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  1. 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. 

  2. 17 hours ago, cellfree said:

    Everything should be refunded that has already been paid, if a cruise is cancelled before the 90 day deadline. You do need to call MSC to cancel a cruise. And due to all the drama going on, the refunds are taking longer than usual, even for a "normal" cancellation. I have cancelled cruises in the past and received the funds back onto my credit card within a week. I did cancel a cruise for October 2020 last week and was told it would take up to 60 days to see the funds on my cc.

     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.

    5 hours ago, Até said:

    I cancelled a US booked cruise in mid March that I had paid in full.  The refund for total amount paid was sent for "processing"....

     Can you please let me know how this goes? I hope you get your refund soon.

  3. 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!

  4. 16 minutes ago, tampadee said:

    Are you saying you would only purchase one soda, one alcoholic drink, and one milkshake for the entire cruise?  If so, it would not be worthwhile for you to pay the gratuities on a free beverage package. 

    Yes, we aren't planning on buying it so I was hoping there would be another option for Haven guests to get free drinks.


    Just now, Two Wheels Only said:


    During booking, simply do not select the beverage promo. You will not be charged the 20% of the package. 



    You can pay for drinks a la carte if you do not have a package. The bartender will swipe your card. This is for every bar on the ship including the Haven bar. 

    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.

  5. 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).

  6. 50 minutes ago, jkgourmet said:


    Did it have the required raised seal?  Photocopies are not acceptable.

    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. 

  7. 12 minutes ago, Match Game 72 said:

    We have cruised MSC in the Med and Caribbean. The MDR menu in the Caribbean is a little bit Americanized. For example, you will find New York cheesecake. Chocolate chip cookies were not to be found in the Med, but they are plentiful in the Caribbean.

    Good to know, thanks!

  8. 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).

  9. On 12/27/2019 at 12:38 PM, DCGuy64 said:

    I work in downtown Washington, DC and there's a passport office located at roughly 19th and F Sts, NW. I believe they offer same-day passport renewal so if it's worth your while, you could come to DC and have it done in a day.


    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.

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  10. 1 hour ago, jkgourmet said:


    See what I mean???  (Cruiser82, please understand that I'm NOT picking on YOU.  I'm just making my point.)

    I only mentioned it in that post as a joke since it clearly wasn't relevant to anything else I was saying 🙂

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  11. 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

  12. On 12/24/2019 at 6:42 AM, EllaDuChien said:


    I am also sailing YC in March 2021.  Very excited to try this out.  It is my annual solo escape cruise so I am really looking forward to enjoying the YC level.

    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.

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  13. 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.

  14. 4 hours ago, IrishComet said:

    Just off the Preziosa from Hamburg.

    Any Question's, Just ask and I will try and answer.


    I will do a review later.

     I'm on this ship next month for my first MSC cruise, very much looking forward to your review. 

  15. 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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