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  1. In that case Azamara is definitely not for you. I really can't see us doing anything other than MSC Yacht Club as the ship within a ship concept is just what we liked. You can dib out into the big ship area to see the shops, shows and do a spot of gambling then return to the peace and quiet of Yacht Club. Best of both worlds! 🙂
  2. He was really good and seemed to know his stuff. I thought there'd be a sommelier in every YC on every cruise? Have a fabulous cruise - I'm very jealous! Frantically looking now for future cruises to book 🙂 🙂
  3. Hi Beamafar, I have learned so much from Cruise Critic - it's an invaluable source of information so you know exactly what to expect before you board. 🙂
  4. Hi Captain John, wine at dinner was really good. For the life of me I can't remember what the name of the red I was drinking was called but it definitely was from Bordeaux and was delicious. They also served a cracking Pinot Noir which I think was from Burgundy but I could be wrong. The wines in general were very good and again I had an excellent Sauvignon Blanc from Chile but can't remember the name. The sommelier was excellent - he was from Serbia and really knew his stuff. All his recommendations were spot on (pity I can't remember them!!). Yes, we couldn't make eye contact either at being escorted off but by goodness it was nice to feel important 🙂 .
  5. Beginning in 2020 - I bought the package prior to embarkation and it was about £60 each I think but well worth it.
  6. We've been on Azamara twice - in a suite and in a verandah stateroom. The suite experience on the Quest was excellent and compared favourably to Yacht Club with regards to service from the butler, continental suite which was amazing, access to the speciality restaurants and access to the spa area. We didn't pay full price for this cruise we got it on 2 for one and a half basis as I hate paying full price for anything. No private pool but with just 600 odd people you didn;t really need it and there were no children. Great atmosphere and some great people. However the entertainment was shocking and more or less finished at 11pm. The bar area shut at 11.30 and we were ushered out which was quite shocking! The age demographic is also quite old - we felt positively young again at 54 🙂 🙂 However, we booked with Azamara again but in a verandah stateroom on the Pursuit as the price was good. Totally different atmosphere on that particular cruise. Strange mix of people. Dreadful entertainment again, quite a rude pianist who refused to play a request and the DJ in the lounge area was obnoxious. My husband refused point blank to do another cruise with Azamara so I was scratching my head as to how to come up with the goods. We like entertainment and a spot of gambling (no casinos on Azamara). We love Celebrity and have sailed in suites with them but their pricing is sky high. I had heard about MSC but prefer the American cruise lines. However, we decided to give it a go as the price was really good - 5% reduction and immediate Black Card with Voyagers Club. We also got money off for early booking. We really didn't know what to expect but we really loved the YC and preferred it so much more than Azamara and Celebrity. I do hope this helps and it is our view only but we like good service, good food, good wine and good atmosphere and MSC YC went above and beyond on all of this.
  7. Hi there Mafig, yes there are two Cirque shows. We went to Sonar and it was excellent - last about 40 minutes. Booked prior to boarding on the MSC website but you can book on the app once onboard. Butler meets you either at your suite or in the TS lounge and escorts you into the theatre to your sea. We had just the cocktail and show and it was around £15.00 sterling I think. You can have a meal which costs around £30 I think. Food was excellent, no complaints at all. Always hot and thankfully just enough of it so that you weren't overface or felt over full. Ship didn't feel crowded - we were on deck 18 and we never felt overcrowded at all, even at peak times in the restaurant. Hope that helps. 🙂
  8. HI Georgia_Peaches - sorry yes the bracelet is to call the priority elevators can you believe. We used it when there was no one waiting as we didn't want to confuse or upset anyone!! It also allows you access to your cabin and through the entry doors on each level of YC. It's great if you want to get off the ship and go direct to Level 4 disembarkation, just press the bracelet against the activator by the elevator call buttons and away you go, straight down to 4 without stopping! If you are on level 18 like we were and n eed to get to 4 then it's a hell of a lot of stops down. Have a fabulous time - you will thoroughly enjoy it.
  9. We are regular cruisers on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Azamara, however our cruise line of choice will now be Yacht Club on MSC. Totally blown away by everything on this week long cruise around the Baltics. My husband has usually had enough by day 5 and wants to go home, however on this occasion he says he'd be happy to stay on the ship for another few weeks so it must be good! Embarkation was a breeze, found the Yacht Club tent and our luggage was whisked away. We were then escorted to the Yacht Club seating area and offered champagne, a paper and some nibbles. We waited there for about half an hour until check in opened. Our passports and tickets were taken off us for a few minutes, then returned and then we were escorted onto the ship by one of the butlers. The Hotel Director welcomed us on board along with the staff in Yacht Club and we were then taken to our suite. Great size, big bathroom, robes, slippers, nespresso machine (there is a God!), welcome champagne and everything in the fridge was inclusive. Spotlessly clean too with a great bed and bedding. Lots of European and US outlets. The MSC App was great as we could keep track of expenses, use the ship plan etc so it's definitely worth downloading. The wifi was excellent. We bought the package for both our phones as sadly we needed to do some business whilst away but 4G each was more than enough and I still had quite a lot of MB as I left the ship. Fast too. Our butler was lovely (from Bali but we can't remember his name sorry), we didn't see that much of him but when we needed him he was there. Escorted us off the ship and direct to immigration in St Petersburg, Russia which was impressive, so we were through immigration within minutes. Escorted us to the Cirque du Soleil show which was amazing. Kept our suite immaculately clean and tidy and always arrived back to canapes, choc dipped strawberries, treats etc which was a lovely touch. The entertainment on this ship was fantastic. Always something going on somewhere but nice to get back to the peace of the Top Sail Lounge or your suite. We actually won at the casino which paid for our onboard expenses so that was great and the dealers in the casino were good fun. The only thing I didn't like was the smoking but you can't have everything unfortunately. The dining room was beautiful and the food was great. I liked most things on the menu and it was always well cooked and tasty. The cheeses were great and the wines were exceptional. I was very impressed with a great Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.. We took breakfast most mornings upstairs at the grill area which was always pretty quiet, probably due to the weather. The lunch there and breakfasts were lovely and the coffee superb. There was a great guy from Columbia who greeted us every day and was just good fun and provided excellent service. In all, we had an amazing week with great ports of call, great people, superb food, drinks and exceptional service. We will now be booking Yacht Club from now on - well done MSC you now have two new customers!! 🙂 🙂
  10. Your review has been extremely helpful as my hubby and I are in YC on the Meraviglia at the beginning of September to the Baltics. Your photos of the food and ship were superb, thank you! I am certainly looking forward to it more now. I am grateful for the recommendation about obtaining the Bordeaux red. I certainly won't put up with any old red, so a Bordeaux will do it for me. Once again, thanks!
  11. Very much looking forward to your review!! Hope it’s all good!! 😊
  12. Absolutely loving this detailed review with photos! We are doing YC to the Baltics in September on the Meraviglia and are really looking forward to it, especially the YC experience. 😀
  13. Thank you for that - I'll make a note if we ever cruise out of Amsterdam or stay over there!
  14. Totally agree - we stayed there pre-cruise and it was superb, best service experienced anywhere but I kept my eye on prices and they did fluctuate so I got a good deal. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending!
  15. Tell me about it! We booked this last year and the prices now are ridiculously cheap - lesson learnt is to book nearer the time as there are numerous flights we can get to the Med from the UK. I noticed that there are still lots of staterooms unsold too on this cruise. 😯😯
  16. 🤣🤣 I'll let you know how we get on with MSC Yacht Club in September. Too good a price to miss for the Baltics. Definitely looking at alternative cruise lines now. We were looking at a week in the Med in June with Celebrity and it was hideously priced at something around £8k for the two of us. I remember our first cruise 10 years ago when all four of us went for two weeks at Christmas with Royal Caribbean on the Jewel of the Seas in a balcony stateroom, flights included with an overnight in Miami for just on £5k and we thought that was expensive! How times have changed 🙄
  17. Crikey Villauk I nearly dropped my bowl of cornflakes when you just quoted $45,000 per person!!!!! I'm in total shock and doubt if I would pay that amount even if I won the lottery. Crazy pricing! 🙄
  18. Indeed we did!! Can't believe it'll be three years this December. I'd definitely do this again but in a month when I knew we'd have a bit more sunshine!! Seemed to rain quite a lot but didn't dampen a fabulous holiday!
  19. Thanks for posting. We did this cruise near three years ago and had a fabulous time and met some wonderful people. However when we visited Hoi An it wasn't quite so picturesque - just torrential rain which continued all day unfortunately! Would do it again in a heartbeat.
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