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  1. Warning: this is long.:o I’ve often said that when travelling, the one thing that separates an ordeal from an adventure is attitude. I got to put that to the test when flying out of Denver on Dec 17. We had booked a flight from Denver to Fort Lauderdale on Southwest for the 17th leaving at 6:55 and arriving in FLL at 2 PM. We had a flight from Miami to Rome on Alitalia leaving at 855 pm arriving in Rome at 1230 pm on Sunday. Drove to Denver Friday after work and stayed in an airport hotel where we would leave our car during our trip. We were is short sleeves on Friday because it was so warm. Got up at 330 Sat morning to about 6 inches of snow. Check online, says flight is on time. yay, take the shuttle to the airport. While waiting to check luggage, get notification, flight cancelled. DH gets on the internet and books on flight to FLL at 9 am on United. When we get to the counter, we are told by southwest that they couldn’t get us to FLL until the next day. That would not work so we say just refund us and we head to united to check in there. Get to the gate, our plane is there, and other flights were taking off so we figured we were good. At 650, flight was cancelled. we had a plane but no crew. I start to look at the possibility of changing our Alitalia flight to the next night, it will be expensive and DH would miss the Scavi tour on Monday morning and if there is any delay, we would miss the ship in Civitavecchia. We decide we will do our best to make the flight Sat night. We get rebooked on a flight at 11:15 am that will arrive it FLL at 5:00. That is starting to cut it close because we still have to get from FLL to Miami airport. We check the flight and find out that the plane is coming in from Philly so we start watching that flight and it is delayed, and delayed, and delayed. We figure our 11:15 flight is going to be delayed or cancelled. At 7:50 we check the board and see a flight to Fort Myers leaving at 8:30 and status is on time. We check google maps and find that it is a 2 hour drive from Miami. We go to the gate and see that the board says the flight is full. We get in line for the counter and while waiting, my DH rents a car online for Ft Myers airport. We ask to be put on the standby list but not taken off our confirmed flight in case we dont get on this one. She said she can put us on the list but there is not enough time to retrieve our luggage. My Dh looks at me and says “what do you want to do?”. I replied, “I’d rather be in Rome without luggage that be in Denver with my luggage”. We were number 1 and 3 on the standby list and we both got on. By the time the plane got de iced, it was an hour late and we arrived in Ft Myers after 3:30 pm. We check on the status of the flight to FLL and it was not due to arrive at 6:10 pm. We went to the luggage office and told them we would probably not have time to get our luggage in FLL and would pick it up on the way home. Picked up the rental car and it was after 4:00 we we left the airport. Some traffic in Miami, by the time we returned the rental car it was 7:00 when we checked in. Figured we made the right decision to not try to get to FLL first to pick up luggage because we would probably just be leaving there at this time and with traffic and returning the car would not have made it to Miami in time for our flight. Through security, by 7:15, stop at pharmacy to pick up some toiletries and board the plane at 7:55. It was a long and adventurous day but with a good attitude and a little outside the box thinking, we were on our flight to Rome. More to follow, Rome, Yacht Club upgrade , cruise etc. Lois
  2. Does anyone have any info on how this cruise is progressing?. I know it’s become a Dubai to Marseille cruise since all of the intermediate ports have denied cruise ships. I have friends onboard and hoping all is well.
  3. FUN PASS! I am sailing on the Splendida to the Mediterranean in October 2020. I can purchase a Fun Pass for the bowling alley, 4-D theater, and the Formula 1 Simulator. Has anyone purchased this for the Splendida? Is it worth it? How are these activities? Something you will only do once or something you would do multiple times? I have an 8-year-old, can she participate in all of them? Also, I had read you only need one pass per room, but based on the purchase setup, it seems to me I need to purchase the pass for both adults in the room (it will not let me select the child). Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Ten days out from our flight of Friday, 30th March, the weather forecast was bleak, with snow and ice threatened. There had been severe disruption in previous weeks caused by similar conditions (as reported on the forum at the time by CruisingFox and KerryinCork, whose travel plans had suffered). Fortunately for us, the threat receded, and, while it was still very cold, it didn’t snow, so our flight wasn’t delayed. We had upgraded to Business Class when offered a very attractive reduced price. However, the T&Cs indicated no priority check-in or boarding, so I joined the (long) queue for economy passengers and DH went across to the Business Class desk to ask it we could check-in there. The clerk checked our names on the system and said “Yes, sir, you are in Business Class so of course you can”. For CruisingFox - I chanced bringing a handbag that would hold my iPad as well as phone, purse, etc. The clerk didn’t even tag our hand-luggage (I saw many others had theirs tagged). So no problems, though I don’t know if that was because of the upgrade? The service in Business Class was excellent and really set us up for our YC experience. Although the seats were lie-flat, they weren’t very comfortable, but we did manage to get a few hours sleep before touching down on time at 8.30am local time. We were given FastTrack passes for immigration and, just after we got to the FastTrack lane, one of the airport staff lifted one of the rope barriers to allow others from the regular queues to use the lane to take the pressure off the area. Fortunately, we had entered the lane ahead of this. Otherwise, our ‘FastTrack’ passes would have been rendered redundant! Anyway, we made it through within 5 minutes (last year it took over half an hour to pass through!) and we were out of the terminal and into a taxi by 9.30am. However, it took almost an hour to get to the port due to very heavy traffic. The taxi fare came out at 68.50 Dirhams. We had about a half-hour wait in the terminal (for no apparent reason, other than they were waiting for more people to arrive - there were 5, including the 2 of us, at that point). We were given our cruisecards, but there was a problem with another couple’s, which meant we would have to wait ‘til that was sorted, so I approached a butler and indicated that we intended to go aboard at this point and not wait for an escort! So another butler said that he had to go onboard then,anyway, so he would escort us. Otherwise, I think we would have been delayed even further. It was 10.50am now and our cabin was ready so we dropped off our hand-luggage and headed to the Top Sail Lounge for a drink before lunch. I won’t be posting the daily menus or planners, nor photos of all the meals we have, but I’ll share our first day’s lunch menu and the mains we ordered in the next post as they were delicious! I was very surprised to see filet mignon on for lunch! ETA. Having problems with internet connection on my phone, so no photos, just yet! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. Hi Guys,need some feedback please. We are thinking of booking the MSC Splendida Yacht Club in January from Dubai. The problem is we have read so many negative reports about MSC being terrible, like the friendliness, the food etc. I haven't read that many good reports to be honest, but I also cant see that it cant be that bad especially in the Yacht Club. has anyone got any feedback please about splendida and the yacht club. thanks
  6. We are sailing on the Splendida this winter, and wanted to book the Yacht Club, but it is sold out. I had a balcony booked, but this suite became available, so I switched from the balcony cabin to the suite. I can't find much about the cabin. I have looked at the deck plans, and it looks like there are two separate rooms. Does anyone have any stayed in this cabin. Thanks
  7. I'd like to know the names of the current captain and the cruise director please.
  8. Hello We are booked on Stateroom 9009 for Sept 2020.. Its suppose to be an Aurea Suite. Has anyone had this particular room? Im hoping we have xtra space as we travel with a child with autism and he will need a place to decompress from time to time. Also how is the room service? Sometimes he cannot venture out after a long day to have dinner.. Thanking you in advance Martha
  9. Although the Splendida is docked all day, for those passengers embarking in Abu Dhabi, check-in time is 8:00 pm. Has anyone checked in earlier than that in Abu Dhabi? Do we know when check-in actually opens? Thanks
  10. Hello, I'll be on a MSC Splendida cruise out of Dubai and have a bunch of questions: My assigned boarding time is around 6 pm. Are we allowed to arrive earlier just to explore the ship and/or have lunch on board? I won't mind if room isn't ready. Is there any where on the ship that offers free good quality drinking water throughout the day? I have a mildly sensitive stomach so I'm a bit worried whether the cabin tap water would sit well with me. If I buy a sealed bag of candy in a city as a gift for someone back home, can I bring it on board or can the cruise ship hold onto it and give it back to me on the last day of cruise when I check-out? Is it possible to get a scone with clotted cream at any of ship's restaurants? :) For Sir Bani Yas Island: a) Is free food/water available on the island? b) Should I wear water shoes if swimming? (e.g. due to rocky shoreline) c) Is it easy to get a beach chair in the shade? Do I need to worry about people 'stealing' chairs? (i.e. moving my stuff off it) On last day of cruise, I need to check-out of the cruise early around 2 am to catch a flight out of Dubai International Airport 😞 a) Are lots of taxis available at Port Rashid at 2 am? b) Am I able to check luggage and/or print airport luggage tags at Port Rashid? Thanks!
  11. Daughter is onboard. Ship left Abu Dhabi around 2300hrs yesterday but had to return to port around 0100hrs due to a medical emergency. Hope all is well for the poorly passenger
  12. Hello We are sailing on Splendida on Jan 26 out of Dubai with one sea day scheduled on the trip. Never been on MSC before and the website is not super clear about how many formal/themed nights there are. Has anyone here sailed on a similar itinerary and can give me a steer? Thx!
  13. Hi guys we have booked our first cruise on MSC, we are going to Dubai on the Splendida. I have just been looking at a menu for the Butchers Cut Specality Restaurants, and I can’t believe how expensive it is. We have booked the yacht club, I did read somewhere that if your in the yacht club you can order any meal you like even from the speciality restaurant restaurants, is this true or are the specialty restaurants purely payment only. I hope not as they are outrageously expensive
  14. Hi Guys, I have been looking through the forum, and there is hardly any mention of the Splendida, is there a reason for that ?
  15. Cruising Dubai in February going with family just wondered if you are allowed to have a drink while sat in whirlpools, hot tubs up on deck can’t see any videos of people with drinks while sat in them.
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