Author: Iain Crowder
I find the reviews of MSC Divina somewhat amusing! I got off this boat 26th Feb 2017 from a two week back to back around the Caribbean, I just want my say........... "In the 15 cruises I've had this was the best cruise I've ever been on." There said it! Why - food was by far the best I've had on a ship since first cruise on Indy ot Seas which got me hooked on cruising, I think this was because I've learned from previous cruise with MSC in September the cooked breakfasts on MSC are indifferent so we had fruit, cereals meats & fresh breads or fresh made omelettes on deck 14 which were very good, Lunches from Salads to pizza (which is best at sea) to American food in the sports bar which was brilliant and quiet, Dinner in MDR was very good think Fillet steak and lobster (Surf & Turf) and the specialty restaurants Eataly, Galaxy, Steakhouse & Pizzeria every one brilliant, steaks and seafood melted in the mouth and was all pre paid. Tips - 1, Eat like Europeans (not like Brits abroad if you want that go to Benidorm). 2, Get the drinks package it's a must, 3, Slow down and relax your on holiday, 4, Smile it works a treat, 5, Pre pay everything its cheapest way to do it 6, Understand they are catering for multiple nationalities, 7, Find the quiet bars and speak to the staff and you get brilliant service even when their full. 8, Remember there is 4000+ trying to eat when you want to! The Captain is brilliant the staff were fantastic I couldn't find fault, if you raise your expectations even Cunard & Celebrity get criticised, expect lower and be surprised, the ship is stunning, stunning, stunning as is the Splendida, The shows are brilliant and took standing ovations every night for two weeks even though not all were to my taste they were good, classical musicians were very good and the bar acts got the boat rocking maybe guests on our two weeks went to enjoy themselves! Their will always people who complain I have myself in the past but I've learned to work round issues on ships on this ship (remember tip 8) buffet rammed in morning - omelette station deck 14, coffee bar & Danishes Deck 7. Buffet rammed at lunch - go to sports bar deck 7, pizza bar for the best freshest pizza I've ever had (and I've had a few), or go to the MDR. Evening meal - As on all ships go to the specialty restaurants. Ports in Caribbean tend to have 'authorised' touts use them they are cheaper than the ships tours again remember there are sometimes up to five ships in ports and you take them at your own risk. This was our second cruise with MSC it won't be our last!