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  1. We booked the Meraviglia a month ago for the end of Sept. 2021 through an internet agent. Got free gratuities and generous OBC. Just checked & that is still available. The OBC varies on the category cabin booked.
  2. We use an Internet agency that shows the available cabins. There are several of these sites. Cannot name one here or I will get in trouble. Just try a couple. Just make a pretend booking, show the category you want & then they will show you deck by deck, which cabins are available. We always do this & pick our own. I usually continue to watch availability as sometimes a cabin in the same category pops up that I like the location better & just change. There is no fee for that. Another advantage is that usually booking with MSC direct gives you no perks. Our internet agency always throws in prepaid gratuities & generous OBC. the price for the cruise is usually the same with MSC.
  3. We sailed last September... Apparently not all perks are written down. Half way through the cruise, I asked our butler if there were any laundry specials. He said since we were in the RS we did not did one as we had UNLIMITED laundry. Although I felt a bit guilty I sent everything we had worn out before the end of the trip & we never received a charge. On our cruise for this September, I went online to MSC MY ACCOUNT. Under the reservation for the room it says... Included Beachfront Yacht Club Cabana (max 6 people) All Day Rental We cancelled that and rebooked for next September. They switched ships. When I check online now, it says NOTHING about the cabana :O( As far as laundry ??? I will whine & say we got it on the Seaside but they probably will not care ,
  4. The Seaside has much better Perks if you get the YC3 RS. You would think that that would be the same on all ships but it is not. Last year on the Seaside, in the YC3, we got free gelato & crepes, free unlimited laundry, and our cruise this year that was cancelled, we were also to get a complementary ocean cabana on their island...that is worth a lot. We pushed our September cruise this year to September next year and they had changed the ship to the Meraviglia. It is my understanding that none of those perks will be honored on that ship.
  5. We did not used a free certificate but did use the 30% off casino one. Our cruise was for this October. We changed that to October 2021. Loved they still honored that discount. We booked through an Internet agency while we were onboard our last cruise. Because we talked to the booking agent onboard, she added $200. OBC to the next cruise. I was really amazed that OBC was also pulled forward to the 2021 cruise. Their casino club is DEFINITELY the best at sea. They honor their discount on ANY cruise, booked with ANY agency of your choice. Our agent threw in another $500. OBC and prepaid gratuities.
  6. On the Seaside, the gelato and crepes were included. It is my understanding that they are NOT included on the Meraviglia
  7. When we were in the YC on the Seaside, gelato & crepes were included in the chocolate area. Just watched a youtube of the Meraveglia. They also have gelato & crepes, It looks like a different company. Is that a YC perk on that ship ,also ? thanks
  8. Can you please give me some info on the balcony. Since it is on the front of the ship, how usable is it because of the wind ? Is the balcony very big ? Thanks
  9. We also have an Oct. 2020 cruise. I was told by MSC today that if I cancel before the end of this month, I get my full deposit back & no other charges, We are then going to rebook for next year. I understand the OPs dilemma. To just change the date they want $100. He probably needs to do that to save the $200. OBC for booking onboard.
  10. Our June cruise was cancelled. We opted for the cash refund. A week later we got an email from Regent trying to talk us out of it. They did a cruise cabin match. Find a comparable cruise & same category and they will not charge you anymore if the next cruise is more expensive. They would then take 100% of your 125% FCC as payment in full no matter the real cost. The extra 25% of your FCC is good for 2 years. Seemed like a good deal for us so we took it. We found a comparable cruise for next year on a different ship that was more expensive. The original ship only had one F category & the new ship an F1 & F2. They gave us the better, F1. I started a thread the other day as our cruise appeared to be 'lost'. Regent had 'technical' problems & all seems OK again. That extra 25% of FCC is quite a chunk for us. Sounds like this might work for your situation. Now, if only they do not go bankrupt :O)
  11. yep our cabin still available The actual cruise sites, not just Regent, make it hard to see all available cabins. We have (?) a category F. Checking on another internet site, there are 32 category F cabins available for that cruise.
  12. I got more than a slap...2011 and still on my account. One point against me from cruisecritic and another point against me from the yahoo that complained about me breaking the rules. There's one in every crowd :O)
  13. google internet cruise agents. might take you awhile but just keep trying them one at a time. There are quite a few that will give you the actual cabin numbers still available. You make a 'pretend' booking to where it lets you select your cabin. I cannot say any of the ones I use. I did that once years ago and was given a warning by cruise critic.
  14. Our June cruise was cancelled so we took the FCC cabin match deal for a cruise next May. Just out of curiosity I was wondering about the occupancy so I went on an internet site that lets you see that. I was quite amazed to see MY CABIN WAS AVAILABLE ! I have the paperwork confirming the cabin we booked. Needless to say I have a call into my agent to find out what is going on.
  15. We are basically in the same boat as you :O) We have a cruise booked on another cruiseline for the end of September out of Miami....to pay or not to pay.... got a great deal on a great cabin with lots of OBC, prepaid gratuities , etc.
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