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  1. It's like the people that go to land based restaurants and under tip because the temperature was too cold and they had to wait too long for a table. Your server doesn't control the temperature nor the popularity of the restaurant.
  2. I think you can safely assume that you can't count on talking to MSC and getting the same answer twice. I recently wanted to downgrade to a guarantee cabin because the only cabin available in the experience and cabin type I wanted when I booked was an accessible one (which I don't need) and the first person I spoke with said it wasn't possible to downgrade once you've chosen a cabin. I thanked her, hung up, called back and got an agent who was able to change my reservation to a guarantee. If I had just listened to the first person I'd have assumed the person working for MSC knows what they're talking about (mistake) and dropped it, but I knew what she was saying made no sense. Reposting due to unexplained deletion.
  3. Meh. My time is valuable and I didn't want to spend my time on vacation complaining about something that I know had no malicious intent and I strongly suspect was due to a language barrier. Everyone is different though and the more people in the guest services line mean less people in front of me at the bar or buffet so I welcome people complaining 😄
  4. The MSC site allowed me to book a solo cruise 3x. No funny business involved (e.g. I didn't book for 2 and have one person just not show up). I prefer a full size cabin, so I don't know about the availability of solo cabins. I had a crew member ask me "What, you don't have any friends?" when I told him I was on the cruise alone. You could chalk that up to a language barrier and respond "Of course I have friends, don't you have any friends?" or you could let it bother you for the rest of your trip and go to guest services and cause a scene and demand compensation. I chose the former. I don't go on a cruise to make friends so again, can't speak to that, and even if I could, me making friends on one MSC sailing doesn't guarantee the same experience for anyone on a different (or even the exact same) sailing. That being said I did have conversations with other cruisers. I wouldn't say I made friends, but again, I don't travel solo to make friends.
  5. I've cruised MSC solo in mid 2018. What was my experience? It was great. That's a very broad question so all i can say is it was great. I can't compare to NCL because my only NCL cruise was about 15 years ago. I had flexible/anytime dining with my Aurea booking. They have a thermal spa. I don't know what you consider solo friendly so that's another thing I can speak to.
  6. To the "yes or no" question.
  7. Please let us know if this is possible. I have mine from Meraviglia and intend to take it on Seaside as well. The way I envisioned it was going to guest services and exchanging it, especially because the muster station is printed on it. AFAIK Royal Caribbean allows you to keep and re-use the band doing just that (exchanging it).
  8. I think there are a lot of indoor space. There is an indoor pool, and that area has tons of glass on (each?) side. There is the Sky Bar (?), on the same level as the kids club. BEAUTIFUL views from there, and great free snacks as well. Also near the bars (the one on deck 5 near reception, Edge (coffee) bar, champagne bar) usually have huge windows next to them as well. Of course I don't know your needs but I don't think you'll be lacking for indoor space to just chill out.
  9. I think sometimes when you ask for the price the people on the phone have to add the item to actually see it. It happened to be with the internet, I asked about the cost difference and later I saw the OBS Cancelled line as well.
  10. I sailed in Aurea in June and had a great time. (Unfinished) review in my signature
  11. Looking forward to your review, enjoy your trip
  12. Yeah, I never came back with my final thoughts, oops :( If you have any questions feel free to post and I'll check back and answer
  13. Huge variety at lunch and dinner, although pizza, breads, mozzarella, pesto, sundried tomatoes and salad were always there. Possibly some others, but hot dishes and desserts were constantly changing. In fact, my favorite dessert was the carrot cake, and I had it for lunch on day 1 and only saw it once after that, on someones plate, but by the time I got to the dessert station it was gone.
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