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So as of this morning my wife and I were booked on the Norwegian Encore next summer but after watching the YouTube videos by Sean and Stef IRL on the Seaside, we realized this ship is exactly what we want and booked.  What is curious to me is that even though we were booked on a simple balcony on NCL with no perks, we still came out saving a bunch of money booking a YC interior room.

 

Am I missing something here?  YC appears to be as close to all inclusive you can get on the open Seas and I can't believe how reasonable a price it is compared to these US based lines.  Is there a catch I'm missing, because this looks like an incredible experience we just stumbled into.  I really don't know much about this line as I've only been on RCCL, NCL, and Celebrity.  Everything I'm reading says YC is comparable to the Haven on NCL, which was eye opening for me because comparable prices when we went to book the Encore were double what we are seeing on the Seaside.  We still settled on the interior room because we also realized we just aren't a couple that really uses balconies.

 

How all inclusive is the Yacht Club?  Is there any gotcha that we wouldn't know through the online documents?  I know about the drink plan and the spa access, is there anything else?  Are there areas of the ship we still wouldn't be able to access without paying more other than specialty dining?

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You will not be disappointed.  The YC and all the benefits are for real.  You will have a great time.

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You will be able to explore the entire ship. But after a while outside of YC you’ll be ready to return!!  

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15 minutes ago, CGTNORMANDIE said:

You will not be disappointed.  The YC and all the benefits are for real.  You will have a great time.

 

5 minutes ago, Cruisergal1208 said:

You will be able to explore the entire ship. But after a while outside of YC you’ll be ready to return!!  

 

Thanks to you both!  I'm still finding it a little hard to believe.  My wife and I got an identical price on the Seaside YC that we got on the basic balcony (after drink plan was added 'free') on the Encore.  And that was before we booked Spa passes ($200pp) and thought about a more private deck access (another $200pp).  With the Encore going with only one pool and only 1/3 of the deck available for free, I can't help but worry there is a catch when I see something like the YC that we just booked.

 

One other question.  We are possibly going to have a couple friends try to tag along on this sailing but I doubt they'll be booking in the YC.  Is there any way to invite them in as our guests for a little while, or would we just have to meet them outside?

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You will most likely need to meet them outside. Sometimes the YC director will allow you to take friends  just to your cabin. But remember, you should respect the privacy of the entire YC. 

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Your YC card will give you the run of the entire ship at all the bars.  You will be able to meet your friends outside the YC.  

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10 minutes ago, Cruisergal1208 said:

You will most likely need to meet them outside. Sometimes the YC director will allow you to take friends  just to your cabin. But remember, you should respect the privacy of the entire YC. 

 

Figured as much, but that's not a big deal.  I hate it when people get rowdy and make a scene and even though we wouldn't I get it that they wouldn't want to open that Pandora's Box.

 

Then again, NCL is now allowing anyone to pay for a short admission into the Haven, so who knows if MSC will follow suit later this year.  Hope not.

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Yc is fabulous and you can meet your friends outside the YC. You will never pay the ridiculous $$$$ on NCL.

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I believe the NCL Haven admission went over like a fart in church and was bagged.  

 

I share your inclination on the value of an inside YC room.  Hopefully the prices remain where they are.... 

 

 

 

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Also, in case you weren't aware- MSC does "status match" with other cruise line and hotel loyalty programs. Even if you were to match to MSC's lowest level- your booking would still qualify you for a 5% discount on the base fare (before taxes and port fees). 

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Welcome to MSC and you made a wise choice! Our next cruise is booked on NCL (basic cabin, no Haven, not worth the $ to us), showing we love both cruise lines. The Yacht Club is as wonderful as described here. So much so, we are willing to forego our preferred cabin type- balcony- to be able to afford the YC on the Meraviglia next spring- in an interior cabin for 20 nights. It's such a great rate for the amenities received. Folks seem to be catching on as the interior YC cabins are selling out quickly on many sailings. I like the big-ship experience, especially in the evenings, so we'll be out and about enjoying the entertainment while soaking up the more boisterous energy. A perfect balance of 2 worlds! 

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2 hours ago, Carolina Girl 99 said:

Also, in case you weren't aware- MSC does "status match" with other cruise line and hotel loyalty programs. Even if you were to match to MSC's lowest level- your booking would still qualify you for a 5% discount on the base fare (before taxes and port fees). 

 

Or if you are/were a teacher,military/or any other civil servant you can get a 10% discount [instead of, not in addition to the above mentioned 5% loyalty discount].

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6 hours ago, Beardface said:

 

7 hours ago, Beardface said:

 

Am I missing something here?  YC appears to be as close to all inclusive you can get on the open Seas and I can't believe how reasonable a price it is compared to these US based lines.  Is there a catch I'm missing,..

 

If you think there's a catch, now, wait 'til you get onboard and enjoy the YC facilities!  😃

 

6 hours ago, Beardface said:

Then again, NCL is now allowing anyone to pay for a short admission into the Haven, so who knows if MSC will follow suit later this year.  Hope not.

 

7 hours ago, Beardface said:

One other question.  We are possibly going to have a couple friends try to tag along on this sailing but I doubt they'll be booking in the YC.  Is there any way to invite them in as our guests for a little while, or would we just have to meet them outside?

 

MSC does allow a limited number admission to the YC enclave for a day for a fee - it's not generally known as it's not advertised.  It used to be €/$100 pp for the day.  You could always ask the concierge if your friends could avail of this for one day and let them share the wonderful experience you'll no doubt be having there!

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9 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

 

Or if you are/were a teacher,military/or any other civil servant you can get a 10% discount [instead of, not in addition to the above mentioned 5% loyalty discount].

I got ten percent discount because I am a veteran. I looked at Edge which seems similar for perks , I do like celebrity suite perks, but there price was about double what yacht club is.

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YC is better than Haven.  No friend invite other than to room just like NCL.  DSC only $12.50 pp pd.  Specialties are extra but really not needed although Butcher's Cut is excellent and better and cheaper than Cagneys.

 

Our kids had a YIN in March.  Fine room, bathroom snall, shower a coffin.  Their particular room smelled like sewage six of seven days.

 

Various food by YC pool throughout day and party one night with great food.  Ship never feels crowded other than buffet.

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No catch at all, you'll love it.

 

I just booked our second YC cruise on Seaside.  In the past we've cruised with Celebrity and RC.  I was looking for a Caribbean cruise for next spring, thinking about going back to Celebrity since that's one of our favorites.  Sky Suite was still more, but not by much, and it included things like gratuities and internet.  Since we've done most of the Caribbean itineraries, more than once, the ship is our destination.  There's nothing at all like the YC pool deck.  Even when we did a suite on Harmony of the Seas, their suite bar/sun deck only has hot tubs and never enough loungers.  Unless you had a genie reserving for you (high end suites), good luck finding a seat.  And no poolside buffet.  

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15 minutes ago, jules815 said:

No catch at all, you'll love it.

 

I just booked our second YC cruise on Seaside.  In the past we've cruised with Celebrity and RC.  I was looking for a Caribbean cruise for next spring, thinking about going back to Celebrity since that's one of our favorites.  Sky Suite was still more, but not by much, and it included things like gratuities and internet.  Since we've done most of the Caribbean itineraries, more than once, the ship is our destination.  There's nothing at all like the YC pool deck.  Even when we did a suite on Harmony of the Seas, their suite bar/sun deck only has hot tubs and never enough loungers.  Unless you had a genie reserving for you (high end suites), good luck finding a seat.  And no poolside buffet.  

Next spring both Seaside and Meraviglia going out of Miami.

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16 hours ago, Beardface said:

 

One other question.  We are possibly going to have a couple friends try to tag along on this sailing but I doubt they'll be booking in the YC.  Is there any way to invite them in as our guests for a little while, or would we just have to meet them outside?

Afraid not.

YC pool/deck/lounge/dining etc is for the exclusive use of YC guests. 

 

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20 minutes ago, dexddd said:

Next spring both Seaside and Meraviglia going out of Miami.

 

 

Nice!  I was looking at Meraviglia, but there was nothing at all for the week we need (Apr. 18).  Is Meraviglia moving to a different port mid-April?  

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18 hours ago, Beardface said:

...... We still settled on the interior room because we also realized we just aren't a couple that really uses balconies.........

Yacht Club inside cabin YIN, is probably the best value deal on the seas, but........you need to be aware of some of the drawbacks and plan accordingly. Goto Youtube and view the many videos of the cabin layouts.  The lack of wardrobe space and a very small shower cubicle are the main issues.  

 

The laundry packages are fantastic value and include ironing (40 items washed, dried and ironed for £39)  - that should alleviate some of your wardrobe needs and the Spa is nearby with private elevator so showering couldn’t be easier if your cabin cubicle is too small.

 

Enjoy.....I’m sure you will.

 

 

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Agrees with others about the YC pool area.

Upgraded lounge chairs and never crowded. Great buffet lunch there and of coarse, free cocktails.

   The start to the cruise is the best. You do NOT go into the port. Have your cab leave you at the YC tent. Butlers take your luggage and you are escorted to a private room for checkin with champagne & cookies.

   My husband likes the private restaurant & lounge the best.

Too bad you cannot talk you friends into the YC cabins

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Let me speak for the minority :).  Not sure if I’d call it a “catch”, but I think it’s wise to align your expectations with the price paid.

 

There is a reason travel and leisure ranks MSC dead last in their 2019 survey of mainstream cruise lines (this year even costa climbed ahead). Methodology for the rank is Available. Better business bureau gives MSc a failing rank- F. Even  Cruise-critic ranks MSc below the majority of mainstream lines. Before folks on here lose their minds, let me acknowledge that the vast majority of people on this MSc forum will disagree with ALL of the above and some are very loyal fans of this brand.

 

If you analyze the 1,000 of reviews here you find three common themes to explain MSc’s low ranking on various review sites-

1) Poor customer service- on MSC the customer is not always right. Service is more refined. You may have to work to get someone’s attention. When things go wrong, it may take longer than expected to rectify.

2) Low quality food. This one is obviously subjective. We thought the pizza was fabulous-but found the food “cheaper” grade overall. It’s a very consistent ding.  You may love it.

3) Unorganized - it is likely you will find contradictory printed information. Ask three people get 3 different answers. Long hold times on the phone. 

 

You may slide through your YC experience without any of the above- but when you look at generalizing over a large population- these themes emerge. 

 

YC is mostly a hit, but a quick search here can show some misses too. My personal experience with our Butler was that he was non-existent. Nothing more than a room steward. The good news is that more often than not, Butler experiences are reported as highly positive.

 

Somethings you may miss on MSc when compared to ncl- 1) howl at the moon 2) broadway production shows (MSc shows are good, but lack a theme and you may find them all similar). 3) live music in the shows (MSc uses pre recorded). 4) a venue like O’Sheehans. 5) draft beer selection. 6) exciting water slides. 

 

Somethings you may enjoy on MSc YC when compared to ncl 1) uncrowded pool. No towel games- lounge chair always waiting 2) uncrowded topsail lounge w Beautiful forward views. 3) gorgeous ship with lots of bling 4) international crowd 5) yc is total relaxation -my dh would be bored to tears with MSc, but if you are into just chilling it’s heavenly. 6) value for the dollar- even things like laundry are reasonably priced.

 

Needless to say, I agree with the above posters in thatMSC offers a tremendous value, but champagne on a beer budget is unrealistic. There is nothing that will prevent you from having a marvelous vacation, but know that not everyone agrees that the YC is “over-the-top”. Most do agree it is a exceptional value and I will gladly sail MSC again at the right price point. 🙂

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17 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

 

Or if you are/were a teacher,military/or any other civil servant you can get a 10% discount [instead of, not in addition to the above mentioned 5% loyalty discount].

Dear Jazz, Is that per cabin? or just my teacher wife?

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1 minute ago, rattanchair said:

Dear Jazz, Is that per cabin? or just my teacher wife?

 

I’m not jazz (or jazzy), but I assure you it is per cabin and at times combines with voyager and other discounts 🙂

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13 minutes ago, BermudaBound2014 said:

 

I’m not jazz (or jazzy), but I assure you it is per cabin and at times combines with voyager and other discounts 🙂

Dear BB,  The discount will pay for our Dom P.

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