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#41
Okeechobee, FL
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Originally posted by Pingus

2. What is MSC policy regarding bringing wine on board if we find a particularly interesting buy in one of the ports?
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Bringing Booze Onboard

Bringing liquor onboard at embarkationIt's not allowed. At embarkation, there is no food or beverage allowed to be brought onboard, unless it's medically necessary. (Baby formula, etc. is allowed.)

Bringing wine or Champagne onboardIt's not allowed.

Purchasing liquor in portAll alcohol purchases brought in from port will be held for safekeeping and delivered to your stateroom on the cruise's last evening.

Purchasing liquor in ships' duty-free shopAny liquor purchased in the ships' duty-free shops will be retained until the last night of the cruise.

Is this still the policy?


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#42
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A few more pics. We're having such a great time with some wonderful folk we've met onboard that I haven't had time for much else!

Today's lunch menu







Tempura vegetables - they were really good - curry flavoured and some fiery spices!



Mango cheesecake - so good I ordered a second helping!

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#43
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Nikki - We didn't get off in Marseille or Genoa as we've been to those ports before and will be back another couple of times later this year.

We're doing Pompeii tomorrow and Taormina from Naples with MSC. I'll let you know ASAP how we got on.

I'll try and post the Spa info soon. It'll take me a little time to type the info up.

I've got a few pics from there, too. I think you're going to love the Spa!

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#44
Wiltshire, UK
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Loving your posts Bea. Any idea about the room service menu (I appreciate I have already asked!)
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#45
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Yes - I thought I'd posted a pic. here it is in case I didn't.






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#46
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Yacht Club bar menu









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#47
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Hope the photos are ok. It's hard to judge from my phone.

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#49
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Appreciated for the drinks menu's, a nice selection to sample from.
Photos are perfect!
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#50
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Originally posted by kikki21
We are staying in Barcelona pre & post cruise in different hotels
The pre cruise hotel is Hotel Barcelona Catedral as I wanted to be quite close to the port & close to the Gothic quarter & reasonably close to Las Ramblas & not too far away from the Bocqueria Food Market.
The post cruise hotel is Hotel EuroPark - a bit closer to the top end of the Ramblas & Passeig de Gracia with all the Gaudi houses plus the HOHO stop too.
Nikki - just seen this. We stayed in Europark Friday night. Beautiful hotel thought it was only newly refurbished. Was told it was done 5 years ago! We got a great price too on booking dot com

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#51
Wiltshire, UK
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Thanks Bea. It looks like a good selection although it seems the only hot food is pizza.

Chablis on the wine menu. I am now very happy
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#52
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Pingus - we've had a little difficulty with booking which I will expand on in a later post. My impression is that YC doesn't get priority. I hope to get a more definitive answer in the next day or so.

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#53
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We are also on board now, balcony cabin Fantastica class. Flexi dining is no longer available, we were informed today. While it didn't impact us as we eat early, it appears it was a disaster, ques for the restaurants at circa 8:00 / 8:30 were comical the first night.
#54
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Folks - I've looked back thru' the thread and taken note of outstanding questions. It'll be tomorrow evening before I'll get to post again (I think). We have an exciting evening ahead which I will explain about later in the thread. It's DH's birthday and we've received a special invite to A Cirque preview of Sonor show from the hotel director, (though not because of the occasion) so I'm off to get ready.

Alan ........... not surprised to hear about that!

Stay tuned......

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#55
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Originally posted by Beamafar
Nikki - just seen this. We stayed in Europark Friday night. Beautiful hotel thought it was only newly refurbished. Was told it was done 5 years ago! We got a great price too on booking dot com

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Ha brilliant!
Yes I also got a good deal for that hotel but through secret escapes or similar website.


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#56
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Yacht Club food certainly looks nice! Please can you get pics of the normal bar menu when you can tear yourself away from YC!


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#57
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So I have a few minutes while we wait for the show to start to share a couple more random observations.

We were able to walk into YC from elevator on deck 14 today. We were so surprised that we took the stairs up to deck 16 just to check if we had really accessed the enclave without clearance from our cards or wristbands. Sure enough, we arrived at the concierge desk 2 flights up.



There is still some misinformation floating around. e.g. On our first day the barman in Brass Anchor couldn't confirm if the food was included for YC guests unless we ordered so he could swipe our card and see if the system charged our account.

Next day we were in Jean Pierre cafe and saw the asst bar manager who we know well. We asked him about this. He went off with my card, came back and said Yes you have to pay We decided to have fish & chips there anyway when we were told No YC DO NOT PAY (Sorry for caps autocorrect )

Interruption as show is starting. Will continue later!

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#58
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thank you bea, I am loving your review, reading every post over and over :-)
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#59
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ps: do you know, at what times you can order pizza?
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