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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Dear AP, Thank you. That is another point I would like to make about all us reviewers. 99% of us do not post while on board ship and do not bother taking notes while on vacation to report back vital tips for the cruising public. When they get home most forget the real important stuff. So I have for years carried a pocket note pad and 2 pens. Now with the internet and Cruiseline .com I can sit back in my cabana or balcony, depending on the sun and transcribe my notes in just about real time. For years I just took the opportunity to nap away my cruise time while on board. now I stay awake and see more as well.

Nassau is an absolutely beautiful place to view from a cruise ship. It is when you get off and walk around and get close-up that we turned around and high-tailed it back to the ship. This is our very first cruise that we really can not say any port was worth getting off the ship to explore. So that makes the ship and its services so much more important to a cruiser like me.

Allow me to describe the staff service on board the beautiful MSC Seaside. While seated in the Top Sail Lounge you will be approached by a butler within 30 seconds asking you for your drink order. Drink packages are free and included in the Yacht Club. I, coincidentally, quit drinking alcohol and wine 3 weeks ago and have not suffered the slightest from it. Did so because as one ages their body changes and I began breaking out in hives. Dr said it was something I ate, so through the process of elimination I discovered it was not chocolate.The drink package included all the water I could drink. On the NCL Breakaway last summer in the Haven I could and did drink all the wine I wanted included in the suite package, but it cost me $168 for all the water we consumed not included in the beverage package.( my note pad still comes in handy when comparing future cruise ships and lines and reminding me of NCL's 'nickel- and- diming').

Your YC cabin of course comes with a room steward who like to be referred to as assistant butler. The free mini bar comes equipped the way you request. I had 6 bottles of water always present, restocked every day . Requested 6 MSC YC blue towels for our balcony lounges and chairs that were supplied every evening for the following day. Extra regular towels always restocked daily.

YC cabins are staffed by a butler. We were never 'butler' type people until MSC Seaside. (Our butler on the MSC Divina last Christmas was ' missing in action', but that did not bother us and we saved an additional $ tip at the end; butlers are responsible for 10 YC cabins, I guess we did not look the type that tip at the end of a cruise, because we booked the Royal Red Sophia Loren Suite. The suite was too small for 8 bags and was a 'Royal' let down.) But the butler on the Seaside was a shock. He met us immediately when we got on the ship with 3 carry-ons ( in addition to the 8 suitcases)(I think she brings the kitchen sink in one of the bags because I am not allowed to pack and really 'see' all the nonessentials she deems vital)

On the way to our cabin he instructs us on the use of our cabin access cards and the elevator that is priority if one uses it properly. Press the key card against the device below the up/down buttons. the device flashes green and the elevator to your left signals "priority" as it rushes to you with ,many times, people still in it on the way to their decks unaware of what is happening. By pressing the key card against the device all the decks are erased inside the elevator. Step into the elevator press your cabin key against the device inside the elevator and whatever key you press first that is the deck the elevator rushes off to, while everyone that was going down is now going up, frantically pressing every deck key on both sides of the elevator to no avail, no other deck will light up on the key pad until we exit our deck. Neat and hilarious for novices in the YC. A perfect skit for "Candid Camera".

Depositing us in the cabin our butler went through all the usual and requested when we wanted to dine, the show time, any tours (not) and ended by saying something we never heard before " Please allow me the chance to escort you everywhere". He then asked at what time we wished to dine that evening. He asked if we would enjoy a cocktail before dinner in the Top Sail Lounge and that it would be his pleasure to pick us up at our cabin at 6pm ( our chosen cocktail time) and escort us down the hall to TSL. At exactly 6pm we heard a light tapping on our door, and were escorted to chairs and table in the TSL, telling us he will return at 6:30 to escort us up the Swarovsky crystal staircase to the YC restaurant. While in the TSL he asked which show time would we prefer and would like to be picked up from our cabin or the TSL, for his privilege to escort us to the theatre to reserved seating.

I may not get to finish, tonight is tip night and the end of this lovely cruise. While I am presently typing from my cabana DW is packing and requested I return at this hour to prepare for dinner. Thank you for your interest and replies.

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