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ChatKat in Ca.

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    Palm Desert, California
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    Eating, Drinking, Cruising, Photography and Dogs
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  1. Thank you for entertaining those of us who are deprived of being currently onboard and miss the high seas. I was forced to sail on an RCCL ship to take some small relatives on their first cruise. It was not Crystal but it was heaven to spend time with them. I called the ship "Monster of the Seas". They're only young once.
  2. Cheers to all of you. Yes, Tilmar was in charge of our Champagne Vintage Lunch. Maybe we will do it again on our next cruise.
  3. I heard that it was most comical on the pier with the passengers from the other ship...
  4. In San Francisco we had a late flight and did the Crystal Transfer. They had a hospitality room at a local Holiday Inn by SFO. Luggage was stored by the bellman. They had pastries and later sandwiches and drinks and the room was set up with tables and chairs. The hotel had shuttle service and as your transfer time approached, the Crystal Reps would let you know it was time to transfer to the airport.
  5. I thought you were going to mention the walking poles...back to considering a real gym experience
  6. I am booked on the Photography tour in Barbados later this month. Glad to hear you enjoyed the time in the far corners of the Island. What is the dessert with the Banana gone hiding? Anything Chocolate/Banana is on my must have list.
  7. I have sailed from Monte Carlo multiple times and never tendered. That said, I have seen the port bypassed due to rough seas. One cruise we sailed to Marseille instead of Monte Carlo due to weather.
  8. I think the passengers on Oceania and Crystal are about the same demographic with respect to age. The itinerary also plays a role in the passenger age of the cruise. Longer cruises are usually an older/retired clientele. When we sailed Istanbul to Miami on the Riviera for 28 days, the first 2 weeks were port intensive and passengers younger. the Barcelona to Miami leg - also 2 weeks had an much higher age demographic.
  9. If it's shelf stable, a container will sit outside the fridge so a liter a day should not be a problem. Even in the fridge if it's closed not an issue.
  10. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria We stayed there while on a tour with Tauck. They randomly assign your room. Since it was my birthday, I was given a suite. I just looked up the rate and am pretty sure we'd not stay there again if we had to pay.😱
  11. Yes, the room was beyond expectations with beautiful Italian linens and a view of the boats going to Capri from our room. At breakfast, we could see the ships at anchor from the lower dining room windows. Are we not lucky to travel?
  12. Just putting perspective on the difference between cruiselines. Yes, Crystal was not all inclusive at one time but is now. Oceania is still not all inclusive. And the passenger personality is a different genre of cruiser as well. While I won't say never, I doubt that I will be back on an Oceania ship after experiencing Crystal.
  13. I stayed at that hotel on our first trip to Sorrento. It's magnificent. Thank you for posting it.
  14. I can assure you that Crystal is far superior to Oceania with or without name tags. Oceania didn't participate in the Cruise Critic Meetup on one of the cruises that I was on. Everyone on the roll call signed up on the thread. We had about 50+ people. I made name tags up for everyone that singed up with their CC name and their first name. It was fun but drinks were not included so we did the party on the Captain's Reception night when there was open bar for an hour. This would not be necessary on Crystal.
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