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Everything posted by ellbon

  1. I think the soup the ship. On the last leg of cruise I found Silk was not as good as other legs.imsent back everything for lack of spice. There had been a spicy duck cut thin to eat with chopsticks. Honestly could not eat it ..pieces to big and no Asian flavors. i had a few super spicy dishes in Waterside that were special ordered. Love Umi Umi but I like sushi and always had ginger already booking my dinners for next winter.
  2. I agree about the over eating. Once was enough for me. At one point I gave up learning about the wine as I was not sure to eat or listen. I have not done the lunch as I do not want to dress up at noon for lunch. Plus to much food for me at that hour. My problem is I do not eat a lot,of land animals and I would be happy skipping a course.
  3. When you work your way up the ladder I do believe you get s free cruise and at 100 milestones you get the big CP cabin. On another line I get free nights
  4. I think so for an event like this. Not even sure if they ever did two ships together. Then we all end up in Venice together.
  5. I will pick sail away always. Why innEurope or Asia would you want to be inside vs watching a sail out. Most of my M&G have been at six. If we sail at five I pop in but not if we sail at Six. The ones at ten am I never been too. I am in cabin getting ready for my day,
  6. I was raised in a Jewish home and no where I ever been cost over 500 pounds. I would think in states a good dinner would be around $150. Nothing like a fake example of a dinner on a Tuesday, yes, to everything closing down. I have a cousin who will not even drive it answer his phone.
  7. I was not able to go back and forth a few years ago. Another guest told me she got you on her ship.with a key card and knowing so many crew it would be nice. i did know about that meeting, plenty of pictures of all the fun they had. This will be my time to check out some new ports and see some old faces.
  8. I brought flowers on once. They were sold at the dock fro $10 each arrangement. next winter i will look for more to cheer up my cabin.
  9. reason why I booked was for this night. I think two ships have done it but never three. If correct i tihnk it is outdorrs in a roped off area. You will get to see crew from all three ships there. As far as getting on the other ships to visit not sure how it can be done. Think that an invite and name has to be on a list.
  10. I am from the states and i know this makes no sense. I have stayed in Bath and Stratford. I left the ship and gone sightseeing to airport or from hotel to ship. Seems like you are living in a bus and not seeing much at all. Sounds like they need a better location for a hotel. Also I would think one would love to stay in Bath. For the comment on 5 star hotels with using Tours by Local I tend to use them a lot. i have looked at the barcelona one and just laugh. seems a lot of food and wine but no real sightseeing at all. Robin
  11. Thank you Terry very much. I did it years ago on my first trip there. it was a group tour. Back then i was not into spice like now and i asked for water. i got a glass. i asked again for pitchers of water. Not had again since but on a cruise ship. Some guests died from the heat of food and i was fine. But it makes a fun night.
  12. I flew to a crab feast vs taking the bus. Make sure you have local beer- I love the Amber. If a clear day go up to MT Roberts-else skip it. fish and chips are good there. eat off ship eat local dog sled ride was fun on glacier.
  13. I have done it but after 8. Just soup and salad not a big meal. No way early just to be busy.one night I went up for a drink and views. Not a big deal.
  14. The Opera House dinner was great. I have been to Stockholm three times ..almost a 4th. Ended up canceling due to health reasons. I am much better with sightseeing in both cities. In Holland I did two museums and Ann Franks Home in the rain. The next day I taxi to the Jewish Quarter and did the Temples.from there walked to Rembrandt home..Red light area and found a nice bar with lunch. Later went back there for a fast drink and walked to ship. My personal walking tour gave me a lot in one day. Amsterdam is known for spicy food and I can not spell the term but a form of Indian with tons of courses. Stockholm I hung out at the Grand drinking or walked to I dropped the last time I was there. First and last time I go anywhere the day before a cruise.my bags came hours after me.
  15. If you have a butler-you did not say-tell him when you meet him that you put your name in for the dinner. He will let them know. If no butler you can tell the person in Waterside or in Prego that you want to eat there. I got a phone call a few days before checking to see if I still wanted to go. Then a call to make sure no allergies. They will work with you if needed. The dinner around 630 at night. Eat a late brunch and you will be fine. The next day i think I got hungry after 3 or 4. You will love it.
  16. I have worked with TJ twice. I learned when i was planning last summers trip that Alla was very hard to work with. Other CC people on my cruise all used TJ as Alla would not work with the places people wanted to see. Stockholm I would suggest "the Opera House" for a posh dinner. Many people like the restaurant by the Townhall- think same name. Last time i was in Amsterdam it was pouring so i ate near our dock. i just wanted to eat off the ship. The next day was very warm and sunny. Been all over the Baltic you will love it.
  17. Yes, but 4 on Serenity. As i not been on the other ship I would not know this as i have not learned the deck plans. i believe i got the SQ FT from the website when i was looking or from my butler. Thank you for the info -else you never learn.
  18. The Crystal Penthouse is known as the CP on the ship. There are 4 of them. If i recall the sq feet or meters is bigger than my last home in FL. i think it about 1400 SQ FT. I think you mean the PH or the PS. i wish the closet was bigger in the PH but the bathroom is great with a seperate tub and shower plus 4 storage drawers. The main cabin has like 10 more drawers plus more storage to leave jackets etc you use rarely but really do not want to waste closet space. Everyone here knows I am an AZ cheerleader yet i prefer Crystal or AZ over other cruise lines.
  19. I found that I met people sitting at the bar vs a chair or sofa. I also got to really know the bartenders and they knew i prefer water in a bottle plus a drink. The fun part about talking to people you learn where they are from. The one drink my body does not love is sparkling wine or champagne. Sometimes i get an afternoon snack at the bistro and bring it to the Cove bar and have a drink. I love cheese with my drinks.
  20. No! The OP did not say. But I think he or she was more interested in the Vintage Room. At least I got that feeling when i was answered back. But in general other new readers should realize the Supper Club is small and it pays to lets someone know right away that you want to do this.
  21. Welcome! I always follow up on ship. It is not on a formal night but when I went the men had on suits. The menu was the same all winter so I never went back. But I loved it. The supper club was a little early for me but I enjoyed the music so I want to do it again.
  22. I did not know there was another cruise line in the world besides Regent in this persons mind. I did the S America Grand Voyage which included laundry. She told me I was wrong on the Regent boards. If you are loyal to a line you should know the perks. my cabin was huge but lots of wasted space and tiny bathroom. Crystal PH has more storage and bigger bathroom .both this lady needs. also had a cold on ship or just tired and the room service is the best.
  23. Let them know if you are a foodie wine person and you want the Vintage Room dinner. It is$250 per person. Also sign up for the supper club for one of the formal nights. You can do both online but I would follow up on ship.
  24. I was on that WC and in one port got flowers by the dock and they lasted over a week. I get more flowers in cabin on another line. But some lines have none.
  25. I have done both cruise lines. Crystal had way more night life after 10 pm. The last time I was in Regent..due to ports..I notice only a 45 minute set of dance music by the show band after a show. The duo played only to 1130. I turned around one night abd the bar was closed..no one asked if I wanted a drink they just left. food is better on Crystal. The cabins well my PH cabin had a bigger bathroom. The cabin on Regent was bigger but it was a long walk from the sofa to the door or the phone. I had my worse butler ever on Regent. i paid extra for most tours. The free ones were boring in most cases. we now have a very loyal Regent fan on this thread. I am still a newbie on Crystal at 10 milestones. But I know I would take Crystal over Regent any day. oh wait to you see the Bistro .no cruise line I have been in compares on that alone. Our shows are better, staff is better. Robin
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