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  1. We have not received any of these latest emails from Azamara, tho we are Discoverer and just sailed on Pursuit last year. I gather lots of others are not receiving these lately either.
  2. Looking online, Dublin announced a while back that it is scaling back their cruise ship portages starting next year. It seems that their cargo business has boomed and that they are scaling back the cruises for that reason. The article I just read said that while the cruise lines, specifically Celebrity, were very unhappy about this change, the city agrees with this plan. The article further noted that the beginning and ending of cruises in Dublin would be most affected, and mostly only day visits allowed. This info may explain why the changes are coming. Dublin is one of our favorite cities and we have done 2 cruise visits there, as well as 2 land -only visits. However, the port is removed from the city center and as noted above, transportation to and from the port can be difficult.
  3. Agree our Mera cruise in Feb was clean and very well done.
  4. No problems in YC last week on Mera!
  5. Kind of sad to not see anyone looking for info on the Empress and the NW yet. We had such a good time, I want others to have one too! Enjoy the Mighty Miss, both now and next year.
  6. We have stayed in Sky Suites several times, including this past August, and have never been asked about our room bottle of wine ahead of time. We most often have been left a sweet white or sparkling, which are not our favorites. Usually we just ask for a switch to a merlot or something similar. We usually do get it fairly quickly ( a day or so), but on our last trip, it took 3 reminders to get it changed. Not really a huge problem, but sometimes we also had to “ convince” our butler to even make the switch. I hope that these two posts mean that we can request a wine type ahead of time for our next scheduled SS in a few months. Much easier for all! Also, we never had a “personalize your suite” email....what else was in the letter? Thanks for the info.
  7. We too did the same ruins/village tour with Native Choice and loved it. Clean, delicious meal and home visit after an interesting tour of the Mayans ruins. Yes, the ruins are an hour away, but worth it. The village visit is mid-way on the way back to town and breaks up the long drive. Native Choice offers many options and combinations of tours and are a safe and more reasonably-priced choice with a true cultural bent.
  8. On the Millie in an SS in August...no grab bars. At 5’ 1” and knee issues, it is a nightmare for me, even with spouse help. Really like the Luminae and other benefits of an SS ( tho not the new decor so much), but this bath issue is getting close to being a deal breaker.
  9. We are in 16007 on an upcoming Mera trip and I wondered the same thing for a long time. As Ate' replied above, I have since read here that most people use the main entrance to the TSL from the elevator/stair area, which is located in a separate hallway that runs between the room areas on that floor. There was recently an excellent review by aeroXWD on a December stay in 16005. There are excellent pictures and commentary of the trip that you might find helpful...I certainly did. Here is a link (I hope) to the report. There was no concern about room placement in the review,; they found it very good. I sent it to my husband to read as well and it clarified some concerns/questions he had about our first MSC cruise and YC in particular. I hope this answers your query as well ass the help from other responders. Enjoy your trip.
  10. Good friends recently did a Meraviglia cruise in a regular cabin and came home raving about the experience. They are not on Cruise Critic. They particularly enjoyed the shows, the many Italian-based menu items in the MDR and buffet, the beauty of the ship, and the view from their balcony. They were pleased with their service for both food and cabin. They booked another one one Seaside while on board. While they are very experienced cruisers, this was their first MSC trip. They mentioned some crowded venues, some negative comments from other Americans wanting a totally USA-style cruise from a European line, and many children, but said they did not let that spoil their trip. We are taking our first MSC trip in a few weeks. I too have read lots of concerns, most of which are not that important to us or are based on personal attitude. Our trip will be what WE make it and we plan to enjoy it. I hope you enjoy yours as well.
  11. My husband and I have done 35+ cruises, but the family going with us on the HOS are all newbies to cruising. You gave lots of info, suggestions, and superb photos that we have shared with them to get them ready for the trip. Visuals are so important, as they have no point of reference for cruising, let alone on a large ship. There are 4 active, sports-minded children going, so Harmony should keep them well-occupied! Our first MSC trip in a few weeks on Mera is in Yacht Club, but your report filled in so many areas for us on the whole ship, which is a huge help for me in planning our activities.
  12. Thanks again for the terrific review! We can always rely on your depth and accuracy done with a sense of humor and interest in travel. Going on Mera soon for a first MSC, so learned a lot and also took notes for us. Taking some new-to-cruising family on a Harmony trip this summer and have sent them all a link from your report on RCL to help them prepare. Lots of great photos in your reviews really help both newbies and we "older cruisers" learn from your experiences.
  13. The access elevator to the Retreat Sun Deck did not work when we were on Millie earlier this year. When I inquired about that with the Suite Concierge, I was told that it had been broken “ quite awhile”. The Concierge said she had heard that the new mini outside elevator on several of the refurbed M class had “ issues” and were unusable. I have read here on CC of several others also broken. I can get up the long, winding outdoor staircase, but coming down is much more difficult. My spouse went up a few times for views and photos on this Alaska trip...no one was ever up there when he was.
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