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  1. Well, obviously I disagree. We'll have to see what the future holds. Personally, I think since the travel/tourism/leisure industries are huge all across the world, I don't believe they're going to go bankrupt. I also believe that since steamships traversed the Atlantic in the '10s, and we've seen 2 world wars, the Spanish flu, and various other calamities both natural and man-made, and somehow the industry has just gotten bigger and more profitable than ever, it will weather this storm, too. I think things will be back to normal within a year, and likely much sooner. We'll see.
  2. Nope, not worried at all. Congress is already poised to pass/sign into law a $2 Trillion aid package, and I am certain that the tourism/cruise industry will receive aid. I'd be surprised if ANY cruise line goes bankrupt. Highly unlikely.
  3. I agree with @Daniel A, you do raise some good points. However, given that the cruise industry is part of LEISURE, I would question the notion advanced in your argument that people who made cruise deposits are now depending on that money to put food on the table. I doubt that severely. Any person who spent grocery money on travel plans made a foolish choice. Let's be clear here: I've been a member of CC for a long time and I have never, ever heard of people saying they spent money on a cruise and decided they needed to cancel in order to pay routine bills (barring something like catastrophic unanticipated expenses or job loss, of course). Now, having said that, it IS possible that some people ARE experiencing job loss or the like and really do need their cruise money refunded in order to put food on the table. But I would submit that such individuals are in the minority BY FAR. The vast majority of people who cruise do so with clearly disposable income. And like @Daniel A suggested, that money has already been spent, it's only the anticipated transitory experience that has been forfeited.
  4. Very sorry to read this, especially the part about being belligerent. Wow! That’s completely unacceptable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. There’s a funny irony in this response. [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I'm following this thread because we also hope to cruise again in the future. I'd like to know what basis people have for making their predictions, be they optimistic (cruises resuming later this year) or less so (2021 and beyond). It would help us in our travel plans if we knew the sources people are relying on (articles, government stats, cruise industry insiders, etc). Thank you in advance!
  7. Here’s something nice, it appears MSC is offering to transform the Splendida into a floating hospital. (The article is in Italian, FYI) EDIT: the ship pictured is the Splendida, I don’t know if that’s actually the one they might use. https://liguriaoggi.it/2020/03/11/coronavirus-a-genova-una-nave-da-crociera-verra-trasformata-in-ospedale/?fbclid=IwAR0y2L1jtptCx9pwFITohyEhNnJ-s0pEEAyZGiOb5owIVAVbr0qpRO_P-0I Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That’s just what I was thinking, I don’t know how other cruise lines do it but at least for MSC, having to do business with multiple countries around the world with varying types of regulations, it’s probably not easy to have one set of policies for the entire world. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That is incorrect, select sailings are cancelled or subject to itinerary adjustment. There is no blanket ban on cruising on MSC’s part. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Let’s see, member for only 12 hours, first post ever on CC, claims he/she will NEVER EVER cruise with MSC again. [emoji2357] [emoji849] Nothing to see here, everybody move along. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That's understandable. Every case is a bit different: it's just my wife and I, nobody else with us, plus we're not sailing until May, and not to Italy or Asia. We've adopted a "wait and see" approach. I'm sure you did the best thing at the time and no one can fault you for that.
  12. And that's exactly why we haven't cancelled our upcoming cruise. Too much up in the air at this point.
  13. They already have. See their US website, no Caribbean cruises until end of April.
  14. Seems pretty generous, full refund if desired, or 125% in FCC, I can see why they'd do that. Bravo, MSC!
  15. Ha, that's where you're wrong: I went to the Fringe festival in August 2004, but you're correct about the weather, I actually wore my kilt. In August, mind you! Brrr!!
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