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  1. Thanks Essiesmom. still trying to decide on upgrade coincidentally, my boss just asked me to work overtime in December (in health care & closed for 10 days over Christmas so trying to clear backlog before then). Decision may have just been made! Overtime pay put to good use!
  2. Cruise is 49 days away on the seashore on deck 13 aft. It looks like passenger decks above & below. But it also shows 2 black squares which means 2 overhead berths which I assume is quad. Why is that a bad thing? I don’t like it when decisions come down to $$ but that’s my situation this year.
  3. I booked a Bella inside & have just received an offer to upgrade. On the email it states my cabin number - I had no idea one had already been assigned to me! I like the location of that cabin if indeed this is where I’ll ultimately be. To upgrade to Oceanview is minimum $60 CAD pp. But those are all on deck 5 under or over potentially noisy areas. I’m concerned about claustrophobia in my inside so I’m struggling with my decision. But that $60pp could pay for an excursion. Dang, I don’t like being on such a strict budget! I’ve read fabulous stories of folks booking Bella interiors & magically getting a balcony! A girl can dream, right? What would you do?
  4. I booked a Bella inside & have just received an offer to upgrade. On the email it states my cabin number - I had no idea one had already been assigned to me! I like the location of that cabin if indeed this is where I’ll ultimately be. To upgrade to Oceanview is minimum $60 CAD pp. But those are all on deck 5 under or over potentially noisy areas. I’m concerned about claustrophobia in my inside so I’m struggling with my decision. But that $60pp could pay for an excursion. Dang, I don’t like being on such a strict budget! I’ve read fabulous stories of folks booking Bella interiors & magically getting a balcony! A girl can dream, right? What would you do?
  5. We are flying into Orlando & sailing out of port canaveral the next day so are looking for hotel recommendations. Is it better to stay in Orlando or go straight to Port Canaveral? We are on a budget. Also looking for transportation/shuttle services. thanks
  6. We’re booked on the Seashore January 14. I’d love to see photos, menus & dailies if anyone chooses to post them!
  7. I’d have to make final payment immediately as we’re travelling in February. I may take a chance and wait till Black Friday, although my ta insists prices will only go up from here.
  8. She’s put a hold on the cabin, I think for a few days, which won’t get me to Black Friday or cyber Monday. Will MSC honour a price drop? Experienced cruiser here, but first time on MSC.
  9. I was quoted $1018 for a guaranteed Oceanview for a 4 day Feb cruise by my ta. When I called her today to give the go-ahead the price had jumped to $1258. I’m hoping it goes back to 1018 for Black Friday. if this is true, then my first MSc experience has already left a bad taste.
  10. When my ta presented a 4 night cruise on Seashore 2 days ago, it was $1018 for a guaranteed Oceanview. Today, when I gave her the go ahead, the price had jumped to $1258. That’s more than 20% in 2 days! Is this so MSC can offer “deals” for Black Friday? Unfortunately, I was already at the top end of my budget and now it’s more than I can handle. Drats! It was to be a Christmas present for my daughter and I.
  11. I don’t like that it all comes down to money, but this year that’s my reality. And my daughter will appreciate whatever she gets & wherever she travels. She’s an awesome gal that way. Still looking for Black Friday sales. I appreciate all the feedback! Pat
  12. Yacht club? I’m betting that comes with a higher price tag, no?
  13. Thanks for the honest reply. In fairness, we aren’t looking for glamour, although decent food would be nice. It’s more a nice getaway for mom & daughter after what has been a challenging year.
  14. I’m hoping to buy a short cruise for my daughter & I as a Christmas gift to her. Budget is tight. TA found an incredible deal on MSC Magnifica. I have previously cruised Disney, Royal, carnival, NCL & most recently, Celebrity. How does MSC compare? There would be 2 days at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. But, dd is not much of a lie-on-the-beach kinda gal. She likes exploring new places, especially places with animals. Thoughts? Thanks for any input, Pat
  15. I brought a light pashmina to dinner and most nights it was draped around the chair, not around me. It’s easy to carry so I tend to bring it with me as I don’t like feeling cold. That being said, I didn’t need it in the MDR. But I loved having it wandering the ship after dark-it was breezy most nights.
  16. I didn’t have a problem with the pillows. My friend in another cabin did and was brought a variety from the room steward to try. He did find one that was good.
  17. The NASA speaker was Jim Kennedy. He has a website & was fascinating to hear.
  18. We had a similar incident on another cruise line (not carnival). It was a family and the dad and both boys, ages about 8 & 10, were dressed in sleeveless t’s, frayed jean shorts & baseball caps on backward. Voices got louder as the meal progressed with bathroom jokes being loudly told with lots of fart noises & f bombs. We asked the maitre’d to intervene. He shrugged & said he had already tried, to no avail. Thank goodness the family left before our main course arrived.
  19. Yes, there were 2. I’ve forgotten names but one had two presentations: one on history of comedy & the other on Robin Williams. The other speaker was a retired nasa mission specialist who spoke twice. He was excellent.
  20. I’m the op. I wasn’t dissing celebrity-in fact most of my review was very positive. I did witness first hand men & women in shorts. I’m not sure why anyone would think I made it up just to be negative. Folks in shorts behaved well so that wasn’t my issue. I really don’t have a problem with dress shorts, my issue is that X clearly states the dress code in big letters at the restaurant entrance & in the daily planner. Why publicize a rule so strongly and not enforce it?
  21. We stayed at the Hilton & took the NCL shuttle. Walking thru the shopping plaza would have been easier & faster! We asked politely & got a room on the 21st floor overlooking the cruise port. Fabulous hotel with great staff and an awesome bar!
  22. We saw it most nights in the MDR. Disappointing when it was permitted on chic night. Men & women in shorts, tee shirts & flip flops. But, some very snazzily dressed folk too!
  23. Pools were semi crowded on sea days but we could always find room to bob around. Same for the hot tubs. The chairs around the pool were always occupied but we found lots of loungers one floor up, either in the sun or in the shade, either close to the music or away from it. The solarium was a great place for a quiet, relaxing afternoon. Green area was nice but only had a few clamshell type loungers. Lots of availability later in the day. absolutely loved the sunset bar and the outside area of the buffet. The walking track was usually busy. We found semi-comfortable loungers outside on deck 5. Watch for flying fish-they’re something to see!
  24. We followed the excellent reviews for Murano & booked. Was a disappointing evening & not worth the money, in our opinion. Rushed, indifferent service, a course entirely missed and unspectacular food. Nothing special for our anniversary
  25. This was our first X cruise after many on other cruise lines. Cabin: had a regular balcony & it was fine for the 2 of us. Had continental breakfast on the balcony on sea days. Bathroom was large. Lots of storage spots in cabin. Entire ship a bit worn; more noticeable in some spots than others but it did not affect our enjoyment. Entertainment: was varied and ok for the most part. Really enjoyed the “beyond the podium” lectures and live music. Food: Oceanview cafe was great for breakfast & lunch because we enjoy sitting outside (aft of the ship). We could usually find something we liked. Some food was better than other, but overall not bad. We ate at Silhouette most nights and all but one meal was quite enjoyable. The service was stellar! We sat at the same table every night with anytime dining by making the reservation for the next night as we were leaving. Shout out to Elbert, Neil & Arlen for their excellent service that made our dinners special. Wifi: I had basic which was fine for me if not a tad slow. DH had premium which he wanted but I was ok with slow. Drink package: we had the basic and for the most part, it was sufficient. Several times we paid the up charge but that was certainly cheaper than upgrading to premium. Speaking of drinks,Elvis & Hitesh at the sunset bar are 2 of the best bartenders we’ve ever encountered. We sat there in rain & wind just to hang out with these guys. Too bad the smoking area is right there! Cigars-yuck! Only 2 disappointments. Firstly, why have a dress code in Silhouette if you’re not going to enforce it. Every evening we saw men & women in shorts & flip flops, even on “chic” night. It’s not that huge a deal, but to us it detracts from the more upscale dining experience that X advertises. Secondly, the biggest disappointment was Murano. The service was not great-we felt as though we were bothering them. The food was ok but not stellar. We had a late seating & felt very rushed. To the point that the cheese course was never presented. We made them aware we were celebrating our anniversary & it was not acknowledged at all. The waiters all made a big production of a birthday at an adjacent table so we know they do celebrations. Overall, we will certainly sail with X again, likely on an S class ship. We liked the size and don’t miss the theme park extras.
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