Sandra4ever

Sandra4ever
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MSC Divina

December 2014 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Eastern

Value, yes depending on your expectations or experience

The value of this cruise line considering the newness and cleanliness of the ship, the choice of beverage packages, and general "pizazzze" is 2nd to none.  The shows were a true treat. Where else can you get an opera performance at sea? And for the smaller children, the staff seemed very experienced. It was nice to see that the little ones were included in a special area before each show.  It would seem that MSC is living up to it's promise to cater to families. But be prepared for different standards of behavior in the buffet area and pool area. The hot tubs were dominated by children and there weren't many on this pre-Christmas cruise.

Speaking of buffet, the area and food is, in a word, boring, but then we don't eat pork products. It was same old, same old every morning and lunch. We needed to do early dinner because of two grandchildren, and it was just too early and too long a service. Twice, the special dessert took extra long to get out ( the tiamisu and the baked Alaska).  The kitchen simply does not have it's act together, the wait staff appears to be overwhelmed and middle management certainly could use some lessons in diplomacy. Rare steak, whether it is ordered "red" or "blue" by the waiter should not arrive cold and dark and tough! My final word on the kitchen is that even the fish was overdone and cold. So, yes, there are issues there.

The ship itself is quite lavish, but the ceilings seem low compared to other lines and I missed a full promenade deck. I also missed live music. There wasn't much going on in the way of good listening or dancing music. The infinity pool was intriguing but water was constantly slopping over into the table areas. Balconies tight but welcome and the spa exceptionally beautiful. Be prepared for some misunderstandings with the his and her saunas. The ladies had a gentleman on two occasions. And the staff, again, does not have the ability to handle this type of issue.  Rooms beautifully clean, well thought out bathrooms. Lots of mirrors. Just enough storage for 7 days and two people. We were on a top deck and very comfortable. However in the main public areas around 4, 5 and 6, there was a shaking on this ship that was terrifying. On leaving St. Maarten, as the engines started, we were in the dining room and thought the chandelier would come down. Another day, the Christmas tree in the pain plaza was swaying. I've been on other large ships and did not experience this.

As my title says, for value ( as a last minute cruise), I can't complain. Be sure to pre-pay for your drink packages through your travel agent. Don't expect too much, just enjoy.Wink

 

 

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Liberty of the Seas

April 2013 - Liberty of the Seas to Transatlantic

Not up to the hype

While this is a beautiful ship, and the evening Entertainment was stellar, the cruise fell short in the main things cruising used to excel at. The food simply did not measure up to other cruise lines. We chose 6pm every evening with a table for two in the main dining room. So we were consistent. While we understand that to serve 3,000 people ( the ship could handle 4,000 guests, so we were a 1,000 short on a transAtlantic) is a formidable task, the choice was poor, the food was consistently cold in the main dining room, the breakfast and lunch buffets were boring and held way too much pork. Breakfast in the dining room was 45 minutes for one fried egg. Lunch in the dining room was the same choice every day. Desserts had a distinct taste of artifical sweeteners. It was as if everything had been dropped to the lowest common denominator for taste. We have crossed the Atlantic four times, we've cruised Europe and Carribean and generally find it to be gracious and relaxing. This time we felt as if every opportunity was taken to offer us something else to pad the final bill. Too many photographers all week long, even in the dining room. What woman wants to be told to smile, when she is in the middle of dinner and her lipstick is wearing off? Orange juice. $3.50? Come on. Wines I can pay $12 a bottle for at home, come in at $40? I don't think so. " Courtesy buses " to town at $12 per person when a cab for two will cost $7? Judging from the lines at cutomer service starting on the 2nd day out of a 12 day cruise trying to get the wi-fi to work and more lines at the Crown and Anchor desk trying to get the onboard credit straightened out, I would suggest Royal Carribbean spend less time telling us what great service they have and more time actually delivering great service. We didn't even see our room steward until the second day out. Maybe the large ships are intended for diverse family gatherings of different ages. I can see that it would be easy to keep teenagers entertained here. But at $2 a game, expect the final charges to be sky high! And watch those cupcake charges. $1.50 for a one bite cupcake. All in all, we couldn't wait to get off the ship, when usually we don't want to leave. We did get off two days early with many other people in Cadiz. We informed guest relations on our second day and still we were not cleared until 11am. Could they not have informed Spanish immigration by e:mail how many people were coming in? Some people missed their 11:30 trains to Seville. Luckily we were driving. I will be thinking long and hard about using Royal Carribean in the future. As a final note, it's more than just the price. It's the overall experience. If it's the first time for you cruising, it just might be the " adventure you're looking for". If you're experienced, it's the value. Right now, you've got some work to do.

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received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Value, yes depending on your expectations or experience

received a helpful vote on their MSC Divina cruise review - Value, yes depending on your expectations or experience

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reviewed their Transatlantic cruise on Liberty of the Seas and gave it 3 stars!