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  1. 1 hour ago, morpheusofthesea said:

    Here is also some interesting news found on a FB Explora page. The TA that runs the site was told by Explora Journeys that when the ship docks at Ocean Cay it will be the only ship to visit and only the Residences will be allowed to use Ocean House and its beach. A different lunch menu will be provided. So there will be a pecking order after all ?

    We’ve been to Ocean Cay and been to Ocean House - many times. There is no way that Ocean House could handle all the Explora guests. 
     

     

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  2. 14 minutes ago, Ljames23 said:

    https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/travel-agents/msc-cruises-and-explora-journeys-brought-under-same-uk-ireland-umbrella
     

    Well this is interesting. Weren’t they seperate? I hope they do not mess around with the guest experience on the phone 

    Not sure much changed. The article states that they are still operating separately - "MSC Cruises UK & Ireland managing director Paradiso will assume in-market responsibility for Explora Journeys, which will continue to have dedicated teams for sales, marketing, contact centres and public relations."   But they are still under the same corporate umbrella - so to speak, like Royal and Silversea.

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  3. 1 hour ago, uktog said:

    I was told there are No pre cruise reservations offered. We go on 17/7 so will report back 

    We do not sail until November, but have been told the same.  That reservations prior to boarding “won’t be necessary”. Guess we will see! 

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  4. 1 hour ago, frankhi said:

    In late January through February, EJ was offering a 2 Category upgrade (not including residences) plus 500 OBC to MSC Diamonds. This was at the same time MSC was offering a Diamond status match with other elite status loyalty programs (and not just cruise programs). 

    Which is frustrating since we booked our Explora cruise in November 2021, when bookings first opened - with nothing offered to MSC Diamond members!  🥺

  5. 58 minutes ago, HappyInVan said:

    I'm trying to book a Pacific coastal cruise in May 2024; a full year away. They are asking for full payment today??? Your thoughts, please?

     

    One observation. The cheapest OT1 suites are oddly in the middle of the ship. Isn't it usual for the smallest suites to be located in the bow?

     

    Is Explorer offering some kind of insurance/cancellation plan? Has anyone done status matching? I'm Diamond with MSC.

    Last I heard - there was not to be any status match with MSC - or other lines. We too are Diamond with MSC. 

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  6. 31 minutes ago, theotherKennyB said:

    I was able to check in last week for my August 1st cruise, but since then I can't access anything on my booking page, the special requests are no longer clickable and the Destination Journeys (Shore Excursions) are also unable to click.  It's a process, but a little communication from the company might be nice to let people know what's happening.  

     

    Does anyone know about dining reservations yet???

    I’ve been told that dining reservations prior to boarding will not be offered. That they “will not be necessary”. 🙄

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  7. 11 minutes ago, bitob said:

    Does anyone know?

     

    will there be free laundry with any of the cabin categories?

     

    is there a card room? Will there be duplicate bridge on cruises with sea days?

     

    I’ve searched. Can’t find the info

    That kind of info should become available after they have the first revenue sailing. That is mid-July…I think? 

  8. 39 minutes ago, daleandrews said:

    Did everyone note that Explora has added their first resident chef (Chef Mauro Uliassi) for the sailings through September 25?  

     

    https://porthole.com/explora-journeys-partners-with-chef-mauro-uliassi-aboard-explora-i/

     

    Per the press release the price of dining from his menu in Anthology will now be $210 USD per person for the "tasting menu" and $82 USD per person for wine pairing.  I don't know how this works, i.e., for the tasting menu with wine is the price $292 ($210 plus $82) per person?  In any event it's a pretty steep increase from the $100 per person Anthology price previously listed on Explora's website. I wonder if they will secure enough dining patrons at that rate -- seems to be a pretty steep add-on.  


    hmm….will be watching to see how this goes!

  9. 49 minutes ago, Wheelhouse said:

    Not sure which thread to include this.   I checked my September booking for Explora I and my invoice has decreased by $1000 and likewise my balance due is 1K lower.  I haven't the faintest idea why this has happened, but I am certainly not complaining.  The listed fare for each passenger is now $500 lower.  A total WAG, but maybe the 1K difference has to with an extended journey credit just now being applied.  

     

    Interesting!

     

    Where are you seeing the updated invoice?  I only have I info provided by my TA. 

  10. 1 hour ago, Cruiseswithfamilyornot said:

    I received this floor plan for the casino from my TA for the casino I thought it would share.   Pretty small casino, but better than nothing.  One table for Roulette, one for black jack, one for Poker/Baccarat and 19 slot machines:

     

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  11. On 2/27/2023 at 3:09 PM, morpheusofthesea said:

    Spoke with 23 year veteran butler in the Yacht Club last week about Explora Journeys. MSC is treating hiring process as if entirely different cruise line. He would have to apply and start at the bottom and work his way up, no lateral employment opportunity.

    Yes - MSC had worked very hard to make sure this is a completely separate "new" cruise line.

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  12. 7 minutes ago, CruiseCrew123 said:

    Nothing on the website . I chased our TA - the email from explorer had gone to the wrong place . Not sure what they are offering will cover the cost of a new cruise next September looking at current prices 

    Were the Alaska sailings that they have canceled ever open for booking?

  13. On 2/6/2023 at 8:20 PM, Hlitner said:

    Very interesting question.  I will admit to not caring since we enjoy being on a very international ship.  I have no doubt that most of the crew, who regularly deal with the passengers, will have varied language skills.  We have always enjoyed the Yacht Club because we would meet folks from all over the world and crew with a lot of different backgrounds.  

     

    I do suspect that Explora will have a very strong base of European passengers, because that is where MSC has their major base.  While Americans might be cautious about booking a new cruise line, the Europeans familiar with the MSC organization will not hesitate.

     

    Hank

     

     

    Agreed!

  14. On 4/8/2022 at 4:22 PM, InsGuy3 said:

    We are also booked on F as of this afternoon. Looking forward to it.

     

    On 1/14/2022 at 10:12 PM, kidless said:

    Dave & I are booked on F 

     

    On 12/9/2021 at 11:53 PM, cherylnj said:

    I'm booked on the 2nd half of F. I have a few more years to go before I retire, so I try to limit my time off to a week (give or take) at a time 😊

     

    On 12/7/2021 at 8:58 AM, dolls123 said:

    I'm booked on F. Anyone else?

    Us too....really looking forward to it!!  Nice that they have released the cabin and dining videos on various social media platforms.

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  15. 3 hours ago, CruiseCrew123 said:

    Has anyone heard from Explorer regarding the summer cruises that have been cancelled as Explorer 1 will now be in the Mediterranean 

     

    I heard about it from my TA - and read a couple of articles that also stated the change.  But have not heard about anything directly from Explora.  Did you check their website for an official announcement?

  16. 1 hour ago, Bottleinthewater said:

    My dad travelled in the Norwegian Prima from Feb 5th for a week. He flew back to Montreal he was very sick. Monday morning I called the ambulance. Upon arrival at the emergency room, he was unstable. He had all of the Legionella symptoms. My dad is currently in the ICU  and almost died. He is getting a bit better since yesterday but still fragile. The MDs here thought he had Legionella and started the appropriate antibiotics quickly. We are waiting for the results of the sputum culture. What a week!

    We also said the week of 2/5. 😮

     

    Hope your father continues to improve! 

  17. On 2/8/2023 at 10:46 AM, Markanddonna said:

    I have been in the Haven, but never the Yacht Club. I can't understand why anyone would book an MSC cruise when you can get a wonderful experience on a more prestigious cruise line for at least the same cost. Even though you are isolated from the riff raff (that includes me) an MSC passenger still has to endure the inferior MSC experience. I've priced it out and think perhaps others haven't done their research!

    Having never been in the YC - your exact words - how could you possibly know what the experience might be?? 🤦‍♀️

     

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