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  1. I also received the notice from Medjet (won't leave home without it). With that I also called British Air and they cancelled my direct flight on Cathay Pacific Toronto to Hong Kong with a connection to Singapore for joining Serenity on March20 for the last 2 segments.....had a fantastic agent with British Air Executive Club and she did it all . We now have to fly Toronto to London and then connecting direct from London to Singapore...it means an extra night flight but we are used to that when we fly to South Africa. Lets all pray that we will still be able to board in Singapore....If we aren't able to do so, C'est la vie! it will be out of our hands. Hoping for the best Pat and Ray
  2. Ray and I will be boarding in Singapore for the last two segments...Have a wonderful World Cruise ....Counting the days. Cheers, Pat and Ray
  3. Our first Crystal cruise was December 1995 on the Symphony, Sydney,AU to Auckland, NZ. Guess this makes 2020 as our 25th Anniversary with Crystal. Then for the next 17 years we went around the world segment by segment....Loved every moment we were aboard all three Crystal ships, including 2 whole World Cruises, in 2012 and 2015....Now we are back to doing B2B segments of WC.'s This year we will be on from Singapore to Rome.....Only 88 more days, but who's counting. Wonder who will be on this years WC? Cheers, Pat and Ray
  4. Is your blog private or can we just google it? Happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise...I am planing to try out the Manhattan menu, but using Crown Royal, we do not drink Bourbon. We sail March 20th! Cheers, Pat and Ray
  5. It really doesn't taste like mustard. Ask the waiter to bring a small taste to you and try it, you may be surprised. Cheers Pat
  6. Aged Balsamic vinegar, and finely grated Parmesan Cheese,some times I get the thn slices of the cheese. I love Prego's version so much I take a copy of the Carpaccio to restaurants that serve it and I ask them to duplicate it......and they do, right down to the very expensive balsamic. P.S. Try a bit of balsamic over Vanilla Ice Cream, awesome!!! Enjoy Prego's Pat
  7. We did our only Norway/Scandinavian Cruise in 2009 on another ship and it was awesome. This became my screen saver for many years.It was breathtaking.
  8. Thanks Keith, deep down I know this, and since I can roll with most things,I know it will be as wonderful a cruise as all the World Cruises, both full as well as the segments we now do, will be. Hope to see you soon....Did I send you our new email address? Cheers Pat
  9. Keith wrote: "By the way no different than getting off the ship in port. Some will wait on a line before the ship is cleared and others won't. Some will wait on a line to get a spot at the Sushi Bar and some won't. Some will wait on a line at the airport to board. Others won't. Same goes on on land such as going to the theatre or to a museum. And most importantly some will wait for one hour or more on a line at Disney to go on a ride that is over in less than five minutes. Go figure" LOL Keith, I have done most of these line ups...It is Ray who has no patience with any line ups, with the exception of Disney ones. Say hi to Anne Marie for us...She is looking fantastic! Cheers, Pat
  10. Oh, Oh!!! We are booked on the last two segments of the 2020 WC....March 20 to April 21. That very large "Bridge Group"is booked for the Mar.20 to Apr.03.segment. If I remember correctly, which I don't always do, it was, on occasion, difficult to make reservations in the specialty dining rooms. Since we normally do not eat till 7pm at home, we rarely run into line ups and if there is one we just wait in the Crystal Cove Bar. Thank you Vince for starting this line,. I am enjoying your writings as well as all the comments. Oh well, Ray and I will still have a great time, as life is too short to get your knickers in a knot! Cheers, Pat
  11. Thank you Keith, I received emails from a couple of people and wandered what it was about...now I know. Having said this I agree with your comments..."different strokes for different folks". Thank you for helping me out with the photo. Cheers, Pat
  12. The good news is you have four other dining venues with no self service. You may may or may not know this but the Gauchos bring all of the beef, chicken. Shrimp and other hot entree items to the table similar to what is done at restaurants on land such as Fogi de Chau. They also serve delicious bread. They come around with drinks. My suggestion is stop by there early in the cruise when they are open for dinner and ask the Head Waiter if you can take a look so you get an idea of the setup. If it looks apoealing try it another night. If not you have those other dining choices available to you In all my years of cruising I Have keRned that there is no single restaurant that appeals to every guest. This is why choice is good. Keith
  13. This is Crystal. The photo company is a small family business who knows the product well and the guests. There is no pressure. They are very accommodating. Pass by the photo studio the day and night before the cruise ends and it is jammed with guests purchasing photos. Come on board with a large group or family and it is very popular with them. Often when people post here about coming on board with young family members I mention getting sone photos. You will look at them in the years to come. Your children will share them with their children. When we last had family on board in 2017 we had the photographers did a special package for us when we renewed our wedding vi vows. We have the photos hard copy and digital and our children borrowed the thumb drive and had s large photo made of the family placed in a beautiful frame which hangs proudly in our home. Now as as we get older we need less photos. For the first time we didn’t purchase any the last time around, We do however have photos that were taken at our vintage room dinner and at milestone recognitions which were presented to us. This us an example where choice is good. You can get them if you want it pass on them and as mentioned a polite no thanks is fine. No one will bother you. Keith p.s. I am writing this on my iPhone so likely there are typos.
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