MSC Divina Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2 out of 5

MSC Cruises below standards

Sail Date: October 18, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is good looking but it ends there.  Room wasn't cleaned most days, bathroom smelled of pee, I had to show the attendant how to clean it.  Food choices on the buffet were the same everyday except the last night and the quality of food not very good either.  Itanian - should be able to make pasta and pizza taste good, not on MSC they were so bland.  The drinks from the fountain tasted like water with a drop fruit flavor added. The fresh bread was great, the best part of the meal was the breads.  Entertainment very lacking; one night on the main deck we sat there for 1 1/2 hours waiting for the next scheduled event. No music live or recorded, big screen not playing and when it was playing you couldn't hear it unless you sat really close to it.  Which wasn't likely because they only had a same amount of tables and chairs near it.

 

Couldn't hear announcements in stateroom, had to open the door to hear hall speakers.  Didn't make announcements regularly about events going on, only in the morning, no reminders.  They did have daily schedules, as did Carnival but they also made announcements throughout the day and evening.

 

Had to purchase decks of cards - free on Carnival.

 

It appears MSC is mainly for older people who want to rest on their vacation.

 

I've cruised with Carnival before and compared to them, MSC doesn't compare.  Employees weren't that friendly or helpful.  I will not go on another cruise with MSC.

 

On Carnival - employees friendly and helpful; different theme for food each night; lots of entertainment.  Fun things to do all over the ship.  Casino gave free decks of cards, their used cards.  They're known as the "Fun Ship" - MSC wasn't fun.  Not much of anything that we liked.  Definitely not for young or middle age people who want to be busy and or have fun.  If it wasn't for the fact I was with 15 family members I would have been totally bored.  The live music was lack-luster - how can Caribbean music be dead and boring? It was - played to slow and the lead singer couldn't sing, she messed up a lot of songs.  One group - the Mexicans were good.

 

When we disembarked and talked to people on Carnival they all told us how much fun they were having.  We looked at them before going back out to sea and their music was loud we could hear it, they were dancing and on the top deck people were playing basketball, volleyball and it looked like they were having fun, we sat there watching them and talking about how much fun they were having and how we wished we were on their ship.

 

We all agreed our next cruise will NOT be with MSC.

 

Ship Quality
Couldn't hear announcements in stateroom.
Food and Dining
Drinks watered down, punch tasted like water. Same food on the buffets everyday.
Service and Staff
Stateroom not cleaned daily, staff had attitude on main deck and in buffet area.
Entertainment
Catered to older crowd. Boring. Only one night in disco room for music we liked. The group called The Mexicans was good.
Children's Programs
Only a few children on board. My 9 yr old niece didn't want to go so she stayed with the family most of the time.
Onboard Activities
There were times nothing going-on on the main sun deck. No movie, no music, no entertainment NOTHING.
Destinations and Excursions
I enjoyed the destinations.
Cabin / Stateroom
Room ok but bathroom smelled
Miami, Florida
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Shop
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wasn't what I expected. Walked around a little then got back on the ship.
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
Didn't go because of storm.


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