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  1. Hi BB ... thanks for the good wishes. We're resigned to not travelling at all this year (though that may yet change lol). Gives us the time and space to concentrate on catching up with some badly needed home maintenance. Plus, DH has a few medical investigations and issues to deal with which came to the fore after COPD was discovered. 🙄 Thankfully he's stayed off the cigarettes - almost 6 months now 😄
  2. Hi Ken ... I rarely check that account, but I did now and again on my old phone. Haven't added Yahoo to my new one so haven't seen your email. I'll reply with my regular email account so you'll have that. Yeah ... Foxy is on that cruise. I got an email from her on the 17th but haven't heard anything since. The cruise was going well up til then. We're not too upset about not doing the cruise, surprisingly enough. I'm hoping that we may get some of our deposit back, or at least be able to move it to another booking, if things get any worse in Italy and MSC is forced into offering that.
  3. It was easy for us to make the decision. Had it been this time last year, before DH’s diagnosis, we would have played it by ear, though the uncertainty for you (and others in similar situations) must be very stressful and I empathise with your plight.
  4. Thanks Ziggy. 😊 TBH we’ve all but decided not to travel. There’ve been a couple of cases reported in Venice already and, while May is still a bit away, we’re not prepared to make final payment in the hope that things will be better by then. We have fences to mend after the recent storms so the money we save could go towards that.
  5. Our Department of Foreign Affairs has advised against travelling to affected parts of Italy. We have a cruise out of Venice in May; if that advice is still in place then, our insurance would be invalidated were we to travel. Final payment date is 3 weeks away so we’re following the developments closely. For those of you who know me you may remember that DH was very ill on Seaview last September and was diagnosed with COPD therefore is one of those who would be extremely vulnerable so it’s looking doubtful that we’ll be going. If flights are being cancelled around final payment date, I’m hoping to get at least some of our €500 deposit refunded or an opportunity to use it towards another, future booking.
  6. Totally agree! Well done, L2f for your perseverance. We're keeping our options open 'til next October (when the offer ceases for us) before deciding whether to avail of what MSC has considered is our discount. We have a cruise on Musica in May (hefty deposit due to flights included, which we're not prepared to walk away from, so not cancelling it) which we look forward to, but don't intend to do the one we're currently booked on in September. We're putting our money where our mouths are on that one! For the sake of a few hundred Euro, MSC will be losing the thousands that that cruise would have cost us (and, perhaps, the thousands we may have spent on a cruise we would have booked with the full 20% discount we should have received initially, had they honoured their Meraviglia captain's offer).
  7. Hi G ... you're right, I haven't been posting recently. Bit peeved with MSC at the moment due to them not honouring (in full) the offer made by their captain on our Meraviglia sailing.
  8. You'd be well-advised to get your facts straight before discussing this issue. There is no 9 night cruise involved in this. Nobody on that ship looked for compensation - it was offered in a letter from the captain which clearly stated a discount of 20% of the fare would be given. MSC has reneged on that commitment. That is the fact of the matter and your opinion won't change that!
  9. It appears that MSC is not willing to honour the word of their ships' Captains when they ride rough-shod over what they offer their passengers onboard. This is a sad indictment of the way the company is being run. We may yet be finished with MSC after our next May cruise. We would have cancelled it had we not had such a hefty deposit down due to flights being included. We've lost all trust in the company.
  10. Well said, Liz! Some people prefer their own (ill-informed) opinions on a subject they seem to have little knowledge of, without first garnering the facts of the matter!
  11. Yes ... they've calculated out the per day cost, multiplied it by 13 and are giving us 20% of the 13 night section of the cruise i.e. New York-Miami leg. I emailed Voyagers Club to confirm the number of points we were being given for the cruise and we've been awarded 2000 each for a YC cruise of +9 nights - so, in that department, ours is being considered as only one cruise of 23 nights and not a B2B of 10 and 13 nights! 🙄 So it's a lose/lose for us on both counts as MSC is having it both ways.
  12. No ... we're on a mid-May one (can't remember the exact date). It may yet be our last MSC cruise (for some time, anyway).
  13. Belated Season's Greetings to all on here and very special greetings to all those wonderful CCers that we met onboard Meraviglia - it was a delight and pleasure to meet you all.
  14. Seems that the letter we received from the Captain onboard stating that we'd receive 20% of the cruise fare isn't worth the paper it's printed on! Customer service is insisting our cruise was a B2B because we returned to New York before heading to Miami. Yet Voyagers' Club is only treating it as ONE cruise for the purpose of cruise points. So MSC is having its cake and eating it in our case.
  15. You don't say how long the cruise is for (and I can't access it on either the Ireland or UK sites at the moment as they're both acting up 🙄). However, we did the Venice-Durban itinerary and had at least 4 'Elegant' nights. Weather in May can be very pleasant in the Med - not too hot. However, we spent a few days in May one year in the Lake Garda region before boarding Preziosa in Venice with beautiful weather and were told we were very lucky as it had been really cold with a lot of snow the previous week! So, Northern Italy at that time of year can be a tricky one to say. You should be fine until at least you reach Venice, though. I hope you come back and tell us all about your trip - we're considering doing Durban-Venice in 2021 but are unsure about how things are done on that specific itinerary. Specifically, we're looking at Aurea but don't know if the drinks package or MyChoice will be included (they're not when the ships are doing the Sth Africa itineraries).
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