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About tcocktail

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    Celebrity at this point
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    Europe and anywhere there is a beach
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    sju to the port

    [quote name='bouhunter']Taxi. Should be about 20.00 plus 1.00 per bag. Head out of baggage claim, the taxi line is right there. You'll be on your way in minutes:)[/QUOTE] sounds easy thanks
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    sju to the port

    I am well aware this is not a good idea but with work there is nothing we could do, flyying in the same ay as the cruisee what is the best way to get to the port from sju
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    WHo´s chartered Millennium 3/31-4/11/2013?

    Does anyone know why the ship is on waitlist only for reservations on April 11 I don't believe it is sold out this far out
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    Hotel in Venice pre-cruise

    Hotel Wildner is a great hotel good location, right where the tenders land from the ship
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    Costa Concordia SINKING

    [quote name='glrounds'][I][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]To cut out the insurance broker and insurance company. They act as their own insurance company. In effect saying they can absorb the loss of earnings themselves and pocket the equivalent of what the insurance premiums would be. (You are "self-insuring" for the [B]DEDUCTIBLE[/B] on your car or home insurance.) The [B]CONCORDIA[/B] only represented [B]1.5%[/B] of Carnival Corp's revenues. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/I][/QUOTE] I didn't understand that the Concordia represented such a small piece. I live in a resort community owned by a fortune 500 and they were self insurance. THat was my only experience. The company was sold and thed learned they could of lost everything. But the issue with Costa and Carnival corp is totally different. What a mess for all involved.
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    Costa Concordia SINKING

    [quote name='Aus Traveller']'Self insured' means that you will carry the loss yourself. From memory, I think the CEO said that Costa (or Carnival) [B]self-insure for loss of earnings [/B]from the ship being out of service. He did not say that the ships are uninsured.[/QUOTE] Excactly, why in the world would they want to do that?
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    Costa Concordia SINKING

    [quote name='bobsig']Actually they can afford to lose the ship - it was insured (see link below). However, the bigger loss will be in the public's perception of Costa and Carnival Corp. which could result in fewer bookings...but most likely only over the short term. If I were Carnival, I would "rebrand" Costa in a few months. [URL]http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/815097/000095014212000110/eh1200156_ex9901.htm[/URL][/QUOTE] REbranding is exactly what they should do or bring it under the Princess line. They could sell the ships to MSC too, but in the long rebranding is the smartest
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    Costa Concordia SINKING

    [quote name='mferris77']Question for those of you more familiar with the insurance angle. I've see it mentioned that Carnival/Costa has 'self-insured' for some things. What does that even mean? Isn't that like saying it's not insured at all? If I say I 'self insure' my car then what I'm saying is that if I get into an accident, I'm personally responsible for whatever injury and/or damage I may cause to persons or property and that my checking/savings account is in for a rude awakening.[/QUOTE] YOu have to be kidding me they are really self insuranced. If this is really fact Carnival Corporation could be in huge trouble. I wonder if MSC would like to purchase the costa ships
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    Costa Concordia SINKING

    [quote name='Boy Blue']I totally agree with you that the loss of life is tragic and like yourself my heart goes out to the family and friends. I would sail Costa again having travelled with a few cruise companys Costa have new ships visit exciting ports and are good value for money. We are due to sail on the Costa Favolosa on Friday the 13th April we have no intention of cancelling I really hope that Costa will not fold, having travelled with them before they are a great brand, shame one mans actions as caused this terrible tragic event[/QUOTE] This is going to be a hard pill for the parent company to swallow. Carnival may have to dissolve Costa in order to save the stock price. It has already dropped $4.74 today. It's hard to tell what will happen in this economy. I am sure the will be looking at booking and cancelations. I am sure this wil affect the industry at least for a couple of weeks not only Carnival.
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    [quote name='wantocruisemore']I really don't see how anyone can say that a ship excursion is better than private, but everyone has their own tastes. I actually have never heard of anyone getting left in Taormina due to a private excursion late. If anyone did, I'm sure it would be blasted all over the boards and that tour providers business would be ruined. I can see however that someone doing it on their own can be left. You have to make your own decision about shore excursions. I do know that there is the charming town of Castelmola that is above Taormina. Buses cannot get up there due to the narrow roads, so no cruise line excursion goes there. Mario took us there and we had the best lunch at a great restaurant he recommended that brought us out some of the best brushetta I've ever tasted (& it was free). If cost is your primary concern, you can likely get others together from your ship. Or you can tell Mario that you do not mind if he adds others to your group that inquire about a tour. I have never heard of anyone that went with either him or his brother who were not pleased. Mario does not have a website. I asked him about that and he said he is always booked and he really did not need to spend out the extra to have someone set it up and maintain it. When he contacts you back, tell him Theresa from the summer says hello.[/QUOTE] I am in no way saying that a ships tour is better. I generally do all on my own or with a tour operator. It's the time and distance to Taormina that is the issue here. If mario did all that for you, that is outstanding and if it were me I would be corresponding with him. Castelmola is a very unique village, they filmed the wedding from the GodFather there. I still don't know how they got the film crew and equipment up there. Also be know that there are phallic symbols everywhere, even the knobs on the sinks, back of the chairs. We did too have a great meal there and some of the best wine. If you did Toarmina on your own you would have time to get there. If you can believe, I wasn't on a cruise for that visit and I drove up the mountain, OMG what an experience.
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    [quote name='gam888']We are not going until next August. Yes, I am the kind who likes to plan months ahead. Just to do some preliminary research and I will fine tune the planning as we get closer. The ship is supposed to dock from 7 to 4. Not keen on getting off the ship really early so chances are we will be out by 8 earliest .I checked the ship's website and they have a tour called "Taormina on your own" Basically they are providing the transportation to and from Taormina. They say the traveling time is 1 hour, (x2) The whole trip is 6 1/2 hour so that means they give you about 4 hours to sightsee. It does not give you anytime in Messina. You are on your own to do your look see in Messina. Heard there is a clock tower, saw the picture. Seems nice. The train will be really inexpensive, providing it doesn't go on strike.Oh I think the ship charges $70 each for the Taromina on your own. Wonder how much Mario charges. I emailed him, waiting for a response.[/QUOTE] You have more time then most ships. Taormina on your own is a great way to see this beautiful city. I know people that have taken the train with no issues at all. But you are correct they can go on strikeat any time. What a crazy way to live. I recall being on the train in Rome, it stopped for 10 minutes, they went on strike and then they restarted again. Please understand that the train goes to the bottom of the hill and then you have to take a taxi from the train station to Taormina. The clock tower is cute and if you miss it you are not missing much. Taormina is beautiful and not to be missed. I completely understand you planning so early. I always do that an happier for it. Going with the ship is a no hassle way. I typically do not travel with the ship toursbut there are sometimes I think it is necessary.
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    [quote name='gam888']I always worry about missing the ship whenever we book a tour with a local vendor. Although we have always booked excursions not with the ship whenever we travel. What are some of the circumstances that cause the people to be late for the ship? Did they book with Mario?[/QUOTE] The traffic is a huge issue. Another time the ship departed earlier then expected, although I don't think happens too often. Remember that if you are on a tour with the ship and there is a delay on the roads the ship will wait. If you are on your own you are out of luck. The sicilians drive all over the roads. two cars drive in the same lane. I think the lines are just suggestions,lol. When we did this Mario's prices were much higher then the ship too. Where do you plan on going? How much time do you have?
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    [quote name='gam888']We are considering a cruise that has one stop in Messina . Read that some folks have booked with Mario Astone. Just want to hear more feedback from people who have used his service. Just a bit concern about one family arriving late in port and almost miss the ship. Another family got into the van and was eventually told to get off and they ended up taking a taxi tour with a taxi driver. Please share your experience in Messina, including do it yourself kind of excursions. Thank yoo.[/QUOTE] Although I have heard only the best about Mario Astone, I would highly suggest that if you are going to Toaminoa that you stay with the cruise line. People have been left behind for one reason or another. It really depends on how much time you will have at that port. There is nothing really to do in Messina although the last time I was there we stayed in the city and mingled with the locals.
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    Best Flight Plan from US

    We have a flight arriving at Gatwick at noon in June and have 3.5 hours to get to Heathrow when our flight departs. We will be coming from Venice, Italy. Do we have enough time and what is the quickest way to get to Heathrow?
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    BOA Visa double points ending soon

    I too received my letter yesterday. I am dissappointed because I had enough for a caribbean companion cruise. I tried to look for booking a cruise or the other onboard credits and nothing. It looks to me as though they are off the site, unless I am missing something. This could force me to look at MSC as I have heard outstanding reviews in the Caribbean, I will take my cash and look else, even though I am elite status in Captain Club. You can redeem them for cash which I have done in the past. I really haven't looked at World points too much. I have tried to get airline seats and that's a joke. How many will be keeping this card? I can only guess that Rccl will be doing the same thing. If anyone has another idea for a good card please post. I have a costco AMEX card think I will start charging my gas on there now. Never ending dissappointments in a bad economy.