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  1. Nice to read a review for a change. We had an aft balcony cabin on the sailing just before you.It was amazing. We had 2 wardrobes, one was a walk-in. The balcony was also huge. It was a funny wedge shape. Unfortunately too chilly to make much use of it. Like you we did not like the new theatre/entertainment setup. We stopped at the Colosseo one evening and there was no seating available and people were standing multiple levels deep. We also liked the Jazz bar and entertainers there the best. The "piano bar" was very odd in that the piano was too far from the bar. We actually spent quite a lot of time there with a barman called Vishal. He has been on a few of our cruises and is very good at making cocktails and tweaking them a little. I had a look at November Med cruises and there are some amazing deals. Whether we will be cruising by then I do not know. Can but hope. I am having withdrawal symptoms. Riana
  2. Hi guys I am fine thank you. I am touched by you wanting to know how I am. I am still working and alas not from home. I work for the NHS so it is still all wheels to the pumps. I am fortunately not at a hospital. I think that must be nerve racking. I work in General Practice. We are still seeing patients but not very many. Most of our work involve telephone consultations and the paperwork has not stopped. Lots of people are panicking about getting medication and ordering when they clearly do not need their next meds yet. This concerns us because some might then not have access whilst others will sit on on stock similar to the recent loo paper and pasta thing. Also some concerns about people having far too many potential dangerous medication available and being at home being sad and maybe taking too many impulsively. We are totally fine with PPE though it took a little while to get all the stuff we need. I now work in stylish burgundy scrubs and I totally hate it. Never mind, all for the good of staying safe and washing the blasted things at 60 degrees celcius. Geoff sorry about you being stuck but you are safest in isolation with your COPD. On a happier note, the sun is shining, I have a small garden, we are going to have our first BBQ of the season tonight and Kipper(the ginger cat in my life) is going to love it sitting out with us. We will need coats, scarves and gloves probably but who cares. Look after yourselves, stay safe and hopefully we will be cruising again in not too long. Riana
  3. Read the table below for information on canceled cruises: Last update March 25. Costa Diadema - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 2nd. Costa Fascinosa - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 2nd.. Costa Favolosa - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 1st. Costa Fortuna - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 7th. Costa Magica - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 2nd. Costa Mediterranea - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 8th. Costa Smeralda - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 1st. Costa Luminosa - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until May 2nd. Costa Pacifica - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until April 30th. Costa Victoria - SUSPENDED ACTIVITY Cruises canceled until April 24th. Costa Deliziosa - CRUISING The current World Tour itinerary will be completed to allow guests to disembark and return home. Cruises canceled until May 1st. Much as I am pining to cruise, Costa needs to wake up. Nothing is going to happen by the end of April. I just saw on the MSC boards that they have cancelled all cruises till end of May. I think even that is optimistic.
  4. Hi All I thought I would wrap this up. Clearly out timing was good and we are home. I hope safe and sound. Neither of us ill. I am back at work to DD's great concern. She thought I should have self isolated for 2w after coming back from the ship. Though we enjoyed the cruise the Covid really put a damper on it for us. In retrospect we should maybe not have gone but we would have lost all of our cruise fees and insurance would not have paid. As it is we lost the flight and hotel costs to Milan. That does not bother me at all. She is big but I did not feel that much bigger than Diadema. I know tonnage and passenger size is very different. The biggest difference I thought was the multiple slightly smaller MDR's. e were in a section of Arlencchino. It is right at the back of the MDR. This is souley for diamond pearl guests. The whole restaurant is sections and decorated differently, some nice and some looking like a fast food place. We really did not rate the food. You all know we are very loyal to Costa but the food in general was poor. We actually went to the Pizza restaurant 3 evenings. The biggest disappointment there was they don't do those yummy burgers, only pizza. The pizzas were very good and the service way better than any of the other pizza restaurants. The staff seemed to have training. The Teppanyaki was next door. We are not so keen but they were desperately trying to flog that all the time, including in the MDR. We did our own thing in all the ports so not much there. The ship is very understated for Costa. We enjoyed the Jazz club/bar. A good buzz and enjoyed the band. The piano bar is a bit odd. The bar is in a separate section to the entertainment area. We met up with a barman, Vishal, whom we first met when in India on the Neoclassica and last year in South America on the Fascinosa. Great guy. Hope he stays well. We thought the theatre set up(of lack there of) was rubbish. The performance times we odd, the seating limited and the shows not to our taste. We stood in the Colosseo one evening and watched a little. My biggest gripe is the lack of those reserved front row seats😂. They also had lots of comedy shows. Now that was new . Only problem, they were Spanish, French and Italian! We were going to book a cruise whilst on board , but to answer Bobbingbob's question in another thread, decided we will wait for now. Today the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic. It looks as if Kip is going to have mum and dad home for some months. I am not going to bother with photos unless someone asks. I did not take a lot anyway. Kip snuck in inbetween my writings. As you can see this one rules the roost and is very comfy. Riana
  5. COSTA CROCIERE REVIEWS ITS ITINERARIES IN ITALY TO RESPECT GOVERNMENT CONTAINMENT MEASURES. Genoa, March 10, 2020 - Following the new measures introduced last evening by the Italian Government in an effort to contain the health emergency on the national territory, Costa Crociere has reviewed the itineraries of its ships calling at Italian ports up to April 3. "As an Italian company and the only cruise operator flying the Italian flag, we are committed to guarantee compliance with the regulations and support to the Italian authorities and the community in this extraordinary effort to face the current situation of emergency" said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Crociere. Cruises currently underway will call at Italian ports only to allow guests to disembark and return to their home, with no excursions or new embarkations. The company is promptly informing all guests involved by these changes, offering them a future cruise credit so that they will be able to enjoy the cruise experience at a later date. In the past days, Costa Crociere had already cancelled all outgoing Italian guests departing from cruises outside the Mediterranean in an effort to contain risks, preserve the environment and enforce the specific measures issued by the Italian Government. The protection of health and safety of guests and crew members is the utmost priority for Costa Crociere. On board Costa ships, the level of sanitization has been increased to ensure maximum hygiene and safety for guests and crew members. The Company has adopted rigid health screenings upon embarkation since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency. From Costa Press centre. I think it will be near impossible to get through to them on the phone. They must be inundated with calls.
  6. I don't think people will reply to the questions about cancelling on my original post. There is a very active group on Facebook that might be able to help. Today is our last day. We are disembarking tomorrow and I won't have Internet till Wednesday. I'll post some photos then. Riana
  7. Morning Bob The ship is not very full and the atmosphere is a bit subdued we think. We've not gone to any of the shows. They are at quite odd times and honestly did not appeal to us either. The weather out of Palma was diabolical. The sea was rough the whole night. Yesterday was also the sea day and massive waves till late afternoon. We just camped in the grandbar most of the day. Hubby watched films and I read. We are in Civitavecchia today. Gorgeous day. We decided not to go to Rome as we didn't fancy the journey with too many people coughing. We are disembarking in Savona on Saturday and flying out of Nice to Stansted. We are not keen on this ship. I do love our cabin. I'll post photos when I get home. Riana
  8. Ola from Barcelona. Was raining this morning. We left after 10 am. Took a taxi to a local cemetery to look at funerary art. I'm weird like that. Expensive taxi and walked all the way back to la Rambla. Took nearly 40 minutes. The cemetery was a bit boring. We didn't see the one we really wanted to see. We then stopped for a beer and after that lunch. Everything open and going. So far no mention of port cancellation. We have decided not to go to Rome because we don't fancy being in such close proximity to possibly infected people fot 90 minutes each way.
  9. Hi Bob Food is like you said. All the stuff previously included for diamond pearl is extra charge. Food is OK but not great. The entertainment is at really odd times in the theatre and colosseo. Jazz bar and grand bar okish. Kip rules the roost. He is very happy being an only cat. He's so spoilt. We do get so attached to them. Riana
  10. Looks like my post from yesterday never posted. Not seen many people wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere. Much more than ever.
  11. On board now. Ship is huge. Temperature scanned in terminal. Had to use hand sanitizer getting onto ship. Walked through the buffet. Guy asking people to use sanitizer one end but not the other. Serving food not self serve. Looks pretty good. We're in Arlecchino first sitting. Cabin is stunning. Deck 12 aft.
  12. Quick response before I go to bed. Need to get up soon. Bob: I lost my sweet Baz about 18mnths ago. He developed heart failure. He was a little pedigreed cat. Never had one before. No idea whether in breeding gave him a heart condition. He developed heart failure and despite medication went down so fart that after 3 mnths on meds we had to put him to sleep. Kip is left now. He is a rescue ginger an white neutered Tom. Very loving and loves to b with us, hates to be away sadly but comes home after a holiday needing a diet. MarAnn: Lucky that you could cancel. Must say I would have if I had middle east itinerary. Panamanpd: No grandkids. Don't go in hot tubs. I think you misunderstood me. I was brought up to go to school/work unless you were on a slab(dead). My concern was not being able to go back to work. If you look at Costa website you will see we would have lost between 90 and 100% of our fee. Guys I am off to bed. Up at sparrows farts to go to airport. Maybe my last comment will be moderated because it is rude.😁😇
  13. Hi Maryann I hope so too. The Canadian health notice looks pretty much the same as the one I got from work yesterday(NHS for medical personnel). The most daft thing is that people who think they might be infected are actually despite all advice still going to emergency departments and doctors surgeries(suppose you might call them medical centers). One just outside Colchester had to close till the culprit was swabbed and I think they still wait for the results before they are allowed to open. My biggest worry is actually whether I will be able to go back to work when I get back. Anyway, at the moment I am taking things a day at a time. If we get to cruise it will be great, if Costa cancels when we get to Savona we'll hopefully be able to get home easily and get refunded or have insurance pay outs. Riana
  14. This cruise is still in the balance. Corona virus has the world in it's nasty little grip and the press is putting out stories at the rate of knots. We are supposed to board on Saturday Leap year day. I don't know whether that is a bad omen. I have learnt that getting to Savona can be a little hazardous to say the least. Flying into and out of Genoa is hit and miss. Not many flights and at odd hours. The surrounding mountains certainly do not help. We can many delayed flights. Our next usual options is flying into Milan and getting a transfer to Savona. We live 40 minutes drive from Stansted so it's mostly Ryanair. The morning flight to Malpensa arrives a few minutes before the Costa transfer departs. Now, we have done that and as age creeps up on me, I find it far too stressful to take the chance. We really like Milan so we usually fly in the day before, have a nice lunch and even nicer supper and then leave by transfer a little after 9 am. Perfect! So we were all booked. Flights, hotel and evening restaurant. Pesky virus landed in Lombardy. I started looking at our options on 23/2. We have used a Costa transfer when Nice the very first time we cruised years ago. I checked flights and hotels in Nice and gave DH orders to call Costa on 24/2 to check whether a transfer was available. Yes it is but you need to book this by 25/2 please. We now have flights to Nice, a hotel in Nice and a Costa transfer to Savona. Interestingly the restaurant in Milan emailed me yesterday to cancel our booking because they are now closed. It looks as if Milan is heading towards shutdown. At this stage it looks as if flights to Malpensa is still going but who knows what will happen over the next week. Our suitcase is hopefully in or near Savona already as it left home by Bag express on 21/2! Pussycat is going to the cat hotel tomorrow morning. Lets hope that we finally get on the Smerelda AND back home a week later. I will post bits and pieces as I go along. Riana
  15. Hi All Cancelled Milan and booked flights to Nice instead. Waiting for a public announcement on UK TV at 12.30 to see whether they are advising no travel to Italy. If that is the case I'll have a week off work at home. Will be very disappointed but though I feel you cannot live your live in a sterile bubble, I'll have to accept that. Bob, I have the wipes and got a little bottle of hand sanitiser today. I am a great believer in soap and water because science tells us it works better. I hope the public restroom doors on Smerelda is touch free like the other ships. I will start a new thread later. Riana
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