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Although we had never cruised aboard such a large ship, we thought that the yacht club experience would give us the advantages of a tranquil haven as well as being able to enjoy some of the activities on board. We did like the yacht club facilities - spacious cabin and pleasant restaurant, lounge and pool deck (although the roof arrangement on the sun deck was rather odd in that it was alternately half open and half covered in glass panels). During several storms that we experienced there was also a lot of movement on deck 15 and very noticeable jerking movements which were very loud. The dress code was also somewhat bizarre in that basically you just ignored it if you chose to do so. I was in a long dress for one of the elegant nights but other people in the yacht club were dressed very casually. The high tech booking arrangements for shows were new to us - you could pre book for the theatre and gain early entry or not book and be admitted much later. On one occasion we had double checked with the concierge that we were indeed booked in, only to find that the hand held machine at the theatre did not have my booking and that my travelling companion had already seen the show before, which she clearly had not! We thought there was a poor selection of shops for such a large ship. The ship outside the yacht club was very noisy and overcrowded. The food in the yacht club was also very mediocre - we would have expected a much higher standard. We also had a very unsatisfactory response on board to a complaint concerning a shore excursion, which is on-going on our return.

Disappointing cruise

MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review by islingtonchris

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Although we had never cruised aboard such a large ship, we thought that the yacht club experience would give us the advantages of a tranquil haven as well as being able to enjoy some of the activities on board. We did like the yacht club facilities - spacious cabin and pleasant restaurant, lounge and pool deck (although the roof arrangement on the sun deck was rather odd in that it was alternately half open and half covered in glass panels). During several storms that we experienced there was also a lot of movement on deck 15 and very noticeable jerking movements which were very loud. The dress code was also somewhat bizarre in that basically you just ignored it if you chose to do so. I was in a long dress for one of the elegant nights but other people in the yacht club were dressed very casually. The high tech booking arrangements for shows were new to us - you could pre book for the theatre and gain early entry or not book and be admitted much later. On one occasion we had double checked with the concierge that we were indeed booked in, only to find that the hand held machine at the theatre did not have my booking and that my travelling companion had already seen the show before, which she clearly had not! We thought there was a poor selection of shops for such a large ship. The ship outside the yacht club was very noisy and overcrowded. The food in the yacht club was also very mediocre - we would have expected a much higher standard. We also had a very unsatisfactory response on board to a complaint concerning a shore excursion, which is on-going on our return.
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The cabin was quite spacious with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space and a pleasant balcony
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