July 2015 - MSC Divina to Europe - Western Mediterranean
La Divina is spectacular. Our balcony room was also spectacular. Large. With a bathtub! The largest balcony I have ever seen. We spent a lot of time in the room and on the balcony.
MSC doesn't quite have it together. Lots of problems with communicating (not because of language) events. They were hugely interested in selling the land trips, and, when I asked questions, concerning ports, they were frequently wrong. One elevator never worked the entire trip, and another one was out the last couple of days. Some of the food was excellent--mostly the beef dishes; most of the seafood was pretty bad. Mushy shrimp/prawns; fishy smell for most of the seafood; salmon non-recognizable. Italian dishes were very good.
The Entertainment was ok--nothing special. Virtually all of the music was taped. The Michael Jackson performance consisted of a guy that moved fairly well, but, other than that, it was amateurish. There were several acrobats that were good. The singers weren't very good, and the set lists were laughable. The sets simply didn't hold together. Whatever the theme, they seemed to throw in several songs that just didn't fit.
I liked that we actually docked at every port except one. I felt really sorry for the passengers that wanted to use the day at Rome's port to see Rome. The port was a zoo! Sure they would rather sell a land trip, but there should be some advice/help for those that want to do it on their on. The most laughable land trip was one from La Spezia that went to both Florence and Venice. Simply not possible; plus, for the Venice part, they had you catch a train from Florence to Venice and return. Maybe an hour in Venice???
We chose MSC and La Divina because it fit our schedule and we liked the ports. We would choose it again under the same circumstances. However, if we had a choice, we would probably choose another cruise lines.