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  1. Sailed on the Meraviglia for the repositioning cruise and there wasn't a sewer smell. The only place I smelled the sulfur was in the aqua park but this was tucked right behind the smoke stack. There were also pieces of soot falling into the aqua park when the smell was occurring. Other than this one place, I never smelled any sulfur anywhere else on the ship.
  2. Meraviglia repositioning cruise we asked for them and were told they were not giving them out anymore only to discover Aurea and YC folks had them right along.
  3. It's also Bring Your Own TISSUES! It seems like fleet-wide from Fantastica rooms on down, there's no more tissues in the rooms. This was implemented on the Meraviglia prior to sailing but seems (based on reviews) to have spread to Seaside and Divina as well. This likely means MSC has decided to institute this policy fleet-wide. What a dumb way to cost save. I really wish the CDC tracked the number of respiratory illnesses and not just norovirus. You'd see how quickly MSC reverses course on this dumb decision.
  4. Nikki - I saw the stowaway on Deck 7 forward outside. I loved that deck and mom did too for walking around. It was shaded by the lifeboats and didn't have as many smokers as the walking track upstairs. I hope the poor bird wasn't hurt. He didn't flinch when we so much as walked by. He just sat there. We didn't report him either. Hope the fella made it to wherever he was intending on going. The tissue situation was what got so many sick on the ship. In reflection, I could see people throwing them down the toilet and if they are not flushable... this might have been the cause of why they removed them. However, a solution needs to be found. It's amazing how many people came off the ship sick. I avoided the lifts but the buffet and the really sick lady in the tour van in Grenada is what did me in. I was finally better as of this past Wednesday. It was a mean little bug! Mom is finally feeling better this weekend. I snuck into the Aurea spa space on the last sea day and was surprised at how small it was and how windy it was. I was hiding out opposite on Deck 18 forward by the glass dome roof to the Bamboo Pool. It had the best wind shield as the Yacht Club was taking the wind one deck higher. Sorry you ended up missing some of the events with the delayed notices to the door. It seems like a lot of the folks who posted on the roll call were on the starboard side of the Sky Lounge for the CC Meet and Greet. By the time we arrived, there was only space on the port side to sit down. Didn't help with meeting too many folks! Happy Holidays!
  5. I saw both and Viaggio was very slow and when it built up to something... it ended. My opinion, the best show is SONOR. It's high energy and intense at the outset and continues the energy throughout the whole production.
  6. You are understanding correctly, you can tap twice for the FunPass cardholder to pay for someone else who is not a FunPass holder. You can also use the Fun Pass for the Flight Simulator as well. I don't know the cost of the Flight Simulator as it went upside down and I wasn't about to do that! If you have bad weather for one or more days during your voyage, you'll get your money's worth out of the FunPass. On the repositioning cruise I burned through most of the FunPass in the first three days as the weather was still chilly sailing out of NYC. By the time we hit the Caribbean, I only had $10 left on it to use!
  7. They like making balls out of food. All the appetizers which were in the form of them were good. They had a Greek variation of meatballs (kefeta?) and those were tasty. The spring rolls are also good! For the main course, the beef dishes during formal night were great! The Osso Bucco was also great! The strip steaks on the always available menu I would steer clear of, they were like Grade D meat with more fat than actual steak. Steer clear of the Chicken Cordon Bleu... it was out of a Sysco box and tasted like cardboard. Best advice is to ask your waiter what is good. Our waiter on Mera (Lino) was pretty spot on with his recommendations.
  8. MSC did something very similar with the Meraviglia's repositioning cruise from NYC to Miami. The ship was still 1/3 available three weeks out and they discounted the prices heavily for a nearly 2 week cruise down to $399 per person for a balcony. While a great price, just keep in mind what that might bring in terms of types of passengers. The discounting brought some very interesting folks on the repositioning cruise. Some didn't make the whole voyage.
  9. What ship are you sailing on and how long is your itinerary for $120? I paid $100 for mine. If you're sailing on the Meraviglia, the actual value of the Fun Pass is $250 max for the pass. You can use it for the 4D Cinema which is $10 per person per ride. The bowling is $25 per half hour of play, no matter how many players there are. On Meraviglia they only have one working lane so you need to have an appointment. You can use it for the F1 racing as well. I did that once and couldn't fit in it comfortably (I was too tall). Most of the games in the arcade are $1.50 per play. You can swipe the card as many times as you'd like to get multi-players in. The person with the FunPass attached to the card must be present for game play to occur. They charge the credit on the card each time and have to tap it to get it off the cardholder. It can be attached to one person and be tapped multiple times if you want to have more people go with you. However, it'll depreciate the value of the overall card faster. Hope this helps!
  10. This is one thing I found odd about MSC.... let's be Eco-Friendly but tell people to buy bottled water with single use plastics versus providing water stations throughout the pool deck on sea days. Yet, don't provision the ship with tissues. Truly odd choice. The pool deck buffet also didn't have a water station attached to it. You had to go inside to get drinks.
  11. Yes, there are water dispensers in the buffet. It's not for re-filling water bottles but if you bring a canteen, use a clean drinking glass provided at the buffet to refill it and bring it about the ship with you. Trying to get water at the pool bars during the day was insane although if you did get a bartender they would happily oblige. You'd have to truck it to Marketplace Buffet. Most other bars on the ships are busy to get a glass of water from. It is doable as I carried my own water around for 13 days on the repositioning cruise. The buffet closes down most of the water stations after 10PM though so be sure to refill for the night before you head off to anything, including the nightclub! Cheers!
  12. Re: The On-Ship Kiosks for Registering your CC to your Cruise Card or paying money... This makes perfect sense and I wish more cruise lines would adopt it. While I have not personally fallen victim to skimmers by the shore-side port staff, they don't pay those folks a lot of money and I've known people who have had their cards skimmed. Now imagine being on the ship and having your card frozen and spending even more to satellite call your credit card company. By the time it's frozen, there's usually expenses that were incurred. For a credit card, you're not liable for it but good luck getting another card while you're on the move. It's even worse for folks who fall victim to this and use their ATM cards instead! This stops the port folks from being tempted to skim the cards for their own personal usage. Bravo to MSC for keeping it all within the ship you're sailing on.
  13. Thanks for posting the link... I didn't have a chance to get on here since Wednesday PM!
  14. It's the cough she can't shake but she's recovered quite a bit. I hope the both of you are able to kick your cough by Thanksgiving! All: I want to be clear, the ship is stunning. The crew were great. This was a corporate decision regarding the tissues, not the ship itself. Either they didn't have enough to provision all the rooms when the ship came to North America or the corporate policy was to not provision anything outside of Yacht Club. For that, I'm not happy with MSC about it. The crew were great, the ship was stunning and the party scene on this ship was amazing! Theme parties practically every night! Go find my review for the full break down of it all!
  15. I got a sinus infection out of it and my mom fared a bit worse. It was the most silly thing. We went hunting for tissues while in port. We bought a box before anyone got sick in our room too because it was just silly not to have them. I came down with the sinus issue in Curacao but luckily I travel with a small pharmacy so I had the stuff to treat it and kept it at bay for the rest of the voyage. I hope your husband has a speedy recovery! It was such a beautiful ship but such a silly decision to dampen the cruise for so many.
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