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  1. That would be unorthodox... Even when paying the grats in advance is chosen or required, it doesn´t mean that you have to pay them before final payment. They just become part of the cruise price instead of being charged on board.
  2. Which might have been your intention... However, some here actually expect exactly this scenario - including me - and said so. So you are also addressing them and me. And I can assure you I am neither crazy nor is there anything wrong with my brain.
  3. Maybe you should just look at all the lines that already did exactly that before insulting people who merely state facts which you could look up yourself...
  4. Looking at the firat few months after a start (whenever that´s gonna be) IMHO and experience from cruise lines already sailing, change the word "could" to will... The first cruises wil have nothing in common with the cruises booked. Resetting also solves the problem of who get´s to sail and adapted T & Cs due to covid guidelines. That´s how TUI, MSC, AIDA, Costa etc. did it.
  5. Actually nothing... On S class staterooms are the same size as any other stateroom. The perks are not of any value to us. So unless CC comes for the same price or you are crazy about the extra points, either save the money for other things or book Aqua - which is where the real perks start. Re refit : Nobody can tell you when they will continue with any refits. All postponed indefinitely due to the current situation.
  6. I agree to the last part - however my conclusion is exactly the opposite. Processing FCCs and collecting money for cruises they cancel only in the last minute although they know and knew exactly they won’t sail is what they have been doing for months to stay afloat. Why would they change that? Again I have to divert the view to the European lines (almost all are connected or owned by US lines). They did and still do exactly the same. Even when they started to announce certain covid adapted cruises on specific ships, they had not canceled existing bookings on the same ship for sailings in completely different regions. They still collected money just to cancel the existing cruises almost on the same day... A process I am sure they were given by their mother companies. So my conclusion is again: why would they change that?
  7. Not much different... we have done one cruise on TUI (a cousin of Celebrity) beginnning of October and found the pricing to be just the same as always. Actually pretty good regarding the circumstances. Excursions, despite the fact that booking with them was the only way, were a bargain compaired to even the regular Celebrity prices. The ship sailed with 922 passengers instead of the 2,500 possible. The second we have booked is with MSC for Christmas from Genua (don´t know if that´s going to happen). Again, pricing did not deter us from booking. Balcony staterooms start from €849 for a 7 night holiday cruise. I get the feeling that cruise lines want people to gain confidence in cruising again rather than ripping them off.
  8. I was on the cruise... the answer is "simple". The laboratory in Heraklion really messed up :-) Members of the excursion teams mentioned they used the wrong test kits - but that could be a rumor. What´s for sure is that it was definitely the last time they worked for TUI.
  9. Actally there´s no need to speculate - taking a look at any cruise line already sailing gives a good (and logical) hint. The cruises sailing in the beginning (at that will be quite a long time) will not be the cruises booked. They will be adapted to the Covid guidelines - changed in lenghts, itineraries, T&Cs regarding Covid policies etc etc. All cruise lines already sailing simply canceled the existing bookings and opened the new sailings for booking. They merely pressed the reset button so to speak. There was no discussion of who gets to sail. No discussion if one booked a suite, is a top tier member or whatever - whoever books first gets to sail. Pretty simple solution.
  10. Most of the travel insurances don’t cover corona unless you have an extra insurance.
  11. All this really proves is that their detection procedures work... as I mentioned in the report of our covid-cruise, the systems are not 100 % safe or fool proof - how should they? So I am glad to hear that cases are detected.
  12. Since that is a 2 1/2 hour drive I would rather wait or simply book hotels in both places (refundable).
  13. Same here! We never considered TUI - on the contrary, we avoided it for the (personal) reasons mentioned. It turned out to be a great cruise! The compromises we made and the reasons for us now try another cruise lines have nothing to do with the qualities of TUI. TUI were very good! Their corona concept - a major factor here - was (and is) excellent. We wonder it that´s going to be the same on MSC. The TUI Canary Island cruises were introduced after we booked our alternative. Rumors are they will also offer Dubai cruises. Besides the fact that we were not drawn to either areas, both areas are still risk areas. Their plans are based on the fact that this will change... risky game at the moment.
  14. I beg to differ... 🙂 We are already discussing TUI on a Celebrity board. IMHO excusable since TUI is a cruise line related to Celebrity and there is no separate TUI board. MSC, on the other hand, is a completely independant company and there is a lively and very active MSC board for all discussions regarding MSC and even a fixed topic regarding status match. IMHO any further relevant information and deeper discussion belongs there. So no overlap required. I know - mea culpa!!! I should have known that mentioning a status level match, which inevitably includes the word "status level", was going to be a trigger - magically attracting status aficionados... I really should have known 😳 🤣 Regarding this very (TUI/Celebrity) topic I have to say THANK YOU to the hosts and admins. They kept this topic clean and reduced it to the civilized exchange it is! I think it´s more than fair to them to do our part and stay on track to make their job easier. That´s the reason why I regret the turn this is taking...
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