September 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina
I read many reviews before I took this cruise and was frankly very concerned. Don't believe the bad tempered unhappy people out there. Some of the reviews said the food was bad - not true. While not all the dishes were 5 star - there was plenty of food to choose from - I never went hungry and was able to try some dishes I have never eaten before. The crew is unhappy and seem stressed - NOT TRUE - our cabin steward was a delight and kept our cabin picked up and well maintained - I wanted to take him home with me. The crew at the pool, the entertainment team, the bartenders always had a smile on their face and were eager to help. The staff in the dining room - A One!. The staff at the buffet - friendly and would often come over and start a conversation. The buffet was a nightmare - pushing and shoving - well - it wasn't a nightmare but it was often crowded. It was a great cultural experience for me - so many languages, so many ways that people handle crowds - I embraced it and it was fine - just part of the experience. The ship was beautiful -AGREE - well maintained and clean. Prices were very reasonable - they did not nickel and dime you like some cruise lines. A questions I had before going was about the formal dress requirement and the need to were a formal- these words and wardrobe and not in my every day world. DO NOT STRESS over this - if you do not want to dress up - go to the buffet - no one will say anything to you. THe dining room is awesome but expect dinner to take at least an hour and a half. I would definitely take a MSC cruise in the Divina again.