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  1. I have another question. Despite so many times in the YC, I have never checked it yet. Does anyone know if YC guests have access to the Aurea sun deck? I know that it would make no sense to go to the Aurea sun deck when you have access to YC, but I ask out of curiosity.
  2. Thank you all for the responses. I have mixed feelings now because I see there are very divergent opinions about the Haven. And what does it look like in the Haven’s Horizon Lounge? Are all drinks included in the price, as in YC?
  3. Actually I don't think YC is crowded, I meant MSC ships in general. However, also in the YC you can already see an adequately smaller ratio of the surface to passengers. I was on the newest MSC Bellissima in June and there was often a lack of sunbeds on the YC sun deck and of tables at the restaurant for dinner, which never happened on older MSC Fantasia Class ships.
  4. Hello, Next month I'm going on a cruise in the NCL’s The Haven (Norwegian Bliss) for the first time. I've already been on NCL, but only in a regular cabin. I have been loyal to MSC Yacht Club for many years, but the quality in MSC is getting worse, and the ships are getting far too crowded. Therefore I decided to try the competition. Is the Haven worth its price and is the quality of service really higher than in the rest of the ship? Maybe someone has tried both and has a comparison between MSC YC and NCL Haven? I will be grateful for your opinion.
  5. Hello, Next month I'm going on a cruise in the NCL’s The Haven (Norwegian Bliss) for the first time. I've already been on NCL, but only in a regular cabin. I have been loyal to MSC Yacht Club for many years, but the quality in MSC is getting worse, and the ships are getting far too crowded. Therefore I decided to try the competition. Is the Haven worth its price and is the quality of service really higher than in the rest of the ship? Maybe someone has tried both and has a comparison between MSC YC and NCL Haven? I will be grateful for your opinion.
  6. I realize YC is not the same on new, larger MSC ships. I was very excited about the new YC on Meraviglia and unfortunately it was the first time when YC extremely disappointed me. Service is really much worse on Meraviglia, but despite that on my Meraviglia cruise (Norway, July 2019) High Tea was alright as well as butter knives were always in their place. I believe your criticism is not unfounded and I am sad to see what is happening at MSC. Still, I have had wonderful cruises on all Fantasia Class ships, including Preziosa and I still recommend them.
  7. The quality at YC Restaurant is very high. Italian flavors dominate, so if you like Italian cuisine you'll probably be delighted. Service in both the YC lounge and restaurant is of a high standard and they are usually fast enough. Also drinks are high quality unlike many all inclusive hotels. I love tea, which is why I value daily High Tea Service in the Top Sail Lounge, which is an elegant tea at five o’clock served by a butler in white gloves (in the English style). Personally, I think the crew in the Yacht Club really always does their best and the service is usually great. It looks differently in other bars and restaurants, outside the YC area. Unfortunately, it is usually crowded there and you have to wait a bit for the waiter. That's why I recommend enjoying the personalized, 5-star Yacht Club service inside the private area, especially during days at sea, when the ship is full.
  8. I don't know if this is your first Yacht Cubie cruise and what exactly you would like to know. As I have already mentioned Fantasia Class, to which Preziosa belongs, are in my opinion the best ships in the MSC fleet. Therefore I think it was a good choice and you'll definitely be satisfied. The Yacht Club on Preziosa has only 71 cabins, so there is a very nice and family atmosphere. Each cabin has a butler assigned to it, which takes care of the guests' needs, for example, he can escort you without queuing to the theater, etc. Butlers and cocierge often even know guests by name. Guests of the Yacht Club have access to a private panoramic lounge, sun deck with small pool and a restaurant. In May, in northern Europe will be still rather cold, so I would not count on sunbathing or swimming, but you will definitely be able to use a hot whirlpool. The best place on the ship in cooler climates is the Top Sail Lounge, where during the long, bright evenings you can admire the sea. Service in the YC is usually very good, incomparably better than the rest of the ship, the same with food. You probably know that in the YC the room service and almost all drinks (excluding only the most expensive wines and champagnes) are already included in price. If you haven't found it yet, I recommend the virtual tour to get a good impression of the ship. You can find it here: http://virtual-tours.msccruises.com/MSC-Preziosa/en-gl/index.html In general, I am sure that if this is your first time at the Yacht Club, you will love it. I wish you a wonderful cruise.
  9. The Norwegian Fjords are actually dominated by MSC and German lines (eg Aida). I understand your concerns about overcrowding, which is really a problem. Still, I don't see another interesting alternative. In my opinion, being in the Yacht Club, you can spend a wonderful cruise despite the crowds in the rest of the ship. MSC offers two classes of vessels with a YC zone that sail in northern Europe, namely Fantasia and Meraviglia Class. Of these two, I definitely recommend the older, but much better Fantasia Class. As far as I know, cruises for the summer of 2021 are not published yet, but I suspect that Fantasia, Spledida, or possibly Preziosa will be located in northern Europe, as usual. Personally, I made the North European cruise with MSC 3 times, on the Fantasia, Preziosa and Meraviglia and on the first 2 of them I was very satisfied. Unfortunately, you have to reckon with the fact that on days at sea it is better not to leave the private YC zone, but as I have already mentioned in this destination it will be difficult to find a good alternative. If you like luxurious cruises, you can also check the Cunard Line's offer. Sometimes they also have nice cruises in the north.
  10. I absolutely agree with your opinion about the World-Class. On the ship's model it looks like the Yacht Club will be located on 6 decks. That means there will be about 70 cabins only on one side. After adding the front and the interior cabins, they will probably reach around 180 YC staterooms, which will probably be a huge failure. And by the way, creating YC Interior cabins was not a good idea either. How can they offer an ordinary, tiny interior cabin as a YC suite? I really hope that MSC will not make the mistake from Seashore again on the World-Class ships and that they will think through the size of the Yacht Club. I hope that they will return to the old concept of the YC from Fantasia-Class, which was so perfectly created.
  11. Hello, I would like to ask, what do you think about the enlarged Yacht Club aboard the MSC Seashore? For clarification MSC Seashore will be an enlarged version of Seaside-class, currently under construction at Fincantieri, which will be delivered in early 2021. On the deck plans of the ship, it can be seen that the Yacht Club will have 131 cabins. On the existing ships of this class (Seaside and Seaview) there were only 86 cabins. Unfortunately, it looks like the amenities will not be changed. Top Sail Lounge and YC restaurant are the same size as on Saeside. I am a fan of MSC Yacht Club, because the service and quality are sensational, often better than on typically luxury cruise ships. I am sad that MSC Cruises thinks only about rapid development and becomes a cheap line, going on quantity, not quality. In my opinion, the big Yacht Club on the Seashore is a great example of this. I think that it will be impossible to maintain a high level of service, uncrowded space and a family atmosphere with an additional 100 guests and that is the essence of the Yacht Club. I am very curious to find out about the opinions of other MSC and MSC Yacht Club fans.
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