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%.