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  1. There has been Haven coffee on all the ships I have been on......however, it isn't out 24/7. Usually comes out about 7 am, if I remember correctly......I know it wasn't out when we ventured out for our morning run/walk/exercise at 6-6:30 am. Which is why it is so great to have that coffee maker in the room! And if you are particularly interested in a certain variety, let your butler know and they will make sure you are well stocked (to include sugars and creamers)....for example, we weren't interested in decaf, and I like the Sugar in the Raw type packets (turbinated?) and cream in the fridge (yes, I like a little coffee with my cream and sugar;))
  2. Looking forward to following your comparison of MSC to Celebrity. We cruised MSC Bellissima earlier this year and enjoyed the Yacht Club. We normally cruise NCL Haven, but the prices have gotten exorbitant lately. Now I have 2 more Yacht Club sailings from Miami for 2020, another Haven (because of the 2 bedroom suite), then trying out a Sky Suite on Celebrity for 2021. I do love the 3 bedroom Villas on NCL, but hard to swallow the price, especially if we are paying for more than 2 people! I just haven't found a good stateroom on most cruise lines that gives 2 bedrooms/2 baths with the suite perks. So, I'm open for suggestions.....;)
  3. I used to call and they would basically reserve the shore excursion for me and we would pay once on board. However, last time I tried that, they said they did not do that anymore. But, when I booked on-line, I received my latitudes credit, but paid full price otherwise (as you have to pay when you check out)... After my shore ex, I received the $50 as OBC. This works fine for us, as we usually have considerable charges on our folio from spa, etc. If you would not be planning to spending anything on the ship, that would be a different story.
  4. So, maybe we'll see some REALLY competitive prices!
  5. Sailing on Seaside next fall (2020) and will be in one of those balconies that can stare at you! Looking forward to sailing on this ship. We sailed in the Royal suite on the MSC Belissima in May. We had a fabulous time. Unfortunately, those preference call elevators are spoilers.....as in I was so spoiled that I didn't take the stairs, like I usually would. Result was no weight lost on that cruise! (I can usually count on losing 5 lbs. on a cruise because of additional activity levels-----certainly not from lack of food!) Thanks for sharing your experiences! I'm following! Karla
  6. So, I paid an upcharge for Ocean Blue on my upcoming Bliss cruise. Now, the website does not show a charge, and it says "al a carte". Anyone else run into this? Know what is the impact of paying the upcharge vs. the "al la carte" pricing? (We have the UDP.)
  7. Also Guilty of paying full price! However, DH is most relaxed in Haven, so if I have to sail fewer times, so be it. What good to go on vacation and not be in a place you will be happy and/or comfortable? Besides, I can get together with my girl friends if I want to sail in a lower graded cabin for the in-between times! (I DO keep an eye out for prices changes, however. On my upcoming Mexican Riviera cruise, the price dropped almost $3,500!)
  8. Already had a NE/Can cruise for 2020. Mine was not on the list, but there were others available. When I check out the total price, it actually comes out to MORE than I was already paying. Same # days, same ship, different date by a couple of weeks. Too bad. Would sure like some extra funds to put towards the casino!
  9. Also on the 10/6 sailing and hoping we can catch "Six". Saw Jersey Boys previously, so would rather catch something new.
  10. Thanks for sharing the pix, Beamafar! I think I'll have to go with the rack of lamb now!
  11. Do you still need a code? I can't figure out how to message....it says "0" allowed per day!
  12. Booking last minute would drive the compulsive cruise prepper in me crazy. My main worry would be that all of the better cabins would already have been "sold" during the upgrade bidding. If you are having to coordinate flights, the cost rises the closer you are to booking, too. If you aren't having to worry about flights, you'll know when you are actually booking if what you want is available. Just in case, have something in the wings (like a land vacay) so you won't lose out on vacation time at work--if that is an issue. If you don't have to worry about those issues, then I'm jealous! And say, give it a whirl!
  13. Anyone need a code? I think it is good until April 21st (at least that's what I wrote down with my code). I was hoping to be able to use, but hubby doesn't want to take more time off this year, likely wedding pending for next year. First cruise on MSC YC in May, so may kick myself afterwards, but what can you do?
  14. Also wanting to book a SKY Cuba cruise in early 2020, but not available as of yet. I also didn't know why. When on the SKY in Jan., the cruise next desk said to look later in the year for 2020 cruises, so assumed they just haven't made the final port arrangements yet. Guess with Cuba everyone is still unsure about the political climate. Loved our cruise to Cuba, and want to repeat with DH.
  15. Did you go to the Cirq show? Looks like there are 2 on Meraviglia, but I only see 1 to book on Bellissima. Just wondering, as I love Cirque du Soleil Enjoying your review!
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