dcal608

dcal608
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Hometown: Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Joined: 05/13/2015
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About dcal608

I am a real estate broker of 20+ years. It is a tough business with its share of problems. I get stressed out when things do go according to plan. I love to cruise because once on the ship all is right with the world. We start out with a celebratory drink and a quick stop at the buffet followed by a dip in one of the pools to cool off. To me it is the most relaxing vacation there is. I will continue to cruise at least once a year....maybe twice.


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Cruiseline: Carnival Cruise Lines

Ship: MSC Divina

dcal608's Past Cruises

MSC Divina

October 2016 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Eastern

Gorgeous Ship

I knew this was going to be a great cruise as soon as I boarded. The dramatic entryway is breathtaking. I will post pictures of the staircase. It is amazing. Words don't mean much so I am going to attach photos.

The cruise itself was great. We went to Grand Turk instead of Bahamas because of Hurricane Matthew,  St. Maartan and Puerto Rico. All beautiful ports of call.

We had a wonderful time swimming, shopping and sampling the food.

Our cabin (9267) is an aft facing balcony which was a change for us. We usually get a regular balcony. We had an amazing steward, Roque Alexander Ortez Tome. He takes his job very seriously and goes out of  his way to make sure everything is perfect in the rooms. Hats off to him. 

The food on board was very good. The buffet is quite large and has plenty to offer. We attended the early 6:00 p.m. seating for dinner in the dining room. The food is very good but the portions seem small. European portions I assume. Overall, I give the MSC Divina a 5 star rating. We will be back to sail on the new MSC Seaside in 2018.

 

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Carnival Victory

December 2015 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Western

Great Trip

This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. We were with another couple on this trip and it was their 1st cruise. We all had a wonderful time. Our balcony rooms were very nice, the dining room was lovely and the food was good...its always good on Carnival. We made reservations for the Chef's Table on my birthday. What a fabulous time we had. We met about 5 other couples and we all got along great. The chef was wonderful and he really gave us a treat. Everything that was prepared was magnificent. His staff was attentive to our every need. I sampled food that I thought I would never try or have the opportunity to try. We will definitely book another Chef's table next time around.

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Adventure of the Seas

May 2015 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Food was not great

The ship was supposedly refurbished a few years ago but they didn't do a total refurbish. We had a balcony room and the balcony was full of rust. A little sanding and painting would have been nice.

The food left a lot to be desired. Much prefer the food on Carnival. The desserts were terrible. I'm not hard to please at all, but comparing the 2 cruise lines there is no comparison. Carnival wins and we are cruising with them again in December. Can't wait.

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dcal608's Tips

MSC Divina MSC Divina - Definitely go to the back infinity pool. The other pools are nice but this one is really cool.
Carnival Victory Carnival Victory - If you have the opportunity to book the Chef's Table do so. It was an extraordinary experience.
Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - Although it is said that chairs cannot be held for people in the adult pool area, it is done. There were days when towels and personal items were on the chairs all day and no one is in sight. One day my fiance just took towels off 2 chairs so we could use them. The staff does not watch.

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uploaded a photo album from their MSC Divina cruise on 2016-10-08

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