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  1. Not a stupid question at all! It is blocked off so no one can walk by! That would be really weird if someone did, huh? 🤣
  2. Yes, there is, but we didn’t feel it detracted from the great view! ☺️
  3. Yup! Jumping between NCL and MSC! Must have forgotten where I was! ☺️
  4. Ship - MSC Divina Deck - 11 Stateroom # - 11005 Stateroom Category – Aurea Suite w/Panoramic Sealed Window Starboard or Port Side - front Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – yes Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - don’t think so Balcony View - Give comments on view, noting if location of any obstructions was an issue. – no balcony, but awesome panoramic views forward facing Balcony Size? Normal or oversized for class? - n/a Was wind a problem? -n/a If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - n
  5. Bid $65/person for an 'upgrade' from a balcony to cabin 11005 (Aurea suite with sealed panoramic window) and got it almost immediately after bidding. Views were amazing, tub in bathroom was great as was the huge walk-in closet. It was worth the upgrade price, but I really did miss the balcony and the walk to the front of the ship was quite long especially at the end of a busy day. It was only for 3 nights... probably wouldn't do it for a 7 night cruise.
  6. And it will remain Bella. When I called after our bid was accepted (Fantastica Balcony to Aurea Suite), I was told the upgrade is for the 'real estate' only and that the experience (i.e., Bella, Fantastica, etc) will remain as originally booked. I've heard conflicting stories though so we'll see...
  7. I called and asked that very question and was told no, the upgrade is for the 'real estate' only, NOT the experience. I've read conflicting results, so I'm just going to check again when we board. Will report back! Actually, got a great Black Friday deal with easy drink package, wi-fi and gratutities when we originally booked.
  8. yes, they specifically said it was the sealed panoramic window, so we knew exactly what we were bidding on. Although I do think we ended up getting one of the smaller suites.
  9. We are booked on the 1/28/20 Divina sailing. Received the upgrade invite 1/8 and it was accepted today (1/13)! Bid $10 over minimum ($65 each for a total of $130). Upgraded from a Fantastica balcony to an Aurea suite. Excited to have a bath tub!
  10. On 1/8/20, we received an upgrade invite for the 1/28/20 Divina sailing. We were already booked in a Fantastica mid-ship balcony. We bid on a panoramic window Aurea suite and received it today (1/13). We only bid $65 each for a total of $130. Because it's only a 3 night cruise, we figured we'd see what a suite is like. It has a bath tub which should be nice! Can't wait!
  11. We were on the Seaside last year and there is a smoking A ND a non-smoking side. Although you could smell the smoke on the non-smoking side, at least there weren't people smoking next to you. On the smoking side, it was horrible as in the evening, people coming out of the theater would gather in large groups around an ashtray and smoke. You aren't supposed to be smoking unless you're gambling, but it wasn't enforced at all.
  12. Yes, they are! Not THAT lucky ... didn’t come home a winner! lol
  13. Basically, but there may be daily and or cruise limits on how much ... and it’s our cabin key we’re using, not a credit card. It gets charged to your onboard account which gets charged to the credit card on file.
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