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wonderful post...so much information !! thank you !

 

quick question:

 

we are leaving on the divina in a couple of weeks.

 

we did not pre pay our gratuities,

I keep reading about anything charged on board will be paid thru a bank in France, so I was

thinking about setting up the on board account with cash. I am not really sure how that works, do you put on a certain amount and how / when do they refund the balance if any.

 

If I call MSC now, and pre pay gratuities and also add a internet pkg, will the charge now be paid in US funds or is it too late.

 

I saw on their web site, that I can purchase the interest pkg and also add obc, just wanted to know if that would be charged in US funds now or once on board thru the France bank.

 

thank you for all the information. so very helpful !!!

You can use cash for your account, I've never done it myself but basically you go to guest services and they will do it there

AS for getting back any spare it will involve a long queue on disembarkation day early In the morning.

 

if you pre-pay the banking should be through the US not France

 

If you pre-order then it will be charged on board and go via France

 

The other questions I can't give an answer to as I live in the UK so banking is different, I have a credit card and I do not have any charges to pay the bill via a French bank

 

 

Pete

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THE EXPERIENCES CONTINUED

 

 

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Hi Pete,

Just noticed this thread - wonderful job!

Had a question on "Within the Fantastic Experience, free time dining is only available for Fantastica balcony guests. My understanding was that we had to take assigned dining and could phone daily to ask for flex dining for that night. Not true? We have Fantastica B-2.

 

I also saw photos in this thread of balconies on Deck 9. Is this one of the smaller balconies? We are on hump, 9157 and hoping this size doesn't pertain to our cabin.

 

Thanks so so much!

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Skiers post and that info is 2 years old!.

You need to check out the current experiences.

As you are in the US , probably on the US MSC site.

They are different in the UK and Europe where we are the poor relations when it comes to cruise perks.

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Skiers post and that info is 2 years old!.

You need to check out the current experiences.

As you are in the US , probably on the US MSC site.

They are different in the UK and Europe where we are the poor relations when it comes to cruise perks.

 

Thanks - don't know what I was thinking when I read this....Needed more coffee I guess!

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Skiers post and that info is 2 years old!.

You need to check out the current experiences.

As you are in the US , probably on the US MSC site.

They are different in the UK and Europe where we are the poor relations when it comes to cruise perks.

 

Thanks - don't know what I was thinking when I read this....Needed more coffee I guess!

I've updated the info in a new thread

 

here is a link to the UPDATED thread entitled

 

 

UPDATED:- ALL the INFO (in table form) on EXPERIENCES, MSC CLUB, SERVICE CHARGES etc

 

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2505973

 

 

 

Pete

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Great info many thanks. I've searched several threads but cannot seem to find the answer so wonder does anyone know please?

We are looking to purchase the all inclusive (standard not premium) drinks package. If we choose a drink that is not included i.e has a red star can we pay the difference or is it the full advertised price?

Many thanks in advance

Denise

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We are looking to purchase the all inclusive (standard not premium) drinks package. If we choose a drink that is not included i.e has a red star can we pay the difference or is it the full advertised price?

Many thanks in advance

Denise

 

Hi Denise ................... the straightforward answer is that you cannot pay the difference. You pay full price plus 15% service charge!

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Hi Denise ................... the straightforward answer is that you cannot pay the difference. You pay full price plus 15% service charge!

Thanks Bea

Seems like my other halves love of British type beer ;p will have to go unquenched but he will survive.

 

Denise

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I've updated the info in a new thread

 

here is a link to the UPDATED thread entitled

 

 

UPDATED:- ALL the INFO (in table form) on EXPERIENCES, MSC CLUB, SERVICE CHARGES etc

 

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2505973

 

 

 

Pete

 

Thanks for updating. The info you posted is very valuable.

 

I was not quite clear on " the bank in France charging " for US customers ?

Appreciate if you or anyone US based will elaborate. Thanks again.

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Hi Pete..

Would you be so kind as to let me know of any information that you would have on cabin 11180 on Seaside? We are booked for 2/17/18. This will be our first MSC cruise and we were thrilled to be offered the loyalty program of our Platinum status with another line.

Thank You so much for all the wonderful information that we have been reading on this thread!!:D

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Hi Pete..

Would you be so kind as to let me know of any information that you would have on cabin 11180 on Seaside? We are booked for 2/17/18. This will be our first MSC cruise and we were thrilled to be offered the loyalty program of our Platinum status with another line.

Thank You so much for all the wonderful information that we have been reading on this thread!!:D

The only info I have is that it is a Fantastica balcony cabin, and is 177.6 sq. ft. with a 48 sq. ft. balcony.

 

Sorry I can't be of any more help than that

 

Pete

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Skier52 - wonder if you can clarify something for me. I have MSC Musica booked for March 2018 travelling with daughter, son in law and 14 year old granddaughter. In July my son and his wife and I will be on MSC Seaview and my twin grandsons also 14 years old will be with us. Whilst MSC have given us discounts for the children on the cruise element I have discovered that they are classing the children as adults when it comes to their own shore excursions. The shore excursion company recommended by our travel agent offer child prices for 2-14 year olds but the tours on offer from them are surprisingly enough more expensive in some cases. Why are MSC not recognising a 14 year old as a child when they give discounts up to 17 yrs of age.

 

Suron

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If we are Fantasitca and we are traveling and dining with friends in Bella, does that mean we can't eat in the "Fantastica only" area of the dining room?

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Are the red star items excluded from YC package also - or does YC all inclusive include the red stars?

 

I have this same question, and since I did not see a response, have re-posted. Also, really? Eight bottles of red wine available? Seems there must be a wine list menu that has not been posted. If anyone has seen it, would really appreciate seeing it for myself.

 

thank you.

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Skier52 - wonder if you can clarify something for me. I have MSC Musica booked for March 2018 travelling with daughter, son in law and 14 year old granddaughter. In July my son and his wife and I will be on MSC Seaview and my twin grandsons also 14 years old will be with us. Whilst MSC have given us discounts for the children on the cruise element I have discovered that they are classing the children as adults when it comes to their own shore excursions. The shore excursion company recommended by our travel agent offer child prices for 2-14 year olds but the tours on offer from them are surprisingly enough more expensive in some cases. Why are MSC not recognising a 14 year old as a child when they give discounts up to 17 yrs of age.

 

Suron

I'm sorry for the very late answer but I have only just found this post, thee have ben some big issues for me personally.

the answer is that the age limits are set by the people who are contracted to run the excursions. and not by MSC, and they have a universal age limit which would appear to be the lowest limit that any of the operators gives.

That would make life simple for MSC and of course give them more revenue.

So in the end it comes down to profit for MSC, which is what they are in business for

 

Pete

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If we are Fantasitca and we are traveling and dining with friends in Bella, does that mean we can't eat in the "Fantastica only" area of the dining room?

I'm sorry but I have no information on the "Fantastica only" area of the MDR. It's a new concept for MSC and I haven't had any experience of it.

 

Pete

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I have this same question, and since I did not see a response, have re-posted. Also, really? Eight bottles of red wine available? Seems there must be a wine list menu that has not been posted. If anyone has seen it, would really appreciate seeing it for myself.

 

thank you.

The YC drinks package includes any drink with ONE red asterisk but not those with TWO asterisks ( no package includes them)

 

I just tried to find out about the wine package from my bookings with MSC but they appear to have lost them from their system. Oh Well I'll just have to rattle their cage and get them back on the system.

when they appear I'll try again for you

 

 

 

Pete

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Are the red star items excluded from YC package also - or does YC all inclusive include the red stars?

Armonia from Cuba - the bar menus shown are in USD. Can we but singly? in cash? with a card? or is it added to the bill at the end?

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Armonia from Cuba - the bar menus shown are in USD. Can we but singly? in cash? with a card? or is it added to the bill at the end?

You can buy drinks individually using your cruise card, which is charged to your onboard account, there will be a 15% service charge added to the price.

 

Pete

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Armonia from Cuba - the bar menus shown are in USD. Can we but singly? in cash? with a card? or is it added to the bill at the end?

 

You can order drinks as you go. The ship is cashless; you use your cruise card when ordering and it's added onto your onboard account. You either register a credit card on embarkation day at one of the kiosks or deposit cash at Guest Services.

 

Bear in mind that prices shown incur an additional 15% service charge.

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Yep ............that's correct, Kikki. The included drinks list on the basic package is quite extensive with a very good selection of branded spirits. The wine choices available are a bit limited, though, which is why we stump for the premium package. A better choice of wines as well as all the other extras is better value (to us) than buying other wines throughout the course of the cruise.
Is this price list for all ships/ destinations? We will be on Armonia from Cuba, info much appreciated, as we can't see us drinking the 161.00 package each!

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You can order drinks as you go. The ship is cashless; you use your cruise card when ordering and it's added onto your onboard account. You either register a credit card on embarkation day at one of the kiosks or deposit cash at Guest Services.

 

Bear in mind that prices shown incur an additional 15% service charge.

Many thanks - unless water/ cola is $5 a bottle, I can't see us drinking a full package each!

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Is this price list for all ships/ destinations? We will be on Armonia from Cuba, info much appreciated, as we can't see us drinking the 161.00 package each!

 

I don't know what the currency onboard will be for your sailing.

 

MSC operates different policies in different regions - including currency onboard, which can be either Euros or US dollars. There are numerous threads with photos of bar menus showing the prices in either € of $. The range and prices of drinks differ a bit, too, between the two.

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I don't know what the currency onboard will be for your sailing.

 

MSC operates different policies in different regions - including currency onboard, which can be either Euros or US dollars. There are numerous threads with photos of bar menus showing the prices in either € of $. The range and prices of drinks differ a bit, too, between the two.

Isn't [emoji387] Euro the onboard currency for an MSC Mediterranean cruise?

Surprisingly, shore excursions are quoted in US$

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Isn't [emoji387] Euro the onboard currency for an MSC Mediterranean cruise?

Surprisingly, shore excursions are quoted in US$

 

The person I was responding to is not referring to a Med cruise.

 

Yes ... you prepay in your own currency. Once onboard, however, prices will be in € or $ depending on region you're sailing.

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The person I was responding to is not referring to a Med cruise.

 

Yes ... you prepay in your own currency. Once onboard, however, prices will be in € or $ depending on region you're sailing.

Thanks Beam, so if Euro is the onboard currency for a Mediterranean cruise in Europe, will the guest relations or casino be able to provide change for a 500 euro note?

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Thanks Beam, so if Euro is the onboard currency for a Mediterranean cruise in Europe, will the guest relations or casino be able to provide change for a 500 euro note?

 

You know ... our currency is Euros and we rarely see €100 notes, let alone €500 ones due to a lot of counterfeiting of larger notes - especially when the Euro was first introduced. So, I would be hesitant in answering in the affirmative as I really don't know how 500 Euro notes would be viewed onboard, sorry.

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Skier52, you helped me a few months ago with my stateroom on the new Seaside. Thanks again. We are now on deposit for an 11 nighter on the Divina. Never been on her. We picked 13052 because its diagram shows a HUGE angular balcony. We like high decks and close proximity to elevators which this selection has. But really worried about noise from above. And concerned that there is too much of an overhang above giving the balcony a cave-like feel. Is balcony really big or are diagrams misleading? Bed by bath or balcony? Any other tidbits appreciated. Your thoughts? Thanks, fflashh

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Fflash we have stayed in cabin 13052 several times and loved it.

The balcony is huge and yes the overhang is a lot longer but we enjoyed it when it rained we could sit out there and watch it without getting wet.

 

The bed was by the bathroom and the couch was by the balcony door.

The room seemed much bigger than most other balconies that is why we always booked 13049 or 13052 .

 

Also just to the right of your cabin is a small elevator bank that is hardly ever used . It came out at the Black crab Restaurant.

 

As far as noise not really noticeable.

 

If you need any other info I will be glad to answer them,

Have a great day and great cruise

Gerry

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Anyone know why this is no longer a pinned thread ? Seeing as it lists a lot of info on the same questions being asked.

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Anyone know why this is no longer a pinned thread ? Seeing as it lists a lot of info on the same questions being asked.
It used to be a pinned thread earlier.

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Fflash we have stayed in cabin 13052 several times and loved it.

The balcony is huge and yes the overhang is a lot longer but we enjoyed it when it rained we could sit out there and watch it without getting wet.

 

The bed was by the bathroom and the couch was by the balcony door.

The room seemed much bigger than most other balconies that is why we always booked 13049 or 13052 .

 

Also just to the right of your cabin is a small elevator bank that is hardly ever used . It came out at the Black crab Restaurant.

 

As far as noise not really noticeable.

 

If you need any other info I will be glad to answer them,

Have a great day and great cruise

Gerry

Thanks so much Gerry. All the info is appreciated and probably "sealed the deal" for us. Good news and a swift reply. If q's come up, I'll ask you. Again, thanks fflashh

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Anyone know why this is no longer a pinned thread ? Seeing as it lists a lot of info on the same questions being asked.
I thought that too til I realised this is the old thread. The Updated one is stilled pinned. This was unpinned because the info was out of date

 

 

 

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Edited by Beamafar
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