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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We purchased the fantastica package directly from the MSc website. On that site it states you get 12 free drinks. We didn’t read the fine print wherever that was that says it’s only for earlier sailings. Not sure why it was still on ... Read More
We purchased the fantastica package directly from the MSc website. On that site it states you get 12 free drinks. We didn’t read the fine print wherever that was that says it’s only for earlier sailings. Not sure why it was still on the website then? So we didn’t get any drinks. Also with that package came a free photo. No one tells you that that photo is only available on one night at a certain place. So we also didn’t get our photo. Customer service was terrible. Front dest did nothing. Basically said you have to read the fine print. I asked for a supervisor and they said no! Maybe it’s just a European thing but they don’t give you water or anything to drink at the dining room. You have to buy bottled water every night. Also they give you no information about ports. Our port in France they pushed a 16 euro per person bus ride from the ship to the city. Not telling anyone there is a free bus a block away from the ship that takes you to the same place. We felt like they really nickel and dime you wherever they can. Very disappointed and will never cruise on them again. I have been on carnival, Holland America, and Disney and all of those where much better. If you do cruise on MSc read everything because they will try to get over on you and the front desk will do nothing for you. The only thing from the fantastica package we where able to use was the room service that’s only available in the morning and only included coffee juice cereal and bread. Not much for room service compared to any other cruise I’ve been on. Long lines everywhere. Good luck getting into an elevator without having to push your way past other people. Crew and employees are rude. We had a officer and his family sit down in our dinning section 15 minutes after us. They treated them like royalty. We didn’t see the waiter for 15 minutes while they where getting there drinks apps and meal. It was the weirdest thing id ever seen. Never again on MSc of us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Chose this particular cruise because it was a repositioning cruise visiting ports we wanted to visit. We were to visit Bermuda after departing NYC but we’re unable to do so due to weather. Of course weather is not controlled by the ... Read More
Chose this particular cruise because it was a repositioning cruise visiting ports we wanted to visit. We were to visit Bermuda after departing NYC but we’re unable to do so due to weather. Of course weather is not controlled by the cruise line. Rather than spend two days in Bermuda we were taken to Tenerife for a partial day. We were offered no compensation for reduced port fees or anything else. The buffet is a joke. Crowded at all times with food one might expect to find in a substandard college dorm cafeteria. The food in the Black Crab was uninspired and of average quality at best. Our waiter was the best part of our dining experience. The crew were un-informed and could not answer basic questions. Most of the staff were downright rude! I have ever had a cruise line require me to pay for transportation into the port. We were charged anywhere from 10 euros to 30 euros per person to visit the ports. The entertainment was was OK but by the time the introductions were made in five languages we were ready to go to the bar. There is a cigar lounge but the smoke permeates the area close by, and the smoke from the casino was terrible. That entire part of that deck was smoky. When trying to leave the ship for tours, chaotic is the only word I can use to describe the experience. The time allowed for port visits was ridiculously limited. I resent the gratuity policy and refused to pay it. I tipped the crew members I felt went above and beyond. The best part of this cruise was the four days spent in Genoa and Milan after the cruise was over. Never again on MSC. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise for a great deal and because the ship looked great. We were keen to find another cruise line to widen our options. Sadly, this was not to be. Firstly, there is a long list... only 5 people checking in about 300 ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a great deal and because the ship looked great. We were keen to find another cruise line to widen our options. Sadly, this was not to be. Firstly, there is a long list... only 5 people checking in about 300 people between 330pm and 430pm at the port of Civitavecchia - rude staff and it took forever. We were so late on board (520pm not 430pm) we had to go straight to our room for our life jackets (yes really!) and go to our muster point. Staff talked to themselves and ignored the cruisers. They were hopeless. We were there almost an hour -gasping for a drink and totally fed up after 2 long waits. Eventually we got to our cabins - highlight - cabins are lovely and very clean. Then we tried to sort out our dinner reservation having found out that MSC had changed our 830pm to 930pm - far too late to eat. We had no luck so ate at the buffet - this was ok but no better. Alot of pizza and pasta - so much for MSC aiming to broaden their appeal and market. The next day arrived in Sicily. Breakfast buffet was fine but always the same - no variety. Lunch buffet back on board was again ok at best. Limited options again if you didn't want Italian fair. There were huge pizza, pasta and salad areas. Two dessert options- both the cheap, cream filled sponge finger cake option. Common at all times.. I saw nothing else in terms of hot puddings, creme brulee/mousse type thing. Disappointing.Later on we tried to book our earlier evening meal in Black Crab - the manager could not be less bothered. Rubbed his head and said fully booked earlier - you'll have to come and queue - this is all because THEY changed our time! When we did get to the dining room it was such an anti-climax. The food choices on the menu we had in the Black Crab were poor- 4 options - I only eat fish so two were out. But the meals were unappetising and poor quality e.g lasagne night - only a lump of lasagne about 4x5 inches on the plate!! No vegetables! Nothing else. It looked dried out and unpleasant. I had risotto - it was ok but no better. When we sat down on nights 2-4 there was no bread or butter - we had to ask. Glassware had not been replaced either. Basically the wait staff were lazy and self obsessed - they were having a great social time whilst cruisers waited for drinks, orders and food!! It was shocking. We had to ask twice for drinks one night and even then the white wine was warm!! Appalling experience. We were only told about the fixed menu and the lobster/fish options in the speciality restaurant when we were honest about how we had found the dining room. Then there was the embarking after days out expereince - the queues to get back on were awful - such slow service and no greeting, no banter with cruisers. So poor. Finally, disembarkation - told we could get off in Valencia and then they kept us all on lower level 4 in a stairway for an hour!!!!! People were fuming as they had connections to make. We were also told there was a bus for luggage (?) so as we got off we prepared to use it to suddenly see taxis - were told no taxis by MSC!!!! Shocking. Customer service is non-existent. Entertainment was awful -- nothing going on during teh day and poor shows - all very Italian focused - not one of the good shows mentioned in other reviews. The Luna bar had a good double act who were lovely. The singer in the main area for entertainment at night was ok but did the same songs each night!!!! The CD - never met - never saw and never heard about!! The Master Chef at Sea - 30 minutes of a stupid quiz to find contestants - beggared belief. Hygiene - forget it. Never saw one person clean a thing except two giggling young men scraping the metal on the stairs. Never saw anyone wiping down lift buttons, stairway rails or anything. No one in the buffet checking the cleansing fluid is used. No reminders about cleaning hands. I saw people taking food with hands eg a man took a handful of almonds!!! Just shocking all round. Noro virus risk is high on board for sure. In short - go on here for poor food and to be ignored. Would never go with MSC again - the ship and cabins are lovely - what a missed opportunity MSC. Get some decent chefs and train your staff what customer service is. At every opportunity if it could go wrong by them, it did. Heartbreaking we spent hard earned money on this and it was my sister's first cruise. Wish we hadn't bothered. We read the American reviews and thought it was fussy American critics - sorry, no! Do not book this ship. You can do better with your money - even Costa was better than this, as we told them when we found our bill miscalculated - we had someone else's - we had drinks packages! Even that they got wrong. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I chose this cruise as well as the last seven day cruise of the Mediterranean of the season which gave me 28 days on board. The ship is very modern and was kept in immaculate condition whilst on board e.g. The balcony was hosed and ... Read More
I chose this cruise as well as the last seven day cruise of the Mediterranean of the season which gave me 28 days on board. The ship is very modern and was kept in immaculate condition whilst on board e.g. The balcony was hosed and scrubbed four times in 28 days. The interior design of passageways was a bit confusing with dark wall panelling and large mirror inserts which tries to give the feeling of space but when turning a corner into a dead end corridor to be confronted by a large mirror was a problem. I would not like to be finding my way out in an emergency. The Aurea balcony cabin was the usual size and layout and the bedding was very comfortable, I would not pay the extra cost for the Aurea over the Bella if I used MSC again. Cabin steward was very helpful, respectful and pleasant. I must admit that on the seven day cruise I was upgraded to Yacht Club and unfortunately cruising will never be the same again. A more finely appointed cabin, butler, dedicated concierge, quite lounge and food area, pool deck and bar, restaurant and preferred embarking and disembarkation was a bonus. The entertainment on the Mediterranean sector was excellent but once we departed for the Atlantic crossing the quality of the entertainment was not as good and I ended up not attending a show every night. Maybe I was spoilt by my first week in Yacht Club but when I returned to my original cabin on deck 12 and used the buffet which was huge, I was disappointed by the cluttered layout of the seating and the quality of the food in comparison to Carnival, RCI and Princess, MSC should take a look at Voyager and Radiance of the Seas to see what I mean. The main restaurant was very nice, the service good and the food was OK but all beef dishes were a bit on the tough side. Bar service was excellent and drinks were in the usual price bracket. Shore excursions were good, value varied from port to port with the usual problems of transporting forty odd people in a coach. Talking to passengers from Europe and the USA confirmed my thoughts on the lack value for money that Australian passengers received in comparison,discounted fares and free drink packages were the the norm for them. My last gripe and I was aware of this before I booked was the multi language messages on the PA which became irritating after a few days. This was my first experience with MSC and unless they can offer more for the Australian consumer I don't think I will sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first cruise on MSC. My wife and I are both retired and experienced cruisers (32 and counting), mostly with NCL and Celebrity, also Holland America years ago. I will try to be brief, but could write pages on this Cruise from ... Read More
This was our first cruise on MSC. My wife and I are both retired and experienced cruisers (32 and counting), mostly with NCL and Celebrity, also Holland America years ago. I will try to be brief, but could write pages on this Cruise from Hell. One passenger I met had three legal pages, single spaced, with complaints. Check in was a nightmare. We paid for priority boarding, but the lady just let everyone Q. Most cruise lines give you cabin key cards, take photos, check passports all at the first point of contact. Not MSC, first they check your passport, no scanner, by hand took at least five minutes for both of us. Then as we board, they take our picture. We are told it will be about two hours before our cabin is ready and our key card will be on the bed in our cabin. We go to the bar for a drink, but we have no key card, therefore it's a hassle to get a drink. When we go to our cabin, the door is OPEN and the cards are on the bed. Anyone could have come in and taken our cards. Oh, and the cabin number was printed on the card, not the last two or three numbers like on NCL and Celebrity, so if lost, someone could go to the cabin and steal whatever they find. I did mention this to an officer and they thought it would be a good idea to not print the full cabin number, you think? The food was constantly cold in the dining area. I will say our servers were great and tried their best to get us hot food, but they should not have had to go to extrodinary lengths to do so. Regarding the food, it was typical cruise food. Our chef was from India, so one would think it would have some taste. I have really low expectations about dining room and buffet food on ships today, it's my opinion that the bean counters are in charge of the menu, and of course they want passengers to dine in specialty restaurants. The crew were rude and surly for the most part. There were constant long lines at the "service desk" with complaints. I found it was better to go in the middle of the night when there were no lines. I did get to know the guy on the night shift, lol. We were told that MSC has great plans to build new and bigger cruise ships. My advice to them is to stick to cargo, and sell your passenger business, since they obviously treat people like cargo. The ship is very beautiful, obviously much money was spent on its design. There are too many trip hazards for those of us getting older. There are too many steps where they are not really necessary. There were also designs in the floor that were not flush with the floor and one could easily trip on them. The grand stairs look beautiful, very sparkly, but if you look down at them it's easy to become disoriented. We were on a repositioning transatlantic cruise, and about two days out, we no longer had satellite TV. When I called the desk they said, "we are in the middle of the Atlantic, and have no satellite". I mentioned that my guess was that they did not purchase the service, and later found out this was correct. In Bermuda we saw a lot of liquor being off loaded. We found out that when we were docked in New York, only wine and beer would be available. Apparently they had to pay tax on any liquor in stock, therefore, they just didn't have any. Bean counters at it again... I didn't mean to be this verbose, but I could go on and on with the reasons not to use this cruise line. If you're already booked, I hope your experience is better, but for us, we will NEVER set foot aboard another MSC cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Went for our friend's birthday,we were a group of 15 people on board. This was our first Mediterranean cruise. The services were excellent, very friendly staff. The entertainment was awesome, The shows were great no less then any ... Read More
Went for our friend's birthday,we were a group of 15 people on board. This was our first Mediterranean cruise. The services were excellent, very friendly staff. The entertainment was awesome, The shows were great no less then any broadway show. The Michael Jackson show totally nailed it. The service on bars by pool was great. The pool side party was a delite. It was an excellent experience, excellent services. Excellent buffet. The pizza bar chief made us some awesome pizza, we totally relished on. Our everyday dinner experience had the best food prepared by Chef Milind Patil. The bar attenders by the poolside Manish & Sachin were very courteous, they took care of our likes. The house keeper took care of all our needs whenever we needed anything he was always there to help us meet our expectation. The services at the Blackcrab dinner was excellent, where we dinned every night. The parties at the Black & white was rocking. Overall an excellent cruise and wonderful vacation.I would always recommend my friends. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We sailed the Mediterranean for the second time and selected the MSC Divina because of the great itinerary. We loved the ports which included Genova, Palermo Sicily, Sardinia, Valencia, Rome, Marseille and Palma. The entertainment was ... Read More
We sailed the Mediterranean for the second time and selected the MSC Divina because of the great itinerary. We loved the ports which included Genova, Palermo Sicily, Sardinia, Valencia, Rome, Marseille and Palma. The entertainment was great and the auditorium was comfortable and huge. We had no trouble finding seats. The cabin was big and there was lots of closet space. The only real complaint we had was that the food was not as good as we would have expected for a major cruise line. The pizza that was available at sll hours was fabulous and was our favourite. The seafood pasta served at dinner required a magnifying glass to find the seafood. The other draw back was that the free coffee provided in the dinning room and at the buffet was terrible!! It tasted burnt which was surprising and upsetting. This forced us to buy specialty coffee. Overall it was a pleasant cruise and if the itinerary was right we would probably use MSC again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We sailed on the MSC Divina in September 2017. Our cruise was interrupted by Hurricane Irma so we decided to take the generous discount MSC gave us and try our first European cruise. Prior to having to leave the ship in September we loved ... Read More
We sailed on the MSC Divina in September 2017. Our cruise was interrupted by Hurricane Irma so we decided to take the generous discount MSC gave us and try our first European cruise. Prior to having to leave the ship in September we loved our cruise. We were in the the Yacht Club so we booked the Yacht Club again. We embarked in Rome and everything was going well until later that evening when we went into the topside lounge for a pre dinner drink: the lounge was full of smoke. We were never told that in Europe you can smoke in almost the whole ship. When we asked about it we were told that they were only smoking in part of the lounge and they had a right to smoke - Unfortunately smoke doesn't stay in one spot. There were several times on the cruise we could not go into the lounge as the smoke and smoke smell was very strong. As we went to dinner we found out that smoking is allowed in all of the bars. Being that I am allergic to smoke that left out most of the evening activities except for the main theater. Other that that we loved our cruise. The dining room for the Yacht club we wonderful and the food and service outstanding. The hostess was still on the ship and remember us from September. We loved breakfast and lunch at the one pool. Everyone we encountered from MSC was warm and friendly. The only issue we had was a excursion left without us; they couldn't fix it but tried to make us comfortable with a bottle of wine. All of our excursions were with MSC and we loved them. Other that the smoking issued (which was a big issue for us) we will sail with MSC again, but be sure to ask about the smoking policy prior to booking. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
From the moment we arrived to the port we were taken care of. It was hands down the best vacation and cruise we have been on.The ship was just the right size, the cabin was great even with 4 people. The food was wonderful in the Yacht Club ... Read More
From the moment we arrived to the port we were taken care of. It was hands down the best vacation and cruise we have been on.The ship was just the right size, the cabin was great even with 4 people. The food was wonderful in the Yacht Club restaurant. The kids had a blast in the kids club and the Spa was great. There was one downside, I could not get my family off the ship. If I had not prepaid for a few of the excursions we would have never left the ship. Luckily we had already been to most of these ports. All they wanted to do was hang out at the Top Sail Lounge or up top by the pool. The concierges went above and beyond to make our trip perfect. It was a great experience. So much so we canceled our Disney cruise for next year and rebooked on the Seaview. And yes we have been on Disney cruises before :) The Yacht club is amazing and worth the money. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
It was a good deal in Australian newspapers. But, you get what you pay for... Ports were all fine, ship was clean, but food was so very disappointing. Not inviting at all, either in dining room or buffet. In fact, I felt quite ... Read More
It was a good deal in Australian newspapers. But, you get what you pay for... Ports were all fine, ship was clean, but food was so very disappointing. Not inviting at all, either in dining room or buffet. In fact, I felt quite ill, to try and select food in buffet. So very noisy and full of people. Announcements all made in many languages, and sometimes this came into your cabin. Including daily safety drill, due to oncoming passengers. The ship appears to be a bus, picking up and dropping off passengers at every port. Being sick onboard, due to "change of diet", it was 80 euros to see Dr to get medical certificate, in order for us to cancel an excursion due to illness ( I am not criticising the Dr, here..he was superb.)..staff made it very difficult to do this. One Shore Excursion was cancelled by cruise ship "due to not enough people"..over 3,000 passengers?? Verandah cabin had no sofa, and very small. Then, the settling of final account was very unusual. Due to them cancelling a tour, and us cancelling another, we had a credit..this credit HAD to be taken as Euros in cash on settling of account..if you did not go and get this, you lost it! A bit odd? As we paid in Australian dollars, we did not want Euros in cash at the end of a holiday! Not a good policy..all other cruise ships we have travelled with, have completed transactions on credit card automatically. Anyway, we will never cruise with MSC Cruises again, and would not recommend them to anyone. Read Less
MSC Divina Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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