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Loving the entertainment. So much for a short cruise. Agree with other comments that the theatre production shows have no clear story. However the music, singing, costumes, lighting and sound are stunning. Not seen the comedian but went to see Soul Sisters last night who were great. 
 

We don’t like pre-dinner shows so with new times we were able to do 9:30 in theatre followed by 10:30 in Carousel Lounge. Evening ending in the Champagne Bar 🥂
 

 

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22 minutes ago, Stu UK said:

Room service menu. This is all free if you have Premium Plus package as is the mini bar. It’s not with the included premium package. One tip if you are a G&T drinker get cans of tonic from a bar as housekeeping are struggling to provide them. 
 

QR_AA_ROOM-SERVICE_OTHER_DAYX_EN_1621723809.pdf 1.09 MB · 5 downloads

Morning Stu!

Are the mini bar snacks included too with the Premium Plus?

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Pleasantly surprised with cabin. Great to be first users able it a couple of problems. The lights kept going off so card slot now disabled (easier for us), TV issue ship wide I’ve mentioned higher up and for us a surprise that cabins are not serviced in the evening. 
 

Lots of storage when you work out where it all is but wardrobe is too small. It’s fine I think for up to 7 days but tight for longer. 
 

Kettles added for UK cruises. They provide powdered milk but room service will bring jugs of milk - not sure if Bella would charge delivery. Yorkshire tea bags and Nescafé coffee. 
 

Lots of sockets and USBs. USA and EU no UK style so remember adapters if you need them. We have only used the 4 USB’s. Two are on desk and one in each bedside lamp. 
 

Liquid hand soap with shampoo and shower gel in shower. No conditioner. Shower is very powerful for a ship with proper glass enclosure. 
 

Zoe assistant currently only works as a Bluetooth speaker. 
 

Cases fit under bed. 
 

We have a slanted mid ship balcony which is lovely and large. 

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On 5/22/2021 at 8:57 AM, Stu UK said:

Yes. Fixed tasting menu. If you want to order other items it’s 50% of their price. Will try and get menus. We are Butchers Cut tomorrow. 


 

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Wi-fi, I have only managed to get Wi-fi on the iPhone I registered with, if I log out and then try to use iPad it will not let me . 
I can use My iPhone as a hotspot however. 
 

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On 5/21/2021 at 4:25 PM, Stu UK said:

Today's lunch menu. Very nice. Disappointed as to the wines by the glass selection but that’s a first world problem - they are ok. 

QR_A_MD_LUNCH_DAY6_EN_1621597026.pdf 114.94 kB · 91 downloads QR_B_WINE-LIST_OTHER_DAYX_EN_1621539481.pdf 910.8 kB · 71 downloads

Was this wine list from the main dining room, as I’ve seen other wine by the glass menus, sorry confused.com....thanks for posting them 😊

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12 minutes ago, LifeonMars said:

Wi-fi, I have only managed to get Wi-fi on the iPhone I registered with, if I log out and then try to use iPad it will not let me . 
I can use My iPhone as a hotspot however. 
 

Not sure as have not bought their package. Most days there is a french or uk mobile 4G signal. 

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1 minute ago, Stu UK said:

Not sure as have not bought their package. Most days there is a french or uk mobile 4G signal. 

I thought iPhone hotspot only worked with Mobile Data - so check you aren't running up large bills.

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2 minutes ago, debgreg said:

Was this wine list from the main dining room, as I’ve seen other wine by the glass menus, sorry confused.com....thanks for posting them 😊

Yes it’s the MDR one. Other bars are slightly different when you scan through the lists I’ve posted. 

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Just now, harrinp1 said:

I thought iPhone hotspot only worked with Mobile Data - so check you aren't running up large bills.

I’m only using mobile date as have an unlimited roaming package. One to avoid is do not use the ships Cellular at Sea network. It will bankrupt you.  

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15 minutes ago, harrinp1 said:

I thought iPhone hotspot only worked with Mobile Data - so check you aren't running up large bills.

I can use a hotspot on my data package, using MSC Wi-fi but not able to use 2nd device with the registered details I used  on the device I registered with . Someone asked that question earlier 

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8 minutes ago, Stu UK said:

I’m only using mobile date as have an unlimited roaming package. One to avoid is do not use the ships Cellular at Sea network. It will bankrupt you.  


Stu, I haven’t purchased the internet package either. I have unlimited data on my iPhone and was intending to use it as a hotspot so that I could use my iPad too. How do I avoid using the ships network if I leave data roaming turned on?
 

Sorry, not very tech savvy 🙈 

 

Cheers,

Carole

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22 hours ago, Stu UK said:

Believe the only bit holiday extras does not cover is if you have to self isolate when told to by test and trace. 

This is the same with the Admiral policy we bought, but it was only £25 for the two of us and I have High blood pressure 

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45 minutes ago, CaroleC said:


Stu, I haven’t purchased the internet package either. I have unlimited data on my iPhone and was intending to use it as a hotspot so that I could use my iPad too. How do I avoid using the ships network if I leave data roaming turned on?
 

Sorry, not very tech savvy 🙈 

 

Cheers,

Carole

Turn off data roaming when you are not wanting to be online or switch on airplane mode. Alternatively switch network selection to manual. 

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1 minute ago, LifeonMars said:

For those in inside cabins, one thing that is disappointing is no Web cam stream showing the bow view on the TV .

 

100% agree - one of the first things we looked for. 

 

We would probably have managed to wake up before noon if we had access to "outside" lol

 

Beds are certainly comfy lol

 

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26 minutes ago, LifeonMars said:

For those in inside cabins, one thing that is disappointing is no Web cam stream showing the bow view on the TV .

How strange.

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Stu UK ... At least you have a cabin with the sofa near the wardrobe, the other way around with the bed there makes the wardrobe almost unusable on one side.

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Thank you so much for this really detailed and thorough review of the sailing. It’s really appreciated! 
 

MSC newbie here (have cruised with NCL and Carnival and wondering what extras you get for upgrading to premium plus. Am I correct in thinking:

 

* Any drink (by the glass) of the menu

* Room service food included? (We have 24

hour room service with Fantasica, but unsure if this includes the cost of said items (carnival for example includes certain items under a specific $) 
* Mini bar

 

Is there anything else I’m missing, before trying to persuade OH to upgrade?

 

 

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4 hours ago, Stu UK said:

Room service menu. This is all free if you have Premium Plus package as is the mini bar. It’s not with the included premium package. One tip if you are a G&T drinker get cans of tonic from a bar as housekeeping are struggling to provide them. 
 

QR_AA_ROOM-SERVICE_OTHER_DAYX_EN_1621723809.pdf 1.09 MB · 40 downloads

 

So helpful sharing the PDFs, can hardly read the photos on other sites! Greatly appreciated. Are there any others that you've not already uploaded? Is there one for Hola? Many thanks. 

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