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Forum: MSC Cruises November 3rd, 2015, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Alex71
I hope some of our experience was specific to the...

I hope some of our experience was specific to the ship and sailing and that your experiences will be better. I would think though that budgets are set centrally and food is purchased centrally for...
Forum: MSC Cruises November 2nd, 2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 632
Posted By Alex71
Cutbacks and devaluations - this new gold member may not come back

Just got back from a seven day cruise on the Magnifica yesterday. Ironically, this last cruise brought me up to gold status, but I will think twice before booking with MSC again. The recent cutbacks...
Forum: Italy Ports October 18th, 2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By Alex71
Thank you for the tip, much appreciated. We'll...

Thank you for the tip, much appreciated. We'll look into Lecce.
Forum: Italy Ports October 17th, 2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By Alex71
Brindisi?

One of the ports of our upcoming cruise with the Magnifica is Brindisi. I haven't been able to find a whole lot about this port yet.

Has anyone been and can recommend some things to do there? It's...
Forum: MSC Cruises October 7th, 2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By Alex71
We usually prebook the water package (27 EUR for...

We usually prebook the water package (27 EUR for 14 bottles).
Forum: MSC Cruises September 20th, 2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By Alex71
Unless they meant 12, that's what I would have...

Unless they meant 12, that's what I would have assumed anyway.
Forum: MSC Cruises September 18th, 2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By Alex71
Having looked into this a little more, the port...

Having looked into this a little more, the port charges are calculated based on the size of the ship (per GT) and not on the number of passengers. Here's an example from the port of Bremen...
Forum: MSC Cruises September 18th, 2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By Alex71
I never had to pay any port taxes or fees for our...

I never had to pay any port taxes or fees for our kids. If it's free, there's nothing to tax. Does it maybe depend on the age? Both of our kids are still under 12.
Forum: MSC Cruises September 15th, 2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By Alex71
Thanks for sharing. It seems to me that...

Thanks for sharing.

It seems to me that they are putting a spin on the German text that suits their argument. The only policy change, that I can see in the text, is that they've lowered the age...
Forum: MSC Cruises September 15th, 2015, 02:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By Alex71
Well, you get free water instead. You've got to...

Well, you get free water instead. You've got to pick battles. ;)
Forum: MSC Cruises September 12th, 2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By Alex71
No, it's for next year. Until this year, kids...

No, it's for next year. Until this year, kids under 18 were free, starting next year, they've lowered the age to 12. Our oldest is ten now, so we can still benefit two more years. This is for...
Forum: MSC Cruises September 12th, 2015, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,021
Posted By Alex71
Here in Germany, kids under 12 are still free...

Here in Germany, kids under 12 are still free when sharing a cabin with two adults. They don't have to pay port charges, but now have to pay half the service charge.

We've used TAs from different...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 23rd, 2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,378
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: 2,378
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: 2,378
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: 2,378
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: 2,378
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: 21
Views: 3,704
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: 279
Views: 21,688
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: 9,237
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: 9,237
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: 1,120
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: 69
Views: 5,329
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: 9,237
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: 69
Views: 5,329
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...
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