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Cruiser Bruiser

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    Portland, OR
  • Interests
    Being social, going out to eat, movies, staying in with friends. And cruising.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Hawaii was a dream, but I really want to do the Mediterranean and the Baltic.

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  1. I think it's because the version of MM that's on the phone is highly orchestral and it has a broad aural range (i.e. a lot of high notes, a lot of low notes). When that kind of music is compressed (i.e. reduced to an MP3 or other digital format) and then delivered via a digital channel like a cell phone (which has its own effects on quality) the quality of the sound is reduced substantially. The agent that answered my call yesterday was clearly in the US based on her accent.
  2. Yes, you can make partial payments by phone! Success. MSC website developers: something to work on, eh? Make it easier for us to give you money. 😋
  3. Hi there, I went to the MSC USA website today to make a partial payment on a September 2020 cruise, and I only had the option to make a full payment. How MSC, right? I'm on hold to make a partial payment over the phone. Does anyone know for sure if it is possible to make a partial payment by phone? I'm nearly 20 minutes in, and I would be somewhat disappointed if I waited much longer only to discover that the phone representative could not take a partial payment either. Wish me luck.
  4. I think you are making light of MSC's notoriously long hold times, but I am going to risk taking you seriously. I love that song, but I agree that the sound quality is poor as the orchestration suffers from too much compression. Actually, the song is super mellow. They actually play it in the MDR, or they did on Magnifica. It was part of the song rotation on that ship. Likewise. I'm on hold right now, and I'm multitasking while I listen to the gentle strains of "Mediterranean Moments," which is MSC's theme song. There's a jazzier version in this commercial.
  5. Thanks for sharing your photos. The pool areas, while busy, do not seem to be too crowded for a Caribbean cruise. I hope your sunburned feet healed quickly!
  6. I think we are saying the same thing, or we are both correct. 😃 "The cruise ship will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) a new growing trend of environmentally friendly fuel. She will be an identical design to sister ship Aidanova which is the first in this new LNG class for the German cruise line."
  7. Don't make me do an infographic of Cosma's top deck! I'm fairly sure Cosma is built on the same platform as P&O Iona and Carnival Mardi Gras.
  8. I wonder if it's the Cantare from ten years ago? That was the male vocal quartet in the "popera" style. It was actually the first show I ever saw on HAL.
  9. Koningsdam will be in Alaska, which we all knew already. That is it.
  10. "exc talks" expanding..."not lectures!"...cultural connections. "We're continuting to evolve our main stage entertainment." Cantare being added, but no explanation of what it is. Finally, "let's talk about Alaska."
  11. It's live streaming now. Ryndam will sail Europe in summer 2021. Noordam updates. Club Orange fleetwide roll out ("an exceptional value.") Enhanced youth program!! 😫 Huge game room called High Score. Kristen Kish added to culinary council. She was very popular on Top Chef. More to come...
  12. Ooh, exciting! I'm anxious to learn about all the new updates. Thanks.
  13. Wow, that's a drag. Although, I had a similar experience boarding Norwegian Pearl in Los Angeles a few years back. Unfortunately I think it happens sometime, which does not make it any more pleasant. Hopefully you have a drinks package and can get the party started.
  14. Thanks for the vivid picture, Frank. I have only done one Brazilian cruise and that was on Holland America Line, which has a more subdued vibe--more like a smaller-ship P&O experience. There was the passenger mix you are looking for: Brazilians, Argentines, other South Americans, Europeans, and quite a few North Americans. I guess that experience was coloring my perception of what an MSC cruise would be like. The MSC South American experience seems to be a lot more wild. And I will confirm that the Brazilian bartenders on Magnifica this past summer were not as friendly and helpful as other bartenders. I don't know that I would do too well with a lot of pushy people; my whole idea of a cruise is that it's as close to Downton Abbey as you can get on a vacation. To be fair, what you describe is a much more extreme example of the Carnival cruises to Mexico out of Los Angeles, which are generally perceived to be "booze cruises" that feature perpetually drunk passengers and late night parties. That puts a fine point on it.
  15. Thanks for posting. I'm glad you had a pleasant time. I was on Magnifica last August, and I had the same impressions about the dining room staff and the pools. I'm on Preziosa in September. Sound like I can expect more of the same.
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