow 4 tops, 4 tops are now 6 tops, 6 tops are now 8 and the 10 tops are for 12. Waiters can't give the best because of this so it effects everything else. With that being said, once we got Matri D Gelu the head waiter Christian, the remaining 5 days were excellent and the food along with the service were fine. I guess you should ask when you get in the dining room for faster service. Yacht Club: AWESOME AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN TOP THIS! From the private curbside service to the private lounge, private pool and deck, private lunch buffet, private dining in The Muse, INCREDIBLE AND IMPECCABLE SERVICE! Overall, I really like the Divina, the Officers and its Crew! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
MCS Divina, This was a good cruise. I spent a good time with my family. The spa was excellent is a beautiful place and on of my favorite is PUTU, very professional. But during does days the security during the night was very poor. In the ... Read More
MCS Divina, This was a good cruise. I spent a good time with my family. The spa was excellent is a beautiful place and on of my favorite is PUTU, very professional. But during does days the security during the night was very poor. In the disco any age of kids go in. Minors were drinking and getting together with adults that were not part of their family. In the dinning room the supervisors were very strict the first day, I asked for an arrangement and they never made it for my family but during the week they change an were more friendly. The menu was good but not for all taste. In the food court the menu was delicious and for everybody. The bartenders were excellent , nice, with respect all the time and very friendly special in the casino and the pool bar. My cabin was nice and clean. The entertainments were good. The cruise is beautiful , clean, spectacular, and fancy. I enjoy my trip but cruise can do more to make for everybody an unforgettable experience. Some people made my vacation unforgettable they were Anthony Pereria, Agung Arjun Chris and the staff that work in the casino bar during the nights and the pool bar. MCS Divina This are beautiful people by proud of them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had never been to Bermuda and had never sailed with MSC before, so we thought it was a good way to discover a couple of new things. The Divina is a beautifully decored ship, with attentive and smiling crew. Dining was great as we got ... Read More
We had never been to Bermuda and had never sailed with MSC before, so we thought it was a good way to discover a couple of new things. The Divina is a beautifully decored ship, with attentive and smiling crew. Dining was great as we got to know our waiter (John) very well, and he and his assistant took very good care of us. As far as the Steakhouse specialty restaurant goes, it was our only disappointment on this cruise. Extremely slow service and mediocre food. The premium drink package is the best package we have seen yet on any cruise line. ALL drinks are included, including top shelf spirits, the entire contents of your stateroom mini-bar, specialty coffees and non-alcoholic drinks... at a per day price that matches other line's basic drink packages. One aspect that shone through was the quality of the main show each night in the theatre. MSC lets you know that their dancers and shows are the best in the business, and we wholeheartedly agree. The talent, quality of sets and score, and entertainment value is the best we've seen on any cruise ship. Bravo! The staff of the Divina are doing their best to make the ship more of what the North American market looks for, but they still have some work to do. You will find it odd when you enter any Men's restroom, and not a single urinal is to be found... only stalls. And not many of them! As well, garbage cans are a scarce item in any of the public areas, which can be inconvenient. The fare served at the buffet has a European influence for sure, but was very good. No hot food is available for room service either... that was a first! We would cruise with MSC again, however. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We, along with some of our friends, decided to try MSC. We are all seniors and have all sailed on several different cruise lines. We met some cruisers who really liked MSC and we got a really good deal on THe Divina and decided to give it ... Read More
We, along with some of our friends, decided to try MSC. We are all seniors and have all sailed on several different cruise lines. We met some cruisers who really liked MSC and we got a really good deal on THe Divina and decided to give it a try. We sailed in January to the Eastern Caribbean, We had stops at San Juan, St Marteen and NCLs private island. Embarkation: We drove to Miami and parked at Safe Cruise Parking. It was a fenced lot and their shuttle was prompt and they helped with all our luggage. I do not know who does MSC's Embarkation, but they should do all cruise line embarkation. No wait to get through security and no wait at the desks.Walked right on the ship. Were told that our rooms would be ready at 1:30pm, but our rear balcony room was ready when we got on at 1:00 pm. Room: Our rear facing balcony room was wonderful. Very large. Bed and a full size couch. Great bathroom. No shower curtain, but glass enclosure. No extra lotion. All soap etc in dispensers. Balcony was huge, probably 14 feet, but only two chairs. Got our room steward to add two. Found out later that if you called the front desk you could get a lounge added. TV no great shakes. Only complaint was the design of the closets. They were on the wall across from door to bathroom. Could be hard to use. The desk area had plenty of plugs, but would suggest an extension cord. Ship: The Divina is a beautiful ship. A little hard to get around, but very clean and a treat for the eyes. The biggest compliant we had was the deck space around the pools. MSC does not enforce the no saving chairs policy and on a sunny day it was impossible to find a chair. 4,000 people is too many for this ship. Food: Uneven is the best I can say. Some things were very good, others not so good. The buffet is huge and has the best salad bar I have ever seen. Other things just average. Make sure you go to the rear of the buffet, same food not as crowded. Pizza is OK, no fresh grilled hamburgers or hot dogs.The biggest surprise for me was that the pasta was just average. Often under or over cooked. You just need tp remember what you are paying for the cruise. One of the best things I had was am egg salad sandwich from room service. Service: Our room steward was great, but some of the other people did not have great service. Sometimes it is hard to communicate with them. But they want to please, Also, be aware that you have to have a room key in the slot to have electricity. That also turns on a light outside your cabin that tells the room steward you are in the room. They will not come in if the light is on. Dining room service was not good the first night. But we spoke to the head of the dining room and it improved markedly after that. Just make sure yo speak up! Front desk service was generally good. The personnel speak multiple languages, so if you are not being understood ask to speak to someone else. Entertainment: Among the best I have seen. The performers are very talented. More of a circus type show than you see on other ships. Multiple acts and singers and dancers, but all very good. They have a show every night and the showroom is wonderful. The singers and bands in the lounges are also very good. Passengers: Much more international than any other cruise line I have been on. We had 900 Armenians and over 1000 Germans on board. They do make announcements in 5 languages. Dress and manners are a bit different, but was not objectionable to us. Overall: Considering what we paid, it was good value for the money. Would I go again? Yes if the price and itinerary was right. Wish they sailed from Fort Lauderdale, but like I said they offer good value for the money. They really want to improve and are working hard to get better. I would discount some of the reviews that say this is the worst cruise experience ever. Nice ship, nice room, fantastic entertainment. That is a pretty good start.   Read Less
Sail Date January 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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