July 2016 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Eastern
Where do I start...hmm. Let me say this, the ship externally and internally is beautiful. We were also happy with the size of our room (handicap balcony). The service rendered to clean the room was immaculate as well. Aside from those three things, this by far has been the WORST cruise experience ever. I've sailed with Carnival, Royal, and Norweigan - each of which have flaws - however, MSC just did not fit the bill. Let me give a quick run down. 1) By far, the worst experience on this ship was the food. It was below subpar at best. First night in the dining hall, my dinner napkin, glass, utensils and table cloth ALL had either stains or food on them. Secondly, the food was moderately warm at best. Typical food on a cruise is bland, but when I bite into broccoli, I don't expect juice to squirt out like an orange! Lastly, the buffet food was re-purposed daily. The rice name changed daily, but the taste didn't. Rice Pilaf, Sticky Rice, Lemon Thyme Rice, Dirty Rice (which was clean) - it was god awful. One positive - the fruit was great!! 2) Entertainment was very limited as compared to my other sailings. I advise you to bring several books and tons of sun tanning lotion! When you think of going on a cruise, you think of these 4 key elements to fun - great food, entertainment, service, and excursions. Our ship sailed to Bahamas, St. Martin and San Juan. Since I'd previously visited each, I was primarily sailing for an experience with a different ship - bad idea. 3) The patrons on the ship were primarily foreigners - roughly 70%. So when you bump in to someone by accident or want to start a conversation, make sure you've brushed up on your German, Spanish, and Dutch! Sadly, I'll probably never cruise MSC again. First impressions are lasting ones, unfortunately, they left me with an UNFORGETTABLE ONE!