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4 hours ago, AeroXWD said:

Celebrity is sometimes cheaper than MSC. In this example, I think Celebrity offers a better value:

 

For a December 1. sailing from Ft Lauderdale, a Sky suite on the Edge with $150 OBC, Unlimited internet, prepaid tips and premium beverage package included amounts to 3285 USD.

 

A Deluxe suite on the Meraviglia sailing from Miami on the same date, but without prepaid tips and OBC, and only 6GB internet would cost 3500 USD if I were booking today. Both prices for two persons in a cabin. 

 

You also need to factor in that the Edge is overpriced compared to Celebrity's S-class ships.  Most people are very satisfied with sailing on Celebrity's S-class ships.  The Equinox, Reflection or Silhouette would be a better comparison and savings may be even greater.

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17 hours ago, cruisingator2 said:


We booked the Grandiosa out of Barcelona for next spring for half of what X wanted for a Sky suite which as we all know is entry level for their suites. It’s a very port intensive itinerary so we would not have used the suites services on X as much anyway. I don’t expect the same level of service on MSC as we have received on X but I am now more prepared thanks to Adam and his review. 

Will be interesting to hear your assessment of the Grandiosa since we booked her too out of Barcelona next October in the YC. We sail in two weeks on the Equinox in a CS so looking forward to seeing her new changes. We love Celebrity but the prices are becoming too steep so maybe MSC will be the alternative.

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7 hours ago, AeroXWD said:

Celebrity is sometimes cheaper than MSC. In this example, I think Celebrity offers a better value:

 

For a December 1. sailing from Ft Lauderdale, a Sky suite on the Edge with $150 OBC, Unlimited internet, prepaid tips and premium beverage package included amounts to 3285 USD.

 

A Deluxe suite on the Meraviglia sailing from Miami on the same date, but without prepaid tips and OBC, and only 6GB internet would cost 3500 USD if I were booking today. Both prices for two persons in a cabin. 


Celebrity being less expensive would be rare and not the norm. Also is that X deal a refundable deposit or NRD? 

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1 hour ago, cruisingator2 said:


Celebrity being less expensive would be rare and not the norm. Also is that X deal a refundable deposit or NRD? 

 

It’s for December, only 2 months out. Sounds like they have a chunk of space to get rid of and are lowering prices. MSC might have fewer cabins to sell so are offering at a higher price. 

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12 hours ago, glittergal1 said:

 

Yes he did a great job with all the perceived negatives so Im sure the X fans he brought over will be deciding against MSC,  leaving more room  on board for the Fans of MSC . 

I am looking forward to reading his final summary 

 

Are you? Really? 

Okay...LOL.

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30 minutes ago, WonderMan3 said:

 

Are you? Really? 

Okay...LOL.

 

Yes its been very entertaining so far thank you , and like any good book you want to read the ending 

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15 hours ago, glittergal1 said:

 

Yes its been very entertaining so far thank you , and like any good book you want to read the ending 

Totally agree 👍

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Wonderman, one last question for your final review.  We're non-smokers, how would you rate the smoking policy?  Do they allow smoking in the casinos or other inside venues? Do you think non-smokers would enjoy these ships?

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10 hours ago, helen haywood said:

I, too, am eager to read the final summary. 

must be a long one , still waiting ☺️

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Please Wonderman.  We wonder where you are?   Please finish your terrific review/s🙂

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On 10/8/2019 at 4:30 AM, Beamafar said:

We've done one Celebrity cruise (one and done!) - I would totally disagree with the assessment that X's MDR offerings compares with YC food, but it's an opinion and has no more worth than any others profferred.

I've done one X cruise. 2nd one is next month. The MDR food was ok it definitely did not blow me away. The vegan dessert we're fantastic.

 

I'm sailing on MSC for the 1st time out of Miami on the Merg in the Yacht club. I'm excited. Though the ship is beautiful it's all centered on the inside.

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On 10/4/2019 at 6:28 PM, WonderMan3 said:

 Mike and I hung out at our chairs until noon  We didn’t stay much longer after swimming as the loungers were too uncomfortable to sit on for too long.

 

 

 

I always thought the chairs didn't come with cushions because in YT videos that I watch there missing. I'm not being sarcastic. 

 

I thought you had to pay to extra for them 😂. Maybe that's MSC plan.

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Just a heads up. While I had hoped to do some sort of final review of my cruises, and had actually made some good headway on the Bellissima portion, I just don’t have the time to continue with it due to more important priorities in my life including being deep in researching and planning my next vacation. And also based on the negativity here from certain unpleasant members I honestly can’t be bothered at this point. I think the chronicles of my voyages were extremely detailed enough for those that followed along to draw their own conclusions about whether MSC is the right cruise line for them. Thanks to those who appreciated my honest opinions about my experiences. Happy cruising!

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Many thanks for writing excellent detailed reports with your honest thoughts on your cruise I enjoyed reading it.

Good luck with planning your next adventure.

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4 hours ago, WonderMan3 said:

Just a heads up. While I had hoped to do some sort of final review of my cruises, and had actually made some good headway on the Bellissima portion, I just don’t have the time to continue with it due to more important priorities in my life including being deep in researching and planning my next vacation. And also based on the negativity here from certain unpleasant members I honestly can’t be bothered at this point. I think the chronicles of my voyages were extremely detailed enough for those that followed along to draw their own conclusions about whether MSC is the right cruise line for them. Thanks to those who appreciated my honest opinions about my experiences. Happy cruising!

 

Thank you for your review, you've provided invaluable insight into the MSC experience.   I was afraid that the negative tone from some members was bothering you.   Please remember that there are far more of us that appreciated your review than the few problem members.  At some point I hope that you can provide another review of your future travels.

 

Thanks again and safe travels.

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Great job.  Thank you.  Don't let the Negative Nellies get you down.  Hope you weathered the storm well on the Cape.

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Can’t begin to tell you how much I learned from your review. We are 4 days into the Med cruise on the Bellissima in a Yacht Club interior. Crossing the Med towards Barcelona on our first sea day. Our 7-day snapshot shares some experiences with yours so far. Be well!  Happy vacation planning. 

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11 hours ago, WonderMan3 said:

Just a heads up. While I had hoped to do some sort of final review of my cruises, and had actually made some good headway on the Bellissima portion, I just don’t have the time to continue with it due to more important priorities in my life including being deep in researching and planning my next vacation. And also based on the negativity here from certain unpleasant members I honestly can’t be bothered at this point. I think the chronicles of my voyages were extremely detailed enough for those that followed along to draw their own conclusions about whether MSC is the right cruise line for them. Thanks to those who appreciated my honest opinions about my experiences. Happy cruising!

 I hate that negative people are getting in the way.  Get a life people - Don't like something, move on!!

I'm interested in the "deep in researching/planning my next vacation".  Let us know where/when etc...

I for one enjoy your review - Thank you!!

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On 9/24/2019 at 5:28 AM, wmwmarmstrong said:

Shoot when they first came to Miami they charged for still water in the dining room.

 

They still do in Europe...🤨

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On 10/6/2019 at 7:26 PM, Europeantraveler1 said:

all those wishing us well on our 50th anniversary!  As we get older, I’m starting to think, “How much longer will I be able to cruise ANYWHERE?  We are seniors - I’m in my late 60’s and my husband early 70’s - and for the most part, in good health.  But, I don’t know how many more sailing years we have left, so there’s somewhat a desperation in our planning.....I’m trying to squeeze everything to do with traveling into the years we have left.  So there’s more of an urgency NOT to make any mistakes of choosing the right product for us.  Not everyone will relate to what I just said but they will most certainly come to that point in their lives when they might begin to understand our thinking.....

 

I can relate to EVERYTHING you said, though we have "only" 47 years of marriage... Same thoughts of trying to travel as long as we can.... Congrats on your "gold" wedding anniversary !!

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