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We chose to cruise on the MSC Divina with our two children, aged 8 and 11 and with another couple who are in their early 60s. The major contributing factor was the price. This is my 17th cruise and we have cruised with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess in the past. We had heard of MSC and had read all sorts of good reviews and all sorts of bad reviews, so we were not really sure what to expect. We booked our cruise in August of 2015 when they were offering a balcony stateroom for the first 500 inside cabins booked, plus the 2 kids were free except for taxes and port fees. All in all, it was less than $1,800 for the 4 of us. FIRST - EMBARKATION. We arrived at the port at 11:00 am and there were lots of people standing around that had just gotten off the ship. I was slightly taken aback by that because we usually disembarked around 7:00 am on the other ships. We went into the port, walked through welcome, showing our paperwork, went through security (DH had a problem since he has two titanium knees and also shoulder replacement. It's not unusual for him). We went into the waiting area, went straight to the counter, got our cards, got our picture taken and then were given a #6 card. They started at #1, so we figured we were there for a while. They called #1 about the time we sat down and they were at #6 within 10-15 minutes. We went up the escalator, walked across the catwalk and onto the ship. All in all, it took us less than 45 minutes to get on the ship from the time of our arrival. We went up to deck 14 and the lunch buffet was open and ready to eat. WOOOHOOO! SECOND - THE ROOM Once we were on the ship, they announced that the rooms would be ready at 1:30. Until that time, the room cards would not work. We were booked into balcony room #10013 and our friends were in #10139, which was pretty far away, but on the same deck. Our room was larger than all of our previous rooms, even our balcony rooms when we went to Alaska on Princess Cruise Lines. The bathroom was of decent size FOR ONE PERSON, but not for 2-3 when we were getting ready to go to dinner. The refrigerator in the room was a great addition. Our deck was fully enclosed with metal along the bottom, so we could not see out if we were sitting in the deck chairs. That was due to the fact that we were on the front part of the ship. Our friends balcony was glass front and they could see the water while sitting. The couch that was in our room was long and our girls said it was very comfortable to sleep on. There were two small drawers on the night stands on each side of the bed, there were two drawers in the desk, which also contained the hair dryer. There were only TWO ELECTRICAL RECEPTACLES in the room and one in the bathroom up near the ceiling.only works if the light is on. THIRD - THE FOOD The food on the buffet was of a much greater variety and better quality than the other ships we have been on, both large and small. The buffet lines at the entrance to the Calumet or whatever it was called, was really packed and busy, but if you took another 100 steps and went further back to the next two buffet lines, there were usually less than 3-4 people in line. The pizza is absolutely the best pizza I have ever eaten anywhere. There were not lots of toppings, but the toppings that were there were good, especially the crema with artichoke. The food in the Villa Rosa dining room was very good, but it took at least 90 minutes for dinner each night. That's not awful, but my kids were ready to leave after about an hour - they had children's program (the youngest one only) to do. FOURTH - THE SHIP I have a few complaints, but they are pretty much petty. There was only one or two places where we could smoke and they were crowded. The smoking area at the main pool had 7-8 tables for 6 and from noon until 6 pm, they were full. You could also smoke on deck 7, on the port side, but there were no places to sit. The decor was nice, a little over the top, but that is the way it is on most all ships. It was not tacky, but very shiny and sparkly. DISEMBARKATION - went remarkably well, but we were the last ones off the ship. First few on, last few off. We had no plans, so it really made no difference what time we got off. We had to be out of the rooms by 7 am, we went to the main pool area, went and got breakfast in the buffet, ate outside, but about 9 am, it started to get too hot to just sit there, so we went down to the 7th deck and flopped out on a large round couch in a lounge until we were called. OVERALL - We have another cruise booked for next February and we are looking forward to going.

GREAT TRIP: looking forward to the next one.

MSC Divina Cruise Review by Merrykalia

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Fantastica Balcony Stateroom
We chose to cruise on the MSC Divina with our two children, aged 8 and 11 and with another couple who are in their early 60s. The major contributing factor was the price. This is my 17th cruise and we have cruised with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess in the past. We had heard of MSC and had read all sorts of good reviews and all sorts of bad reviews, so we were not really sure what to expect. We booked our cruise in August of 2015 when they were offering a balcony stateroom for the first 500 inside cabins booked, plus the 2 kids were free except for taxes and port fees. All in all, it was less than $1,800 for the 4 of us.

FIRST - EMBARKATION.

We arrived at the port at 11:00 am and there were lots of people standing around that had just gotten off the ship. I was slightly taken aback by that because we usually disembarked around 7:00 am on the other ships. We went into the port, walked through welcome, showing our paperwork, went through security (DH had a problem since he has two titanium knees and also shoulder replacement. It's not unusual for him). We went into the waiting area, went straight to the counter, got our cards, got our picture taken and then were given a #6 card. They started at #1, so we figured we were there for a while. They called #1 about the time we sat down and they were at #6 within 10-15 minutes. We went up the escalator, walked across the catwalk and onto the ship. All in all, it took us less than 45 minutes to get on the ship from the time of our arrival. We went up to deck 14 and the lunch buffet was open and ready to eat. WOOOHOOO!

SECOND - THE ROOM Once we were on the ship, they announced that the rooms would be ready at 1:30. Until that time, the room cards would not work. We were booked into balcony room #10013 and our friends were in #10139, which was pretty far away, but on the same deck. Our room was larger than all of our previous rooms, even our balcony rooms when we went to Alaska on Princess Cruise Lines. The bathroom was of decent size FOR ONE PERSON, but not for 2-3 when we were getting ready to go to dinner. The refrigerator in the room was a great addition. Our deck was fully enclosed with metal along the bottom, so we could not see out if we were sitting in the deck chairs. That was due to the fact that we were on the front part of the ship. Our friends balcony was glass front and they could see the water while sitting. The couch that was in our room was long and our girls said it was very comfortable to sleep on. There were two small drawers on the night stands on each side of the bed, there were two drawers in the desk, which also contained the hair dryer. There were only TWO ELECTRICAL RECEPTACLES in the room and one in the bathroom up near the ceiling.only works if the light is on.

THIRD - THE FOOD The food on the buffet was of a much greater variety and better quality than the other ships we have been on, both large and small. The buffet lines at the entrance to the Calumet or whatever it was called, was really packed and busy, but if you took another 100 steps and went further back to the next two buffet lines, there were usually less than 3-4 people in line. The pizza is absolutely the best pizza I have ever eaten anywhere. There were not lots of toppings, but the toppings that were there were good, especially the crema with artichoke. The food in the Villa Rosa dining room was very good, but it took at least 90 minutes for dinner each night. That's not awful, but my kids were ready to leave after about an hour - they had children's program (the youngest one only) to do.

FOURTH - THE SHIP I have a few complaints, but they are pretty much petty. There was only one or two places where we could smoke and they were crowded. The smoking area at the main pool had 7-8 tables for 6 and from noon until 6 pm, they were full. You could also smoke on deck 7, on the port side, but there were no places to sit.

The decor was nice, a little over the top, but that is the way it is on most all ships. It was not tacky, but very shiny and sparkly.

DISEMBARKATION - went remarkably well, but we were the last ones off the ship. First few on, last few off. We had no plans, so it really made no difference what time we got off. We had to be out of the rooms by 7 am, we went to the main pool area, went and got breakfast in the buffet, ate outside, but about 9 am, it started to get too hot to just sit there, so we went down to the 7th deck and flopped out on a large round couch in a lounge until we were called.

OVERALL - We have another cruise booked for next February and we are looking forward to going.
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