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  1. DAY ONE OF TWO SEA DAYS CRUISING THE AUSTRALIAN BIGHT ON THE ROAD TO ALBANY It is Saturday early morning on Crystal Serenity. Last night we set the clock back 30 additional minutes. I think this evening we set it back another hour. Larry…At dinner last night Claudia said she had a couple from Canada the night before who mentioned they knew us. I quickly said you must be talking about Mr and Mrs. xxxx. By the way, Anne Marie and I liked the location of the table you two were sitting at last night as well. Norma….Some guests who we know like the new suites while others do not. A couple of concerns mentioned to me by some guests we know were the hardness of the couch, the coffee table not being able to be raised, the look of the box spring, and the new PH being a tad smaller than the original ones. I like the look of the SeaBreeze PS on Symphony better than Serenity. For us the traditional PH on Serenity is wonderful so I prefer it over the SeaBreeze PH and I also like the location for the standard PH as we can get a midship location which we prefer. I do know a family who had two SeaBreeze PH's and like a hotel they appreciated the outdoor door and keeping the actual entry doors to their rooms open. Now to Adelaide. I wanted to mention how welcoming the people were at our port of call stop at Adelaide. When we walked down the gangway in the morning musicians were on hand playing instruments and singing. I have a short video on the Blog. In the terminal area there were lots of local representatives on-hand who were there to answer any and all questions about the local area and the city. They provided maps and some discount coupons and provided advice on things to see. They were very welcoming and friendly. They represented their city and country very well. The port was very organized with security who were also warm and welcoming. On our walk we ran into several Aussies who like the other places within Australia were very helpful and engaging. This is one of the many aspects we enjoy about Australia and New Zealand. They are very engaging. Also, things tend to be very orderly and clean and attractive. I have always said if we had to leave our own country and if they allowed us to stay we would consider living in Australia and New Zealand. The downside is their distance from where we live while on the other hand I think their distance is part of what makes them so special. We look forward to our upcoming stops in Albany, Busselton and Fremantle, Australia. We are now sailing The Australian Bight and have two days at sea. I am hoping to play Paddle Tennis as it has been a few days of not playing. I am including a copy of todays' Reflections program. Reflections.pdf Keith
  2. Keith1010

    Spa Hustle - Unrelenting

    Like most things this is one that we can agree to disgree. In my case when I sail on a ship with 900+ other people we know that we won't have all rooms to ourselves nor will we have an interest in each and every activity offered revenue or non revenue for the cruise line. In my case I have never had a problem with a program given by the spa or for that matter any concession (Jeweler, Clothing Shop, Photo Studio, or a few other concession previously on board or on board today) impacting my experience. So speaking for myself I have no issues with these programs being offered and I realize their objective is two-fold; to educate and yes to sell and bring in revenue. For those who do, I would make use of the Quality Assurance Survey and while on board also speak with the Cruise Director. I know that is what I would do. If it is a big enough issue it will be addressed as was the case with the Bridge group many years ago. When that happened and feedback was provided a change in approach occurred. Groups still came on board ( I would say more today than ever before) but adjustments were made to minimize any impact on others. Same would apply here if this is deemed to be a big issue and adjustments would be made. I do want to add that my experience is that there are very few instance where more than a couple of these types of programs are offered on any given day. I went back to the recent Reflections to reaffirm that. On port intensive cruises of which the vast majority are there is no opportunity to do this to a large extent with many people off the ship. On a long cruise and one with a lot of sea days you might see a good number of programs offered early on with several offered in various revenues such as the Fitness Center. Keith
  3. Keith1010

    No more iMovie class

    Jonathan, good points about these items. Ideally they might have been caught pro-actively but glad you have posted these items. Knowing that Crystal does read the boards I am sure they will have someone address them. Keith
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    Entertainment & Enrichment Program Listing

    Ilene and Cancun01, Please keep in mind that Crystal Cruises is updating all of this in Chronological order starting with the most current cruises so just give it sometime as they work through each and every voyage. Keith
  5. Latest Update: As Of February 16, 2019 PLEASE NOTE: Please use the following format when requesting to have your updates added to this thread April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Thank you. Keith ========================================= For anyone booking a cruise, please post to this thread so that we can include you on the future cruising lists for your cruise. This thread is also used for the Bon Voyage threads. Please use the following format: Date (Cruise Number) Embarkation and Ending City - Cruise Critic Name (your own first name(s) should you choose to want to include this) Example: April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) (1) If you are new to CrystalCruises also be sure to check out the thread, which is titled “Some Thoughts For First Time Crystal Cruisers”. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2463018 (2) If you would like to attend the MEET AND MINGLE PARTY that Crystal Cruises hosts when there are 10 or more of us on board, you can do so by visiting the registration section of Cruise Critic. This link will take you there. http://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall...ruiselineid=12 (3) If there is a ROLL CALL for your voyage post a message or questions for your voyage on that thread. Posts for a particular cruise might be better placed on the roll call so that the maximum people on that cruise may see it. These are the links for the roll calls and after you reach the thread then click on the area that takes you to the last (most current) page. Crystal Serenity Roll Calls http://cruisecritic.com/rollcalls?cr...12&ship_id=258 Crystal Symphony Roll Calls http://cruisecritic.com/rollcalls?cr...=12&ship_id=26 FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2019, 2020 & 2021 ================================================ FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2019 2019 Full World Cruise Jan 13 (OCY190113-85) Los Angeles to Monaco – mybagsarepacked (Stacy/Ron) Jan 13 (OCY190113-85) Los Angeles to Monaco – Travel2Learn (Linda) Jan 13 (OCY190113-85) Los Angeles to Monaco – Bearsfoot (Elisabeth) Jan 13 (OCY190113-85) Los Angeles to Monaco – Suthedit (Jennifer) Jan 13 (OCY190113-85) Los Angeles to Monaco – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) February 20 (OCY190220-21) Perth to Cape Town - Roland (Larry/Monica) Mar 13 (OCY190313-26) Cape Town to Monte Carlo -SnowBirdCruiser (Pat/Ray) Mar 13 (OCY190313-26) Cape Town to Monte Carlo - ancient mariner (Trudi) April 7 (OCY190408-10) Monte Carlo to Venice - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - CruisePfan (Adelina/Roger) April 27 (OCY190427-07 Athens R/T - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) April 27 (OCY190427-07 Athens R/T -CruisePfan (Adelina/Roger) May 23 (OCY190523-06 Barcelona R/T Vashti24 (Jenni/Bill) May 29 (OCY190529-12) Barcelona to London - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – ijkh (Ilene/Andy) Jun 21 ( OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – perigirinj (Amy/Scott) Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen - History & Wine (Dwight) July 7 (OCY190707-10 Copenhagen to Stockholm – luvroma (Jean/Tim) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - (Buzz_Rosenberg) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - rafinmd (Roy) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - krb1000 (Tim/Kathie) Oct 10 (OCY 191010-13) Rome to Athens - Sandyknits (Sandy/Roy) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - 2Bobs (Bob/Bob) Nov 12 (OCY191112-09) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale (Buzz Rosenberg) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale - rafinmd (Roy) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale -krb1000 (Tim/Kathie) Nov 12 - (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Ft Lauderdale - suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Ft. 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  6. Keith1010

    Spa Hustle - Unrelenting

    In general there are not many of these offered in one day. You found one day but many days that is not the case. Tomorrow is a sea day and there are three items listed all in the Fitness Center. I don't know what the issue is that "some" people come from South Africa. Is that a problem? Sure some are from South Africa but others are from a range of countries including several from Europe. The way the same is true of the rest of the crew . Keith
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    Question Re: "Crystal Motorcoach Tours"

    Rob, you are very welcome and glad to hear that you are following the blog. Keith
  8. Keith1010

    Shipping luggage home at cruise end

    Good points by ChansonDeLaMar and by 8dimsum. We take photos of the luggage and while time consuming have an inventory list of what goes into each piece. We also number each piece of luggage and that goes on the respective inventory list we prepare. We do this when we check luggage for a flight and when we ship luggage. It is helpful should a piece go missing, or should a piece be damaged or if for whatever reason an item(s) are removed from the bags. It is helpful when filing a claim, and also should something go missing for awhile or for good. Keith
  9. Keith1010

    Spa Hustle - Unrelenting

    On many voyages we have been on, the Jeweler has gives talks in the public rooms and on many voyages they host fashion shows in the Crystal Cove. On occasion the store that sells the clothes has had special programs in public areas and the same was true on occasion with the Photo Shop. These are all concessions. They are using facilities at the time of these events that would not be in use if they were not holding the session. They usually do get a big turnout (eg., people attending sessions in the Galaxy Lounge or being willing participants in the fashion shows. At the same time there are some sessions that are held in the Fitness Center that fall under the concession that staffs the Spa/Salon/Fitness Center. Keith
  10. Keith1010

    NEW SILK MENU - CRYSTAL SERENITY

    KnezSailing...I prefer the former Tastes over Silk in terms of the cuisine With that said I did enjoy Silk and understand why they likely went with Silk in lieu of Tastes. I very much enjoyed the new items they have added to Silk and expect they will continue to enhance the overall cuisine. In both cases I very much enjoy the venue and the service. Keith
  11. ON THE ROAD TO KANGAROO ISLAND Thank you Elisabeth for your recommendation on the hotel. I have added this to my list for future trips. Enjoyed a nice day today including our time at Adelaide. The city and people are terrific and we were blessed with extraordinary weather. A few photos and a new addition to the stuffed Animals from Valentine's Day. Our suite has grown since we boarded from two to five of them. Blog has been updated with lots more.
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    Question Re: "Crystal Motorcoach Tours"

    The size of the vehicle depends on the type of tour, and the port and the overall demand for the tour. Where full size buses are used often the bus is loaded with 50% or slightly more than that guests versus capacity so there is plenty of room to spread out. One difference to Regent (I am not sure about Silversea because we sailed with them twice but didn't do their excursions) is that in addition to the tour guide you will have a Crystal Escort on each tour which I think is beneficial. Keith
  13. Keith1010

    New Website!

    I started a new thread about the Entertainment/Enrichment listings being added to the Crystal Cruises web site but I thought I would post the information here as well. Good news. They are now adding this information to the website. They are going in chronological order of the voyages so it will take some time to get them all updated. Go to the voyage details such as this one. https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/perth-to-cape-town-ocy190220-21 Then scroll down and click on onboard https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/perth-to-cape-town-ocy190220-21#onboard Then click on view entertainment programs. https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/perth-to-cape-town-ocy190220-21#onboard Keith
  14. Keith1010

    No more iMovie class

    Please see my thread about the entertainment/enrichment listings being added to the Crystal Cruises web site. They are going in Chronological Order so hopefully you'll see them soon. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2635090-entertainment-enrichment-program-listing/ Keith
  15. Good news. They are now adding this information to the website. They are going in chronological order of the voyages so it will take some time to get them all updated. Go to the voyage details such as this one. https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/perth-to-cape-town-ocy190220-21 Then scroll down and click on onboard https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/perth-to-cape-town-ocy190220-21#onboard Then click on view entertainment programs. https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/perth-to-cape-town-ocy190220-21#onboard Thank you Crystal Cruises. Keith
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