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  1. You'd be well-advised to get your facts straight before discussing this issue. There is no 9 night cruise involved in this. Nobody on that ship looked for compensation - it was offered in a letter from the captain which clearly stated a discount of 20% of the fare would be given. MSC has reneged on that commitment. That is the fact of the matter and your opinion won't change that!
  2. It appears that MSC is not willing to honour the word of their ships' Captains when they ride rough-shod over what they offer their passengers onboard. This is a sad indictment of the way the company is being run. We may yet be finished with MSC after our next May cruise. We would have cancelled it had we not had such a hefty deposit down due to flights being included. We've lost all trust in the company.
  3. Well said, Liz! Some people prefer their own (ill-informed) opinions on a subject they seem to have little knowledge of, without first garnering the facts of the matter!
  4. Yes ... they've calculated out the per day cost, multiplied it by 13 and are giving us 20% of the 13 night section of the cruise i.e. New York-Miami leg. I emailed Voyagers Club to confirm the number of points we were being given for the cruise and we've been awarded 2000 each for a YC cruise of +9 nights - so, in that department, ours is being considered as only one cruise of 23 nights and not a B2B of 10 and 13 nights! 🙄 So it's a lose/lose for us on both counts as MSC is having it both ways.
  5. No ... we're on a mid-May one (can't remember the exact date). It may yet be our last MSC cruise (for some time, anyway).
  6. Belated Season's Greetings to all on here and very special greetings to all those wonderful CCers that we met onboard Meraviglia - it was a delight and pleasure to meet you all.
  7. Seems that the letter we received from the Captain onboard stating that we'd receive 20% of the cruise fare isn't worth the paper it's printed on! Customer service is insisting our cruise was a B2B because we returned to New York before heading to Miami. Yet Voyagers' Club is only treating it as ONE cruise for the purpose of cruise points. So MSC is having its cake and eating it in our case.
  8. You don't say how long the cruise is for (and I can't access it on either the Ireland or UK sites at the moment as they're both acting up 🙄). However, we did the Venice-Durban itinerary and had at least 4 'Elegant' nights. Weather in May can be very pleasant in the Med - not too hot. However, we spent a few days in May one year in the Lake Garda region before boarding Preziosa in Venice with beautiful weather and were told we were very lucky as it had been really cold with a lot of snow the previous week! So, Northern Italy at that time of year can be a tricky one to say. You should be fine until at least you reach Venice, though. I hope you come back and tell us all about your trip - we're considering doing Durban-Venice in 2021 but are unsure about how things are done on that specific itinerary. Specifically, we're looking at Aurea but don't know if the drinks package or MyChoice will be included (they're not when the ships are doing the Sth Africa itineraries).
  9. So glad to hear that others are enjoying Oxana just as we did - I can't speak highly enough about her. She'd write a little note on each of our napkins every evening - I've kept every one!
  10. Z ... we did Preziosa's repo from Santos and the majority of guests onboard were Brazilian. Apart from the fact that Portugese was the main language onboard (we quickly got very tired of only hearing it) we had a wonderful cruise (though we wouldn't do another one!). Hope you had a good flight. Enjoy your time in Brazil and have a fantastic cruise. Looking forward to hearing how it goes.
  11. The poster who 'liked' the OP is also a regular MSC basher! 🙄
  12. Not off-topic at all, L. I mentioned Arthur earlier on in the thread. He was our waiter on Magnifica in the Med when on his first MSC contract so we knew him long before he went Stateside! The Meraviglia Speciality Restaurant sommelier, Nedved, was every bit as good to us as Arthur has ever been to anyone - his service was amazing. We knew him from before he trained up when he was a server in the cigar lounge on another of our sailings. Oxana is wonderful! So glad to hear she remembered us. We always made a point of visiting her each evening.
  13. Absolutely - same here! We've also done the Venice-Durban itinerary and would love to do the return one. I don't trust MSC to give me the correct information on a repo leaving from Sth Africa. They don't sell drinks packages on their ships in that region (we did a 4-night Durban-Durban as a B2B) so I would be highly suspect that Easy is included for Aurea. IIRC, we did have MyChoice on the 4 night cruise, being in a Fantastica suite on a Lirica-class ship for that one (we were in Aurea for the repo).
  14. I was enquiring about that particular cruise and asked the MSC rep if the Easy drinks package was included for Aurea as MSC doesn't operate the 'Experiences' with their inclusions on South Africa sailings. I was assured that the drinks package would be included, but I have a feeling that I read something about a repo from Sth Africa on here where things were done a lot differently. Unfortunately I can't find the review of the sailing.
  15. So glad you've experienced some improvements! Looking forward to hearing all about it, L. Thank you for passing on my regards.
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