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  1. Well my cruise is about a year away (11/7) and if I get that offer I'll probably bid a grand a head. That is what we paid for an upgrade on a Victory Cruise 13 day Montreal to Boston cruise for an upgrade from a small AA category room to a spacious Owner's Suite, and it was definitely worth it. For those who got the bid offer, did it come directly from MSC or was it transmitted to you through your travel agent, if you used one? Other than the bigger room and balcony, does the royal suite come with any extra perks?
  2. Curiouser and curioser. What I had quoted earlier from the laundry page in the Enhance Your Cruise section has now changed from what I quoted earlier to this 'no multiple deliveries' thing. Fortunately our upcoming cruise is just a 7 dayer with just one pre-cruise night in Miami, so we won't be using laundry this time around anyway, but it is still very curious.
  3. One thing I have learned about life. If someone is determined to be unhappy about something they can always find a reason.
  4. I have a cruise booked, and when I log in and go to the place where you can add drink packages, excursions, spa services, etc., there is a place to add a laundry package, and I cut and pasted exactly how they describe it. Which, as I noted, is exactly how it worked for us on both Divina and Meraviglia.
  5. It isn't about helping the crew member, it is about the passenger feeling good about themself.
  6. I don't remember what we paid then but I just checked our upcoming cruise next Nov. and it is $49. We won't be using it this time around as it is only a 7 day cruise, without any other pre- or post-cruise added days. The 20 piece package is $38 and the 10 piece package is $28.
  7. Do you think it will be possible to get an advance look at the menus for the week at the YC restaurant on embarkation day? We plan on going to the Butcher's Cut and the Teppanyaki restaurant and I'd like to schedule them for nights where I'd end up ordering off the Available Every day menu, as I know from past YC experience that there will be days the YC menu won't suit my tastes. Thanks.
  8. Excellent point. I find that many well-meaning acts are shown to be injudicious by simply asking yourself, "what if everyone did it."
  9. The description on their website pretty clearly says multiple batches are fine: BACK HOME CLEAN - 40 PIECES Ideal for families or couples on longer cruises, this service means you and your stateroom companions can have garments washed and ironed any time during your cruise, or washed and ready for packing the day before departure (max 40 items per stateroom). In the event, we got this packagefor our recent April/May Baltic/Fjords YC cruise on Meraviglia and had no trouble sending batches. We generally got it back next day, but they guaranteed "in by 9 AM out by 5 PM". Sometimes we got it back same day even if we didn't get it in by 9. Had a similar experience on a Med yc cruise on Divina a year or two back.e
  10. Everyone is upset about this possible change, but I have yet to see anyone giving MSC props for adding the premium internet package to the list of YC privileges. I'd personally trade snacks and minibar for free internet in a heartbeat.
  11. The myth that that Purell stuff will protect you against novo.
  12. In Eastern Europe I encountered lots of exchange places, mostly with a Western Union logo that charged no fees but had unconscionable spreads that were "disclosed" in a very deceptive way. And once ran into the same thing traveling with a friend who got taken by one of these in Bordeaux.
  13. No fees is great, but it isn't the whole story, as there are lots of places that charge no fees, but will massively screw you on the exchange rate spread.
  14. I've done the same at Wells Fargo. Although personally I would never even consider a tour that required a cash payment. Being able to accept credit cards shows at least a modicum of financial stability, and I wouldn't trust my one and only tour experience at that port on a company that can't meet that very meager qualification. Or one that CAN meet that requirement but nonetheless chooses to inconvenience their customers, and even put them at risk by having to carry such large sums.
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