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  1. We had a similar experience in YC on Meraviglia, also mainly with the dining. I recently cancelled two non-YC Preziosa sailings due to concerns, but have kept one Preziosa YC sailing hoping for a more typical of the past YC experience. Was the YC director and maitre d' fairly new, or was it more to do with the new menus/food preparation? I'm concerned MSC is spreading experienced staff too thin with all the new ships.
  2. I was in 12010 on starboard side. There was only one EU outlet in the bedroom, we brought an adapter to use a CPAP. In the living area there are both type outlets at the desk, but it would be difficult to run an extension into the bedroom. We only had a double pull out sofa and it was totally worn out. The hot tub is much larger than S3 on Seaside and as Sidari said it was locked at 40C so quite hot for warm weather. The cabin steward said they change the water between sailings and once during a seven day cruise, he offered to change it more often if needed. I think due to the design of the tubs the cabins on the port side have the seats facing aft rather than forward on the starboard side. The glass did a decent job keeping the wind down when at sea, you'll like the breeze though as the tub is locked pretty hot.
  3. Are they offering less than 20% of the 23 day cost? Only an amount for what the 13 day would have been? We had our 20% email within a week, but still nothing for our son. I haven't received Voyagers points for either sailing, my requests have been put off twice now.
  4. The exact same thing happened to friends of ours, but they were not offered to open it for a fee, just flat out denied. What was more offensive was even with us having the Deluxe drinks package there were only two mediocre wines included. Specialty restaurant wines officially available to YC passengers were ever worse. My Meraviglia Black card specialty restaurant experiences were overall dismal, to the point I cancelled the Tryptic dining package I had pre-purchased.
  5. On our Northeastern US/Canadian cruise and also the reposition cruise to Miami they had already made water by the glass available in the dining rooms, something not done on European cruises. I wouldn't be surprised if getting a free glass of water was difficult at bars and specialty restaurants, they are usually oriented towards bottled water - at least available on MSC at a small cost if you have no drinks package. I would carry my own refillable bottle that I filled in the buffet or cabin when traveling with no drinks package. I've never seen water fountains on any cruise line's ships.
  6. I never heard this mentioned before, until on the reposition cruise. We had several MSC VIP's & family on the Oct 28th sailing and at lunch one afternoon I met some who mentioned one of the big problems MSC still had was incomplete shark netting around the island. I didn't even know that was something they did, what have you heard?
  7. Meraviglia had trivia at 10am, 4pm and 7pm in the Brass Anchor pub every day, they also did visual trivia at 4:30pm in the Meraviglia lounge and I think on the pool deck screen on warmer days. Most were very well attended.
  8. "Operational issues" $100 OBC and 20% future cruise credit. We were supposed to call on Nov 9th.
  9. Ocean Cay was just cancelled for Nov 9th.
  10. Can't speak about the one room version, but our true suite with the separate bedroom has no US outlets in the bedroom and it is too far to run a cord from the living area.
  11. Definitely. Luckily I saw the post about only European outlets in the bedroom and had my son bring me a US adapter for the CPAP.
  12. Hi Kim, sorry we never met up on the 18th. We're in 12010 for the 28th sailing and have been making good use of the hot tub for this warmer weather sailing. Mark has been a fantastic cabin steward and told us he will be changing the water three or four times this sailing, more often if we request.
  13. We're packing for 23 nights so will have checked bags. I hope they will fix the claimed lack of a YC presence for the luggage drop.
  14. Interesting, I know the bags were just put down a chute back to the lower level to be loaded on the ship. Yes, I've only sailed from Manhattan on a weekend. I'm sure that is some of the trouble today, hopefully they make better plans for the next two sailings also on week days.
  15. I've been through that terminal twice on NCL Breakaway and the larger ships always had drop off for embarkation on the upper level, security and check in were also on the upper level. Disembarking passengers went down the escalator to pick up bags and go through customs on the lower level, then walked directly out onto 12th Avenue.
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