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MSC Divina

May 2016 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Eastern

Great Value, Unique Offerings

Just returned from Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Divina and thought that I would give my input. I should mention that this was my first MSC cruise and the first cruise on a large ship (almost all our cruises have been on Holland America, which we thoroughly enjoyed). First of all, the ship is beautiful and well laid out. Only quirk was not being able to get to the Villa Rosa dining room on deck 6 from anywhere else on that deck without going to another deck. The ship is very well cleaned and maintained.

We had a balcony cabin that was roomy enough. The sliding rather than swing door to the balcony is a good feature. Storage is sufficient and lighting is good except that all lights go on when all that you want is to see in the closet which is inconvenient if someone else is in bed.

The food: The buffet food is very good, a lot of variety including ethnic specialties (not just Italian, but that is definitely there), and arranged so lines are not too long even on a rainy sea day. The food in the main dining rooms is also very good . Portions may be a little smaller than I have had on other ships, but multiple servings are available without problems and you don't have to walk away being uncomfortably over stuffed. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants except for the pizza at La Cantina del Bacco which was possibly the best pizza I have ever had and that includes New York City and Italy. We had the Margarita de Buffalo, and at $13.00 for a 12" pie it is a bargain. The same location gives you complimentary appetizers when you order drinks. By the way, drink prices are reasonable and a range of package deals are available. We opted for the 18 coupon book that comes to about $5/drink for any non-premium drink, including service charge.

Staff is friendly and accommodating. Cabin staff are not as present as we are used to but rooms are well attended to. Wait staff in bars and dining rooms are attentive and friendly, remembering your preferences. My only issue is that many do have a language problem which is especially an issue with those dealing directly like bartenders and reception desk.

Entertainment is excellent and varied, including an afternoon opera. There are a wide range of activities. Smoking is limited to a cigar lounge and one side of the pool area.

Overall, MSC is a good value and we would definitely go on it again.

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FredCFL's Tips

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Take the water ferry to downtown and spend the day along the beach, shopping, eating, bathing.
MSC Divina MSC Divina - Don't pass up the made-to-order pizza
Westerdam Westerdam - Room service and/or Lido for breakfast, Lido for lunch, dining room for dinner. Reserve a table near rear of dining room (at window if possible) for great views.
Nieuw Amsterdam Nieuw Amsterdam - Lido for breakfast and lunch; dining room for dinner (reserve a table in rear for great views while dining).

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