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  1. This was the last YC cabin available and it is at the end of YC area and I think backs up to a rest room for the solarium. I wouldn't think that would get used much at night and as long as there isn't any smells or leaks from it I wouldn't think it would bother us. I'm not sure if there is a card entry system by the elevators or not but since there is also a stairway there probably not. So I guess we could get people wandering up the hallway from the solarium? Anyway interested if anyone has ever been in this cabin. Thanks
  2. Thanks for all your answers. Our cruise evidently has 3 possible boarding ports, Kiel, Copenhagen and Southampton, which I'm sure confuses the issue. Also because many of the passengers on MSC are from Europe or at least not from the USA, I'm sure that also reduces the number who sign up even if they find Cruise Critic. We have been sailing on Celebrity recently and our roll calls have been running in the hundreds of people (over 200 cabins represented on our last cruise) and the small size of the roll call for this cruise when evidently it is close to filling up with 5500 people just surprised me.
  3. Hi, My wife and I are on MSC Meraviglia's trans Atlantic cruise leaving from Kiel on Sept 5 and I joined the roll call for that cruise. From both VTG and MSC web sites the ship is evidently filling up quickly (all the Yacht Class cabins are taken) and the ship holds over over 5500, but our roll call so far only has 28 cabins are represented. My question is from othe more experiecned MSC cruisers (this will be our first on MSC but my 46 cruise) are MSC roll calls just not very active. We were on a Celebrity cruise last fall that had over 200 on the roll call. Anyway hoping we will enjoy Yacht club as much as we have suite class on Celebrity. Have a great next cruise.
  4. Looking for people who are booked on this cruise. It starts in Kiel and then is picking up a bunch of passengers in Copenhagen on Sept 4, 2020. We have a roll call started at this link and are looking for others who are booked. The ship is almost totally booked and we only have about 28 cabins represented on the current roll call. We looking for more people so we can set up events like a slot pull, a sail away get together and maybe a gift exchange. Here is a link to the roll call. https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcalls/msc-meraviglia-september-5-2020/ Come and join us and have a great next cruise.
  5. I'm having the same problem. It seems to be tied to their SQL data base server. It may be the indexes will need to be rebuild. The last time they did this they lost a lot of posts. Keep your fingers crossed.
  6. HI, We are booked in a Sky Suite for a 14 day cruise in March 2019 on the Eclipse. I got an email this morning from my travel agent that I could make a bid to upgrade to a Royal (only 1 available) or a Celebrity Suite (at least 4 are open). Two questions: Is a Celebrity Suite really that much better than a Sky Suite. I understand they are slightly bigger and evidently have a walk in closet but with the Sky Suite we get suite dining (one of the main reasons we book them) and Michael's club. Secondly how much of bid might win an upgrade the amounts evidently on the Celebity Suite go from 0 to $2000. Has anyone ever gotten one of these offers and if so did you bid and if so how much? Thanks
  7. Long review of our tour with Fer Tours We arranged for 2 days of tours with Fer 2 Havana tours originally and then had to alter our arrangements because Azamara changed their schedule and Fernando was very good at changing our 2 days to 3 days at the same price. We did an evening when the ship arrived and met our guide, Javier (Pepe), met us in the square directly across from the ship at 7 PM. He then changed plans as we had already eaten on the ship and we went to the Hotel National for a drink which has been in Havana forever and has been where all the famous and infamous people stayed. We had very good rum drinks there and enjoyed the ambiance before going on the cannon firing at the fort in a vintage 53 Pontiac hardtop with A/C and then to the Buena Vista Social Club.where we stayed for drinks and listening to the Cuban music. For the cover charge which I think was 30 CUC each we got 3 drinks each. I got Cuba Libre and Darlene had a beer and 2 bottled waters. The music was loud and we left after about an hour and 45 minutes. Our driver had waited for us and drove us back to the ship. The next morning at 10 AM we met Javier again in the square and we did a walking tour of the four main squares of old Havana for about 2 1/2 hours, Then we had lunch at a really private restaurant that was a little expensive 80 CUC for the 2 of us with one glass of wine each. We both got a seafood dish with lobster, shrimp, fish and rice and veggies. We also each got a desert. The restaurant was totally full but many of the people there were from either other Fer Tours or other guides. Javier then met us outside and we walked to where we met our driver for the rest of the day in his 1956 red Chevy convertible. The car wasn't his but the owner had gotten too old to drive so he hired him to take care of the car and drive it. We had the car for 3 hours and saw a lot of Havana with an informative driver. He left us off at the ship at 4:30. Finally the next morning, our ship was in Havana for 3 days, Javier again met us in the square at 9 AM and we got in another old Chevy hardtop with A/C and went to Hemmingway's house, followed by a visit to the town where he kept the Pilar and his favorite bar there. Then we came back to Havana and went to Fusterland. This is an area of Havana an artist began decorating with mosaics and painting and included a visit to his house. If you have been to Barcelona and see Guidi's village there this is similar but maybe more colorful and tropical. Our ship was sailing at 3 PM so Javier and the driver dropped us off at 2 PM by the ship. These were great tours with a great guide, Javier, who is a psychologist in real life. The cost for the 3 days was $480 US which was a fraction of what similar tours thru the ship would have cost. If you are going to Havana give Fer Tours a chance to give you a great time in Havana.
  8. Yes. We did all the booking thru email. Fernando responded as soon as he could given the way the Internet is in Cuba. He didn't require any deposits and you pay at the end of your tour.
  9. I just posted a much longer review of the cruise under the Azamara Journey reviews if you want to know more. Have a great next cruise.
  10. They were tendered in both ports when we were there with them earlier this month.
  11. wwinfl91

    DISABLED IN CUBA

    Almost all the building have steps, sometimes several floors of the, and to get out of the cruise terminal there are 4 flights of stairs. There were 2 elevators one on either side of the stairs but only one of them was working when we were there. There are some places you would need to avoid all together. One would be Hemingway's house which has 2 flights of stairs to get to where you can look in the windows. Contact your tour guide and make sure he knows of your condition before you get off the ship.
  12. We arranged for 2 days of tours with Fer 2 Havana tours originally and then had to alter our arrangements because Azamara changed their schedule and Fernando was very good at changing our 2 days to 3 days at the same price. We did an evening when the ship arrived and met our guide, Javier (Pepe), met us in the square directly across from the ship at 7 PM. He then changed plans as we had already eaten on the ship and we went to the Hotel National for a drink which has been in Havana forever and has been where all the famous and infamous people stayed. We had very good rum drinks there and enjoyed the ambiance before going on the cannon firing at the fort in a vintage 56 Pontiac hardtop with A/C and then to the Buena Vista Social Club.where we stayed for drinks and listening to the Cuban music. For the cover charge which I think was 30 CUC each we got 3 drinks each. I got Cuba Libre and Darlene had a beer and 2 bottled waters. The music was loud and we left after about an hour and 45 minutes. Our driver had waited for us and drove us back to the ship. The next morning at 10 AM we met Javier again in the square and we did a walking tour of the four main squares of old Havana for about 2 1/2 hours, Then we had lunch at a really nice private restaurant that was a little expensive 80 CUC for the 2 of us with one glass of wine each. We both got a seafood dish with lobster, shrimp, fish and rice and veggies. We also each got a desert. The restaurant was totally full but many of the people there were from either other Fer Tours or other guides. Javier then met us outside and we walked to where we met our driver for the rest of the day in his 1953 red Chevy convertible. The car wasn't his but the owner had gotten too old to drive so he hired him to take care of the car and drive it. We had the car for 3 hours and saw a lot of Havana with an informative driver. He left us off at the ship at 4:30. Finally the next morning, our ship was in Havana for 3 days, Javier again met us in the square at 9 AM and we got in another old Chevy hardtop (1956) with A/C and went to Hemmingway's house, followed by a visit to the town where he kept the Pilar and his favorite bar there. Then we came back to Havana and went to Fusterland. This is an area of Havana an artist began decorating with mosaics and painting and included a visit to his house. If you have been to Barcelona and see Guidi's village there this is similar but maybe more colorful and tropical. Our ship was sailing at 3 PM so Javier and the driver dropped us off at 2 PM by the ship. These were great tours with a great guide, Javier, who is a psychologist in real life. The cost for the 3 days was $480 US which was a fraction of what similar tours thru the ship would have cost. If you are going to Havana give Fer Tours a chance to give you a great time in Havana.
  13. We did a 10 day cruise on Azamara Journey and visited 3 Cuban ports, Santiago, Cienfuegos and Havana. We did overnights in all ports, including 2 nights in Havana. The Cuban people are great, friendly and basically really poor. Their average salary is $30 a month while they need over $100 a month just for normal basic necessities. We did a private tours for all 3 days in Havana and ship tours in the other 2 ports. The private tours were better. If you are from the USA get Canadian money before you go. They charge a 12% surcharge to change USA dollars so 1 US dollar is only worth 88 CUC. Some people will take US dollars and some won't.I plan on doing a full review on the cruise and our time in Cuba but I will say I was very happy with Azamara except for our ship arranged trip from the ship to the Miami airport which was a total complete foul up. Have a great next cruise.
  14. Hi, What hotel(s) does Celebrity use for housing passengers before or after cruises from or to Buenos Aires Argentina? I've tried the Celebrity web site and can't find the into. Thanks
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