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About gimletgal

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    Cape Coral, FL
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    Golf, reading, anything outdoors
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    Celebrity, MSC
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  1. It is against Cruise Critic rules to mention travel agents or booking sites. Sorry.
  2. With permission, you can bring them in to see your cabin. As far as just "hanging around" in the YC area, the answer is no. You can also pay to have someone join you in the YC restaurant for dinner (believe it is $50/pp w/permission) or sometimes you can buy day passes for friends @ $100/pp+ - limited availability. Small tours are given on almost every cruise, but they are very short and the number of people is usually quite small.
  3. It is a well known fact. Use a credit card that does not charge FTFs! The title of your thread is pretty unfair to MSC.
  4. I love it! Celebrity has been operating this way for years and years and years!! Miami usually has no clue as to what is going on on the ships. Communication is horrid, and not just in the cruise industry.
  5. Yes they offer reduced deposits every now and then. 2 of my 4 cruises with MSC in the last 3 years have had the $99/pp deposit.
  6. Not offered in YC either.
  7. Well, I have my 4th MSC cruise coming up the end of this month........the first one on Seaside in 2018 had the itinerary changed when they pushed back the opening of OC. Guess I am used to delays. I hope you are right if OC is not open.
  8. I'm sure the reason they are offering "goodies" is because the cruise is already in progress. My guess for future cruises - they will just change the itineraries at the last minute and offer zero. Hope I'm wrong! (They are still showing the countdown clock on the website - 3 days, 22 hours, etc.)
  9. Even if booking is changed, the final payment date remains the same as when originally booked.
  10. The current charge is $12.50 per person, per day. The $14.00 charge does not go into effect until Summer, 2021. Tips: MSC Cruises does not recommend tipping individual members of staff. WINTER 2019 - 2020 (new rates apply starting Summer 2021 for Caribbean, USA & Canada. Please review the new costs in the below chart listed for Summer 2021 & Winter 2021-2022). CARIBBEAN, USA & CANADA CRUISES Caribbean, Canada & USA cruises MSC Grand Voyages from the Caribbean Sea (Northbound) MSC Grand Voyages to the Caribbean (Southbound) Adults (12 and over) $12.50 USD per night Adults (12 and over) $12.50 USD per night Adults (12 and over) 10€ per night Child (2 and over) 6.25$ USD per night Child (2 and over) $6.25 USD per night Child (2 and over ) 5 Euro per night Child (Under 2) No Service charge applied Child (Under 2) No Service charge applied Child (Under 2) No Service charge applied
  11. Actually, that space is gorgeous! And the elevators are certainly available for those who don't like the Swarovski crystal staircases.
  12. Congratulations on your 50th anniversary! You should be well taken care of on the Grandiosa. Capt. Massa is extremely personable! If you happen to encounter Onil Jay Pedernal in the YC you will absolutely love him! He will either be a butler or assistant butler as he was just recently promoted and also a brand new father. He is an amazing young man! Enjoy your cruise!
  13. My experience sailing Divina and Seaside out of Miami (since 2016) has been that the "bulk of passengers" have been European - not American.
  14. Great post, glittergal1. I totally agree with you. I first sailed w/MSC in 2016 after 10 years and many, many sailings with Celebrity. Friends of mine invited me to join them on the Divina then and I went along with some trepidation. It was a great cruise (albeit, different from X) and I thoroughly enjoyed the European flavor. I have since been on the Seaside twice and will be going again in November. Celebrity has priced themselves to the point that I really don't even consider them anymore. Are there some things I miss? Sure - especially the perks I received because of my loyalty, and the great crew. But then there is more to a cruise than the perks, and MSC has some great crew also. MSC has taken good care of me and has earned my business now. All of the cruise lines have their "flaws" and as you say, none are perfect. Just choose the one you are most comfortable with.
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