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Everything posted by CGTNORMANDIE

  1. Oh puleeze...are you telling me her only alternatives are Regent, Crystal, Seabourn or Hapag?? Her daughter would be bored to death.
  2. So true. You will notice that I said MSC Yacht Club would offer a better level of luxury...not exactly luxury. I don’t believe the OP’s daughter and bf would be any more impressed or entertained on a “luxury” ship. I think that perhaps the OP is looking for alternatives...not necessarily luxury only?
  3. Your question started out with which luxury line is less stuffy. Then you are saying you need to have your 21 year old daughter and boyfriend entertained. You don’t say how long you would like the cruise to be. So let’s take a few shots in the dark. HAL, Oceania, Azamara and Viking would probably be boring for your daughter and bf. Windstar might be a hard sell for your mother. If you are thinking of 7 days I would suggest the Yacht Club on MSC Seaside in the Caribbean this summer. That will give you a better level of luxury and offer loads of entertainment options for all concerned.
  4. Northern transatlantic sailings can be interesting and they can also be stormy. I have experienced hurricane winds and waves in the northern Atlantic and I can say it is not for the faint of heart. When you go through 50 foot seas and 120 mile an hour winds you will know you have sailed!! I was on the QE 2 in October, mid Atlantic, and we hit a trench wave estimated to be 100 feet high. While it was exciting I wouldn’t care to repeat it...lol.
  5. I would not pay too much attention to a low MSC rating. Most of the bad reviews concern something that went wrong and the inability for MSC customer service to solve the problem. It is also important to remember that MSC is a new company in American waters and has had teething problems. Basically most of these problems have been solved as MSC is a work in progress. The reviews are markedly improved in 2019 when compared to the previous 3 years.
  6. If you were sailing in the Caribbean with kids...I would probably say RCI. If you are looking for the best deal in the Med with lots of port stops I would say MSC. Where you will be visiting a new port everyday and dining onshore I would think MSC would be good for you...a much better deal $$$ wise than RCI. Will you really need all the extras on the Allure when you are doing a port intensive cruise??
  7. I have always believed tipping is a personal matter adjusted by the level of services rendered. This thread, however, is totally appropriate as it gives those who are unsure about amounts and conditions some idea of the range. The intent is to inform those who are seeking ideas, understanding and perspective.
  8. Too bad you got vetoed. A southern TA in October is wonderful. I’ve done it 8 times.
  9. For those who are looking to go from Heathrow to Southampton on the cheap. We were pleasantly surprised with National Express...bus. The service was excellent and very reasonable...a very comfortable ride. We had 4 people with 12 pieces of luggage...no problem at all. National Express terminal at Heathrow.
  10. Very good article above. The original plan was a good one. We had a great cruise on Regent Sea in 1988 before the changes took hold. We sailed from Montego Bay in Jamaica and had a wonderful cruise. The food and service onboard were fantastic...very high quality. The Regent Sea was originally the Swedish liner Gripsholm and she was beautiful...big cabins, natural woods and loads of storage for long cruises...fresh flowers everywhere. Regent Sea was a very comfortable ship. Then the Lelakis Group took over and everything went down hill. Such a sad ending for what was one of the best cruise experiences.
  11. Ahhhh...has anyone seen the OP??🤔
  12. What MSC experience are you thinking of???
  13. The CNN article quoted by Scandinavian World does not explain the reason why the US government prohibits cruise ships sailing from the USA to call at Cuba. The reason is that the Cuban Communist dictatorship is supplying the Maduro Communist dictatorship in Venezuela with an armed guard that has propped up the illegitimate Maduro regime after it was voted out by the Venezuelan people. This has caused many needless deaths and a great deal of inhumane suffering and starvation in Venezuela. Cuban tourism Dollars were being used to subsidize the Cuban presence in Venezuela and prolong the suffering of the Venezuelan people.
  14. Another often heard fantasy. The tips are not pooled on MSC or most other lines either. Sometimes bartenders might pool together by temporary agreement.
  15. Perhaps you missed the OP’s original statement. He states he is paying for 2 people. His question is valid. We know the answer will be no...but he does have the right to ask the Concierge.
  16. OP states that/she is paying for two people. If that is the case then I would pose the case to the Concierge for a final ruling. It never hurts to ask.
  17. This is a great question. You are paying for a second person. You might be able to present your case to the Concierge...
  18. Dear Pettums, SHHHHHH😉 You do realize that the execs from MSC read these posts religiously. While all of us who are YC aficionados know what you are saying is true...why wave the red flag in front of the bull?? Mums the word...or should I say, Mumms the word??😋
  19. Quite a few negative reviews center around pax who find themselves out of their comfort zones of Carnival, NCL, etc. They were expecting those experiences and got something that was not similar. There are also those pax who have one problem and it affects everything else about their cruise. Rest assured those people are extremely vocal. What you are not hearing are the thousands of others who took the same cruise and had a great time but just do not report it here on CC. Bottom line: Take the harsh comments with a grain of salt. Go on your cruise and let us know what you think. Chances are you will have a great time.
  20. Preziosa is a Fantasia Class ship...really beautiful and it has the YC. Keep checking and you’ll find an available YC cabin eventually. Reservations are dropped everyday.
  21. It all depends what ship you are looking at. Some MSC ships do not have the Yacht Club. With MSC you get what you pay for. The Fantastica experience is a good value for what you pay. Don’t expect it to be like RCI...it is different...more European. The Yacht Club blows everything away...better than RCI...better than the other MCI experiences. What ship are you looking at?
  22. The Yacht Club is a separate part of the ship. It is a private enclave on the top decks forward and it is an experience as well. You have Bella, Fantastica, Aurea and Yacht Club experiences on most MSC ships.
  23. Dear Rat, Are you sure this isn’t like a Henny Youngman retirement performance???
  24. Why not take your time and enjoy the entire YC experience. It drives me nuts when I hear of YC pax arriving at 10:00 AM trying to storm the tent. Usually they end up waiting for the butlers to set up and are then rushed through to board the ship. Try arriving around 11:00 - 11:30 AM and go through without rushing...sit in the lounge for a few minutes and have a glass of Prosecco and relax. The YC is all about receiving the service as planned...and not trying to be the first to board.
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