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20 minutes ago, leojagpreet said:

Are there any free to use sauna/steam rooms? 

No. But their thermal area prices used to be quite affordable. I believe those services to be closed or severely restricted till his pandemic is out.

 

Have a nice day!...

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7 hours ago, Couple-Somerset said:

people just ignored the signage and sat where they wanted to - it wasn't everyone but it happened so many times and in every venue.


We’ve just seen a show in the Carousel Lounge (the one you so hilariously commented on last week! 🤣🤣) and watched with amazement several pax ignoring the signage. What is the matter with these people?? 🤬

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7 hours ago, CaroleC said:


We’ve just seen a show in the Carousel Lounge (the one you so hilariously commented on last week! 🤣🤣) and watched with amazement several pax ignoring the signage. What is the matter with these people?? 🤬

 

Haha I think it's the only group of females Ive seen who look better when they put ON more clothes lol

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9 hours ago, Nunagoras said:

No. But their thermal area prices used to be quite affordable. I believe those services to be closed or severely restricted till his pandemic is out.

 

Have a nice day!...

Prices were expensive for a facility that was in reality not operational - only some showers, warm beds and salt room. 

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For anyone booked on Virtuosa UK sailings, it may be worth checking if you can get a discount applied.

 

We are booked sailing 10/07/21. We booked a bella Inside.

 

We just upgraded to a Bella Balcony for £38 each. Cheaper than the bid up email!!!!

 

Not entirely sure how, but I noticed the sailings had gone into the Voyagers Section as 5+10% offer, and wanted to upgrade to an outside for the same price we were currently paying. Lovely lady at MSC said this wasn't possible, but because there are various discounts on the sailing, she could apply a £249 refund, to either my card or as onboard credit. 

 

Great I thought..... so asked about the upgrade cost to a balcony. which I was quoted as £77 total above what I'd already paid. (£1708)

 

Had I have bid for an upgrade via the email, then I would have had to bid £130pp minimum.

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1 hour ago, stuart2468 said:

For anyone booked on Virtuosa UK sailings, it may be worth checking if you can get a discount applied.

 

We are booked sailing 10/07/21. We booked a bella Inside.

 

We just upgraded to a Bella Balcony for £38 each. Cheaper than the bid up email!!!!

 

Not entirely sure how, but I noticed the sailings had gone into the Voyagers Section as 5+10% offer, and wanted to upgrade to an outside for the same price we were currently paying. Lovely lady at MSC said this wasn't possible, but because there are various discounts on the sailing, she could apply a £249 refund, to either my card or as onboard credit. 

 

Great I thought..... so asked about the upgrade cost to a balcony. which I was quoted as £77 total above what I'd already paid. (£1708)

 

Had I have bid for an upgrade via the email, then I would have had to bid £130pp minimum.

Have you a link to 5 +10 as can’t see Virtuosa listed. 

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15 minutes ago, Stu UK said:

Have you a link to 5 +10 as can’t see Virtuosa listed. 

https://www.msccruises.co.uk/manage-booking/msc-voyagers-club/msc-club-pax-type-510?departureDateFrom=27%2F05%2F2021&departureDateTo=26%2F05%2F2024&passengers=2|0|0|0&area=NOR&embkPort=SOU

 

Hopefully that should work. 

 

If I booked a balcony through the website, via that link, then I would pay £1879 total. having contacted MSC direct I'm actually paying £1785. So clearly additional discount has been applied which saves me £96 more. Because I'd called armed with what I was expecting to pay, I quickly booked and didn't question why I saved even more. Worth calling to check though

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On 5/25/2021 at 12:33 PM, caffeine_demon said:

 

And on the subject of petty complaints, my coffee took a while to arrive, was on the verge if getting amnesty international in!

and ome more reasonable complaint.

 

Buffet dinner starts at 7pm, shows at half 7, even if you eat quickly thats a rush!

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4 hours ago, stuart2468 said:

For anyone booked on Virtuosa UK sailings, it may be worth checking if you can get a discount applied.

 

We are booked sailing 10/07/21. We booked a bella Inside.

 

We just upgraded to a Bella Balcony for £38 each. Cheaper than the bid up email!!!!

 

Not entirely sure how, but I noticed the sailings had gone into the Voyagers Section as 5+10% offer, and wanted to upgrade to an outside for the same price we were currently paying. Lovely lady at MSC said this wasn't possible, but because there are various discounts on the sailing, she could apply a £249 refund, to either my card or as onboard credit. 

 

Great I thought..... so asked about the upgrade cost to a balcony. which I was quoted as £77 total above what I'd already paid. (£1708)

 

Had I have bid for an upgrade via the email, then I would have had to bid £130pp minimum.

I noticed that our sailing is now under the 5+5% discount and €50 per person OBC. I emailed my ta on Monday who has emailed MSC. Still waiting for a response from MSC. Our cruise is in 2 weeks so paid for in full.

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51 minutes ago, caffeine_demon said:

and ome more reasonable complaint.

 

Buffet dinner starts at 7pm, shows at half 7, even if you eat quickly thats a rush!

 

2nd show at 9.30pm

 

They were 6.30 and 8.30 last week - people complained no time to eat in MDR at 6.00pm and get to theatre for 8.30pm. 

 

They moved all shows back 1hr.

 

All they need now is to move Rikki Jay and Soul Sisters to 3 years later lol

 

1 show from each is enough. 

 

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1 hour ago, Couple-Somerset said:

 

2nd show at 9.30pm

 

They were 6.30 and 8.30 last week - people complained no time to eat in MDR at 6.00pm and get to theatre for 8.30pm. 

 

They moved all shows back 1hr.

 

All they need now is to move Rikki Jay and Soul Sisters to 3 years later lol

 

1 show from each is enough. 

 

How long do the shows last? We prefer to eat later so wondering if we will have time for a 7.30 show before dinner.

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31 minutes ago, kernow said:

How long do the shows last? We prefer to eat later so wondering if we will have time for a 7.30 show before dinner.

Thanks


the theatre shows never usually last more than 45 mins in our experience . 
We like early dinner then show .

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@Stu UK, thank you so so much for posting all the photos and PDFs which I have downloaded but you have upset me tonight , 😔 😆

I noticed that individual drinks prices have been hiked in the menus but what upset me is that in Butcher’s cut there isn’t a single wine by the glass that is covered by the Premium drinks package ! In the past there has been , so annoyed with that . We do not need to upgrade the package as there are plenty of drinks covered by the Premium for us to enjoy but I do like a glass of red when having a steak . Looks like I might have to do my own carry in and look cheap 😂

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1 hour ago, heatherb1958 said:

@Stu UK, thank you so so much for posting all the photos and PDFs which I have downloaded but you have upset me tonight , 😔 😆

I noticed that individual drinks prices have been hiked in the menus but what upset me is that in Butcher’s cut there isn’t a single wine by the glass that is covered by the Premium drinks package ! In the past there has been , so annoyed with that . We do not need to upgrade the package as there are plenty of drinks covered by the Premium for us to enjoy but I do like a glass of red when having a steak . Looks like I might have to do my own carry in and look cheap 😂

If your waiter says they can't get the wine you want, then excuse yourself and make your move to the nearest bar.....they will go get it for you, trust me, they don't want anyone to see that they are not serving you properly!

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Thanks for your ongoing thread so far.

I'm seriously considering booking on one of the UK "seacations" this summer. Unsure whether to book on the MSC Magnifica or the Celebrity Silhouette though. Help!

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Usually MSC shows will last 35-45 minutes. Captain's day gala shows can go around 50-60 minutes, but that depends on the Captain's availability to make such a dance or sing or something part of the show. I've had it all, from nothing special to spectacular Captain Giuseppe Maresca JR whom usually plays the piano, goes to dance with an old lady he picks from the guests, etc. Wonderful memories!...

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10 hours ago, heatherb1958 said:

 

I noticed that individual drinks prices have been hiked in the menus but what upset me is that in Butcher’s cut there isn’t a single wine by the glass that is covered by the Premium drinks package ! 

I also noticed the price increases, especially compared to the cruise I took on MSC Seaside at the start of May that also had all new menus.   It looks like MSC are using an EUR1 to GBP1 exchange rate, with a couple of other specific increases.

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Drink prices do seem to be somewhat extreme in many cases. £9 for a beer makes London pub prices look cheap (my local in East London is £5.60 a pint). Now I'd expect a bit of a premium for a drink on the cruise but near double what is already expensive prices in London?

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29 minutes ago, pmd98052 said:

Drink prices do seem to be somewhat extreme in many cases. £9 for a beer makes London pub prices look cheap (my local in East London is £5.60 a pint). Now I'd expect a bit of a premium for a drink on the cruise but near double what is already expensive prices in London?

Does the 'all inclusive' drinks package not cover these as part of the cruise fare ?

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1 minute ago, swoopy2110 said:

Does the 'all inclusive' drinks package not cover these as part of the cruise fare ?

 

Yes it does - However normally that is quite an expensive add on for a long cruise if you only want the odd drink. MSC drink prices were never this high before from looking at 2019 menus.

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2 minutes ago, pmd98052 said:

 

Yes it does - However normally that is quite an expensive add on for a long cruise if you only want the odd drink. MSC drink prices were never this high before from looking at 2019 menus.

ah! Gotcha. Maybe they've just upped them to make it look like you're getting a great deal.

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19 minutes ago, pmd98052 said:

 

Yes it does - However normally that is quite an expensive add on for a long cruise if you only want the odd drink. MSC drink prices were never this high before from looking at 2019 menus.

I guess they also didn't have over a years worth of stationary ships and non revenue generation to make up for before though.

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