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  1. Crystal have issued the following release on Crystal Symphony 2023 itineraries CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2023 ITINEARIES ANNOUNCED More options in Ireland, Egypt and the British Isles, plus seasonal choices for cherished destinations MIAMI, July 15, 2020 – Crystal Cruises has unveiled its complete roster of global itineraries for Crystal Symphony’s 2023 season. In 2023, 36 all-inclusive voyages of six to 15 nights take guests on far-away journeys that span from exotic, tropical and remote retreats to culturally rich and deeply spiritual explorations. With several regions explored at different times of year, the roster of 2023 sailings offers travelers options to visit many regions outside of high seasons. When Crystal Symphony’s itineraries open for booking on July 22, it will bring more than three and a half years of choices for travelers to plan their future voyages. The announcement comes just two months after Crystal Serenity's 2023 itineraries, bringing the total number of voyages for Crystal’s Ocean ships in 2023 to 68 individual itineraries ranging from six to 23 nights, with many combinable options for longer journeys. Crystal Serenity will also offer closer-to-home routes in North America – exploring New England and Canada and the Caribbean – while Crystal Symphony will spend the entire year sailing abroad. Both award-winning luxury ships will sail the Mediterranean and Western Europe in the summer months on differing itineraries that allow travelers to choose the voyage that perfectly suits their preferences. “Always with an eye to offering our guests multiple choices, we intentionally planned voyages that explore travelers’ favorite places outside the traditional seasons, as this allows them to glean a different perspective on the destinations and their cultures and seasonal traditions,” says Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Voyage durations have also been planned with guests’ calendars in mind, from convenient, six-night options to elaborate two-week-plus options, and everything in between. Like every part of the Crystal Experience, selecting and planning a voyage should perfectly suit each traveler’s needs.” Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Holy Land, Mediterranean and Western Europe, the British Isles and Ireland highlight the collection of voyages, all of which feature at least one overnight stay. Also featured are five maiden calls – in Kampot, Cambodia; Khor Fakkan, UAE; Bristol, England; Malmoe, Sweden; and Gisborne, New Zealand – as well as new embarkation and disembarkation in the boutique port of Eilat, Israel; a return to charming Skagen, Denmark for the first time in nine years; and an overnight in the fashionable city of Antwerp, Belgium (rare among ocean ships). Among the regions and destinations that Crystal Symphony guests have the choice to visit multiple times of year are: Southeast Asia and India, with six-, seven-, eight- and nine-night sailings visiting Chennai, Goa and Mumbai, India; Yangon, Myanmar; Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, Vietnam; Ko Samui, Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore, maiden call Kampot (Cambodia); Port Klang and Penang, Malaysia; and Colombo, Sri Lanka and others offered January through March; longer 13- and 15-night sailings offered in November. The Middle East, Holy Land and Egypt, with March and April sailings of six, eight, nine and 11 nights and seven-, 10- and 13-night options in October exploring Aqaba, Jordan; Manama, Bahrain; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island and Khor Fakkan, as well as Kuwait City, Kuwait; Doha, Qatar; Salalah and Muscat, Oman; Ashdod and Eilat, Israel; and Safaga, Sharm el Sheikh and Sokhna, Egypt. The Mediterranean, with a 12-night April Black Sea exploration throughout Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Greece and Italy; and seven-, nine- and 11-night May and June voyages along the Dalmatian Coast, Mediterranean and Western Europe, including Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Morocco and more. The ship returns to the region in September and October for fall itineraries of seven and 10 nights. Crystal Symphony will sail the Baltic and Northern Europe – including the British Isles, Ireland, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Poland and Iceland in late June and July; will spend December cruising Australia and New Zealand, with a New Year’s Eve celebration in Sydney. While its fleet is paused, the Crystal team is developing new procedures and policies that will support all public health and regulatory requirements and ensure that guests’ vacations continue to be not only relaxing and pleasurable but safe and healthy. Details of these new measures and initiatives will be announced soon. Additionally, the inherent design of Crystal ships maximizes personal and public space, offering plenty of options for those who choose to keep a healthy distance during their voyage. All Crystal ships across the fleet including Ocean, River, Yacht and Expedition offer nearly double the space per person than ships of a similar size, which is among the highest space ratios in the industry and their social spaciousness will be further augmented through the new measures we will be implementing. Further, Crystal Endeavor and Crystal’s River ships are all-suite and all-balcony with most staterooms on its two Ocean ships featuring private verandas for fresh airflow. The safety of guests and crew members is Crystal’s number one priority and the fleet will resume service only when the company’s expert team and global health and government authorities indicate that it is safe to do so.
  2. Just announced by Crystal - reduced solo fares on 6 Symphony Gateway sailings SOLO TRAVELERS ENJOY REDUCED SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ABOARD SELECT CRYSTAL SYMPHONY GETAWAYS MIAMI, July 6, 2020 – Crystal Cruises announced today reduced single supplements of just 105 percent for six Crystal Getaways aboard Crystal Symphony. The applicable Getaways – abbreviated segments of longer full itineraries – sail in November and December 2020 as well as January and February 2021 and range from seven to 10 nights. Guests can explore temples, modern icons and tropical landscapes of India, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Sri Lanka on itineraries that are designed to suit busy travel schedules while offering all of the acclaimed luxury and discovery for which Crystal is known. The reduced single supplements apply to the following voyages: November 14-21, seven-night sailing from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai November 21-30, nine-night sailing from Mumbai to Yangon December 7-15, eight-night sailing from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City December 28 – January 6, nine-night holiday sailing from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok January 27 – February 4, S eight-night sailing from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City February 19 – March 1, 10-night sailing from Singapore to Malé The reduced solo rates are combinable with the Crystal Confidence program for the select 2020 voyages, which offers reduced deposits of just $100 and extended final payment deadlines of 60 days prior to sailing. Those who book by August 31, can also take advantage of Crystal’s Easy Book program for the applicable 2021 itineraries, which requires a no-riskreduced deposits of 15 percent and waives admin fees if a guest needs to cancel prior to Crystal’s standard cancellation schedules. Crystal’s Voyage Assurance program offers additional peace of mind for several select voyages in 2020 and 2021, allowing travelers seven days to cancel their cruise for a full refund upon notification of significant changes to their chosen itinerary. With 30 years of cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining the highest health and safety policies at sea. While the fleet is paused, the Crystal team is developing new procedures and policies that will support all public health and regulatory requirements and ensure that guests’ vacations continue to be not only relaxing and pleasurable but safe and healthy. Details of these new measures and initiatives will be announced soon. Additionally, the inherent design of Crystal ships maximizes personal and public space, offering plenty of options for those who choose to keep a healthy distance during their voyage. All Crystal ships across the fleet including Ocean, River, Yacht and Expedition offer nearly double the space per person than ships of a similar size, which is among the highest space ratios in the industry and their social spaciousness will be further augmented through the new measures we will be implementing. Further, Crystal Endeavor and Crystal’s River ships are all-suite and all-balcony suites and most staterooms on our two Ocean ships feature private verandas for fresh airflow. The safety of guests and crew members is Crystal’s number one priority and the fleet will resume service only when the company’s expert team and global health and government authorities indicate that it is safe to do so.
  3. From Cruisemapper, it appears the Symphony is no longer anchored off Singapore and has moved nearer to docking. Does anybody have additional information? Is the dry dock about to start?
  4. As I said in the heading it "looks like” Crystal is planning on starting back cruising with the Symphony on September 1st, from Barcelona. This is just a strong supposition on my part reading the tea leaves so don't hammer me on this one. I am basing this on the recently released “Crystal Getaways” announced today. They have announced 4 new cruises starting in Barcelona on October 11th. These are shortened versions of already announced and booked cruises and not really new cruises. This is of particular interest to me because I am booked on a 49 day (5 cruises) combination cruise from Athens to Dubai starting September 20th. As you know, Crystal has cancelled all sailings until August 31s, so it is possible that they begin with the Symphony cruise starting in Barcelona on September 1st. It is also possible that the first cruise starts in Venice September 11th. Obviously all of this is dependent on so many factors that it may not happen. Another factor that argues against this is the current location of the Symphony in Southeast Asia. In order for the September 1st cruise to start in Barcelona the ship has to deadhead to Barcelona in August. This would be expensive but would give Crystal time to assemble the crew along the way. The ship is headed back to Singapore on November 8th from Dubai and this also calls into question why Crystal would move the ship to the Mediterranean and then back. I have alternate plans if the cruise is cancelled but plan on going if the ship sails. Ok, I really want to cruise!!!
  5. From the Crystal Cruises website. And yes I know this was posted on another thread but for those who don't look at each and every post I started a new thread just for these specific cancellations. Keith BREAKING NEWS Cruise Cancellations: Crystal Symphony's 2020 Voyages Through October 23 UPDATED Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2pm EST Crystal continues to closely monitor and evaluate the current COVID-19 situation. Due to temporary closures of European ports, it is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel all Crystal Symphony departures through October 23, 2020. We are pleased to provide guests booked on these affected sailings with Credits* equal to 125% of their cruise fare paid, based on fully-paid fare – valid on any Crystal experience (Ocean, River, Yacht or Expedition) embarking through December 31, 2023 - along with a refund of port charges, taxes, and fees, and air and hotel packages booked through Crystal. We encourage our guests to contact their travel advisor to assist them with rebooking their ideal future Crystal cruise. Full year voyage collections for each Crystal experience – through 2022 are available now to review and our 2023 Ocean collection will be online in early July of this year with 2023 deployments for River, Yacht and Expedition following in due course. With more than 30 years of cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining the highest health and safety policies at sea. While our fleet is paused, the Crystal team is developing new procedures and policies that will support all public health and regulatory requirements and ensure that our guests’ vacations continue to be not only relaxing and pleasurable but safe and healthy. Details of these new measures and initiatives will be announced soon. Please know that our guests’ and crews’ safety is our number one priority and we will resume service only when our expert team as well as global health and government authorities indicate that it is safe to do so. We will be communicating these changes to our booked guests and their travel advisors directly. On behalf of everyone at Crystal, we thank our guests for their understanding and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation, and we look forward to welcoming them on a future voyage. *The 125% Credits option is comprised of two coupons: a 100% Future Cruise Payment (FCP) representing cruise fare paid, and a 25% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) bonus discount. Credit coupons may be used separately or combined on any non-fully paid, future booking. Credits may be used with Crystal’s 2-for-1 Fares and Book Now Savings. Future Cruise Payment (FCP) may be applied to multiple future bookings and may be used towards deposit requirement on your new booking. Future Cruise Credit (FCC) may be applied to one booking as a savings; is not available to incentive groups, or guests under charter contracts; not combinable with any other savings – including Flex Fares, Best Available Fares (River) and Advance Purchase Savings; non-transferable, non-refundable, and cannot be used in lieu of the deposit requirement on your new booking. Note: If an affected guest is unable to redeem their Credits by December 31, 2023, they may request a refund of the original cruise fare paid. We ask that guests please allow 90 days from receipt of their request for refunds to be processed. To request a refund, please visit crystalcruises.com/requestrefund to submit the online form.
  6. Welcome to Crystal Serenity. Crystal Serenity welcomed 134 crew members from Crystal Symphony today as they were anchored off the coast of Singapore. These photos of Symphony are ones I took in 2014 when Serenity and Symphony were together for one day in Singapore. It's all about teamwork. Keith .
  7. Just checked Crystal Ocean voyages for 2023. It shows only Serenity in 2023?
  8. Crystal Symphony Voyages with departure dates in August have been cancelled. Keith CRUISE CANCELLATIONS: CRYSTAL SYMPHONY VOYAGES THROUGH AUGUST 2020 UPDATED Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:30pm EST Crystal continues to closely monitor and evaluate the current COVID-19 situation. Due to temporary closures of European ports, it is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel all August departures for Crystal Symphony. We are pleased to provide guests booked on these affected sailings with Credits* equal to 125% of their cruise fare paid, based on fully-paid fare – valid on any Crystal experience (Ocean, River, Yacht or Expedition) embarking through December 31, 2023 - along with a refund of port charges, taxes, and fees, and air and hotel packages booked through Crystal. We encourage our guests to contact their travel advisor to assist them with rebooking their ideal future Crystal cruise. Full year voyage collections for each Crystal experience – through 2022 are available now to review and our 2023 Ocean collection will be online in early July of this year with 2023 deployments for River, Yacht and Expedition following in due course. With more than 30 years of cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining the highest health and safety policies at sea. While our fleet is paused, the Crystal team is developing new procedures and policies that will support all public health and regulatory requirements and ensure that our guests’ vacations continue to be not only relaxing and pleasurable but safe and healthy. Details of these new measures and initiatives will be announced soon. Additionally, the inherent design of Crystal ships maximizes personal and public space, offering plenty of options for those who choose to keep a healthy distance during their voyage. All Crystal ships across the fleet including Ocean, River, Yacht and Expedition offer nearly double the space per person than ships of a similar size, which is among the highest space ratios in the industry and will be further augmented through the new measures we will be implementing. Further, Crystal Endeavor and Crystal’s River ships are all-suite, featuring all-balcony suites and most staterooms on our two Ocean ships feature private verandas for fresh airflow. Please know that our guests’ and crews’ safety is our number one priority and we will resume service only when our expert team as well as global health and government authorities indicate that it is safe to do so. We will be communicating these changes to our booked guests and their travel advisors directly. On behalf of everyone at Crystal, we thank our guests for their understanding and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation, and we look forward to welcoming them on a future voyage. *The 125% Credits option is comprised of two coupons: a 100% Future Cruise Payment (FCP) representing cruise fare paid, and a 25% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) bonus discount. Credit coupons may be used separately or combined on any non-fully paid, future booking. Credits may be used with Crystal’s 2-for-1 Fares and Book Now Savings. Future Cruise Payment (FCP) may be applied to multiple future bookings and may be used towards deposit requirement on your new booking. Future Cruise Credit (FCC) may be applied to one booking as a savings; is not available to incentive groups, or guests under charter contracts; not combinable with any other savings – including Flex Fares, Best Available Fares and Advance Purchase Savings; non-transferable, non-refundable, and cannot be used in lieu of the deposit requirement on your new booking. Note: If an affected guest is unable to redeem their Credits by December 31, 2023, they may request a refund of the original cruise fare paid. We ask that guests please allow up to 90 days from receipt of their request for refunds to be processed. To request a refund, please visit crystalcruises.com/requestrefund to submit the online form.
  9. From these forums I know that Crystal Symphony is going in dry dock this year. Do you know for how long was this supposed to be and what works were planned? Ivi
  10. Is anyone else sick who was on the Symphony from San Diego to Singapore? Hoping it’s just a regular flu. Originally thought it was a sinus infection, but it’s getting worse now.
  11. So Crystal has added a new itinerary May 1-8, round trip Dubai (the earlier April 23 Singapore to Dubai as we all know having been cancelled). Unfortunately it has a 100% single supplement in the ocean view staterooms. I don't understand this - I would think they would want to appeal to the broadest audience possible given the sailing is less than two months away. At a minimum those of us solos who were booked on the original itinerary should have whatever single supplement we had previously agreed to pay grandfathered in.
  12. What are the dates for the Symphony dry dock in Singapore ?
  13. It appears as though the roll call for Symphony's April 23 cruise has been removed. Clicking on the link in Roy's list for this cruise takes one to the June 19 cruise. I realize that Crystal is in the process of adjusting the April 23 cruise, but why is the roll call no longer available? Is this just a temporary quirk in Crystal's website or perhaps just a problem in my browser? Or is there another reason why this has happened....(I have some ideas).
  14. Those of us the United States need the same legal protections as those afforded to UK citizens by protective UK tourism laws (see discussion on thread Crystal Cruises and Coronavirus). I am contacting my US congressman and senators and I urge other US citizens to do the same. I just sent the letter below to Crystal. I know not everyone who posts on this forum will agree with the sentiments I have expressed, but I think a large number of those of us caught up in this unfortunate corona virus situation are extremely resentful of the disappointing way in which the situation has been handled by Crystal Cruises. Dear Sir or Madam, We are currently booked to sail in Asia on Crystal Cruises Symphony on the trip scheduled for March 31 – April 13. Our booking number is XXXXXXX (XXXX, client numbers xxxxxxx and xxxxxxx). We have paid in full. You have previously denied our request to allow us to cancel our booking without penalty. Via the most current Advisory Update issued by you (February 15, 2020 2PM EST), you have communicated that should we chose not to sail that you are not offering the option to receive a refund of the cruise fare and port charges paid; and have advised instead that you will only refund port charges and issue to us a (ridiculously) restricted Future Cruise Credit (100% FCC to be used on voyages commencing on or before April 2021), but we will be given that only if we notify you before February 21, 2020 of our decision not to sail. With the deadline for notice imposed by you, we feel manipulated into the FCC option as the only alternative to losing all the monies paid and entrusted to Crystal Cruises. You have put us in an untenable position with the whack-a-mole changing of embarkation and other ports, the strong likelihood of an Asia “cruise to nowhere,” and the utterly and demonstrably inadequate precautions against this serious health risk (Please: How can you credibly maintain that checking embarking passengers for fever is adequate when we have recently learned that 14 of the passengers recently returned to the US from the quarantined Princess Diamond tested positive for the coronavirus despite being completely asymptomatic. And here’s a tip: Quit starting every communication and advisory with “Crystal’s utmost priority is the health, safety and security of our guests and crew” since by your handling of this situation to date you have made crystal clear that Crystal Cruises doesn’t give a whit about our health, safety and security.). In consideration of above, and under protest with respect to your refusal to fully refund the cruise fare and port charges, we hereby notify you of our decision not to sail – please note that we have given this notice prior to the deadline imposed by you. Please make note that we will feel abused and deceived if, after forcing us into the FCC option by February 20th, you end up subsequently cancelling the cruise (and thereby become legally obligated to provide to passengers the full cruise fare/port charge refund that we requested). We can only hope that you will reconsider your very poor corporate decision to deny cancellation without penalty. Your handling of the coronavirus situation and your current position on refunds is not only destroying your corporate brand, you are literally making the case for the need for stronger legislation to protect US citizens from abuses by companies who sell cruise tickets in the United States. Regards, Christine L. Reiss George E. Reiss, M.D. cc: US Congressman Neal P. Dunn US Senator Marco Rubio US Senator Rick Scott
  15. Hi everyone I have just published my 3rd blog post, this one is all about the food we had on-board Symphony! It was one of my favourite to write and there are quite a few pictures. Hope you enjoy reading! https://thetravelsofmrsb.com/2020/02/10/dining-on-board-crystal-symphony/ P.S We are just talking about our next cruise so will hopefully have one booked soon!
  16. We disembarked from our San Diego to Guam Symphony cruise last week. After hearing for years about how great Crystal was, I was really looking forward to trying it out. It was our 66th cruise on every line from Royal Caribbean to Seabourn, so I have plenty to compare this experience with. I was very disappointed in how Crystal handled my Gluten Free diet. The only GF baked product they had was Kinnicinnick sliced white bread. Period. No cookies, bagels buns, dinner rolls, doughnuts, cake, etc. It was downright insulting to go to their lovely buffet and not be able to eat any of it aside from deviled eggs and fruit. I eventually complained to the Food and Bev Manager. If they are going to not make any GF products onboard and just purchase Kinnicinnick products, that's fine, but they should buy a variety of products. I showed him their webpage, and his response was, "Gee, they make all these things?" I was not the only passenger who had complained to him about the lack of GF products, and he said he would bring it up with the main Food and Bev person at headquarters. What really irritated me was that after hearing forever about how Crystal caters to every passenger, when I did find that they had GF rolls in Churrascaria (from a fellow Cruise Critic member,), I asked if I could have them in the dining room, and they said, "No. We can't have waiters running all over the ship to get things from the specialty restaurants. Then people would ask for sushi from the sushi restaurant." What kind of customer service is that? I'd walked up to a Safeway market in Honolulu when we stopped there and bought $40 worth of bagels, crackers, banana bread, etc. One morning the woman next to me at breakfast noticed my bag of bagels and asked about them. I told her that I was sick of white bread so I'd bought them. At first I don't think she believed me. She said, "I've been on 22 Crystal cruises, and I just can't believe that they aren't providing you with more GF options." It was after that that I spoke with the F&B manager. To top the whole thing off, we went to Umi Uma for dinner. The night before I'd gone up and asked if I should pre-order, and the guy said there was no need, that there were lots of things they could make me (this after Silk had said I had 3 choices for lunch: wonton soup without the wontons, Asian Chicken Salad with no dressing, or rice). So, at Umi Uma I ordered Shrimp Tempura, and the waiter said he was so sorry, but I needed to have pre-ordered that if I wanted it! I could go on and on about the cookies in my ice cream to the lack of scones at afternoon tea, but you get the picture. It really was a shame because everything else was very good, but based on how they handled the GF food, and my complaints about it, I don't think I'll be going back on Crystal, and I would not recommend it for anyone else who needs to eat Gluten Free. Michele
  17. Hi All I have finally finished my first blog post about our amazing cruise on board Symphony. The hardest thing was getting off the ship but I am surviving by reading all your trip reports, especially fun keeping up to date with the live reports! Here is my blog post, I will be publishing another one this week and next week now I have finally got round to writing them. Hope you enjoy reading! http://thetravelsofmrsb.com/2020/02/04/a-week-of-luxury-on-crystal-symphony/
  18. I’ve never tried a “live from” thread, but with so many sea days (and a really good internet connection!), I’m going to attempt to post some miscellaneous observations. I’m not as prolific as others, so please bear with me during the next several weeks. It’s a full ship. About 600 are Crystal Society travelers. About 450 are continuing on past Guam to Hong Kong. About 60 are continuing on past Hong Kong. Lots of familiar faces and good friends onboard. Lots of folks we haven’t sailed with for several years. Weather today is still chilly and breezy with a decent headwind. There’s a bit of movement and the captain stated during his noon announcement today that this will be the weather for the next couple of days until this winds shift. The ride will then get smoother and the weather will start to get warmer. The swimming pool is not filled today due to the ship’s movement (and it’s really too cold out on deck to go swimming anyway). All of today’s lectures were SRO. There’s a varied group of speakers onboard, and with all these sea days, each lecturer will present 5-7 talks before we reach Guam. Tonite is the first BTO evening. There is a captain’s reception at 7:45pm, followed by Christine Andreas in the Galaxy at 8:45pm and 10:30pm. Last night’s showtimes (Crystal In Motion) were at 7:30pm & 9:15pm. Mark Farris holds court in the Avenue. We’ve not sailed with Mark since 2018 and his memory for faces & places is astounding as he greeted both of us by name as we entered the room. We closed down the Avenue then recovered and closed down the Starlight disco with the best DJ on the high seas, Viviano, who we have sailed with on many Crystal cruises. i know that many like to read the daily Reflections & menus, so I’ll try and post these daily. If anyone has any specific questions, I’ll try to answer as the journey continues. Thanks for reading. 😊😊 Rob (and Jim) attachment1.en 3.pdf attachment1.en 4.pdf attachment1.en 2.pdf attachment1.en.pdf
  19. Has anyone heard from Crystal what the options will be for us in respect of the rumoured change of embarkation port from Hong Kong?
  20. Anyone sailing Symphony now could you please tell me what the evening Showtimes are currently. Hopefully they will be the same in June. thanks, JC
  21. I’m hoping to find out if the Crystal Symphony Seabreeze Penthouse Suites numbers 1086, 1089, 1090 and 1091 that are classified as Limited View Suites, are really that limited with their view? I’m aware that the lifeboats are on deck 8, however, just how much of the top of the boats can you see and do they limit the view in a significant way. Thank you all in advance.
  22. It was announced earlier that the ship's doctor had a medical emergency and was taken to a hospital in San Diego. We were just notified that several passengers who are doctors have volunteered to assist the three nurses onboard until we reach Honolulu where a new ship's doctor will join the Symphony. We hope to sail pretty soon. In the meantime, we enjoyed a wonderful show - Crystal in Motion.
  23. Just off Symphony. Will be going to dry dock in Singapore 4/13-23/2020.
  24. For those of you keeping track of the Symphony's whereabouts (and watching the ship's cameras), we have had another itinerary change. As you know, we had to high-tail it away from Hawaii and skip the Big Island due to high winds and rough seas. As a result, we are accomplishing our mandatory port visit at Ensenada at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning and arriving in San Diego after lunch. Most passengers are pleased about this extra time in San Diego, especially those who are not from the area. We will spend the night docked at the pier, and disembarkation will take place Sunday morning, as scheduled. In the meantime we have enjoyed superb lectures and terrific entertainment. This morning, Marc Ginsburg enlightened us about the possible future consequences of the escalating situation with Iran and other global hot spots. It has been a fabulous and festive holiday cruise, and we look forward to returning to the Symphony in the near future!
  25. Could you please do me a favor? Could you please stop by the Crystal Cove bar and ask the bartender how to make the Lonely Mule? I'm driving 90 miles this weekend to find some ginger beer. If the bartender asks, I like it with seltzer over 7-Up or Sprite. I would love to make myself one of these at home once in a while. 🙂
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