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#1
Bonn Germany
4 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
We are a family of 7 taking our first cruise on the MSC Melody in July. I would like to know about any extra costs: drinks, tipping, etc. We are not big drinkers but I know the kids are going to want drinks/snacks throughout the day. Is there an "all you can drink" soft drink fee or card? What about tipping? Is the service good enough to just pay a total fee for tipping, or should I tip as we go? Finally are there any other large fees we should expect to pay?

We are very excited but nervous. Thanks for any help to first timers like us.
#2
Bonn Germany
4 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
I found out about the tipping policy but still have not found itnformation concerning the prices of soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. Does anyone know the approximate costs on MSC Mediterranian cruises?
#3
Ontario, Canada
80 Posts
Joined May 2007
This may help - from the Musica last week:

Wine packages available -

Classic - 4 wine (2 white, 2 red, I think) + 7 mineral water = E79
Superior - 7 wine (3w, 3r, 1rose) + 7 mineral = E129
Prestige - 5 wine (2w, 2r,1 rose) + 7 mw = E 139
Solo Bianchi - 6 premium white wine + 7 mw = E 149
Solo Rossi - 6 premium red wine + 7 mw = E 149

From the wine list bottles started at about 19E.
A glass of house wine about 3.7 or 4E

The beer package is 63E for 14 large beer, or 32E for 14 small beer.

There's also a cocktail package - 12 cocktails - your choice - for 63E.

And soft drinks 14 for 28E.

Junior card - 5 soft drinks, 5 non-alcoholic cocktails - 31 E

10 Fresh fruit smoothies package - 38E

10 ice cream cones - 20E

You can buy the packages at embarkation or any time during your trip.

The tips are included in the cost of drinks.

Continental breakfast room service is FREE (but we usually tipped a euro) - includes coffee, teas, milk, juice, rolls, croisants, jams, etc. - just hang out your order the night before.

Water/Juice is available at breakfast, and I think lunch in the cafeteria for free

Since you have kids, might be a good idea to stock up on water, soft drinks and juice and even snacks at port stops. We bought water (and beer) cheap, cheap at the mini marts in Greece and had no problem bringing on board.

Any more questions, just ask and I'll try to answer.
#4
Ontario, Canada
80 Posts
Joined May 2007
This may help - from the Musica last week:

Wine packages available -

Classic - 4 wine (2 white, 2 red, I think) + 7 mineral water = E79
Superior - 7 wine (3w, 3r, 1rose) + 7 mineral = E129
Prestige - 5 wine (2w, 2r,1 rose) + 7 mw = E 139
Solo Bianchi - 6 premium white wine + 7 mw = E 149
Solo Rossi - 6 premium red wine + 7 mw = E 149

From the wine list bottles started at about 19E.
A glass of house wine about 3.7 or 4E

The beer package is 63E for 14 large beer, or 32E for 14 small beer.

There's also a cocktail package - 12 cocktails - your choice - for 63E.

And soft drinks 14 for 28E.

Junior card - 5 soft drinks, 5 non-alcoholic cocktails - 31 E

10 Fresh fruit smoothies package - 38E

10 ice cream cones - 20E

You can buy the packages at embarkation or any time during your trip.

The tips are included in the cost of drinks.

Continental breakfast room service is FREE (but we usually tipped a euro) - includes coffee, teas, milk, juice, rolls, croisants, jams, etc. - just hang out your order the night before.

Water/Juice is available at breakfast, and I think lunch in the cafeteria for free

Since you have kids, might be a good idea to stock up on water, soft drinks and juice and even snacks at port stops. We bought water (and beer) cheap, cheap at the mini marts in Greece and had no problem bringing on board.

Any more questions, just ask and I'll try to answer.
#5
Ontario, Canada
80 Posts
Joined May 2007
This may help - from the Musica last week:

Wine packages available -

Classic - 4 wine (2 white, 2 red, I think) + 7 mineral water = E79
Superior - 7 wine (3w, 3r, 1rose) + 7 mineral = E129
Prestige - 5 wine (2w, 2r,1 rose) + 7 mw = E 139
Solo Bianchi - 6 premium white wine + 7 mw = E 149
Solo Rossi - 6 premium red wine + 7 mw = E 149

From the wine list bottles started at about 19E.
A glass of house wine about 3.7 or 4E

The beer package is 63E for 14 large beer, or 32E for 14 small beer.

There's also a cocktail package - 12 cocktails - your choice - for 63E.

And soft drinks 14 for 28E.

Junior card - 5 soft drinks, 5 non-alcoholic cocktails - 31 E

10 Fresh fruit smoothies package - 38E

10 ice cream cones - 20E

You can buy the packages at embarkation or any time during your trip.

The tips are included in the cost of drinks.

Continental breakfast room service is FREE (but we usually tipped a euro) - includes coffee, teas, milk, juice, rolls, croisants, jams, etc. - just hang out your order the night before.

Water/Juice is available at breakfast, and I think lunch in the cafeteria for free

Since you have kids, might be a good idea to stock up on water, soft drinks and juice and even snacks at port stops. We bought water (and beer) cheap, cheap at the mini marts in Greece and had no problem bringing on board.

Any more questions, just ask and I'll try to answer.
#6
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by Puzzler132
We are a family of 7 taking our first cruise on the MSC Melody in July. I would like to know about any extra costs: drinks, tipping, etc. We are not big drinkers but I know the kids are going to want drinks/snacks throughout the day. Is there an "all you can drink" soft drink fee or card? What about tipping? Is the service good enough to just pay a total fee for tipping, or should I tip as we go? Finally are there any other large fees we should expect to pay?

We are very excited but nervous. Thanks for any help to first timers like us.
Only other extras are for extra services such as spa treatments, photos (completely optional whether you want to buy them)ship's shore excursions.

One thing you may not realsie about cruises is that they supply pool and beach towels, so need to pack any. MSC get you to sign for them and then mark them off when you return them later that day. make sure they take your card number when you return them otherwise they'll charge you for them.

Have a great time
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#7
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by Puzzler132
We are a family of 7 taking our first cruise on the MSC Melody in July. I would like to know about any extra costs: drinks, tipping, etc. We are not big drinkers but I know the kids are going to want drinks/snacks throughout the day. Is there an "all you can drink" soft drink fee or card? What about tipping? Is the service good enough to just pay a total fee for tipping, or should I tip as we go? Finally are there any other large fees we should expect to pay?

We are very excited but nervous. Thanks for any help to first timers like us.
Only other extras are for extra services such as spa treatments, photos (completely optional whether you want to buy them)ship's shore excursions.

One thing you may not realsie about cruises is that they supply pool and beach towels, so need to pack any. MSC get you to sign for them and then mark them off when you return them later that day. make sure they take your card number when you return them otherwise they'll charge you for them.

Have a great time
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MSC Orchestra - Eastern Med - Jun 16
MSC Orchestra - Barbados to Genoa - Apr 16
Costa Serena -Arabian Gulf - Mar 15
MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
Costa Fortuna - Arabian Gulf - Jan 14
MSC Musica - Eastern Med & Black Sea - Oct 13
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
MSC Sinfonia - Western Med - May 13
Costa Atlantica - Arabian Gulf - Mar 13
MSC Musica - Greek Isles - Sept 12
MSC Opera - Buenos Aires to Southampton Apr 12
Costa Favolosa - Arabian Gulf - Jan 12
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Oct 11
Costa Romantica - Indian Ocean - Jan 11
MSC Musica - Venice to Rio - Nov 10
MSC Melody - Med & Black Sea - Jul 10
MSC Sinfonia - Livorno to Durban - Oct-Nov 09
MSC Fantasia - Western Med - Apr 09
MSC Lirica - Dover to Genoa - Sept 08
MSC Lirica - Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Dover) - Mar-Apr 08
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Sep 07
MSC Opera - - Jul 07
MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
MSC Opera - Western Med - May 06
MSC Opera - Transatlantic (Genoa - Fort Lauderdale) Dec 05-Jan 06
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Jun 05
#8
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by Puzzler132
We are a family of 7 taking our first cruise on the MSC Melody in July. I would like to know about any extra costs: drinks, tipping, etc. We are not big drinkers but I know the kids are going to want drinks/snacks throughout the day. Is there an "all you can drink" soft drink fee or card? What about tipping? Is the service good enough to just pay a total fee for tipping, or should I tip as we go? Finally are there any other large fees we should expect to pay?

We are very excited but nervous. Thanks for any help to first timers like us.
Only other extras are for extra services such as spa treatments, photos (completely optional whether you want to buy them)ship's shore excursions.

One thing you may not realsie about cruises is that they supply pool and beach towels, so need to pack any. MSC get you to sign for them and then mark them off when you return them later that day. make sure they take your card number when you return them otherwise they'll charge you for them.

Have a great time
Expand Signature
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MSC Orchestra - Eastern Med - Jun 16
MSC Orchestra - Barbados to Genoa - Apr 16
Costa Serena -Arabian Gulf - Mar 15
MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
Costa Fortuna - Arabian Gulf - Jan 14
MSC Musica - Eastern Med & Black Sea - Oct 13
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
MSC Sinfonia - Western Med - May 13
Costa Atlantica - Arabian Gulf - Mar 13
MSC Musica - Greek Isles - Sept 12
MSC Opera - Buenos Aires to Southampton Apr 12
Costa Favolosa - Arabian Gulf - Jan 12
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Oct 11
Costa Romantica - Indian Ocean - Jan 11
MSC Musica - Venice to Rio - Nov 10
MSC Melody - Med & Black Sea - Jul 10
MSC Sinfonia - Livorno to Durban - Oct-Nov 09
MSC Fantasia - Western Med - Apr 09
MSC Lirica - Dover to Genoa - Sept 08
MSC Lirica - Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Dover) - Mar-Apr 08
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Sep 07
MSC Opera - - Jul 07
MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
MSC Opera - Western Med - May 06
MSC Opera - Transatlantic (Genoa - Fort Lauderdale) Dec 05-Jan 06
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Jun 05
#9
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by Puzzler132
We are a family of 7 taking our first cruise on the MSC Melody in July. I would like to know about any extra costs: drinks, tipping, etc. We are not big drinkers but I know the kids are going to want drinks/snacks throughout the day. Is there an "all you can drink" soft drink fee or card? What about tipping? Is the service good enough to just pay a total fee for tipping, or should I tip as we go? Finally are there any other large fees we should expect to pay?

We are very excited but nervous. Thanks for any help to first timers like us.
Only other extras are for extra services such as spa treatments, photos (completely optional whether you want to buy them)ship's shore excursions.

One thing you may not realsie about cruises is that they supply pool and beach towels, so need to pack any. MSC get you to sign for them and then mark them off when you return them later that day. make sure they take your card number when you return them otherwise they'll charge you for them.

Have a great time
Expand Signature
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MSC Orchestra - Eastern Med - Jun 16
MSC Orchestra - Barbados to Genoa - Apr 16
Costa Serena -Arabian Gulf - Mar 15
MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
Costa Fortuna - Arabian Gulf - Jan 14
MSC Musica - Eastern Med & Black Sea - Oct 13
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
MSC Sinfonia - Western Med - May 13
Costa Atlantica - Arabian Gulf - Mar 13
MSC Musica - Greek Isles - Sept 12
MSC Opera - Buenos Aires to Southampton Apr 12
Costa Favolosa - Arabian Gulf - Jan 12
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Oct 11
Costa Romantica - Indian Ocean - Jan 11
MSC Musica - Venice to Rio - Nov 10
MSC Melody - Med & Black Sea - Jul 10
MSC Sinfonia - Livorno to Durban - Oct-Nov 09
MSC Fantasia - Western Med - Apr 09
MSC Lirica - Dover to Genoa - Sept 08
MSC Lirica - Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Dover) - Mar-Apr 08
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Sep 07
MSC Opera - - Jul 07
MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
MSC Opera - Western Med - May 06
MSC Opera - Transatlantic (Genoa - Fort Lauderdale) Dec 05-Jan 06
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Jun 05
#10
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by Puzzler132
We are a family of 7 taking our first cruise on the MSC Melody in July. I would like to know about any extra costs: drinks, tipping, etc. We are not big drinkers but I know the kids are going to want drinks/snacks throughout the day. Is there an "all you can drink" soft drink fee or card? What about tipping? Is the service good enough to just pay a total fee for tipping, or should I tip as we go? Finally are there any other large fees we should expect to pay?

We are very excited but nervous. Thanks for any help to first timers like us.
Only other extras are for extra services such as spa treatments, photos (completely optional whether you want to buy them)ship's shore excursions.

One thing you may not realsie about cruises is that they supply pool and beach towels, so need to pack any. MSC get you to sign for them and then mark them off when you return them later that day. make sure they take your card number when you return them otherwise they'll charge you for them.

Have a great time
Expand Signature
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MSC Orchestra - Eastern Med - Jun 16
MSC Orchestra - Barbados to Genoa - Apr 16
Costa Serena -Arabian Gulf - Mar 15
MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
Costa Fortuna - Arabian Gulf - Jan 14
MSC Musica - Eastern Med & Black Sea - Oct 13
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Aug 13
MSC Sinfonia - Western Med - May 13
Costa Atlantica - Arabian Gulf - Mar 13
MSC Musica - Greek Isles - Sept 12
MSC Opera - Buenos Aires to Southampton Apr 12
Costa Favolosa - Arabian Gulf - Jan 12
MSC Orchestra - Western Med - Oct 11
Costa Romantica - Indian Ocean - Jan 11
MSC Musica - Venice to Rio - Nov 10
MSC Melody - Med & Black Sea - Jul 10
MSC Sinfonia - Livorno to Durban - Oct-Nov 09
MSC Fantasia - Western Med - Apr 09
MSC Lirica - Dover to Genoa - Sept 08
MSC Lirica - Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Dover) - Mar-Apr 08
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Sep 07
MSC Opera - - Jul 07
MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
MSC Opera - Western Med - May 06
MSC Opera - Transatlantic (Genoa - Fort Lauderdale) Dec 05-Jan 06
MSC Opera - Eastern Med - Jun 05