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    Somerset, UK
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    Just Cruising lol
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, P&O, MSC Yacht Club, Royal Caribbean
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    Too Many

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  1. http://crew-center.com/costa-cruises-plans-re-start-voyages-7-ships-5-phases?fbclid=IwAR2Y_FsJ4bDOK9gkhn4ux_OVfQOfLBcqfToVBJd_bADtJqa2iCuNDRA30t4 Costa (carnival owned) are planning a very slow restart, in several phases; Phase 1 - August - 3 ships - Italian guests only Phase 2 - October - 4 ships - Italian, Spanish and French guests only Phase 3 - November - 4 ships - European guests only Phase 4 - December - 6 ships - European guests only Phase 5 - date tbc - 7 ships - guests tbc If they are "leading the way" then there are going to be a hell of a lot of Mediterranean cancellations from other cruise lines between now and Christmas. Occupancy will be set between 50% and 80% capacity. Personally, you couldn't pay me enough to get on any Costa ship again.
  2. 3 x drinks x 7 nights = probably $10-$15 total COST to Royal Yes, I'm willing to bet that the COST of a meal in a speciality restaurant will be less than $10. Then, guests will probably be paying top $$ to buy the drinks they got for free before. It's also a great way to get people trying the alternative dining venues. 25% off, 50% off or 100% off one venue per sailing depending on loyalty tier.
  3. As we're talking old music acts, 2 or 3 years ago we saw Jimmy James (without the Vagabonds) on a P&O Britannia cruise. This little frail old guy, in a suit jacket that looked 3 sizes too big for him, slowly made his way to centre stage and then blew us all away with his vocals (even his dance steps were pretty good lol). I believe he's still performing now, just approaching his 80th birthday.
  4. Id like to see a complete overhaul of C&A. Remove the free drinks and that will make plenty of room in the lounge. Depending on loyalty level, offer a free meal in a speciality restaurant. Lower tier get a free lunch and higher up you get a free meal in a better (more expensive) dining venue. That would also spread out diners. There's then room to add loyalty tiers (perhaps at 400 and 600) between D+ and Pinnacle. Perhaps have a 50% chefs table discount at 400 and free chefs table for pinnacle. I just think they can do much, much more with C&A without the need for free booze. PS my wife and I like a good drink so we're not against all booze lol
  5. We had a B2B booked with Royal, sailing September 13 and 20. Sensing that the 13th was to be cancelled, I cancelled our drinks packages. A few days later, Royal did cancel the cruise. I'm now waiting for refunds of the drinks and the cruise (its only been 2 weeks or so). However, I decided to cancel the drinks package on our Sept 20th cruise yesterday - and got that refund today - less than 24 hours. There is certainly no logic to their system.
  6. I would save up and do 7 night in Yacht Club. But if it was from Southampton (no flying) then the 4 night in YC would be our preference over a 7N in cattle class.
  7. You could download TunnelBear (FREE) and then select UK as your browsing country. The link should then work OK OR wait and it may get uploaded to youtube
  8. Those in the UK will remember The Nolans They have filmed an 8 episode series aboard Grandiosa. If you didn't see episode 1 last night, you can watch it on https://www.dplay.co.uk/show/the-nolans-go-cruising (there are adverts)
  9. For all of us waiting for those refunds and FCCs to appear, we should spare a thought for poor Mario. You may have 1 or 2 outstanding cruises that are causing you frustration, anxiety and worry. Poor Mario - Super Mario (Mario Salcedo) - probably has a couple of hundred cruises he needs to lift and shift. 😁🤣
  10. Yes, our ship was changed from Virtuosa (not finished) to Grandiosa for Dec 2020 and we've been given this 100 Eur/USD credit too - not complaining as Im just happy they swapped the ships and wasnt expecting the credit.
  11. MSC WEBSITE - You are not allowed to proceed on this site, please go to your country web site to proceed HOW ANNOYING IS THAT !!!!! Ive tried selecting different Countries and clearing cookies but still no luck today
  12. The last I heard was that every cabin and public area would be hit with a hydrogen peroxide "bomb" between cruises. .
  13. .... Which is why I started by asking if it was time for Royal etc to move its operations away from the USA for now. The point just got muddled and added to along the way lol
  14. OK, lets look at it another way.... The USA cannot cruise or fly until its population starts to follow even basic rules. So, in your estimation cruiselines lose 75% of revenue for a long time to come. But they will go bust before too long. The cruiselines, in other markets, get far more than 75% "local" cruisers. The lines can sit on their hands and go even more bankrupt than they are now or they can be pro-active and move their market for now. Privately owned MSC cruises certainly wont be waiting for the CDC to give them the OK as they have such a small footprint in the US. Royal and Carnival need to do something before MSC becomes a much bigger and stronger player.
  15. The point of moving operations away from the US would be to remove US citizens. It would be pointless having Europe, Australia, Singapore etc as cruise hubs if people from the USA simply fly to them. Until the USA gets itself organised, there can be no foreign travel.
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