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#1
Raleigh, NC
319 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
One of the complaints about MSC(whichever ship is similar to Poesia) is that the pool closed at 6PM. Does the pool close that early on other lines, in particular Carnival or Royal Caribbean?

Is room service available 24 hours a day and free? I was confused by one review and I'm not sure if breakfast is free or they meant beverages are only free during breakfast.
#2
Edinburgh UK
8,117 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Hi Mrs Chernabog
can't help you with your first question as I have no personal experience of these other lines

Room service is available 24 hours but is extremely limited. Room Service breakfast is free regardless of where the ship is sailing. It is continental only. Some people choose just to order drinks from the breakfast menu, so that they have a cup of tea/coffee to start the day rather than also order bread/pastries. Other room service is free on US sailings (or it was) and chargeable on other sailings
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#3
Jacksonville, Florida
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Joined Dec 2005
Hi AmoMondo,

As you are an experienced MSC cruiser I have a question...does MSC dock into ports or do they tender only. I have heard that they do not dock in ports but take Ferries (Tenders) only. That's not true is it?
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#4
Edinburgh UK
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Originally posted by ReaganSkyesdad
Hi AmoMondo,

As you are an experienced MSC cruiser I have a question...does MSC dock into ports or do they tender only. I have heard that they do not dock in ports but take Ferries (Tenders) only. That's not true is it?
No that's not true - they dock like everyone else. Only tender at ports where they can't dock just like any other line. they definitely dock at Genoa, Venice, Bari, Citavecchia (sp?), Olbia and Palermo. the only ports that I've tendered at so far with MSC are at Visby in the Baltics, Dubrovnik and some of the ports in the Caribbean.
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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
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#5
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Joined Mar 2008
Yes that is true. It is a lot earlier than any other line, but there is so much to do that we did not miss it.
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#6
Herefordshire, UK
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Joined May 2009
I've just returned from a trip on Splendida. One of the pools (I think it is the indoor pool) is open until 7.00pm. We were on first sitting for dinner and so we were at our table by 7.00pm anyway and never got the chance to take advantage of this.

We ordered breakfast room service every day in the form of tea or coffee to drink on our balcony before going to breakfast. Tea and coffee is also available on the top deck very early and if I woke too long before my room service order, I'd stroll up there and have a cup of tea there too!
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#7
Herefordshire, UK
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We docked at every port too. Very proficiently (given the size of the ship) and always punctually too.
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#8
Jacksonville, Florida
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Thanks to you both for the great information! I sincerely appreciate it. MSC could not tell me as they don't record that information (so their agent told me).
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#9
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I was told that the pools close now at sunset.
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Coral Princess: April 25-May14, 2016 Panama Full Transit from Fll to Vancouver, Fabulous crew and ship, most relaxing cruise!
RCCL Grandeur of the Seas: March 2-12, 2016 Eastern Caribbean
MSC Divina: Jan 11-21, 2016 Southern Caribbean *fabulous shows

Ruby Princess: April 4-19, 2015 Hawaii
RCCL Legend of the Seas: Feb 27-March 9, 2015 Caribbean, small ship experience
HAL Westerdam: Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2014, Eastern Caribbean, small ship experience
MSC Divina: Oct 25 - Oct 25, 2014, Eastern Caribbean: most fabulous shows, even for the 4th time!
MSC Divina: Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2014,western Caribbean on the most beautiful ship
Star Princess: March 20- April 4, 2014, very relaxing! Hawaii
MSC Divina: Jan 25- Feb 1, 2014 *fabulous, Caribbean
MSC Divina: Jan 18-Jan 25, 2014 *stunning ship, Caribbean
RCCL Oasis of the Seas: Jan 11-18, 2014, bigger is not better! Caribbean

Star Princess:March 26-April 23, 2013 Hawaii/Tahiti

Golden Princess Feb 1-15, 2012, Hawaii
Grand Princess Dec 17-24, 2011 Caribbean
MSC Poesia Dec 6-Dec 16, 2011*Our favorite
Star Princess March 24-April 13, 2011
Crown Princess Jan 22-29, 2011
HAL Eurodam: Jan 15-22, 2011,
MSC Poesia Nov 1- 11 2010 * Fantastic cruise
RCCL Jewel of the Seas Dec 11-21 2009 * Beautiful ship
MSC Poesia Nov 30-10 2009 * Fantastic cruise
MSC Orchestra Jan 31-Feb 6 2009
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RCCL NAvigator of the Seas (b2b) Jan 2008
RCCL LIberty of the Seas Nov 2007
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