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Excellent stuff. Plenty of storage space etc. Not...
Excellent stuff. Plenty of storage space etc. Not visibly worn, new carpet and newish sofa. Only slight issue so far is one of the cupboards haven't been emptied of some rubbish left by the previous...
Sorry that was a typo, pitfalls of posting from a...
Sorry that was a typo, pitfalls of posting from a phone. It's actually 15013, but yes it's an S3 Aurea Suite. :)https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180224/d32f1aaf063fc1a0b24f2a66ae3b1dc7.jpg

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Thanks Bea. The safety drill rudely interrupted...
Thanks Bea. The safety drill rudely interrupted my postings. Yes I was really grateful for your live review but I am relying on mobile data amd uploading photos remotely is a pain. A few more...
Aure Suite S3 15031....
Aure Suite S3 15031....
Aboard Orchestra now in Barcelona. Although it’s...
Aboard Orchestra now in Barcelona. Although it’s early days, there is nothing of concern come to light so far. In fact, it was one of the quickest ever embarkations I have experienced. On the ship in...
I agree that cleanliness should just be a given...
I agree that cleanliness should just be a given on any ship, at any price point and would be a major problem if a ship wasn't clean. However I haven't once come across a ship that hasn't been...
I'm not sure they do, at least not on a UK...
I'm not sure they do, at least not on a UK booking contract. Perhaps a US version is different.

The reason I say this is that when I made a booking on Orchestra, initially in a B2, I upgraded to a...
I really like Jade, and I have sailed on her 4...
I really like Jade, and I have sailed on her 4 times. She has also been spruced up a bit after a dry dock not long ago. Try and find some recent cabin photos etc. to see the difference this has made....
Thanks for those pictures. The tiles in the...
Thanks for those pictures. The tiles in the bathroom look freshly grouted and I agree that she doesn't look in too bad shape.

I have spotted a reasonably priced SE suite available on Spirit, which...
I am going to sound like a broken record on this...
I am going to sound like a broken record on this one but in case anyone hasn't seen my previous comments I'll paraphrase them again here.

On Saturday I leave Barcelona on MSC Orchestra, doing a...
I leave for Orchestra on Saturday. I hope it's...
I leave for Orchestra on Saturday. I hope it's not as bad an experience as others have had.

I am looking forward to the ports and hopefully some nicer weather. I do also find MSC ships to be well...
Didn't know about the app, thanks. Yes -...
Didn't know about the app, thanks.

Yes - hope it was better than you found yours!
'Aurea Suite' I have come to learn encompasses a...
'Aurea Suite' I have come to learn encompasses a vast range of cabins, only some of which purists could describe as a proper suite - i.e. separate living/seating area to the bedroom.

On Saturday I...
On the subject of UK vs US contracts: I am...
On the subject of UK vs US contracts:

I am sailing Breakaway in the Baltics in July. For a bog standard balcony, most UK agents and NCL themselves want no less than £1750 a head 'all inclusive.'
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I am not being remotely judgemental, but I do...
I am not being remotely judgemental, but I do find the concept of a solo vacation without one's spouse/partner to be a bit unusual, if you have one - my wife would kill me if I suggested taking a...
I'm not sure that's the case as I understand most...
I'm not sure that's the case as I understand most sailings want to sail as close to full as possible?
Fabulous - just out of curiosity, what was the...
Fabulous - just out of curiosity, what was the original airfare?
Is it not a joke by someone who was on the...
Is it not a joke by someone who was on the cruise? Your son or another relative? I seriously doubt NCL would have sent this to them...

Sounds more like it was bought a year ago by someone and it's...
Forum: MSC Cruises
Posted By Captain-John
I don't think the Wellness programme is a good...
I don't think the Wellness programme is a good seller.... makes sense to open up more cabins to Aurea.
Seems to me the compromise between NCL Haven and...
Seems to me the compromise between NCL Haven and MSC YC is there is more 'public' space on the latter and more 'private' (i.e. cabin) space on the former.

Would regular cruisers of both agree with...
Absolutely. I already know that Italians in...
Absolutely. I already know that Italians in particular don't queue, that MSC food is not great compared to other cruise lines and that they apply a UNICEF donation to your onboard account. Some of...
For an upcoming trip on Orchestra, I have a...
For an upcoming trip on Orchestra, I have a check-in time given on the ticket of 15:45 for an 18:00 sailing - which I am going to totally ignore, as my flight gets into Barcelona at 11AM. I have a...
I am traveling on Orchestra 24/02 (with an open...
I am traveling on Orchestra 24/02 (with an open mind!). I'd be curious to see if my experience matches yours. I hope not!
I think this issue might have something to do...
I think this issue might have something to do with which ports the ship actually calls at - the rate will vary depending on the port.
I can't stand inconsistencies like this (great if...
I can't stand inconsistencies like this (great if you benefit from them, but not universal, which is annoying). What I mean is, I'm glad for you, but won't be glad for me if I can't get the same.