Compliance Database Solution – CDS – For Cruise Lines and Operators Purpose: To provide a framework database solution to integrate and merge CDC requirements with cruise ship protocols. Conditional Sail Order: There are 19 directives and 115 sub-items for compliance. We have separated each directive and further delineate those into the 115 sub-items to organize […]
As of November 1, 2020 cruise ships may deploy under operational guidelines determined by the CDC. For a full review of those regulations, please see link here: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/CDC-Conditional-Sail-Order_10_30_2020-p.pdf Note that the CDC only has precidence in US waters. The no-sail order (for US waters) expired on October 31, 2020. CNN reported, “If you’re one of […]
The MSC Bellissima is a ship with huge passenger capacity and huge problems. This is a perfect example of when too big is too much. These mega-class ships will be doomed, just as the A380 for Airbus. This article goes in-depth to why it doesn’t work well.
Dysfunctional Ship Wednesday: Had Second and final meeting with guest services. We requested access to yacht club level for more space and better lunch options. Request was denied. They said that people were already complaining in yacht club level (that it was overcrowded and service issues). The emerging consensus is that when the ship is fully booked and cannot function properly. It is either understaffed or unable to meet design parameters of the ship. This is a management issue, or the ship is poorly designed and does not meet published capacity. If you cannot get yacht club level do not book on this ship, or you most likely will have a poor experience.
MSC Bellissima day at sea.
Embarkation | MSC Bellissima | Friday | Dubai | UAE Today we embarked on the MSC Bellissimo in Dubai. Embarkation was painless and fairly seamless. The rest the day wasn’t. Since we were group at six we wanted tracking bracelets, so we could figure out where everybody was. Getting them was more than a pain. This is a mega ship with mega problems. MSC apparently forgot to provide enough staff to service the capacity of 4,500 passengers. Book Yacht Club level, or completely avoid booking this ship.
Pre-Cruise | Princess Cruises – Sky Princess | Sunday | Port | Italy Sky Princess… Rome to Barcelona. Day 1 embarkation. Boarded around noon and explored the ship while cabin was getting prepared. Pro Tips: Pro-Tip: Register in advance for seamless walk-through onto the ship. No drones are allowed unfortunately. Tag luggage to have delivered […]