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  1. Not crazy about masks, either, but I will wear one 100% of the time including in my cabin asleep at night if that's what it takes. I'm so sick and tired of not being able to travel, I've realized over the last year-and-a-half that travel has been good for my health and not traveling has caused massive anxiety. If wearing a mask is the price of travel, so be it. I just want to travel again, period. (that's just me...)
  2. Someone recently posted that MSC's total staff in the US is 65 people. Sixty-five. No wonder they're behind. I think we might need to be a little more patient when 65 people are handling God-knows-how-many reservations.
  3. Well said, @ziggyuk. Our situation was similar to yours: booked on the Virtuosa for July 2021, decided to change to August 2021 due to uncertainty over borders/Covid, MSC then took Virtuosa to UK and changed us to Seaview, then changed the itinerary, we had the dreaded "NAR" twice, then we chose to switch to the Splendida for 28 August. We booked a one-night pre-cruise hotel in Copenhagen for the Virtuosa/Seaview, then cancelled (no fee, I made sure before I booked) after moving to the Splendida. We didn't even think of buying airfare until we knew we were sailing. Even so, they could still cancel our cruise, but our airfare can be rebooked until April 2023 with no change fees. My point? Given these uncertain times, it's unwise to make bookings that can't be changed or cancelled without a fee. I do have sympathy for the OP but some of his plight is down to his personal decisions that have, unfortunately, ended up costing him. Now more than ever, we all have to be flexible and not commit money until we're 100% sure, and even then, have a backup plan or two. We plan to visit Italy even if MSC cancels.
  4. Yep, I was aware of that, in fact I was discussing that very topic about 2 weeks ago at a local restaurant with some Irish transplants to the US. I like Strongbow alright, but I'd prefer to have more than 1 UK/Eire-based cider to choose from. I'm not a huge fan of Angry Orchard, but it's not bad.
  5. Exactly, there are so many assumptions in his analysis (they "knew" a year ago it was cancelled-no way that's true, there's no way the cruiseline "knows" ahead of time it's going to cancel a cruise that's a year away), and "essentially told me to buzz off," seriously? I'd love to know what actually transpired during that phone call. I *highly* doubt anyone told him to buzz off. Anyway, good luck to our friend @Stockjock, I think and hope he's learned a good lesson about booking airline flights and hotels when Covid-19 is still very much in the picture and cruise lines are making adjustments on the fly. We have 2 upcoming cruises and even now, I'm not 100% sure they'll go ahead. Good luck to everyone out there, including the OP.
  6. And you have a history of being rude to people and attributing hostile motives because you disagree with them. Have a nice day, but I'm going to block you (again).
  7. I think it's more like "why do you keep booking with them if all you ever do is complain"? It makes no sense, just as it makes no sense to keep expecting MSC to offer Celebrity quality when MSC is cheaper. You get what you pay for. That's all I'm saying. But like I said, I don't disagree with everything he says, I specifically pointed out that MSC has room for improvement. He and I agree on that. No hostile agenda here.
  8. It's simple, he likes MSC's low prices but then expects service on a level associated with Celebrity or other lines. In short: champagne taste on a beer budget. It's like paying for Motel 6 and expecting the Ritz-Carlton. Not gonna happen. I like getting good value for my money and there's nothing wrong with wanting a cruise line to step it up (on this point I agree with the OP, MSC could improve, for sure!), but it's one thing to hope the cruise line gets better, it's another to demand/expect it, and at what cost? MSC's pricing would surely increase if they did as he asked, but I'm not a stockbroker like he is and Celebrity is too expensive for us. I like having lower-priced choices and we think MSC, while not perfect, is good value for us.
  9. Yes, this thread (like so many, frankly) is filled with different advice and opinions, sometimes contradictory. Best to have your travel agent contact MSC to get the real story. And if you don't have a TA, get one! The wording on the MSC USA website is pretty clear, though: you HAVE to purchase insurance through MSC whether or not you choose to get insurance on your own. The cost differs based on whether you're sailing from the US or Europe. The policy we got, which was mandatory, cost us $175 per person. I believe it's usually $150, but we added it after final payment date, so it's possible they charged us an extra $25 because of that. As far as European cruisers reporting, yes, I agree. I'll see if I can make contact with any people currently sailing and ask them about their experience.
  10. Ah, wasn't sure. The internet makes it hard to distinguish kidding from serious, sometimes. And I can vividly remember someone (not you) saying that Robert Mondavi's Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon was "undrinkable," and I loved it so much after having it onboard the Meraviglia that it's now a permanent feature of my collection. Now if MSC would only stock a proper cider like Bulmer's!
  11. Sorry for the OP, but our fare is phenomenal, $199 round trip for 2. And as @saltsandknit says, you can upgrade seats with the airline. Good luck!
  12. I remember Frank del Rio saying that months ago, but (and this is obviously just my opinion) it may have been aspirational rather than realistic. Plus, it's possible they're only filling the ships to 60% capacity to begin with, meaning people aren't buying in the numbers they'd hoped for.
  13. Ha, not at all! I love sparkling wines of all kinds, as well as champagne (which isn't just any sparkling wine, BTW, as I'm sure you know). I enjoy Spanish Cava, Italian prosecco and am eager to try a South African sparkling wine whose name escapes me at the moment.
  14. More power to you! In contrast to you, I work from home most of the time and am currently wearing a t-shirt and jeans. When I go on a cruise, I like to dress in nice clothes for dinner. It's all about what works for you vs what works for others. Nothing says we all have to be the same, that'd be boring. 😃
  15. Probably so. We were on Meraviglia in December 2019 for 7 days and there was a heavy concentration of Europeans onboard. Same with Seaside in October 2018 and all of our European cruises. They just tend to dress up more than some Americans/Canadians do. I don't know @GA Dave personally so don't know what he's used to. Many people seem to view cruising as a way to be casual while others (like me) want to, as the British say, "get their glad rags on." 😃
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