Thanksgiving Yacht Club Experience 2019

On board the beautiful MSC Seaside, presently typing my first report to you all from the YC pool deck cabana on our way to our penultimate stop Nassau ( replacement port of call for the unfinished Ocean Cay). The big draw for many cruisers on Seaside was to be one of the first to report to the world our impressions of MSC's Ocean Cay. Since there has been a delay until the Dec 5th sailing, all passengers have received $100 ship board credit per cabin, so if you packed yourselves and three kids into your cabin that amounts to $20 each. The better news is that each passenger is receiving an additional 20% off your current cruise price on a future cruise, no expiration date! Now your $10,000 cabin is worth $2000 off a future cruise. (I wonder if the 2021, yet to be announced will be 20% more ?). YC prices have been 'inching upward'.

The scuttlebutt on the ship is that Dec 5 is just a hope on the part of management. That the material needed was stockpiled in the Bahamas, the hurricane took its toll, something is amiss. The island is yet to receive the required material and once it is delivered in still has to be assembled. There may be more sailings offering $100 plus 20%.

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The Yacht Club provides its guests with a few extra amenities. Firstly, it keeps you segregated from the general population. You can always leave the confines of the YC and use your cabin card to open all doors leading to the YC. The best reason to leave the YC is to get to the Venchi gelato stations located outside the YC. The gelato selection is limited in the exclusive YC dedicated restaurant to a different flavor every day for lunch and dinner. All free and included in the price of a YC cabin. Next, the mentioned exclusive YC restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner , even on port days. An exclusive pool and pool deck with cabanas $59/ day in port, $99/ day at sea. Pool deck grill, breakfast and lunch. (Free pizza delivery to cabin). A Top Sail Lounge with the exclusive best views at the front of the ship, breakfast fare, all day noshes, afternoon tea, all evening noshes and delightful piano, guitar and or violin during peak times. Wine and beverage packages are included as wifi will be after May 2020.

Another point of interest about when the Seaside does dock at Ocean Cay: From the roll call I noticed it states will arrive at 9 am. I have been informed ( I hope to be back on board the Seaside in the YC 12/21/2019) ( again this is only on ship scuttlebutt) that passengers will not be let off on Ocean Cay for 2 hours to allow food and set up to take place.

Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for!

I agree

Yes, indeed! After over 40 years of cruising around the world, time and good health are the only limiting factors that face us (all of us). We discovered MSC last Christmas on the Divina and we tried the Yacht Club because of all the great reviews. The Seaside just had its 2nd birthday party Nov 28 this week. We read all the negative reviews when it first came out, if you chose the general population cabins.. I remember, fondly, reading one negative reviewer stating "that a he would have had a better time camping out in his garage for the week."

In the YC the experience is one of the best at sea. Of the 5000 passengers, there are 186 YC guests on board for this Thanksgiving cruise. Sure there are too many children, but that is because it is a holiday and MSC priced this holiday lower than Christmas, when I have been told there will be less "little darlings" because of the higher passenger prices. If every bed is taken up in the YC the passenger count would amount to 246 on the Seaside. So far the price for a YC deluxe cabin is half for a comparable cabin on NCL Haven, RCCL Suite Class, or Celebrity's Retreat. Forgive my bias for these not so well-behaved, allowed to run wild, "children" on board cruise ships. We were pushed and shoved at last nights "Michael Jackson" tribute show by "youngsters" racing past us to get front row seats. We were at the head of the line to get in ( a YC perk) and sit in the back row and were still trampled.

Since one of us is still teaching (45 years and loving the challenge) we are limited to the same vacation times as the students. Traveling in the more expensive ship venues helps mitigate contact except when out and about exploring the rest of the ship. We have come to discover that the real only downside to cruising are many of the inconsiderate passengers you can not get away from on a ship. For example, there are never enough deck lounge chairs, especially on beautiful, calm seas, slight wind days, when all your fellow passengers get up very early in the morning, placing towels, bags and books on these lounges and then 'disappear' for hours. The 'no saving' chairs on deck policy is ignored by both your inconsiderate fellow passengers and the cruise line. Now in the suite venues we have found there to always be ample deck lounges available. However I must note that during the famous lobster lunch on the YC pool deck on Thursday, the so-called 'upper YC crust' lounging on deck chairs around the pool and grill got up from their lounges to put towels and books on the limited tables available for diners and sat back down on their lounges until they were ready to eat, thus 'saving' a table at the expense of their fellow YC passengers.There simply is no accounting for good manners in the cruising world.

I will go on with my ranting about the foibles of my fellow cruise passengers in my next reply.

I have noticed that it is very difficult for cruise lines, with the number of staff per passenger ratio to keep up with 'picking up' after many of its guests with little 'breeding'. How often does one walk down any cabin hallway or general walkway on any ship to find soiled dishes and drink cocktail glasses placed willy-nilly in your path. In the YC venues you will rarely see the same, though I did notice a glass with straw on the teak deck outside the YC Top Sail Lounge just feet from an unoccupied table. So this is not to infer that the YC guest has any more couth, only that there are more staff to accommodate fewer passengers and this glass was over looked by the ever vigilant YC staff.

In Nassau today, flanked on one side by RCCL Majesty of the Seas and Celebrity Equinox. Was told that there is only room for 4 cruise ships at this dock at one time. Never been on Majesty (probably never will , do not think they have dedicated suite venue like the new Odyssey that is scheduled to come out and we booked for next Thanksgiving). I ask myself the question, "Goldy, how many Thanksgivings have you got left?" Only one problem I can relate to you all in the suite venues of RCCL. There is only ample accommodation when there are very few Non-Suite Pinnacle Passengers on board. They get to pay for the lowest fare cabins and avail themselves of suite venues, crowding out Suite paying passengers ( It happened to us last summer in a Royal Suite with a standing 6:15 dinner reservation, we were asked to wait). Read that the worst time to travel in a suite on any RCCL ship is transatlantic (700 NSPP). They get cheap rates and more points. Why? They already have Pinnacle status. I still do not know the answer to everything.

We stick to the cruise ships that leave and return to South Florida as we feel too old to fly and wife travels with 8 bags for a 1 week cruise.

MSC Seaside is rapidly becoming our favorite ship of choice , YC only. Next, Celebrity Equinox would be our second choice ,only in the Retreat. We are booked in a Concierge suite for summer vacation in June when school lets out and we rebooked this MSC Seaside YC for July.2020 as well. Read a delightful post from a gentleman that prodded me to book as many as we can afford, " I never witnessed a hearse towing a U-Haul", or you can not take it with you.

Cruise attire on the MSC Seaside. Yes I know we are all on vacation, but there are limits (or should be) and proper decorum when traveling on premium and luxury line venues., which the Yacht Club definitely is. Here on this cruise, I must say all the ladies are dressed elegantly and attractively day and night. They obviously take their appearance seriously. Many of the 'escorts' are 'something' to behold. It appears they brought the same work cloths they had on while working the streets only leaving at home their cardboard signs. There is no way the photo department can touch up the family photo short of cropping them out.

I, for one, am on the other 'not so' extreme. I only wear long slacks and collared shirts for breakfast and lunch in the dining room, jacket and tie every evening and a tuxedo chic nights. I do this out of respect for my fellow passengers, the efforts of the cruise line in providing this elegant venue and of course for my own self-esteem.

I am enjoying your daily reviews. Thanks for sharing!

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