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    MSC, Princess
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  1. Yes, MSC has Yacht Club. Princess doesn't. As it stands, Princess's suites just don't have that many extras compared to a standard cabin. If I'm sailing in a non-suite cabin, I'd take Princess over MSC's Bella & Fantastica cabins.
  2. Hijacking the thread... Why use a debit card? Credit card is safer since it's not linked to my checking account.
  3. For US bookings under 14 days in cruise length, deposits in non-YC cabins are refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. YC deposits are refundable up to 120 days prior to departure. Final payment is due 90 days before departure. I had had to cancel my MSC bookings before. Deposits were refunded within a few business days to my original payment cards. If you booked under a promo, then promo's T&C overrides the standard T&C. Some promos have non-refundable deposits.
  4. Agreed and true. However if you are considering sailing in a Princess suite, save your money go with MSC's YC. Free included same-day laundry in Princess suites is a nice perk, but I'd take YC's service & exclusive areas any day at 40% off compared to Princess.
  5. Since you are already in YC deluxe, all you are getting is a much bigger room, bigger balcony, separate sitting area and a whirlpool on the balcony. Is it worth the $$$$? Only you can answer that. Edit - You should also have access to a reserved cabana on the YC sun deck throughout the cruise.
  6. Same with YC on Seaside. Nothing to get overly excited about. However, on Seaside they offered steak & eggs. Steaks were cooked to temperature and were highlights in the YC breakfast. Do you have that option in the Mediterranean cruises?
  7. They dragged me & DW off the ship at 9:30am. Seaside, November 2018.
  8. HAL noob here with 1st HAL cruise 9 months away (Memorial Day weekend 2020). How far in advance should I book my flights? It's domestic to Seattle. I know I can cancel and rebook if I book flexible fares with HAL. Anyone has a suggestion for the "Goldilock's Zone" for booking flights?
  9. Yes. However this is after final payment. Cruise lines won't refare if pricing drops after final payment date, hence no impact on TA. Usually upgrades are allowed as long as more money is collected from passengers, and more commissions to TA.
  10. Denise is right: ask your TA to call back. You may not be able to get a suite for $210pp extra, but you might get others. For my parents' cruise last year on Princess, the price dropped after final payment. Princess of course wouldn't refund, but instead upgraded them to higher categories of cabins. Their friends were upgraded from an interior to a balcony. Doesn't hurt to ask "what can you do."
  11. Pre-paid gratuities on all cruises. Plus laundry on MSC. Just say NO to internet.
  12. Tips, gratuities, service charges.... Whatever you call it, it's a marketing gimmick by cruise lines to advertise an arbitrarily low fare to fill up their ships. Are we more likely to book a $499 cruise or a $599 cruise, given the same date, ship, itinerary and cabin? I'd rather pay a fare that includes the standard tips/gratuities/service charge and I can tip onboard in cash when appropriate.
  13. Read through the entire article. Seems to me Venicians don't want tourists, period.
  14. Never been on Celebrity nor Carnival. Seaside's food is unlike Princess and Royal. I feel Princess & Royal rely too much on sauces for certain dishes. Seaside used way less seasonings on entrees. You may find it bland. We like it though.
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