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  1. I have often read on these boards that the enrichment and programs on the world cruise is “Crystal on Steroids”. It doesn’t seem any different to me than what I have experienced on any other non-world cruise segment. Agree the lecturers aside from one have been good, but they are only part of it. When you hear the words “Crystal on Steroids” it conjures up something more robust.
  2. Agree, we should have and will. We have a very good rapport with our head waiter and will address it the next time there.
  3. Well I was able to get my GPS to work and it indicates that we are well on our way to Fiji. So we will see what happens. Also, the weather looks to be clearing and I anticipate some sun in a few hours - which is good.
  4. I am not surprised and picked up on this a few days ago. I suspect that they already knew about this for several days. Over the last few nights, after the shows when Rick came out he joked several times about “hopefully” being able to stop in Tonga. I have a feeling Fiji will be much the same. Would be good to know sooner than later so we can get our head around it. Getting a bit of cabin fever as we have been off the ship for only 15 minutes in the past week and the enrichment program isn’t exactly what we would have expected from a leg of the world cruise.
  5. Interestingly, following on from my wife’s post above, we ate at Waterside last night, told our server very specifically that we wanted a break between each course, to which she agreed, ordered three courses and each one came out in rapid fire succession. We couldn’t even make a second request for a break because the next course was already at the table just as the previous course plates were being cleared. We were in and out within an hour. We’ll try again in a few days.
  6. Interesting. Yes, all of the coral in the lagoon at the Hilton, and I presume elsewhere around Mo’orea, had died at some point due to global warming and the unusually high water temperatures. It is really a shame to see what is happening around the world with the coral reefs, it is similar to the bushfires we are having in Australia, yet goes largely unseen/unnoticed underwater. However, as you mention, there has been an amazing regeneration of the corals. Still a long way to go but really great to see it and the accompanying sea life that comes with it. Didn’t realize the Hilton was growing the coral, they are doing a great job with it and it is working. I saw this technique in the Maldives a few years ago where they cultivated the coral in a lab under lights and then transplanted it in the dead reefs. For those that don’t know, it takes literally a few weeks for coral to bleach and die at just a 1 degree variance in water temperature and 20-30 years to fully regenerate. Big problem.
  7. What a treat to wake up and watch Crystal Serenity arrive into Mo’orea this morning from our overwater bungalow ahead of our embarkation tomorrow...
  8. I am excited to see what it is like as we have made many comments about having a deck party by the pool. See you in a few days...
  9. That’s wonderful, looking forward to reading about it. Bon Voyage.
  10. Stickman, thanks for the posts looking forward to following along on this segment. Is there a list of World Cruise Games that you can post as I would be curious to see what is on offer?
  11. We also use 2x2 as at times I use my iPhone (work) and iPad (play) simultaneously. Seems a bit ridiculous, but I suppose it’s multitasking.
  12. This is a real concern given work obligations which are required of me on our upcoming cruise, especially given that our international mobile data plan doesn’t work in French Polynesia, Tonga & Cook Islands. Can anyone say whether emails and WhatsApp messaging are at least performing adequately. i.e. are emails and WhatsApp messages sent and received realtime or are there lengthy delays? I know on some previous cruises (Norway, South Africa etc.) in certain areas, for short periods of time, email wasn’t performing as expected with many messages getting hung up in the outbox, however being able to connect to 4G was a great help when in range, however this is not an option for the first 9 days of this cruise. I am sure it will all work out in the end, one way or another.
  13. Thanks, I just received a lecture across the breakfast table. 😓 Going on to Qantas.com now to change our future bookings to the middle seats.
  14. Agree that the Eclipse looks a just bit sleeker than Endeavour. However, I am not mad on the dark colour palate of the Eclipse’s interior, it look like a floating nightclub. There are a few good Youtube video reviews out there.
  15. Thanks for the comparison, we have never tried Oceania, but judging from what we have read here, it doesn’t seem like it would be for us.
  16. There must be something wrong with this thread as there are posts being removed for no apparent reason?
  17. I am not quite sure that this is the case (well by the time I finished my response below, I am now sure that this is the case). Agree that drib’s analysis is very valuable on a number of levels - I’m a numbers guy so it might just be my obsession with slicing and dicing things! It could be that going forward that the future category specific fares remains stable from the onset and the Guarantees are introduced as the value proposition to drive sales in all the categories when fares aren’t selling. For example, not all cruises offer a VG (verandah guarantee) or OG (ocean guarantee) only certain ones. Would be interesting to see if on the cruises that offer a VG/OG, whether or not the original fares i.e. for B3-P1 categories changed or remained as is. In fact, I am going to answer my own question...using drib’s analysis and looking at our upcoming Papeete to Auckland cruise in February, as an example, the B3-P1 fares remained unchanged from when they were first introduced in May 2018. A B3 was and remains $6,349. However, in September 2019, the VG category was introduced at $4,749, ~25% discount. The OG category was then introduced in December 2019. So one can either book the fare early, at “the best price”, and if the fare increases, you are locked in. Or take the chance that the fare wont increase and wait for a Guarantee to appear, however you can not “Guarantee” that this will happen and if it does you cant select your specific category or room. Interesting. From a business perspective, this is a much better of way of doing it, rather than refunding fares etc If the price goes down. Vince - thanks for your insights & KenzSailing for asking
  18. Just to swing back around to my original post, I was making a comparison to Crystal vs. Regent pricing (which is fact and current) on a 2020 holiday cruise (which are both Miami to Miami of similar duration and itinerary). I was merely comparing the fact based pricing to one another and I believe this is the appropriate forum to do that. Now whilst the pricing isn’t apples to apples , the ensuing discussions were very helpful for me to reconcile the differences and come to somewhat of a conclusion and an apples to apples comparison in my own mind on the hard product offering only. What others do with it is up to them. As mentioned in my previous posts I had some other opinions/theories on the Crystals future pricing which still stand. When it comes to actually cruising and reviewing the hard and soft product we will do that in the appropriate cruise forum at the time. However, we have three more wonderful Crystal cruises to enjoy before doing so and one after that! In any case, again, I don’t believe this was the wrong forum to raise the topic that I did.
  19. Agreed, however, I am still somewhat obsessed/baffled about the price differential between Crystal and Regent - given the innovation happening with Regent. In any case, as you say, only time will tell *. *TWT
  20. As you can see I am trying to build my profile. Watch this space!
  21. I am actually sitting across from Shirin right now, but I’ll respond in writing! Based on my documented analysis of our shore excursions over our past cruises we spend on average $100 per cruise day per person on shore excursions. So to make things comparable, the $722 would become $622 vs. $593, conversely and more appropriately, the $593 would become $693 vs. $722 - so a 4% premium on Regent.
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