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2 hours ago, LdnJon said:

I've gone for the premier plus drinks package. Does that include the Atelier bar menu? - The Cognac Delamain Millésime 1976 comes out as 56 quid a glass - that can't be included is it?

 

Nice find! A good £30 a glass Champagne in that bar too. I hadn't noticed these. I know where I am going on boarding on Tue. I think you board right next to that bar.

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52 minutes ago, pmd98052 said:

 

Nice find! A good £30 a glass Champagne in that bar too. I hadn't noticed these. I know where I am going on boarding on Tue. I think you board right next to that bar.


Yes, it’s the first bar you pass after boarding. Or not go past but sit down if you’re anything like hubby and I! 😂😂

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7 hours ago, Couple-Somerset said:

MSC has a history of employing Eastern European crew. 

 

Did you know that to get a job they must speak at least 3 different languages fluently? 

 

Im sure some will disagree but Ive always found crew from Indonesia etc and the Caribbean to be the friendliest and most outgoing. 

 

Eastern Europeans less so. 

 

Yeah, back in the day they used to employ lots of Eastern Europeans on their ships... But Eastern Europe is now quickly growing and most of them are finding good employment opportunities there, so on my last 2 or 3 cruises most of the contingent was made among the usual Indonesian/Caribbean/south american sort of individuals similar to the other lines with a growing crowd of Africans at the housekeeping/cabin steward department!...

 

While I have never had such an unpleasant MSC employee, I believe that by default MSC requires what I can call as "reserved professionalism" on their employees, the similar way you'd find on pretty much any other 4*/5* continental European land hotel or restaurant, so, it is not that they aren't nice and friendly, simply they're required to do their job the best they can while remaining somewhat "behind the scenes". That's what is usual here in continental Europe, and that is how I like things to go. I want a bartender to pick my orders and serve me my drinks, not for the occasional add-on conversation about my day... Meanwhile, every time I approached one of them, they tended to be responsive as far as they can go, despite the language barrier. Most will at least to speak bearable English at least!...

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Nunagoras, I agree!  On our first Cunard cruise, I was baffled by the fact that our MDR waiter was invisible, and yet everything was served, refilled, etc. exactly as it should be.  I do prefer that to waiters who think they have to tell jokes, do magic tricks, and so on.

 

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45 minutes ago, shipgeeks said:

Nunagoras, I agree!  On our first Cunard cruise, I was baffled by the fact that our MDR waiter was invisible, and yet everything was served, refilled, etc. exactly as it should be.  I do prefer that to waiters who think they have to tell jokes, do magic tricks, and so on.

 

I know we are getting way off theme now but it brought back memories of a clearly insane section head waiter we had once on RC. He was called ‘Hans’ from Germany… he did magic tricks, told jokes, everything except his core job…. Oh and he had a habit of waving his arms about to such an extent that he totally smashed a whole tables dinner all over the carpet…. He just ordered his team to clear it up as if it was nothing to do with him! It was different and a version of entertaining…. Well way more than the Virtuosa comedian anyway

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1 hour ago, BigRoger said:

I know we are getting way off theme now but it brought back memories of a clearly insane section head waiter we had once on RC. He was called ‘Hans’ from Germany… he did magic tricks, told jokes, everything except his core job…. Oh and he had a habit of waving his arms about to such an extent that he totally smashed a whole tables dinner all over the carpet…. He just ordered his team to clear it up as if it was nothing to do with him! It was different and a version of entertaining…. Well way more than the Virtuosa comedian anyway

I loved Hans, we had him on Splendour around 2005 when our son was young and then just before Splendour left the fleet in 2015 when he was restaurant manager but still did some tricks at Chefs Table. Have to say we've always found the staff on MSC pretty good though, I think they are taught to take their cue from the passengers they are serving.

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4 hours ago, kernow said:

I loved Hans, we had him on Splendour around 2005 when our son was young and then just before Splendour left the fleet in 2015 when he was restaurant manager but still did some tricks at Chefs Table. Have to say we've always found the staff on MSC pretty good though, I think they are taught to take their cue from the passengers they are serving.

If we're talking about the same German guy, he might have been promoted to general restaurant manager on the Allure. When the Allure first came to Europe, some 6 years ago, on my sailing there was a very big family group they made to have dinner at a far big table with unusual big chairs they had at the MDR's upper deck lobby. The guy might have realized that 2 girls on that big family group were acrobat or rhythmic gymnastics, so, after dinner, on the last day of the cruise they were both 3 doing some comical tricks, based on both his usual cruise restaurant tricks and the girls artistic ones while guests were leaving the place... Not my cup of tea, but that's it!... Oh, well, let the thread to resume its usual, forget the off-topic!...

 

And, yeah, that's it. MSC requires that employees do take their cue from their guests. That's it, exactly!...

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4 hours ago, kernow said:

I loved Hans, we had him on Splendour around 2005 when our son was young and then just before Splendour left the fleet in 2015 when he was restaurant manager but still did some tricks at Chefs Table. Have to say we've always found the staff on MSC pretty good though, I think they are taught to take their cue from the passengers they are serving.


We met a young girl from Zimbabwe who served us our first drinks on Preziosa , think her name was Brenda , she had her interview for MSC in South Africa , such a delightful girl . Her first time away from home I think ,  we made sure we took time to chat with her anytime she served us and on the last night she cried when we said our goodbyes . OMG tugs at your heart strings . 

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Diamond Status Loyality

Was  Diamond Status applicable whilst checking in at Southampton and did anyone use it  ?

I must admit I had forgotten to mention it as its not unusual to have to mention it to the Terminal employee's at Southampton when using other companies. It had been such a long time being at the cruise terminal I must have wanted to linger their longer . 😀. I did use it for disembarkation. 

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13 minutes ago, LifeonMars said:

Diamond Status Loyality

Was  Diamond Status applicable whilst checking in at Southampton and did anyone use it  ?

I must admit I had forgotten to mention it as its not unusual to have to mention it to the Terminal employee's at Southampton when using other companies. It had been such a long time being at the cruise terminal I must have wanted to linger their longer . 😀. I did use it for disembarkation. 

(On 24th cruise) Initially on embarkation there was nothing for diamond members… eg no specific Black Sea pass card etc… nothing at all to distinguish…. We ‘had a quick word’ with guest services who reprinted cards and arranged the free bottle of Prosecco etc… their explanation was (true or otherwise) that the loyalty manager on board had walked off the ship after first maiden voyage cruise, never to return! Could be completely untrue but it came directly first hand from guest services!

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4 hours ago, Couple-Somerset said:

Anyone on the current May 28th sailing? due to get off on Tuesday 1st

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Maybe the most anxious CCers have already had their cruise fix for now on. At an average 1000 pax per sailing it will be quite difficult to see some more reviews for now... Nice Youtube videos on the ship are flowing by the minute, though!...

 

PS: Regarding the videos on the ship to date, I must admit MSC has done mostly a great job. At least, while on one hand, like on the other Meras, there is that cavernous promenade (with an MSC's twist plus the nice LED ceiling) and that sports bar and fun activities areas that are pretty much a white branded variant of an RCI Oasis Class ship; on the other hand pretty much all the other areas had a slight redesign and color adjustment from the other Meras that make them more in line with what has been the usual "Affordable Elegant Environment" living aboard pretty much every other Lirica, Musica, Fantasia and to an extent Seaside classes of ship! This ship, at least, became notoriously an MSC ship which I can likely to book come the right opportunity... There is currently a quite nice deal for the 4 nigther repo cruise from Lisbon to Genoa... Sadly I have no one to go with me, so I can't go on for now...

 

PS1: Surprisingly they're retaining Casablanca in Morocco at the usual 10 nighter fall series. If here in the EU the vaccination thread seems not to be so great, imagine how it could to be on Morocco where health care in general is also far worse than here. Hope they rethink this on due time and add one more day at see or a Funchal (Portugal) visit that seems to be at bearable distances for that itinerary to reach.

 

Have a nice day!...

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2 hours ago, Nunagoras said:

Surprisingly they're retaining Casablanca in Morocco at the usual 10 nighter fall series. If here in the EU the vaccination thread seems not to be so great, imagine how it could to be on Morocco where health care in general is also far worse than here. Hope they rethink this on due time and add one more day at see or a Funchal (Portugal) visit that seems to be at bearable distances for that itinerary to reach.


We called at Casablanca on a cruise several years ago. I was really looking forward to it, unfortunately, it turned out to be the dirtiest, most unpleasant port we have ever visited and we’ve been to a lot over the years. I wouldn’t set foot in the place again if you paid me!

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3 minutes ago, CaroleC said:


We called at Casablanca on a cruise several years ago. I was really looking forward to it, unfortunately, it turned out to be the dirtiest, most unpleasant port we have ever visited and we’ve been to a lot over the years. I wouldn’t set foot in the place again if you paid me!

 

We stayed there on a Morocco tour several years ago and I have to agree it was a filthy, dirty port town and nothing like I anticipated.
It was also the only place in Morocco we we advised not to venture out after dark!

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23 minutes ago, CaroleC said:


We called at Casablanca on a cruise several years ago. I was really looking forward to it, unfortunately, it turned out to be the dirtiest, most unpleasant port we have ever visited and we’ve been to a lot over the years. I wouldn’t set foot in the place again if you paid me!

Apart Hassan II grand mosque and a little very beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral there is really nothing to write home about there really... It's dirty and unsafe... Oh, and the way they drive their cars...

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20 minutes ago, Nunagoras said:

Apart Hassan II grand mosque and a little very beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral there is really nothing to write home about there really... It's dirty and unsafe... Oh, and the way they drive their cars...

We stopped there on the Poesia November 2012 on the T.A to Fort Lauderdale, we found it ok apart from the taxi driver who tried to rip us off until we shouted over a police officer, he quickly relented. We wandered around the souk and then headed back to the ship which was moored in an Industrial port surrounded by Containers.

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1 hour ago, sidari said:

We stopped there on the Poesia November 2012 on the T.A to Fort Lauderdale, we found it ok apart from the taxi driver who tried to rip us off until we shouted over a police officer, he quickly relented. We wandered around the souk and then headed back to the ship which was moored in an Industrial port surrounded by Containers.

Yeah, it was indeed an industrial port. Been there 2014 or 2015, don't remember exactly when doing the southern med 10 nighter from Lisbon, on the Magnifica!... TBHH, I may have had larger expectations, but again. Once on a lifetime is enough!... The next time there I'll make it just like another sea day!... Actually our MSC sponsored shore excursion bus escaped 2 consecutive huge car crashes near the Catholic Cathedral that might have had its consequences by just a little nothing!... Sadly with only those 2 wonderful buildings alongside the British Church that was closed for repairs they'd to have wonderful conditions to be a very interesting touristic place. Happens though that they're not ready for the prime time. And even less so they might to be in this post Covid era...

 

Have a nice day!...

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Just starting to think about packing for Saturday's cruise. Can anyone who has been tell me what the temperature has been like onboard in places like the theatre, lounges etc. Will I need a wrap/ cardi or are bare arms comfortable.

Thanks

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46 minutes ago, kernow said:

Just starting to think about packing for Saturday's cruise. Can anyone who has been tell me what the temperature has been like onboard in places like the theatre, lounges etc. Will I need a wrap/ cardi or are bare arms comfortable.

Thanks

 

Pack something just in case

 

Chances are that if it stays hot outside, they will turn the air con to freezing inside lol

 

It was pleasant all day/evening without a cardigan etc on May 20th cruise but that was cold outside so they'd have turned heating up inside. Though we did set our cabin aircon to freezing to sleep better.

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1 hour ago, kernow said:

Just starting to think about packing for Saturday's cruise. Can anyone who has been tell me what the temperature has been like onboard in places like the theatre, lounges etc. Will I need a wrap/ cardi or are bare arms comfortable.

Thanks


We were on the May 24th sailing which had lovely weather the 2nd half of the cruise. I was comfortable with bare arms everywhere on board and didn’t notice the aircon had been turned up to accommodate the higher temps outside. We did the same as Couple-Somerset and had our cabin aircon on max as I did find it uncomfortably warm in there otherwise.

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2 minutes ago, kernow said:

Thanks both.

We always have an argument over the cabin aircon, DH likes it freezing, I prefer it warmer 😄.


We’re the opposite, DH moans like anything that I always have it ‘freezing’ in the cabin 🙄😂

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Hi,

 

Due to sail tomorrow (1st June).  We managed to get a duplex suite in the yacht club through an upgrade.

 

Has anyone had any lucky using the priority embarkation privilege in the yacht club to board earlier than their slot (we have 3pm).

 

cheers 

 

stephen 

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6 minutes ago, hatcheth said:

Hi,

 

Due to sail tomorrow (1st June).  We managed to get a duplex suite in the yacht club through an upgrade.

 

Has anyone had any lucky using the priority embarkation privilege in the yacht club to board earlier than their slot (we have 3pm).

 

cheers 

 

stephen 

 

They do have a separate YC check-in desk - and in the 30 minutes we were stood partly in the rain and wind, I didnt see anyone check-in at the desk. I would just turn up if you are Yacht Club, but ONLY if YC 

 

TBH, there wasn't a single person told to wait until their time and that probably explains why it took nearly 2 hours to get on the ship from 1pm

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Hi Hatcheth

 

i am in a similar situation , roughly how much did you bid for upgrade? Understand that you may not want to post exact details, but in terms of the scale where was it, thanks.

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