MSC Cruises Review - MSC Divina in the Caribbean from Feb 15-25, 2018

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#1
Ontario, Canada
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Hello everyone! I've written a very detailed cruise report and review of my first sailing with MSC Cruises! I sailed aboard the MSC Divina in the Caribbean (roundtrip Miami to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, and Gaudeloupe). This was part of the Holistic Holiday at Sea program (the vegan cruise).

Read all about what I ate, my overall experiences, what we did in each port, and what I think could be improved upon. There are tons of pics here and the entire review is about 4000 words, so grab a coffee and enjoy my review!

You can find it here:
https://justinpluslauren.com/vegan-cruise-caribbean/

Thanks for checking it out and please let me know if you have any questions about sailing on MSC Divina, the ports themselves, or what it's like to take a vegan / holistic cruise!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
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Central Illinois
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Joined Apr 2008
Thanks for the review. Our daughter is vegan and I found the food info interesting.
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#3
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Originally posted by Host Clarea
Thanks for the review. Our daughter is vegan and I found the food info interesting.
You're welcome! I think your daughter would really enjoy the cruise! It was great to be on a cruise where I didn't have to worry about it not being vegan, made it a lot easier. I feel like a lot of people on the sailing weren't necessarily vegan, but sailing with a vegan loved one and open to trying new things, which was really nice! A great learning experience for so many, too!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
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Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Originally posted by riclop
Thanks for the review.
You're welcome!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#6
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
NEW POST! First port of the cruise - St. Thomas!

As someone who has visited St. Thomas on numerous occasions, we ended up deciding not to book a tour this time and wandered around Charlotte Amalie from Havensight (aboard the MSC Divina). It was interesting to see St. Thomas after the hurricanes ripped through (we visited in February) as we were able to see some damage and closures. However, great to see the island starting to bounce back and welcome tourists to the port.

Here's my full review with a ton of photos:

https://justinpluslauren.com/st-thomas-cruise-port/

Thanks for taking a look and let me know if you have any questions!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#7
Canada
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Joined May 2007
Hey Lauren! Another great review. Cockleshell Beach looks gorgeous!
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#8
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Originally posted by Canadian Tyler
Hey Lauren! Another great review. Cockleshell Beach looks gorgeous!
THANK YOU! It was one of my favourite beaches...ever! You can see why from the photos. Perfect day!

For anyone else who wants to check it out - my latest blog post!


I booked an excursion through the ship, but you can just as easily take a taxi there. Highly recommend Cockleshell Beach - it's one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. It was quiet, we had loungers, and gorgeous views. There's a nearby beach bar and restaurant, too.

Here's my full review: https://justinpluslauren.com/cockles...h-in-st-kitts/

Let me know if you have any questions!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#9
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
New blog post up! This time, it's my St. Kitts cruise port guide! Hope you find it useful for your next trip to St. Kitts!

https://justinpluslauren.com/st-kitt...se-port-guide/
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My Travel Blog ~ Justin Plus Lauren

Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#10
Civitavecchia, Italy
4,420 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Thanks for your review!
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#11
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Originally posted by portofrome
Thanks for your review!
You're welcome!!


Here's my first video from this cruise! It's how we spent our day in Martinique.

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My Travel Blog ~ Justin Plus Lauren

Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#12
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Here's my full review of our day in Martinique! We took a catamaran excursion booked through the ship where we went snorkeling, had a little bit of time to check out the town and visited a hidden cave!

https://justinpluslauren.com/things-...in-martinique/
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My Travel Blog ~ Justin Plus Lauren

Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#14
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Originally posted by Keith1010
I enjoyed your review.
Keith
Thank you, Keith!!

I have a new blog post about our day in Barbados. In the morning, went swimming with sea turtles. And in the afternoon, took a taxi to the nearby Carlisle Bay!

https://justinpluslauren.com/things-to-do-in-barbados/
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#16
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Our last port was in Guadeloupe. There was an excursion on our cruise for a resort day pass. It ended up being at the Club Med La Caravelle and it certainly didn't disappoint. What a gorgeous resort!

I wrote a full review on it, you can check it out here:

https://justinpluslauren.com/club-med-guadeloupe/

Let me know if you have any questions!
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My Travel Blog ~ Justin Plus Lauren

Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000
#17
Ontario, Canada
1,354 Posts
Joined May 2008
Alright, last post from me about this cruise! I have a page that lists all of my articles all in one place about this voyage on the MSC Divina. You can view it here:

https://justinpluslauren.com/cruise-february-2018/

Thanks everyone for reading!
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My Travel Blog ~ Justin Plus Lauren

Past Cruises:

MSC Divina - Holistic Holiday at Sea, 10 day roundtrip Miami, February 2018
Ruby Princess - California Coastal, 7 day roundtrip LA, November 2017
Fathom Adonia - Dominican Republic, 7 day roundtrip Miami, November 2016
Carnival Sensation - Caribbean, 5 day roundtrip Miami, April 2016
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, March 2015

Emerald Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2014
Crown Princess - Western & Southern Caribbean, 14 day B2B roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Jan. 2012
Caribbean Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Dec. 2008
Sun Princess - Southern Caribbean, 10 day roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, Dec. 2006
Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean, 7 day roundtrip San Juan, Feb. 2006
Big Red Boat - Bahamas, 4 day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2000