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  1. interesting projections ( I hope the pandemic doesn't having that kind of longevity) Based upon the projections widespread vaccination is a year away. The cruiselines may not be able to remain solvent that long and I think widespread vaccination and immunity will be necessary before the industry can even think about getting back to more normal operations. I will remain optimistic and hope we can soon return to our revered lifestyle. Stay Healthy 🙂
  2. Board of directors would not necessarily need shareholder approval to cancel/suspend this benefit. That is after all why we elect a board of directors, to make these kind of operational decisions between shareholder meetings.
  3. I think Shareholder OBC will stay as long as RCL & NCL keep theirs in place 😉
  4. One pass can be shared, the person who has the pass associated with their sea pass card has to be present. Rope course on Meraviglia is free
  5. Feb 1st Meraviglia was scheduled for Ocean Cay but went to Costa Maya instead. It was announced that the captain made the decision to change port of call due to anticipated "bad weather"
  6. We sailed B2B this week (Feb 2 - 9), and the previous week. The two weeks were like night and day. First cruise seemed extremely loud and crowded at all the public areas. The Feb 2nd cruise (although plagued with many of the usual problems with some chair hogging etc) was a much more relaxed and comfortable experience. so YMMV week to week. This is the most beautiful ship with the best passenger amenities that I have been on (approx 30 cruises and counting). I would probably sail MSC exclusively if they would improve their buffet variety and main dining room meals (quality and preparation was IMO edible but below the standards of most other mainstream cruise lines) Ocean cay visit, a work in progress but a real unique experience (loved it) protect your feet and wear water shoes as there are lots of broken and sharp coral all around the island and beaches. sorry if I hijacked the thread
  7. I believe it is a F1 Race car simulator, and I believe there is a charge for it, I have no personal experience yet, but I believe there is also a charge for the Bowling and for the 4d movie.
  8. Dear Guest, As you are aware, the U.S. Administration announced changes to regulations regarding travel to Cuba, which eliminate the prior authorization permitting cruise ships to travel from the U.S. to Cuba. As a result of these substantial changes in U.S. law and regulation, effective June 5, 2019, cruise ships are no longer allowed to call Cuba after departing a U.S. port. We are aware that you have an upcoming 7-night Caribbean cruise – including a call in Havana, Cuba – booked on MSC Armonia. Given the recent change in regulations, MSC Armonia is no longer authorized to call Cuba, and we were therefore required to alter the itinerary of your cruise. The alternative schedule of your cruise will be: June 10 MSC Armonia Sailing Date Arrival time Departure time Destination 10/06/2019 07:00 18:00 Miami (United States) 11/06/2019 At sea 12/06/2019 10:30 17:00 Ocho Rios (Jamaica) 13/06/2019 08:00 15:00 George Town (Cayman Islands) 14/06/2019 10:00 20:00 Cozumel (Mexico) 15/06/2019 07:00 16:00 Costa Maya (Mexico) 16/06/2019 At sea 17/06/2019 07:00 18:00 Miami (United States) We are certain you will still enjoy spending your vacation with MSC Cruises and the team onboard MSC Armonia will do their best to ensure an outstanding vacation experience. If you choose to remain on your currently booked sailing, there is no need to contact us and you will receive a $400.00 USD credit per stateroom on your shipboard account for onboard spending during your cruise. If this credit is not fully used during your cruise, we will refund the difference when you check-out from the ship. Any shore excursions in Havana that were pre-purchased before your cruise, will also be automatically refunded to your onboard account. If you would like to move to another itinerary, MSC Cruises will waive your cancellation fees and transfer your already paid funds to your new booking. We are proud to offer global itineraries and state of the art ships that will appeal to your every vacation desire. For more information, please visit www.msccruises.com, call your travel advisor or contact MSC Cruises at 877-665-4605. We are sorry for this unexpected change and thank you in advance for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you onboard soon. Best wishes, MSC Cruises The unusual part of this is'; i don't have a booking for this sailing ? Must have been sent in error Cheers and I hope those sailing have a great cruise regardless.
  9. So that's unlimited dollar value for the length of the cruise that doesn't run out or an amount that is set and is reduced after each use until the value is depleted? Thank you for your answers ☺️
  10. I have tried to understand how the fun pass works by reading about others experiences but I still have questions and I would like to clarify some things before deciding to buy. Are there any limits on how often a person may repeat any activity? For example can you possibly bowl two or three games in a row or drive the simulator daily? or is it good for a single use at each activity only? (one and done) Are there any "pay experiences" that are not included? for example; Bowling, 4D theater, F1 Simulator, Flight simulator, Does the Meraviglia provide a list of what is included for the pass? and more importantly what is not? (would anyone happen to have a price list for pay per use for each individual on board activity) It is reported that one fun pass can be used by more than one person, Can a couple buy one pass for the cabin and together go bowling or simulator racing against each other or do they each need a separate pass to play head to head or participate together? Does the person who purchases the pass have to be in attendance for another person to use it or can they just take the pass with them? Is the pass "swiped" at each use, is it loaded onto the sea pass card or is it a separate card that is presented as required for proof? Can it be replaced if accidentally lost? Thanks for taking the time to read this thread and for any information you can provide. Cheers!
  11. Correct, board of directors would likely decide on behalf of shareholders. (isn't MSC privately owned anyway?) Regarding the rumour, It doesn't sound all that feasible but everything has its price.
  12. My experience is limited to the Armonia sailing at the end of January so YMMV. I'm sure someone with more sailings or intimate knowledge may be along to answer soon.
  13. Not the OP but here is our experience; We did not see anything advertising an afternoon tea. no Ice Sculptures, no Chocolate Sculpture except the Chocolate ship ( very nice touch) in our cabin from the loyalty program. We did not pay particular attention to spa specials but when asking the staff in the spa they suggested they do have some specials. I never saw a sale even on port days, so I would next time book in advance any desired spa services and get the pre cruise discount.
  14. I agree 100%, not what I envisioned either based on the press release. I just wanted to clarify that there was a meal with lobster without the up charge. 1/2 lobster tail approx 2 -3 ozs. no drawn butter. We were not that thrilled about the overall dining experience. We ordered a Scallop main course ( both of us) one evening and it came with a measly one and 1/2 scallops and little sauce on the noodles. I'm sure they are trying to curb food waste but really 1 1/2 scallops for a main course looks pretty Chintzy. Loved almost everything else about the cruise though.
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