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  1. Thank you for your trip report. I will be sailing in January so I understand things may be different by then, but were you required to take a COVID test 3 days before the cruise as well as being tested at the pier? I thought they were no longer testing at the pier.
  2. I called about an hour ago and had less than a minute wait. I did use the Yacht Club line though, I'm not sure if that made a difference.
  3. Thank you for posting this. I was planning on cruising with family on the Divina in March 2021 and saw the announcement on the website but I didn't know our sailing would be moved to Armonia. My mom had already decided she wanted to cancel due to all of the uncertainty but knowing that MSC would be moving us to Armonia would be a deal breaker for her (she doesn't like older, smaller ships). Now I have the fun task of letting the rest of the group know lol.
  4. Thank you! I’m not looking forward to them having to call MSC if they do decide to cancel but I will say the last time I called was pretty painless. Can you please let me know how this goes? I hope you get your refund soon.
  5. I’m planning a family cruise on the Divina for March 2021. Two family members sharing a cabin ended up paying the full cruise amount when making the booking online instead of just the deposit due to not fully understanding the website. They haven’t reached out to me yet about cancelling the cruise due to being scared about everything that’s going on but they are first time cruisers so I want to be prepared in case they do ask. I know you can cancel the cruise up to 90 days before the final payment date and receive a full refund but is that only if you haven’t paid for the cruise in full? I’m not sure if the fact that the cruise is already 100% paid for changes anything as far as if they can still cancel without penalty even if we’re well outside the 90 day period. Thank you in advance!
  6. Thank you for the tip about the Sports Bar. One of the negatives from my previous MSC cruise was that I didn't love the food (other than the pizza) so I will definitely try the Sports Bar for a change of pace.
  7. Thank you for your review. I agree that the pizza on MSC is really good!
  8. Thank you for your review. We're not cruising on the Divina until March 2021 but it's never to early to start reading reviews!
  9. Hi Bob, great to see you again! I hope you guys are doing well. Looking forward to following along with the rest of your review 🙂
  10. True, good point. My mom wouldn't drink that so it would be all mine lol
  11. Yes, we aren't planning on buying it so I was hoping there would be another option for Haven guests to get free drinks. That's what we plan on doing, not selecting the package. I was hoping as a Haven guest there would be a way to get a free soda at least but it looks like that's not the case. Thank you both for your help! This won't change our decision to book the H4 but it's a bit disappointing that they don't offer something since it's a suite.
  12. My mother and I are thinking of booking an H4 on the Joy. I understand that as part of the current promotion we could get the "free" beverage package but we would still have to pay the gratuities. My mom does not purchase any drinks during a cruise and at most I would buy one soda, one alcoholic drink and one milkshake (if the ship has a restaurant that offers them). Even though I do think that just paying the gratuities would still be a good deal for most people it would not be for us. As Haven guests, is there any kind of happy hour or way to get a truly free drink if we book an H4 (I know some higher room categories would have drinks included)? I know that there is the Haven bar but from what I've gathered the only way the drink is "free" is if you purchased a drink package and that it is not a place Haven guests can go to get a free drink (I'm thinking of something like the Concierge Lounge on Royal Caribbean).
  13. I can't remember, but the issue ended up being that it was a Puerto Rican birth certificate and its authenticity was questioned. That's all been resolved now and she has her passport so we're good to go.
  14. cruiser82

    New to MSC

    Good to know, thanks!
  15. cruiser82

    New to MSC

    I took my first MSC cruise in September. It was a European cruise and I was travelling solo. I did a lot of research here and I would say that most of the reviews were spot on. I think that the fact that you're here on Cruise Critic will give you a realistic expectation of what to expect and I would also say to go with an open mind. There are probably going to be things that are different than what you're used to but different doesn't mean bad. I liked MSC enough to book another one for 2021 and this time it will be a Caribbean itinerary so I'm looking forward to seeing how a Caribbean cruise is vs Europe (food, passenger mix, etc).
  16. Hey neighbor! My mom and I went there a few years ago when her birth certificate wasn't accepted for a trip to Jamaica, they were very helpful.
  17. I only mentioned it in that post as a joke since it clearly wasn't relevant to anything else I was saying 🙂
  18. I sailed in a Bella inside solo this past September on Preziosa. I don't feel like I was a second class citizen in any way, and as someone else mentioned no one would know you're Bella unless you tell them. I liked that experience enough to book another cruise on MSC for 2021 (Divina) but this time we will be in the Yacht Club.
  19. Oh cool! My first cruise on MSC was this past September on the Preziosa and I did that solo (first time). Edited to remove my question about your sailing because I see you already answered that in another post :). We're on the 3/2 sailing.
  20. Thank you for your post. I won't be on the Divina in the YC until March 2021 but like most Cruise Critic members I'm starting my research early. The YC seems great as it is so I'm excited for the changes after dry dock.
  21. I submitted my mom's status match last month and had not heard back. I called them on Friday and they matched my mom's RCL Diamond to Voyagers Club Gold. The rep confirmed that the program was very popular and they are behind on processing the applications.
  22. I'm on this ship next month for my first MSC cruise, very much looking forward to your review.
  23. Good question. I wasn't able to find an answer so I decided to take the train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam when I'm there in September. I'm hoping I can meet up with some other solos during the cruise so we can travel together but if not I'm pretty sure I can do it on my own. I booked 11:15 tickets for the Anne Frank museum and a walking tour for later in the day.
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