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  1. 26 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

    Simple answer.  At the hour we dine it's not packed.  

     I have often seen the line at Waterside back to the excursion desk at 6pm, especially on a world cruise where the majority like to dine early, so it is a popular time to dine. It has always been my impression that short of putting a reserved sign on that table, the table was held for you as it is one of the only 4 top tables in the restaurant set for just two places for dinner service


  2. 2 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

    In our case we arrive to Waterside at 6:00 PM or shortly after it opens.  

     

    Because of this we are able to get the same table.

     

    My question would be how do you secure a 4 top table for just two people every evening in a packed restaurant? I have tried myself several times and was never able to secure one.


  3. 41 minutes ago, Roland4 said:

     

    I don't know what you were expecting, but with the exception of Judith Fordham, the lecturers this segment are all new to us and their lectures have been well done and informative. 


    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. 


  4. 1 hour ago, rafinmd said:

    News Flash.  All cruise ships have just been denied entrance into the Kingdom of Tonga.  There were apparently supposed to be 3 other ships (Astor, Columbus, and Wind Spirit) and all were turned away.

     

    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. 15 hours ago, ClefsDor said:

    In Waterside, when dining as a couple, we find that we need to let the waitstaff know each and every time that we would like to have a break between courses otherwise the food comes out very quickly. So we find it best to mention this every time even if we have the same server.

     

    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. 19 hours ago, Emdee said:

    The Hilton is actively growing corals

     

    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. 3 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

    Today is our first sea day and registrations open for the World Cruise Games - I’ll enter for a variety of “sports” but as I tell friends the main thing about the games is meeting people and having fun - although I would like a Gold medal to add to my collection 

     

    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?


  8. 18 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

    I need 2 x 2 devices - so 4 in total between the two of us - having said that we would only use 1 device each at any time - but I don’t want to have to log in and out of that second device 

     

    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.


  9. 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.


  10. 1 hour ago, KenzSailing said:

    I occurs to me that a consequence of the new flex fares is the elimination of refunds across a cabin category to those of us who booked earlier at a higher price.   In other words, no more checking w your TA to see if the price went down, you are on the hook for your transaction price.

     

    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


  11. 2 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

    Honestly I don't.

    When I  wanted to learn about Seabourn I read what is posted there.  I also read reviews on the Review site. Same for Silversea, Regents, Celebrity etc.

     

    I don't need comparisons because that is when we get into lots of subjectives and.....a big and..........I want current....Often the comparisons are not current.

     

    Anyway, this is my view. 

     

    I have never cared for comparisons because it gets subjective.

     

    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.


  12. 22 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

    The older I get the less I worry about the cost - after all if I wanted a cheap cruise I’d book Carnival...

     

    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

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