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Flyingshoes, you are very welcome.

 

Thank you Shirin for the very nice comments.  Looking forward to seeing you and Shirin.

 

Patty…..One of the things I like about the state we live in on land is that I can watch the celebrations before midnight.  When we lived in California I could see them at 9:00 PM and or/ Midnight.  Believe it or not on our two previous Holiday Cruises I made it till Midnight as we watched the Balloon Drop from Deck 6 with great views of the Balloon and Confetti Drop.  We will do our best to stay up but this year will celebrate from a different location so won’t see the Balloon drop.  It’s not a good idea for Anne Marie to be standing with wall-to-wall people.

 

I have added today’s Reflections and the Reflections from embarkation day to today’s Blog Posting.  I will do this when the Internet allows and when time permits.

 

Knowing it is New Year’s Eve we have a slightly later reservation at Prego.

 

All….When I went on an early morning walk I saw that the Crystal Plaza was set up for the New Year’s festivities with lots of balloons, a banner and a large sign in-place.

 

There is a company on board (a couple of people) who are involved with the Holiday Decorations (Christmas decorations, etc.) called Santa’s Elves and they were busy taking down the Christmas Decorations in the Plaza.  The Crystal Crew takes care of the New Years items.  There are still a few Christmas decorations around the ship.

 

I took a long walk inside the ship before breakfast this morning to give my legs a break from the Elliptical and having played a lot of Paddle Tennis yesterday.

 

As I walked the ship I was thinking that cruise lines and sizes of ships have something in common with Goldielocks and the three bears.  As the porridge is tasted she thought one was too hot, the other too cold, and the third one just right.

 

Just right does mean different things to each person.

 

For example, some think that Crystal Serenity/Symphony is way too big and prefer some of the smaller luxury ships.  Some think Serenity/Symphony is too small and prefer larger ships on other type of lines such as some of the Premium Lines.  Others think it is just right.  Some find one just right for certain itineraries and another one just right for another one.

 

For example, in our early days of luxury cruising we enjoyed both Crystal and Seabourn.  This was back in the day of the Seabourn 200 passenger ships.  We thought that for some itineraries that the 200 passenger ship was ideal and other itineraries that the Crystal size ship was ideal.

 

Then we decided to take a very long voyage.  We were thinking of Seabourn for a Grand Voyage and then sailed on Serenity and decided to do a World Cruise.  We felt for us that size of Serenity would work better for a long voyage as it would provide lots more to do inside and outside the ship.

 

For me all of this is a reminder that each of us has a different definition of what “just right” is and that definition can vary such as with itinerary.  I also think that it applies to many discussion topics on the board.

 

For example, what is your favorite dining venue? What do you think of Silk?  What do you think of the lecturer?  What do you think of the entertainment?  The website?  The tea?  Whatever??????

 

As 2018 comes to a close and 2019 begins my wish for 2019 is that we all accept that we do have different views on most things and the only opinion that matters is our own view.  Yes, it’s always nice if others share our view but that isn’t going to happen all the time and among all the people.  I feel the same way about other things whether it is politics, the car you drive, the airline you prefer the clothes you wear, etc.

 

Some of you have already celebrated New Year’s by the time you post this.  Some of you are getting ready to celebrate New Years.  May each of you have a safe, healthy and Happy New Year and may 2019 be the best yet.

 

Keith

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Happy New Year to you and Anne Marie. I’m enjoying your posts here and on your blog. It’s super that you post so frequently, it’s a lot of fun following along. 

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Happy, healthy New Year, Keith and Anne Marie!  I look forward to your blog posts and updates each day on Cruise Critic, while anticipating our Serenity Med cruise in October.

 

 I know what you mean about something that is just right. Crystal cruises have been very enjoyable for us for many reasons. Ship size, wonderful food and service, and great itineraries. We also love sailing on Celebrity ships in February every year, usually in a suite, cruising in the Caribbean.  Then  we don’t care so much about the itinerary, since we just like to get out of the cold weather and relax.  Works for us.

 

Regards...Sandy

 

 

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Krb1000…I am glad that you are enjoying the Blog and the CC posts.  Happy New Year.

 

Sandy…Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.  We also know what you mean about your cruising choices.  Happy New Year.

 

I hope that everyone enjoyed a Happy New Year.  This marked the third time we have celebrated on the ship and like the first two times it was a wow.

 

I wanted to note that the Casino was open at 5:00 PM for the first time since we arrived to the first port of call in Hawaii.  This included the times we left port late afternoon/early evening.  I know from time-to-time people ask about this so wanted to share the experience on this voyage.

 

While docked/anchored in Hawaii and also in Catalina Island we have picked up local TV USA broadcasts from NBC/CBS/ABC.

 

It was Black Tie Optional night on the ship which just added to the overall ambience.

 

The second and final Supper Club was held last evening.

 

Speaking of Black Tie Optional and the Supper Club if you are a gent and you arrive to the Supper Club without the minimum of a jacket you will be turned away.

 

Lots of entertainment throughout the evening capped by the balloon drop at Midnight.

 

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Prego with our friends.  If not for Cruise Critic we likely would not have met them several years ago.  Before dinner we ran into Mr. and Mrs. Claypool from CC who are also a wonderful couple.

 

This was our first visit to Prego of the sailing.  I was wondering how busy it would be as many people have been dining there during the voyage.  Same is true for Umi Uma.  While there were lots of people dining there the spacing of people leaving and arriving was terrific so that the waitstaff and the galley were not overwhelmed.

 

Service, Food and overall Ambience was terrific.  When the additional entree features a fish I usually try it.  Several years ago while on one of the World Cruises when we were sailing Hawaii they brought on-board a fish called Opah which was one of the best fish entrees I ever had.  It was so good we returned the next day to have it again. Two years later we had it again while sailing Hawaii.  This time it was not Opah but the fish was an Hawaiian Fish (I can’t remember the name) that was prepared by the head chef of the Specialty Restaurant Albert a long time member of Crystal Cruises.  It was delicious.

 

Since leaving Hilo at 3:50 PM we are reminded we are at sea as the seas have been a bit choppy which is expected when you sail between Hawaii and the Continental USA.

 

Lots of items on the program and in terms of food today featured a New Years Jazz Brunch.  It is similar to a Grand Gala Buffet except that it includes breakfast items in addition to luncheon foods.  I have taken lot of photos.

 

For those who play Paddle Tennis the wind this afternoon made it a bit of a challenge.  When I got up on the sports deck and walked over to the court a gust of wind hit and I thought I might end up in the air.  I had a lot of fun though.  It was warm with mostly sun.

 

The blog has been updated.  Once again I have posted the Reflections (daily) program.

Keith

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Happy New Year to you both.

Having sailed on both ships, it is interesting to

hear that Serenity is matching Symphony now.

The Supper Club sounds great.

Thanks for your reports.

John

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Thank you John…The recent changes did provide a nice update to Serenity.  Serenity is now at the time of its life as Symphony was when many of the public rooms are getting makeovers.

 

All….I have added several menus to the Blog.  If you go to our site and click on the top section marked  Menus you will see several of the standard ones from various dining venues.

 

For those of you who do not read our Blog I wanted to share with you my thoughts from yesterday’s New Year Day Jazz Brunch.

 

TEAMWORK AT ITS FINEST

 

It takes tremendous team effort and lots of hard work in the planning, preparation and execution to make these brunches a success by the extraordinary Food & Beverage Team with help from other areas including housekeeping. Within Food & Beverage you have those in the galley preparing and overseeing the preparation of the food, plus all the work to set it up with a lot of involvement from the Executive Chef, Franz Weiss who we've included in a couple of photos, the Assistant Executive Chef and the Pastry Chef.  The Waterside Waitstaff team sets up tables and power and all of the plates and then assists guests carrying plates to the dining venue, seating the guests and clearing tables.  

 

The Sommeliers serve wine and other drinks and the Bar Team prepares drinks.  The entertainment team plays live music and Housekeeping assists in cleanup of the Crystal Plaza and Waterside. 

 

This is all done in addition to being up late last night with all of the New Year's Eve Festivities before, during and after dinner.

 

Congratulations Team Crystal Serenity.  You are truly amazing.

 

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Recently someone made a comment that the menu in Waterside was so so.  Ever since we have sailed Crystal Cruises once in awhile we don’t find an entree of interest but on the vast majority of nights we find one or more entrees that interest us.

 

In terms of inspiring dishes, last night we had two of them from the Moment Menu and they were some of the best items we have had at sea and or on land.

 

We began with Eggplant Roulade. This was a wow.  Very tasty and a wonderful presentation.  This is the kind of item that we find best enjoyed when eating it slowly.  It’s like a wine which for us means savoring each mouthful.

 

For our entree we had an amazing Corvinia Sea Bass.  The Curry Cream was very tasty and somewhat spicy.  All we can say the was another wow!

 

These two dishes reflected some of the benefits of open dining such as being served hot and in the case of the sea bass moist.

 

Today is the second of four sea days as we sail to our mandatory stop in Mexico.  Some were bothered by the sea swells from today and yesterday but to us this is part of sailing on a cruise ship.  Like most things in this case we all have different views on what we consider to be rough seas.  For us it is when you hear that vibration from the bow of the ship such as when the Galaxy Showroom shakes or when it’s so rough you place any breakables in your room such as wine on the floor or when the close the Fitness Center or place saran wrap over the dishes.  This has not been the case as we cross back to where this voyage began.

 

The Blog has been updated and I have included today’s Reflections in the update.

 

Keith

 

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Hi Keith - just caught up with your blog, and I noticed in Reflections that one of your speakers was Nando Parrado, the Uruguyan athlete who famously survived a plane crash in the Andes, and who was the subject of the movie "Alive". Did you by chance hear him talk?

 

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear his story in person! Since we can't see who the lecturers will be on our upcoming cruise, any way you can find out if he's, by chance, going to be on Symphony over our Jan 24-Feb 3 cruise? I'm thinking this *might* be the case only because it says in Reflections that he lives in Montevideo, Uruguay, and our cruise is actually cruising the coast of Uruguay and stops in Montevideo! So...it could happen, right? :classic_biggrin:

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LeeAnne, let me see what I can find out about Nando Parrado being on your cruise.

 

No two cruises are the same even same time of year.    I have been saying this for years but experiences can vary by cruise.  Also experiences can vary within a cruise.

 

As to cruise to cruise while this one has similarities to other Holiday Cruises (celebration of Christmas, New Years and Chanukah whether or not Chanukah falls during the actual cruise) there are differences.  The cruise is more low key at night with less people out late and more people out early evening including at dinner.  I think part of this is attributable to starting and ending the cruise in Los Angeles rather than Miami and the length of the cruise.  Some of the guests who likely would fall under late night are not here this time around as 16 days is likely too long to be away from home and/or work for them.

 

 

Within a cruise things can change as time goes along.  The last two night at Waterside have been quieter than at anytime since we boarded Serenity as people are spreading out to other venues and in some cases having in-room dining.  We entered Waterside at about 6:15 PM last evening but I was in the Crystal Plaza a 6:00 PM  and there was never a line to get in.  Guests entered immediately and were escorted to tables within seconds.

 

We had a loss of internet for a few hours yesterday afternoon similar to when we were in a similar position heading towards Hawaii.  In both cases this was based on the position of the ship to the satellites.  Overall the internet has performed very well.  Yes the experience is not like it will be at home but overall a good all-around experience and similar to our experience on Symphony in May.  I do stress that the experience can vary by voyage based on where you are sailing.  It also can vary should there be satellite or other issues including equipment issues on the ship.  Finally your experience can vary based on the specific devices used, internet browsers used and location of ones room and other items such as the size of a photo if you are sending or as I do uploading them to a website.

 

The televisions are working very well.  Unlike the previous televisions we have not experienced the screen freezing.  Same was true on-board Symphony in May.  Not sure if it is the television or maybe the company used for the subscription.

 

When in port in the USA we picked up three or four local stations such as ABC, NBC and CBS.

 

I mentioned this before but I like that I can just go to Crystal Connect and see the restaurant menus and Reflections and not have to use Press Reader.  I find it a more stable system to use and I don’t have to worry about refreshing press reader from time-to-time.

 

Having  a great time in Paradise on-board Crystal Serenity.

Blog has been updated.

 

Keith

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LeeAnne, I did check for you and Nando Parrado will not be on your sailing.

 

Other than some rain in two ports we have been very fortunate with the weather. Normally at the current location of the ship seas might be choppy with rain.  This is not the case and we even had some sunshine this afternoon.

 

Anne Marie and I stopped by the Mozart Tea yesterday afternoon to see the new set-up in the Palm Court.  We were impressed with how everything looks and with the permanent counters they don’t have to put up and take down tables before and after each tea.  The placement of the pianist and violinist is nice as well.

 

For the Mozart Tea guests go up to the display area to pick up the items they want.  There was a bit of a queue at first but after awhile the line shortened.

 

For all the other teas the waiters come around to serve the guests as they have done in the past.

 

We are having a great time.

 

Keith

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For those boarding tomorrow as I understand the first few days of our voyage we might have rain and cooler weather In port.  

 

Today marks the last full day of the Holiday Voyage.  Tomorrow morning we arrive back to San Pedro.  It’s been a terrific cruise.  We have enjoyed sailing with some guests who we have sailed with on previous voyages including some from Cruise Critic.  Some of the guests I play Paddle Tennis with I have sailed with many times.  We have also enjoyed meeting fellow guests for the first time.

 

The crew has been amazing and that includes both experienced and recently hired crew members.

 

Serenity has made an excellent transition to the recent changes including open dining and the rollout of the new dining venues.  It is clear to me that they had a successful dry-dock with almost all of the work accomplished prior to the first sailing from Lisbon to Florida.

 

It is hard to believe this is only the fourth sailing following dry dock.

 

As was the case with Symphony I see the benefits of open dining (yes I realize not everyone likes open dining) along with the new hand held devices for order taking.  Similar to Symphony we find that it has allowed a better presentation of the food items and that most items are arriving to the table at hotter temperatures.  This is not to say that every item is always hot as I prefer it to be but the vast majority are and they arrive moist indicating to me that they have spent very little or no time under heating lamps.  The hand held devices also allow more time for the waiters and senior waiters to be with those dining.  Again this will vary depending on how crowded each dining venue is.

 

Last evening we dined at Prego and it was one of the finest meals we have eaten on previous visits to this dining venue on Harmony, Symphony and Serenity.

 

As I mentioned the other day we found the Umi Uma menu to be a nice upgrade to the former Silk Road menu.

 

In terms of Waterside my favorites are many of the items found on the Modern Cuisine Menu between taste/flavor/presentation.  At the same time it is nice to know there are traditional items available as we do enjoy them as well.  As I looked back at menus from a few years ago I am reminded that the number of choices is pretty much the same.  While there are two pages of appetizers/salads/entrees as there were in the past, the former menus used to contain recommendations from the Executive Chef which is no longer the case.  I also think the portion size is spot on minimizing waste from uneaten food, and just keeping to a portion size that fits many people’s dining habits.  With that said you can order half portions of most items and should you want a larger portion you can ask for that as well.

 

I took my final indoor cycling class of the cruise today.  Normally the first couple of cruise have the most attendance and the last day has the least.  It was just the opposite on this cruise.  We had a couple of people who have never cycled before.  I helped one of them with the set-up of her bike.  The cruise does provide a nice opportunity to try things for the very first time whether that is learning golf, bridge, needlepoint, computers or in this case spinning.

 

I made a stop at the Computer University.  I cannot say enough about how nice it looks and it has all new computers in the class room and the common area.  There are three iPads for those who just need a quick look.  There is also a new printer which is far superior over the previous one and also includes a scanner.

 

I have updated the Blog.

 

Keith

 

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Good news.  The weather forecast was wrong.  Right now sunny at San Pedro and no rain forecasted.

 

We arrived to port about 30 minutes ago.

 

Keith

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Thank for the update Keith, the weather does appear quite nice at the moment, so glad they were wrong. Quick question, do you know which berth the ship is in, I beleive it is 92 - which seems easy to get to?

 

Looking forward to seeing you onboard soon - Glen

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Glen, you are very welcome.

 

I just checked the port schedule and it say Berth 93 which is right next to 92.

 

I did hear that it will be rocky as we sail to Santa Barbara this evening but maybe we'll get lucky with that too.

 

Looking forward to seeing you both on board very soon.

 

Keith

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Glen you are welcome.

 

We are back on-board as of 11:15 AM.  A little delay as some guests from the voyage didn't get off until well past the time of disembarkation.

 

Keith

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Glad the weather cleared up today! Yesterday was nasty. In fact last night we had a huge thunderstorm right over our house - it was obviously super close because huge claps of thunder came right along with the bright flashes of lightning. Our dog was freaking out! I also saw some videos online of waterspouts just off the coast of Malibu. Very unusual for around here!

 

It's still cold, though...at least for this area. And things don't look much better through the week - rain tomorrow, then cloudy and chilly for the rest of the week. Sorry you had to be here during our worst weather!

 

Keith I wanted to tell you that I've been very much enjoying pouring over the menus you've been posting on your blog. I was curious if I would always be able to find something I liked in Waterside, and so far every single meal I've seen something from every course that sounds absolutely scrumptious. Sometimes it's on the "Modern" menu, other times it's on the classic, and a lot of mixing and matching, but so far I haven't seen a single night that I would find Waterside to be a disappointment. I'm assuming it'll be the same on Symphony.

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LeeAnne, we feel the same way about the menus.  The menus will be very similar on Symphony as we found when we sailed Symphony last May.

 

Today marks the end of the Holiday Cruise and the start of the seven day California Coastal Cruise.

 

We dined at Churrascaria last evening for the first time of this cruise.  We did dine at this venue on Symphony last May.

 

It is a casual venue and that has a lot of appeal to many guests.  The other appeal is they can stay for a very short time as they don’t have to wait for each course to be served which is not the case in most dining venues or they can have a leisurely dinner.  Guests can eat a lot or they can choose smaller portions.  It is all up to them.

 

The attire guests wear varies with some in more casual attire or even attire that is dressier than recommended such as the gent who was wearing a sports jacket.

 

On the Holiday Cruise this was a popular venue with many people going one or more times and some went three or four times.

 

I often say choice is good and to me this is a perfect example of choice.  For us this is a restaurant we will go to once a voyage although on this upcoming seven day voyage we will take a pass due to some commitments with other guests and visitors who are coming on board.  On the other hand this is one of a couple of go-to restaurants for others we know.  If we had our family on-board we might dine here more than once as several people on the holiday cruise did with their families.

 

I just wanted to mention two items that can vary by voyage or within a voyage so that people can have different experiences.  This is a reminder that when people ask questions on this forum the answers can differ.

 

In terms of how “fact” can vary within a voyage the salad and vegetable bar is an example of that.  When we went up to choose our salad and a second time to select hot vegetables waitstaff was behind these food stations and served us these items.  On certain nights where staffing needs to be pulled from this dining venue to help elsewhere on the ship guests would serve themselves.

 

The other item is today’s opening times in the evening for the dining venues.  On the last voyage all all dining venues opened for dinner at 6:00 PM with Churrascaria and Silk opening at 6:30 PM.  Today, these two restaurants open at 6:00 PM.

 

We have already met some very nice people who have boarded.  This includes two different couples on their first Crystal Cruise, one of which is part of Cruise Critic.

 

Keith

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I’m also enjoying the menus Keith is posting and they are definitely “whetting my appetite”.  Will be on Symphony (for the first time) right after LeeAnne. We are very much looking forward to trying Churrascaria and I have a feeling will like it very much - both the food and the more casual atmosphere. My husband is a big guy and I think all those meat skewers are going to appeal to him. 😀

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Muster drill going on now. 

 

Just like someone posted about Symphony guests no longer have to wear life jacket for the drill on Serenity as well. 

 

Keith

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sierrafloridacruiser…  I am glad you are enjoying the menus posted on our Blog.  I also hope that you both enjoy Churrascaria.  Lots of nice food choices.

 

 

I know some of you ask about Mama Lee.  Anne Marie and I spoke to her when she arrived to Marketplace.  She will be on this one sailing.  She is a strong woman and we hope to see her on other cruises.

 

All, as a reminder I have been posting the daily Reflections to our Blog.

 

While speaking with Shirin and Glen last evening about the incident of the person nearly falling down the escalator it reminded me of something that I wanted to share with our fellow CC members.

 

There have been times when we are embarking the ship when Anne Marie still has our passports in her hand.  She is the keeper of the passports as they are held in her purse.  When we boarded in Los Angeles I remember saying to her please hold those passports tightly as between the hand luggage and her purse they could drop on the ground.  Going forward we will pause and put the passports back in her purse because of an incident relayed to us.  One time a guest was walking up the gangway and somehow dropped their passports into the water and they could not be recovered.  No passports no can sail.

 

On a related note I have personally known people who have either forgotten to take their passports with them or left them in the hotel safe.  On our recent hotel stays at the Peninsula and at Pan Pacific in Vancouver where when we checked out they asked us if we had our passports.  Same has gone when we were picked up at home by a vehicle arranged with Crystal Cruises for this trip and for another trip where Crystal provided the transportation.  A few people on the Holiday voyage didn’t bring their passports with them so they couldn’t board the ship.  So these things do happen.

 

There were many first time Crystal Cruisers who boarded yesterday and we spoke to some of them.  We also helped some people out who you could tell were on their first Crystal cruise or first Crystal Serenity cruise as they were standing near the area showing the floor plans trying to find a particular place so whenever we would see people in this situation we would point them in the correct direction.  We have been in this situation on land and always appreciate when someone has helped us out such as the person who pointed us in the right direction when we were in Hilo on the Holiday Cruise.

 

This is a good cruise for those guests who live in California who want to give Crystal a try.  Unlike a similar cruise we did with our entire family in May of 2017 this one does have one sea day.

 

We dined at Umi Uma last evening and while they were busy they were less busy than when we dined there on the Holiday Cruise and also on those seven day back to back cruises last Autumn in the Mediterranean.  On this cruise the specialty restaurants will be quite busy since this is a seven day cruise.   There was a line at the door as some people wanted to sit at the Sushi Bar.  I was thinking of the menu that Shirin posted from Shirin and Glen’s dinner at Nobu and I think that our meal would have come out to $400.00+ dollars before tip and wine/beer.

 

I had mentioned that as was the case with the most recent Symphony cruise that guests no longer have to bring their lifeboat vests to the lifeboat drill.  One of the differences I could see is that as soon as the drills was over in a blink of an eye several were back at the Crystal Cove for a drink.  LOL, but very true.

 

 

Keith

 

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What a difference a few hours make.

 

It is now warm and sunny in Santa Barbara.

 

Beautiful and the weather has been great this afternoon starting at Noon.

 

Keith

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On 12/17/2018 at 6:35 AM, travelberlin said:

Thanks for sharing your impressions. We are also going to cruise in July to Japan out of Hongkong on a cruise, which is advertised as “cultural enriching cruise”, meaning the majority of the passengers will be Chinese and the cruise line, we will be sailing with, will mainly cater for those passengers. We will see if they manage to deliver good Chinese food.

Ivi

I would think Crew Members would be around to direct passengers to their suite,  in the old days crew members would escort you to your suite or stateroom and would answer any questions.  I guess now they have to rely on past cruisers to help them.  Don’t get me wrong that is a very nice gesture to help others but Crystal should be able to assist as well during embarkation.  If someone asks me pardon me, can you tell me where?  Of course we will direct them to the proper venue and will often walk them to where they should be.  First time Crystal Cruisers can be a bit disoriented and Crystal needs to have staff available to help them.  Nice that guests are willing to help them but should not be necessary.

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4 minutes ago, MalbecWine said:

I would think Crew Members would be around to direct passengers to their suite,  in the old days crew members would escort you to your suite or stateroom and would answer any questions.  I guess now they have to rely on past cruisers to help them.  Don’t get me wrong that is a very nice gesture to help others but Crystal should be able to assist as well during embarkation.  If someone asks me pardon me, can you tell me where?  Of course we will direct them to the proper venue and will often walk them to where they should be.  First time Crystal Cruisers can be a bit disoriented and Crystal needs to have staff available to help them.  Nice that guests are willing to help them but should not be necessary.

Didn't direct anyone to their suite.  This was well after embarkation when I showed people how to get to Waterside and also on another occasion when I pointed other to the Galaxy Showroom. 

 

Even a few days into a cruise first time Crystal Cruisers sometimes need assistance finding other areas on the ship and if we see that someone is confused we will assist them by directing them to whatever place they are looking for.  Sometimes that includes someone who got confused where their room was when on our deck.

 

I know when we are lost someplace we welcome the helping hand as they did.
Keith

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19 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

What a difference a few hours make.

 

It is now warm and sunny in Santa Barbara.

 

Beautiful and the weather has been great this afternoon starting at Noon.

 

Keith

 

REALLY? Dang. It's super cold and heavily overcast here in Thousand Oaks, about an hour south of you. I'm jealous! I'm in that pre-cruise "lose a few pounds" stage, and I've been trying to get outside for a run most days...but it's just too darn cold and icky out. So I'm about to head off to the gym, but I'd MUCH rather get the calorie burn from running outdoors.

 

I'm glad you're getting better weather today, though! I love Santa Barbara - we were just there for the day a couple weeks ago, and we too did a nice long walk up and down State Street and along the coastline. It was on a Sunday when they have their weekly craft market, which is always fun to see.

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I meant to add - I just read your blog, and the Waterside menu posted today was the first time nothing really appealed to me. LOL! So this would definitely be a Churrascaria night for me. 😉 

 

OH, and thank you for the photos, menu and description of your dinner at Churrascaria! It sounds even better than I'd previously read.

 

Hey I also wanted to ask you, Keith - are you guys doing a Vintage Room on this voyage? Just curious. I'm SOOOO looking forward to our Vintage Room night on our upcoming cruise!

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