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MSC Divina

September 2016 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Eastern

MSC Divina / Eastern Caribbean

First of all the ship is beautiful.  It's classicly designed and isn't flashy or gaudy like some cruise ships.  You get the feel of what Italy is with the various restaurants and the decor.  The desserts are amazing!  Best pizza I have had in years.  In fact we spoke with a couple who have cruised on the Divina three times and they told use they stopped eating pizza for 2 weeks because they were waiting to get back on board the Divina.  The gelato was delicious!   The shows on this ship are the best we have ever seen.   They had a Michael Jackson tribute show that was just outstanding.  The Witches of Paris was equally amazing.   Lots of acrobats and dance routines -- and the signers actually can sing!   We really enjoyed our cruise and the ship.

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Nassau, Bahamas - We did the Stingray encounter at Balmoral Island. The time with the stingrays was amazing and the highlight of the trip for our kids. The biggest drawback is that the prices on the island are outrageous. You are told that no outside food or drink is allowed, so we didn't bring anything with us. A hot dog (with fries) runs $10.50. A tiny bag of Lays potato chips cost $3.00. We spent $21 on 4 tiny bags of chips and 3 sodas. You can't take pictures when you are with the stingrays. If you want a souvenir photo of you holding the rays you have to buy them at the photo shop --- $75.00 for the disc. We were just disgusted at the price gauging on the island. The tour took pretty much our entire time in port so we only had about 15-20 minutes to grab souvenirs from the Straw Market in Nassau. Other than the actual 45 minutes in the water with the Stingrays this was our least favorite port.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Other than the heat and humidity this was our favorite port. We hit the fort, the capital building, the shopping areas, and we even hit the cathedral to see where Ponce De Leon is entombed. Our daughter liked this part the best as she is doing a report in school on Ponce De Leon so she took lots of pictures to share with her classmates.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Didn't care for the pushy people on the dock trying to sell us cab rides, tours, hair braiding, etc...Once we got through that crowd we enjoyed the town very much. We really liked our tour of the island including Maho Beach. Our tour driver was quite funny and very informative.
MSC Divina MSC Divina - The Garden Bar is always busy and it's very difficult to get served. This is one of the few smoking areas so I think that's why everyone congregates there. We found a few great servers and gave them cash tips. Everytime they saw us they came right over to take our orders.

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shared a quick tip for MSC Divina"The Garden Bar is always busy and it's very difficult to get served. This is one of the few smoking areas so I think that's why everyone congregates there. We found a few great servers and gave them cash tips. Everytime they saw us they came right over to take our orders. "

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on MSC Divina and gave it 4 stars!