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  1. Do you recall the cost for the tour to Dunn river?
  2. I just paid my final payment yesterday I was told that its either or not both so I took the 10 percent
  3. Hello just doing my web check in an noticed that it says no food is allowed has anyone brought sealed snack packs onboard with them or have had them confiscated?
  4. Actually I just found out that the package they were advertising only includes 1 wifi plan for the room🤔which is a total of 2gb
  5. Thank you. That is good to hear hopefully there are some uber's around that time.
  6. I can't speak about the noise as I have not been on this ship yet. I will be sailing in April. But from my research I was able to find this photo online of room 8101 on the Meraviglia this can give you an idea of the Bella balcony in those areas I had 8100 booked I quickly changed that for a 9th floor fantastica no obstruction room when it popped up.Hope this helps.
  7. Does MSC have a Self debarkation process like other lines? I want to try to catch an early flight home once we port has anyone don't this and what tips can you offer? Itinerary states ship ports at 7am in Miami what is the earliest people have gotten off? Thanks in advance.
  8. Thanks again APDMOM for the images. So you had one plan correct? the deal they have now is free standard internet for everyone so will they pool 6gbs or will each of us have our own individual logins? any idea? I have a teen daughter who once she heard internet she perked up lol. On other cruises she went without so I don't want her burning through all of our data at one clip. Thanks again.
  9. sds

    New to MSC

    Research research research this was the hardest information to obtain from the customer service reps. So what I did was implement my own methodology first I used every search engine imaginable with my room number in it along with using Youtube for some visual cues. I took my deck plan counted out the rooms from a static point (e.g panoramic elevator) then used a side shot of the ship and counted from there. Once I had a general idea I began the search for room surrounding mine on you tube so that I could get a topographical view, this helped me isolate my location and prospective view. This wasn't easy but I was able to gleen a tremendous amount of information using this method. It ultimately helped me decide to move the first chance I could hence my wife and I both booked Fantastic balconies yesterday when they emerged on the site. I cancelled my bella and another fantastica last night both were gone in an hours time. As for knowing if all of the bella are obstructed I cant speak to that but from all of my research I would say a lot are hence they are bella from what I can gather. Hope this helps it did for me.
  10. Thank You APDMOM I actually read your review earlier today (great writeup) . So you were able to view camera no problem on standard that's good to know apparently that was above anyone's knowledge base at customer service they suggested premium. Just so I am clear you had to log off when not in use so how did you know that there was a notification? did you just turn it on periodically then it would come through?
  11. Ok I am going to jump on this bandwagon. I just had to cancel a few reservations and apply my discount I will say I sat on the phone waiting for someone to pickup for about 30 min but once they did they were able to handle everything on that call including cancelling 2 reservations ( my wife and I didn't talk this am we both found fantastica balconies this am so you guessed it we had 3 room lol) Luna was her name she was spot on with her information excellent customer service no canned responses to my questions and actually had a sense of humor. I know someone is going to flame this but this has been my experience the few times I had to call tonight included.
  12. Just booked the Meraviglia for April Currently they offer Standard internet as a perk my question is can I use this type of internet to look at security cameras at home and use my wifi calling through Verizon? Or do I need the upgraded internet to do this?
  13. sds

    New to MSC

    Thanks to everyone who responded you guys are the best!! Since I first posted I have upgraded from a Bella balcony ( with a life boat view Whew! Dodged that bullet) To finally finding a non obstructed view fantastica balcony on the 9th floor so I went from room 8100 to 9192 midship on the bump out ( yes I know it cost more but I couldn't deal with looking out to my balcony and seeing an orange boat). My cruise is booked solid for April 4th 2020 sailing so I consider myself lucky. There is a lot of information to go through on MSC. There is the YC crew who say cruise only this way along with the die hard cruise line loyalist that take shots at almost everything out there. The good thing is I have an open mind and have been on multiple ships recently including Carnival Vista, RCL Freedom of the seas, Anthem and the Harmony so I can appreciate the larger ships with crowds. Does anyone find that the service and the ship itself pales in comparison to the ships and lines I have named? Is the European methodology of cruising and service that much different? Its really all over the place when I try to get a read on it. I know most will say I have to experience it first hand, which I will but knowledge is king when going into the unknown. Any other insight would be greatly appreciated going forward.
  14. sds

    New to MSC

    Hello fellow cruise critics I am looking to you for some guidance and insight about MSC cruises I just booked a last minute cruise on the Mervaglia for April 5th 2020. I have been on about 6 or so cruises mostly on Royal and Carnival just looking for some cruisers who have experienced both Royal and Carnival and who can share some comparisons, issues or surprises that MSC does differently than the typical cruise any information would be greatly appreciated.
  15. I didn't give enough detail on the matter, the pieces where stolen and the bag returned to me without the lock. I have also traveled on cruises and land vacations without incident I guess it is the luck of the draw. I have been able to carryon my luggage at port Miami, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale so hopefully I don't run into any issues. Clarea are the scanners the same size as those ports?
  16. Hello everyone I was just wondering for those of you who have traveled on Freedom of the seas recently do you recall if you were required to give them your luggage upon arrival to the port or where you able to keep it with you? Reason I am asking is because on a previous cruise some new clothing items were taken from my locked luggage.
  17. sds

    Carnival in Barbados

    I wonder what the heck they are talking about then they also adjusted those cruising on July 22 which makes sense but not my sailing
  18. sds

    Carnival in Barbados

    Hello Thanks for the info I am from New York and have experience simalair events, couldn't agree with you more. The weird thing is I will be there August 22nd so I don't know if this type of party goes on through out the month or if it is a special event. It says something about a night market but to be honest I think that to me is asking for trouble.
  19. Hello has anyone been to carnival in Barbados. I was just sent an email stating that my itinerary has changed for my August trip next month. Is there something that must do while there for the festivities?
  20. Hello everyone I know this is the Florida departure boards but looking for some guidance on departures from Puerto Rico and places to stay before
  21. Typically they remit payment post cruise which was the scenario the last 3 that I booked through them. The usual time frame is 3 months post cruise. My advice is to keep all information about booking and a copy of reservation so if they don't automatically send it to you can submit it. I had it happen once before sent them the documents they sent me my check a couple weeks later very easy process.
  22. Krisco There is no car rental at crown bay. I was told that there wasn't one at havensight just the off site one near crown bay where I was. I would call to confirm with them on both the jeep and location considering I was given a different car sat pick up as well as another couple the was there. Have a great trip and remember STAY to the LEFT LOL .
  23. Well I am doing what most don't do on this forum and that is a follow up. Budget rent a car no longer has a port site at Havensight from what I understand or that's what I was told. I was taken to the Crown bay port because the Harmony of the sea is just to large for the Havensight port. Budget picked me up at Crown bay and brought me to their office which was a 5 to 10 min walk now looking back on it, the cars were in decent shape the service people were very helpful but seemed a bit disorganized they didn't have the car I reserved initially but gave me another and charged me less money so it is what it is. The overall experience was painless and they did go out of their way to make sure I had what I needed and that they got me and my family to and from the office. The cost for a midsize car was 42.60 all in I was able to find my way around with the help of the locals (which were all very helpful I spoke with a total of 15 lol) and a map that Budget gave me. Be aware there is very little signage if any hence me chatting with everyone I saw lol but once I figured it out it made the adventure that much more fun and memorable. also note that Budget does not rent GPS. FYI I was able to hit all my targets (e.g. Drakes, Moutaintop and beach) St Thomas is absolutely beautiful.
  24. I was there on Wednesday we used a company called Calypso tours that I found while walking off the ship they were negotiable cost was 20 bucks for me and my wife and 15 for my daughter they took us all around the island including the rainforest, timothy point and carambola beach and even picked us up at the beach 2 hrs later they also supplied water, soda, fruit punch and rum. Tour was about 3hrs not including beach time worth every cent. ( Just an FYI when he dropped us off at the beach we gave him payment in full I told him when he comes back he can get his tip he came and found me right on time his name was Stevenson he was and honest and professional let me take a pic of his ID so there was no nonsense)
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