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We are sailing on August 16th.  We are on the yacht club which I thought boarded first. But we received our boarding time and it isn’t until 1:40.  Is that normal?  Thank you!

 

ETA: what time should we actually arrive at the port.  Thanks again!

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37 minutes ago, AWLewis said:

We are sailing on August 16th.  We are on the yacht club which I thought boarded first. But we received our boarding time and it isn’t until 1:40.  Is that normal?  Thank you!

 

ETA: what time should we actually arrive at the port.  Thanks again!

Hi, we’re on aug 7 sailing and we are in the yacht club and have the same time as you for embarkation. What room type do you have. I’m wondering if it’s room type related. I too would welcome the answer to your original question if anyone could please help 

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2 minutes ago, wirral36 said:

Hi, we’re on aug 7 sailing and we are in the yacht club and have the same time as you for embarkation. What room type do you have. I’m wondering if it’s room type related. I too would welcome the answer to your original question if anyone could please help 

We are in a yacht club deluxe suite.  

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They should do YC first option and have option to pick times for all categories first come until filled but we've already seen that is not how it works.  It would allow people to coordinate with their inbound plans.

 

Even before though, and unlike other lines, our three YC we weren't the first onboard.

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Hi i'm currently on msc 50% capacity cruise out of Southampton today as we speak. Yes we all have an allocated time but that went out the window today. We had a check in time of 3 arrived in Southampton at 2 we were prepared to wait for our check in time so parked car and the queue to board was unbelievable. 3hrs to check in. I advise take water and snacks. Any one in yacht club have no fear the msc crew were looking for yc people and then taking them to the front of the queue.

Also I was on the 3rd July sailing check in 11 sailed through in 30 mins but only 700 boarded. Buffet is now self serve people can sit at bars and the annoying thing is the staff in the buffet who were there to check people were washing hands has disappeared.(I thought that was a good idea) Masks are still required around the ship taking off when sitting down eating or drinking. 

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I booked a cabin on Meraviglia departing September 25 from Port of Miami. I received my cruise documents as soon as I made my full payment, and I have an 11:00 check-in time. At first, I was really happy about it, but I remembered a couple of years ago when I was sailing out of that port on the Divina.

 

The previous week, some crew members of an MSC ship had been caught smuggling drugs on their ship into Port of Miami, so Customs was being very vigilant- thoroughly searching the ships. It didn't matter what time one checked in at the terminal, we all waited in a large waiting area until the ship was cleared. I think it was about 2:00.

 

I am still hopeful that the new protocols mean I will be able to board the ship soon after I check in, but I think it is prudent to distinguish between "check-in time" and "boarding time".

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10 hours ago, Cruiseforever11 said:

Hi i'm currently on msc 50% capacity cruise out of Southampton today as we speak. Yes we all have an allocated time but that went out the window today. We had a check in time of 3 arrived in Southampton at 2 we were prepared to wait for our check in time so parked car and the queue to board was unbelievable. 3hrs to check in. I advise take water and snacks. Any one in yacht club have no fear the msc crew were looking for yc people and then taking them to the front of the queue.

Also I was on the 3rd July sailing check in 11 sailed through in 30 mins but only 700 boarded. Buffet is now self serve people can sit at bars and the annoying thing is the staff in the buffet who were there to check people were washing hands has disappeared.(I thought that was a good idea) Masks are still required around the ship taking off when sitting down eating or drinking. 

Was anything said about your 2pm arrival or were you able to get in line and start the process? 
 

We also have a 3pm slot on 14th August so would be keen to get in line as early as possible if there’s going to be a long wait. 

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14 minutes ago, Brum84 said:

Was anything said about your 2pm arrival or were you able to get in line and start the process? 
 

We also have a 3pm slot on 14th August so would be keen to get in line as early as possible if there’s going to be a long wait. 

Hi Parking attendances were more worried about getting cars parked than what tme your boarding was. We parked and just joined the end of the queue which was massive. Yc team were searching out yc boarders. So yes if I was to come on here for a 3rd time In school holidays then yes I would get here early. If you have young children make sure have things to do whilst in the queue that stops and starts. There are trolleys for luggage too. Hope that helps 🙂

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1 hour ago, Brum84 said:

Was anything said about your 2pm arrival or were you able to get in line and start the process? 
 

We also have a 3pm slot on 14th August so would be keen to get in line as early as possible if there’s going to be a long wait. 

We embarked on 17 July and had a 3pm check in. We gave ourselves plenty of time for our journey, just in case of traffic delays, and arrived at 1.45pm. We parked up, and at the terminal I asked a member of staff if we were allowed to start queuing as we were very early, he said “of course” and directed us to the queue. We were onboard at 3.10pm.

He actually asked if we were Yacht Club (we weren’t), because they could bypass the queue.

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Actually on Seaview.

Had 1100 CI , arrived by car at 930 at port.

YC CI was open already, luggage drop of and car parked...

1000 swab test, 1100 on ship, first time first guest.... strange experience, no guests at all ...

 

 

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16 hours ago, Cruiseforever11 said:

Hi i'm currently on msc 50% capacity cruise out of Southampton today as we speak. Yes we all have an allocated time but that went out the window today. We had a check in time of 3 arrived in Southampton at 2 we were prepared to wait for our check in time so parked car and the queue to board was unbelievable. 3hrs to check in. I advise take water and snacks. Any one in yacht club have no fear the msc crew were looking for yc people and then taking them to the front of the queue.

Also I was on the 3rd July sailing check in 11 sailed through in 30 mins but only 700 boarded. Buffet is now self serve people can sit at bars and the annoying thing is the staff in the buffet who were there to check people were washing hands has disappeared.(I thought that was a good idea) Masks are still required around the ship taking off when sitting down eating or drinking. 


Hi Suzanne, hope you’re enjoying yourself (again lol). Is it noticeably busier than when we were on? I’m surprised the buffet has gone back to self service, I’d have thought it would have been safer to have continued with being served by the crew 🤷‍♀️

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12 minutes ago, CaroleC said:


 I’m surprised the buffet has gone back to self service, I’d have thought it would have been safer to have continued with being served by the crew 🤷‍♀️

I think this has something do do with the UK regulations.

Almost all restrictions are gone so maybe MSC used this and makes the buffet self service only for UK cruises.

Self service offers the possibility to reduce the staff or use it somewhere else.

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27 minutes ago, CruiseMH said:

I think this has something do do with the UK regulations.

Almost all restrictions are gone so maybe MSC used this and makes the buffet self service only for UK cruises.

Self service offers the possibility to reduce the staff or use it somewhere else.

The vessel stops in Scotland though which is still under lots of restrictions 

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8 hours ago, Cruiseforever11 said:

Hi Parking attendances were more worried about getting cars parked than what tme your boarding was. We parked and just joined the end of the queue which was massive. Yc team were searching out yc boarders. So yes if I was to come on here for a 3rd time In school holidays then yes I would get here early. If you have young children make sure have things to do whilst in the queue that stops and starts. There are trolleys for luggage too. Hope that helps 🙂

Thanks, that’s great. Think we will risk it and try and get there early 

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5 hours ago, uktog said:

The vessel stops in Scotland though which is still under lots of restrictions 

thanks for the info.

Well, obviously the Scots do accept the current conditions on these MSC cruises. Do you know whether in Scotland individual excoursions are allowed?

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43 minutes ago, CruiseMH said:

thanks for the info.

Well, obviously the Scots do accept the current conditions on these MSC cruises. Do you know whether in Scotland individual excoursions are allowed?

I would think no, certainly not before August 9th when our next review happens

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8 hours ago, CaroleC said:


Hi Suzanne, hope you’re enjoying yourself (again lol). Is it noticeably busier than when we were on? I’m surprised the buffet has gone back to self service, I’d have thought it would have been safer to have continued with being served by the crew 🤷‍♀️

Hi ya yes enjoying myself again! 😁 saw lots of dolphins today 🐬😎 yes buffet a free for all again. Temperature checking still as you go in. It is nearly like a normal cruise. Face masks still needed. Excursions off ship still in a bubble you can't just get off and wander. Swimming pools no restrictions on numbers and lifts still 4 people allowed but this is being ignored by some. Familys I get it more than 4 but some are not following or wearing masks.

much busier ship up to 50 % now. Still having a great time though! 🍹😀

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1 hour ago, uktog said:

I would think no, certainly not before August 9th when our next review happens

Tours are going ahead in Scotland but only in the msc bubble but its the same for Liverpool and Belfast. No one can just get off the ship and go for a wander and do their own thing.

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On 7/24/2021 at 4:52 PM, TnTom said:

I booked a cabin on Meraviglia departing September 25 from Port of Miami. I received my cruise documents as soon as I made my full payment, and I have an 11:00 check-in time. At first, I was really happy about it, but I remembered a couple of years ago when I was sailing out of that port on the Divina.

 

The previous week, some crew members of an MSC ship had been caught smuggling drugs on their ship into Port of Miami, so Customs was being very vigilant- thoroughly searching the ships. It didn't matter what time one checked in at the terminal, we all waited in a large waiting area until the ship was cleared. I think it was about 2:00.

 

I am still hopeful that the new protocols mean I will be able to board the ship soon after I check in, but I think it is prudent to distinguish between "check-in time" and "boarding time".

Port of Miami had/has a YC tent right on the road for you to pull up and drop your bags off. If driving, park and walk right back to the tent and be escorted.

 

Steve

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5 minutes ago, kilkoyne said:

I posted in another thread but am asking here also.

 

For those who received their boarding documents did you receive your scheduled boarding time also?

 

I completed my web check-in and the site is still telling me I have to wait until 20 days out. MSC has not sent me my tickets via email either. I may call them because I'd like to know before 20 days out so I can plan for that day what I'll do while waiting for my scheduled time.

 

Do you really need more than 20 days to plan what to do for a few hours in port ?

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4 minutes ago, defbref said:

 

Do you really need more than 20 days to plan what to do for a few hours in port ?

 

I may need to change my flight.

 

FYI, your response really was not helpful.

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