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MSC Cruises

Outstanding cruise line - professional crew - food was amazing
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Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Cruise Policies (MSC and Virgin Voyages)

MSC Cruise Line

Guests who are not fully vaccinated will be required to purchase MSC Cruises’ Travel Insurance & COVID-19 Protection Services, which must be purchased prior to making the final payment, and will be subject to more stringent protocols on board. At the present, these include but are not limited to the required purchase of an MSC Cruises sponsored shore excursions in order to go ashore and required testing upon embarkation and while on board.  Go to https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety-measures to learn more.

The Bahamian Government announced, recently, that cruise ships will only be permitted to enter a Bahamian port, including private destinations, if all passengers ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Bahamas and Caribbean Cruises: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety-measures/caribbean-cruises

Europe Cruises: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety-measures/europe-cruises

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is currently requiring vaccinations for both Crew and Sailors. Sailors should prepare to bring their vaccine card administered from the NHS or present their NHS App vaccine record live on their phone. Additional information around vaccination protocols will be confirmed closer to sailing.

Please go to https://help.virginvoyages.com/helpportal/s/helpcategory to learn more.

The Bahamian Government announced, recently, that cruise ships will only be permitted to enter a Bahamian port, including private destinations, if all passengers ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

*Please note that the above information is subject to change at any time. For the most current information and updates, check MSC and Virgin Voyages' Websites.
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MSC Cruises

I was comped champagne -, chocolate-, drinks , ,tshirts fruit
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MSC Virtuosa

Cruise in the UK
This cruise was for UK people only and it was around the British Isles. Only 1,000 passengers were allowed. Social distancing wasn’t a problem and MSC had put great safety procedures in place, half way through the cruise we had to take another swab test, I felt completely safe at all times. The ship was beautiful and the staff were just so pleased to be working and couldn’t do enough to make your trip special. We had a comped Balcony Bella cabin, all paying passengers had a drink packages, but, as we had a comped room we only had free drinks in the casino, with this in mind we bought the drink package before we left, we were glad we did this as we didn’t have to worry about the bill at the end. The casino was a good size with loads of machines, as the ship was new so we’re the machines, however, there were a lot of the same machines eg dancing drums. My favourite machine was the Express Luxury Train, I had some really good wins at the beginning of the holiday, but, the last couple of days not so good. Overall, I would defiantly go back on the ship and I recommend to anyone thinking of booking it
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Are Vaccines Required on Cruises 2021?

Celebrity Cruises Requirements: Adult guests and crew members must have proof of full vaccination administered two weeks prior to embark. Children under the age of 18 must have a negative PCR test result within 120 hours of embarkation. Celebrity will administer an antigen test to all guests 2 and older at the terminal and again at debarkation for county re-entry.

Royal Cruise Requirements: Adult guests and crew members must have proof of full vaccination administered two weeks prior to embark. Children under the age of 18 must have a negative PCR test result within 120 hours of embarkation.

MSC Cruise Requirements: pending

Virgin Voyages Cruise Requirements: pending

Do you need a negative covid test to cruise if you have been vaccinated?

YES. All guests must follow the country’s travel requirements which may include presenting a negative PCR test result within 72- 120 hours of arrival. Prior to booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at cdc.gov/travel/notices. 

Currently, the U.S. requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for those arriving into the U.S. by international air.  

Royal Caribbean will administer an antigen test onboard the ship, and cover the related cost, should it be required for re-entry into the United States. The test will be administered just before the end of the cruise, and guests will be provided a copy of their test results. 

Celebrity will test guests before they disembark 

Will masks be required on Cruises 2021?

The policies are still being determined. We're assuming these requirements will be announced in May, closer to the start date. 

Will my cruise longer than 7 nights be canceled?

There is no set answer on this yet. Our guess is that it won't be canceled but be modified.

Support the opening of the cruise industry here: https://cruising.org/en/clia-action-center 

Will Alaska Cruises be canceled in 2021?

The cruise lines are working with the US Government to try and get a temporary lift to the Jones Act OR Option #2 is to get Canada to agree to a “technical stop” in one of their ports but passengers will not get off of the ship. At this time these sailings are still closed to new reservations but will reopen if an agreement is reached. 

Will Cruisers be allowed to disembark and explore the ports 2021? 


As of now, the policy is that you would have to be part of an excursion to disembark at the ports. 

Not sure what URComped is?

URComped works with Casino Partners to give Qualified Members new offers (comps) to Caribbean Resorts and Cruise Lines that they have never been to/ played at before. Think you may be qualified?? SIGN UP (IT'S FREE) upload offers that you've received from either land-based casinos or cruise lines to see what NEW COMPS you qualify for! 


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Casino Comp Questions with Craig Vol 19.

December 2020 Cruises Canceled

Everybody that had something booked in December now has to rebook it. The options depend on the cruise line. So with Royal Caribbean, they came up with a new offer that you would have received in an email from URComped. If you don't see it, then check your spam folder. If you had free play on your December cruise, that will not roll over because it was directly affiliated with the previous offer you booked your December 2020 cruise on.

For Celebrity Cruise Line, you would have received an email with a list of sailings to choose from to rebook.  Reply to the email and let your URComped host know which sailing you would like.

With MSC Cruises, If you want to rebook, you need to move fast while those reservations are still open. They could close at any time and your reservation will automatically be refunded. We can switch you to any comparable sailing in 2021. The only small caveat is if you want to book a holiday sailing in 2021 there is a surcharge that they didn't have in 2020.

Are simulated sailings going to happen?

With the new CDC order that came out, the cruise lines have to do a number of simulated sailings before normal passengers can start sailing. It is essentially a run-through or practice cruise.  Several people are asking if they can volunteer to be on the simulated sailings. And that's something that I'll definitely ask our contacts because I think it'd be fun. I'd love to see what they're planning on doing. It really hasn't been that long since the CDC released that document, so the cruise lines are still working through exactly how they're going to go live. So stay tuned...

How do casino comps at Hard Rock Punta Cana work?

Hard Rock Punta Cana is one of our new partner casinos. They do have a higher criterion being that they are all-inclusive. They ask players to set up a bankroll, whether it be a credit line or wire money ahead of time or do something to establish when you arrive that you have funds to play with, because it is not within the United States. In Las Vegas, you're in the United States and it is easy to access funds. Whereas overseas, some banks are different. They don't want to offer all this comp stuff to a player who ends up not being able to access funds and don't play.  So casinos in the Caribbean and overseas tend to ask for more assurances upfront that there's going to be a bankroll.

So with hard rock Punta Cana you'll get a discount casino rate, and then based on your play on the trip, they will comp on the back end. They have, they have an equation that they go off of. It's gonna be a great deal, all-inclusive, and then at the end of the trip, they will review based on how much you played, you'll get additional comps off that home to celebrate.

Not sure what URComped is?

URComped works with Casino Partners to give Qualified Members new offers (comps) to Caribbean Resorts and Cruise Lines that they have never been to/ played at before. Think you may be qualified?? SIGN UP (IT'S FREE) upload offers that you've received from either land-based casinos or cruise lines to see what NEW COMPS you qualify for! 


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MSC 2021 Meetup with URComped

URComped CEO, Craig Shacklett, sits with MSC Cruises' Head of Player Development, Neil Gumbs, to talk about URComped's MSC Meetup 2021, MSC becoming the first cruise line to sail after the ban and new MSC updates.

MSC Steps out

After, what seemed like, endless months of not being able to sail at all, MSC Cruise Line is now the first major cruise line to be back sailing in the Mediterranean.  They devised new health and safety protocols and ensured that all policies and procedures were put into place. Once they got the green light from the Italian government on August 15, 2020, their confidence level increased about getting back in the sea.

The MSC Grandiosa set sail on August 16, 2020. Within the Mediterranean, MSC has multiple embarkation ports meaning guests get onboard as the cruise continues. While the Grandiosa was in Civitavecchia, Rome more passengers joined the cruise as well as the other ports of call:  Genoa and Naples, Italy.

MSC is continuing to add more ships in the water including the MSC Magnifica which will sail from Bari,  Italy, on August 29, 2020 and take its passengers to Athens, Greece. They expect this cruise to follow the Grandiosa in being a complete success.

MSC Health Protocols

MSC has gone above and beyond to ensure their guests feel safe and comfortable onboard. On top of all the intense cleaning, any guests that are sailing will go through a rigorous screening before they can get on the ship.  The screening includes a temperature check, a questionnaire, and a rapid COVID test. Social distancing is implemented as well as masks being worn onboard.

URComped Meetup on the MSC Meravigila

 URComped has had an amazing relationship with MSC Cruise Line. We have scheduled an MSC Meetup Cruise onboard the gorgeous Meraviglia for July 10, 2021. It will be a 7- night cruise leaving from Miami. With stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic, and MSC's new private island Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, this cruise will be unforgettable. There will be cocktail parties, nightly raffles, a slot pull and other special events just for URComped members.

URComped CEO, Craig Shacklett, and MSC's Head of Player Development, Neil Gumbs, plan to be onboard to host this fantastic cruise. The two have hosted one of URComped's record-breaking meetups onboard the MSC Armonia 2019 New Years Cruise to Cuba. There were tons of URComped members onboard. The energy was phenomenal and the casino atmosphere was out of this world. 

MSC Updates

In other news, MSC is relocating the MSC Seaside to Port Canaveral! This will be a new addition to MSC's homeports in the USA. They are planning to start regular three and four-day sailings from Port Canaveral to add shorter itinerary options,  which will include a stop at Ocean Cay Marine Reserve.  The beautiful MSC Seaside is massive and will also do seven-night cruises as well. MSC's casino has a great selection of slot machines, table games, and some of the best-looking casino floors in the industry. The casino is thoroughly taken care of and there have been some exciting jackpots. Because MSC is a European based cruise line, they run on an honor system meaning... If you hit a jackpot, it is up to you to report it to the IRS.

Join the MSC Meetup July 10, 2020 on MSC Meraviglia

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MSC Cruises

In August of 2019 sailed the MSC Armonia great value.
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Cruise Line Refunds

Royal Caribbean Refunds for Global Sailing Suspension

If you only paid port fees and taxes-  Port fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date.

If you paid cruise fair- Tell your URComped host you are wanting a refund instead of FCC before 6/30/2020. You can also submit your refund request direct if you prefer by clicking herePort fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date.

Royal Caribbean has an overwhelming amount of refunds to process and it is taking longer than expected.  You can expect to receive a refund within 30-45 days of your sail date. This is the most recent time frame that we have been given (as of 6/10/20). The refund could be issued sooner but due to the high volume to get through it will probably be closer to the timeframe mentioned above.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions regarding your specific URComped canceled booking, please message your URComped host: Call/text: 972-788-1785   Email: host@ib.urcomped.com

Celebrity Refunds for Global Sailing Suspension 

If you only paid port fees and taxes-  Port fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date.

If you paid cruise fair- Tell your URComped host you are wanting a refund instead of FCC before 6/30/2020. Port fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date. Depending on how you paid (directly to Celebrity or to URComped) will determine who your refund comes from. If paid to URComped, once we receive your refund from Celebrity, that will be issued back to you.

You can expect to receive a refund within 30-60 days of your sail date. This is the most recent time frame that we have been given (as of 6/10/20). The refund could be issued sooner as they are striving to issue refunds within 30-60 days from the cancelation date but due to the high volume to get through it will probably be closer to the timeframe mentioned above. Since you paid through us and we were charged by the cruise line the refund will be issued to us first then we will process the refund to you within our system. If you have any questions regarding your specific URComped canceled booking, please message your URComped host: Call/text: 972-788-1785   Email: host@ib.urcomped.com

MSC Refunds for Global Sailing Suspension

If you only paid Deposit- Deposit will be refunded. You can expect to receive a refund within 30-60 days of your sail date.

If you paid cruise fair- Tell your URComped host you are wanting a refund instead of FCC

You can expect to receive a refund within 30-60 days of your sail date. This is the most recent time frame that we have been given (as of 6/10/20). The refund could be issued sooner as they are striving to issue refunds within 30-60 days from the cancelation date but due to the high volume to get through it will probably be closer to the timeframe mentioned above. Since you paid through us and we were charged by the cruise line the refund will be issued to us first then we will process the refund to you within our system. If you have any questions regarding your specific URComped canceled booking, please message your URComped host: Call/text: 972-788-1785   Email: host@ib.urcomped.com


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MSC Cruises

We have been a number of MSC cruises. They are clean and well organized. They have great entertainment
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