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kiminey65

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    carnival
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  1. This is a little off topic, but I am curious why you would book a B2B2B for a total of 14 days? My point being that if you outright searched out a 14 night cruise, you would surely be going to much further and interesting destinations. Like, a Panama Canal sailing or maybe a wide Southern Caribbean sailing that hits up some great destinations unobtainable from a short cruise point of view. I also would love to hear of the final verdict. Thank you.
  2. No. You request to dine either early or late. Then once at the port you are given your assignment. If you aren't happy with it, you go directly to dining room once on board & request the dining slot you prefer. IF you are Bella experience, your request has a lower priority behind anyone who shows up with their request who is Fantastica. It doesn't mean you won't get the time you want. Just that you are more likely to NOT get the slot you want going in at Bella. If anyone wants the "anytime" dining, that is reserved for Aurea bookings....
  3. I agree it is wise to inform your steward if you decide to remove mini bar items. He will then let you know where they can be stored. Just place them back in the fridge on the last night.
  4. I've been on Seaside before and did see at least one night where they hosted Karaoke in the Haven lounge with a live band. Do they also have it with sound system and no live band? Also, is there any way to see the songs they offer? I have the hardest time recognizing songs by title/band on a quick notice. I'd be more like;y to participate if I could see the lists ahead of time and research it. Anyone on board who can post pics of the available selections? Thanks.
  5. We booked a Bella OV last year with a request for early dining. We did get upgraded to a Fantastica balcony and upon boarding we were assigned 9:15 in Ipenema. That was unacceptable to us so we immediately went to the m'aitre d and requested "early" dining as previously specified. They did accommodate us with a 5:15, which honestly is a little too early for my liking but it was certainly better than the original 9:15 slot. I tell anyone who asks me, that booking Bella is basically lowering your pecking order with coveted dining slots. You will be treated absolutely the same as everyone else. We had a great time. And because you don't care about location, or room service and want the least (overall) popular dining time, I would say you are wise to pocket your money and book Bella. Worse case scenario is you won't be allotted the dining time of your choice, and you immediately upon boarding go to restaurant to request a late time. Believe me, there will be plenty of people in line hoping for the early slots to be on offer. Enjoy your Bella booking. We sure did!!!!
  6. I cruised Seaside last June 9. It is summer vacation for many parts of the world. I booked the date simply because it was the week of my mother's 75th birthday. Although I love kids, mine are adults so I am not necessarily at that stage in my life right now. I did see quite a lot of kids on my sailing, but barely.... That tells me they were well behaved, I wasn't in the kid-friendly areas other than to walk from point A to point B, orrr they weren't in the adult friendly areas that I frequented (deck 7 South beach pool and the Spa). The children I encountered in Ipanema restaurant were well behaved. I wouldn't hesitate to book that date again. Prices were great and so was airfare. It was a little off season (early)
  7. Mostly a NCL cruiser here, but I liked Seaside (and its entertainment) enough to book her a 2nd time. I really enjoyed the shows in the theater and am excited that enough time has lapsed (Last June 9 to this March 9) that some of it will be different. The ship is beautiful. I felt most everyone I met was friendly. From staff to cruisers. Although I was aware there was a vast cultural diversity, I didn't feel slighted in any way. I also refuse to be super loyal to any one product when several factors are considered (by me) when I plan and book my vacation. Because I enjoy an affordable Caribbean vacation currently, I wish MSC would offer more ports from Miami. It's not a deal breaker for me but itinerary is important as well as the ship itself. And obviously price...
  8. Keep us updated please!
  9. This actually made me laugh and I agree with you on this point. I was reading this thread because I also sail Seaside 3/09. It's my 2nd time on Seaside and sailed on other cruiselines also. I NEVER look at my boarding selection, I simply show up sometime in the 10:30-11:30 am time frame. Although MSC has some flaws in their customer service department, the ship is beautiful and their embarkation process is quite effortless. We prefer to begin our "7 day cruise" as quickly as possible. I'm not going to get into minutes or seconds. Enjoy your cruise!!!
  10. There are some good suggestions above. I enjoy walking myself and there is no big hurry here with the turnover. I'd think it is an excellent idea to walk to your next ship, drop off your bags, then head over to Southbeach for a few hours. Why not???
  11. That is good to know! I was worried my last sailing (we requested early dining) we'd draw the 5:15 slot. We arrived at port and were awarded the 9:15 slot in Ipanema!!! We made changing that our #1 priority, got in line quickly and did get reassigned to 5:15 in Ipanema. All of a sudden I wasn't so adamant against that very early reservation. Lol. I am again hoping for 6:30 or 7:00 dinner reservations. And also some friends of ours just booked our sailing last minute at the Bella experience and we are linking our reservations in hopes of getting assigned the same table. If it doesn't happen, it will again be our top priority upon embarking onto Seaside!
  12. I have sailed on Carnival as well as a small handful of NCL lines. I've been on Seaside once and liked it enough to have her booked for early March for its Western sailing. I liked it a lot! I did miss some of the silly games we played on NCL. But I may have just missed it. Loved the pools, especially Deck 7 Southbeach (which could be why I perceive it being subdued LOL). We were Bella OV last time with an upgrade to a Fantastica balcony. It definitely heightened our excitement. We outright booked a Fantastica balcony this time. The only thing I find myself wanting to advise if you are coming from a Norwegian "Freestyle" sailing is that you may miss the Freesestyle aspect or lack thereof. You basically get rewarded the better the experience you book! Don't misunderstand me please, but Bella experience seems to draw the less desirable dining slots be it very earlt or very late. Neither of which I was impressed with. I prefer the most desirable slots at or near 7:00. It wasn't a deal breaker in any way, just an observation. I was treated just as good as anyone else, just feel that a Bella bookings have a lower pecking order with a desired dining slot. If that is super important to you (for me it isn't) then I have to recommend booking an Aurea experience. I myself will pocket that savings to other things. Also, i really enjoyed MSC entertainment in theater. I miss and wish there were comedians, but oh well...
  13. Be aware that when booking your own cruise online the price on MSC site is often their bare basic price! If you are on their website, look for a link that says ALL-IN promo and click that. Then filter in your dates and Caribbean to narrow down to the sailing you booked. Do a faux booking to verify you did in fact get the ALL-IN pricing. I didn't initially realize their pricing on their site is automatically set to the lower pricing! I only realized once I called a rep to get a pricing confirmed. I'd be calling them ASAP so you can quickly switch it to what you want before they sing their Too Bad So Sad song to you. The comment above to make a log in is also valid ASSUMING their website allows you to do it. We've been booked since late November for an early March sailing with another couple, and our log-in is set to go. Theirs does show as "confirmed" but no booking number shows, which makes it impossible for them to book anything extra. A stupid mistake on MSC's part. I'd just call if I were you. It will get ironed out quicker and you can have them e-mail to you what their final answers to your questions are. Keep ALL documentation!!! MSC seems to drop the ball A LOT!
  14. I know! It did seem too good to be true. My worry was that a "couples massage would have us in the same room getting disrobed with my mother! Although she is a "retired nurse & has seen it ALL" I was a little put off by that possibility. But I am also into great deals, so we booked it. My suggestion is for you and your buddy to have one of you book it, then go to spa as one of your 1st things you do once onboard to set appointments. Anyone who has the foresight to book quickly gets the best slots, And I cannot fathom there to be a problem with it. We also had no problem booking simultaneously but in different rooms! We also booked a massage on 1st sea day. And the facial on 2nd sea day with no worries. One last thing I noticed upon visiting with others in the spa was that EVERYONE (including me!) LOVED their technician with their 1st treatment and if they happened to have more than one service booked, they were able to request that same technician for their future appointment that was already booked! I loved that and then tipped her upon my 2nd service for them both. It's too bad for me I don't love the tranquil spa area as there are some good prices online to pre book. I hope this helps!
  15. As always, a fantastic review. I've read many of them over the years and am also branching out from Carnival, NCL to MSC Seaside. I am interested in checking out Koningsdam myself as well as RCI Oasis class or Symphony... I think I too prefer the newer Mega ships. I'd also love to spot you two sometime on one of my sailings, which tends to be late winter for us (Northern NY winter escape plans!!!)
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