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  1. Looking at the pictures, hope they are older because it doesn’t look ready! We go in December curious to see it.
  2. One thing I found odd is at check in you do not give them your credit card. You have 48 hours once you board to go to a kiosk onboard and swipe your card. You can make purchases until you get it done. We did it as soon as we boarded there was no one in line and it was easy peasy!
  3. Hi Brillo, I am also Diamond on Royal. We also have tried Celebrity & about 6 Carnival cruises back in 90’s. We tried our first MSC in late September of this year. We got a great deal on a 7 day cruise onboard the Armonia which we thought was good time to try them. They also matched our Diamond to Gold. Their loyalty program does not give you as many goodies as Royal Caribbean but that isn’t important to us. We were happy with the cruise and service. It is a little different then Royal but not in bad way. Some things I liked better then Royal other things they feel short. However we have already booked our next cruise on Divina in December.
  4. I pin them on my beach bag. DH had a hat he’d put them on....unfortunately he lost the hat guess he’ll have to start over! 😆
  5. Sad! Grandeur is one of our favorites sailed her several times! I hate to see smaller ships going away being replaced by mega floating resorts! 😞
  6. Was just going to say that I’ve never heard of fields & selects........you’ve said all I need to know! Definitely bringing my own!
  7. Thanks! Not much on decaf so I’ll be bringing my own!
  8. I saw their desk!
  9. We just took first cruise as Gold.....had bowl of fruit & got an invitation to returning guest party....other then that.....nothing. I went to guest services and asked about other things I’d heard we got.....they say no that’s all you get fruit and invitation to party.
  10. I just got off Armonia on Monday. We had OV Fantastica cabin. We had early dinner in Macro Polo Restaurant @ 6 pm. First seating guests where suppose to go to the 900 pm show. Second seating to the 7:15 show.
  11. Under frequently asked questions on Royal Caribbean’s website it states pack all medications in your carry-on to avoid them being lost or stolen. The key programs lists dropping your carry-off bags to be delivered to stateroom. Any reasonable expectation would be they would be secure by RC. I was on MSC cruise last week. The morning we got off they offered you could drop off your carry-on bags until it was time to disembark. It was in movie theater, crew member stood in front of door, no one went in/out except him. It was very well done.
  12. 5 years ago, within 24 hours of exiting a cruise DH & I came down with Noro-virus. It was the worse 4 days. So now when we cruise I take the peroxide wipes for cabin and naturally take all the same precautions I’d use in any public space. Wash hands throughly, use tissue for door handles, avoid using handrails, etc. Last week we were sailing on another cruise line. Public areas had the hand sanitizers machine but crew never said a word to guests about using and most walked right by them. I was shocked at the amount of women in restrooms that never washed their hands or just barely ran them under water. Needless to say Got off ship at 0900 and was sick at 10 pm that night. Luckily not as bad as first time! I have heard there are new hand sanitizers that do help against Noro-virus Has anyone tried?
  13. I just got off Armonia this morning! We had a great time! Our Cruise Critic M&M was about 75 ppl and was very well done! Will be writing a review soon!
  14. On their website it says room service is included with Fantastica experience....... ????
  15. We also will be on ship Monday! Our first time on MSC! Looking forward to it!
  16. To each his own I guess. I’m married to safety man and we don’t take the chance. And although we avidly read reviews we take them with grain of salt. Just like one bad experience is all experiences neither is one good one. Plus you never really know who’s putting the information in a review out there.
  17. We are always afraid to book though a 3rd party. Years ago had friend on another cruise line book a tour though 3rd party. Their bus broke down returning to ship.... Ship did not wait for them! They had to fly to next port at their own expense!
  18. kidless

    New to MSC

    This is really new to us. Have never done this on any other cruise line. We sail Monday on Armonia so assuming we will encounter this also. Will we need to do immediately upon boarding or is there a grace period? Will we be able to have a drink before doing this or should we rush to do it. Are lines long to do this?
  19. Thanks so much for your review. DH and I sail on Monday on the Armonia. We read some of the not so good reviews but choose to book anyway. We like laid back cruises and are not demanding people so think based on your review it’s good fit for us. We actually prefer the smaller ships, quiet spot and good book suits us just fine! We are really looking forward to our cruise .....
  20. I love the G2 plus it’s less sugar. I found individual packs of G2 powder on Amazon. I’m taking it with me on cruise this Monday. I dehydrated easily this I can stick in my pocket just add to bottle of water.
  21. Sorry it’s Armonia which is Caribbean
  22. It’s my opinion that depending on if a ship is sold out & even the type of people on board wIll make it feel more or less crowded! If ships are booked to full capacity it’s going to feel more crowded. If a lot of people like lunch at 1 there will be lines at Windjammer. Those who stated their experience was an over crowded ship with lines are not wrong and shouldn’t be degraded by others for stating what their experience was like. Every sailing can be different. Like Akcruz said sometimes you need to zag when everyone else is zigging! All ships at times might feel crowded and all ships at times will feel like ghost ships! #JMHO
  23. We leave on Monday on our first MSC cruise! Naturally I am excited and starting the process of packing......have few last minute questions! We are booked in Oceanview Fantasia cabin on Armonia. 1) What time are cabins ready? 2) I prefer hanging clothes is there room in closet and are there plenty of hangers? Will they bring more if needed? 3) Are their robes in cabin? 4) Is there an outlet in bathroom for a night light? 5) We sail at 6pm on embarkment day we selected the 630 dinner. Can we wear clothes we boarded in. I’ll be in skirt but DH will have shorts & collared shirt on. I know sometimes bags get to cabin late.....(at least on other CruiseLine’s they can) plus don’t want to mis sale away! 6) If I need anything press do they have irons available or do I need to send out. 7) Does MSC have formal night? How many on 7 night cruise, which night is it and how dressy is it. Tux’s? Suits? Sports coat? Nice shirt & slacks? Thanks in advance for tips & info!!!
  24. Crazy! My husband works at NASA right by Cape his car is clean as whistle. Said he didn’t see any today! Dreading the invasion!!!
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