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  1. I was looking at Northern European cruises on the MSC website. When I click on a specific cruise showing a price in the $700 range, the price per person jumps to nearly double. I would understand if one date was a loss leader, but each time I click, I can see just one date. Is anyone else experiencing higher rates on the website?
  2. Jkgourmet, do you know when the results are due?
  3. Yes, I was on that cruise. I wish you the best with your test.
  4. Sometimes I search for cruises by using *****. The site requires a free signup, but it has a very nice advanced search page.
  5. Thanks for the balanced review. We were on the Meriviglia cruise one week earlier. Sounds like you handled all the last minutes changes with grace and good humor. And congratulations on your wedding! I hope you have many happy years together.
  6. I really miss the feeling when we are checked in, through security, and walking on the bridge to the ship. It's a happy moment to be that close to the ship and then get to enter an atrium for the first time.
  7. You're welcome. We had beautiful ocean and sunset views. We did not have direct sun on us. We also did not feel like it was too windy. Only you can decide what is likely to make you happiest. The cabins on the same deck as the life boats had direct sun, but a limited view. We could look down on them from our balcony.
  8. We had our driver's licenses with us in addition to the cruise card. We were never asked to show the license in the ports. YMMV
  9. The app MSC for Me connects for free to the ship's wifi. I suggest downloading it at home before you get to the ship. Then, it is very easy to connect and use the free chat function for passengers over 18.
  10. I forgot to mention that poolside offers free ice cream. It's soft serve vanilla, chocolate, or twist. The cones are waffle cones. It's nowhere near the quality of handscooped gelato, but if you have a voracious teen with you, it is just fine!
  11. Hi Kim, I'm glad you liked the pictures. To deal with the storage issue, we brought 3 collapsible cubes: https://www.dollartree.com/home-decor/decorative-cube-storage/ This meant that I could stack a couple of them in the open shelving. It prevented socks from falling all over the floor. I also brought a set of magnetic hooks to hang up PJs, swimsuits and belts like this (not the exact set I have. mine are 80 lbs): https://smile.amazon.com/Magnetic-Strong-Neodymium-Kitchen-Workplace/dp/B081JP3VKY/ref=sr_1_14?keywords=heavy+duty+magnetic+hooks&qid=1583080149&sr=8-14 And for laundry, I brought 2 pop up hampers like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Mesh-Popup-Laundry-Hamper-Collapsible/dp/B00HZ0ION8/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2EUFMARP3ET2L&keywords=clothes+hamper&qid=1583080246&sprefix=clothes%2Caps%2C211&sr=8-4 Hope this helps!
  12. The pastry buffet was on the sea day after Costa Maya (Friday). Have a wonderful time on the ship. We would sail her again without question.
  13. No problem. I know I like to understand the costs of things so we can decide where to splurge and where to find an alternative. And here is some precruise diet motivation. On one afternoon, the MSC Meriviglia pastry chefs really excelled. It was reminiscent of the old midnight buffets where the chefs displayed there more creative food works of art.
  14. As I recall, the main pool bar (Atmosphere) combined them, and sometimes the Bamboo pool bar combined the drink & shot. We also went to the Edge bar where one time it was separate and another time (same bar tender) it was combined. So, it was not consistent.
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