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  1. My family and I just did a Mediterranean cruise on MSC in the Yacht Club. We had a wonderful time. Drinks are included in the YC and the YC restaurant is very good. They also have a nice grill area on the YC pool deck that serves breakfast and lunch. The interior YC cabins are a very good value, especially on a port intensive cruise. The entertainment is not as good as RC, but we were so tired in the evenings that it really didn't matter.
  2. Once when I was in CK, I asked about the world. The maitre d arranged for us to have desert in Wonderland. Other people in CK had it in CK. This was on harmony pre Covid. On ovation post Covid the maitre d brought 2 worlds for our group of 4 to CK.
  3. The desert-the World-is really good in Wonderland. You should at least pop in for that!
  4. Yes, our joke when the weather reports call for snow is that the grocery stores must be overstocked on bread and milk.
  5. I can relate to this too. Most of NC shuts down with a quarter inch of snow. Several reasons: 1. We get very little snow and none of us know how to drive safely in it 2. We get so little snow that it makes more economic sense to shut down on the rare occasions than to invest in snow plows 3. Most of our “snow” is really ice.
  6. When I was a child (and rode my dinosaur to school-ask my kids), we had no AC in NC schools. We also did not start school until the tobacco had all been cropped because the farmers relied on the high schoolers to help. This meant that we were usually in school through a good bit of June. When temps reached a certain level, they let us out of school early. I don’t remember the temps but I remember it being very hot. Plus high humidity is a given in NC. At a certain point it equalizes but 90 degrees with 98% relative humidity and no rain is really miserable. Our first RC cruise was out of South Hampton in September 2017, a very hot time in London. We spent several days post cruise in an unairconditioned boutique hotel hotel. It was hot but bearable. I cannot imagine what it’s like this week.
  7. Bar Harbor excursions are back in the cruise planner, so hopefully we will go to that port.
  8. This is interesting. I would like to be able to get only a serving of sushi for lunch-the entire meal is much too filling for lunch. I will be Voyager in October and would like to avoid the Windjammer for boarding day lunch. Chops is the only option in the CP, and it is more money than I want to pay and more food than I want to eat. I would happily go to Playmakers or Johnny Rockets but that ship has neither. The app lists Izumi as open for lunch on boarding day, so I will hope that is an option.
  9. If they want to encourage traditional dining, they need to adjust the times. 5:30 is simply too early to try to get ready for dinner after a busy day in port (or even on the ship) and the late time will not work for most families. I'm not sure what the solution is, but perhaps instead of offering MTD, they could stagger the traditional dining, and seat groups at 30 to 45 minute intervals instead of 2 fixed times.
  10. One thought: keep current reservations until you check in and know your boarding time. As long your boarding time is no later than 11:30, you should be fine. Also we were boarding in Ft Lauderdale. We had 11 am time. They did check times but let anyone with a boarding time before 12:30 line up with us. We got there at about 10:30 and waited outside for about 35 minutes. Process was fast once they opened the doors.
  11. I’m not sure. I’ve never done that. We got all reservations including hibachi easily. Later in the week we wanted to change nights and were actually able to schedule hibachi on the day we were making the changes-i.e. same day reservations. At first they said 8 pm that night then moved us to 7. The ship was full that week and we were in a Central Park balcony so no concierge. I will say that we made an effort to be friendly and polite to everyone which may have led to the hostess helping us with the changes more willing to accommodate us.
  12. I was on Navigator several years ago, and a man proposed right before the desert course on the grand staircase in the MDR. It was really special and everyone in the dining room was thrilled. He had arranged for pictures as well.
  13. If you are really ambitious, you can check in at midnight on the day check in opens to get your boarding time. I was lucky enough to be traveling with someone on West Coast time last year, and they were able to get an early boarding time. I don't know how necessary it is, though.
  14. That's interesting because my October 23 sailing has all menus up.
  15. $219 is not bad for the UDP on a ship that size, with so many options, especially if you have already booked 3 specialty restaurants. You can cancel them and make reservations for all three on board, with the addition of lunch options and other dinner options. You can still book the hibachi with the UDP; you just pay $10 extra-probably still a good value if you plan on doing three. We got an early boarding time and were able to get the reservations we wanted on the nights we wanted at times we wanted with no difficulty.
  16. Generally, I find the suite concierges to be very helpful and responsive, but as with anything, some are better than others. On one trip, we totally gave up on the concierge and started using guest services-the concierge was so bad, it was worth waiting in line. That was the exception, though.
  17. You make your own reservations for the dining package once you get on board the ship. We did not have any trouble getting the times and places we wanted; we were a group of three. Larger groups may have more issues. Also, we did not usually need reservations for lunch. I don't know how it works for holiday meals, but they do make a courtesy reservation the first night, so they probably would reserve something-there might an upcharge though. The only upcharge we encountered was $10 pp for the hibachi, which we did not mind because the experience was really fun. I also imaging that the MDR will have a festive atmosphere on New Year's Eve if you don't want to pay anything extra. There were 2 ships at Coco Cay the last time we were there-a voyager class (can't remember which one) and Allure. Both were sailing at or near full capacity and we had no issues with seats.
  18. Keep checking the prices for the unlimited dining package. We really enjoyed it, especially for a relaxing lunch on sea days. It can be a good value if the price is right. For our 8 night cruise on Allure last spring, we paid $199 each and felt it was well worth it. I have been to Coco Cay twice and never spent anything extra. There are plenty of loungers in the sun and the shade. Both times I have been, we start on the beach, then move to the pool later in the afternoon. No problem finding great spots with shade either place. I also saw lots of seats in the sun. Have a great trip!
  19. I saw the same post, and asked my TA, but she did not know anything. My app and cruise planner still list Bar Harbor, but there are no excursions listed for that port. I had a port cancelled in the Caribbean this spring, and the shore excursions for that port disappeared before the announcement was made, so I am standing by. I don't love tender ports so I won't be too sad to miss it, but I would like for them to substitute a different port. I'm not sure the weather will be great for a lot of sea days in October.
  20. Bar Harbor is still showing on my app and in the cruise planner, as well as on the booking site. I wonder if they will substitute another port?
  21. By the way, when did they remove the Bar Harbor stop? I booked on Saturday, and it was still showing, although I did notice there are no excursions listed.
  22. Sounds like several of us will be on the October 23 trip. I will be as well, with my husband, daughter, and son in law. Other friends are also going and staying at the Westin port area. That's probably what we will do as well.
  23. Thanks! I tried to search for threads already written with this information, but I missed this.
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