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We are having a fabulous and wonderful time.

11 at Goosbys and 26 at the Il Patio GTG. Such a great group with smiles laughter happiness all the way.

Good food, good wine GREAT company could you ask for more.

 

Benitad - we have wished you were here so many times and drunk to your health so frequently - you are taken care of healthwise till 2050.

 

We owe CruiseCritic big time for bringing us all together.

 

Amazing how many people we have met who read through each and every word of the posts and yet made no input!

 

More to come - you did not think we would go quiet now did you :-)

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Glad to hear you too are enjoying the Opera!!!!!!You might have to stay on for an extra week just to ensure you are correct in your happiness!

 

 

 

If Galen is still working at the bar in the Cotton Club - please send him my regards - John from NYC on the 26 Feb cruise - Johnny Walker Red & water!

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We want MORE - what was the biggest surprise? What is your opinion of the food? Is there anything that could be improved?

 

P.S. Stop staring at the beautiful and talented ladies in the production shows who are oh so physically fit...

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Barry, you have no idea how we're all living vicariously through you! Best wishes to everyone, and please say hello to my friends on the Opera. Tell Benny the waiter in L'Approdo that Olivia and I say hello! Take lots of pix of all you drunken louts ... but for crying out loud, leave some Limoncello for us!

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Promise there will be more more and much more.

 

I am passing on wishes to ALL the staff that have been mentioned and believe me folks they are so PLEASED and Delighted. There are great smiles when the staff realise people really appreciated their efforts. I say hand on heart we could not ask for more helpful staff. These guys and gals are so polite and want so much to give service.

 

Last night I enoyed a rack of lamb with provencal herbs which was cooked to perfection and meltingly tendered served with the most al dente carrots and delicious butter green cabbage. The RISOTTOS are truly the food of the GODS!

 

Even the New Yorkers are rating the pizzas as a 10.

 

Little gripes but hey are they small.

OH - We were on embarked by 11.45 on Saturday 2nd at Fort Lauderdale

and the spirit decanted into plastic bottles duly arrived in the cabins.

 

A couple of naughty nameless CruiseCritic ladies smuggled bottles of rum on board last night in the pockets of their very volumionous shorts!!!!!!!!!

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Promise there will be more more and much more.

 

I am passing on wishes to ALL the staff that have been mentioned and believe me folks they are so PLEASED and Delighted. There are great smiles when the staff realise people really appreciated their efforts. I say hand on heart we could not ask for more helpful staff. These guys and gals are so polite and want so much to give service.

 

Last night I enoyed a rack of lamb with provencal herbs which was cooked to perfection and meltingly tendered served with the most al dente carrots and delicious butter green cabbage. The RISOTTOS are truly the food of the GODS!

 

Even the New Yorkers are rating the pizzas as a 10.

 

Little gripes but hey are they small.

OH - We were on embarked by 11.45 on Saturday 2nd at Fort Lauderdale

and the spirit decanted into plastic bottles duly arrived in the cabins.

 

A couple of naughty nameless CruiseCritic ladies smuggled bottles of rum on board last night in the pockets of their very volumionous shorts!!!!!!!!!

 

The above was posted by ME!!

 

Unfortunately it came up under Mimikez. I can only imagine that Mary used this terminal and did not log out so it was still in her name.

 

Mary I am sincerely sorry.

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Sounds like you are all having a whale of a time. I'm jealous! Bottoms Up!:)

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Tell Gino and Cynthia "HI" and have a great cruise from Warren and Trisha.

 

We will be seeing them in Belgium in May.

 

Have a great current cruise.

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Thank you for sharing your cruise - there's nothing like a report from onboard! Sounds like you all are having a wonderful time!

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Glad to hear that everyone is having a great time! Will be watching for updates. Color me a bright shade of green. :D

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We are having a fabulous and wonderful time -

 

We owe CruiseCritic big time for bringing us all together.

 

Amazing how many people we have met who read through each and every word of the posts and yet made no input!

 

more to come - you did not think we would go quiet now did you :-)

 

Hello lucky -devils-

 

I am beginning to see the light .

Today ,for the first time ,I am longing to /for the cruise.But it needs at least 2 weeks to recover.

 

To you all:have a wonderfull time!

Is Henry in 10065?????

 

Bye Eternity.

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Thank you everyone for your good wishes.

 

Eternity - we are happy to hear that there is some improvement in your health but it is a huge shame that you are not with us. Yes Henri and Marian are in 10065 and very happy

.

 

Rotterdam - Galen certainly remembers you and almost broke my hand with his handshake at mention of your name. He was ready to give me plenty of messages for you.

 

Magwa - We dine with Robyn and toast you everynight!!

 

Benita - Florin has an MSC cap just for you!

 

Last night we had a private cocktail party for us C.Cers in the Byblos Disco

and they did us proud with excellent hot and cold canapes. We were celebrating a great 6 days in the Caribbean and the onset of Atlantic!!

 

We arrived 2 hours early in San Juan. Departed Martinique 1 hour later and Barbados 2 hours later and the extra time in the ports was much appreciated.

 

For those who remember the Milan airports transport problem - there will be coaches one way at 25 euro per person.

 

Sea is described as rough 2.5 to 4 metre waves but although we are rocking and rolling it is GREAT!!

 

So far sunshine all the way apart from some rain at Port Evergaldes on sailing day but it cleared up mid afternoon.

 

More later

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It all sounds so fantastic!

 

I hope Lirica's 2 May repositioning is as wonderful as yours sounds, including the heavy seas.

Thank you for the continuing updates, please don't stop!

 

Kyle

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czechmate,

Thanks for your update,but crying out loud,why am I here in this cold /rainy/windy Holland ???(inside the heating very high)

 

It is going better every day ----- one hour!!!!

 

Nice a rocking sea ,I like that.

Have Henri and Marian used the balcony,or was it to windy?

Shame I did not learn to know you,but who knows-----

Please say -hello- to Robijn and Madge for me.

And the whole bunch a happy crossing--------

Eternity

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czechmate,

Thanks for your update,but crying out loud,why am I here in this cold /rainy/windy Holland ???(inside the heating very high)

 

It is going better every day ----- one hour!!!!

 

Nice a rocking sea ,I like that.

Have Henri and Marian used the balcony,or was it to windy?

Shame I did not learn to know you,but who knows-----

Please say -hello- to Robijn and Mary for me.

And the whole bunch a happy crossing--------

Eternity

 

Mary I hope you have a wonderfull trip.

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Opera is coping wonderfully with the waves and the wind.

 

The decks and the balconies are in full use every minute of the day.

 

The biggest complaint we have is that there is not enough time to fit in all that we want to do every day.

 

One lady told me to day she was "Homesick" I said I was too - "Sick I had to go home". Thankfully though that time is still many days away and we will make the most of each and every moment.

 

Another complaint. All the mirrors in the cabins have a fault. Everyday they make us look larger!

 

All messages are being passed on to those mentioned

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Czechmate,thanks again for the updating.

 

I love windforce 6/7 blue sky and sun.I think thats your way of life on

this moment.

My son is in Cuba,the weather there is quite different.

Tropical showers,hot and humid.

Once again have a nice crossing.

Eternity

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Czechmate ... here's a lesson: the minute I stopped pigging out the mirrors were kinder!

 

I am so envious ... Florin, Pasquale, Benny, Christophe, Sylvester, Bapoo, Barbara, Carmine ... I never found a person who was unkind to us on the cruise. And with you ccers, I just KNOW it would be even better. I hope you guys are taking METICULOUS notes, because ... well, goshdarn it, you owe it to us. I can't wait to hear the rest of it!

Is that South African woman (yes, I know it's Mary!) behaving? I certainly hope not!

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Hello everyone! Still very SMOOTH sailing aboard MSC Opera! Can't believe the Atlantic is being so kind to us - seas are like a lake today!

 

Cronestein - pleased to hear you have recovered from your illness, and we do wish you were onboard with us!

 

Benitad - of course we are keeping notes (and photos!). You will be pleased to know Mary is NOT behaving herself and is keeping all of us entertained! We are a very lively and happy lot of cruisers aboard. I have the same problem with the mirrors, but it is SO hard to stop eating the delicious food! And it's all your fault anyway - I dine with Czechmate every evening, and we are continually drinking to YOUR health, so I figure that's why I'm putting on extra weight....ha,ha.

 

I'm enjoying the cruise so much, I'm just about convinced to cancel my January/February 2006 voyage Southampton to Sydney. As you can probably guess I'm booking Opera 2006 Transatlantic April 2006 instead! The decision has been helped along by a bit of 'wine and persuasion' from Czechmate !!!!!!!

 

Ciao ciao

Robyn

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At Il Patio there was a magnificent sea food buffet today. What really was impressive was that as soon as one large arrangement of food began to look less than perfect it was immediately replaced.

The regular lunch buffet was still served also and both restaurants were open.

I want you all to know I am watching my waist line closely!! It gets easier every day!!

 

Today we had the C.C. Golf Tournament. Henri is the mens champion and Joan of Oz the lady champion. Howls of laughter could be heard all round the ship at our "Tigers" impressive performances.

 

It is a glorious afternoon and we wish that you were all here sharing this great experience.

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Last night we had a private cocktail party for us C.Cers in the Byblos Disco

and they did us proud with excellent hot and cold canapes. We were celebrating a great 6 days in the Caribbean and the onset of Atlantic!!

 

Glad to hear that you are having such a good time, we are really counting the days now to our cruise on the Lirica on 02 May.

At the moment there are about a dozen CCers, how do we organise a cocktail party ?

 

Looking forward to hearing more about your trip and seeing some photo's

 

Irene & Roger

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Darn those pesky mirrors! ;) Wonder if it could have anything to do with the absolutely yummy pastas??

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I wonder if this is the first time we've had a blow-by-blow description as the cruise happens; I certainly believe it is about MSC! It's so exciting that we don't have to wait until you all get back to hear about it!

(If you Operaticcers detect a little nudge of encouragement here, you wouldn't be mistaken at all:rolleyes: ...)

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So nice to hear great reports from the ship. We'll be taking our first MSC crusise on the Opera in January. Keep em coming!

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After 6 and a half fantastic days at sea during which we had force 8 gales and 4metre rough seas we finally reached Europe yesterday with the arrival at Teneriffe.

 

There was almost a sense of sadness as it hit us that the days are passing far far too quickly and the end of a wonderful cruise is too fast approaching.

 

During the rough weather there was of course some movement and during one night in particular some people did not sleep too well but overall Opera coped extremely well.

 

Tonight is The FAREWELL GALA. That is not fair - we still have today at sea then Cadiz and Palma to come and we want MORE: We are going to be a very sad bunch when it comes to the day of parting.

 

The staff are absolutely wonderful. The singers come and join us at our tables, the magician gave us a private show and everywhere we are welcomed and greeted with smiles.

 

The food remains of a consistently high standard even if there is a little disappontment from time to to time. It is impossible not to find something that you can enjoy. Thet choice and variety are vast.

 

That said we have still heard "This is the worst ship ever - never again with MSC" to which one of our Florida ladies responded with "From which planet do you come?".

 

We have reached the conclusion that if anyone does not enjoy this trip then they do not enjoy LIFE. Period!

 

It could well be that the transtalantic crossing of Opera in April 2006 will become a re-union cruise for us all.

 

The cocktail party was arranged through the assistant purser a very helpful and friendly Croation named Neven. Be warned though we did pay for it - but it was well worth it.

 

OH! They are changing the bed sheets everyday!! I should live in this style at home!!

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Hello Czechmate

 

How are people dressing in the evening?

Are men dressing formal on formal nights?

Well, my question is, should I bring my tuxedo on Lirica's transatlantic repositioning next month, or will I be out of place and overdressed?

I can only assume that the passengers on your cruise are similar to those who will be on Lirica's.

I like observing the suggested dress when at sea; tuxedo for formal nights, suit on informal, and sportcoat on casual. My nightmare is finding that I'm the only one dressed properly formal on the first formal night. I know a dark suit is appropriate, but I own a tuxedo and don't mind, actually enjoy, wearing it when it's called for. And I don't want to wear the same thing every night.icon12.gif

What have you observed on Opera?

 

A trend lately is ignoring dress codes, and jeans in the dining room on formal nights is no longer uncommon on some ships. My feeling is if you can't be bothered to go along, then don't go. Dressing up for dinner is part of the excitement of cruising.

 

Thanks for your help!

Kyle

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Czechmate - I am so glad to hear that you are thoroughly enjoyng MY Opera!

 

Thanks for egtting in touch with Galen - a great guy!

 

Was Neven one of teh asst pursors? I met him one day & he too is a great guy.

 

 

Just wait til you get home......you'll start crying, then throw yourself on the floor - and no stewards to help you get up!

 

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

 

Thanks for all your postings.

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Have just returned from a great day exploring Cadiz - a lovely city. The day started very chilly but warmed up and is now beautifully sunny.

 

The day of parting draws ever nearer and that is a terrible thought. Could stay on Opera for another months and enjoy every moment!

 

Kyle - Stoaway2k - you will certainly not be overdressed on formal nights with your tux. Like you - I enjoy putting on evening wear for the right occassion - and these gala nights have been the right occassion. There seems to have been a good mix of tux and suits but everyone seemed to take the time and make the effort to look their best. It does give a sense of style and atmosphere thats for sure.

 

The one thought I can cling to is that thank goodness I already have transatlantic Opera booked for April 2006 - that will help with the tantrums when they drag me off!

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Czechmate,thanks for all the time you spend ,giving -updates-

I was there in mind.

 

Today I am leaving my house ,for the first time.

Awfull tired.

 

Cadiz is a nice place ,been there,but indeed it can be --cold--in april,

like the Med!

 

I try to book an Atlantic crossing in May with Celebrety.

The-Lyrica- is full booked!

 

THANKS to your PR.I am sure of that.

 

Say please,bye bye from me to all the members.

 

And remember -memorys- can be so sweet when you are making your own bed at home.

 

Eternity

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Can't believe that your cruise is almost over. Have sure enjoyed your posts and getting to share the fun. Enjoy your final days. Keep telling yourself as they drag you from the ship that you will be back, it was the only thing that got me off the ship. ;)

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Never fear, fellow cruisers! While most passengers are leaving the ship in a couple of days - I'm staying aboard for another 5 days to VENICE !!!!!

 

Unfortunately, I think I am just prolonging my turn for a tantrum when I have to leave. It will involve a certain amount of kicking and screaming!

 

I'll try to post a couple of times to keep this thread and your vicarious cruising appetite going!!!!!!

 

Ciao ciao

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Kyle:

 

Glad to read all the good things about the transatlatic. I'm on the Lirica on 2 May and looking forward to it. Glad people are 'dressing up" for the formal nights. That's part of the fun of cruising.

 

Traveling Lady

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...I'm staying aboard for another 5 days to VENICE !!!!!

...and then I'll board the ship for a week

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Hallo Robijn,

 

I have asked for the price 19 april-1 may

in a 10000 cabin solo,they asked ---4950 euro.-----

 

Completly ridicuous.

Lucky I am not well yet,otherwise I was very disappointed.

For a quaranty cabin they asked less/less

 

So I don't join you,have a really nice time,once we shall meet.

 

Eternity

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Having sailed from Palma de Mallorca 4 hours ago we are now in the midst of our final day at sea and tomorrow we reach Genoa. Today is packing day!! It sure is not as much fun as it was 3 weeks ago putting all the clothes into the cases!!

 

There is some consternation re disembarkation and it is a little chaotic although I think (Optimistically HOPE) all will go well when we dock tomorrow. Part of the problems is that the USA passengers were advised that arrival in Genoa was 7 a.m. European and others were advised 10.00 a.m. and they are predicting 10.00. The onward travel plans for some are thus rather disrupted as they booked morning departures from Genoa!!

Also Alitalia airlines are threatening a 24hour strike on 19th April and this could be a huge inconveinience!! We are told that whatever happens we must go to the airport an register and if not then the ticket may not be honoured on another day!! Travel is such a huge adventure and Fun! Like the sea always unpredictable so just go with the flow and wear a smile:

 

Wanted to report re Food. Pasta and Risotto as expected have been superb and so have all the sea food and fish dishes. Last night I selected 2 entrees for my meal - First was Med. Prawns with garlic herb butter on a bed of wild rice and then a delicious perfectly (to my tastes) meltingly tender beef rib. SCRUMPTICIOUS.

Both my lobster meals were excellent but the Tournedo Rossinni was just the opposite!! Funny enough with the Rossinni came the only overcooked veggies that we have had on the entire cruise!! Must have been a "bad hair" day for the Chef.

Overall though food has been excellent and very varied.

 

DO NOT BE AFRAID to request items NOT on the menu (within reason) - these people really try hard to please and satisfy the passengers.

 

What has been so excellent is that go into a lounge and request a glass of water (remember the stewards are paid a percentage of sales) and these wonderful boys and girls will serve it graciously and with a smile. These are special people. Two of our favourites have been Stacey and Eduard. So open and friendly but always so courteous and attentive.

 

We have had some windy days but overall have had sunshine and warmth and really good weather so even mother nature has been kind to us.

 

All I can wish is that every future passenger with MSC will have the same fabulous and happy happy days and nights and the same fantastic high standards of service that we have shared.

 

Once home there will be so much more to report.

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Yo-

 

SO happy to read you folks great adventure-

 

Appears that - in the main - that you rate the MSC product up there like I did in my review-

 

Our cruise certainly deserved a excellent rating - and so many folks agree-

 

Happy Cruisin'

 

Mike

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Hi Czechmate,

We are leaving for Venice on Thursady. My wife is allergic to milk. Do you know (or can you ask) if they have Soy Milk?

 

thanks

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boten.. did you not put this info on your booking form? If cruiselines know in advance of dietary requirements, then they are happy to do all they can. I suggest you ask you TA to pass this information on as soon as possible. If they don't have it, and I can't say I noticed any, then it may be too late to order some in:(

 

Pam

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Welcome home,

 

I see you are on line.How was the trip?

Het weer in bijzonder?

 

I am just better,and longing for an Atlantic crossing.

Celebrety is going in May,I have made contacts with the agent.

 

Waiting is in order.

 

How disappointing for you the Dutch weather conditions.

 

Hope to hear something,

 

Eternity

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