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  1. There has never been a policy that allows the carry on of alcohol. The policy us that if found it will be "looked after" until the final night of your cruise when it will be returned to you. There are instances of people posting that they took alcohol on board They were lucky The official policy The sign that may greet you as you board Pete
  2. It is not obstructed by the definition that usually apply to obstructions i.e. a physical object, such as a lifeboat or gantry or similar, is inferring with the view from the balcony or widow. What the balcony does suffer from is a limited field of view caused by the physical structure of the ship, As it is in the middle of a recessed area the limiting is not very much compared those balconies near the edge of the recess. Hope this allays your fears Pert
  3. looking at where it is on the ship ie at the front of the middle hump and the fact that it does not extend down or up any decks , I suspect it is a store room or room with machinery such as electrical transformers/distribution boards or a calorifier. It could be anything except a flue from the engines as they go through all the decks but this is a best guess Pete
  4. For anyone who is interested the review referred to in the above post can be found on this link http://www.cruisingmates.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=270&t=12438 Pete it is a review of a cruise in the YC of Meraviglia and has received some very complimentary comments as to being a good review; one even said it was "terrific" "That was a terrific review! Thank you.😀 "
  5. 8208 is located in a recessed area as against 8148 being on the hump. So 8148 is IMHO much better location with regard to having a much better view, and from the image I suspect 8208 has a lifeboat in just below or partially in front of it. I hope this is of value to you Pete
  6. This is me with the mallet The mallet was used to break the large "crisp" or for want of another description, "poppadum***", which covered the main course of the 3 course meal, to reveal the dish. It was a bit of theatre to keep meal a surprise until the moment you broke the covering. *** for anyone not acquainted with Indian Cuisine this is what a poppadum looks like they are the size of a dinner plate
  7. I would say they are limited field of view and not partial view. The field of view will be 90 degrees and not a full 180 degrees. By my definition partial or restricted views have objects such as pillars or lifeboats in the near foreground; see image (1) of a deck 8 view. What you have is a field of view defined by the structure of the ship, ie a hump wall. your balcony will look like the image 2 or (3 for cabin 9156) IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2 IMAGE 3
  8. I've sailed on both Meraviglia(YC) and Seaview (Aurea) and my conclusion in my review is that I would only cruse again on Meraviglia In the YC. I would happily sail on Seaview again in any class of cabin. This is because of the feel of the two ships Meraviglia feels overcrowded but not the same can be said of Seaview, Meraviglia review here http://www.cruisingmates.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=270&t=12438 Both ships have GWT/Guest ratio of around 30GWT / guest so they should feel the same but they don't. Seaview has plenty of routes to outdoor spaces and plenty of those, whereas Meraviglia has not got the same. Meraviglia has a major bottleneck in the mall under the LED screen not helped by the theatre entrance leading to the mall and creating a massive crowd when the theatre empties after a show. Meraviglia is designed for all seasons and so is better suited to cooler climes , eg N Europe, and Seaview is designed for sunshine, eg Caribbean cruises. I may have been influenced by the use of the private sundeck for Aurea guests on Seaview. just my humble opinion Pete
  9. this is what the balcony will look like it will be 96 sq ft compared to 42 sq ft for a standard balcony. if you search for Divina balcony cabin on google you will find lots of images of a standard cabin which is what you will have
  10. PROS:- !) A larger than standard balcony 2) close to a set of lifts but not so close as noise from the lift mechanism is likely to be an issue**** CONS:- 1) the balcony will only have a 90 degree field of view with no view forward and 2) it will be in a very shaded area of the ship as it is quite badly affected by the deck 15 overhang (see images) 3) it has two walls that are next to the corridor so may be subject to a lot of footfall/voices noise from guests using the lifts**** 4) between the cabin and the lifts just across the corridor is a "WHITE " space this may be a source of noise or be entirely innocuous **** noise can be subjective so i've put it down in both the pros and cons given these pros /cons and the fact that I don't like direct sunlight on me and I do like larger balconies I wouldn't say no to having this cabin and take a chance on the possible noise issues, but it wouldn't be on my first or second choice lists. balcony13250 outlined in red you can see how the overhang shadow affects the recessed areas in this image
  11. 13269 and 13256 have a part metal part plexiglass balustrade 12005 - 12013 all have full metal balustrades given the small number of cabins further away from the lifts/stairs I would not expect there to be heavy footfall past those cabin named.
  12. here is a list from the US passport service so it should be acceptable under your criterion https://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/countries-that-require-six-months-validity-in-a-passport.html Europe is absent from this list. Due to stricter border controls in many European countries, the US State Department recommends that American citizens traveling to the countries in the Schengen Area should have a passport with six months of remaining validity. That said, the official requirement is only three months. While the rules for entering the countries that are a part of the Schengen Agreement are slated to change with the introduction of the ETIAS visa waiver program in 2021, this is not expected to change the required amount of passport validity required for entry. Africa Alegeria Angola Botswana Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cote d'Ivoire Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Ghana Kenya Malawi Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Asia Bahrain Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Burma Cambodia China Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Nepal Oman Pakistan Philippines Qatar Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Sri Lanka Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste (East Timor) Turkmenistan Turkey United Arab Emirates Vietnam Yemen N. America Antigua and Barbuda Grenada Honduras Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago Oceania Kiribati Marshall Islands Micronesia Palau Papua New Guinea Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu S. America Bolivia Ecuador Guyana Suriname Venezuela Just discovered your passport doesn't have the six months of validity required? Visit the nearest regional passport agency or get an expedited passport courier service to submit the application form on your behalf and renew your passport as quickly as the same day. Pete
  13. List of Countries that Require 6 Months Passport Validity Requirements for each country can change at any time. Please contact your destination country's embassy or consulate directly. This list is meant to be a helpful guideline for countries that enforce the six-month validity passport rule, but are of course subject to change. Albania Angola Bahrain Belize Bolivia Botswana Brazil Brunei Burma (Myanmar) Burundi China Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Ecuador (including Galápagos Islands) French Polynesia Guyana Honduras Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel* Kenya Kiribati Laos Madagascar Malaysia Mauritius Micronesia** Mozambique Namibia New Caledonia Nicaragua (currently waived by bilateral agreement) Oman Palau Papua New Guinea Philippines Russian Federation Saudi Arabia Singapore Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste (East Timor) Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine Venezuela Vietnam Zambia *Some airlines that fly to Israel may require six months validity on your passport. Check with your airline first if you have less than 6 months passport validity. **Micronesia requires US passport holders to have four months passport validity. Passport requirements often differ from nation to nation. Be sure to check the entry and exit requirements for each country you plan to travel as these requirements can change regularly Found on the following web site https://fastportpassport.com/blog/six-month-validity-passport-rule
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