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We are a well seasoned cruising couple of ages 78 & 81. We have sailed 26+ cruises on MSC and many others on other cruise lines. We sailed the first time on Meraviglia Dec. 5 & 12, 2019 for a back2back in the Yacht Club. We had cabin 16018 for both weeks.. Very spacious cabin and great location. Outstanding service from our butler and jr. butler. This time , Jan. 26, & Feb. 2, 2020, we were in cabin 16020 for the first week and 14007 the second week. Again, outstanding butlers and jr's. Were concerned about being on Deck 14 since it's a ways away from the rest of the YC areas. No problem. Such a quiet location. The cabins are very spacious with the only concern of the closet and bathroom layout. All the doors open into a small area so moving around the closets can be a little tricky. But we made it work for us, so all was ok. Embarkation was very smooth. Escorted from the YC white tent, through security, up the escalator to the private YC terminal lounge. Plenty of beverages and snacks were available while we waited on check in and boarding. Disembarkation was equally smooth as our butler escorted us to the front of the lines at security and then we gathered our luggage and presented ourselves to customs. Off and in our car within 20 minutes. The ship is beautiful and with plenty of fun places to hang out. The promenade offers great shopping and very good specialty restaurants. Fun activities are going on there each night. The biggest difference we noticed between the two trips were the service and atmosphere overall in the entire YC. I think the problem was lots of the crew were new or still acclimating to being in the US market. By our second trip, they all seemed to be happy and eager to serve and make the cruise very special. We ate most of our meals in the YC restaurant and a few at the pool deck grill. Never a problem finding something we liked. We did try the Sushi Bar a few times this trip and it was fantastic. The Itinerary for these 2 weeks was Jamaica,, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Ocean Cay Marine Res., Costa Maya, Belize, and Honduras. We don't usually get off the ship in ports but choose to enjoy the quietness of the ship. The shows are outstanding and the casts so talented. I recommend attending them all and especially the afternoon concert by the Cruise Director, Gene Young. The daily shows are listed in the daily programs as well as the list of all activities for each day. There's something for everyone to make it a great cruise. The Cirque shows are outstanding. We saw both Viaggio with dinner and Sonor with cocktail. Also there is an afternoon opera that was very good. We highly recommend the Yacht Club experience and we look forward to many more cruises with MSC.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MONTH MAKES

MSC Meraviglia Cruise Review by Cruisergal1208

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Yacht Club Deluxe Suite
We are a well seasoned cruising couple of ages 78 & 81. We have sailed 26+ cruises on MSC and many others on other cruise lines. We sailed the first time on Meraviglia Dec. 5 & 12, 2019 for a back2back in the Yacht Club. We had cabin 16018 for both weeks.. Very spacious cabin and great location. Outstanding service from our butler and jr. butler.

This time , Jan. 26, & Feb. 2, 2020, we were in cabin 16020 for the first week and 14007 the second week. Again, outstanding butlers and jr's. Were concerned about being on Deck 14 since it's a ways away from the rest of the YC areas. No problem. Such a quiet location. The cabins are very spacious with the only concern of the closet and bathroom layout. All the doors open into a small area so moving around the closets can be a little tricky. But we made it work for us, so all was ok.

Embarkation was very smooth. Escorted from the YC white tent, through security, up the escalator to the private YC terminal lounge. Plenty of beverages and snacks were available while we waited on check in and boarding. Disembarkation was equally smooth as our butler escorted us to the front of the lines at security and then we gathered our luggage and presented ourselves to customs. Off and in our car within 20 minutes.

The ship is beautiful and with plenty of fun places to hang out. The promenade offers great shopping and very good specialty restaurants. Fun activities are going on there each night.

The biggest difference we noticed between the two trips were the service and atmosphere overall in the entire YC. I think the problem was lots of the crew were new or still acclimating to being in the US market. By our second trip, they all seemed to be happy and eager to serve and make the cruise very special.

We ate most of our meals in the YC restaurant and a few at the pool deck grill. Never a problem finding something we liked. We did try the Sushi Bar a few times this trip and it was fantastic.

The Itinerary for these 2 weeks was Jamaica,, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Ocean Cay Marine Res., Costa Maya, Belize, and Honduras. We don't usually get off the ship in ports but choose to enjoy the quietness of the ship.

The shows are outstanding and the casts so talented. I recommend attending them all and especially the afternoon concert by the Cruise Director, Gene Young. The daily shows are listed in the daily programs as well as the list of all activities for each day. There's something for everyone to make it a great cruise. The Cirque shows are outstanding. We saw both Viaggio with dinner and Sonor with cocktail. Also there is an afternoon opera that was very good.

We highly recommend the Yacht Club experience and we look forward to many more cruises with MSC.
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Cabin is very spacious. The only con was the layout of the entrance to the bathroom and closets. All doors open into a very small area so can be difficult for maneuvering around at times. But we made it work!! 16020 is very convenient to the concierge area and the rest of the YC areas. 14007 was a very quiet location and wouldn't hesitate to book there again.
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