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  1. Asking again because my other thread was hijacked...We paid for pass on Seaside our last 2 cruises and absolutely loved it! Especially the salt water hot tub so the chlorine didn't get in our eyes/skin. We're seeing reviews of the thermal suite of Meraviglia and hearing it was worse than expectations, has chlorine, and wasn't as good. Can anyone whose tried both classes of thermal suites tell us what they thought was better and/or the differences? We want to buy the pass but want an experience similar to that of Seaside (we didn't use outside area so not too concerned about lack of that on Mera)
  2. We paid for pass on Seaside our last 2 cruises and absolutely loved it! Especially the salt water hot tub so the chlorine didn't get in our eyes/skin. We're seeing reviews of the thermal suite of Meraviglia and hearing it was worse than expectations, has chlorine, and wasn't as good. Can anyone whose tried both classes of thermal suites tell us what they thought was better and/or the differences? We want to buy the pass but want an experience similar to that of Seaside (we didn't use outside area so not too concerned about lack of that on Mera)
  3. I've heard a lot of people who have OV guarantees on MSC Meraviglia getting upgraded to balcony due to the low amount of ocean views onboard, but has anyone had experience with a Family Ocean View cabin GTY upgrading to a balcony? Let me know!
  4. The Confidante - a splurge but worth it and a great way to enjoy the beach! 🙂
  5. Seaside has an ingenious design where all lifeboats are located UNDER passenger decks and the gorgeous promenage. no need to worry about life boats for any obstructed views. I can't speak to any other things that may obstruct your view but that's the big one. I know it's a bit off topic, but Seaside seems like a great design...good guest reviews and it seems like it's a great profit maker for MSC
  6. We were on Seaside and got the water package where it was like 12 1 liter bottles of water and wanted to buy it on the Meraviglia but it's not an option online? Has anyone had experience buying this package on Meraviglia? What water is servied in MDR...is it bottled or is it from the sink/reverse osmosis?
  7. @dami.b your answer is very helpful! we wanted to book the thermal suite on board, but they charge about double onboard price so we'd really need to know beforehand..sorry for not including it before hand, but the price that a week pass is sold for is $130...with this in mind would you say it's worth it? finally, sounds good regarding shows! I think we'll choose one 🙂
  8. @dami.b Great to hear about your experience! We'll be on the Meraviglia and were wondering do you still believe the thermal suite is worth the price? We've only tried the Seaside's and loved it but don't have a good grasp on the comparison between the two other than posters mentioning the area on the Meraviglia seems small! I know you had it included, but I'm asking from the perspective of someone who is deciding whether to buy a spa pass for extra $$ Also, would you recommend seeing both Cirque de soleil shows? we were thinking of doing this but were not sure? Do you think both are worth the price, or does it make more sense to just see 1 for the "same effect". Also, did you do a cocktail or dinner with your show, and did you like it/prefer it over the other option because we weren't sure if the dinner is worth the upcharge. Finally, is there a certain specialty restaraunt you believe is best to use Black card dinner on w/ "dining experience" menu? thanks for the answers!
  9. @Beamafar Thank you for the reply! That was very helpful...question if you opted for the dinner option...would you say it was worth the upcharge? was the dinner worth paying more for or do you think it just makes sense to get dinner before/after the show...speaking of that, do you recall what times the show were? we have early dinner, so is there a show at 6:00 or only late shows at 7:00-9:00? @heatherb1958 sounds great! you've definitely influenced us to go with Viaggio....we also were wondering if you went with the dinner option, and if so, if you felt it was worth the upcharge vs. just the cocktail edit: please note we are NOT in yacht club, so the alternative for dinner for us would be MDR
  10. For those who've been on the Meraviglia, or know answers, we'd appreciate it! First, if we only go to one Cirque du soleil show, which would you recommend? we can really only afford one for the family and weren't sure. 2) How would you recommend our free black card specialty restaurant be used? we don't really eat red meat so bucher's cut would be off the table probably...any other recommendations? We went to Ocean Cay on seaside but want to see what Meraviglia has to offer 3) We have black cards, but always bought thermal suite passes on seaside cuz it was a great value there, but have heard Meraviglia is far more crowded thermal suite. Is it still worth it to buy on her? Also, if we don't buy, how do we claim our free hour in the thermal suite due to our status? All answers are appreciated!!
  11. Last time we checked it was $90 and now it's $130 for our cruise? Anyone know when they increased the price?
  12. Come whenever you like (I believe ~11:30-12:00 is the earliest they let on the ship though, at least this is what I remember from when we were on the Seaside in April. Earlier than that and you may have to wait a bit at their gorgeous new terminal so no issue) The time listed is just a suggestion and is an attempt to have crowd control, but it is not enforced and a majority of individuals arrive earlier anyway! I'd do so to start exploring the beautiful ship! You're really in for a treat...the Seaside was our favorite cruise after 6 cruises with 4 different brands. @Essiesmom @grandebarca
  13. It's a thermal suite (with great hot tub, sauna, steam room, etc.) inside the Spa. Especially on the Seaside (and I heard on the Meraviglia!) it's a paradise! You would have to pay otherwise for day or weekly passes.
  14. Costa Asia? So that's the brand but not the ship name. Regardless, if it's the shipyard's fault, MSC will be paid by the shipyard for not honoring the original contract
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