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    Travel, genealogy, travel, travel, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal -- but almost ANY ship at sea!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere a ship sails.

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  1. Once you complete the online application and submit the fee, they will send you an confirmation email. That email had additional information. That email told me my "COVID-19 Cruise Arrival Test -- Friday, 29 October 2021 -- 11:30 PM," whatever that means! Also: Bermuda Travel Authorisation (By Sea) (Cruise Passenger) Notes: Thank you for submitting your application. You will receive a reminder email to get a Negative PCR Test and to upload the results. You will also be required to upload proof of vaccination at that time. That email will contain a link to a page for you to do so. Once you have supplied the required Negative PCR Test and Vaccination proof, your application documents will now be reviewed by the Quarantine Authority. For more information on validity requirements, click go to https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-pre-vetted-travel-authorisation. If your departure test is deemed invalid, you will receive a separate email giving you the opportunity to submit a valid test result. If your pre-departure test result and vaccine proof is valid, you will receive a link to your Travel Authorisation.
  2. How do we find the entertainment page for each cruise? (I know this was shared before.)
  3. Thanks for all of the responses. The ship's choice of hotel, while looking fabulous, is WAY too expensive, especially for 1 night. As a single, nearly $1,000. I have already booked the Marriott.
  4. How (again) do we find this page for each cruise?
  5. Sorry, I did mean Boston. (I am on one of the NYC sailings.) Once on a Canada cruise on the Symphony, we were unable to go to Halifax because of rough seas (end of a tropical storm). On the day we were to disembark Halifax, we spent the day sailing back to Manhattan. The seas were rough. I was in a cabin on Deck 5, and the staff came and bolted a metal cover to the inside of the window. (It was kind of disturbing, as we had no idea it was happening until the men arrived to install the panel.) We returned to Manhattan the next day -- a day early -- had to leave the ship for immigration purposes and sit in the terminal for a couple of hours before we could return to the ship. We spent that day and that evening docked in Manhattan, disembarking the following day as scheduled. (However, some onboard chose to leave the ship when we docked.)
  6. Hi, are they planning an additional day at sea or returning to dock early in NYC (giving you an overnight stay onboard)?
  7. I am asking as I am sailing on the Dec. 18th Symphony cruise. I need to take a late flight out of Newark Liberty, and when I arrive (late) into Miami, I don't want a lot of travel hassle. Does anyone have experience with the Miami International Airport Hotel? Is it an easy stroll from the terminals into the hotel? (I have read things online, but am asking if anyone has any first hand knowledge or experience.) Or would you recommend another hotel? (I know I can post this on the Miami board, but they are not very active.)
  8. Thanks for the answers. Interesting that they offer hotels in NYC (which has its BIG share of hotels), but not in Miami. My overall thought was for the ease of transfers with hotel included. Oh, well.
  9. Is Crystal arranging pre-cruise hotels in Miami for the Bahamas cruises? I am sailing in December on the Symphony, and am curious what hotels they might offer, if they do, for pre-cruise.
  10. I mentioned in another post, but I sent my passport for renewal on July 16 and paid for it to be expedited. They received it July 19, cashed my check July 21, and the passport was renewed and back in my hands on Aug. 13 -- just 4 weeks! Now, I could be because I had JUST gone through the Global Entry on July 10th that the process was quicker. (I am thinking in the area of background checks.)
  11. Hi, Could you please share more information about what you discovered about the insurance? (I may have missed the details.) Thanks!
  12. Two things I would like to know from those who are currently on the first cruise to Bermuda. (Other can add as you sail -- Thanks!) 1. With the PCR test that you had to take on the ship to arrive in Bermuda -- What day could you finally disembark (Day 1, 2, of 3); what time did you disembark? 2. Are they allowing you to sit at the bar in the Crystal Cove? (We were not permitted on the 1st Bahamas cruise on the Serenity.) Thanks!
  13. True about eveyone's risk tolerance, but I have never been on a crowded shuttle with Crystal. And they are clean shuttles. (Who knows when a taxi or uber has last been cleaned! Or the air filters, besides.) Usually I have been on busses. Only once was I in a literal shuttle, and that was on the first Bahamas cruise July 3rd; and even then, there were only a small handful of people on the shuttle bus. I have never been in a Crystal shuttle for any unseemly length of time, ever. And the busses or less "tight" than the back of a taxi. And then, if one is coming into the airport too early to go to the pier, they are then forced to either wait at the airport terminal OR take a taxi to the Times Square waiting area and from the board a Crystal shuttle anyway.
  14. The Crystal transfers are $69 each way. These would be the less schlepping you will have, and I have learned this from experience. Additionally, since you cannot arrive at the port more than 1-hour before your scheduled boarding time, the transfer will take you to the "holding" hotel in Times Square and you will then be transported to the port on time. This means leaving your aircraft, getting your luggage, which will be whisked away by the drive, and then not having to see it again until it is in your cabin. True, much more expensive than a taxi (especially for 2), but saves a ton on the nerves and the bones. (I often chuckle when people who booked expensive penthouse cabins and above always talk about saving a buck when it comes to using taxis and such, rather than the ship's transfers.)
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