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  1. I'm on the Gem . Just to get the facts straight, the Gem was not docked at Pier 88. For some unexplained reason she docked at 90. We were herded back to 88 to wait for boarding and then herded back to 90 to check in and board. There was no heat at 88 . We didn't board until 4:15 after arriving at 10:15 . 6 hours... no lunch just cookies and water. Lovely start to the cruise!
  2. I can't speak to all types of Asian food, but I think much of the Chinese food in NY is not nearly as good as it was 40-50 years ago. I can't comment on the food in California...I am almost never there these days.
  3. We found the sauce for the Chilean sea bass to be cloying. It ruined what was otherwise a good piece of fish. In general we don't care for "Asian Fusion" food. We were born and raised in NY City and when we were attending graduate school on Long Island in the late 60's and early 70"s we would travel back to Manhattan frequently on weekends just to try the various Chinese restaurants that had just introduced Szechuan and Hunan cooking. As "poor but honest" graduate students just getting by on our fellowship grants it was a strain on our budget to eat at Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan, which was considered the best restaurant of it's type at the time, but to us it was worth every penny...and probably why we loathe Asian Fusion cooking . To us Red Ginger is the worst restaurant on Oceania.
  4. Almost all proteins...both meat and fish are frozen . It's required by public health regulations. Even if delivered to the ship fresh it has to be frozen when stored on board. By the way, you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant on land that actually serves fresh fish except if the restaurant is located near a fishing port.
  5. I agree. As you know the procedure in San Juan they're referring to is just the standard procedure required by CPB for any back-to-back cruise turning around at a US port. I've done it several times. CBP requires all passengers to disembark, go through immigration formalities and after all passengers are off (what's called a zero count) the b2b passengers are permitted to reboard. Going through this procedure in no way negates the PVSA violation that this particular b2b causes. I have the feeling that Crystal is going to be put in the position of having to eat the PVSA fine for all the b2b passengers lest this develop into a really negative public relations issue.
  6. Apparently they ignored that advice when they combined Polo and Toscana.
  7. It's in the dress code statement in Currents...but I was incorrect when I said it applied only to men. Taken literally it applies to everyone, but I've never seen it enforced for a woman. I actually think the intent was to prohibit flip flops, but it may have been written by someone whose command of the nuances of American English may not have been very strong.
  8. You're interpreting "lineup" as meaning restaurants, but the word "lineup" is not separately stated, it's part of "lineup/menus" so I still think it could be satisfied simply by either dishes on the GDR menu or Jacques being incorporated into a new venue, similar to how Tuscan Steak is a mash up of the separate Polo and Toscana restaurants.
  9. I agree that his wording is very carefully crafted and could easily be satisfied just by having some "Jacques" dishes on the menu of the GDR or some other specialty restaurant rather than Jacques.
  10. Which brings up something that annoys me just a bit. My wife can wear open-toed sandals to the dining room and specialty restaurants, but if the rules are being tightly enforced I can't. I have very nice leather sandals that are not inexpensive by any means that are prohibited, but my wife can wear pretty much any old sandals she puts on.
  11. Just an additional comment on this one...Manhattan and Brooklyn are both part of the Port of New York. Brooklyn has been part of NY City for well over 100 years, although some Brooklynites may still dispute that . The deadheading was just for operational reasons, not PVSA considerations. For example several Carnival cruises this year that were originally scheduled for departure from Manhattan but were switched to Brooklyn because Pier 90 in Manhattan was undergoing renovations. At some point a ship that had been using Manhattan had to be moved to Brooklyn to start its next cruise.
  12. No...there's nothing that treats cities close together or in the same state as if they were the same port. As you say the individual cruises are legal due to the PVSA exemption for Puerto Rico, but it appears that the two itineraries combined violate the PVSA assuming you are right about no distant foreign port being part of the itinerary. I've seen cases in the past on certain Alaska itineraries where passengers were initially allowed to book two legal voyages that were illegal in combination and were later told they could not take the combined itinerary.
  13. If the ship arrives on time and is cleared for disembarkation promptly you should be able to do it provided you're on a domestic flight. Those conditions obviously aren't guaranteed .
  14. I was answering the question : "I'm not sure of the rule in the Terrace." I responded appropriately with a factual answer. Your opinion or observation is not an appropriate answer to a factual inquiry. And on warm weather cruises I've taken shorts were anything but rare in the Terrace Cafe at dinner.
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