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Eli_6

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  1. Thanks for the recs! I will look into those other ones you mentioned. Have you heard anything about the Ritz-Carlton cruise ship? I actually tried to book the Iceland cruise out of Edinburgh as the dates worked and it looked fantastic, but it was booked already. To be completely honest, one thing I like, which is part of the reason I like the ship within a ship, is people watching and interacting with other people at the bar or hot tub or whatever. Honestly, I didn't even like it when my husband and I got sat at dinner by ourselves on our last cruise. I like to be around other people.
  2. I have looked at Celebrity. I love the Apex!!! Only bummer part is it is only going to the Fjords in early May of next year. My husband is taking a week off to go to the Masters in April. (He is actually getting to caddy on Wednesday IN the Masters!) Therefore, he can't turn around and take off another week plus just three weeks later. He is a physician and owns his own practice with multiple other medical providers under him so it's a big deal for him to take off.
  3. Well, we are five years out from that then as hubs is 45.
  4. Two were like 300 people and another was like 600.
  5. I have actually looked at Viking. If we do a 7-8 day cruise, we will go without the kids.
  6. We are used to cruising larger ships with lots to do. We like to stay in one of the "ships within a ship" but I have been looking to do a Fjords or Iceland cruise next August so have been looking at some of the smaller so-called luxury cruise lines like Viking, Oceania, Windstar, etc. My concern is this: Will I get bored not having everything that is available on the big cruise ships? Also, will the voyage be rougher in a smaller ship? I really would like to try the MSC Yacht Club but would prefer to sail from the UK so I can get a direct flight.
  7. I have never cruised MSC before, but I'm looking into the yacht club and this post surprises me. I would think that the clientele who pay $5000 to $10,000 for a week vvacationwould not be the sort to stuff their suitcases with bottles of free booze and Pringles from the minibar. That's sort of like staying at the Ritz-Carlton and stealing their towels. Frankly, if you're flying, I would think you would run the risk of having to pay more for your luggage filling it with all of that liquid than the cost of the alcohol as it seems like now even business and first class limit the weight of your baggage. And I know coach definitely limits the weight. I probably tend to pack a little excessively, but I always have difficulty keeping my bags under the weight limit. My husband and I went to Vegas a couple of months ago and we ended up leaving about $50 worth of alcohol in our hotel room simply because it was more than that for an overweight bag and we were already at the limit.
  8. Hello, I have sailed Carnival, RCCL and NCL. My husband and I are big fans of Carnival Havana area and this got me interested in the Yacht Club on the MSC. (Same ship in a ship idea only the Havana doesn't have it's own dining.) I have also been wanting to take a Norwegian Fjords or Iceland cruise. Originally I had booked an inaugural TA on Carnival's newest ship the Mardis Gras for my 40th birthday. My husband is bemoaning this trip so much (nervous about it being only the second sailing, says 15 days is too long away from the kids, doesn't want 5 days straight at sea, thinks crossing the Atlantic will be rough, his ship builder friend said not to take an inaugural as they still will be working on the ship, etc.) that I have started considering doing a 7-9 day Norwegian Fjords cruise or Iceland cruise instead. MSC seems to have the best options in terms of what works with our schedule and is not off-the-charts expensive. I also like the idea of the Yacht Club. Has anyone been on either a Fjords or Iceland cruise on MSC? What did you think? Are you still able to properly see the Fjords with the Meravaglia (sp?) being so large? Any advice? Will we be out of place as Americans? The yacht club sounds amazing, by the way.
  9. I am a huge fan of the Havana area. It makes the cruise IMO.
  10. I am really curious about MSC. They seem to have by far the most Northern European sailings and the yacht club looks really interesting. And unlike the Havana area, they allow kids. My only reservation is the reviews are really mixed.
  11. On the Fjord cruises, so much is based on the scenery that I really want a balcony. The RCCL is like 10k for 4 us all in one room for JUST a balcony...not even a suite! We can do Celebrity for about 5k for 2 or 7500 for 4 in a balcony. Still, dates aren't the best. These are all 7 days. By comparison to, Carnival is 5600 for a Grand Suite for a 9 day Fjords cruise for 4 people. Or we can do 2 rooms (aft balcony and inside) for about 6500. The date just doesn't work. There are more dates for 2021, but it's hard to plan a trip out that far as my husband and I are still on the fence about a third child. MSC has the best dates and it looks like we can do yacht club for 2 for about 5800 or a whirpool suite (not YC) for about 5400. MSC seems to not get the best reviews, though and a lot of them are related to service. Honestly, I can put up with a lot if the food is good and service is decent. My biggest beef is bad food and rude workers. We went on NCL in 2008 and the food was horrible.
  12. On the Fjord cruises, so much is based on the scenery that I really want a balcony. The RCCL is like 10k for 4 us all in one room for JUST a balcony...not even a suite! We can do Celebrity for about 5k for 2 or 7500 for 4 in a balcony. Still, dates aren't the best. These are all 7 days. By comparison to, Carnival is 5600 for a Grand Suite for a 9 day Fjords cruise for 4 people. Or we can do 2 rooms (aft balcony and inside) for about 6500. The date just doesn't work. There are more dates for 2021, but it's hard to plan a trip out that far as my husband and I are still on the fence about a third child. MSC has the best dates and it looks like we can do yacht club for 2 for about 5800 or a whirpool suite (not YC) for about 5400. MSC seems to not get the best reviews, though and a lot of them are related to service. Honestly, I can put up with a lot if the food is good and service is decent. My biggest beef is bad food and rude workers. We went on NCL in 2008 and the food was horrible.
  13. Thanks! This answers my question. I was thinking of booking a Vista balcony next to an Aft Balcony if I could open it up and have a huge balcony, but no point if they don't adjoin. Might as well book the Vista for me and stick my kids in an interior room.
  14. Anyone been on this ship? What did you think? Also, does anyone know if balconies next to one another adjoin via a door? In particular the Vista balcony next to the aft? I know they do on the Vista, but not sure since this is a different class.
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