Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
AeroXWD

Trip report of MSC Meraviglia YC Dec 1-8. 2019 sailing incl. Ocean Cay

Recommended Posts

08.12 - Sunday - Disembarkation day 

 

I awoke at just before 5 AM, just as we were slowly passing Fisher Island

 

20191208_045740.thumb.jpg.28031677b3f3145dbadba07281f387a2.jpg

Sorry for the blurry pictures

 

20191208_045824.thumb.jpg.421b9e35708829d70f3dadb5779a0bfe.jpg

 

20191208_045729.thumb.jpg.da35645f86de5023b6e6fe360ef542b6.jpg

The cranes of the port and the skyline behind

 

I went to bed again and slept for another hour before taking a shower and getting dressed for breakfast

20191208_074031.thumb.jpg.bc09b2ae49aa63ce2d69cdb80cc91ad4.jpg

 

20191208_074042.thumb.jpg.8976781a6f07c0611ba059fccf63dc31.jpg

 

20191208_080556.thumb.jpg.a3bf569984dfcb91fe681347ef59b5e5.jpg

Departure schedule.

 

I had the "MSC Express" for breakfast and we briefly chatted with the group of Norwegians who had asked their butler how long they could stay on the ship before disembarking - they were allowed to stay in the TSL until 10:30 or 11 (can't remember). We went to our room shortly before 8:00 and retrieved our carry-on luggage before going to the TSL, and we were then escorted down to the gangway and off the ship. Luggage retrieval was easy, and we were through the terminal quickly. We ordered an UBER to take us to Bayside, but it was slightly difficult to find a spot where the UBER could pick us up with all the passengers curbside. 

 

 

We dropped off our luggage at Bayside where you can store your luggage for the day for a small fee. We then just had a look at the stores before wandering along the shoreline. 

 

20191208_095420.thumb.jpg.875b6f57480c4d4c19bb2a4ccf6434d7.jpg

 

20191208_095707.thumb.jpg.5574b2f2cf91851949b3c1cb53230c5f.jpg

09:57 - We were a bit early for the Christmas market, with just a few vendors having opened.

 

20191208_100100.thumb.jpg.4303454c9cd790f556de25421b0beed1.jpg

 

20191208_100459.thumb.jpg.11fb57f16d1af0d3d2422431bc8b907f.jpg

 

20191208_100742.thumb.jpg.814369a99c1dd7cd895658abc1ad9c35.jpg

We went to Whole Foods for a short while to have a look around and then returning to bayside to buy a christmas present as not all the stores had opened up when we were there initially. We then ordered an UBER to the airport.

 

20191208_143520.thumb.jpg.301f3a87566a143b07c1ff8e9927bfdf.jpg

We had an overpriced slice of pizza and then headed to our gate

 

20191208_153907.thumb.jpg.60c006ba3d941958ee60cb8b73b9f271.jpg

15:35 - just seconds before pushback on SK 956, direct from Miami to Oslo on an Airbus A330. 

 

20191208_153900.thumb.jpg.2da0f57d2b6f60e8318e4c82148f796e.jpg

SAS Go (economy) seat wasn't nearly as spacious as SAS Plus, with a 2-4-2 configuration and only 31-32 between each row. We had paid an additional $70 to reserve two seats by the window, as I was fearing being placed in two middle seats for the 9-10 hour flight. I initially thought it was OK... But just minutes after take-off, and before the fasten seatbelt sign had been turned off, the passenger in front of me decided he would recline his seat all the way back, and I felt I was breathing on his head and was unable to read. I think his seat must have had a larger recline than the other seats, because I couldn't even take down my tray table properly with his seat in the maximum reclined position (Luckily the stewardess told him to reduce his recline when meal service came around). Coincidentally, we were seated in the row infront of two of the Norwegians we had met on the ship and always seemed to bump into.

 

20191208_160622.thumb.jpg.4c2d5cacf51493bf223ee248d333c87f.jpg

Bye bye Miami, see you another time!

 

20191209_003613.thumb.jpg.90740fe7b5bcf830fa7040fea36feb31.jpg

I tried to watch a movie, but I kept dozing off. 

 

We landed in Oslo at around 06:30, slightly ahead of schedule. I had originally planned to head to work after lunchtime, but after getting home and retrieving our dog, we just had a shower and went to bed and slept until 17:00 (before unpacking and then sleeping for another 8 hours before work the next day).

 

That concludes the trip-report. I'll write a short summary review of the ship, service, ports, etc. in another post later in the day or tomorrow. I appreciate all who have commented, and feel free to ask any questions and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.

 

 

20191208_100507.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, AeroXWD said:

08.12 - Sunday - Disembarkation day 

 

I awoke at just before 5 AM, just as we were slowly passing Fisher Island

 

20191208_045740.thumb.jpg.28031677b3f3145dbadba07281f387a2.jpg

Sorry for the blurry pictures

 

20191208_045824.thumb.jpg.421b9e35708829d70f3dadb5779a0bfe.jpg

 

20191208_045729.thumb.jpg.da35645f86de5023b6e6fe360ef542b6.jpg

The cranes of the port and the skyline behind

 

I went to bed again and slept for another hour before taking a shower and getting dressed for breakfast

20191208_074031.thumb.jpg.bc09b2ae49aa63ce2d69cdb80cc91ad4.jpg

 

20191208_074042.thumb.jpg.8976781a6f07c0611ba059fccf63dc31.jpg

 

20191208_080556.thumb.jpg.a3bf569984dfcb91fe681347ef59b5e5.jpg

Departure schedule.

 

I had the "MSC Express" for breakfast and we briefly chatted with the group of Norwegians who had asked their butler how long they could stay on the ship before disembarking - they were allowed to stay in the TSL until 10:30 or 11 (can't remember). We went to our room shortly before 8:00 and retrieved our carry-on luggage before going to the TSL, and we were then escorted down to the gangway and off the ship. Luggage retrieval was easy, and we were through the terminal quickly. We ordered an UBER to take us to Bayside, but it was slightly difficult to find a spot where the UBER could pick us up with all the passengers curbside. 

 

 

We dropped off our luggage at Bayside where you can store your luggage for the day for a small fee. We then just had a look at the stores before wandering along the shoreline. 

 

20191208_095420.thumb.jpg.875b6f57480c4d4c19bb2a4ccf6434d7.jpg

 

20191208_095707.thumb.jpg.5574b2f2cf91851949b3c1cb53230c5f.jpg

09:57 - We were a bit early for the Christmas market, with just a few vendors having opened.

 

20191208_100100.thumb.jpg.4303454c9cd790f556de25421b0beed1.jpg

 

20191208_100459.thumb.jpg.11fb57f16d1af0d3d2422431bc8b907f.jpg

 

20191208_100742.thumb.jpg.814369a99c1dd7cd895658abc1ad9c35.jpg

We went to Whole Foods for a short while to have a look around and then returning to bayside to buy a christmas present as not all the stores had opened up when we were there initially. We then ordered an UBER to the airport.

 

20191208_143520.thumb.jpg.301f3a87566a143b07c1ff8e9927bfdf.jpg

We had an overpriced slice of pizza and then headed to our gate

 

20191208_153907.thumb.jpg.60c006ba3d941958ee60cb8b73b9f271.jpg

15:35 - just seconds before pushback on SK 956, direct from Miami to Oslo on an Airbus A330. 

 

20191208_153900.thumb.jpg.2da0f57d2b6f60e8318e4c82148f796e.jpg

SAS Go (economy) seat wasn't nearly as spacious as SAS Plus, with a 2-4-2 configuration and only 31-32 between each row. We had paid an additional $70 to reserve two seats by the window, as I was fearing being placed in two middle seats for the 9-10 hour flight. I initially thought it was OK... But just minutes after take-off, and before the fasten seatbelt sign had been turned off, the passenger in front of me decided he would recline his seat all the way back, and I felt I was breathing on his head and was unable to read. I think his seat must have had a larger recline than the other seats, because I couldn't even take down my tray table properly with his seat in the maximum reclined position (Luckily the stewardess told him to reduce his recline when meal service came around). Coincidentally, we were seated in the row infront of two of the Norwegians we had met on the ship and always seemed to bump into.

 

20191208_160622.thumb.jpg.4c2d5cacf51493bf223ee248d333c87f.jpg

Bye bye Miami, see you another time!

 

20191209_003613.thumb.jpg.90740fe7b5bcf830fa7040fea36feb31.jpg

I tried to watch a movie, but I kept dozing off. 

 

We landed in Oslo at around 06:30, slightly ahead of schedule. I had originally planned to head to work after lunchtime, but after getting home and retrieving our dog, we just had a shower and went to bed and slept until 17:00 (before unpacking and then sleeping for another 8 hours before work the next day).

 

That concludes the trip-report. I'll write a short summary review of the ship, service, ports, etc. in another post later in the day or tomorrow. I appreciate all who have commented, and feel free to ask any questions and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.

 

 

20191208_100507.jpg

 

 

Tack så mycket!

 

I really enjoyed your review. Great pictures!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, sverigecruiser said:

Tack så mycket!

 

I really enjoyed your review. Great pictures!

 

Bara trevligt! Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you very much for your excellent review and fantastic photos 😀 I really enjoyed them. Seems like you enjoyed the MSC Yacht Club, my favorite cruise product for sure. Bear in mind that it's hard to go back to a regular cabin after sailing in the MSC Yacht Club 😁

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, @CGTNORMANDIE@Norwegian Cruiser 73! We did indeed, and what excellent value! We joked that they must be losing money on us (but that was before we saw our bill from the casino). So much so that I'm not sure we could do it any other way.

 

We were talking about the cruise this night, and I got the distinct impression that a regular Bella or Fantastica was out of the question after having experienced YC 🤷‍♂️. It's not that a regular cabin is bad, but just that the Yacht Club is so good. I'm sure I would like it though. My fear before embarking the cruise was that she wouldn't like it, and therefore I decided we should book YC, knowing her dislike of long queues, but thankfully she was overwhelmed.

Edited by AeroXWD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, AeroXWD said:

Thanks, @CGTNORMANDIE@Norwegian Cruiser 73! We did indeed, and what excellent value! We joked that they must be losing money on us (but that was before we saw our bill from the casino). So much so that I'm not sure we could do it any other way.

 

We were talking about the cruise this night, and I got the distinct impression that a regular Bella or Fantastica was out of the question after having experienced YC 🤷‍♂️. It's not that a regular cabin is bad, but just that the Yacht Club is so good. I'm sure I would like it though. My fear before embarking the cruise was that she wouldn't like it, and therefore I decided we should book YC, knowing her dislike of long queues, but thankfully she was overwhelmed.

Ahhh, yes.  The "Addicted to the YC Syndrome" LOL  I am afflicted with it!  Wife mentioned booking an Aurea room for next cruise because it would be cheaper, and the rest of us just tilted our heads and gave her that "are you crazy!" look.

 

Truly enjoyed your review with all the great pics, especially of Ocean Cay...thank you so much!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/19/2019 at 7:10 AM, psmarkle said:

To me, it looked like a barracuda, but I'm not an expert. 

The fins are all wrong for a baracuda.  Definitely looks like  a shark.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, pepper said:

The fins are all wrong for a baracuda.  Definitely looks like  a shark.  

 


Looked like a sand shark to me...fairly harmless.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • SAIL-AWAY GIVEAWAY - Enter Now for a Chance to Win a 7-day Cruise for Two
      • Q&A with InsureMyTrip
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...