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Sharon

Age: 65

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: MSC Cruises

Ship: MSC Divina

Sailing Date: 2013-03-15

Itinerary: Mediterranean

This was our first cruise ever and having read some negative reviews about MSC after booking we were a little apprehensive. We shouldn't have worried. The ship is magnificent, spotlessly clean and the crew are cleaning something every time you see them. Speaking of crew, they are so service minded and helpful, it was a pleasure to deal with them,

The food was excellent. The buffet had heaps of variety and if you felt after a time that there was a sameness to the buffet food, you could always eat in one of the main dining rooms and get an a la carte menu for three meals a day. The Tex Mex was not expensive and we spent an enjoyable evening there.

If there was a criticism it would only be that the food could have been hotter. But you are feeding over 3000 people. Easy solved - eat the yummy salads.

Our Stateroom was a Balcony one and it was huge. There was plenty of storage space, a great balcony and couch to sit on.

WE didn't participate in any of these, as we don't enjoy being organised.

We went on the first excursion to Messina and felt that it was overpriced and that it wasn't well planned. After that we got a taxi at each port which cost half the price of the tour for two people and went to the same places but with much more ease. We never found it a problem to find an English speaking taxi driver.

We went around the bottom of Italy with a stop in Malta - oh Malta , how gorgeous. Then we went up to Venice with stops in Greece, Montenegro and Sicily. We were 2 of very few English speaking passengers, although as the crew is mostly Balinese, they spoke English well and like Australians. We took the Allegrissimo package as we had read that drinks were very expensive. I would not do that again.

Cocktails were around $6, stubbies of beer about $5.00 and wine about $6.00 a glass. You nee da lot of drinks at those prices to drink $57.00 a day each. On the last day and disembarking in Venice was very badly organised and we stood in line for about three hours waiting for our passports and then when they arrived passengers were grabbing them. The crew were too inexperienced to handle it and requests for security fell on deaf ears. This was my only criticism of the cruise.

I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

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