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  1. We are sailing this February but my husband may not be able to go. Final payment is early next month. If I were to add a new person to replace him does it cost anything additional after final payment has been paid? It can still be done, right?
  2. Can't each parent just "order" a mocktail for their child if the initial request is denied? I know they aren't always hanging with their parents (Not sure how old kids are...) but isn't that one way to get them a drink of choice??? After all, it is actually a "downgrade" to have the premium non-alcohol pkg...
  3. This is a GREAT question!!! I wish I could answer it for you. We are booked on Summit for next February and I have also booked the same sailing for some friends who don't drink alcohol. I felt it wise to choose for them the Classic beverage package (On Promo with OBC too) as they enjoy fountain soda as well as bottled water. I was also wondering if we might be able to switch them to premium non-alcohol package so they might enjoy some fresh fruit juice blends? If not, they wouldn't have any problems ordering virgin drinks correct? Sorry to hijack your thread, but this sort of ties in. I appreciate it.
  4. It is definitely a vacation week from all over the northeast. I can't confirm from anywhere else. I have adult kids who are all either teachers or married to one, and due to wanting to cruise while on break, we are flabbergasted at flight prices for that week! Very high prices. Keep that in mind as well... My husband & I are booked for our first Celebrity cruise in earlier February 2020, so I can't make comment on the number of kids during that week for this line. Sorry.
  5. This is a little off topic, but I am curious why you would book a B2B2B for a total of 14 days? My point being that if you outright searched out a 14 night cruise, you would surely be going to much further and interesting destinations. Like, a Panama Canal sailing or maybe a wide Southern Caribbean sailing that hits up some great destinations unobtainable from a short cruise point of view. I also would love to hear of the final verdict. Thank you.
  6. No. You request to dine either early or late. Then once at the port you are given your assignment. If you aren't happy with it, you go directly to dining room once on board & request the dining slot you prefer. IF you are Bella experience, your request has a lower priority behind anyone who shows up with their request who is Fantastica. It doesn't mean you won't get the time you want. Just that you are more likely to NOT get the slot you want going in at Bella. If anyone wants the "anytime" dining, that is reserved for Aurea bookings....
  7. I agree it is wise to inform your steward if you decide to remove mini bar items. He will then let you know where they can be stored. Just place them back in the fridge on the last night.
  8. I've been on Seaside before and did see at least one night where they hosted Karaoke in the Haven lounge with a live band. Do they also have it with sound system and no live band? Also, is there any way to see the songs they offer? I have the hardest time recognizing songs by title/band on a quick notice. I'd be more like;y to participate if I could see the lists ahead of time and research it. Anyone on board who can post pics of the available selections? Thanks.
  9. We booked a Bella OV last year with a request for early dining. We did get upgraded to a Fantastica balcony and upon boarding we were assigned 9:15 in Ipenema. That was unacceptable to us so we immediately went to the m'aitre d and requested "early" dining as previously specified. They did accommodate us with a 5:15, which honestly is a little too early for my liking but it was certainly better than the original 9:15 slot. I tell anyone who asks me, that booking Bella is basically lowering your pecking order with coveted dining slots. You will be treated absolutely the same as everyone else. We had a great time. And because you don't care about location, or room service and want the least (overall) popular dining time, I would say you are wise to pocket your money and book Bella. Worse case scenario is you won't be allotted the dining time of your choice, and you immediately upon boarding go to restaurant to request a late time. Believe me, there will be plenty of people in line hoping for the early slots to be on offer. Enjoy your Bella booking. We sure did!!!!
  10. I cruised Seaside last June 9. It is summer vacation for many parts of the world. I booked the date simply because it was the week of my mother's 75th birthday. Although I love kids, mine are adults so I am not necessarily at that stage in my life right now. I did see quite a lot of kids on my sailing, but barely.... That tells me they were well behaved, I wasn't in the kid-friendly areas other than to walk from point A to point B, orrr they weren't in the adult friendly areas that I frequented (deck 7 South beach pool and the Spa). The children I encountered in Ipanema restaurant were well behaved. I wouldn't hesitate to book that date again. Prices were great and so was airfare. It was a little off season (early)
  11. Mostly a NCL cruiser here, but I liked Seaside (and its entertainment) enough to book her a 2nd time. I really enjoyed the shows in the theater and am excited that enough time has lapsed (Last June 9 to this March 9) that some of it will be different. The ship is beautiful. I felt most everyone I met was friendly. From staff to cruisers. Although I was aware there was a vast cultural diversity, I didn't feel slighted in any way. I also refuse to be super loyal to any one product when several factors are considered (by me) when I plan and book my vacation. Because I enjoy an affordable Caribbean vacation currently, I wish MSC would offer more ports from Miami. It's not a deal breaker for me but itinerary is important as well as the ship itself. And obviously price...
  12. Keep us updated please!
  13. This actually made me laugh and I agree with you on this point. I was reading this thread because I also sail Seaside 3/09. It's my 2nd time on Seaside and sailed on other cruiselines also. I NEVER look at my boarding selection, I simply show up sometime in the 10:30-11:30 am time frame. Although MSC has some flaws in their customer service department, the ship is beautiful and their embarkation process is quite effortless. We prefer to begin our "7 day cruise" as quickly as possible. I'm not going to get into minutes or seconds. Enjoy your cruise!!!
  14. There are some good suggestions above. I enjoy walking myself and there is no big hurry here with the turnover. I'd think it is an excellent idea to walk to your next ship, drop off your bags, then head over to Southbeach for a few hours. Why not???
  15. That is good to know! I was worried my last sailing (we requested early dining) we'd draw the 5:15 slot. We arrived at port and were awarded the 9:15 slot in Ipanema!!! We made changing that our #1 priority, got in line quickly and did get reassigned to 5:15 in Ipanema. All of a sudden I wasn't so adamant against that very early reservation. Lol. I am again hoping for 6:30 or 7:00 dinner reservations. And also some friends of ours just booked our sailing last minute at the Bella experience and we are linking our reservations in hopes of getting assigned the same table. If it doesn't happen, it will again be our top priority upon embarking onto Seaside!
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