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About max996

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    Washington, D.C.
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    Cruising, Science Fiction, Roller coasters
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    MSC Cruises, Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Castaway Cay, Grand Cayman

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  1. This information quoted directly from the MSC Cruises web page: "Reservations can be made and accepted through any travel agency. In order to secure a confirmed reservation, a deposit is required. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to sailing or by option date if booking within 90 days of sailing. To avoid cancellation, the deposit or final payment must be received in MSC's office by the option date given at time of booking. Option dates can vary from one to seven days from booking date depending on sailing demand. In a few rare instances immediate payment by credit card may be required to confirm your reservation. World Cruise 2019: Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to sailing. A 15% non-refundable deposit is due within 7 days of making a booking. World Cruise 2020 and forward: Final payment is due no later than 120 days prior to sailing. A 15% non-refundable deposit is due within 7 days of making a booking. If the Ticket has been purchased through any travel agent, tour company, group, organizer traveling companion, or booking representative ("the Agent"), the Passenger authorizes the Company to give any notices and to pay any refund owed to the Passenger to the Agent on his behalf. The failure of the Agent to pay the full Fare to the Company is considered a breach of Contract by the Passenger when the Ticket has been purchased through an Agent. Such Agent shall be deemed in all respects to be the Agent of the Passenger and not of the Company." Link to web page: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Terms-Conditions.aspx
  2. We had Vishnu last month as well, and agree that he went above and beyond throughout our week on board. We had our kids with us, and my wife and I wanted some "husband & wife" time on various nights throughout the week so we turned on the do not disturb light. Do you know that Vishnu would not allow our kids to even knock on the door when that light was on? LOL! I gave him an extra $100 just for that! He is the best in the business.
  3. Hey, that's good to hear, and I'm so glad you had a great of an experience that my wife and I always have!
  4. Good review. We enjoyed that same suite during my family's cruise from June 29 - July 6th 2019. Vishnu was absolutely fantastic! So was Eva - she worked the Concierge desk in the Yacht Club during our sailing. We found there was nothing she couldn't do for us on that ship, and between the two of them they made our vacation extra special. We've' sailed in Divina's Royal Suite as well, and there is really no comparison between the two. Our three daughters shared the suite next door (16029) and we were able to keep the partition between the two decks open all week so that the kids could use the hot tub on occasion instead knocking on the door. We really like MSC Cruises and are looking forward to our cruise aboard Meraviglia when she arrives in the U.S. The only thing I "hated" about this cruise was that Ocean Cay, MSC'c private island in the Caribbean, wasn't open for us. But we will get to call on that port on our next voyage.
  5. max996

    6-22-19 Seaside

    Oh, I've heard great things about the relatively new YC Pool party. They didn't do that on our last YC cruise aboard the Divina last summer.
  6. max996

    6-22-19 Seaside

    Looks like you're in the port side Royal Suite (16037). Love it! That's my suite on Saturday, June 29th!!!
  7. I think MSC's plan has always been to gain a foothold in the U.S. market by offering voyages on their ships at the low prices we've seen over the past few years. Now that they've gotten that foothold, and have plans to build their own terminal at Port Miami, plus the private island (Ocean Cay) they are raising prices to levels closer to where the competition is. I'd never sail on an MSC ship outside the Yacht Club, but I've said the same thing about Disney too. We've always sailed DCL in Concierge before MSC arrived here with Divina, and I probably will continue sailing MSC in the Yacht Club as long as the product remains at current levels.
  8. Glad you had a great time. I've had great times on my MSC Cruises in the past. Embarking aboard Seaside in 15 days!
  9. Hi Mary Ann! My wife and I will be in 16037 in 17 days! So excited ~Fred F.
  10. Food is very subjective. What one person finds delicious, may completely gross out somebody else. So I think we have to take everyone's opinions about the food with a grain of salt. I like the food we ate in the YC, but the steaks were obviously not Ruth's Chris (as an example). We've cruised on 3 different cruise lines, and none of the food we've had was spectacular. But it was all good, in my opinion. The service we have received in the YC restaurant (Seaside and Divina), however was fantastic.
  11. I concur with your comments. I said after our first cruise with MSC Cruises aboard the MSC Divina several years ago that I'd only cruise MSC in the Yacht Club, and I keep coming back to the YC. It's the best option, all things considered (including the price) of all the major carriers operating from the U.S. We loved Disney Cruises when our kids were younger and only cruised in the Concierge section, but the price of the YC, plus the Top Sail Lounge, the YC pool deck, and everything else you get with the YC made switching a no brainer given the skyrocketing price of DCL concierge lately. MSC has increased the cost of their cruises packages as well now that they have a foothold here in the U.S., but for me it still remains the best option for my family and I.
  12. Yep. Same problem here from D.C. I really like my cruises aboard MSC vessels, but their website and customer service are the worst in the business.
  13. I agree. We were loyal DCL Concierge cruisers, and originally stepped outside Disney to MSC Yacht Club because of the price. The prices of the DCL Concierge suites are through the roof these days, so we gave MSC a shot. And since the kids are older now, and we're getting what we expect and enjoy, we just never went back to Disney. The Top Sail Lounge aboard Seaside is 4 times the size of the Concierge Lounge aboard the Fantasy & Dream. Plus the YC pool deck and private restaurant - you're absolutely correct about the value of the experiences. Disney will always have it's "Magic" and nobody can touch that, and I'm sure they are "jazzing" up the concierge areas of the new ships currently under construction.
  14. I jumped over to MSC from Disney back in 2014 and we have really enjoyed our cruises on Divina and Seaside. They were all in the Yacht Club, and I definitely recommend booking a YC cabin if it's in your price range for your cruise vacations.
  15. Yeah I agree. The food should be included in the price.
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