MSC Meraviglia Review

Son's HS graduation cruise trying MSC

Review for the Bahamas Cruise on MSC Meraviglia
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tammyjw305
First Time Cruiser • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Mar 2024
Royal Cake (and the Baked Alaska) were the best!
Ocean Cay lighthouse from our forward facing window
Our tucked away bunkbeds for the kids.

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Check-in was fast and MSC workers courteous, except one New Yorker port worker at security (but I'm a Texan in New York). We had a 10-10:30 am check-in time. After a subway and a bus, we arrived just a few minutes after 10am, dropped our luggage, and then we had to show passport and boarding passes before entering the security. After security was check-in, getting a boarding card, and sit and wait. The port had restrooms and a cafe with coffee and snacks for sale. They called the boarding card numbers quickly; though had people coming up too early because they kept announcing to only come up when your number was called. They were enforcing the numbers.

Onboard they encouraged everyone to go to their cabins first just to get their keycards off the door. At this point, and we were onboard very early -- before 11am, 3 of our 4 bags had arrived. Also, MSC does not collect a credit card during online check-in or at in-person check-in, so you need to do it at a kiosk on deck 6 or 7. We tried on the app, which had to send a verification text (trying to get back to the regular US cell system to get it), but still with trying on two phones, it just hung and never completed. So, we used a kiosk. The Cruise Director was still announcing the last night to be sure to add a credit card, so that you can get off the next day. I would think that one could not buy anything until they added a card, but I guess not and I guess they don't want to lose that revenue. But, having to deal with it on the disembarkation day when they have 10am new check-ins coming seems crazy.

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Nassau

We walked to and up Queen's Staircase and then visited the main shopping street. The new port area was nice and had wifi that worked before we got back on the ship.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Very nice island; some fish to see snorkeling though not a lot and no coral -- by Lighthouse Bay -- though also no baby jellyfish or jellyfish eggs to sting us, which is good. Maybe more fish and coral at other bays. Good buffet. I did not like that they had so many carts driving where we had to walk too. We watched the two lighthouse shows

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

We rented a car from Avis; they provided a port shuttle to pick up the car. We then went to Twister Airboat Rides and took a 30 minute ride. Our guide stopped and pointed out many alligators and different birds and drove fast for a fun ride. We stopped at Manatee Sanctuary on the way back, which is a nice city park near the Avis drop off. It has broadwalks, trails, a playground, and ponds. Though we did not see any manatees (and they are not expected often), we saw turtles and birds.

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