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  1. Bea, we are onboard Meraviglia and are so excited to have Wayan and Marcos working with us! Thank you for sharing your journey. We are already having a wonderful time. I am sad about the lack of choice for wines in YC restaurant... 2 reds, 2 whites.They said they would substitute something tonight, but I really wanted to enjoy trying several new wines with meals. Thatโ€™s why I upgraded to premium plus. Oh, well. Off to the champagne bar!
  2. We booked our first 2 MSC cruises with a TA. Every time we needed to make a change or ask a question we were on hold waiting for the TA and then always on hold for a minimum of 40 minutes while the TA tried to talk with MSC. We have booked our next 5 cruises directly with MSC and it has been so easy! Customer service has been very efficient and, hope I donโ€™t jinx myself, weโ€™ve had no problems other than the horrid music they play if you are placed on hold! Thankfully, they have never placed me on hold for more than a minute or 2. ๐Ÿ˜Œ If a TA had a great incentive, I would use them. It would have to be high enough to pay me for the time I spend waiting during the booking process, though.
  3. The $1675 pp bid offer was for a 7 night cruise. Iโ€™m also wondering if they are just testing the waters to see what people are willing to bid. Regardless, weโ€™re excited about our YC balcony room and boarding tomorrow! First time in YC!
  4. We keep receiving the same offer over and over! Each time I am excited to open the email... hoping it's within the realm of my reality, but it's always over $1600.00pp. ๐Ÿ˜”
  5. We received multiple upgrade offers from YC balcony to RS for our November 24th sailing. Minimum bid each time was $1675 pp. No thanks! I'd rather got on another YC cruise!
  6. We sailed Armonia last summer specifically to experience Cuba. We made it on board and half way through our trip the travel ban was announced. We were sent to Key West. We live in SW FL, so that meant a day on board with the ship to ourselves. We were compensated. We still had a good trip. We booked this Thanksgiving trip partially for Ocean Cay. We were pretty excited about the YC area on the island. That option dissipated, now the entire island is out of reach. Yeah, we're disappointed. We'll just have to tough it out with a drink by the pool. ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘™As another posted, there are never guarantees. If things go as planned, I guess it's a bonus! Our next cruise, we have booked for the ship and a week of no cooking or cleaning! With such low expectations, it will probably be my best cruise ever! From now on, I'm just going to look for bargains to anywhere...
  7. Thank you, Bea! We have enjoyed your trip.๐Ÿ˜Safe travels!
  8. I forgot to mention that we upgraded prior to sailing with no problem. You save the service charge.
  9. We were Aurea on Armonia in June. The sundeck was never crowed. If it's sun you want, there will be plenty! We enjoyed this quiet space. Bar service was available through the attendants and they provided fresh fruit at times during the day. There are showers available if you need to cool off. We upgraded to the premium plus drink package. We're not heavy drinkers, but really enjoyed being able to order any drink by the glass with no charge. We also liked having the mini bar free of charge. I had smoothies and great fresh juice drinks at the bar outside the Aurea spa included, as well.
  10. We're following along with you! We're sailing Meraviglia November 24th and can't wait to hear about your experience! I started to bid on an upgrade to RS, but couldn't justify the cost. Enjoy for us! This will be our first YC cabin. Have a wonderful cruise. Thank you so much for sharing!
  11. We had a wonderful cruise on Armonia in June. As other posters have said, the staff was wonderful! It had a small ship charm. We did not experience any of the outages of ac, water problems, etc. We were in an Aurea Suite and enjoyed the private sun deck, but wished for more shade. If you love the sun... it will be awesome! Our only disappointment was the spa area. The thermal area was run down. Nothing worked right. ( sauna, steam room, etc.) I truly hope they improve this during dry dock, as the thermal area is usually one of our favorite cruise activities. However, we recieved a massage or other spa treatment almost daily and they were all excellent. The food was good. I did have one meal that I didn't enjoy, but our waiter quickly replaced it with another meal of my choosing. Wine and water glasses were kept full at lunch and dinner. The service in the restaurant was excellent. Breakfast service was not as good, but acceptable. If you sail on her soon and find Ryan Felix bar tending , ask him to make his special! He will go above and beyond if you make any special requests. We don't spend a lot of time in bars, but he made us wish that we drank more! Armonia is a great, relaxing ship. Just don't expect a theme park or modern, mega ship experience!
  12. Thank you so much for posting your review! We sailed on Armonia in June and had a very good experience. The staff was amazing and really made this trip special. We booked 4 more cruises with MSC after returning home. We have previously sailed on Poesia and enjoyed it, as well. I have a girl trip planned on Seaside next September and your review makes me feel even better about that decision. I'm taking 4 family members who have never cruised MSC and I want them to enjoy it! The price is right, making it a budget cruise, I suppose. However, I enjoyed it just as much as Celebrity, NCL, and HAL. It far exceeded our once and last Carnival cruise.
  13. Thanks to all for your overeating support! I'll order everything that looks good and feel no shame! These menus and pics of food are making it really hard to eat my salad for dinner!
  14. What will they think when they see little me ordering 2 starters and 2 entrees? I can't wait to try it all! Loving the pics and info. ๐Ÿค—
  15. I had to chime in on the feeling that on MSC, YC is the only way to go. At least for us, that's not the case. We have sailed on several lines and twice on MSC. Our first MSC was a Fantastica balcony and we sailed in an Aurea suite last June. We loved both our trips and now have booked 4 more in the next year. Some are YC, some are not. We're hoping YC doesn't spoil us, but we really enjoyed our non YC cruises. I have to say that I did enjoy the food on Celebrity more than any other line, but we were satisfied with the food on other cruises, as well. We've never gone hungry and it's always better than doing the cooking myself! ๐Ÿ˜
  16. I forgot to mention that when we were using the Top 13 there were very comfy cushions on the chairs. They were removed during high winds.
  17. Thanks, Bea! We have a YC inside on Seaside next summer and I've been apprehensive as we haven't sailed in an inside cabin in 15 years! I'm feeling better about it now. However, I'm looking at the storage and thinking ๐Ÿ˜ฑ! Even if I fly with a small carry on, it's going to be tight. Let us know how you make out when everything is unpacked!
  18. There are a couple of shady spots dependent on the time of day, ship's position, etc. The best spots were at the front, overlooking the pool area below. We were only able to use the shady area once because there were six people who woke early each morning and claimed their territory. I'm too relaxed on vacation to compete! However, we really did enjoy the quiet area and there were always comfy loungers available in the sun. The attendants were wonderful and ensured that you had bar service, towels, and an ice cold spritz fan. They also brought treats on occasion, such as fruit. There are 2 showers on deck and the view is beautiful. I would definitely use this again if we sailed on Armonia.
  19. Proseccoandsun- If you have not already resolved the Marriott issue, we opened our Bonvoy app, clicked settings, and did a screenshot. This shows first and last name along with your account number. We then took a screenshot of the online ID card, which is under "My Account" on the app. Sent both of those and they were finally satisfied after a month of back and forth frustration. Worst part? We got nothing as Gold Elite. Why didn't they tell me that in the first place? Love MSC, get frustrated with phone nonsense.
  20. I agree. We sailed Armonia recently and had no internet issues. I was able to stream music, post pics, and stay in touch with my kids with ease. Have a wonderful trip!
  21. I really appreciate your review! We have always sailed on small ships with 2600 or fewer pax, as I get anxious in crowds. We have booked Yacht Club on Meraviglia to test the big ship waters, but have gaurantee, connecting Fantastica balconies on Seaside next September. Your review took away my worries about that trip! I'm so glad that you had such a positive experience! We also will have the easy package for the September trip and I was so glad to hear that service and selection were good, with the exception of the wine. Thanks, again, for taking the time to share!
  22. Thank you so much for the pics, Bea! Only 36 more days and I'll be working my way through that champagne menu! ๐Ÿฅ‚ We're also on deck 16. The thought of reaching around the corner to the Top Sail Lounge sold us! We're only a couple of doors down. Maybe I could buy one of those long armed grabber tools...
  23. We're following and will be in YC on Meraviglia in November! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. Have a wonderful time!
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