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  1. I've been on two MSC cruises and never saw a chocolate ship. Is this a gift for higher-tier cruisers? I would have loved getting one!
  2. I loved how relaxing Ocean Cay was! We cruise for the ship, not the ports, and originally didn't even plan on getting off the ship at Ocean Cay but were glad we did. So a cruise with all sea days and one day at Ocean Cay would be absolutely perfect. I'd sign up right away!
  3. Seaside Cabana rentals are extremely subjective. If you're just looking for shade, it's definitely not worth the cost, but the privacy and service you get with a cabana rental made it well worth it for me!
  4. I stayed in the non-Sophia Loren suite two years ago. We heard nothing from the One Deck above us, and there is plenty of closet space. You have a big walk-in closet on the way to the bathroom. Plus you have all the drawers etc in the living room to put stuff in. You will have plenty of space. The balcony is a little awkward with the railing positioned where it is, but it is big, and we enjoyed it. There weren't any additional perks that I could remember, with the exception of the porters taking my bags curbside who exclaimed I had the second-best room on the ship (first being the Sophia Loren room). The rooms are exactly the same, except for the decor, so even if you're not in the Sophia Loren suite, you'll still enjoy the room! Here's a link I did to a review about it a couple of years ago, there's a photo of the balcony and living room etc if you wanted it for reference. Have a great trip!
  5. I find this shocking, and I can't give any advice because I honestly don't know what I would do in this situation. I just wanted to say I'm sorry you've been put in such an incredibly uncomfortable position on your vacation.
  6. I believe the casino was closed while we were docked at OC. Duty Free was closed too.
  7. There was a motion sensor (and light) at the base of the night stand closest to the balcony, and the second one I believe was at the base of the closet in that dressing area before you go into the bathroom. I've only had these kinds of motion nightlights in certain hotels, so I was happily shocked when I got up that first night in the dark to use the bathroom!
  8. I didn't take advantage of priority debarkation, but you do get priority embarkation, there's a shorter security line and (at least in Miami) you wait in a separate room with more comfortable chairs and water etc before you board. And you board before general boarding. I was in an OS on the Victory/Radiance and loved it. The bathroom space alone is worth the upgrade, but it's nice in general to have room to move around. Also, I have no idea if this feature was in regular cabins too, but when you got up at night, there were motion-activated night lights on the floor so you could find your way to the bathroom without banging into things or turning the lights on.
  9. I know this question was about the Divina, but I was shocked to find out (at least for our room) on the Seaside that you couldn't just stick any old card in the slot, it HAD to be your room card! A driver's license or credit card inserted in there would cause a flashing red light to blink and then the lights would go out. I guess the card slots now have the technology to read the chip (or magnetic strip) in your cruise card!
  10. At the end of the hallway for the starboard cabins, there is a "secret" door that opens right into the topsail lounge. You don't have to backtrack to that set of glass doors. It doesn't get much use but it's definitely there!
  11. Hi JS, It's possible you didn't know you could order from the restaurant menu because you got up to the cabana too late? If you said you would arrive by 12 or 1pm, when they brought us the menus from the restaurant, I think we had said we were hoping to order around 1 or 1:30, but they said they only had the ability to put in the orders so they'd be ready by 1 (maybe the restuarant closes early for lunch?). I didn't ask why, I just ordered earlier than I normally would have. The day we were on Ocean Cay, every cabana except one was rented, at least they all had the reserved signs on them. The one furthest from the YC restaurant was the only one that didn't have a reserved sign on it and was clearly being used by the staff to stash stuff during the day LOL. All the others were reserved, but they weren't all actually being used, not sure why people weren't in them after they paid for them, but they were set up to be used. The cabanas are nice! they have a ceiling fan, and cushioned couches and chairs etc. out front there are a couple of loungers and floating mats to use too, and while the butlers serve everyone on the beach, they are definitely more attentive to the cabanas. And Starboard cabins look out onto Ocean Cay. Port side you see the sea. My room was port side. The outside area in front of the topsail lounge I think was the best viewing spot for the lighthouse show. I guess maybe the front of the pool deck would be good too, but you don't have people serving you drinks there at that time of night! We didn't do specialty dining, we usually do. I'm surprised we were able to resist the SEVERAL times we were approached to book a meal in one of them! Have a great trip!
  12. Hi Deepwater. There is no door directly to the topsail lounge at the end of the hall. There is for the hallway on the other side of the ship though. From 16003 to the topsail, you walk down a few cabins, around 16015 there's a door where you can access the central hallway and then work your way back to the topsail lounge. The door isn't really indicated very well on any deck plan I've seen, but it's nothing hidden, it's an obvious big glass door, and there are bathrooms there, along with a staircase up to deck 18. On our cruise, coincidentally, there was a woman in 16003 who also had difficulty walking. I would see her and her husband often sitting in the lounge, and she would slow dance with him there, but used a wheelchair to get back and forth to the room. Her butler or the room steward often pushed her. They left the folded up wheelchair outside in the hallway whenever it wasn't in use, and no one ever disturbed it, and the hallway is wide enough that it never impeded our path in the slightest (the hallways in the YC feel wider than on the other passenger decks, not sure if it's the case or just my perception of it). Having stayed in 16001, after hearing the noises coming from the topsail crew area, I wished I had been in 16003 instead. No noise, and almost no one walking by the cabin! I hope you have a great cruise.
  13. The daily program just called each sea day's dinner dress code "elegant." You can find those newsletters here: Have a great trip!
  14. Hi All, For your planning purposes, here are the daily programs from my recent cruise on the Seaside, Western Carib. route. These programs are for the YC, but the opening times of venues etc should be the same regardless. A couple of notes: The arrival and disembarkation times for Grand Cayman are modified due to anticipated weather and the need for an early departure from GC. We actually ended up skipping GC because of the weather after all, so the program for our day in Cozumel has an earlier arrival and later departure time to make up for it. Hopefully these will be helpful to someone! Seaside18Jan.pdf
  15. One other thing I wanted to add to my review: Breakfast in the YC restaurant, the waffles are basically Eggos. Our waiter warned us when we tried to order them, and strongly suggested we choose something else. If you’re expecting beligian waffles, make sure you adjust your expectations.
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