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    Looking for the best beach day option

    I agree with Horseshoe Bay. It can get pretty crowded, but I've never found it unbearable, plus it has facilities and its beautiful.
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    Help with planning my days in port

    Thanks for the heads up about the sea glass. Now that you mention it, a shell that I had found last time was confiscated as I boarded the ship, so maybe I'll scrap Alexandria's Battery and replace it with something else. Maybe I'll do a tour of one of the caves.
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    Help with planning my days in port

    Hello, I'm going to Bermuda in August on the NCL Dawn, and just wanted some feedback on my plan. I've been to Bermuda twice before, but looking for some feedback regarding my plan/order of things. How does the following sound? Sunday: We dock at 1pm, so I was thinking about trying to get off the ship by 2p, and then taking a taxi over to Horseshoe Bay. I plan on staying there until we have to give the chairs in umbrellas back, and then taking a taxi back to the dockyard for a sunset cruise, and then back to the ship for a late dinner. Monday: Taking the early NCL Ferry to St. George. After exploring St. George for an hour, walk to Tobacco Bay, stay for a few hours, and then lunch. After lunch, take a taxi to Alexandria Battery for some sea glass, then back to St. George to catch the ferry. (What time does the last Ferry leave to go back to the dockyard?) Tuesday: Jet Ski or Catamaran tour in the morning, then back to the dockyard and a few hours at Snorkel Park Beach. I'd like to be back on the ship by 3pm since we leave at 5pm.
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    Restaurant near Tobacco Bay

    That's it! Thank you!!!
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    Restaurant near Tobacco Bay

    Hello, I last went to Bermuda 4 years ago, and I went to a nice restaurant near Tobacco Bay for lunch, but I can't remember the name of it. When we left Tobacco Bay, we walked down the road less than a mile, and we came to a really nice beach. There was a resort/hotel at the top of a hill next to the beach, and there was a restaurant up there with a really nice view. It looked like there were cottages/bungalows on the property, but we didn't explore too much. I tried looking at maps online to see if the hotel was on there, but I can't find it. Does anyone know which one I'm talking about? Thanks!
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    We didn't do any shore excursions, we prefer to just explore on our own. I'm St. Maarten we went to Maho beach for most of the day. In San. Juan we toured the forts and then walked around the city. In Nassau we went to the straw market and went into a few shops in that area. We then spent a little while at Atlantis, and then we went to Junkanoo beach before returning to the ship. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    No, 7pm for the late seating, and I think 9pm for the early seating. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    Shows were at 7:00pm for the late seating. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    I don't know if I'd say "hopping" but there's people at them. Live entertainment played until around 1am. All the live entertainment was really good by the way. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    Embarkation: This was the easiest and quickest embarkation I've ever experienced. We stayed at the Marriott near Miami International Airport and took their 11am shuttle to the port for $10 pp. The Divina was the 3rd ship the shuttle stopped at, and we were off the shuttle by 11:30am. Porters took out luggage, and we made our way inside. Once we got through security, we went right up to the check in counter as there were no lines. Check in was very quick, and we were standing on our balcony by 12pm. They do not have you register any payment method until you get on the ship. This can me done with credit, debit or cash. Credit and Debit can be done at the self service kiosks which were scattered around the reception area, while Cash was handled at the desk. You are given 24 hours to register a payment method, though your card will work immediately for purchases. This means that if there is a line when you first board, you can just come back later. However, we didn't encounter any lines so registering our debit card was quick. It should be noted that unlike other cruise lines, MSC does not put a "hold" or an "authorization" on your debit card. Rather you choose an amount to pay ($100-$400) and you are charged the full amount immediately. Anything not spent is given back to you in cash before debarking on the final morning. Also, another nice thing is that your card isn't declined if you go over your limit. For example, I paid $400 with my debit card initially , and I was told that I could go $300 over before needing to pay more. Our account totaled around $700 for the 2 of us, so we went back to reception on the final night and paid the remaining $300 that we owed. Stateroom: We had a balcony cabin on the 13th deck (13126). It is located directly under the buffet area, which did cause some noise late at night and early in the morning while they cleaned. The cabin was clean and well maintained for the whole week. Our cabin was cleaned twice daily. The bathroom was a little cramped, but the collapsible shower doors helped out with the lack of space. The cabin had a good size couch near the balcony doors and a stocked mini bar. The strange thing was that the mini bar was not replenished during the week. The balcony was furnished with 2 standard chairs (not loungers) and a table/ottoman. Dining: Our assigned seating in the dining room was late seating in the black crab dining room. We were sat at a table for 8 with 3 other couples, however 1 of the other couples only came to dinner once. Service was a lot better than I expected. Our water glasses were kept full, and after the 2nd night, our head waiter knew that I drank a lot of iced tea and he brought it to me without asking. Our food came out hot, and it was cooked properly. (Including the pasta, which I read a lot of people had issues with.) Overall, the food in the main dining room was very good, but nothing that blew me away. Don't get me wrong, it was very good, but nothing that made me say "Wow, that was the best steak/pasta/fish I've ever had." Meals took about 90 minutes, and consisted of an appetizer, main course and dessert. If you ordered multiple appetizers, they were served in separate courses. Several of us at our table ordered multiple appetizers, entrees and desserts and it was never an issue. The buffet was crowded at peak times, but this is typical of any cruise I've been on. The pizza is especially good. They had around 8 different varieties, and it was always hot and fresh. If you can't find any tables directly inside the buffet, head midship and go out the door toward the pool deck. There are several tables out there. We didn't do any of the specialty restaurants except for the eataly pizza. The pizza was good, and the prices were reasonable, but I actually liked the pizza in the buffet better. Definitely try it if you like pizza. The ship itself: Like most other people have said, the Divina is a beautiful ship. It looks brand new, and everywhere you look someone was cleaning the carpet or polishing something. There were a few things that I didn't like though. The promenade deck on this ship is where the lifeboats are located, which blocks the view around 75%. The lifeboats are not hanging above the deck, rather they are sitting on the deck. There was no seating, and no way to walk around the ship. If you're someone who enjoys sitting on the promenade deck and listening to the waves, you will be disappointed. Another downside, is the lack of deck space in the pool area and above it. It was VERY difficult to find a chair on sea days. We went outside around 9am on sea days, and the chairs were already "reserved" with towels. If you want a chair, I suggest going out with your towel around 7am. Although they say they will remove towels after 30 minutes, I never saw them do that, and chairs remained vacant for 3 or 4 hours even though they had a towel or other belongings on them. This seems to be an issue on a lot of ships I've sailed on, but this was probably the worse. Odds & Ends: As soon as you board, you're basically harassed into buying a drink package. This will continue right through the first full sea day. We were told about the drink package 5 times during our first breakfast on board. A few of the staff members were downright pushy about them. It got to the point where I felt like I was at a sales presentation for a timeshare when all I wanted to do was get trough my breakfast in peace. We didn't think it was worth it for us to buy an all inclusive package, but we wanted the drink vouchers. The vouchers allow you to "pre-pay" for 18 drinks at a discounted rate. One of the bartenders tried to get us to buy an all inclusive package, and he didn't want to talk about the vouchers until I asked about them directly. We did the math, and decided to get the vouchers. We went back to the same bar about 1 hour later, and we were told that they weren't offering the vouchers on our cruise. He immediately tried selling us on the drink package again, which became very annoying. We saw several people paying with vouchers during that first evening, so we went to another bar and were told that they are not selling them for our cruise. When I asked again, I was told that people had pre-purchased them before boarding, but they were no longer selling them due to the ship not being full. I don't know how true that is, but I didn't press the issue any further. To sum everything up, we had a great time on the Divina. I would absolutely cruise with MSC again. There were some things that could be improved, but it wasn't anything that made me not want to sail with MSC or the Divina in the future. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    Thanks for clarifying the nights...I couldn't remember exactly. I'm hoping to have the review posted tomorrow. Today was spent doing a mountain of laundry, and spoiling my dog :) Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    I can't remember the order of the theme nights exactly, but I think it went White, 70's and Italian. Formal nights were the 2nd & last sea days. As far as I know, there was no black light party. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    They played trivia 2-3 times per day, and they played the "quest" game show once. They had other activities as well, but in general I think there were less organized activities than we found on NCL or RCCL. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    This was my 8th cruise, but first time on MSC and I've never had an easier boarding process. We took a shuttle from our hotel at 11am, and we were standing on our balcony by 12pm. We never got off the shuttle until 11:30, so the whole boarding process took less than 30 minutes. There were 2 formal nights. Most men wore dress pants and a dress shirt. Some wore suits or tuxedos, but most did not. In addition to the formal nights, there was a white party, 70's flower power night, and an Italian themed night (people wore red, green or white in accordance with the Italian flag). I didn't keep any of the daily schedules. I felt like our room was getting full of paper from all the schedules and handouts, so we threw things out on a daily basis. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Just off DIVINA - Review in process

    Overall, we felt the food was good. Nothing really blew me away, but everything was good. I'll go into more detail in my review. Embarkation and disembarking were very quick. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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