Sometimes it pays to heed some of these reviews. For instance, the OP here mentioned MSC is locked into the old traditional dining procedure, I had no idea they don't offer "anytime dining" and here I was getting interested in giving them a go.
For us, long ago we got away from traditional when the cruise lines started offering open seating. Reasons we don't like traditional are: 1. You are locked into eating at designated times only. The late is way too late for us anymore and the early often coincides with the ship's sail away on port days. One of my favorite likes when sailing is the sail away, so I don't want to be down in the dining room feeding my face when I could be on deck taking every thing in (Although what I can glean is MSC early seating is 6:30 PM which isn't all that bad if true). Also, there are many other events and things happening that conflict with traditional dining times at times, for us anyway, so it is awkward to have to keep letting the restaurant staff know you won't be there for dinner. 2. Some of our voyages have been months in length, it used to be hard to get a table for two in traditional seating, therefore you had to go with the luck of the draw in that you were seated with sometimes two or three other couples. If you didn't like them, tough, you were stuck with them for the length of the voyage.
Every line we cruise with offers anytime and Regent has did away with traditional completely as has most premium lines. Sometimes on the "roll calls" someone will post a "spread sheet" which lists information regarding fellow cruisers, often on there is dining preference, flexible (anytime) accounts for more than 75% everytime it seems.
Also, the OP doesn't seem to be enamored with the quality food in the MSC Divina's MDR either. This coincides with a review accomplished over on C.C. by one of their editors.----"Divina is a bit of a mixed bag; most food is fairly average. Highlights, in general, were the soups, which were flavorful and comforting. (A particular favorite was the delicate tomato basil.) Likewise, desserts were solid, with standouts including the cannoli, gelato (of course) and baked Alaska. In the main dining rooms, though, entrees for lunch and dinner were lackluster in execution, with most proteins coming in dry and overcooked and salads limp, overdressed and flavorless. Even some pasta courses came to the table "mushy." Service, too, is uneven: excellent and friendly in some spots (the gelato shop and the Sports Bar) and indifferent in others (several of the pool bars and main dining room)."
Maybe when their new North American ships are in service MSC will reconsider dining procedure.