Excellent experience on MSC Divina
MSC Divina Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: November 29, 2014
Ship: MSC Divina
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 5002
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
Loved this cruise! This was our sixth and probably our best.
The ship was gorgeous and well maintained. PROS: The absolute best entertainment on board was the Amsterdam Trio and Luis in the Divina lounge. Talented and fabulous. The shows were well done and well choreographed, and there was a wide variety of entertaiment - all very well done. Organization in the ports of call was excellent. It's nice to sit down and not have someone hawking for drinks every 10 seconds like on Carnival or RCCI. Only important announcements were made - we didn't hear announcements every 15 minutes like other lines. They weren't trying to sell something everywhere around the ship. Yes, they had plenty for sale but it was well contained and not in main guest travel areas. They didn't have silly games going on poolside everyday. The food was delicious and plentiful. I have seen in other reviews that the portions were small.... not true, the portions are normal portions, not Americanized portions. You can always ask for more. The choices on the buffet were abundant and there was something different every day. Rico, Amsterdam Trio (violin, cello and piano) and Luis (piano) were absolutely wonderful with the exception of the "guest" singers that joined Luis - they were awful. The Trio and Luis played everyday in the Divina lounge from 5:30-late - very entertaining, very relaxing. We would definitely sail this ship again.
CONS: Embarkation needs to be way more organized. We never once say the Maitre'd. Our waiters' assistant did not understand English. If you wanted and adults only area it was an additional $10/day which was not spoken of until you were on board. There was a show in the afternoon we wanted to see, but there was no organization and the show before that one was allowed to tun 15 minutes over which made everything else late. They advertised a piano bar (LaLune) and while there was a beautiful piano, the performer(s) were karaoke singers with click tracks. I was looking forward to the piano music in the piano bar, not karaoke. There are many beautiful pianos around this ship - use them for what there were intended, not as a desk. Guest services on embarkation day actually kept closing stations while the lines were incredibly long - this isn't really the time to give people breaks. I found that the crew (officers included) that were walking around the ship did not go out of their way to greet people or say hello. That could be European culture, but not at all what we're used to. Sometime it was difficult to get the attention of a bar server, but I'd rather have that than someone asking me every 10 seconds if I want a drink. Overall..... very will done MSC!
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GO TO THE DIVINA LOUNGE AND LISTEN TO THE AMSTERDAM TRIO IN THE EVENINGS - THEY ARE FABULOUS!