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  1. RCCL can set any policy it chooses, regardless of Canadian law. For example, irons are prohibited by Royal.
  2. Shrimp was literally the only reason I would eat at the Asian-style restaurant. Without shrimp, I don't plan to eat there at all.
  3. I reported a missing June cruise several weeks after disembarking. As of August 8, it has not been added to my cruise history. I will report a second time and give NCL another several weeks. If it is still missing in September, I will report it a third time and so on and so on.
  4. Ditto. All bookings made before an increase are grandfathered to the rate current at the time of booking, provided DSC is paid prior to boarding. For example, my booking for next May indicates DSC can be prepaid at $14.50/day because that was the going rate at the time of booking. If I neglect to prepay, I will be charged the prevailing rate after boarding. So I am not surprised any current booking or mock booking indicates $15/day. However, that in no way confirms no increase is around the corner so to speak. So have we received a peek behind the curtain? Only time will tell.
  5. Adults are just as likely suspects. I had decorations stolen from my Epic studio cabin door and minors are not allowed access. Well, not allowed to be resident so do not have keys with access to the studio cabin.
  6. Agreed. And security would not split up a party.
  7. I understand it benefits the stroller pushers but still flies in the face of what most people can agree is “fair”.
  8. You’ve been very helpful.
  9. As a Carnival stockholder, I should be entitled to onboard credit for Costa (Carnival family) cruises. However, I have yet to sail on Costa so I am not sure how it works. Very specifically, curious as to how the OBC can be used. Does anyone know whether the funds can be applied toward gratuities?
  10. Depends if passengers crave the nightlife. The sun will have set by 6 p.m. They would at least be able to enjoy a sunset cruise?
  11. I have searched and found some table of official taxi fares on the island but am still confused as to what is the expected cost of a taxi from cruise terminal to airport. Arriving via Costa Magica and cannot yet locate the specific cruise terminal at which it will dock, expect that it will be St John's.
  12. I have seen quite a few of them at airports lately.
  13. Good information. Thank you. I was pondering transfer options from Malpensa to board the ship in Savona. Looks like the Costa transfer could be 33 Euros. Will need to contact Costa to confirm.
  14. Can the diamond discount be applied to packages purchased pre-cruise or only once onboard?
  15. Expand the search for reasonable solo fares to include Royal Caribbean Empress and MSC Armonia during August, September and October. In fact, any ship which had to drop Cuba.
  16. The face value of any NCL NextCruise certificate is $250.
  17. Dollars to doughnuts the deck 12 smoking section was moved to another area on the same deck. Since deck 11 is all passenger cabins, what unsuspecting cabins are now the recipient of the noise, courtesy of OP's complaint and NCL's resolution?
  18. Thank you for the mental image of Tidy Whities...LOL
  19. I booked a Fantastica Experience using USA-based travel agency and expected drink vouchers as noted with my Fantastica Experience for January 2019 Sinfonia cruise (European itinerary). The vouchers were not in my cabin and tablemates (who booked different experiences and drink packages) had received vouchers. I took up the issue with Guest Services on the first night. They saw nothing about drink vouchers noted on my booking in the ship's computer system, but they offered to contact Corporate. The next day, they did "in good faith" give me the vouchers even though no word had come back from Corporate.
  20. I noticed a difference between MSC cruises sailing from North America and my one and only sailing aboard MSC in Europe. To be fair it was a older, smaller vessel, the Sinfonia. Which may not be a fair comparison to Divina which is newer and larger. The buffet on Sinfonia was among the smallest I have experienced. The salad/fresh produce section was so limited in variety that I ate far less fresh produce than I would on any other cruise line thus far. The buffet line had plated small bowls of lettuce with maybe a tomato wedge, olive and crumble of cheese on top. Additional bowls of topping would number two or three. For a person who indulges in a greater variety of produce when cruising than at home, I was disappointed. The one bonus was fresh fruit was almost always available in abundance inside the buffet and near the grill and pizzeria counters closer to the open deck. The rest of the buffet served a "Mediterranean" section and I cannot speak to that as nothing appealed to me personally and three or four more hot entrees. Additionally, soup, bread/rolls section and desserts. They did offer themed outdoor service lines several times. For example, one day was German food and another was pasta dishes. The MDR menus were limited, but that is true for every cruise line. You would expect pasta to be a standout on an Italian cruise line, but I heard from my Italian-heritage tablemates that overall, pasta dishes were greatly disappointing. But they did say a couple of the pasta dishes during our 12-day cruise were good, so not a complete washout. And a few dinner entrees were tasty. But inevitably, if we (tablemates and I) did happen upon any "good" food, it was only available one time during the entire cruise. My advice on that is if you do find something to enjoy, savor it because our joke was "you won't see it again." As people like to point out, I did not go hungry, but I also now have experience to back up my opinion of the MSC product.
  21. If you are "offended" or "upset" by people sleeping in public (rather than their cabin), Heaven Forbid! you ever step foot on a cruise ship. I've witnessed sleepers (meaning people sleeping) in lounges, theaters, libraries, and hallways (equipped with seating, of course). And don't even get me started on those bold enough to fall asleep on the promenades or out by the pool.
  22. logan25

    Flight time

    Depends significantly upon when passengers will be allow to disembark. A taxi transfer is only about thirty minutes from the port to airport with plenty of taxis available as long as you carry your luggage off the ship and don't delay exiting the ship.
  23. I tried to research the route of Metro or Bus and come up with no recommended route due to no stations being "near" the beginning (El Prat) or ending (Placa de Catalunya) points. I have a cruise departing next Wednesday and anxiety thinking about being stuck no knowing how to get from point A to point B and the reverse. I contacted the hotel asking for their guidance on transportation and am waiting to hear.
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