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Forum: MSC Cruises October 22nd, 2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Alex71
We did NYE on the Splendida a couple years ago...

We did NYE on the Splendida a couple years ago and were somewhat disappointed. Food was very good that night and we got a free bottle of sparkling wine, but somehow there was no special atmosphere on...
Forum: MSC Cruises October 22nd, 2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By Alex71
You may want to print out the terms and...

You may want to print out the terms and conditions that apply to you booking so that you have a better argument if you run into difficulties at check-in.

Similar to the T&Cs in the UK, the German...
Forum: MSC Cruises September 20th, 2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,530
Posted By Alex71
That reminds me of a trip to the southern US a...

That reminds me of a trip to the southern US a few year ago.

Apparently, what I had ordered for breakfast at one of the hotels we stayed at could be had with either grits or hash browns. I did...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics September 9th, 2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Alex71
In case you decide to overnight at the airport,...

In case you decide to overnight at the airport, at least make sure you have a jacket and a blanket with you...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics September 3rd, 2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Alex71
We had a seven hour layover, arriving at 11:30 pm...

We had a seven hour layover, arriving at 11:30 pm and departing at 6:30 am. We had decided to stay at the airport, since there would really not have been enough time to take full advantage of a hotel...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 29th, 2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By Alex71
Yes, we typically drink the tap water at the...

Yes, we typically drink the tap water at the buffet. It doesn't taste great, but with ice and a few lemon slices, it's ok.

The latest trend here in Germany for restaurants is to put filtered and...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 28th, 2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By Alex71
We usually buy the water package in advance - 26...

We usually buy the water package in advance - 26 EUR for 14 bottles, which is more than enough for our family of four. We even take water from the ship with us on excursions.

The water issue...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics August 24th, 2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Alex71
The UK is not part of the Schengen area....

The UK is not part of the Schengen area. Therefore, flights to LHR depart from the the non-Schengen part of the terminal. Here's a terminal map that shows the position of the passport control:...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics August 20th, 2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Alex71
Yes, it's the entry port into the Schengen area....

Yes, it's the entry port into the Schengen area. Non-EU passports are stamped with the standard Schengen stamp, so nothing spectacular.
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics August 17th, 2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By Alex71
We've used Icelandair many times. As others said,...

We've used Icelandair many times. As others said, all planes come together in Iceland and the same time so that folks can connect to their flights to Europe or North America. The planes usually wait...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics August 17th, 2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,305
Posted By Alex71
Berlin is easily accessible and served by...

Berlin is easily accessible and served by countless budget airlines from all over Europe, therefore it would be very easy to add a few days in Berlin before or after a cruise. This would also avoid...
Forum: MSC Cruises August 9th, 2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,804
Posted By Alex71
It's my understanding that the Divina will take...

It's my understanding that the Divina will take the Americanized experience to Europe. At least from Germany, it's not possible to book the European sailings on the Devina.

Looks like Americans...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 31st, 2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By Alex71
That's the main argument for me as well. One has...

That's the main argument for me as well. One has to vacate the cabin fairly early in the morning and it already is a pain to drag the hand luggage to breakfast, which is more crowded than usual on...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 17th, 2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,029
Posted By Alex71
We always had our espresso at one of the espresso...

We always had our espresso at one of the espresso bars right outside the restaurant. It allows for a nice change of scenery after sitting at the table for 1 1/2 hours.

I'm tempted to comment on...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 10th, 2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By Alex71
This must be new. Until now I've always been able...

This must be new. Until now I've always been able to get the club discount deducted. I've been able to combine it either with the cruise later voucher, other promotions (such as kids cruise free) or...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics July 10th, 2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,706
Posted By Alex71
Great post, Anni. By car, Warnemuende is...

Great post, Anni.

By car, Warnemuende is actually closer to Hamburg than to Berlin. It seems completely random to advertise it as port of Berlin.
Forum: MSC Cruises July 6th, 2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 721
Posted By Alex71
Makes sense given that MSC rates this summer...

Makes sense given that MSC rates this summer accross Europe were two or three times as high as they were in Florida.
Forum: MSC Cruises July 6th, 2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 721
Posted By Alex71
To be honest, I find that hard to believe....

To be honest, I find that hard to believe. Florida has been a typical winder destination for many years, so I can't imagine that they would pull their ships altogether. Over the summer of course,...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 5th, 2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
Again, thank you very much for all the info,...

Again, thank you very much for all the info, Antje!
Forum: MSC Cruises July 4th, 2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
Yep, maybe we'll just give it a try and decide...

Yep, maybe we'll just give it a try and decide for ourselves.

We've seen buffets at upscale resorts, that had enough of everything, no lines, waiters that welcomed us and led us to available...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 4th, 2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
Thanks again. I'll google your reviews. We...

Thanks again. I'll google your reviews.

We would be very much looking forward to sailing out of Hamburg especially out of the HafenCity terminal and then past the entire city. Since the cruise...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 3rd, 2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
Great insights, Antje, much appreciated. ...

Great insights, Antje, much appreciated.

Have you taken any of the longer cruises? I'm looking at the AIDA Sol from Hamburg to Mallorca via Dover, Le Havre, Santander, Ferrol, Lisbon, Cádiz,...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 3rd, 2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
I agree on the Mein Schiff 3. Looks fantastic and...

I agree on the Mein Schiff 3. Looks fantastic and very stylish. Unfortunately, Tui Cruises are very expensive. They are all inclusive, but we don't drink enough to get our money's worth.

I am...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 3rd, 2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
All great points. I wonder whether those...

All great points.

I wonder whether those who cruise with Aida do that because they only want to be with other German speakers (which would indicate that they are probably not well travelled, did...
Forum: MSC Cruises July 3rd, 2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By Alex71
Although I'm German and everyone in our family...

Although I'm German and everyone in our family speaks it, the fact that Aida is primarily marketed in German-speaking countries is definitely a concern. I'm afraid it might attract the crowds that...
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