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  1. Hi Jb, If I cruised MSC twice in a 21 month period, why am I losing my Black Card status? By the way, both cruises were in the Yacht Club. Kel😁
  2. Well think about my first MSC cruise in March of 2018 on the Seaside. I may have booked that cruise in 2017 and requested a match at that time. I thought at the time, that once I was Black Card, I would be that status forever. Strange system, but I’ve been in Italy many times and I understand their unique way of doing business. Enjoy! Kel😃
  3. Future cruise consultant emailed the main office and that was their response.
  4. I’m onboard the Meraviglia now. We are having a great time and service is over the top wonderful. Food is wonderful, wonderful, not so great, wonderful..., We are part of that group that found out that Ocean Cay will not be ready the day we boarded. Went to see the onboard Future Cruise Consultant — here is what I learned: — 20 % off a future cruise, but not now. Based off what you paid for this current cruise, wrong. — By the way, this is you second cruise in the Yacht Club in the past 21 months, and you just lost your Black/Diamond status with MSC; no, you can’t re-apply using your ElitePlus with Celebrity. No 5% discount anymore. — Itinerary for this cruise is changed — had to contact all our private excursion operators and make adjustments with mixed results. Didn’t lose any money😁 My wife says “bag it, we are done with MSC”. I’m holding out for good news😉 Enjoy! Kel
  5. Wonderful information on this thread. I called ship services and got this email: mjanicki@hollandamerica.com (Michelle was the one who responded) Fast, professional service. I have my table for two and one of eight table numbers I requested. I really like the way Celebrity and RCL handle this, as they send a copy showing dining room, deck, and table number. Enjoy! Kel😁
  6. Excellent info TAD! I think I will give this a try!
  7. Thanks Everyone! This website halfactsdotcom is excellent. Tomorrow I will call ship services and make my request. I've always made these requests myself and not burden my TA. They are a high volume, non-hand holding agency that gets me the best price and wonderful booking services, but they are up front that they aren't a full service agency. Just the way I like it. Enjoy, Kel😁
  8. Thanks kwb, KK, and GiGi. We have six BtoB cruise coming up next week (all on different lines) and I have emails for all of them except HAL. I got confirmations back from everyone (except Open Seating lines), showing table numbers and locations. I guess I will call the number GiGi provided and see how it goes. First world problem of course. Thanks again, Kel😁
  9. Good Evening HAL cruisers, I tried to send a request to Holland America's dining room services and the old email I have didn't work. Does anyone have a new email? We want to request a table for two in the MDR. We are Three Star Mariners and have always been able to request our table choice using an email or by calling a special phone number, but my old info does not seem to work. Thanks for the help, Kel😁
  10. Phil, I agree 100%. We are Elite Plus on Celebrity; three star on HAL; almost Diamond Plus on RCL; enjoy the YC on MSC; if the price is right, NCL can be ok; we have over 100 days on Cunard, and Princess is not even on our radar. We've tried it three times and it's not bad, it's just plain and very average. Most magazine polls are based on how much advertising a cruise line is willing to take on. RCL and Celebrity would get way better ratings if they advertised with CN. Enjoy! Kel😃
  11. What happened to the Old F*@#s that were complaining about the Edge being geared to a younger generation? I was a Freshman in College in 1967 and this ad seems to target me big time! I love the song and the ad. 😎https://www.celebritycruisespresscenter.com/video/159/wonder-awaits/ Enjoy! Kel
  12. MSC has beautiful ships, and the only way to go is in the Yacht Club. In general, the ships are like a European version of NCL with large crowds and so so food. We sailed the Seaside in an inside YC cabin; price was right and the perks of YC are outstanding. We are scheduled to do the same on the Meraviglia in November. Don't think I would cruise MSC without the YC perks? Since we are Elite Plus with Celebrity, we got "Black Card" status with MSC (their highest level). 😃Enjoy! Kel
  13. It might be that MSC's Yacht Club is pulling over ex-Haven passengers. The YC is a wonderful deal compared to the Haven.
  14. We've cruised Celebrity 30 times and NCL nine. We prefer the smaller NCL ships as they have a much better passenger space ratio. The large ships are very crowded and have some smoke issues because of the location of the casino. Lots of things for the kids to do on the larger ships however. We ONLY cruise NCL with a prepaid Ultimate Dining Package, as their MDR in the evening is so so, but their alternative restaurants are excellent. NCL will nickel and dime you, and the "free" drink package will cost you $99+ per person in additional fees. Speaking of fees/taxes -- I find NCL's charges in this area are higher than any other line. By the time you add up all the additional costs, NCL is not that cheap. We have ten cruises booked, and none are on NCL, which is strange because a couple of years ago we were regulars. Good luck, Kel😃
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