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LIVE Virtuosa 05/06/21 the first 7 night sailing.


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1 minute ago, jmadds said:

Don't worry if not but someone from the 4 nighter was able to download the PDFs from the MSC app and upload them here ☺ 

Our app picks up that we are in YC and only shows those menus😀. Hopefully someone else will be able to do it.

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On 6/4/2021 at 4:35 PM, kernow said:

Then yesterday we had an email to say our bid for a YC inside had been successful so now (hopefully finally) we have a cabin on deck 16, can't wait to try YC.

 

 

We just got the same email today for our cruise following yours, looking forward to hearing all about it!

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27 minutes ago, Wedgeh said:

 

We just got the same email today for our cruise following yours, looking forward to hearing all about it!

It's absolutely fantastic, you will be spoilt forever. I'm planning to do a post all about it 

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1 hour ago, jmadds said:

Don't worry if not but someone from the 4 nighter was able to download the PDFs from the MSC app and upload them here ☺ 

I did the ones on the 4 night maiden voyage. It was by scanning the QR code in the MDR / bars and then saving to my mobile prior to uploading. Not taken from the app as they are not pdf’s

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Just received an email to say that tomorrow's Liverpool check in has been moved to the ACC Convention  Centre. Checks will be done there and then buses will transport guests to the ship. Luggage will be sent from the Convention Centre.

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On 6/5/2021 at 4:28 PM, jmadds said:

Hope you have an amazing time! We're on board in a few weeks cannot wait. If at all possible would be great if you could upload the PDF main dining room menus from the MSC app? Someone's already uploaded everything else but as it's the first 7 nighter there's a few MDR menus not yet shared ☺ 

Here you are!
Monday is elegant night

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It's lovely sunny weather at the moment, we're sitting out in the sunshine enjoying more cocktails.

 

Last night after dinner we went to the Carousel lounge to see Soul Sisters. We really enjoyed them, it's great to see some live music again. The lounge was full to (reduced) capacity so seems like they are very popular. 

 

Tonight is Elegant night and also the John Bishop show. We've just met him on the YC sundeck, seems like a nice man.

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12 hours ago, kernow said:

Everything feels surprisingly normal.

The main difference is the low number of passengers onboard which makes the ship feel empty at times. I really notice it walking down the Promenade, somewhere that would normally be busy only ever has a handful of other people around. The theatre too has been fairly empty. All venues have seats marked as not in use to enforce the social distancing, there are still always lots of seats with the low numbers.

Masks have to be worn while moving around inside and out. You are allowed to remove them when seated for eating or drinking (or on a sunlounger). In effect most people remove them the moment they sit down which seems to be allowed. They do announce in the theatre that masks should be worn but I've noticed people removing them once the performance starts.

The vast majority of people are conforming without being told, this has pretty much been the law in the UK for the last year and we are all used to it now. Because of this it's been no problem for us and hasn't spoilt the cruise. I'm not sure how it would go down in the US as from what I've seen mask wearing has not been so widespread for you?

All of the staff wear masks all of the time apart from the performers (and people like the CD when he is speaking to an audience). 

None of this has bothered us and it all feels very safe. I'm sure a couple of years ago this would have sounded unbelievable but it's amazing how we've all changed. We're just loving being able to cruise again.

 

Thanks very much for this.

Although we're in Florida, where mask restrictions have been eased up lately, DH is a Glasgow guy, and we still have family over there, so we've been getting all the latest on how things are going for them.

we can only imagine how nice it must be for you to be back cruising AND enjoying YC.  We're hoping that we're able to do the same on the Mera in August!

Enjoy the rest of your cruise!

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What a lovely trip report. Thank you so much for sharing!

 

Did you consider overnighting before boarding? We are closer to S’ton than you (in Exeter) and thought we would probably do that but I guess it depends partly on the boarding time.

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25 minutes ago, Miffy2003 said:

What a lovely trip report. Thank you so much for sharing!

 

Did you consider overnighting before boarding? We are closer to S’ton than you (in Exeter) and thought we would probably do that but I guess it depends partly on the boarding time.

Unfortunately we had to work last Friday so didn't have time to overnight. In the past we have arrived in Southampton the night before and it is a nice start to the holiday.

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Yesterday afternoon we used the Fun pass we had pre purchased for the first time. The £140 credit was on my card. Mark tried the F1 simulator which cost £12 for 5 minutes. I plan to have a go later in the cruise but I guessed that he would have a better idea than me (he's done track days before) so I could watch him first. He managed a couple of times around Monza😁 only crashing once.

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We also tried the Marketplace buffet for the first time. It was quite busy but not too bad. They hand you everything on a plate now and it seemed to work well. Only a few counters are open and there is a much smaller selection than normal, we both had pasta which was good.

 

Last night was the John Bishop show. TBH I wouldn't normally go and see a comedian but Mark loves them so I thought why not. I have to admit he was so funny, I was laughing throughout. He made lots of jokes about YC and how his butler has been looking after him, all things that we've been saying ourselves, it was hilarious.

It really came over that he was so happy to be back in front of an audience again for his first show since the pandemic. I think everyone warmed to him. 

 

Later in the evening after his second show he walked back into the Topsail lounge and everyone cheered him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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