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  1. January was my first time on MSC. I had mixed feelings. I am sure you have read up a bit on the MSC board, so you will be prepared for some of the differences. I was fighting getting sick the whole time I was on ship (coming from the NorthEast and having so many friends and neighbors with it, not totally surprising), so I think some of my mixed feelings were underlying not feeling 100%. I had connected with a lot of people via a social media group, as well as the roll call on cruise critic, so had a "group" that I hung out with most nights. I had a lot of fun, despite not feeling 100%. I had an inside cabin and found it plenty big enough (how often are you in there), and had a wonderful room steward who made me feel very welcomed and taken care of. For what ever reason, I had the hardest time navigating this ship.... i was forever going the wrong direction or on the wrong side (after 9 cruises, I found this very amusing, i have never had such issues 🤣). The pizza and pasta are definitely high points in the buffet area (this from someone who is not a pizza fan 😮). Something to note, you can order a la carte at the sushi restaurant which has an amazing view and not have to do the tasting menu. You can also order sushi here when it switches over to the disco later in the night. Do stop back and let us know how it goes...and start taking Airborne now!
  2. I just went solo on the Divina a month ago. say hi to mel"Sid" at the coffee bar. I think following safety protocols, maybe Airborne to up your vitamin count. Avoid touching things like banisters unless need to, railings, slot machines...and elbows to push buttons😂 I think caution is always good,that said, at this point they are screening pretty heavily, so unless I was in the Asian areas I would feel safe with a little more stringently following protocols. Where are you going? My concern would more be ports being cancelled because of the health scare, so mentally deciding you would be okay with not going to ports ahead of time might be a good prep. Most of all remember,have a great time!
  3. I was on the Divina Jan 12-17 I ended up snorkeling in the cove between the lighthouse and the ship, on the lighthouse end (Lighthouse Beach). There were some fish to see, but you needed to have patience...I will post a few pics i have, when I download them. That said, the water was a bit murky, so there may have been more. Admittedly I stayed here because I liked the beach chairs 🙂 A fellow cruiser told me after she snorkeled with me there, she walked past the lighthouse and wrapped around and went farther up that beach (Sunset Beach) and saw much more and didn't want to get out at 4:30 when the lifeguard was going away. At one point I took the trek around the other direction to the other side of the island ( Bimini Beach) and snorkeled there, and highly recommend not bothering there as all i saw was grass and very few fish of interest. I will say I really wanted to go into the crew beach, because it looked like a great place to snorkel 🙂 , but I didn't. I packed a shortie wetsuit, because I have been a little cold sensitive as of late. I snorkeled without the first time, after that I used the suit. I had also used it in Costa maya and was very happy i had brought it as an option 🙂 As for food, all the food trucks had hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. They also had veggie salad, and brownies. I did not go to the buffet, so i can't speak to that. We were wonderfully surprised in that we were only scheduled until 4 or 6 (depending when you looked at the schedule, but day of they decided we could stay until 11. We were able to see both the Junkanoo parade (8:30) and the lighthouse shows (with beach party between)(9 &10PM). it was a whole bunch of fun! I will say the one issue was that the parade was at 8:30, so if you had late dining, you needed to adjust accordingly.
  4. Thanks I am going to answer here and also on that one. I ended up snorkeling in the cove between the lighthouse and the ship, on the lighthouse end (Lighthouse Beach). There were some fish to see, but you needed to have patience...I will post a few pics i have, when I download them. That said, the water was a bit murky, so there may have been more. Admittedly i stayed here because I liked the beach chairs 🙂 A fellow cruiser told me after she snorkeled with me there, she walked past the lighthouse and wrapped around and went farther up that beach (Sunset Beach) and saw much more and didn't want to get out at 4:30 when the lifeguard was going away. At one point I took the trek around the other direction to the other side of the island ( Bimini Beach) and snorkeled there, and highly recommend not bothering there as all i saw was grass and very few fish of interest. I will say I really wanted to go into the crew beach, because it looked like a great place to snorkel 🙂 , but I didn't. Melissa
  5. I am 6 days away from my cruise. My nerves are up, I think because it is a new cruiseline for me, so don't know what to expect in a few areas. But hey it will be a cruise, if I don't like my dinner mates, I can go eat in the buffet or ask to switch tables. Not sure why this makes me nervous, I have never had an issue, I have always had great tablemates! At least the snow threat for my flight looks minimal! Melissa
  6. You can do this! I went to do a solo cruise for my 40th and last minute a friend joined me. But I did do an 8 day solo on Carnival Freedom a few years later. I loved it. Do you travel by yourself on land? I actually find it easier on a cruise. I am a people person so make friends easy, but I loved having quiet time when I wanted and not being responsible for others agenda. Be active on your roll call and there may be others you connect with. I ended up doing a beach day with a couple from my roll call. It is new so it's scary, but you can do it. Soon after my solo cruise, I went and lived on a 4 cabin catamaran for a week solo, loved every minute! You can do this! BTW: leaving on a solo cruise on MSC Divina next Sunday, cant wait! Melissa
  7. Any one have any info on snorkeling at Ocean Cay? Lots to see from the beach? And since the whole island is beach, which beach 😂. What are people seeing? I have my own equipment, and just want to go and enjoy.
  8. 5 weeks until solo on MSC Divina....not that I am counting.....
  9. MSC Divina. $99/pp inside 5 day Jan 12. With taxes $333 solo bella $354 fantastica The balcony was only $100 more.
  10. FWIW: I just booked Solo on msc Divina Jan 12, the price was just too good. Inside is running $99 for 5 day out of Miami...solo $333 I have missed cruising so much it has been over 5 years!!!😢😢😢
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