MSC Divina 7 night Caribbean

MSC Divina Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
MSC Divina

USA, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Bahamas

Sail date: April 22, 2017

Ship: MSC Divina

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10113

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

This ship was just ok. Embarkation was a breeze, no problems. Disembarkation was a mess. Don't pay for the transfer! just get a cab or Uber, it will probably cost about the same and it will be a lot faster. We had issues with our bags getting to our Cabins. If your's hasn't arrived when everyone else's has, look up and down the halls, one of our bags was all the way at the other end of the hall, and another one was on a different floor completely. Cabin was fine, about what you would expect for a cruise ship. There are 2 US electrical outlets over the desk and one in the bathroom. The one in the bathroom is in the ceiling and difficult to use. You do not need any converters or adapters. Just bring a power strip so you have more plugs. Put your do not disturb sign in the key slot on the wall inside your cabin to keep your ac on when you leave. Ship is a bit hard to navigate. Basically everything is on 6, 7, 8, 14, 15. If you want to get from one end to the other quickly, walk through on one of the cabin floors to avoid the traffic. When you first get on, head to the Casino to pick up your drink packages (fyi get a water package too), then head to the back of the ship, deck 15 to the garden bar, sit at a table and enjoy your first drink before the crowds get there. About the drinks, bar service is extremely slow all over the ship! I mean like really slow! They also have trouble getting your order right, be prepared. They only have 4 draft beers Heni, Heni light, Newcastle, and Cider. Buffet is crazy! try to go during off peak times, late at night the pump out fresh out pizza, really good. Activities on the ship are minimal, they will not keep you busy, bingo sucks, don't waste your money. Name that tune was fun, but short. Try the meter pizza, but don't do the beer flight, remember, only 4 beers on draft. Bowling was $8 per game and you only get 5 frames. Try it once. The water slide sucks, my friend was pushing himself half of the way down. Pools and decks get really crowded. If you want a chair get there early or really late afternoon. For people that like smoothies for breakfast, they have them up at the gym. They can't change the channels in the sports bar, so sit where you can see the program you want. Food there was good and it is free. Jamaica- Dunn's River Falls and bobsled were fun. Cayman- Private Stingray City, snorkeling, and starfish point were awesome! Our favorite. Mexico- don't do the tequila tasting, not worth it. Go on the sea and land tour, you get to do tequila tasting there too. Bahamas- I had already been there so we just went to the Melia hotel and spent the day on the beach. In port, people want you to tip them for every little thing, it got really annoying. Trying to get back on the ship after the day spent in port is a pain in the butt. You stand in line in the sun forever. Dinner at the main restaurant was ok. They really only serve one course at a time so if you order multiple apps. then everyone else has to wait for their main course. It still moved at good speed though as most of us all ordered more than one app. Dress code is not as fancy as we had imagined, however they did deny access to a man wearing shorts. For women, skirts, dress, pants are all fine. Men, slacks and a button down shirt are fine. Most of the staff are friendly and try to be helpful but a lot of them were confused when I asked them where to find a certain place on the ship. If they are confused, imagine how I felt. You have to pay a lot of extra things over the course of 7 days, just keep that in mind when booking. Overall, things were fine, we had fun! I probably wouldn't sail this cruise line again though. I prefer NCL. If anyone has any questions about the ship or excursion, please let me know, I would be happy to help.  

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was nothing special. Pizza was the best part.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Lame! Bingo had two games that's it, line or full card. During Bingo, they did a lot of corny stuff to try and drag it out. Name that tune was fun, however, no activity lasts more than 30 mins.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
Entertainment was awful! They insert opera singing and ballroom dancing into every show regardless of theme.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our cabin attendant was good but bar and cocktail staff were terrible, they are very slow and orders were incorrect a lot of the time.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It can be a bit challenging trying to navigate the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was fine nothing special, nothing horrible. Bathroom size was what you expect on a cruise ship.

Ship tip

Fine cruise at a reasonable price.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Dunns River Falls and the Bobsled excursion were fun. Recommended.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
We did a private excursion with Cayman Turtle Divers and it was awesome. We took a cab to Calico Jacks and spent some time at the beach bar and then they picked us up from there and we went to stingray city, starfish point, and did some snorkeling. Best port and excursion of the whole trip!

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Don't do the Jose Cuervo Tequila Tasting. Tequila was fine, but the rest of the excursion was lame. Do the sea and land excursion, they have tequila tasting on that one too.

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5
If you don't want to do an organized excursion just take a water taxi over to Atlantis on your own or go to one of the all inclusive resorts for a beach day. We went to the Melia hotel.
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