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  1. Thank you all so much for the information. I’m taking notes to pass along! So appreciate it.
  2. Anyone experienced this with MSC in Miami? My folks are considering coming with us on the Seaside and my stepdad is on personal dialysis. I know Baxter delivers to other cruise lines but so far I'm not sure MSC has given me the answers we need to feel secure that all boxes of solution, supplies, etc will make it on board and to their cabin. It's an 8 day cruise and thus way too much in medical supplies to lug. Could you please share your experience?Would it be wiser to go directly through Baxter? We are contacting them anyways to see if they've delivered to MSC in Miami before and what not.
  3. Anyone experienced this with MSC in Miami? My folks are considering coming with us on the Seaside and my stepdad is on personal dialysis. I know Baxter delivers to other cruise lines but so far I'm not sure MSC has given me the answers we need to feel secure that all boxes of solution, supplies, etc will make it on board and to their cabin. It's an 8 day cruise and thus way too much in medical supplies to lug. Could you please share your experience? Would it be wiser to go directly through Baxter? We are contacting them anyways to see if they've delivered to MSC in Miami before and what not.
  4. This is all so helpful. Thank you!
  5. Looks like we’ll be on the private island all day. Rented floating mat and umbrella. Thoughts on anything you wish you’d brought down from the ship or accidentally left at home that you wished you’d had when you were out there?
  6. We did the Seaside two years ago and have also sailed Carnival, Royal and Disney many times. We are booked again for Seaside this summer. Hands down my kids tell us how awesome the MSC kids club was. They cried every time we came to get them to go back to the cabin for showers and bed haha! I think you'll get many opinions but we found the ship to be stunning. Sports bar was awesome. Kids club and activities were great. I actually found that they stuck to the schedule pretty well. Have your kids at least try it. A lot of kids are timid to go to a kids club but these counselors know that and really did a solid job keeping everyone engaged. I enjoyed the fact that the kids weren't stuck in the club all day either. They took them around the ship some days. Rehearsed a big song and dance routine that they performed for their families later in the week and just did fun stuff. My kids liked the fact that they got to walk to a dining area just for them where they all sat together with counselors but it was only kids. On carnival you drop off in the restaurant and then race to your dinner and Disney feeds them in the kids club. Also, all the lego stuff was a treat. Food was honestly on par with other lines. Seriously. We live in a big city and have many restaurants to choose from. We are foodies if you will but I don't recall coming across anything disgusting like other people have mentioned. I did notice that one chicken dish I had was labeled maybe chicken piccata but was a thick cut of chicken. Almost, like their version of it I guess? It tasted good though! And the specialty restaurants were fabulous. There was such a large selection that we didn't have any qualms about the food. The shows were great for all ages and the Aurea perks of the thermal spa area, 2 massages and the private sun deck area added to the perks. Our kids still aren't big enough for the ships with bumper cars and roller coasters so the fun water park and stuff was plenty for them to stay entertained for a week. Give it a shot. I think you'll like the beauty of the ship too. New and modern. I truly can find something to complain about on all of our ships we've been on. Mega ones to the old ones. Even Disney! But from our personal experience, we really had a wonderful vacation.
  7. We dock on a monday night at 5pm. Triana's will be closed. Would love to see a Flamenco show while eating or even a place with Salsa dancers. Anything to keep our kids entertained. Any other suggestions in Old San Juan near the port? We'll be on the MSC Seaside.
  8. Two years ago we sailed to St.Thomas. Despite the devastation at the time. I had researched a local beach 20 min away that was operating. It was right next to a runway at the airport. The beach bar/restaurant operated out of a converted school bus. I believe walking in there was a quote from someone famous. Maybe Churchill? Can you please help us remember so we can visit again? If I recall, it was off the beaten path and more of a local spot. Thanks!
  9. This just made my day. Thank you!
  10. Hoping on here to ask, is it the norm for people to order a Pina Colada (virgin) with shot on the side? Or do we need to be discreet and go back to the bar ten minutes later? 😆 In all seriousness, I goofed when booking our trip for May and thought our Aurea package came with the old Classic package in lieu of the new Easy package. Trying to figure out how to make the best of it because I don't want to pay the $400 upgrade!
  11. Thank y’all so much for the info!
  12. I managed to book our summer cruise for May without double checking what had changed since we last cruised the Seaside. Whoops/Yikes. Apparently, the Easy package is not as good as the old Classic package from what I can tell. If you've recently sailed the Seaside with Aurea (without upgrading your drinks package) could you please give me some examples of what you were able to order alcohol wise? I can't seem to locate menus from our ship and the ones I do locate only list two beers and literally nothing else but coffee and fruit juice. I'm cringing.... Was the gelato still included? We will be black card/diamond when we cruise this time and I'm not sure that will help. Any feedback is appreciated!
  13. Is Gelato included in the Aurea package that comes with the Easy drinks pkg? We are black card/diamond if that makes a difference?
  14. George, How did you go about using your free dinner perk? Did you reserve before sailing? (if so, how) and if not and did it onboard, was availability easy to come by? We are Black Card now Diamond too and wondering how we actually take advantage of the perks....it mentioned something about other offers/vouchers or something too..Thanks!
  15. The massage choices are pretty much any 50 minute massage treatment. At least when we went a few years ago. It may have changed since then but we were blown away because we assumed it'd be a standard complimentary treatment. Also, the thermal spa area is not to be missed. Such a neat experience trying out each of the sensory type rooms. It is so worth it when you consider the price of a la carte spa pricing in my opinion. We are booked for May so I need to start researching what all has changed!
  16. Has anyone done this? I purchased it for our kids in May. It only charged for the children yet it says "Family" so not sure if it is a child only event through the kids club staff or if parents tag along as their kids go on the little adventure. It is 2 hours the day we are in port at the private island. Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks.
  17. We too enjoyed our cruise on the Seaside. My kids were obsessed with the kids club and we loved their staff so much. We are seasoned cruisers having been on Royal, Carnival and Disney and while we've enjoyed them all we continue to talk about our MSC trip. We just booked for May and I'm curious to know if you or anyone you know has tried out the family excursion on the private island. Saving Doremi? Looked cute for the kids. Trying to find more info however, I'm wondering if it is still too new for any posts!
  18. This company is fabulous start to finish. We have great tour guides, fabulous communication and most of all, a great time. Will use this company for years to come!
  19. We too are on your sailing and in the exact same situation. From what I've read on our other social site "Face place" I think we'll be okay. Apparently the characters are everywhere for the kids and they stay super busy and entertained in the kids club each day. I'm more concerned with some of the adult programming like mixology, etc but plan to go to get services upon boarding if nothing opens up before then. I guess I figure we'll save some money by not paying for some of this stuff ha ha. I was hoping for a character breakfast for the kids at least but so far, no luck. Just going to try and make the most of it and hope everyone is right that we won't notice we didn't get to sign up for anything. Just stinks to pay so much and know we'll be on a smaller ship for two weeks with out the reassurance that we have some cool things already in place to keep us entertained but I did read these TA sailings are unique in that the programming is different and varied from the norm anyways...I did buy some cheap, fun dress up stuff for pirate night for my kids so we can have fun getting ready for that. I figure they won't know what they may be missing if I don't tell them!
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