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Forum: MSC Cruises August 23rd, 2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,395
Posted By Alex71
100% agreed! Spending three weeks in the US...

100% agreed!

Spending three weeks in the US at the moment and I could moan all day long about all the things that are different (tipping, driving, bread, portions, chlorine water) or I could...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 20th, 2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,395
Posted By Alex71
I guess you would be in for another shock if you...

I guess you would be in for another shock if you tried to wash your hands at a rest stop in Germany (the charge is 70 ct).


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Forum: MSC Cruises August 20th, 2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,395
Posted By Alex71
In the end you have to look at the final cost...

In the end you have to look at the final cost with all things included. Whether you pay a couple euros more for water or in service charges or for other things really doesn't matter.

MSC...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 19th, 2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,395
Posted By Alex71
Customs in restaurants vary from country to...

Customs in restaurants vary from country to country, so I don't think there is one answer that is universally applicable.

Here in Germany, drink revenue is an important factor for restaurants. The...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 13th, 2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,395
Posted By Alex71
I pre-ordered a water package for our next...

I pre-ordered a water package for our next sailing for 27 EUR for 14 bottles, so it's really a non-issue.

In the past, one could occasionally make a bargain by booking through an American TA, but...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 5th, 2015, 02:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 792
Posted By Alex71
MSC in the Med will be distictly Italian with...

MSC in the Med will be distictly Italian with almost exclusively Italian food in the MDR. Seafood is better than meat. The buffet does have a fast food section, but that's about it in terms of...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 25th, 2015, 05:17 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 7,417
Posted By Alex71
I just read the terms on the German status match...

I just read the terms on the German status match program and what I found interesting is that they will not just match the status of other cruise lines but also of hotel chains or tour operators.
...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 19th, 2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,090
Posted By Alex71
I had a flyer explaining the new club rules in...

I had a flyer explaining the new club rules in the mail last week. It listed six different sailings, all in July and August, so pretty much last minute, standard eastern an western Meds itineraries.
Forum: MSC Cruises July 10th, 2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,090
Posted By Alex71
If I understand this correctly, no points will be...

If I understand this correctly, no points will be awarded for cruises booked as specials. This will make it almost impossible to collect many points going forward.

To summarize:

- massive...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 10th, 2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By Alex71
Agreed, very unappealing route. I guess, a large...

Agreed, very unappealing route. I guess, a large ship needs large ports so that won't have to let the masses descend on a small tender port.
Forum: MSC Cruises July 9th, 2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,910
Posted By Alex71
That's quite a bit cheaper. I may have to find a...

That's quite a bit cheaper. I may have to find a British TA for my next booking...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 9th, 2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,090
Posted By Alex71
The changes really are a shame. We shop around a...

The changes really are a shame. We shop around a little for other cruise lines. Always wanted to sail Tui Cruises.
Forum: MSC Cruises July 9th, 2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,910
Posted By Alex71
This can be booked from Germany now too....

This can be booked from Germany now too. Embarcation port is Montego Bay, though. Cheapest insides start at 1499 EUR pp. including flight, cheapest balcony cabins start at 1899 EUR. For comparison...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 7th, 2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By Alex71
Mineral water is a defined term in the EU....

Mineral water is a defined term in the EU. Purified or filtered water would not meet the requirements: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=URISERV:co0008
Forum: MSC Cruises July 7th, 2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,214
Posted By Alex71
We've used TAs in other countries without...

We've used TAs in other countries without problem.

Not sure what this would mean though if MSC changed plans an reallocated the ship to a different route. They may not be willing to reimburse a...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 7th, 2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By Alex71
MSC serves San Benedetto mineral water, as...

MSC serves San Benedetto mineral water, as AmoMondo said, either either still or sparkling: http://www.sanbenedetto.it/en-eng/Our-products/Mineral-Waters/San-Benedetto/For-The-Whole-Family

"San...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 6th, 2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,407
Posted By Alex71
Love your review. Much looking forward to reading...

Love your review. Much looking forward to reading the next installments! A Norway cruise is definitely next on our list.
Forum: MSC Cruises July 3rd, 2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,910
Posted By Alex71
These changes on relatively short notice have...

These changes on relatively short notice have been discussed before. While I find them acceptable when the security situation changes, I don't think it's right to do it purely based on bookings, as...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 3rd, 2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,910
Posted By Alex71
Another opportunity to take a Caribbean cruise...

Another opportunity to take a Caribbean cruise without the hassle of going through US immigration.
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics June 30th, 2015, 01:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 702
Posted By Alex71
Berlin is a very layed back city and you will...

Berlin is a very layed back city and you will find many people with shorts and flip flops on hot days. You will stand out though, if you wear sport shoes with tennis sock.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 29th, 2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By Alex71
Thanks everyone! I'll book the package...

Thanks everyone!

I'll book the package online then. Unlike my TA, MSC is at least not charging a credit card fee.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 29th, 2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By Alex71
Prepayment required for pre-reserved drink packaged?

Just got the confirmation for our next cruise and went to the MSC website to reserve our usual beer and water packages. In the past, they could be reserved online and were later added to the onboard...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 29th, 2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 729
Posted By Alex71
My 8% club discount was now also deducted, was...

My 8% club discount was now also deducted, was apparently just false information from my TA. Combined with the special discount from my TA, that's almost a 16% discount.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 29th, 2015, 01:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By Alex71
Duplicate post, please delete.

Duplicate post, please delete.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 29th, 2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By Alex71
Here's what they say on their webseite: ...

Here's what they say on their webseite:

“Meraviglia”, or “Wonder” in English, is the feeling of being amazed when we see something new, extraordinary or unimaginable. MSC Meraviglia will be the...
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