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Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics June 30th, 2015, 01:44 AM
Replies: 9
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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: 216
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: 216
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: 530
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: 228
Posted By Alex71
Duplicate post, please delete.

Duplicate post, please delete.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 29th, 2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
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...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 27th, 2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By Alex71
Fortunately, the advertised price has to be the...

Fortunately, the advertised price has to be the final price including taxes and fees, so 399 EUR means 399 minus whatever the travel agent is willing to take off and free for the kids means free.
...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 26th, 2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,121
Posted By Alex71
Decks and restaurants look very airy. Wondering...

Decks and restaurants look very airy. Wondering if they will cram in a lot more tables and sun beds in real life.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 26th, 2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By Alex71
Is MSC pricing getting more attractive again?

We've had lots of threads moaning about MSC getting more expensive and lacking specials.

My impression is that this trend is finally starting to reverse. I'm seeing lots of Western Med specials...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 25th, 2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Alex71
I usually wear at least a dark suit, but tend to...

I usually wear at least a dark suit, but tend to leave off the tie since I'm on vacation. I've seen people wear jeans on gala nights, but they were the absolute minority and must have felt out of...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 25th, 2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 414
Posted By Alex71
We had some fabulous waiters and cabin stewards....

We had some fabulous waiters and cabin stewards. In these cases we gave each of our two cabin stewards an extra 10 EUR and each of our two waiters also an extra 10.

We also had cases where we...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 20th, 2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,368
Posted By Alex71
Yes, truely outragous that some countries and...

Yes, truely outragous that some countries and compynies still try to do things the non-US way.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 16th, 2015, 04:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By Alex71
You can also get them on Ebay for a few cents vs....

You can also get them on Ebay for a few cents vs. 15 EUR at an airport electronics shop.
Forum: MSC Cruises June 14th, 2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,368
Posted By Alex71
We once booked through an American TA and got one...

We once booked through an American TA and got one voucher for a bottle per cabin per day.

You can also buy 14 water vouchers for 26 EUR and beer or wine packages will also come with additional...
Forum: MSC Cruises June 13th, 2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,368
Posted By Alex71
You can buy a 1.5l bottle of San Benedetto at...

You can buy a 1.5l bottle of San Benedetto at Aldi for 0,29 EUR incl. VAT, so I'm sure MSC pays less than 15 ct per 1L bottle. It's probably cheaper than washing out carafes, filtering the water,...
Forum: MSC Cruises May 21st, 2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 954
Posted By Alex71
They are slowly removing all aspects that make...

They are slowly removing all aspects that make them attractive. We are keeping our eyes open for good deals with other lines. Fortunately, lots of new ships are currently being added everywhere.
Forum: MSC Cruises March 16th, 2015, 02:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 755
Posted By Alex71
We twice booked a guarantee cabin on MSC. Once we...

We twice booked a guarantee cabin on MSC. Once we got a mild upgrade from inside to ocean view, once we exactly got the category we booked and it was perfectly fine.
Forum: MSC Cruises March 8th, 2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By Alex71
We usually get a 0.5 L carafe of the house wine...

We usually get a 0.5 L carafe of the house wine and find it acceptable. The red wine is from Sicily, the white wine from northern Italy. They are both hidden towards the end of the wine list. Last...
Forum: MSC Cruises March 7th, 2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 856
Posted By Alex71
Since when is gambeling "income" taxable and...

Since when is gambeling "income" taxable and since when are gambeling losses tax deductable? This is the first time I'm hearing this and I don't think it's a correct assumption.

I wouldn't worry...
Forum: MSC Cruises February 11th, 2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By Alex71
That's great news. Hopefully, prices will come...

That's great news. Hopefully, prices will come down a bit. It would be great to have a few more of the slightly longer tours that spend two days in St. Petersburg.
Forum: MSC Cruises February 5th, 2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 924
Posted By Alex71
Hopefully, we will see some better prices once...

Hopefully, we will see some better prices once all this capacity becomes available.
Forum: MSC Cruises January 22nd, 2015, 04:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By Alex71
Yep, that's what we usually do as well....

Yep, that's what we usually do as well. Unfortunately, we don't speak much Italian, but comparing the English, German and French translation is already very useful.

In general, the Italian dishes...
Forum: MSC Cruises January 19th, 2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 814
Posted By Alex71
I think that's a good advice. Request a table...

I think that's a good advice. Request a table just for your family so that you won't have to wait for other slower eaters.

The pace will be dependant on the slowest eater at the table, since they...
Forum: MSC Cruises January 13th, 2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,102
Posted By Alex71
For our second voucher, we got the early booking...

For our second voucher, we got the early booking discount + club discount + OBC from our travel agent + kids cruise free + the voucher. All in all, it was a good enough deal, given that we have to...
Forum: MSC Cruises January 11th, 2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,102
Posted By Alex71
We've successfully used a voucher twice. Out of...

We've successfully used a voucher twice. Out of three bookings where we tried to use a voucher, it was accepted twice and rejected once.
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