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  1. I’ve smelt smoke drift over to my balcony on just about every cruise. I could never tell where it came from. It wasn’t strong and I’m not sensitive to it so it didn’t bother me.  I know some smokers that say they always smoke on their balconies and have never had anything said to them.  

  2. 2 hours ago, MrChocoholic said:

    Thank  you for FINALLY covering an issue that's near and dear to my cigar-smoking heart.  I'm booked on this ship Dec. 9, after spending a week on the MSC Armonia. THAT ship is very tobacco friendly. 

    We were on Armonia in September they had one enclosed smoking room and I heard there was small section in casino but I never smelt smoke or saw anyone smoking. Never smelled smoke on deck either think it was just allowed on one side. Maybe there weren’t many smokers because other then the few in smoking room never saw or smelled!! 

  3. We’ve been on over 20 cruises with Royal Caribbean, Carnival & Celebrity. We went on our first MSC cruise September 23rd and we loved it!! Matter of fact loved it so much we booked another MSC cruise for December! ..... plus they status matched our Diamond status from RC!!! 

  4. I think the policy of teens not being left on board  while their legal guardian is in port is a legal issue. Example; If your 15 year old falls and hurts himself on ship medical care can not be given with out consent from the legal guardian. Even Grandpa & Grandpa can not legally give permission. The younger child left in AO you have already signed permission for medical treatment if needed. 

    Perhaps a solution would be to plan before leaving on cruise and get a Notarized permission form for the adult (Grandparents) that would be on board with the teen to have authorization.  

    I’d bet money the policy probably stems from an earlier lawsuit where medical treated an unsupervised teen on board without parental permission! 

  5. I never like to hear just one side of the story. There usually are three; yours, theirs and the truth. It always strikes me how all parents on this site claim their children are innocent and well behaved yet while on ship we’ve encountered many children onboard unsupervised that aren’t behaving. That being said I’m shocked any parent would allow their 10 year old daughter to board alone while they stayed in port in a foreign country! She should have not been allowed to board by security and kudos to the staff member who followed the rules for your child’s safety! #JMHO

  6. 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. 

  7. 1 hour ago, Host Clarea said:

    Graham - we have to use two of the Fields & Selects in each cup to get decent flavor.

    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! 

  8. 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. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 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? 13AF8944-F62A-4E9A-8BCB-FF834C47EEBF.thumb.png.794940387a601534e0791df04d0ae945.png

  11. 6 hours ago, toyztoyz said:

    Just remember room service is not included in the fantastica experience. The “American Breakfast” is upcharged by 7.95 plus 15% service charge. I am on her today and wow was I disappointed. Watch your step on deck eleven as the floor has holes in the rubber and is ripped.  

    On their website it says room service is included with Fantastica experience....... ????

  12. 8 hours ago, Captain-John said:


    Again, the good ones have backup transport arranged - I've read a story on CC whereby someone's bus broke down, but the tour firm had strategically placed taxis/busses along the route that could be called into action and the guests were returned to the ship on time.


    With advance research, close scrutiny of the T&C's and reviews, I find going third-party the best option almost all the time.

    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. 

  13. 15 hours ago, Essiesmom said:

    Sail & Sign works the same but you have to activate your account at a kiosk onboard, that looks like an ATM




    Any specific questions, please ask.  EM

    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? 

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