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  1. Keith- I’ve so enjoyed reading about your time on the Mozart. We’re eagerly awaiting our upcoming cruise on Crystal Bach this summer (our second Crystal cruise, but first river cruise). We had already identified a cruise for next summer on the Mozart to book while onboard. You’re trip report confirmed our feelings that this would be an amazing ship and itinerary. With the recent news, we’ll have to start checking out other Crystal river itineraries. Still, you’re detailed recounting of your experiences have reaffirmed our decision to sail with Crystal this summer and in the future. I hope you and Anne Marie enjoy the remainder of your cruise. Honestly, with your positive attitude and joie de vivre, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t! Safe and happy travels!
  2. Just saw the news that Mozart is leaving the Crystal fleet: http://www.seatrade-*****/news/news-headlines/mozart-to-exit-crystal-fleet-for-new-genting-venture.html
  3. We used Blacklane last summer in Barcelona for the exact same transfers. I booked using the app and was quite pleased with the service. On time, professional, and clean vehicles. Highly recommend.
  4. I think there are some excellent TA’s out there. Unfortunately, I’ve never met one. I’ve used TA’s three different times and always had difficulties. One took days to respond to calls and emails (although I did get a nice discount), and two messed up flight seats and hotel bookings. Never again. I’ve taken over 40 cruises and booked all but one myself. I call the cruise line directly. I’ve been able to negotiate $600 OBC on each of my recent bookings. I like having control of my reservation.
  5. Keith- I just finished reading your latest blog post and it greatly moved me. The appreciation you and your wife have for the blessings in your life remind me of me and my DH. We have a wonderful life filled with challenges (health issues, severe food allergies, an autistic adult son, high pressured job, etc.), yet each day is a gift and a new adventure. We know we’re lucky to travel the world seeing amazing sights, meeting interesting people, and doing it in comfort both on land and at sea. The best part is that we do it together. I see that in you and your wife. Thank you for sharing your journey. Wishing you continued joy in life and travel and congratulations on your milestone.
  6. After gaining a better understanding of “call for availability” and “available” rooms (unlike what I thought, Crystal wasn’t simply teasing a few available rooms while holding back others from the website), my frustration with the website diminished. I started occasionally checking for availability on the cruises I had been interested in booking. Glad I did. Rooms opened up on a river cruise and we grabbed them. Thanks to everyone for setting me straight!
  7. Always enjoy your Live Blogs. Sorry you got an HA room at the Ritz. That’s where we always stay before a cruise and appreciate the regular bathroom. Also, that entry and hallway is pretty typical of all of their rooms - nice and big. Hope you were able to enjoy a drink at the hotel bar. Great bartenders and some tasty drinks. Wishing you a wonderful cruise on the Edge!
  8. Thanks to both TER777 and Keith for the quick replies! This is one occasion where I'm happy to be wrong. I must pick very popular cruises (both ocean and river), because they're all almost sold out. While disappointed that I'll miss those sailings, I'm glad Crystal is selling out. In fact, they're doing better than the competition, which still has plenty of availability for the summer cruises I've been looking at. Good for Crystal. That said, maybe they could take a cue from other lines which say "sold out" or "wait list" for those cabin categories. It would avoid any confusion.
  9. After reading earlier in in this thread that we could once again book and check cabin availability online, I got excited. Finally, I’d be able to book a Crystal cruise without a TA, as I’ve done for my other 40 cruises (with the exception of my Crystal and SS cruise. At least I could easily see SS cabin availability at online cruise booking sites - I only had to call SS to book). Alas, my excitement was short lived. Only one or two cabin catagories are shown as able to book for any of the cruises in which I’ve been interested. All the other categories say “call for availability.” Ugh. I don’t want to spend time on the phone researching something that I can find online for all other cruise lines in less than a minute. Crystal needs to enter the modern era and have a website that functions and actually makes it as EASY as possible for the customer to book a cruise.
  10. We’ve been lucky enough to stay in a PH on the S Class ships three times. My DH and I travel with our college age son. You couldn’t pay me to travel with another couple in the PH. It’s one thing to have my son on the sleeper sofa, but it’s completely different to have non-family members there. Your friends would have zero privacy. Just the normal things of getting ready in the morning, showering or changing clothes for dinner, blow drying hair and putting on makeup (no outlet or countertop in guest bathroom), would be difficult or done in the living room area. The closet barely fits the small amount of clothes my son brings on the cruise. If they stored things in the master closet, they would have to come in and out of your bedroom to access it. Plus, the sleeper sofa isn’t very comfortable (my son complains, but I tell him to suck it up for a vacation paid for by mom and dad). Your friends would not find it comfy for two people (or romantic). Obviously, it’s only my opinion, but I’d keep the rooms separate.
  11. Yes. Other forums are opening slowly, but do eventually open. The Celebrity forum often fails to load completely. This is the first time I’ve been able to load it in about 5 hours.
  12. I’m inside the building and have been waiting an hour and a half to board. 800 passengers have boarded, but the winds got so bad that they had to remove the gangway. The Coast Guard won’t let anyone board the ship and the building is at capacity, so no one else is allowed to enter. Ugh.
  13. Wonderful live blog. Thanks for taking the time to post!
  14. Arrived at Heathrow T5 twice this summer on international flights. First flight landed mid-morning. The FastTrack line took over an hour. Second flight landed early evening. FastTrack took 5 minutes. Transit from gate to customs was 5-10 minutes. Luggage was immediately available for both flights. We used BA Transfer and were very happy.
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