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  1. I hope it works out for you, and yes, it doesn't say either way on the US site. I'll edit my upper response then (darn. I already missed my window of opportunity - can't edit). Personally, my April 2019 was to be my first MSC cruise and after multiple cancellations I guess my MSC experience will just be inconsistent and disappointing customer service. I'll go back to slow land travel now that I am retired.
  2. This thread is about Venice and European cruises. MSC Canada updated their website within the last 24 hours. This is what is states this morning for European cruises. *Cruises until August 31, 2021 are only available to guests who are residents in Schengen countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland) and in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. If you are sailing on their US cruise, it is a different matter and was not addressed in my earlier comment.
  3. I suspect most people around you really don't want to mess with your stuff. There are the occasional opportunist, but most people are busy with their own lives. Certainly on ship - as long as the new electronic arm bands and cards are waterproof, ask staff at the main desk to punch a hole in your card and add it to a lanyard or wrist band for ship board use. Yes, you can definitely go to the beach. I have been using a waterproof phone type pouch for over 10 years. It can be a bit annoying floating around your neck or arm, but it works. The neck strap often has a slide on it to shorten it or tighten it to your arm. When on a snorkel excursion, I just trust. I stuff a little cash and my card deep into my bag, sometimes inside something else, and then enjoy the water.
  4. Here is the latest news from MSC Canada website - they are pulling out of Venice next week. Travel advice for cruises departing from Venice, from July 24th 2021 In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 all Health & Safety checks (including health screening, temperature measurement and the antigen swab test) and check-in procedures (including luggage delivery), will regularly be held in Venice Maritime Station (Cruise Terminal), as per original travel program; all embarking guests will then be transferred by protected bus to Monfalcone (90 min transfer), where they will board the ship after a quick document check. No Health & Safety checks and check-in will be possible in Monfalcone. At disembarkation in Monfalcone at the end of the cruise, guests will be granted the return transfer to Venice (Cruise Terminal/Airport/Railway Station, as per original travel program).
  5. I noticed in 2022, Trieste was the closest Venice Port. As I have a cruise booked from Venice for October 2021, I check the MSC Canada website often to see if they are allowing North Americans yet. Still no confirmation for October, but until end of August - no, no North Americans. Here is the latest details for 'Venice departures'. Monfalcone, looks to be the closest port for Trieste, as well. I don't foresee them paying for bus shuttles from Venice into 2022. Travel advice for cruises departing from Venice, from July 24th 2021 In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 all Health & Safety checks (including health screening, temperature measurement and the antigen swab test) and check-in procedures (including luggage delivery), will regularly be held in Venice Maritime Station (Cruise Terminal), as per original travel program; all embarking guests will then be transferred by protected bus to Monfalcone (90 min transfer), where they will board the ship after a quick document check. No Health & Safety checks and check-in will be possible in Monfalcone. At disembarkation in Monfalcone at the end of the cruise, guests will be granted the return transfer to Venice (Cruise Terminal/Airport/Railway Station, as per original travel program).
  6. Do they tone down if you wear them as separates with other colours? If a sleeveless top, you may be able to put a solid coloured chiffon sheer layer sewn onto it. My immediate thought was to overdye both of them with some dull colour, but who knows what they will end up looking like - same with bleach splotchy spray. I don't think vinegar will do anything, but maybe it is a method I don't know about. It also depends on how much you love it and your skill set.
  7. Thanks. I expect for some parts of the world, masks will be a mainstay for a while. My GD is wanting to learn to see, so the extra masks can become test fabrics. If you are a member of some organization helping young women elsewhere in the world, there are groups that make reusable pads so the girls can continue at school. Or, if anyone is looking for eco options in your family.......pretty good size for that repurpose....
  8. I expect to be using them another 2 years when traveling to Asia. Will keep some for gardening in spring as I find they help when tree pollen is bad. And as a quilter, I'll just work the others back into my scrap quilts.
  9. Thank you, Anne. Hopefully the stars will align to take this trip. It would be a wonderful adventure. I know MSC, at least, it planning winter cruises in the Middle East so hopefully others will head that way and have questions too.
  10. Hello Anne and may I first say, it is good to know you are safe and well. To be honest, I am not sure I will be able to make this cruise with the slower opening of international cruisers to ships, and the potential for bubble port visits only (so not my style) but I will wait until full payment date to decide. I expect to be disembarking in Abu Dhabi and taking the bus to Dubai, so think I will stay closer to the areas you mention and take the metro to places. I thought an aparthotel would be a good compromise. At this point, I won't be doing much planning before final payment early July. Then I expect more will be clear about travel and expectations. Regardless, I expect there will be more questions from travelers as cruising opens up. It will be nice to get back to reading about people's plans and expectations. Regards, Maria
  11. Not to divert this thread - it is meant for short notifications of 'deals' - but do ensure you are aware of the differences of MSC to other lines. Read up on it, including reviews by Americans, as they are a European line with a different type of customer service than expected by North Americans. Some travel agents won't deal with them. Head over to the MSC boards to read and ask questions so you know what you are buying and can set appropriate expectations.
  12. I haven't, but many of my quilting friends use this method. I think it is one of those things you just have to follow the steps to see how it works. Have fun with it.
  13. Not to get off topic, ask in the forum. Much is included in overall price...at least with meals.
  14. I wondered about buttons too. You can get fancy trim with loops as button holes, or even sewing smaller black hair elastics will make the loops for the buttons https://www.threadsmagazine.com/2010/06/04/hair-elastics-for-closures But if they are sturdy enough and close enough together could work too. Not sure how well you can visualize these steps but a friend replaces coat zippers without removing the original one. This is how she does it. (It might be easier with a separating zipper but you should be able to do similar with moderate sewing skills. Depending whether dress zipper is a centered or lapped zipper, replacement might differ. If a lapped zipper, on inner side, cut away zipper tape to edge of dress. On side with lap, just cut away zipper teeth. Now sew one side of zipper to the tape with teeth far enough to not get caught. On other side, sew as you would for a lapped zipper. I couldn't find any Google help for this but maybe reading it and mock going through the steps will make sense. If a centered one, then just cut teeth away from tape and sew to tape. You could go with a fancy zipper and make it visible. It will add a little more size to the back but not by much.
  15. Hello Anne. I hope you have weathered this pandemic well. Last April I had to cancel my Dubai to Venice cruise, but considering rebooking a Venice to Abu Dhabi cruise late October/November. I would hop a bus and visit Dubai then fly home from there. Expo should be happening and I will have more time for Dubai as I will be retired by then, so looking for a new city location to consider for accommodation. I had been looking closer to the port or by the Burj before, but I could look closer to Expo and the Gardens, or beach now. I would still want to visit Old Dubai, Glow Garden and areas near the Creek, but if it was near the Metro, are there other areas I should consider to look? I was thinking apart-hotels with a lower budget ($100 -$170 US). I would also consider a more traditional guest house, but they don't seem as convenient to public transit (Metro). Would you recommend areas of town to consider? Thank you for suggestions.
  16. Perhaps the tone depends on the person reading it, but I don't feel it harsh at all. Some are repeat offenders, so clearly don't read the rules and regs unless it is more 'in your face'. Often the posts are just removed and they haven't learned from it. As there is no option to private message, an reminders are front and centre.
  17. interesting. Thanks. I am looking for whatever info I can get as I rebooked a cancelled April 2020 cruise for April 2021 and having some doubts about the port 'bubbles'. Of course, it is all moot if Canada and work require quarantine upon return. Being essential services there may be more restrictions.
  18. Thanks so much Petra for providing this post. I am scheduled for an April Dubai to Genoa MSC cruise and on the fence about it. I tend to be an independent traveler and like to arrange my own port activities, so the extensive list of port options, pricing and how they run them is very helpful. Of course, the excursion list for my cruise is pretty limited at the moment, so not sure how or what they can add for some of our ports. I guess it will all hinge on if Canada, and then work (I am essential services) will let me cruise, and or return without quarantine requirements. In the meantime, these types of posts give us hope. Oh, I also wanted to mention that I appreciate your boyfriend's efforts at anonymity by blurring faces. There is so much intrusion into people's lives with cameras as it is, that blurring those who did not give permission is a very considerate action.
  19. That may be your preference for a cruise, but not everyone's. Social isn't my cruise requirement. Introverts love social distancing.
  20. So, yes, it seems the upper window does open. The design does have appeal. I read a November extensive post on the Celebrity board with explanation, pros and cons. Interesting. Seems the only shelf is under the safe and no drawers. Bring some travel cubes or similar for your underwear and drawer items. (That was an unfortunate design). And enjoy the trip.
  21. Take a look at photos from the infinite balconies again. The outside edge is all glassed in. So a sunroom, not fresh air balcony. Ships dissuade fresh air flowing into a cabin as it messes with the AC for you and your neighbors. There are always reminders to keep the balcony doors closed for this reason. So I doubt they will design one to allow it. Yes, a bulkhead is like a Carnival cove.
  22. ...but don't you like the warm tropical breezes blowing through your hair, and feeling the seaspray in your face? Yeah, there are 2 sides to these, but I don't think I can do a hermatically sealed sunroom on the high seas. Some itineraries would benefit from it - maybe the transatlantics for the mid ocean days, but I don't think I am sold. Chances of heavy rain also makes an open balcony less usable. As I know you are still finding your way, don't be put off by some balconies that are 'bulkhead balconies' which have a steel framer around the 'edge. It actually provides some weather protection and more privacy. I quite enjoyed the one I had on NCL Dawn. If ever interested, I think the Edge infinite veranda design is similar to most of river cruise 'balconies' They are those half depth 'Juliette' balconies and often closed up.
  23. Hello Anne. Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the information of how things are in Dubai at present. Because of my work, I read the WHO reports daily, but it is such a big picture, it is somewhst surreal and we compare it to our local lives. Canada has managed well, and my city numbers are lower than the major cities with denser populations and less space to distance so I may be guilty of sanitizing the risks in order to hope for future travel. One challenge for travellers is learning about a city's hot spots, but now you describe Naif, I can see how it is highly populated. The souks would be denser and harder to manage distancing given the tighter quarters. (YouTube videos are such great resources) I'll have to check that out again closer to time, since I wanted to spend time in that area one day of my time there. Otherwise, I have a refundable reservation at a Sofitel near the Burj. I'll keep watching pricing of my preferred hotel and room as we go along and I'll clearly have to get a city update before final payment. Thanks again.
  24. Prices start to drop shortly after final payment is due. I bough soon after and could still get flights at a good price. some waited until much closer to sail date and couldn't afford the flight bsck from San Juan so didn't book at all. My Canadian flight dynamics are different than yours but while you are waiting maybe do some flight price testing. chose a date, any date, about 100 days from now, and choose a port airport. Start checking airline prices at 90 days, 75 days, 45 days......you get the picture. It doesn't mean that price changes will be the same when you do want to fly, but it might give you an idea of where the break point might be from your airport. At the very least, it will be something different thsn watching cruise vlogs😉
  25. Yes, Roz, I take it for granted readers know their country rules. I am aware of the general US situation, and didn't say to gk tomorrow just 'if'. However, given that farmersfight is retired, he may have alternatives and time do quarantine or travel on a different passport. I don't presume to know, just encourage. 😊
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