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  1. I wanted to book in $cdn so that my price was locked in no matter what happens to the exchange rate. I did compare prices on the US site first and the difference was maybe $50 total. Other times I have booked on US websites when the difference has been worth taking the risk with the exchange.
  2. Thanks for the replies. One thing that might make it more difficult for me to transfer is I booked on the Canadian website so I’m not sure if the online TAs I’ve booked with directly in the past will accept the booking as it’s in Canadian dollars. I guess I won’t know until I ask!
  3. Is it possible to transfer a booking I made on the MSC website to a travel agent? I’m hoping I might be able to get some OBC this way though I don’t know if I’m better off leaving things where they are. Any opinions/advice?
  4. I just booked our first MSC cruise in a YIN for next May in the Med yesterday. I booked on the Canadian website to get the fare in $Cdn and after I had entered all my info and credit card number I got an error message after I hit submit. The Canadian MSC office is not open on weekends to call so I went back to the website to do another mock booking and my cabin number is no longer listed and on checking my credit card the deposit amount went through. I have not received a booking number or confirmation email which concerns me. What I did see this time around is there was an “escape to sea” price and a “drinks and WiFi “ price. I assumed that these prices would be the same in YC as both are included, but when I selected the “escape to sea”, the price was $200pp less than the “drinks and WiFi” one (which I somehow ended up with yesterday). Am I right in thinking I should be able to select the “Escape to Sea” price and still get my drinks and WiFi as I’m in the YC? I’ll obviously have to call them to find out where my booking number is but was hoping that I could also get a price reduction at that time and was hoping those experienced with MSC could advise. Thanks!
  5. According to the booking terms and conditions listed on the MSC website (at the time of my reservation), in the event that the company cancels a cruise a full refund should be given, not a voucher for future travel. “Before the Voyage begins, the Company has the right to cancel the Voyage for any reason without notice. In such event, The Company shall refund the full amount of the Fare received, and the Company shall have no further liability whatsoever.”
  6. I'm scheduled to sail on the Seaview in May from Barcelona. I'm aware of the current policy but I would sooner get my money back rather than a FCC. If I wait and MSC cancels the cruise would I then be eligible for a refund rather than a FCC?
  7. I would wait it out at this point. I’m booked on the Seaview out of Barcelona on May 23 and am taking a “wait and see” approach. Right now MSC is offering people booked for March and April on Med cruises the option of moving their cruise to a future date or location within the next 12months. If the current situation gets worse (which I think is likely), then I assume MSC will extend the policy to cruises in May and beyond or cancel cruises altogether and give refunds. I am hoping for the best, but I’ll be amazed if our cruise goes ahead as planned right now.
  8. We are supposed to sail out of Barcelona on May 23 on the Seaview after spending the week before in Mallorca. This will be our first MSC cruise and I have been looking forward to seeing if the YC is all it’s cracked up to be. I’m concerned, as I think the incidence of COVID 19 is going to get much more widespread over the coming months, but at this point we are just taking a “wait and see” approach. There is zero benefit in us cancelling at this point in time as we would lose $$$. If the situation does get worse, then hopefully MSC will either cancel and refund our money, or extend their recent policy of allowing bookings to be changed to future cruises at no cost. I’m hoping for the best but quite frankly have resigned myself to the fact that this trip is probably not going to happen. With the current situation in Italy, I don’t see how cruises in the Med are not going to be affected in the coming months, especially for MSC who embarks passengers at basically every port.
  9. Is it possible to buy chips with non refundable OBC in the casino, gamble then cash out the chips (assuming you don’t lose everything) for cash at the end of the cruise?
  10. Thanks, I guess I’ll be bringing my one from home.
  11. Trying to remember what kind of hairdryers Celebrity provides. Are they regular hairdryers like you would have at home or the awful ones that take forever to dry your hair and where you have to keep your finger on the “on” button to keep the air flowing?
  12. Thanks for the replies. I was hoping the MDR would be an option but we’re not concierge class. I guess we’ll have to deal with the crush of the buffet or try one of the pay options.
  13. Just wondering if there are any options other than the buffet for lunch on embarkation day. We are not in a suite and do not have any kind of elite status.
  14. Do you remember on what day the “rest of the voyage” price was offered and how much it was? Leaving on the Silhouette on Thursday and trying to decide whether to buy an internet package now or wait.
  15. I have a booking for May 2020 on the Seaview which I made through an online travel agent. My deposit is listed as “non refundable” on my booking information. This will be our first cruise on MSC and I knew the deposit was non refundable when I booked but at that time I assumed that was just a MSC rule. I was surprised to find out later that usually the deposits are refundable as on other lines. Not sure why mine isn’t.
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