Top tips when cruising with MSC Cruises

I have been on two MSC Cruises and here are my top tips when cruising

  • Download the MSC for me app before you travel.
  • Make sure you check the MSC daily programme.
  • Before your cruise check out the theme nights during your cruise.
  • If you have cruised with other cruise lines make sure you status match with MSC voyagers club.
  • If your in the MSC voyager club make sure you take advantage of all your perks.
  • Prebook internet,drinks packages or any extras before you go as you will save the 15% service charge if you booked onboard.
  • You can use chat on MSC for me to message other family members for free and this does not require an internet package.
  • Buy a Mia Tui Sue Shopper great bag to take towels to pool area or trips ashore. Do check out their other bags for example Falmouth Beach bag, Isobel https://miatui.com
  • Buy a MSC for Me Wristband they are great for using when using slides or getting drinks and getting in your cabin.
  • When you are using the spa make sure you take your cruise card as you need to hand it in at reception. I made the mistake of leaving it in cabin. I therefore had to walk all the way back to cabin to collect it.
  • Remember your cruise card when getting off the ship.
  • Make sure you take your daily programme ashore as it has all emergency information.
  • Use the MSC shuttle buses as it will save you time and prevent you getting lost.
  • Check the departure time at each port to prevent you missing the ship.
  • Don’t forget to register your credit card at one of the activation points.
  • Take Sellotape to tape labels on suitcases we always put two on 1 on both handles just incase one label falls off.
  • Finally have a wonderful cruise and enjoy all the yummy food,drink and ports.

I hope you find this useful.

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Handy tips when cruising

This blog will help you on your 1st cruise. My family and I have been on a number of cruises. I always study the brochure very carefully to see where the best cabins are and what cabins you should avoid. I have cruised both P&O and Cunard. If you have any questions please get in touch.

  • Ring a number of different agents as the price can differ enormously.
  • Don’t accept an upgrade if you want to be in a specific area as you could be put anywhere on the ship.
  • If you are on your 1st cruise I would advise going midships and lower as you will feel less movement.
  • Take sickness wrist bands and tablets just in case you need them. They do sell them on the ship but they will be more expensive.
  • When looking at cabin deck plans look what is above and below. I would personally avoid been under the swimming pools or prom deck. This is so you do not get an early wake-up call when the crew are arranging the deck chairs
  • Each day they will give you a newsletter of what will be on the following day. We always look what we want to do the previous day so we don’t miss any important competitions.
  • If you are with a few family members we leave notes of where we will be at what time so we don’t lose each other. We sometimes leave notes in the letter holder outside the cabin.
  • If you do use the internet remember to log out, I forgot one time.
  • Don’t put your phone near your cruise card as it will stop you getting in your cabin. I was doing this constantly on my last cruise.
  • Check what evenings have which dress code as you don’t want to miss the Captain’s dinner. The menu on those evenings is really special and my friends unfortunately booked an alternative restaurant and felt rather cheated.
  • Don’t forget your pegs as they have a line in the bathroom.

Will I win my bid with Seat frog app ?

Has anyone had any success with the Seat frog app? I love travelling 1st class but some of the fares recently have been quite expensive. I downloaded the app several months ago and have not tried it yet.

How much has it cost you all to upgrade your tickets using the Seat frog app? I hear you can upgrade from £5.00. There is 2 options you can bid or upgrade now. Since writing this blog I have booked a standard ticket for one of my trips to see how much it will cost me to upgrade. I probably should have just booked direct but I wanted to see if I could save more money. When I have been on my journey in June I will write a blog on my experiences using the app and how much it cost me in the end.

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Rail Offers

Here is a 20% discount off family and friends railcard. I have purchased a two together as my mum and I have travelled a number of times and makes it so worthwhile. We travelled 1st class from Newark Northgate to London Kings Cross for only £36 for 2 of us. It was on a Friday so got free alcoholic drinks and foods.

https://www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/sale/?awc=6235_1522268554_747d72d5833ba6a87428aa886635cc10&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_campaign=general&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_content=67035

Nectar Card

You get points for booking your trains this can be converted to money off future train journeys. I signed up as they had bonus points which was equal to £5.00 off

https://www.nectar.com

Great deals

Pizza Express pizza deal

Check this deal out it seems like a really good deal. I love freebies I am seriously tempted to go and use this offer. Check the terms and details on the link

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/pizza-express#39664

For all my friends with children here are some ideas to do in the holidays. There is some really good ideas.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/school-holiday-deals

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