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DH special birthday while on cruise - is it worth me informing MSC?

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Hi all, its DH 40th birthday during our cruise. I've already prebooked/paid for a birthday cake that is showing on my MSC account. Is it worth letting them know directly in advance? Letting our cabin steward know once onboard.... Or not?!

I'm not 'yacht club' or 'black card' or a repeat MSC cruiser for info - so I'm guessing its not really worth it?

It annoys me how a couple of girlfriends have just landed in Mallorca at a relatively standard hotel and they're welcomed with a bottle of chilled fizz in the room all for a non-milestone birthday that was actually a week ago, so wondered about getting our ten-penneth worth for a legitimate occasion!

Any insight/experience appreciated as usual. For info we sail 2 weeks time and already have our E-ticket etc issued...

Have a great weekend,

 

Claire

 

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They did nothing for us. Never hurts to inform, but don't be disappointed. One thing for certain is that things change with MSC and my experience might not be yours. 

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Lots of people cruise for special occasions. I'm sure they will do something special if you are willing to pay for it! :classic_smile:

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I’m currently on the MSc Seaview and celebrated my 47th whilst on board. My wife ordered the cake during dinner which was great as the waiters arrive banging drums and singing Happy Birthday. When I used my cabin card during the day, it comes up on their system so people were congratulating me all day.

Best thing to do is grab a member of the entertainment team on the day, they will have him doing the dancing and games. He will love it

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34 minutes ago, mj9 said:

I’m currently on the MSc Seaview and celebrated my 47th whilst on board. My wife ordered the cake during dinner which was great as the waiters arrive banging drums and singing Happy Birthday. When I used my cabin card during the day, it comes up on their system so people were congratulating me all day.

Best thing to do is grab a member of the entertainment team on the day, they will have him doing the dancing and games. He will love it

 

Hi mj9....when you say it came up on your cabin card that it was your birthday....is it just in the system because everyone needs to input their birthday or was it filled in on some form that there was a special occasion?

 

I'm traveling solo on the Meraviglia on October 8th and my birthday is the 9th...ordering a cake for myself would be kinda sad, aye? LOL

 

Howard

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It must be on the system when you book the cruise. My wife emailed msc before we left about my birthday and heard nothing back

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It was Yacht Club, but last year on the Preziosa we were prepared to decorate their room for our grandson's 6th birthday, but the Butler and Assistant had decorated the room without any request at all. They must have seen the date in the booking record.

 

Got a great Birthday Cake in the dining room on his actual birthday, as well.

 

gary

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I had a birthday on Divination three years ago.  We are black card and a complimentary cake showed up... we didn’t tell anyone.  EM

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Cool. DW will turn 50 while on Divina in November. Curious to see if anything will happen, either in YC or elsewhere outside the enclave. 🎉

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There are probably hundreds of people on any given cruise celebrating a ‘special’ event, so I would not get your hopes up for anything beyond cake (that you order and pay for). 

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On 8/30/2019 at 4:18 PM, HLR said:

 

Hi mj9....when you say it came up on your cabin card that it was your birthday....is it just in the system because everyone needs to input their birthday or was it filled in on some form that there was a special occasion?

 

I'm traveling solo on the Meraviglia on October 8th and my birthday is the 9th...ordering a cake for myself would be kinda sad, aye? LOL

 

Howard

It's not sad.  Every year as far back as I recall, I've ordered myself a my OWN birthday cake :)  Regardless if I received one from someone else.  That means two cakes!  I actually plan to pre-order my birthday cake (the anniversary cake), for my MSC cruise next year because it looks better than the birthday cake they have advertised on their website, and it comes with a sweet flavored wine and glasses.  

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4 hours ago, Skoobdo said:

It's not sad.  Every year as far back as I recall, I've ordered myself a my OWN birthday cake :)  Regardless if I received one from someone else.  That means two cakes!  I actually plan to pre-order my birthday cake (the anniversary cake), for my MSC cruise next year because it looks better than the birthday cake they have advertised on their website, and it comes with a sweet flavored wine and glasses.  

 

Thank you..that is very sweet to say.  Howard

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25 minutes ago, HLR said:

 

Thank you..that is very sweet to say.  Howard

Enjoy your Birthday, and eat lots and lots of cake! 😊

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I was in personal contact with someone very senior at MSC and he said he was going to do “something” for my mother’s birthday.  

Nothing happened.

I’m not sure if he was too busy and forgot or whether the ship did not deliver on his instructions. 🤷‍♀️

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I wonder how you got in personal contact "with someone very senior at MSC" ?

 

gary

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I emailed the ceo with some concerns,I think he was in Sweden or Italy.  I received a return message from his executive assistant and things worked out as they should have.  

 

 

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We were new Black Card status in Feb 2019 and my DH celebrated his birthday. His cake was free because that is a black status perk. I requested the cake at customer service, and they were delightful. While our cake was free, it was delicious (Italian cream cake.)  If you pay for a cake, you get more choices. They took down all the details and it was promptly delivered to our table in the MDR on the correct day.

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