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#1
New Jersey
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Hello from the Bay of Biscay -- onboard MSC's new Divina. We boarded yesterday at the shipyard (it's the first time I've ever cruised from a shipyard, pretty cool) at St. Nazaire and are heading south to stops in Lisbon, Cadiz for Seville, and Gibraltar before we hop off.

What can I tell you about the ship? Happy to answer any questions and post impressions from time to time (we're also chronicling the trip on Facebook, Twitter, and on our blog so stay tuned).

Carolyn

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#3
Norway
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Joined Oct 2010
Hello from Norway

We are in Yacht Club in early June and would love to know more about the YC area onboard.
I'm also curious about the infinity pool area.

How is MSC Divina compared to her earlier older sisters MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida?

Enjoy your time onboard.
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MSC: MSC Poesia, Baltic Sea 2013
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MSC: MSC Armonia, Canary Islands 2015.
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RCI: Jewel Of The Seas, Eastern Med 2016
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#4
CANADA,MTL
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Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by [email protected]
Hello from the Bay of Biscay -- onboard MSC's new Divina. We boarded yesterday at the shipyard (it's the first time I've ever cruised from a shipyard, pretty cool) at St. Nazaire and are heading south to stops in Lisbon, Cadiz for Seville, and Gibraltar before we hop off.

What can I tell you about the ship? Happy to answer any questions and post impressions from time to time (we're also chronicling the trip on Facebook, Twitter, and on our blog so stay tuned).

Carolyn

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Would it be possible to inquire what itineraries are in the plans once the Divina is in the carribbean for late 2013, and if the Poesia will still be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale .

Thanks in advance
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#5
New Jersey
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Hi, will check on itineraries -- good question! Yes, Poesia will stay in Ft. Lauderdale. The problem for Divina is that Port Everglades didn't have weekend space for her....

Carolyn

Originally posted by MTL=CRUISEFAMILY
Would it be possible to inquire what itineraries are in the plans once the Divina is in the carribbean for late 2013, and if the Poesia will still be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale .

Thanks in advance
#7
New Jersey
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Thanks, Trish.

My husband has already -- after less than 24 hours onboard -- told me that we're going to sail Divina again once it comes to the Caribbean. I think it will be an awesome ship there -- so much outside deck space (it's kind of cold, though fortunately sunny, here in the Atlantic).

Carolyn

Originally posted by wilson2579
Have a great time. We are sailing on the Divina in October.
#8
New Jersey
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Joined Nov 2005
Hi Norwegian Cruiser. Before I respond I have a question: Did you do Yacht Club on either Fantasia or Splendida (no worries either way, just curious).

Carolyn

Originally posted by Norwegian Cruiser 73
Hello from Norway

We are in Yacht Club in early June and would love to know more about the YC area onboard.
I'm also curious about the infinity pool area.

How is MSC Divina compared to her earlier older sisters MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida?

Enjoy your time onboard.
#9
Norway
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Originally posted by [email protected]
Hi Norwegian Cruiser. Before I respond I have a question: Did you do Yacht Club on either Fantasia or Splendida (no worries either way, just curious).

Carolyn
We did Yacht Club on Fantasia last summer A great experience and we are very excited about MSC Divina and the YC onboard there. Thank you very much
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MSC: MSC Divina, Yacht Club, Eastern Med 2012
MSC: MSC Divina, Yacht Club, Canary Islands 2013
MSC: MSC Poesia, Baltic Sea 2013
MSC: MSC Preziosa, Yacht Club, Western Med 2013
MSC: MSC Divina, Yacht Club B2B, Caribbean 2014
MSC: MSC Armonia, Canary Islands 2015.
MSC: MSC Fantasia, Yacht Club, Western Med 2015
RCI: Jewel Of The Seas, Eastern Med 2016
MSC: MSC Magnifica, Eastern Med 2016
MSC: MSC Meraviglia, Yacht Club, Maiden Voyage and Western Med 2017

Upcoming cruises:

MSC: MSC Seaview, Yacht Club, Western Med 2017
#10
ENGLAND
155 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Hi there,
We are booked on Divinia in October and are really looking forward to it. We've never done MSC before and have read mixed reviews about the availability of food/tea/coffee. Is Divinia quite different from RCCL in this way? Thank you and enjoy!!
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#11
New Jersey
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Joined Nov 2005
Hi, I got more info. Divina will be sailing eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Miami to the usual marquee ports (Cozumel, and Grand Cayman, along with Falmouth, in the west, and St. Maarten/St. Thomas in the east). But here's the cool news: On both swings the ship will call at NCL's Great Stirrup Cay, its private island.

At this point there's been no announcement about Poesia remaining in S. Florida during that winter season (remember we're talking Fall 2013, so a year and a half away). BUT I have heard rumors that a Poesia-class ship may well also be based in S. Florida over the winter months (and even that a Lirica-class vessel may ultimately, a couple of years down the road, be in North America year-round -- that's a first for MSC if that happens).

Carolyn

Originally posted by MTL=CRUISEFAMILY
Would it be possible to inquire what itineraries are in the plans once the Divina is in the carribbean for late 2013, and if the Poesia will still be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale .

Thanks in advance
#12
New Jersey
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So far, the food's been on a par with Royal Caribbean -- sometimes wonderful, sometimes okay, generally just fine. There's 24-hour room service, the buffet's open for breakfast lunch and dinner (and then some), and there are 24-hour beverage stations so I don't think you need to worry!

What I really like about MSC as compared to many US-based lines is that the specialty restaurants are almost always open for lunch as well as dinner and that's in-port as well on sea days.

One thing to be aware of: In the specialty restaurants there's no service fee -- but you'll pay a'la carte prices. For instance, in Sacramento, the ship's steakhouse/burger joint, I had a (way too) massive cheeseburger with fries and a small beer for 8 euro. I thought it was good value.

Let me know if you have other questions!

Carolyn

Originally posted by travellersontour
Hi there,
We are booked on Divinia in October and are really looking forward to it. We've never done MSC before and have read mixed reviews about the availability of food/tea/coffee. Is Divinia quite different from RCCL in this way? Thank you and enjoy!!
#13
acton,london
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Joined Feb 2001
i am boarding her on sunday only ha an insiude cabin on deck 10 butb really looking forward to it. hope to try a few of the other dining places can you recommend any and do youhave to book
dave
#14
ENGLAND
155 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Hi again! Thanks for the reply..glad food is good and I like the sound of the speciality restaurants.We are travelling with our 13yr old son who has asked if you can find out the price of the F1 simulator please? We are not sure if we should get him a teen card to pay for this-are you able to find out where else the teen card can be spent?
Thanks again-it is soooo useful to have you there on board! Hope you are continuing to enjoy xx
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Caribbean Princess Aug 2009
Navigator of the Seas Oct 2009
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#15
CANADA,MTL
777 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by [email protected]
Hi, I got more info. Divina will be sailing eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Miami to the usual marquee ports (Cozumel, and Grand Cayman, along with Falmouth, in the west, and St. Maarten/St. Thomas in the east). But here's the cool news: On both swings the ship will call at NCL's Great Stirrup Cay, its private island.

At this point there's been no announcement about Poesia remaining in S. Florida during that winter season (remember we're talking Fall 2013, so a year and a half away). BUT I have heard rumors that a Poesia-class ship may well also be based in S. Florida over the winter months (and even that a Lirica-class vessel may ultimately, a couple of years down the road, be in North America year-round -- that's a first for MSC if that happens).

Carolyn
Thank you
Great news...
We really enjoyed our MSC CRUISES and the European feel.
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#16
London
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Joined Aug 2009
Hope the weather picks up for you on what sounds like an exciting trip.

We just booked last minute (so will start thinking of my questions!) to sail in a couple of weeks.
#18
Leeds
134 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
I'm on Divina in late July sailing from Venice.

Can you give an idea of what the bar prices are like please? A draught beer, glass of wine, bottle of wine, spirit and mixer etc.

Is there a self-service restaurant or a casual dining option should we not wish to use the main restaurant at any point?

Is there a 24 hour food service, or is it just set meal times?

I'm thinking of putting a bottle of whisky in my suitcase to take onboard - what is the likelihood of my suitcase being opened / scanned - am I wasting my time trying?

Will I get lost!?

Thanks
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#19
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by seabourndt
not seen a reply to my question as yet i hope all went well my msc opera ship visit did not go too well saw no cabins at all!!!
dave
Wouldn't worry about not having seen a cabin on the Opera, Dave, as they are not that similar to the Fantasia class ones. The Opera's are much smaller with fewer modern features eg no wifi in cabins, no interactive TV etc.
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#20
Edinburgh UK
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Originally posted by mosstraveltv
I'm on Divina in late July sailing from Venice.

Can you give an idea of what the bar prices are like please? A draught beer, glass of wine, bottle of wine, spirit and mixer etc.

Is there a self-service restaurant or a casual dining option should we not wish to use the main restaurant at any point?

Is there a 24 hour food service, or is it just set meal times?

I'm thinking of putting a bottle of whisky in my suitcase to take onboard - what is the likelihood of my suitcase being opened / scanned - am I wasting my time trying?

Will I get lost!?

Thanks
Hopefully you'll get a reply directly from the cc editor but in case not, here's the answers to some of them.

There is now a casual dining option across the fleet for a limited period of time in the buffet in the evening. On the Fantasia class ship's you'll also have the options of speciality dining as an alternative but obviously that will cost extra.

Food is not available 24 hours. Breakfast and lunch are available for 3 hours (2 hours in MDR), although they occasionally extend the buffet time depending on port times. There is afternoon tea and then dinner, followed by snacks later. Expect a few hours in the morning and afternoon when none of the free options are a aklable. You can order room service anytime but that costs extra (except for breakfast which is free)

They are not very good at enforcing their dukes, so I thin you'd be unlucky if they were to confiscate your bottle of Whisky. Fairly good chance it will go unnoticed.
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MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
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