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  1. According to the check-in folks at the pier in Miami, Homeland Security is requiring them to take a picture even if you submit one online. I'm assuming it's to match the facial recognition technology now being used for debarkation in Miami. Bret
  2. Not sure where people are getting the info the island is shutting at dusk. That is not correct! While it is true that part of the island will close, the side closest to the ship will remain open. In fact, look for a Full Moon Party on the beach at Lighthouse Bay, light shows, possibly a Junkanoo Parade at night and more. There are food choices open till at least 10:30 at night. I will have to admit that charging for the buffet will generate a lot of negative complaints and I do expect that to be revisited in the future. But who knows. It is MSC. Bret
  3. Wish I was right there with ya! 😀 Though I am going to try to get on the Seaside 10/26. Just a tad early for Ocean Cay. 🙄 Bret
  4. As of right now, the Seakers Food Pavilion (the buffet area) is only scheduled to be open from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. I'm sure that is subject to change. Bret
  5. A good majority of the island will shut down at dark. Food will be available at The Lighthouse Bar and at least one food truck after dark. There is also The Smiling Fish but that is only ice cream, coffees and teas. Bret
  6. Food will also be available at The Lighthouse Bar and the three food trucks but that will be a la carte. Bret
  7. Not saying the menu below is exact, but should be fairly close. Now....is this $19 worth? Appetizers and Salads Trumpet Pasta salad Trumpet Shells, BBQ Chicken, Chorizo and Sun Dried Tomatoes, Citrus Garlic Dressing *Bahamian Ginger and Lime Couscous Black Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Golden Pineapple, Shredded Greens, Ginger Dressing *Caribbean Yucca Salad Marinated Yucca, Peppers, Mango, Pineapple, Lime Rum Dressing * Island Spiced Corn and Bean Salad Pinto Kidney, Lima Beans Tossed, Sweet Corn,Jalapefio, Cilantro Dressing *Herb Vegetable Salad Cucumber, Onion, Peppers Lightly Tossed in Fresh Oregano, Cumin Seeds Vinaigrette *Tropical Red Cabbage Slaw Mandarin, Raisins, Red Wine Vinaigrette Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Arugula, Pecans, Bacon, Goat Cheese and Honey Lemon Dressing Fruit Carving Station: Pineapple, Watermelon, Seasonal Selection of Tropical Fruit Island BBQ Menu Main Courses Freshly Grilled Island Signature Burger signature blend of fresh Angus chuck, short ribs, brisket meat patty grilled, red onion jam, Monterey cheese, sweet fries * Portobello Mushroom Burger Crispy Plantains, Key West Lime, Avocado, Garlicky Aioli Pork Ribs Slow Roasted Ribs, Sweet Tamarind BBQ sauce Beef Brisket Special Brisket Rub, Slow Smoked For 12 Hours with Apple Woods Bahamas Style Jerk Chicken Sweet Plantains, Island Favorite Veracruz-Style Red Snapper Garlic, Lime Rice *Green Plantains & French Fries *BBQ Beans Southern Style BBQ Beans *Corn Lollipops Dusted Smoked Peppers Seasoning *Vegetarian Options Dessert Creamy Caramel Flan Tres Leches Rum Cake Coconut Macaroon Guava Duff with butter rum sauce Spicy Chocolate Cake Kids Menu Buttermilk Chicken Tenders Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Smiling Fish Bites Tater Tots Bahamas Mac 'n' Cheese
  8. Don't think it really addresses it in that press release. I had posted this in another thread specifically regarding YC cabanas: This from the Manager of Ocean Cay Operations: Here are the facts: YC Cabanas will NOT be available until Feb 2020 We WILL assign and reserve some of the regular cabanas to our YC guests YC Cabanas will never be online as our system does not know how to differentiate between regular and YC guests to book them. Butler/Concierge will contact guests onboard to offer cabanas (we are working on a system that concierge can call guests prior to cruise to book cabanas)
  9. Not sure if everyone has seen the article below regarding the facilities and Ocean Cay in general. I have also emailed a contact regarding the concerns about the YC facilities. Hopefully will hear back soon. Not sure I agree with charging for the buffet on the island. http://www.mscpressarea.com/en_GB/press-releases/2401
  10. I am waiting for clarification on this from the same person. I have been told generically that food and beverages will be included on Ocean Cay for YC guests. (Drink packages for non-YC are not valid on Ocean Cay.) I'll post again when I get more specific information. Bret
  11. My clients have the same thing booked for January on the Divina. According to her, they will be assigned a cabana on the regular beach. Bret
  12. The YC Cabanas will not be completed when the island opens in November. They should be ready sometime in February. In fact, they are not supposed to be shown at all online. See below. This from the Manager of Ocean Cay Operations: Here are the facts: YC Cabanas will NOT be available until Feb 2020 We WILL assign and reserve some of the regular cabanas to our YC guests YC Cabanas will never be online as our system does not know how to differentiate between regular and YC guests to book them. Butler/Concierge will contact guests onboard to offer cabanas (we are working on a system that concierge can call guests prior to cruise to book cabanas) Hope this helps. Bret
  13. Here is last year's list with the DOU on it. Haven't seen a newer one myself but there may be. I'll let you interpret what correlates to the new packages. Bret 2018 Drink Package Comparison Guide.pdf
  14. Yes, the Sports Bar food menu was still complimentary and served food until 12:45 AM. Mostly the same as I remember it from the year previous. Bret
  15. 647 is the Deluxe Drink Package, N7 is supposed to be a 7 - 9 night sailing and W18 refers to the Winter season 2018-19. Bret
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