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    Crystal, Oceania

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  1. I'd like to add my thanks for such an interesting and fair minded review of your cruise which I hope you enjoyed, despite the 'work' which you certainly put in! I agree with much of what you say, although of course many of the comparisons are between Regent's new ship and Crystal's older ship. It would be interesting to compare Crystal's new ship, assuming there will be one, with Explorer and/or Splendor. I hope you enjoy your reunion with your kitties and now you can look forward to your next adventure.
  2. So enjoying reading this thread with my morning coffee each day... completely agree with most of your comments. I actually quite like having the photographer, because it's one of the very few occasions when we get a pic of both of us together but I understand what you're saying. Umi Uma is our favourite dining venue also. I love the yellowtail sashimi and also the wagyu sashimi - can't get enough of it. We went to Nobu in London a couple of weeks ago and the food was really no better. The bill for the 2 of us was close to £600, excluding tip. I can't believe we have never been to Avenue Saloon, so will try it on our transatlantic in November.
  3. Hi TC, looking forward to following along and hearing your views on Crystal.
  4. I have just seen this thread and it may be that you have all the info that you need by now, but just wanted to add that we had to cancel a cruise within the UK cancellation period and, despite the 10% rule, Crystal agreed to switch our booking to a different one for an admin fee (can't remember how much, but minor). We then needed to switch it again and Crystal co-operated, but told us that if we needed to do it again we would lose the 10%, which we felt was more than fair.
  5. Thoroughly enjoying this thread. This is a cruise we almost did a few times, and you have made it come alive and a strong possibility for next year. Thank you so much.
  6. I think you will enjoy the CP suite - are you on Symphony or Serenity? You will be thoroughly spoilt!
  7. Thanks all, that's pretty much what I assumed but thought I'd ask anyway...
  8. Sorry, should have been more precise.. I meant other than what is on the website. The pics on the website seem to refer mainly to Explorer. Maybe that's all there is so far, but I just wondered whether anyone had picked up any additional info on recent cruises.
  9. Just booked a Splendor cruise for next year. Have any pics/photos/renderings of the suites been released yet?
  10. Thank you for posting this Keith. I think this sounds like a wonderful idea and I am looking forward to trying it out!
  11. Hi Keith, just wanted to check in and say how much we are enjoying your blog and this thread. It makes me home-sick for Serenity! I will definitely be trying some of the gin cocktails next time we are onboard! We have never done a back-to-back, but I know the bit I would enjoy the most is seeing people leave and knowing that I don't have to, that must be a great feeling. Hope you continue to enjoy...:)
  12. Thanks for the info. We only need one bedroom but prefer 2 baths (or 1.5). Still loved the MS on Explorer though!
  13. Hi, we book some cruises in the US and receive rebates as mentioned in many of the above posts, and some in the UK. In our experience, it's different in the UK in that we receive straightforward discounts off the brochure price (rather than rebates). It varies by cruiseline, but we usually get about 8% off Crystal, and about 10% off Regent.
  14. Hi Jackie, yes the 3 penthouse categories on Crystal are PH (Penthouse), PS (Penthouse Suite) and CP (Crystal Penthouse). As you correctly surmised, I was referring to the CP which I was comparing with the MS on Explorer. The MS on Explorer is significantly lower in price than the CP on Crystal and, in my opinion, is pretty much comparable in terms of its amenities and comfort.
  15. We were in 878 last month. Great suite. Compares quite nicely with Crystal's CP - at a significantly lower cost. Nice, large living room with generous dining area, grand piano and dry bar. 2 decent-sized bedrooms, one with a full bath, one with a shower only. Large TVs in each bedroom and the living room. Huge wrap-round terrace. Can't think of any cons.
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