We originally booked a 10-day cruise on MSC Divina for the same time period, but in the summer, MSC suddenly changed that sailing to a 5-day Jazz charter and expected guests to pay the same amount despite the major itinerary change. After researching other itineraries that worked for our vacation time, we decided to go with MSC Meraviglia instead. This was our fifth cruise on MSC, having previously sailed twice on Divina and twice on Seaside (all in Yacht Club). We were a little worried about what to expect since a lot of the early reviews from Meraviglia were pretty negative. We were definitely pleasantly surprised and the Meraviglia soon became our new favorite ship.
There were five people in our group, two seniors, two adults and one 8-year-old. We arrived at the YC tent right at 10:30 am. and were in the YC boarding lounge by 11. There was a bit of a delay with disembarkation that day so we didn’t get on board until about 12:30.
This cabin was in a great location, close to the hallway that goes to the main YC spiral staircase as well as the elevator, but far enough away to not hear the elevator. It had lots of storage space and was spacious And comfy enough for our family of three.
We’ve been here several times. The shops are okay, but we just go for a little while then enjoy the rest of the day on board the ship.
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Miami Beach. It was in a great location - could walk to the beach p, restaurants and Lincoln Rd.
The island is gorgeous! The YC area was amazing. Can’t wait to see it next time because it will only get better and better as the next phase is completed and the vegetation matures.