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  1. Where you get a full English in the Big Apple? Hope you have a great cruise and that DH has a wonderful, carefree time. Just saw brand new photos of OC and it looks darn near finished! PS enjoy the bubbly!
  2. Putting in my standard plug for using a travel agent. Unanswered emails is a good reason I use a TA. Some people prefer to handle all of the booking on their own. Waiting on email replies is one of the drawbacks of that approach. With that said, there are ways to contact a specific MSC representative directly, and that has proven to be very effective. Best of luck to the OP!
  3. Quite so. Indeed, it reminds me a bit of Americans who complain that Mexican food in Germany doesn't taste like it does in Mexico (or Texas, California, etc.) or that coffee in Italy isn't like Starbucks. My wife and I actually enjoy the fact that while we might be departing from a US port, our experience has a distinctly European feel.
  4. I second this! Safe travels, have a wonderful time, and be sure to tell us how the YC goes! Enjoy the champagne, the pampering, the food, etc. Just have a great time!
  5. I think you misunderstood what I wrote, I wasn’t disputing whether someone might not like the food on one cruise. But you continued to cruise with Royal Caribbean even after having bad food once. You didn’t swear off the entire cruise line based on bad food one time. It does happen, yes. You’re right. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion and food tastes are subjective, but I confess I simply can’t understand someone swearing off an entire cruise line on the basis of lackluster food on one cruise. But that’s just me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I love these renderings, the bottom one is reminiscent of a Raffles Hotel to me. I don't know if the finished product will mirror these, but they are lovely and inviting.
  8. Thanks for that, I'm fluent in French and enjoyed hearing all of the superlatives attributed to Meraviglia.
  9. Personally, I'll be happy to set foot on Ocean Cay, even if there's nothing to see but the lighthouse, a beach and two folding chairs. I understand that others have greater expectations but we are just happy to be on vacation, enjoying the company of our fellow passengers and being waited on by the staff. We're excited to see the Meraviglia for the first time and also experience the Yacht Club for the first time. Here's wishing @Beamafar and others who see OC before we do, will have a lovely time.
  10. Might be worth doing again so you don’t have to be the one making phone calls and sending emails, then playing the waiting game. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Good luck,@MM42. You didn’t by chance use a TA, did you? If this were me, I’d be calling my travel agent and try to have him sort it out. Hope it all works out! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. That's awesome! Glad to hear that. Yes, but I'm just wondering how that would happen. Are you proposing that MSC should have hinted at a soft opening in late 2019 as far back as 2 years ago? Surely that would not have been predictable that far in the past. Or do you mean just in the past few months of this year? I imagine MSC's counter would be there was no way for us to know exactly when OC would be fully complete due to factors beyond our control. I think they're doing the best they can. (JMHO)
  13. Haha, it’s not just MSC: I work in an industry where if you promise a product by a certain date & you can’t deliver, people complain. If you tell them after the fact that you knew you’d be late, they say you should’ve given advance notice. If you DO give advance notice, they complain that you should’ve delivered on time. So you’re going to get complaints basically no matter what! [emoji2369] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Personally, I think that’s very wise of MSC. I hear that term a lot in retail to denote a case where an establishment is open for business but not every “i” has been dotted nor every “t” crossed. It helps to tamp down expectations that absolutely everything will be ready to go on Day 1. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Right! Your average cruise passenger might not know that the majority of time, these construction projects are 90% infrastructure and 10% buildings. Especially when you’re dealing with a cruise port designed for daily use (vs one where people stay overnight or for extended periods). I’d guess it will take them less than a month to put the finishing touches on. Of course, there’s likely to be more work done over the next few months, but I’m willing to bet the majority of work will be done in time for opening day.
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