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Old January 19th, 2013, 03:38 AM
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Default Reports/reviews from South America please

There is a huge amount of discussion of MSC Caribbean sailings, some on European, but I have failed to find any on the current South American sailings. Are there no English-speakers aboard? I believe the MSCs Fantasia, Orchestra, Musica and Magnifica are all there at the moment.

As it says in my signature below, I will be on the MSC Fantasia on her repositioning from Santos to Venice. When I sail, I understand that the Fantasia will still be in 'South American' mode so I would love to hear any reports, reviews or snippets of information from current or recent cruisers on South American itineraries. All the usual stuff: drinks packages available on board, special offers, where to go when, entertainment highlights, food, what to do, etc. etc. etc.

A wine menu would be priceless!

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MSC Preziosa: Santos, Brazil - Genoa, Italy (20 nights), March 2015 roll call

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MSC Armonia: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Venice, Italy (11 nights), March 2014 live blog
MSC Fantasia: Santos, Brazil - Venice, Italy (17 nights), March 2013 live blog
MSC Musica: Venice, Italy - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (16 nights), November 2012 live blog
RCI Grandeur of the Seas: Palma, Mallorca - Colon, Panama (14 nights), October 2011
RCI Legend of the Seas: Singapore - India - Dubai - Oman - Gulf of Aden - Suez Canal - Rome, Italy (24 nights), May 2009
Cunard QE2: Southampton, England - New York, USA (5 nights), January 2006

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Old January 19th, 2013, 04:40 AM
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Even the South America thread is a little useless.....
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Old January 19th, 2013, 05:48 AM
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On my repositioning trip out of BA last spring, there were a few British Passengers onboard who'd done a short cruise B2B with the repo one.they said they'd noticed quite a few changes within the first day of the main cruise getting underway.

Some of these were
- dinner time changed from a very late 10.30pm to 9.30 for second sitting
- nationality mix changed. Still a lot of Argentinians and Brazilians on the repo one, but on the 3 day cruise prior they'd been only about a dozen who weren't South American
- coffee was served at dinner on the repo cruise but not on the short one
- they mentioned something changing about the way drinks were served, but I can't remember what it was

So whilst what's happening on the sailings now will no doubt be of interest, there is a strong possibility that there will be changes when the Fantasia starts making her way back to Europe.
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MSC Armonia - Las palmas to Venice - Mar 14
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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
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MSC Opera - Eastern & Southern Caribbean - Jan 07
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Old January 19th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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On my repositioning trip out of BA last spring, there were a few British Passengers onboard who'd done a short cruise B2B with the repo one.they said they'd noticed quite a few changes within the first day of the main cruise getting underway.

Some of these were
- dinner time changed from a very late 10.30pm to 9.30 for second sitting
- nationality mix changed. Still a lot of Argentinians and Brazilians on the repo one, but on the 3 day cruise prior they'd been only about a dozen who weren't South American
- coffee was served at dinner on the repo cruise but not on the short one
- they mentioned something changing about the way drinks were served, but I can't remember what it was

So whilst what's happening on the sailings now will no doubt be of interest, there is a strong possibility that there will be changes when the Fantasia starts making her way back to Europe.
Thank you, Mairi.

You don't remove any of the uncertainty but make make it more interesting for me. I am teased and can't wait.

Tim.
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MSC Preziosa: Santos, Brazil - Genoa, Italy (20 nights), March 2015 roll call

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Mirage Park Resort, Kemer, Turkey (28 nights land cruise), October 2014

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MSC Armonia: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Venice, Italy (11 nights), March 2014 live blog
MSC Fantasia: Santos, Brazil - Venice, Italy (17 nights), March 2013 live blog
MSC Musica: Venice, Italy - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (16 nights), November 2012 live blog
RCI Grandeur of the Seas: Palma, Mallorca - Colon, Panama (14 nights), October 2011
RCI Legend of the Seas: Singapore - India - Dubai - Oman - Gulf of Aden - Suez Canal - Rome, Italy (24 nights), May 2009
Cunard QE2: Southampton, England - New York, USA (5 nights), January 2006

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