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4 MSC Cruises MSC Divina Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

This ship was chosen to host the 15th annual Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise. I was looking forward to cruising with MSC and expected it to far surpass previous experiences on the Carnival ships. I was disappointed. The crew on the ... Read More
This ship was chosen to host the 15th annual Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise. I was looking forward to cruising with MSC and expected it to far surpass previous experiences on the Carnival ships. I was disappointed. The crew on the MSC seems to like saying NO more than they say YES and I found them to be non-customer service oriented. Bar service was extremely slow and the dining room staff was flat out rude more than once. Even the pool staff had no problem telling me I was 2 minutes too late to get a dry towel one day. Really? The cabin was fine, as was our cabin steward. The beds are not that comfortable, barely more than cots with a thin pad, but it was vacation and it was fine. The ship itself is beautiful, no complaints. We had one problem with an excursion in Martinique and discovered the MSC excursion staff onboard to be inflexible in our request to cancel a similar excursion in an upcoming port. They need to make sure their excursion descriptions are accurate. When I disembarked, I swore I would never cruise MSC again. However, in retrospect, I would change that to a "maybe". One of the biggest differences I noticed was that there is no assigned dining table or section of dining room, so you don't have the same waiters for the entire cruise. What this means is that those waiters are not getting tips at the end of the cruise, and tipping is "strongly discouraged", therefore they have little incentive to provide a great experience for the guests. And it shows. I might go on another MSC cruise just because I know what to expect now. Other cruisers on this trip did have some comments on the service level as well, so I know it was not just our experience or perception. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was my first cruise. We arrived at the port at 11:30 using Jiffy Jeff transportation. Well The terminal was packed as it was a partially chartered ship most of the group (claim 800 people) many of which were arriving together on ... Read More
This was my first cruise. We arrived at the port at 11:30 using Jiffy Jeff transportation. Well The terminal was packed as it was a partially chartered ship most of the group (claim 800 people) many of which were arriving together on multiple buses. We went into the terminal an saw a sign "boarding will be delayed". Come to find out the prior cruise was "Holy Ship" a chartered techno dance music cruise an they apparently had too much fun with multiple people being arrested, slight damage to the ships as they said but I didn't see anything wrong other than some TV's an framed pictures weren't level. Also they had to have a crane take down the stage they brought with them from the pool deck. We finally boarded around 1:45 an went straight up to the buffet on deck 14. Food was good the entire trip buffet and MDR. My only issue was portion sizes were smaller than expected. 10 small raviolis does not make an entrée but that's just my opinion. Meats were cooked well as were the fish pasta and PIZZA!!!. We were allowed into our cabins at 3:05 an dropped off our carry on bags then went to explore the rest of the ship. One thing many didn't like was the aft elevators only went to the Villa Rossa Restaurant and not the Black Crab on deck 6 which confused a majority of the older people who got very upset they had gone down then have to go back up an over an down again in another elevator. First two nights at dinner we watched people come in 10-20 min late because of it. Now as for dress code at dinner - Personally I found it a joke that my in-laws who have been on MSC before claimed EVERYONE dresses up. Well that sure was NOT the case for our cruise. many men did wear jackets but I'd say it was only 50-60% majority did like me dress shirt tie wth nice pants. The only people we saw turned away were a family who showed up at 6:55 when 1st dinner was 5:45 an expected to be seated. St. Thomas we docked at Havensight which was nice for shopping and had plenty of taxis available to get into town if you weren't willing to walk. It wasn't very hot maybe 70 at best when we first got off but was mid 70s by the time for all onboard. San Juan was much warmer and before we were let off they announced the pier would be shut down due to another ship coming right across from us at 11:45am so they could do all the ropes without passengers being in the way. Well the ship ended up coming closer to 12 an they shut down the pier for a good 30-45min maybe even an hour as they couldn't seem to get the ropes how they needed to be. If you are going to take the free trolley around town I suggest going to stop #14 across from the CVS right on the main road same side as the pier. Stop 1 was a madhouse but we got seats since we were on early due to boarding at 14. We skipped Great Stirrup Cay due to poor sea conditions the tenders weren't able to handle safely so we ended up with a 3rd sea day an the crew scrambled to get entertainment available. We ended up going extremely slow an sometimes stopped for a while since we couldn't go back to Miami early. As for entertainment the dancers, musicians and acrobats were all very good my only issue was the stage lighting. we usually sat towards the middle/ back (bottom of the steps) and the steps on the stage were too bright yet the rest of the lights on the performers were too dim you couldn't really see the detail in the costumes or their faces. (IMHO). Debarkation was smooth we had to go to the theater at 8:15 but we ended up being allowed off at 8. Inside the terminal it was like the airport with rows of conveyor belts all marked with colors of the tags. Small issue with some of the other passengers we had 2 colors as we were two different cabins yellow an pink. Well we had found the pink bags instantly an dragged them to the yellow area, many people were so rude thinking just because we had pink bags it was the pink section which it wasn't and clearly marked it wasn't. One guy threatened to fight an employee because nobody told them they were waiting in the wrong area. HELLO the big YELLOW board over the conveyor belt kinda gives the answer. We got our bags went down the short hallway quickly went through customs as we didn't purchase anything expensive an were out waiting for Jiffy Jeff within 30miin of getting off the boat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Was on the the Divina Cruise for a week and was disappointed. The embarkment took almost 2 hours. One of the people in my group was held in a holding area for 3 hours due to a problem with her identification she had. They made her wait ... Read More
Was on the the Divina Cruise for a week and was disappointed. The embarkment took almost 2 hours. One of the people in my group was held in a holding area for 3 hours due to a problem with her identification she had. They made her wait until they were able to get someone to approve her to board while everyone and workers had all left the check-in area and they finally let her board. We were later informed of law enforcement's were on the ship because they has problems from the previous cruise. We also had law enforcement's on come aboard on the 3rd day of the cruise. The food in the buffet was warm to cold and the dinners were mediocre at best. The waiters in the dining room most of them did not understand English and if you wanted to change something to the meal they did not understand enough to make the request. Our cabin was clean but I did hear some other cabins were not as good. Did not need to attend the entertainment onboard as we were with a very large group that provided their own entertainment in the lounges. Which who were not part of our group were able to enjoy the entertainment when they played poolside or late at night. The disembarkation went well enough we were the last group to leave the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I have a mixed review to be honest. I loved the ship and I had a great time but my frustrations grew more and more every day. I love going on cruises and this was my third one. The other two were on carnival. I figured this MSC cruise ... Read More
I have a mixed review to be honest. I loved the ship and I had a great time but my frustrations grew more and more every day. I love going on cruises and this was my third one. The other two were on carnival. I figured this MSC cruise would be much better but to be honest, it was not. I will most likely take an MSC Cruise again as this was only the second cruise in the Caribbean so they have some work to do and I took that into account. The staff honestly, does work very hard and they work daily and they do not get paid a lot. However the management seriously needs some work. They need to train the staff much better. Especially in the dining rooms and in the Buffet areas. The bartenders needs some serious training. It took forever to get drinks and honestly, the drinks were expensive and very week. We waited about a half hour for drinks. American's love to drink. So to start with the Buffet - there was no juices to drink besides water. So I decided that I would use a soda coupon and go get a soda however the bar in the buffet area was closed. So all you had was water. So I decided to go to the other bar outside the pool deck area. Well good luck with that, the line was enormous and you had to wait for thirty minutes for that to happen. The staff did not seem to be knowledgeable about much as well. My friend who came with me, thought he would actually gain a lot of weight from all the food but actually he said he lost weight as the food was not that good. I felt as though the food was good at times but not all the time. Late night, the food was limited. The entertainment staff was actually great. They have the most amazing shows and they really show appreciation to all the guest. I have never seen shows like this ever. I met one of the Entertainment staff individuals who I became friends with. I told him my experience on the ship and also told him that this is a new area for the ship so I know there are things that need some work and I would come back on the ship again in hopes to see progress and I am sure I will. I do see however that the management on the ship really does need to do some work. I was not impressed with the management. There was a huge difference between a Carnival Ship and the MSC Divina though. Our cabin staff member was very nice and did a really good job. He would always ask us when we wanted our room cleaned. He was there during the mornings and the evenings. Since we stay up very late, we chose the evenings. He did a great job. I will most likely go on a Carnival Cruise ship however before I go on this ship again. But who knows. I just do not want to take a chance on bad service again but will have to see. My friend who went with me, says he will never go on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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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