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  1. The 2008 dom perignon just hit the States in the past month. I am impressed they were able to pour it for you already. Vintage of the decade, I heard, so I loaded up. I will try to get into the champagne lunch for sure now.
  2. Got my credit, too. I guess they were waiting for Crystal to rebate them.
  3. How do one even find out about these kind of VR offer? I cannot afford it anyway. Wonder what they do with the dregs at the end of the night.
  4. Seriously? Unlimited Grange? How do they even make any money?
  5. If the loyal RC crowd have that expectation coming in, Ritz Carlton cruise should be amazing. Nothing alienate your customers faster than selling mutton dressed as lamb. They will end up losing their loyal base if the cruise is a debacle. This new venture is a huge gamble for them. Don't think they are taking it as lightly as you think they are.
  6. If we compare to hotel, that room is at best equivalent to a new four points sheraton but with Hermes amenities. 🙂
  7. I, too, am waiting for Chase credit. I never had any issue with previous cash back offers from Chase. Always saw credit about 2 weeks after the charge posted. Not sure what is happening with this particular offer. Amex Platinum is better or worse is moot point since there is no current amex offer. If credit does not automatically post, you will be chasing amex as well and the experience isn't that great, either.
  8. Holy smoke, the price is insane. The least offensive offering is Shafer One Point Five. Then Shafer TD 9. The mark up is next to nothing, and the wines are good. I guess I will be getting those next time. Au Sommet (especially 2011) for almost $400 is a joke. Everyone knows 2011 is the most challenging year in Napa in the last 20 years. A lot of wineries just skipped all together. Look at the list by Heidi Barrett, most are from 2011. I had 2 different vintages of Au Sommet, neither is 2011, and while they are good, there are plenty of wines in the low $100s that will blow it out of the water. 2011? LOL. Crystal must have gotten them pennies on the dollar for these 2011s. Bordeaux wines are too expensive. I paid 1/3 for better vintages of Lynch Bages and Las Cases.
  9. Some bottles were like $7 or $8 retail. I wish it was $18-24.
  10. Why not stop at the airport and grab a few nice bottles. I don't see anything on board that is worth the premium.
  11. I think people need to define it by itinerary rather than cruise line. Collectively, the Ritz Carlton chain is not truly luxury. Some of their properties get to that level. The rest just meet the RC standards. Same with cruise lines and cruise itineraries. A crystal cruise down the Caribbean is like a stay at the Ritz Carlton atlanta. Not exactly luxury. A cruise down bordeaux while schlepping to third tier wineries is not luxury by any stretch of imagination. Stay in bordeaux in a proper luxury hotel, get a driver to drive you to at least Montrose. Luxury should be luxury by any standard, not luxury by cruise standard. Now, Galapagos, for example, you cannot do it any other way. A cruise would be the most luxurious way to do so. Most of these cruises stop by the Maldives and Seychelles and hang out at the most basic and depressing location respective to that area. How is that luxury cruising? Just no.
  12. I agree. For younger folks like myself, unless you are switching out CD for Armin van Buuren, it is a moot point. For many years, we have been taking land based vacations and figuring out all the logistics ourselves. I find the concept of stopping at any big city for 1-2 days unimaginable. How can you get any sense of place doing a half day tour? For Linz, maybe. From a "younger" perspective, a cruise can only make sense when the destination calls for it (i.e. Alaska, Antartica, tiny towns along the rivers) I did the Crystal river cruise earlier this year, and I'm doing it again later this year. At this point in my life, I wouldn't go up and down CA coast on Crystal Serenity even if it's free.
  13. Ask and you shall receive. (very likely)
  14. Serious question, is Uniworld really significantly worse than Crystal river?
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