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  1. CruiseIreland

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    MSC, in Europe, offers some fly-cruises but, as far as I know, not in or to the USA. Their flights are rarely an economic add on. Ken
  2. We loved the music in the Haven lounge each night. Latin Express were brilliant as were the band before them whose name I can't recall. The other venues had nice but sedate music although the Atrium could be lively. The Galaxy lounge was very soft, laidback jazz, with longer breaks than songs. This was back in Feb 2019. Ken
  3. Hi. Yes, there is entertainment in all the public areas, Top Sail lounge etc, throughout the evening. Late night dancing is in the Safari lounge, until 1am or so. Ken
  4. No. You are correct. Calling a cruise 'All Inclusive' when it does not include alcoholic drinks is misleading unless All Inclusive means different things in different parts of the world. To me, it means all food and drink. Ken
  5. Nice review. Congratulations on your marriage. You certainly,made lemonade from the lemons. Aurea helps though, doesn't it?
  6. The departure time varies with the itinerary, i.e. Western or Eastern Caribbean.
  7. Good to see you back here, Bea, but shame about your cruise. I emailed you but perhaps you have not checked your Yahoo account. I think you're wise not to travel. I heard today that an MSC cruise ship had been denied docking in India. This is on a 29 day cruise from Singapore. I think Cruisinfox may be on it!
  8. I have followed this thread with great interest and some amusement. We have sailed 11 times, 8 with MSC. We have never had an encounter like this with any room steward or crew member. I have never concerned myself too much with the back stories of the many crew we have met onboard. We have, though, had pleasant chats with staff from all over the world. One crew member confided in me that they could buy a house back home with what they earned in two or three contracts. I accept that at face value. Lately, I have noticed some crew members claiming to remember me from previous cruises and being very friendly in the lounge. Soliciting tips? I don't know. We always paid cash tips as suggested and always leave DSC alone. I am aware of the possibility that crew do not get 100% of DSC but a lesser % of a greater pot. All that said, I fully believe JKGourmet who has posted helpfully on this forum many times and seems to be an honest poster. I believe JKG ran into a rogue character, perhaps near the end of his contract, prepared to stiff his fellow crew members and risk disciplinary action and the contempt of his crew mates. How each of us would deal with this is personal to each of us and a factor of our life experiences etc. I might have ignored it or I might have headed to Guest Services, I am not sure. You have to be there, I think. Attacking the OP here is thoughtless, I think. Attack the act, not the poster! Ken
  9. Two US(110v) and two European(240v)plug sockets. These are usually located opposite the bed, on the 'dressing table'. If you try to plug in two European adaptors simultaneously, one may block the other. Bring a power strip, with no surge protector, and plug your devices into that.
  10. Very interesting report. Glad you enjoyed the trip. We loved Seaside. Ken
  11. Yes, 110-120 volts as per US standard. Most people bring power strips and adaptors. Careful to bring a transformer if using 240(EU) sockets to charge your 110-120 gadgets.
  12. Have you tried https://www.msccruceros.es/es-es/Homepage.aspx ? Your device may be configured for the US. If you try https://www.msccruises.com/en-gl/Select-Your-Country.aspx you can select country. Ken
  13. Hi Kevin. We sailed out of Copenhagen in August, although not on Poesia, we have 8 MSC cruises behind us. 1) I am taking the 22 day Greenland trip. It arrives back in Copenhagen at 8am. Is this enough time to catch a 12:15pm flight from CPH? How often is arrival late? How long does disembarkation normally take? I don't know how often they are late but, in our experience, not often. The ship will likely dock earlier than schedules. If you grab a taxi asap, no later than 9.30, you should have enough time. CPH is a large airport so you may have a long walk to gates. 2) Is it fair to assume late dinner will be mostly Europeans and younger people? Difficult to say. On such a long cruise, I think you will have more older cruisers and not so many young people. 3) I know this is a new sailing, but in general on the Northern European sailings, what percentage of passengers are American? (asking for curiosity...would actually prefer this to be a lower number) I would guess no more than 10% on any cruise but, on such a long cruise, I couldn't guess. 4) We have a balcony on Deck 9, middle of ship. We could have also chosen 10 or 12...is one better than the other? 9 is fine but higher is usually better as long as you are not under the buffet or pool deck. 12 is immediately below the pool deck. Avoid! 5) Thermal Spa. Only paid access, e.g. Aurea, can access the Thermal area. The gym is free as are all hot tubs in public areas. Enjoy. Sounds like a great trip. Ken
  14. We've sailed on all three and all are good but Seaside and Meraviglia are in a different league. Seaside gets my vote for the Caribbean based on more outside space at the buffet, the second buffet and the Haven lounge which is the equivalent of the Meraviglia lounge. On Meraviglia, this lounge is right outside the MDR and very close to the theatre. This means it gets full very early on. The Haven lounge, being at the back of the ship, does not have this problem and the bands were great. The Meraviglia promenade is technologically amazing but a bit of a one day wonder. Seaside is actually very shiny with a lot of reflective surfaces but the atrium is kind of Sark but has great screens. I agree with comments regarding the location of the speciality restaurants on Meraviglia. On Seaside, they feel more special. Ken
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