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MSC Divina Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 02, 2014
Ship: MSC Divina
Cabin Number: GTY
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Purchased 2 Balcony ( Double Occupancy ) via a Travel Zoo deal of $299 pp + tax per room. These cruise for 2 adults & 2 kids cost about $1900. Based on this price it was a good cruise.

 

MSC still has along way to go to compete in the American market. I read reviews that claim " Cruise From Hell " or " Worst Cruise Ever ". On this I disagree. Had very good service. Had no problem with people not speaking English. The Food ( dinners ) in main dining room was fine. The buffet area needs some work as to how it flows & refilling of empty dishes but nothing that you can't get around. 

 

Had an issue with the Steak House. Way over priced for what I received. Steak was not good at all. Everything was ala cart. Should have been price fix.

 

Pools were good. Not really crowded even on Sea Days. New ship. Very beautiful. Entertainment was also very good.

 

Their communication skills need a lot of work though. There was a problem getting on the ship due to problem at the port. People stood in lines for hours. MSC had no backup plan to deal with this. Poorly handled. 

 

Last thing, ports of call ( This was Western Caribbean ) Jamaica was a waste of time. Don't bother getting off the ship. Also Great Strip Cay ( NCL's private Island ) was a disappointment .

 

Over all, for the price we paid, we had a good time. I'm not so sure that if I paid $4,000 for this cruise I would have been as happy. Would I cruise with MSC again ? Price, price price. That's the deal maker.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dinning rooms good. Buffet ok. Steak House, awful.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
My 12 year old loved the Bingo games

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Much better then expected.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Teen club was acceptable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
No problems. Everyone spoke English.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship 2 years old. Beautiful ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Balcony. Lots of room for 2 people.

Ship Tip

Eat in dinning rooms for all 3 meals. Only use buffet as a fill in when you're hungry.

1 out of 5
Port of Miami had a gas leak. Took over 8 hours to load ship. Miami itself ok of course
1 out of 5
Don't even get off the ship !
5 out of 5
7 Mile Beach great
5 out of 5
Beach Break good option
3 out of 5
Not even close to Disney's Castaway Cay. Really a bummer
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