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    Singapore, Dubai, Miami, Hong Kong

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  1. Yes you can Many have posted links to her videos
  2. You are most welcome, helping others gives me oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine.
  3. In simple and short terms, MSC is a four star cruise, while Costa is a 3 star budget Cruise. MSC has 6 grand shows on a typical 7 night Cruise, while Costa has only 4 Grand shows. The MSC buffet is open for 20 hours a day while the Costa buffet is open for 7-8 hours a day. Costa is very very Italian, while MSC is more multinational. With MSC, you usually get the best prices when The Cruise is first announced in the beginning, and the prices gradually go up with time. Costa is the reverse, the prices fall with time and four to six weeks pri
  4. In simple and short terms, MSC is a four star cruise, while Costa is a 3 star budget Cruise. MSC has 6 grand shows on a typical 7 night Cruise, while Costa has only 4 Grand shows. The MSC buffet is open for 20 hours a day while the Costa buffet is open for 7-8 hours a day. Costa is very very Italian, while MSC is more multinational. With MSC, you usually get the best prices when The Cruise is first announced in the beginning, and the prices gradually go up with time. Costa is the reverse, the prices fall with time and four to six weeks pri
  5. Also very significant is the fact that cruises sailing this year are much lower priced than cruises one year away. And as the sailing date approaches, the prices will keep falling so it is better to wait and book Costa Cruises 4 to 6 weeks prior to sailing, unless you are very fussy and want only 1 particular cabin or 1 particular itinerary or 1 particular Cruise ship. Note that prices may not fall on world Cruises.
  6. I was referring to the the lowest priced websites after considering the exchange rate. In the case of USA, Austria and Germany you have to also consider that their prices include the mandatory service charges of 10 euros per person per night. Taking the exchange rate and the mandatory service charges (whether included or not) into consideration, I find that Costa UK, Costa Netherlands or Costa Austria have the lowest prices. So you can compare prices among these 3 for the best deal.
  7. There is a minimum mandatory MSC Covid specific Reassurance for $68 per person, if you already have any private travel insurance with Covid cover clearly mentioned. You were quoted the price of the full MSC Travel Protection plan. There is no logic for the difference in price between single and double occupancy. You can only take MSC excursions and cannot leave the group at any time till they return to the ship. Without a MSC excursion you cannot leave the ship at all
  8. 1. Can we buy this $68 minimum mandatory cover directly from MSC USA if we have booked through a travel agent? 2. Are there long term covers available for one month or two months?
  9. The lowest prices for Costa are usually available on Costa UK, Costa Netherlands or Costa Austria (which includes the mandatory service charge)
  10. So I guess for Europe cruises, the minimum mandatory MSC Covid Reassurance costs $68 per person, (if you already have your own private travel insurance with Covid specific cover mentioned clearly) while the full MSC Travel Protection plan costs $150 or $175 per person (if you don't have any insurance at all). What will the cost be for the $68 MSC Covid Reassurance or $150 full MSC Travel Protection plan for multiple Cruises over one month or two months?
  11. But it's priced much lower on Costa UK
  12. This is what it says specifically for Europe Cruises-- Travel Protection Plan with coverage for COVID-19 insurance through MSC Cruises is required for both fully and not fully vaccinated guests. This must be purchased prior to making final payment on your booking. You will be denied boarding if insurance is not purchased. View description of coverage/policy here. A COVID-19 test or Passenger locator form (PLF) may still be necessary for national or international mobility requirement: it’s every guest’s responsibility to verify this requirement before departure. In addition, a Pas
  13. As of now, these terms are for Cruises out of USA only. Hopefully, they will soon be extended to include all cruises out of Europe also. Hence I would rather wait until a month prior to sailing and then see if the Travel protection plan is mandatory or not
  14. I agree with everything you say. Even I am planning to buy insurance 1 month prior to sailing and two months after final payment.
  15. Don't worry if you are fully vaccinated and your cruise is sailing out of USA, you don't need to buy any insurance from MSC. Covid specific assurance is provided free of charge. We were discussing the Travel Protection plan which is mandatory to buy for Cruises out of Europe only.
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