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Hometown: Littleton, CO
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MSC Divina

October 2016 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Eastern

2nd time on the Divina

We cruised Oct 8, following Hurricane Matthew and the Divina being in dry dock for 3 weeks.  The ship was in good condition and the staff were exceptionally friendly as before.  The itinerary was a bit poor - due to the hurricane we were rerouted from Nassau to Grand Turk (which we were happy about) but the layovers were too short, just a few hours in 2 of the 3 stops.  WiFi in our cabin 100058 was lousy - had to sit right at the cabin door to get service.  Disembarkation was 3 hours of sitting around - could be done better.

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Norwegian Getaway

October 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern

Noisy Experience

We are self employed and prefer vacations where we can relax and rejuvenate.  We were able to do that on our first cruise with MSC last year and loved it - we wanted to cruise again this year.  However, at the time we made our reservations MSC was not available.  We chose Norwegian and both my wife and I think it was an inferior experience.

The biggest problem was noise - every where was noisy.  We could hear the music from the shows in our room, sometimes past 10:00PM at night.  We sprung for a large-balcony stateroom, but there was no respite there either - most of the time our neighbors seemed to be hosting drinking parties on their balconies.  

The other thing that we didnt like is the constant upsell - it seemed like everything was designed to try and get you to spend more.  They have this down to an art form. 

Our room attendant experience was also much different from MSC.  On the MSC ship, our steward was a ninja - he amazed us with his ability to clean or turn down our room and never be seen, even for short times away from our stateroom.  On the Getaway our steward was friendly but many times we would go to breakfast and come back to an unmade room.  One day the room was never made up. 

The pool area was very small.  On the MSC ship there were two main pool areas plus one on the rear deck. On the Getaway there was 1 main and a smaller one. The main pool smaller than either of the two on MSC.  They devoted that space to having 5 water slides - these were good but more pool space would be welcome. We never actually got in the pool or hot tubs because they were always packed and the pool was not very deep.

Unlike the MSC trip, we found lots of lines on the Getaway trip.  This is the experience we thought cruising would be like.  On MSC they did a better job of keeping the lines shorter.

The buffet had decent food and was clean.  It was sometimes challenging to find a table but we always did - the staff worked hard to quickly clean vacant tables.

We really liked the Freestyle Ultimate Dining package - we were able to dine at many of the specialty restaurants whenever we wanted.  The food was good and the service was too.  On the MSC ship we had an assigned dining room and time, where we had to sometimes sit with people we do not know.

If you want a more Las Vegas experience, the Getaway is your ticket.  If you want a more relaxing place to rejevenate, the MSC Divina is our recommendation.

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MSC Divina

October 2014 - MSC Divina to Caribbean - Western

First time cruisers - but not the last

We loved our cruise and the experience on the Divina.  Everything was very clean and well-organized.  We were surprised at the large number of foreigners - both passengers and MSC employees.  I estimate one third of the passengers were not from the US and 90% of the employees.  This created a cruise that was almost like a trip to Europe.  The ship employees were very efficient and friendly.  The only negative part of the trip was that the European passengers don't seem to understand the concept of lines and queuing.


Our room was a B3 balcony, 13050.  our 12 year old son slept comfortably on the convertible sofa.  Our room was always cleaned very quickly and to a high standard by our steward.  The food was always plentiful and never made any of us sick.  i really liked the fresh fruit selections in the buffet. 


Every excursion we did was organized through the cruise line and they all were enjoyable.  The only problem I had with the excursions was the cost to rent snorkel equipment at Great Stirrup Cay - it was $30 per user for really basic equipment, and then the snorkeling in the bay was pretty poor.


We enjoyed a couple of shows in the Pantheon theater - the Michael Jackson tribute was good, and so was the farewell night of Italian operas and classic ballet.



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yetitech's Tips

Miami, Florida - Cruise terminal is run down and on disembarkation we had to wait in line for about 20 minutes while homeland security said the security line was too long.
Nassau, Bahamas - 4 cruise ships in port that day so we decided not to risk Atlantis. Not much else going on outside of Atlantis.
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - If you want to eat at Cagney's steakhouse, make your reservations early in the cruise. It filled up fast and we never got to eat there.
Falmouth, Jamaica - We took the shuttle to Chukka private beach. Get a chair as far away from the broken, blown out loud speaker as you can
Miami, Florida - While waiting to get on the ship, went to Bayside. Recommend not doing that....

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