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  1. Okay we get it you still remember his name.
  2. Looks pretty good, was wondering about the life boat drill but now all being held in the bars & theatres I expect, major boarding ports will be most crowded but think they have got most point covered. Holding on to a September booking for now see how things go, as I am a very vulnerable person to any cough/cold.
  3. No just about the same as the new Costa prices, maybe £50/100 more but certainly better perks like free internet.
  4. I agree Bob, I think the whole cruise industry will take a long time to recover there will be no doubt some good offers to get moving again & lots of people who took F.C.C. but not sure we will ever get back to the level cruising was at before covid struck
  5. So the VIP party and club dining rooms will be even more packed in, what next club points being used to book cruises,
  6. Thanks again for wonderful pictures you kept me sane during the last few weeks, with no new posts in the cruise forums.
  7. Hi Allie, We live in Birchington so close bye to you. I have been talking to my friends in Costa's Genoa office, & although they cannot comment on any ongoing refunds they have said they are over-run with the back-log over the cancelled cruises. Given the numbers who have lost the cruise & how those with full packages with most lines which included all flights & transfers will be given priority over cruise only, it may be sometime before everything is sorted, so don't give up hope. We have been doing cruises with Costa for twenty three years & all our dealings with them have been sorted, some taking rather a long time, even in 'Normal Days' Hope you will eventually get your full refunds.
  8. No Gerry prices have always fluctuated almost daily with all cruises Companies, I check at least three times before booking. That is certainly the case with Costa now, I worked until I was 72 for a chance of a chance to enjoy my retirement in style, but not sure I would pay those prices when I can do the same on other lines who give even better service for Suite guests.
  9. As I expected just had offers in from Costa, while great deals for Couples in the lower grades the Suites are now £1000 dearer than our last 8 day cruise, That said anyone willing to take a chance a balcony cabin on Semeralda from Savona/Barcelona they are offering 40% off taking a 8 day cruise for two at under £900 for top grade cabin, in Jan 21
  10. I personally think almost everything will go up in price in order to recoup losses. Our local Government is now saying due to losses from car parking & fines they will either put up council tax or seriously cut services, Cruise & travel will try to encourage us to book well in advance so that they can operate & pay their way. There has been a steady increase in our two weekly food shop since March & I expect most other things will take some time to become reasonably stable again. I do not think there will many takers for any empty cabins for a long time, if at all this year.
  11. Yet another Costa attempt to downgrade the higher Club levels, having been a member for twenty plus years there are far too many guests reaching the top level hence the decline in eating in the Club Restaurant's and wine tasting, kitchen visits & priority boarding and such like becoming a full sized cattle run. The Costa Club is now a faint mockery of the once privileged few, who stayed loyal to Costa & cruised the most with them. Although we normally have a suite this also has been increased by turning balcony cabins into so called Suites & giving upgrades to anyone who has a few club points & decides to cruise twice every other year. Perla Diamante members are already overcrowding VIP parties there seems to be so many now. Now points not expiring, double points for new cruises booked looks like they will be bringing in some more new levels soon.
  12. Thanks for posting I was thinking I was the only one still looking very day. Food looks a lot better than our last three/four cruises hope to cruise again late this year. Will try the Smeralda
  13. Hi SpeedySal, Thank you for your kind message & comment. At 84 we have done many more cruises than even I expected, I do hope to manage another one or two before giving up my Sea Legs. I think you are right the Costa of old is gone, like many travel groups we will see a big change in the way holidays are booked & taken, Costa will pay a price for the delay in making refunds. My friends who were booked for this week with TUI received their full refund yesterday after being offered F.C.C. twice & a 25% s called bonus. (They were on the phone holding on for just under two hours.) before getting through even then thy were again offered FCC. From what I have heard & read this seems to be the norm. Got a Princess booked for October keeping our fingers crossed
  14. We had to cancel our two cruises booked this year in May & Sept, through my continuing decline in health. Please note; this was in early February & before the virus was around. It took just three weeks to get our money refunded less £50 each pp per cruise. These were booked in 2019 & those were the terms & conditions then. I also cancelled one cruise early last year although my wife went with her cousin they gave them a suite even though I was not on booking. I do understand all the frustrations you are having, it must be bad, but I hope you eventually receive any payment back soon.
  15. Today my friend had a email from TUI after their cruise was cancelled refund should be in their bank in the next six weeks. Italy was in total lock-down some staff ere working from home have told me that it Could take up to 90 minutes to get the okay to refund just one couple. Don't know how true this is , but do know they can't just issue them.
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