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  1. The whole ship? Or just cabins on one section if one deck?
  2. Have sailed Princess, Celebrity, NCCL and were status matched to a Black Card on MSC. Our Mediterranean cruise on the Seaview was wonderful. The ship is huge but never felt crowded, the food was fine especially in the buffet and the easy drinks package covered decent wines and beers, coffees, water, juices and worked very well for us. The crew were always available to help, the ship's excursions were the best we've ever been on, the cabin was spacious and spotless (balcony not yacht club), room steward excellent, shows short and of a very, very high quality. We're not big on cruise director activities and didn't really notice them happening. The central bar was very busy and made enquiries at the services desk difficult. Overall we loved our first MSC cruise and we'll definitely be back.
  3. Sorry you were disappointed. We did two separate cruises on the Infinity earlier this year and had none of your issues although I will admit getting bar service in the buffet was unusually difficult. The aft bar waiters were reluctant to leave the bar area to take orders, but overall we had two very enjoyable cruises. The Infinity is an older ship heading into dry dock soon for a major update so maybe you were expecting something more modern?
  4. We prepurchased the light internet package. It was reasonably priced and more than sufficient for email, social media and some general browsing. We had data allowance left over at the end of our seven night cruise and best of all it was the fastest internet we've had on any cruise line.
  5. Thanks for reporting back Petunia. Pleased your family enjoyed the cruise.
  6. Yes. We used both and found the commentary on the red City Sightseeing bus far superior. Both buses follow a similar route but managing your sightseeing is easier with just the two routes. Both companies have heaps of buses. The most we waited was about 10 minutes but there was a line at Sagrada Familia.
  7. 1. Yes, but very hard to obtain for fixed time dining. Track down the Maitre'd and make a request on the first night. 2. If you have select you can phone using the number on the daily planner or simply ask at the door to the MDR. 3. Everyone prefers something different but in our opinion you should always request select dining for flexibility.
  8. Our cruise called at Cannes during the film festival this year. It's a tender port and the town is easily walkable. It was busy but exciting. Lots of 'beautiful people' everywhere you looked. Ship's shore excursions were very popular as the Monaco Grand Prix was on too and streets on the circuit were barricaded weeks in advance. Most people we spoke to either stayed in Cannes or took one of the numerous ship's tours on offer but if you're staying overnight a private tour would be easy to arrange.
  9. I think you may have problems with something else, and you're taking it out on the food. Sorry your cruise was so disappointing.
  10. Thanks for your very thoughtful comments. Do you know if the Diamond has overcome the issues with her air conditioning in the mid aft cabins?
  11. We will be following along.
  12. We did two Med cruises just recently and there were Beyond the Podium speakers on both. They weren't all that great. One only had about 30, maybe 50 people at each talk and the CD was always trying to drum up business for her including asking people to sit down the front to make it more intimate. Quite embarrassing really.
  13. Have you joined your roll call yet? There's usually lots of helpful advice and planning happening. Also, the Ports of call boards are very helpful.
  14. We're in Australia and have been receiving a lot too. I thought it was because we have a FCD about to expire.
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