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  1. We were in 15030. Such a nice suite considering it was the same price as the smaller rooms. I will say, however, the bathrooms on Meraviglia were nicer. Since the room is wider, the balcony is as well!
  2. Oh no! I see you had to cancel. Did you get your money back? I'm so sorry you didn't get to go. We were just on Divina 3 weeks ago--can't believe it now. Seems like forever ago. We got back just before it all hit the fan. I hope you get to Ocean Cay eventually--it's worth it.
  3. Many of the people who are working on the island while the ship is in port--lifeguards, shuttle drivers, etc. live on the island. Our shuttle driver told us they live in those buildings that look like a hotel for 5 weeks at a time. On the 6th week they get to go home for a week and then return for another 5 weeks.
  4. Yes, you are correct. The "shade" provided by the glass panels is not nearly enough to protect someone with skin cancer, but too much for those who are looking to get a tan (and many of the Europeans on board were looking for sun). One man pulled his chair out into the pathway just to find some direct sunlight. We rented one of the cabanas on the day we were in Cozumel, but they are located so far away from all of the action that we found it boring. Plus, the servers forget you are even over there, so we ended up having to walk around to the bar or grill whenever we wanted anything (which isn't really a problem, except the fact that we paid for extra perks and services and ended up getting less). I would only recommend the cabanas on Mera for people who want total isolation or who need more shade.
  5. There were several sun lovers on our Mera cruise who voiced frustrations about how hard it was to find a spot in the sun! If you want shade, this is the ship for you.
  6. We were on the same sailing as you. I had to fight hard to get the discount, but finally spoke to a very helpful MSC supervisor named Jazmin who knew about the credit, and was able to apply it to the cruise I was attempting to book. I booked the cruise back in mid-January, and we just got off the ship yesterday. Saved us over $800, so don't give up. Best time to call is first thing in the morning when they open at 8 AM EST. You'll probably get one of the phone reps who works from home, but when he or she cannot answer your questions, you need to ask for a supervisor. I've read where some people were told they'd see the credit applied in a few weeks. Don't fall for that. The credit showed up within two hours of my call.
  7. Divina made it on Thursday, and the island met all of our expectations and more. We arrived at 7 AM, but it took them 2 hours to unload all of the provisions for the day. Sailed at 11 PM. Perfect weather. We missed the stop on our Thanksgiving cruise because of the delayed opening, but it was worth the wait to enjoy it this time. Many people onboard said they wished we had skipped Freeport and just spent two days at Ocean Cay.
  8. Loved it—great location just steps away from Top Sail.
  9. I booked a cruise in mid January for a cruise next week using the 20% off we received at Thanksgiving. Because no one seemed to have any knowledge of the credit and we never received anything official from MSC after the cruise, I called MSC and booked the cruise directly through them rather than with my TA. When the phone rep (who was working out of her home) didn't know what I was talking about, I insisted she connect me to the supervisor she was communicating with via her computer while she was dealing with me on the phone. The supervisor named Jazmin was the best MSC rep I've ever experienced when calling them. She did know what I was talking about, and the credit was applied the same day I booked the cruise--I think for us it was over $800 off the next cruise. She told me if I accessed my booking that day, it would show that I had a balance due, but only for a few hours until the credit was processed. I would say it was within two hours that our booking showed as "paid in full." It makes no sense that you would have to wait weeks for the credit to show up. I'd call and insist on talking to a supervisor. Just allot enough time for the dreaded hold times. Best time to call is at 8 AM when they open.
  10. Keep checking--like someone else said, they tend to hold them back. We just snagged one of the bigger square rooms for our Divina cruise next week, but it didn't show as available for 2 people until about 2 weeks ago. I just kept checking each morning. Once it popped up, I called and they switched our booking from one of the regular YC1 rooms at no additional cost. What a great anniversary present! You should love Divina YC. We did 10 days on her back in 2017 and loved it. We've done Seaside (royal suite) and Meraviglia since then, but are really looking forward to getting back to Divina.
  11. EMc&DrS

    Ocean Cay Spa

    I will do my best! I pre-purchased a massage for my wife, so that's what got me wondering if she could use it on Ocean Cay. (We're only on a 3-day cruise this time, so not much time to waste!) We do have access to the YC area, but are planning to explore the entire island once we finally get there. We were supposed to stop at OC during our Meraviglia cruise back at Thanksgiving, but the opening was delayed, and ours was the last Mera sailing that had the OC stop canceled before they opened it during the sailing after ours. Luckily, we were all given a substantial credit to use towards our next cruise, so we cashed it in on the 3-day Divina so we could finally get that stop at OC we had been looking forward to last time.
  12. EMc&DrS

    Ocean Cay Spa

    I do see on the MSC website that it looks like they treat the OC Spa as a totally different venue. They list prices that are different from the pre-purchase prices for the onboard spa, and they claim you have to book spa services once you get on the island.
  13. I know the YC drink package continues in the YC area on Ocean Cay. Are drinks free at any bar on OC, or just in the YC area?
  14. EMc&DrS

    Ocean Cay Spa

    We loved all of those different rooms on Seaside (came free with Yacht Club). Unfortunately, the Meraviglia spa area isn't nearly as nice or as big.
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