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19 minutes ago, bretts173 said:

Reports are that people have been not allowed to reboard due to wandering off on their shore excursion. Good job MSC.

Saw this earlier:

https://cruiseradio.net/kicked-off-cruise-line-boots-guests-for-ignoring-new-protocols/?fbclid=IwAR2N2zsW3PW9e6sgg_rVJ737nZErrB3QyxTFyjJob41Tw-UHSg620_FhvBs

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In my experience you:

"Don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off that ol' Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with Jim".

These are the basic tenets of life.

😉

Oh yes ... do not flaunt a Captain's Regulation (I wish that line flowed properly into that fantastic Jim Croce song).

Curt from Canada 

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I hope they learned their lesson AND for those who think they won't be caught on a RCCL ship, I have two words for ya ... 

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18 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

There's a sidebar article there discussing the passengers and basically slamming them as a trio of nimrods:

https://cruiseradio.net/meet-the-worst-cruisers-on-the-planet/

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...MSC had put in place a series of protocols, including one which said that when the ship visited ports of call, guests could only disembark as part of a line-sanctioned shore excursion.

This was done to keep the passengers safe and make sure that they were, in essence, kept inside a bubble to reduce the chances of coming into contact with a virus and bringing it back aboard the ship.

But one family decided that their desire to explore on their own trumped the safety of not only their fellow passengers and the ship’s crew, but even the communities which they decided to visit. After booking a shore excursion through the ship, the family then slipped away from their assigned group and went exploring.

Thankfully, their absence was noted and, upon their return to the Grandiosa, they were denied permission to re-board.

Very glad to see that MSC more or less expected to have people like that on board, had the procedures in place to keep tabs on excursion members, and were absolutely willing to enforce the rules with zero tolerance. Let the example be set right now -- you try to act like the rules don't apply to you, and you will find out how wrong you are so fast it'll make your head spin.

Simultaneously, it's really depressing that they more or less expected to have people like that on board.

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5 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

one family decided that their desire to explore on their own trumped the safety of not only their fellow passengers and the ship’s crew, but even the communities which they decided to visit. After booking a shore excursion through the ship, the family then slipped away from their assigned group and went exploring.

Thankfully, their absence was noted and, upon their return to the Grandiosa, they were denied permission to re-board.

Congratulations! Not only have you been kicked off the ship in a foreign country, but, now you have to find a way to travel home amongst severe COVID-19 travel restrictions!

(Queue the sad "you lost" tuba music from The Price Is Right)

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1 hour ago, cruisellama said:

Bones what's the prognosis?

First ... I prefer "Status Mr. Spock".  Bones was an emotional wreck.

Second ... I failed to mention that Pickard was the best Captain ever.  Way beyond Kirk, Crunch and Kangaroo.

Third ... MSC Grandiosa is on its final leg.  We will only know in the next couple of weeks how she really did.  Still, it was a breath of fresh air for sails robbed for far too many months.

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Curt from Canada

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She's now moved on to Civitavecchia, not sure if she has passengers onboard, I assume she has as she's then heading to Naples. Not seen any feedback following last week's cruise, only what was shared during the cruise. Fingers crossed we only get positive stories.

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On 8/22/2020 at 9:12 PM, Curt From Canada said:

Second ... I failed to mention that Pickard was the best Captain ever.  Way beyond Kirk, Crunch and Kangaroo.

Picard was a bit of pansy, always made Riker lead the away team. Kirk would throw a few punches and kiss a few aliens. Also, Capt Crunch > Capt Kangaroo. 
 

Concerning MSC cruises, I wonder if it was a one embarkation, one disembarkation cruise. They typically operate on the model that you can do a round trip from any of the ports of call (I.e. on and off in Genoa or Naples, etc). Made for an interesting dynamic on board since every night is someone’s first or last night. 

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2 hours ago, Auto said:

Picard was a bit of pansy, always made Riker lead the away team. Kirk would throw a few punches and kiss a few aliens. Also, Capt Crunch > Capt Kangaroo. 
 

Concerning MSC cruises, I wonder if it was a one embarkation, one disembarkation cruise. They typically operate on the model that you can do a round trip from any of the ports of call (I.e. on and off in Genoa or Naples, etc). Made for an interesting dynamic on board since every night is someone’s first or last night. 

I will have to start a new thread for the Kirk ... Picard debate (that one could last for months).

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I am fairly certain they picked up in Genoa and Naples.  They could very well be back on their way to drop off in Naples.  Since I really do not want to book an MSC cruise (much longer story), I have been too lazy to do any "mock bookings".

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13 hours ago, Jill said:

I just read this. Group of French passengers denied after one tested positive before embarkation. All 13 in the group were denied because they arrived in the same mini bus in Genoa. 

https://www.trvltrend.com/cruise/denied-boarding-to-msc-grandiosa/

It's the way forward, test all the passengers before they board the ship, Costa are doing the same when they recommence sailing

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1 hour ago, Morganno said:

 

No insurance will cover this. 😞

 

Assuming it's ultimately the 5-minute rapid test that was announced recently, I imagine that the cost of the test will be bundled into the cruise fare of every passenger. I'm also hopeful that the cost of that test will be in line with that of a home pregnancy test or other OTC rapid-result test.

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