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  1. I went to a specific voyage that interested me, and did that. Mine says "Fares are cruise only, per guest based on double occupancy, and must be booked by August 31, 2019" Went to the Find Voyage page which listed multiple voyages, and same thing.
  2. Can someone please show me where the Crystal Society Savings appear on the website? I know they are on my booking confirmation - but I would like to know the savings on a voyage before I book. I see the port taxes for each voyage, but not the CS savings. I used to find them in the brochures, but we don't receive brochures from Crystal anymore.
  3. There was some info on the Regent board about parking in Vancouver. See post 114 on page 5: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2634074-almost-live-from-explorer/page/5 The hotel reference is Pacific Gateway
  4. And what is the posted price for the A1 compared to the SP for the cruise you are on? Are they upgrading at a beneficial price, or simply offering the posted price? I took a look at a couple of Alaska cruises this summer, and the posted price difference between A1 and SP is in the order of $3500pp. I agree with skybluewaters; ask the actual room number, especially i if mid-ship is important to you. Moving mid-ship to far forward or far aft is not an upgrade in our books. Thirdly, on a port intensive cruise, once can't make the best use of the benefits of an SP room. A little bargaining might be in order. Why is Crystal asking? My guess is too many oceanview and verandah guarantees. They need to free up some verandahs for those guarantees. Indicate your willingness to accept an SP, but w/o the add'l charge. A good TA is an asset here.
  5. From Crystal's perspective, I can understand their need to revise/reform the program. The need to continue a loyalty program without it stealing dollars, with many pax reaching the 100+ milestone, with river ships and expeditions ship(s) and maybe 1 or more ocean ships needing to be included in a loyalty program - there were a number of factors forcing a re-evaluation. So my question to these faithful CC posters is this - if Crystal were to ask you (perhaps as a small test group) to suggest loyalty program benefits that would interest you and not break the bank, what would you suggest? What loyalty program benefits from other cruiselines or travel industry (e.g. air, hotel, etc) could be adopted by Crystal?
  6. Stickman I agree entirely with you. I'm interested in what pax have to say.
  7. Do you know if Crystal will store cases of wine for pax returning for a cruise later in a 12 month period (ie. purchase while cruising this fall and return in 2020)? I know it is done for some with 100+ cruises, but I'm wondering if it is a routine thing. Good storage space would be an issue, I think.
  8. Can anyone link me to a breakdown of the number of cabins in each category? For both Symphony and Serenity, please Symphony Serenity CP 2 4 PS etc TYIA
  9. One of my favourite captains with his love of pirates. His noon hour broadcasts from the bridge are some of the best. So very much enjoyed our conversations on La Buse and his search for La Buse's headstone on Réunion island.
  10. Look for a TA associated with one of the big travel consortia - Virtuoso, Signature, etc. They will offer additional onboard credits, and quite often a free tour/shore excursion at their expense. This tour is not one of the Crystal tours, and is usually excellent. As Keith has said, use a TA who has experience with the luxury cruise market and specifically Crystal Cruises - they know the district sales managers and contacts in the LA office who can often link to Crystal promotions. A TA may also give a personal gift of OBCs. Ask if these can be made refundable onboard credits. Book early - not so much for selection of rooms - but for best price protection. Again a TA with Crystal experience will ensure Crystal lowers your price. Consider 3 aspects that each give you the 2.5% - pay 270 days before sailing, sail once and become a member of Crystal Society, and book your next cruise onboard. Book a back to back cruise and save about 5% of the total fare. Crystal also offers a family/group discount. I think you need to book 10 rooms. Details on their website. While the others have mentioned the Amex onboard credits, a cash back card makes this real dollars at the time of the deposit, final payment, and onboard final payment. Lastly, there are TAs that offer rebates - a cheque in the mail before you sail. Cruiselines do not encourage this practice, but there is little they can do to stop it. Weigh the trade-off to deal with one of these companies. Some are excellent; some are just too big to give the personal service or to be there if travel problems arise.
  11. We have had the pleasure of intimate dining with the Chief Engineer, Symphony, on several occasions. We have had wonderful conversations about the drydock work within his purview. He says of Symphony "they don't build them like this anymore". Even tho I use quotes, those are my words, not his. But the inherent message is the same. He acknowledges the tiredness of the cosmetic parts of the ship before drydock, but the focus of his attention (the guts, in my words) cannot be matched in any new build. I take from him, that even though cruisers may yearn for a new Crystal ship, they need to appreciate the quality of the 2 that Crystal sails.
  12. You may wish to read the Viking Ocean board for details: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/689-viking-ocean/ or read: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-4768005
  13. . A couple of questions: For S1-S7 - do we know the room layout? Specifically the bathroom? Is it a tub/shower combination, or shower only? Do we know what is on the "other" side of 500, that would make it the cheapest? Cheapest price is for a S7. Yet there is only 1 cabin on the ship designated S7, Cabin 500 on deck 5. (Please correct me if I am wrong) I think Crystal could be justifiably criticized for advertising"prices from" when only 1 cabin is available at that price. The price advertised on Crystal's public website does not includes port fees/taxes - no surprise there, that is typical. But it does include the Crystal Society discount, meaning first timer cruisers could reasonably expect to pay that price. Lastly, are posts about Endeavor appropriate here, or is there another board?
  14. I have access to a site that tracks price changes. I don't see a 30% price drop, It started Aug 2017 at 11.5 (cat H) and is now 11.9. Is there any chance that your "new" fare does not include air? Air saving is 2700.
  15. TravelCat Glad to read you are that much closer to Explorer! Would you mind telling me your parking arrangements in Vancouver?
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