The MSC Meraviglia Yacht Club Experience Review

The MSC Meraviglia Yacht Club Experience Review


Doug talks with Mark and Rocky of TheCruiseLife this week about their nine-night cruise aboard MSC Meraviglia.

They dive into their bougie MSC Meraviglia Yacht Membership expertise, from unique embarkation to devoted facilities like a butler, non-public lounge, eating room, and solar deck. They focus on the superior eating choices, together with specialty dishes and a novel cheese trolley, and the advantages of their status-matching loyalty program standing.

One in all MSC Cruises’ larger vessels, Mark and Rocky additionally contact on the onboard leisure, the ship’s ambiance, and ports of name, together with a go to to MSC’s non-public island, Ocean Cay.

Discover Rock and Mark’s protection of MSC Meraviglia:

MSC Meraviglia Overview Transcript

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Doug (00:01:01) – Mark and Rocky had simply returned from a nine-night cruise aboard MSC Maravilla. It was out of New York Metropolis, within the Bahamas, Florida space, and staying within the yacht membership. They be a part of us on the road proper now. Hey, guys, how are you?

Visitor (00:01:16) – Good, Doug.

Doug (00:01:17) – I’m excited to speak about this as a result of we haven’t had an MSC Yacht Membership expertise in a very long time. We’ve had those that had been like three-nighters and had been quick, however I’m excited to listen to what it’s like spending prolonged time past seven nights in that yacht membership. So what we’ll do right here earlier than we get began, we’ll get some pre-cruise ideas. You’re within the Phoenix space. What made you need to take this nine-niner out of New York Metropolis.

Visitor (00:01:40) – Actually, it was simply the concept of getting to take a look at a brand new cruise line. We’ve been MSC for a very long time, and the concept crusing out of New York within the coronary heart of January, when it is vitally chilly exterior, uh, the pricing was very profitable to get ourselves onto that ship, in addition to to fly throughout the nation to New York.

Visitor (00:02:01) – So all the celebs aligned and simply made it worthwhile for us.

Doug (00:02:04) – Now, there have been some, uh, just a little little bit of climate going via the nation in regards to the time whenever you all boarded. It may need missed you by a day or two. Did that influence your flights going into Manhattan?

Visitor (00:02:14) – It didn’t influence the flights in any respect. It did influence sail away a bit. Um, as you may think about, uh, the storms, uh, it was fairly rocky on the seas. Uh, it was actually cool as a result of it was the primary time ever.

So we’ve been to Alaska a number of instances, however it was the primary time ever we’ve truly seen snow on a cruise ship. And so to see the crew, it was the primary time many had seen snow on a cruise ship. And so they had been out operating out, uh, TikTok ING and taking selfies. It was a extremely particular expertise, uh, with the ability to see that snowstorm.

Doug (00:02:48) – That’s so cool.

Doug (00:02:49) – So did you any pre cruise time within the metropolis earlier than boarding in Brooklyn?

Visitor (00:02:57) – You understand, we all the time recommend that one of the best ways to do it’s to fly a day forward of time. Uh, this time we flew in two days upfront to take a while and discover Brooklyn, as a result of that’s the place the cruise terminal is for MSC. After which we additionally took the subway into Manhattan and simply sort of hung round Occasions Sq., went to a few bars, a few eating places, and, uh, simply sort of obtained ourselves located in New York earlier than we set sail. We met up with we met up with considered one of, uh, the solo’s that I met on board, uh, Norwegian Cruise Line. So I did a Norwegian cruise line earlier in 2023. Uh, we met a bunch of solos in our solo cabins, and we truly met up with them to hang around, and so they confirmed us New York, which was a ton of enjoyable.

Visitor (00:03:36) – You see.

Doug (00:03:36) – You by no means know what connections you’ll make on a ship, proper? Proper.

Visitor (00:03:39) – Precisely.

Doug (00:03:40) – Yeah. It’s it’s so superior. So that you make your method to Brooklyn the next day and also you go to embark MSC Maravilla. How was that embarkation course of? And, did you get any sort of particular remedy embarking because you had been within the Yacht Membership?

Visitor (00:03:54) – Goodness gracious. It was an embark like none that I’ve ever skilled. We’ve all been via embark. We all know the strains, we all know the queues. We all know all the seating areas. Um, the second that we obtained there, instantly there was signage for yacht membership. And so the, the, the porter, the baggage porter whisked us over and tagged our baggage with yacht membership tags and pointed us to his colleague standing on the door with a yacht membership signal. They actually escorted us via the terminal to our personal devoted safety line for yacht membership. Um, they didn’t have a they didn’t have us ready within the normal queue.

Visitor (00:04:28) – And so we went via that safety queue, uh, in a short time. And one other, one more Yacht Membership consultant whisked us to our non-public lounge, the place they did one on one verify ins with us, um, after which handed us glasses of champagne and canapés and glowing water. Um, and it was a non-public space, very quiet, very secluded from the remainder of the terminal. And we loved mimosas and, uh, glowing water, uh, that as we waited to board the ship.

Doug (00:04:57) – How lengthy did it take you from curb to ship, then?

Visitor (00:05:00) – It took us about an hour and a half. So sadly the the crusing earlier than ours was the New Yr’s cruise. And they also had plenty of passengers to disembark from that ship. So that they had been barely delayed on clearing the ship right down to zero counts for us to start out the embark course of. So yeah, about an hour and a half from after we arrived. Happily, the lounge was nice. We had butlers in there ready on us, so it was a extremely nice expertise getting to face round and wait till the ship was prepared.

Visitor (00:05:28) – Actually. Butlers, butlers, refilling our champagne glasses, strolling round with bottles of champagne, saying, oh, would you want a refill in your champagne? Effectively, okay. Sure, we’d love that.

Doug (00:05:38) – It’s like being caught in an airport and with the ability to be in an airline lounge as an alternative of within the common frequent space, proper? Simply sort of, uh. Yeah, yeah, residing it up in there. So that you make your means on board the ship. You’re mentioning this was your first time on the ship. So what had been your first impressions of MSC Meraviglia?

Visitor (00:05:54) – So it’s sort of humorous you ask that we didn’t truly get to see the entire ship for the primary 4 hours that we had been on board once they when the yacht membership boards, we get precedence boarding service. So they convey us into the primary atrium, and that’s in regards to the a lot of the ship we get to see. From there, we stroll down a hall of rooms to the very ahead of the ship, the place they’ve elevators that they will badge in, supplying you with precedence entry to the elevator.

Visitor (00:06:21) – They loaded us into these elevators and took us as much as the sixteenth deck the place the topsail lounges, which is the unique lounge house for the highest or the yacht membership. Uh, and so they put us in there with, once more, extra champagne and extra canapés and dwell music that was being carried out for us. So we spent a lot of the first 4 hours on board in that topsail lounge. Effectively, they took us from the Topsail Lounge. Then they opened up the Topsail Restaurant, the unique restaurant for yacht clubbers. And so we actually went from canapés and champagne as much as the lunch within the Topsail restaurant.

Usually we run round taking footage and exploring the ship. We actually had been simply sort of within the lap of luxurious these first a number of hours onboard. Oh, we met our butler as effectively throughout that point. And so we didn’t truly depart the yacht membership as Rocky talked about, till about 4 hours after boarding.

Doug (00:07:12) – So loads to unpack right here. So I need to truly take a step again.

Doug (00:07:15) – And I need to ask, um, we had been chatting earlier than we began recording right here, and also you talked about you had an improve supply. So how a lot of a premium, um, when you settle for that improve, is it for the yacht membership towards simply staying in a daily balcony cabin?

Visitor (00:07:29) – In order that’s precisely what we had booked. We booked a balcony cabin and obtained a proposal to bid on an improve. Now, as a result of we had already booked that balcony and paid for a balcony, the improve quantity was not wildly costly. I feel it was. We we might have began the improve course of supply at $300 per particular person. Wow. And Rocky was like, okay, ought to we simply begin there? And I used to be like, how typically will we get to remain within the yacht membership? We’re maxing that bit out. And so I feel we every maxed our bid out at about $600. So for an additional $1,200 or so plus tax and all of that stuff, um, we might transfer from the balcony we had into.

Visitor (00:08:09) – We truly dug and bid for an inside yacht membership cabin as a result of we had been like, okay, we’re simply gonna be certain that we get into this factor. Effectively, they had been they will need to have been offered out as a result of our desires had been answered. We obtained the improve and so they put us right into a deluxe suite.

Doug (00:08:24) – I adore it. Let’s focus on that deluxe suite within the yacht membership and provides us all the main points.

Visitor (00:08:30) – As you stroll in, the very first thing that meets your eye is the scale of this cabin. I’d say that this cabin is similar depth as your commonplace balcony cabin that you just discover on any cruise ship. Nevertheless, the width might be equal to 1 and a half to wherever as much as two instances the width of a typical balcony cabin. Big house, um, between the foot of the mattress and the credenza and wall models that that they had the place all the minibar was situated. There was in all probability a great 4 to 5ft of house between these two areas. Um, inside the lavatory, it was upgraded facilities.

Visitor (00:09:05) – You had marble tile all through, a really massive, spacious stroll in bathe with a rainfall head, uh, or the rain bathe head. Um, the balcony was the identical width because the room, so it was a reasonably sizable balcony. They solely put two chairs and one aspect desk on the market, however you can have simply had one other two. Uh, very massive and spacious room.

Doug (00:09:29) – So the query is, how do you employ the butler in your cruise? Effectively.

Visitor (00:09:33) – You understand, as a result of we frequently have butlers on our cruises. Uh, I child, um, it was the primary expertise. And so actually the butler launched himself. We had been within the room. He he knocked and got here in and he mentioned, what questions do you’ve gotten for me? And we mentioned, effectively, we don’t even know what inquiries to ask. And so he’s like, effectively, let’s begin together with your pillow picks. Are your pillows as much as your liking? And Rocky joked, he’s like, effectively, we’ll sleep on him tonight and allow you to know.

Visitor (00:09:59) – Um, however however the. Butler took care of our minibar, so he requested us particularly for our preferences when it comes to sodas, juices and beers.

He requested for our liquor choice as a result of the yacht membership comes with a bottle, comes with bottle service, a single bottle. And so we, uh, we shared our, uh, bottle choice with him, after which he simply tell us that he could be the person who would escort us to dinners if we needed. He would escort us to the theater for exhibits.

He would organize our bookings if we needed to go to any specialty restaurant. And so it was, , Rocky and I requested as we had been preparing, we’re like, is that this simply going to be an upgraded room steward, like a room steward that wears a swimsuit? Um, and no, it was it was considerably greater than only a room steward. In truth, we had a junior butler as effectively and, and a 3rd one who helped service the room.

Visitor (00:10:50) – So there have been three folks servicing the room. However that Butler expertise was actually distinctive and new to us. Sure, I adore it.

Doug (00:10:58) – So that you had been on there for 9 nights. Was there sufficient house in your room to place every part?

Visitor (00:11:01) – Yeah, there was um, I feel one of many challenges that we found after we had been unpacking our room was the closet house was just a little bit smaller than what we’re used to on a few of the different balcony rooms that we’ve had previously. Um, the way in which it’s arrange, you stroll in and the, the closet house is your entrance to the lavatory.

And so it’s sort of an odd format. We found that there have been some challenges with that. Nevertheless, there was a three-drawer cupboard space in the primary room space that was a part of the primary. I don’t know what you name it. Credenza. Yeah. And so that truly made up for a few of that misplaced house. And luckily, these beds had been designed to carry baggage beneath or suitcases beneath them.

Visitor (00:11:41) – It was simple to unpack our room and get moved in for these 9 days. Oh, and don’t neglect each of the nightstands subsequent to the mattress. So there have been further storage tables subsequent to the mattress as effectively. And so there was loads of storage. However to Rocky’s level that the closet gave the impression to be just a little bit smaller than than different rooms.

Doug (00:11:59) – ThYacht Membership is like Norwegian’s Haven, a ship inside a ship idea. So exterior of your room, what facilities did you’ve gotten inside your ship?

Visitor (00:12:07) – I’m telling you, they design it so that you don’t have to depart the yacht membership. They let you know whenever you’re going via the reserving course of. They are saying it’s unique and it’s non-public. And that’s very true. And so the doorway to the yacht membership on every of the flooring are glass doorways. Really. They give the impression of being out into the elevator financial institution. I feel MSC has designed it so that folks can see in and you may see out, however you need to badge out and in to get in.

Visitor (00:12:33) – And so the areas are stunning. They’ve obtained these crystal staircases. What are these crystals? The Swarovski, Swarovski, uh, staircases, the spiral staircases. So we would go away our room and take the staircase as much as the subsequent deck. Uh, the sixteenth deck, which is the place the concierge was on the Topsail lounge. Topsail lounge was home windows all on the entrance of the ship.

The view of of New York, we commented that was in all probability the perfect view of New York we’ve ever had in that topsail lounge. Oh yeah, the cover. Like, there’s simply a lot to unpack in that, um, the total bar.

After which once more, you’re taking up one other spiral staircase and you’re there on the unique restaurant, after which another spiral staircase up, and you’re at deck 19, which is your devoted, uh, lounging house, pool, and scorching tub. There’s a day by day buffet that they put up there for, for simply yacht membership friends, together with a bar.

Doug (00:13:23) – Let’s discuss a few of the meals on MSC Maravilla.

Doug (00:13:26) – When you get out of your haven complicated and go to the buffet with the frequent people, how was the buffet and the meals all through the 9 days?

Visitor (00:13:34) – So we didn’t uncover the buffet space till that first evening. It was the second day that we found it. Yeah. Uh, now that I feel again on the expertise, um, we wish to confer with these areas as Jen and Pop. And, uh, as we walked in to the buffet, we had been we sort of felt like we had been in another person’s place. We didn’t really feel like we knew that our means round, as a result of we had spent a lot time on the ship earlier than we discovered the buffet. However as soon as we did discover it, I’ll let you know, Doug, we spent a great period of time there, particularly for late-night buffets. Uh, this was the primary time that we’d actually seen a cruise line dedicate a late-night buffet to its passengers constantly. Each evening from midnight till 2 a.m..

Visitor (00:14:14) – They served meals. And we’re not simply speaking about simply, , a fast little seize right here and there. They’ve their pizzas accessible. They’ve little small sandwiches that you can seize. That they had burgers and scorching canine. They generally had nachos. Generally, they’d do a breakfast with some scrambled eggs and bacon each evening. I feel I obtained scrambled eggs and bacon each single evening of the cruise.

That they had the wholesome nook like that they had salads. And so it wasn’t even simply that fried stuff that you just typically discover on the late evening buffet. That they had salads in a wholesome nook. I imply, it was the biggest. So we’ve seen late evening buffets proper on Carnival. We’ve seen it on, uh, we’ve seen it on the opposite strains. This was the I imply, it was the scale of a daily buffet at from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.. It introduced me again to outdated days of cruising.

Doug (00:14:57) – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sounds prefer it. So on your primary. You had been mentioning.

Doug (00:15:01) – You had your eating room within the topsail space. So how was the eating within the yacht membership, and was there a lot of a range like, do they rotate the menus? How does that play out?

Visitor (00:15:12) – Very a lot a devoted menu for the, uh, those who had been within the yacht membership. Um, the choices that they, that they had on the menu, there was some mirroring that occurred to the primary eating rooms on the ship, however they had been elevated to a special degree with the choices and the forms of meals. Uh, there was a collection of classics that had been served each evening.

For instance, you can get your traditional filet mignon, or a salmon could be accessible. And I feel in addition they had a lobster on that classics menu. On the classics menu, you had lobster and filet mignon. I imply, that is that is subsequent degree right here. Proper. After which uh, for the common choices each day that they had a rotation of a number of totally different gadgets. Often there was a day by day results of that was accessible.

Visitor (00:15:53) – There was additionally a special day by day lamb that was on the menu. Uh, so positively a better caliber of meals choices on the menu. And the way in which that they had been ready and plated had been very stunning. Uh, you had, in fact, your primary waiter and then you definitely had your, your waiters’ assistants and they’d all work in concord collectively to ship your breads, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Talking of desserts, don’t neglect that the maitre d would flambé the dessert. So we had cherries jubilee one evening the place he flambé and served that, um, they, they did the cheese trolley the place they’d actually, they actually had a cheese trolley the place you can select the cheeses and, and jams and jellies that you just needed as a part of your dessert choice. It was it was positively. The place do you discover a risotto on a cruise on the issue to truly put together that appropriately for the plenty. Um, you may’t do this. However you may in a non-public small restaurant that’s devoted to a subset of your passengers.

Doug (00:16:53) – And the way had been the strains up there?

Visitor (00:16:57) – We don’t know what you imply by strains.

Doug (00:17:00) – Honest sufficient.

Visitor (00:17:02) – Yeah, as a result of there was such a small capability inside the yacht membership itself on the ship. Proper. And since you solely have these folks that have entry to it, our eating instances for dinner was accessible from 6 p.m. till 830.

That was when you can get seated, and it was open to your time. Everytime you needed to go in, you’ll present up. There was one knife that I can consider, and I consider it was the second gala evening. We needed to wait perhaps three minutes, perhaps get seated. Yeah. Um, general, the quantity of seating that they’ve each within the lounge and the restaurant are ample for the variety of folks which can be in there, and so they know that they’re going to show over tables all through the night from friends which can be doing early versus later eating.

Doug (00:17:42) – Did you get pleasure from any specialty eating on board this one?

Visitor (00:17:45) – So this crusing particularly, we selected to stay to the yacht membership in order that we might seize every of the menus and really document some opinions every dinner. We truly are proper now reserving, uh, one other MSC cruise, we dedicated to ourselves that we’d do a yacht membership and we might do non-Yacht Membership. And so that’s the place that’s crusing, the place we plan to truly discover a few of these further, um, upstairs upcharge specialty eating places. However for this crusing we actually caught to the Yacht Membership restaurant. That unique restaurant.

Doug (00:18:16) – I meant to ask you, earlier than you sailed, did you do the standing match with them?

Visitor (00:18:20) – Yeah, each of us truly ended up doing standing match. Um, with Mark having diamond standing with Carnival and I’ve platinum standing, we had been each in a position to match into their gold standing or gold degree with the Voyagers membership.

Doug (00:18:33) – So that you stepped proper into gold. So are you aware, like what that will get you in comparison with simply being a first-time MSC cruiser?

Visitor (00:18:39) – Nice query.

Visitor (00:18:40) – As a result of, uh, MSC isn’t recognized for his or her loyalty program having the strongest perks, however what it did get us is it it obtained us a welcome again reception the place that they had cocktails, which whenever you’re within the yacht membership, it doesn’t actually have a huge effect. Uh, as a result of we had champagne up and up in our non-public lounge.

We additionally obtained just a little present. It was just a little backpack or drawstring backpack that we obtained. There’s additionally whenever you’re a part of the whenever you’re a part of the loyalty program, you get a reduction on sailings with MSC, and on future sailings with MSC. And so I feel it’s a 5% low cost that you just get as, as a member of that degree. And so there are some perks.

They don’t truly do precedence. Like many strains have precedence boarding and don’t do this till you hit their very high degree, which is diamond. And that’s the one group with precedence boarding and demarcation. In order that’s our objective. My objective is to hit Diamond on Carnival and MSC.

Visitor (00:19:36) – We’ll see how lengthy it takes.

Doug (00:19:37) – Double diamond. There you go.

Visitor (00:19:39) – I prefer it I like.

Doug (00:19:40) – That. How about across the ship such as you talked about Carnival. So we’ll follow that. Uh, they’ve the fellows burger joint, which is complimentary eating. Does MSC have something like that across the ship? Form of a seize and go sort place. Yeah.

Visitor (00:19:52) – So, uh, it was sort of shocked. And that was one of many conversations that we had at Put up Cruise is the truth that there actually aren’t these. Varieties of seize and go fast serve eating places on board. You do have the buffet, which could be very effectively divided. They’ve their ethnic nook and so they have their pastas, and so they have a pizza spot and a few burgers, however it’s actually solely confined to that space in addition to the primary eating restaurant eating places. Apart from that, every part is upcharge. They’ve a Mexican place that’s an upcharge. They’ve, uh, I can’t keep in mind all of them. There’s a there’s a pair different ones.

Visitor (00:20:27) – One factor that I’d name out that was distinctive, that I’ve by no means seen earlier than on any of our sailings, is that they had a child’s buffet, a devoted buffet for the children in order that they didn’t should be in the primary space of the buffet. After which the one different sort of separate areas that that they had had been out on the lido deck.

That they had that sort of that they had like aspect buffets. It was the identical buffet meals on the within of the buffet, however it was excellent exterior on Lido, so that you didn’t should go in. However there was no , I take into consideration even Celeb Apex had the burger and fries station and Carnival and all of their aspect eating places that they’ve which can be included. None of that. It’s targeted on the buffet and their and their primary eating room for the included choices.

Doug (00:21:10) – Let’s focus on the leisure on board Maravilla. I do know that MSC gave up the Cirque partnership situated behind the ship. What’s happening again there now?

Visitor (00:21:22) – So I’ll say that we had been pleasantly shocked with the present performances that had been placed on in the primary Broadway theater, which is their primary theater within the ahead of the ship. We truly attended one of many Meet the forged sort of, uh, displays, if you’ll, and we had a extremely nice interplay with them.

We came upon that all the exhibits in that ahead lounge had been designed particularly for that forged and this ship. So in all, we had been very impressed and loved all the exhibits we noticed in that ahead lounge. Now, going to your query about Cirque du Soleil partnership, you may see that there nonetheless is a few residual, um, design with the exhibits that they’ve in that again lounge that does nonetheless exist, they nonetheless do aerial acts, and we very a lot loved these performances. However one factor to concentrate on is MSC nonetheless continues to think about that an upcharge and add-on sort of expertise.

Visitor (00:22:20) – So when you purchase it on the ship, it’s $18 an individual to get into a kind of exhibits. The great factor is that they sweeten the deal as a result of they throw a drink at you you can get pleasure from in the course of the present, however it’s positively a bit totally different of an expertise than what we’ve seen on a lot of the different cruise strains.

Doug (00:22:37) – Gotcha. And did you guys, uh, like, what sort of present was you talked about? It was like an acrobatics factor, however it was simply an MSC-branded present.

Visitor (00:22:47) – Yeah. So that they placed on a magic present. Houdini is the title of the present. And so there’s plenty of singing, dancing, acrobats flying via the air, and just a little juggling and leaping out into the viewers. And so positively had, I’d say Cirque vibes, however simply not with the branding. However to Rocky’s level, they’re nonetheless charging that upcharge for the Cirque like present.

Doug (00:23:10) – Gotcha. Okay. Traditionally, MSC Cruise Leisure is extra visible and fewer like comedians due to the worldwide viewers. Is it like this on MSC Meraviglia?

Visitor (00:23:22) – Truly, no. I really feel like there was loads, plenty of the displays that we noticed had been completed primarily in English, surprisingly. Okay. Uh, the one factor that caught us off guard was the overhead bulletins.

Anytime the captain would make his bulletins, it might all the time be completed by the captain. Once more in Italian. Uh, in the course of the security briefings after we had been on the embark day, they had been doing bulletins in each English and Mandarin. For security causes, there have been so many Mandarin-speaking passengers on board. However general, a lot of the exhibits had been completed and carried out in English main as much as the present’s begin.

They’d do a few bulletins in Mandarin and Italian and English and German. So that they did do a number of pre-calls for these exhibits. However general the precise exhibits themselves had been primarily in English, if there was any talking in any respect. Yeah, it seems it seems these songs are common. You understand, the journey is common throughout all languages.

Doug (00:24:19) – Let’s speak in regards to the sea days. So far as crowds and congestion, I do know that you just had been up there within the yacht membership for in all probability most of it, however as you made your means additional south, you talked about the snow on the sail out, however that it will definitely heat up as soon as you bought across the Carolinas or Florida.

Visitor (00:24:36) – Warmed up is relative. Uh, it was hotter than than the snow, however we there weren’t plenty of of us spending trip on deck or making use of of the water slides. Um, it was nonetheless fairly chilly till, actually, the nicest day we had was in Nassau. And so it took us, uh, 5 days into the cruise earlier than the climate was, was to some extent the place you’ll need to truly be out on deck or format, , you can be out. I imply, we had been like, jackets and denims, uh, all through the crusing. Uh, however however it wasn’t it didn’t get actually heat till we obtained down into the Bahamas.

Doug (00:25:07) – So far as the crowds and congestion across the ship, was there any of that since everybody was inside?

Visitor (00:25:16) – Actually? Actually, the one crowds we skilled had been within the Meraviglia Galleria Meraviglia, which is a domed space. If you happen to deck six and deck seven, it’s a two-story space. They’ve obtained a lovely dome, just like the Fremont Expertise in Las Vegas, the place they’ve obtained that led that runs virtually the whole lot of the ship. That’s the place they’d do a lot of their dance events and occasions, as a result of it was too chilly up on deck to do it.

We didn’t really feel that house was designed to host these events. And so it’s a throughput for site visitors on the ship. And so that you’ve obtained folks making an attempt to make their means all through the ship and folks dancing and singing. And that was actually the one time we felt like we had been crowded, or that we had been sort of aggravated just a little bit by the site visitors circulate of the ship. In any other case I’d I’d let you know, we didn’t really feel crowds, even the buffet, the buffets, had been typically just a little bit busy, however however to not the purpose the place we’ve seen it put on on different strains.

Visitor (00:26:12) – What did you consider that promenade space with the ceiling that lights up?

Visitor (00:26:15) – Stunning. Uh, we had been surprised by the design and the way beautiful that house was, and so they actually maximize the utilization of these LED screens all through the crusing, together with on Embark day, once they’re exhibiting you the place all the totally different muster stations are situated. However general, that house was stunning.

It was positively vast sufficient to stroll via it when there wasn’t an occasion taking place, you can simply take your self up onto the subsequent deck up and look down from the mezzanine and actually benefit from the sights and the and sounds and even the smells coming from the chocolate manufacturing facility. As you had been crusing alongside, so it was very pleasing.

Talking of talking of these multi-use screens, keep in mind, even on the welcome again celebration, they performed the Welcome Again video that that that MSC sizzle reel. They performed the video factor. Welcome again. I respect your loyalty. They performed that up on these screens. And so actually everybody on the Welcome Again celebration headed to the sky watching them discuss what an excellent expertise MSC is.

Doug (00:27:11) – The on line casino. How was that so far as the smoking scenario in and round it?

Visitor (00:27:17) – That they had a smoke-free on line casino. It seems that it was an afterthought based mostly on our conversations with the opposite passengers on board. The smoke-free on line casino was good. Nevertheless, they didn’t have any gaming tables for the smoke-free gamblers.

Now, the thrilling factor was the position of the Cirque theater. You need to stroll via the smoking on line casino to get to the theater, which was sort of an odd setup, however the way in which the on line casino was arrange. They put the primary bar within the heart of it. So that you’re not diving into the primary on line casino itself. Total, the on line casino appeared like a reasonably ample measurement, corresponding to what we’re aware of on a few of Carnival’s Vista ships.

Doug (00:27:59) – Okay. Very cool. So, let’s speak in regards to the ports of name you hit on this nine-night cruise. And what we’ll do right here is hit the primary one, give us a spotlight, then we’ll go to the subsequent one and so forth.

Visitor (00:28:10) – The primary cruise port we visited was the unique location, Port Canaveral in Florida. We had one thing else organized. We have now some actually good mates that we’ve additionally met via happening cruises who dwell within the Orlando space, they ended up selecting us up, and we had a enjoyable day at SeaWorld for the day. So, it’s positively just a little bit totally different. We didn’t ebook something via MSC as a result of we’ve been to Port Canaveral earlier than, so we needed to test it out via the locals.

Doug (00:29:01) – So what was after Port Canaveral?

Visitor (00:29:04) – Subsequent was Miami and the day was sudden. Icon of the Seas was scheduled to reach in Miami the day earlier than.

Nevertheless, as a result of climate, they saved her out for an additional day. And so we actually obtained to see icon of the seas sail. And we did a dwell, uh, we did a YouTube dwell the place we streamed her crusing into Port Miami for the primary time. We watched her flip round within the basin, return, and dock on the Royal Caribbean Terminal. There.

We obtained off the ship, and we hiked our tour that day. We hiked a few mile as much as the Royal Caribbean Terminal, climbed as much as the very high of the parking storage, Royal Caribbean parking storage, and we simply took footage and filmed a bunch of stuff up there as a result of it was like such a wow second for for a few cruise nerds.

Doug (00:29:53) – Yeah. No, positively. So after Nassau, you headed over to the Bahamas. Uh, what was the primary Bahamas port?

Visitor (00:29:59) – We first stopped at MSC’s Non-public Island, MSC’s Ocean Cay Marine Reserve. It’s a lovely non-public island vacation spot.

You may inform that MSC put plenty of thought and consideration once they had been designing this port. It’s big. It’s large, big. And it’s good as a result of the ship can dock straight onto the port there, as an alternative of you having to do a water shuttle taxi service to get in.

It’s a very massive and sprawling island, with tons of locations for folks to exit and lounge and format, seize meals, and have a pleasant stress-free day. Now. Now they don’t have, , large water parks and so they don’t have scorching air balloons that go up within the air like some, , non-public islands do. However however I imply, it had every part that you can need.

Visitor (00:30:48) – It had many various seashores. Uh, to Rocky Level meals vehicles, uh, included meals vehicles all through the island, in addition to some upcharge meals vehicles the place you can get, , seafood, you can get your lobster rolls and a few of that recent seafood.

Doug (00:31:00) – You had been within the yacht membership, proper? So I do know they’ve that yacht membership space on the opposite aspect of the island, like on the opposite aspect from the place the ship docks. How was that house, or I assume, did you make the most of that house? And would you consider it when you did?

Visitor (00:31:12) – Yeah, we truly, uh, as quickly as we obtained off of the ship by way of escort from our butler. It’s simply enjoyable to say that. I’m sorry. Uh, we had been escorted over to the yacht membership’s assembly level, the place they picked us up by golf cart and drove us to that unique space. It simply made it just a little bit simpler to get there so we will maximize our time. Uh, the world is known as the Ocean Home.

And in order that’s truly the place they serve lunch. And it’s a beautiful, massive colonial-style constructing. Uh, the lunch there included superb bites from a lobster roll to crab ceviche. The ceviche was so good. The seaside was scrumptious. Uh, in addition they had your commonplace fare of burgers on the menu, after which a few salads and different choices.

Total, it was an excellent space. As you approached it, there was signage, so that you knew it was reserved for the yacht membership friends. Uh, there was a non-public seaside. And that’s the one draw back that I’d say in regards to the unique space is the Yacht Membership’s Ocean Home. The seaside might be the least good of the seashores which can be discovered on the island.

It’s just a little bit tough. Uh, there’s some bigger sand bits, if you wish to name them that. Uh, so getting within the water makes it a bit powerful. And as a result of climate that we encountered, we actually didn’t even contact the water as a result of we touched the water.

We simply didn’t get into the water. It’s it’s rocky, says sand. However I’d say sharp rock. So the parents that had been there earlier than had water footwear and had been within the water. That was a that’s an excellent tip. If you happen to’re going to Ocean Cay and within the yacht membership, be certain that to convey water footwear as a result of. It should make your day higher.

Doug: .That’s a great tip. There are plenty of seashores across the island so that you get to discover most of them?

We did. We met folks on the cruise, as we all the time do on cruises. And so we went out and we obtained to discover just a little bit with them. In hindsight, I want we had completed the exploration first as a result of it began to pour. Uh, it began to downpour and it was a chilly downpour within the Bahamas. And so we we didn’t get to discover as a lot as we’d like, however we obtained to see a number of of the lagoons.

Visitor (00:33:15) – We obtained to see the lighthouse. We obtained to get pleasure from one of many meals vehicles. We did eat at one of many meals vehicles simply so lets say we, , ate with our mates. Um, Rocky. Rocky all the time says we ate with the frequent folks. Um, and so we loved the meals on the mainland. After which there’s outlets, there’s outlets, there’s you should purchase ice cream cones and numerous issues on land as effectively. Earlier than we headed again to the ship. And, and sadly, that was the one we had been this level spoiled us, Doug. Um, we had been in search of our butler escort again onto the ship, however however there was not one on to the ship. And so we needed to wait within the rain with the remainder of the ship that had all run again to get onto the ship as effectively.

Doug (00:33:55) – Oh, no. Horrible. Did you get to remain at evening to see the lighthouse lit up? Yeah.

Visitor (00:34:01) – Again on board wasn’t scheduled till 8:00 that night. Uh, a lot of the passengers had launched into the ship by about 330 or 4 as a result of climate, however we stayed docked there, and we had been questioning about that lighthouse present as a result of we’d heard about it. And so we went to the concierge, who gave us an excellent suggestion on the place to go to view it, so we might additionally hear the music enjoying via the present.

Uh, and so we had the chance to look at it and it was spectacular. We loved it. And hopefully, we’ll be capable to return to Ocean Cay once more sooner or later, the place we received’t encounter poor climate. We might be on the seaside and see the sunshine present from the bottom.

And due to the concierge tip, we all know the crew smoking space on MSC Meraviglia. And so it was an excellent tip and we obtained to hang around with crew as they watched the sunshine present.

Doug (00:34:54) – He in all probability know this, however when you’re ever feeling energetic otherwise you need to work out, you may climb that lighthouse. It’s like $15 or 20 perhaps, however you bought some nice views up there and there’s fairly a number of steps, so, uh, yeah, pack your power. Yeah.

Visitor (00:35:06) – No. And that’s another excuse why we need to return. You understand, I don’t assume, uh, the climate was actually in our favor to have the ability to do this sort of an tour, however positively within the books for us to do it once more.

Doug (00:35:16) – So your ultimate port of name was Nassau. How was your day there?

Visitor (00:35:19) – Nassau was nice. Uh, as Mark had talked about, it was the perfect climate that we noticed on the complete cruise, and we had been just a little bummed that it was our ultimate port day, however we made probably the most of it. We had been docked in Nassau with 4 different ships. So a typical busy Nassau day. Uh, nothing uncommon there.

Visitor (00:35:36) – Uh, we now have a convention each time we’re in Nassau, the place we go go to a rum distillery in just a little bit deeper into city. And so we determined to try this presently. We took the trek and walked round and checked out the updates that they made to the port of Nassau, as a result of that was our first time there since they did all the development since they completed the development.

Yeah, we’ve been a number of instances throughout. Yeah. After which from there we walked as much as the distillery and loved just a little tasting up there earlier than returning to the port and getting on the ship. It was a reasonably quiet day, however we’re trying ahead to the chance to get to put out on deck on the cruise ship earlier than sail away came about.

Doug (00:36:12) – Yeah, good day for it. So you allow Nassau for a few days and also you head again to Brooklyn. How had been your sea days going up?

Visitor (00:36:19) – The climate, I’ll say, was extra cooperative on the way in which again, however. So it wasn’t as bumpy and rocky, however there have been instances whenever you would sleep at evening and roll on otherwise you would.

Visitor (00:36:31) – You knew you had been on a ship. You understand, when Rocky and I first boarded, one of many issues we commented as we had been sitting in, I feel it was the topsail restaurant. After spending time within the lounge, we mentioned, we don’t really feel like we’re on a cruise ship, however you simply felt such as you had been virtually at an all-inclusive resort.

We knew we had been on a cruise ship on the ocean days out and on the ocean days again. The climate was left, the ocean a bit rocky. We had some. You noticed some gale-force winds. There have been some swells, however that they had the magnetic, uh, baggage out, the thick baggage out within the elevator banks. That they had these out for, for all the passengers. We did speak to a number of of us who mentioned they won’t sail once more in January, however however we preferred it. However I do know the signal us up.

Doug (00:37:18) – So it’s time to get off the ship in Brooklyn.

Doug (00:37:20) – Was the method as clean and bougie as that embark?

Visitor (00:37:25) – I really like that you just say the bougie as a result of it continued via. Uh, we all the time go for a really relaxed, darkish morning. We attempt to keep on the ship so long as attainable.

We ebook later flights figuring out that there’s all the time the likelihood {that a} ship might be delayed returning to port. Uh, and luckily for us, the ship did arrive on time, nevertheless. We didn’t find yourself disembarking from the ship till a lot later.

We we determined to go down and have breakfast down in the primary restaurant, the topsail restaurant, within the yacht membership space. And as soon as we had been completed consuming there, we went right down to the lounge and loved a fast beverage and a few little canapés. You understand, simply making an attempt to get our final bits in and chatted with the bartenders.

The bartenders had been tremendously pleasant the complete crusing, and we simply frolicked with them and loved some espresso and drinks. Yep. After which as soon as we had been able to get off of the ship, we went to the concierge and really, we ended up seeing our butler on the concierge desk, and he provided to assist us get off the ship.

Visitor (00:38:26) – And so he took Marc’s two suitcases that he was carrying from his fingers and wheeled them to the elevator, took us right down to the decrease deck, and wheeled us over to the place they take you off the ship. Or they scan your card to say you’re formally disembarked from the ship. So we continued that have so long as we might.

And the cool factor in regards to the baggage program, when you resolve to place your baggage out the evening earlier than the cruise ends, all the yacht membership baggage will get delivered to 1 particular spot, so that you’re not dashing to get off.

You’re not dashing to go discover the place your baggage was positioned. When it’s in that terminal constructing, it’s very simple to find and get to choose up your suitcases and also you’re in your means. As soon as once more, these yacht membership indicators. Proper this fashion. Um, a devoted space, even on your baggage.

Doug (00:39:16) – Superior. Very cool. Does Brooklyn have facial recognition for the darkish?

Visitor (00:39:21) – Sure they did. We had been very excited after we noticed that we’re getting off the ship.

Doug (00:39:25) – Yeah. It positive makes a distinction. Wanting again right here as first-time MSC cruisers and within the yacht Membership, do you’ve gotten any first-time tricks to supply anybody crusing MSC or crusing out of Manhattan?

Visitor (00:39:39) – Uh, goodness gracious. If you happen to get that improve supply and it’s inside your means, you bid that improve supply up. Suppose you will get into the yacht membership from a balcony. That may be my greatest tip as a result of not solely does it embrace all of these facilities that we’ve talked about. They grant you into the premium drinks bundle as effectively.

So the premium drinks bundle on this crusing would have been 790 an individual, an individual. We paid much less for the complete yacht membership expertise, together with these premium drinks. It included Wi-Fi on every of our units, and it included all of these unique facilities that we’ve talked about.

And so that will be my primary tip is when you get that provide to improve to the yacht membership, actually have a look at what it might value you to have that have and simply individually and take that for severe take.

Visitor (00:40:29) – Be severe about that. And if you will get that improve and it’s in your means, do it. Yeah, completely. After which I’d additionally say the opposite factor is that this cruise ship departs out of the Brooklyn terminal.

So as an alternative of paying the 60 plus {dollars} that it might value to get an Uber or a elevate, you can take the subway, and the practice system, all of which will probably be tremendous simple to recover from there. And there’s a water taxi or ferry. Ferry, I assume it’s, uh, that takes you from Wall Road.

If you happen to had been to enter Manhattan and keep the evening on the market, you may rapidly get onto the ferry from Wall Road over to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Straightforward. And it’s fairly cost-effective.

Doug (00:41:09) – Yeah, that’s one factor I’ve heard through the years is that lots of people who’re doing cruises out of both Brooklyn or Manhattan, they sort of get taken without warning how a lot it truly value to get from the airport to the cruise port.

Doug (00:41:20) – However just a little further analysis can prevent fairly a couple of bucks, and it’s not that dangerous. I feel it’s.

Visitor (00:41:25) – Scarier being in New York site visitors. Fairly actually. After we the Uber, we took an Uber from the lodge to the cruise terminal. I feel that was scarier than the subway was, , the evening earlier than after we had flown in. And so, sure, I feel it’s nice.

Doug (00:41:41) – Effectively, trying again, what was your greatest spotlight of this cruise?

Visitor (00:41:56) – I’d say the largest spotlight was in all probability being within the yacht membership. What a deal with it was for us to have the ability to expertise that. Um, it was so thrilling strolling into the Topsail Lounge in that unique yacht Membership space, regardless of what number of instances a day we walked in there, we all the time found new canopies that had been ready for us to strive.

Visitor (00:42:17) – The bartenders and servers within the topsail lounge had been all very pleasant. They began to get to know us, what drinks we loved probably the most, and they’d begin making suggestions based mostly on the spirits we had been ingesting to make our journey that rather more pleasing. I feel for me, um, among the best bites of meals I’ve had on a cruise ship was, uh, within the Eden restaurant onboard Celeb Apex.

And I’d say quick ahead. That was a few years again now for Thanksgiving. However quick ahead to this. To have that day by day rotating risotto to me was a shock and delight that menu in Topsail restaurant. You simply don’t see meals like that on a cruise ship. And it was unbelievable.

And it was included in that have. It wasn’t we weren’t, , dropping 150 for the meal. It was included in that yacht membership expertise. That, to me was a shock and delight.

Visitor (00:43:10) – I didn’t count on how good and high-quality that meals could be.

Doug (00:43:22) – Effectively, uh, in closing right here, your ultimate ideas of MSC Maravilla.

Visitor (00:43:27) – the MSC Meraviglia is a beautiful ship. MSC did an excellent job in designing and creating this class of ship. The scale of it was nice. We did have a decrease capability on the ship throughout our crusing, however we nonetheless managed to have a good time. We met plenty of nice mates.

We discovered locations to name our personal that perhaps we’re not within the yacht membership particularly. Nonetheless, we found the Sky lounge as an excellent place to satisfy folks and to have the ability to benefit from the firm of others that weren’t part of the yacht membership, and actually simply sort of put ourselves with the remainder of the inhabitants that was crusing. Excellent. The Champagne Bar was one other considered one of my favorites. That the Edge bar.

Visitor (00:44:09) – The champagne bar, , that seemed out over the water because the ship was crusing. That was nice. These champagne cocktails had been wonderful. And that’s the wonder, proper? When you’ve gotten. We’d flash our yacht membership bracelets and I’ll let you know, I joke. I’ve made this joke now strains would disappear and folks would simply randomly seem.

Servers would seem, you flash that yacht membership bracelet and it didn’t matter what bar we had been at, if we had been on the horizon bar, after the champagne bar, or on the Sky lounge, they simply confirmed up and took such nice care of us. You may inform that even the remainder of the ship is skilled to concentrate to yacht membership friends, as a result of it was simply such a unbelievable expertise.

I’m excited to return on MSC Meraviglia in within the in the usual facilities within the non-yacht membership facilities to have the ability to expertise it actually and evaluate and distinction to have the ability to discuss what does that worth appear to be and the way it feels to sit down down in the primary eating room every evening for dinner versus in your devoted restaurant? And so I’m excited to get again on the ship.

Visitor (00:45:10) – We’ve seemed we’ve booked on the inaugural on MSC World America, World America. And so it was it was an excellent expertise and nice crusing. And so MSC will get plenty of dangerous rap on the market. There’s plenty of negativity about individuals who love or hate it. And I’ll let you know from our expertise the place we’re reserving two extra already. So it was it was in it was in a extremely good class for us.

Doug (00:46:34) – Superior. We’ll hyperlink to it additionally within the present notes at Cruise Radio dot web. Mark Rocky, thanks all a lot.

Visitor (00:46:40) – Thanks a lot, Doug.



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