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I started a New Topic yesterday calling it Serenity Day 2.  I realized that was rather limiting since we will be on the Serenity for a total of 128 days.  So, I started this topic and will add to it from time to time. I don't intend to post every day but when I think I have some news of interest.

 

Day 3.

 

Today we were in Roadtown Tortola.  You could not go ashore unless you were on a Crystal excursion.  We had booked the Snorkeling Adventure which departed at 12:45pm.  It would have been nice to get off in the morning and roam around but that was not to be.

 

The good news is that the Palm Court and Sunset bar are open again.

 

The following are rumors, meaning they came from another passenger without a designated source.  This person said three additional crew members were placed into isolation today and that there are no passenger Covid cases.  This person also said that there are 250 people booked for the full Grand Voyage.

 

Had a very nice rainbow off the back of the ship this morning:

 

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Still having a great time.

 

125 days to go.

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Thanks for the posts and practical information and updates. I am one of the "supposed" 250 GV pax MIA/MIA/LAX. I am scheduled to depart on the 17th, so very cruious (and anxious) to know what is happening and how things are going under the circumstances. 

And have a great pre-GV  trip!! 

Ron 

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I wish you a good voyage despite the restrictions. We were booked in the WC 2022, which was canceled. We did not want to do the Grand Voyage because we do not want to embark in a long cruise under the uncertainties of this pandemic. We would not enjoy such a cruise. However, others may do it.

 

I guess instead of a pandemic, next year we will have this virus becoming endemic and not so many restrictions will happen. I guess the WC 2024 would be something we will start looking forward to.

Ivi

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Thank you for posting. We are also part of the 250 (MIA/MIA) and have decided to just go and hope for the best. The bottom line is that I am willing to risk everything for some really good sushi!

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9 hours ago, DrSHF said:

Thank you for posting. We are also part of the 250 (MIA/MIA) and have decided to just go and hope for the best. The bottom line is that I am willing to risk everything for some really good sushi!

Planning on a lot of meals in cabin.  Including sushi and soups

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Day 8.

 

We are in St, Maarten today.  There are no problems or restrictions about going ashore.

 

Just received a letter that we will not be stopping in St. Johns tomorrow, our last port of call, because "our vessel will not be able to comply with their threshold".  We will now have three sea days before reaching Miami on Monday.  I'm starting a rumor that we won't be able to comply with Miami's threshold.  Other than the two crew members that had been isolated earlier in the cruise there has been no more rumors of Covid case.  I understand the crew are supposed to be tested today.  The entertainer, Martin Kay, did not perform last night because he was not feeling well.  The variety show they put together in his absence was outstanding.

 

Day four, we were in Antigua.  We were allowed to go ashore with no restrictions.

 

Days five, six and seven, we were in St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Barts respectively.  We were allowed to go ashore with no restrictions.  St. Barts was the only port we have had to tender.  The good part of that is there were no other ships in port.

 

Day eight we are in St. Maartin and again no restrictions.

 

I finally realized that when they said the Crystal Life Spa is closed temporarily, they really meant for the cruise.  I will have to wait until the next segment to get my haircut hopefully.

 

The internet has been pretty good.  Infact, we were able to stream the church service from the First Baptist Church of Key Largo Sunday morning:

 

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There has been no problem getting a deck chair:

 

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Here is a picture of Shell Beach on St. Barts:

 

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Today in St. Maartin we took a taxi over to Maho Beach to watch the planes take off and land:

 

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One of the waiters, my source of information, said the first segment of the Grand Voyage was not going to be that many more people than we have now, about 350.  He also said the capacity would be almost 800 in April.  We will see.

 

For those of you who would like more information, my wife is doing a daily blog at:  karenrobbins[dot]com.  She is much better at documenting our trip than I am.

 

120 days to go.

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6 hours ago, rrobbins said:

One of the waiters, my source of information, said the first segment of the Grand Voyage was not going to be that many more people than we have now, about 350.  He also said the capacity would be almost 800 in April.  We will see.

 

We board in Istanbul (hopefully).

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I have friends on there now. They got off by tender in St Barts ..but skipped the other ports that you were allowed off in your own.

 

sounds like  you enjoyed your cruise.

 

you mention   Two or three ports you could get off that I was not allowed off on the ship I was on. St Lucia and St Kitts.

 

Thanks fir the good updates .

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2 hours ago, rrobbins said:

Craig Bowen plays and sings. 

Never heard of him. Was hoping for Joel but some people will not leave Canada and others will.

 

are Ana and Humberto there?

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Day 9.

 

Last night at dinner we were informed by the Maître d' that starting today the Waterside restaurant would be closed for breakfast temporarily.  Based on my experience with the salon, that means for the rest of the cruise. He said the crew are tested every two weeks, that they had been tested yesterday and there were “several” positives.  This may explain why we were denied entry into St. John’s.  It is disappointing since we have eaten every breakfast in the Waterside restaurant and would have continued if it wasn’t closed. From a practical view it makes sense since there were never more than five or six tables occupied while we were there.

 

On another note, we ate in Umi Uma the other night.  Restaurant was not busy and there were only two people at the sushi bar while we were there.

 

119 days to go.

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8 minutes ago, rrobbins said:

Day 9.

 

Last night at dinner we were informed by the Maître d' that starting today the Waterside restaurant would be closed for breakfast temporarily.  Based on my experience with the salon, that means for the rest of the cruise. He said the crew are tested every two weeks, that they had been tested yesterday and there were “several” positives.  This may explain why we were denied entry into St. John’s.  It is disappointing since we have eaten every breakfast in the Waterside restaurant and would have continued if it wasn’t closed. From a practical view it makes sense since there were never more than five or six tables occupied while we were there.

 

On another note, we ate in Umi Uma the other night.  Restaurant was not busy and there were only two people at the sushi bar while we were there.

 

119 days to go.

 

That's disappointing, but understandable.  I'm a religious Waterside breakfaster and it usually takes extreme duress to get me into Marketplace for breakfast, but I'd be fine with that in this case.  On my cruise in September it was even less utilized in lower proportion than I'd ever seen before (even adjusted for occupancy), so when you need to focus resources, that's a logical place to start.  😞 

 

Vince

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We will be joining you in Istanbul and returning to Miami.  We are on the Symphony TA from Miami to Athens and we take a 1/12 hour flight to Istanbul on then 16th to embark on the Serenity .   
 

we will spend 21 days on the Symphony and 27 days on the Serenity for our “mini” grand voyage round trip Miami.

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We have friends on Serenity now who heard "rumors" about some positive tests -- both crew and passengers.  Nothing official?  We are boarding in Barbados and staying on until Barcelona.  And then we are boarding again in Montecarlo.  Looking forward to it.  Hoping the surge will diminish somewhat in a month before we board.

 

Tripacian -- we met years ago on a TA on Oceania.  Will be nice to see you again.

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Sadly, this information about positive tests is more than a rumor.

 

Two of our friends tested positive yesterday and were escorted from their PH suite down to a quarantine cabin on Deck 5.  They have been told that they will have to stay in isolation there for the next 10 days— which is the remaining length of their voyage.

 

It doesn’t sound as if they will be taken off the ship before they reach Miami, which is a mercy, if true.

 

But they are not very happy about the treatment that they have received so far, and they are longtime and loyal Crystal cruisers.

 

Emily

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3 minutes ago, bitob said:

I don't think whether you go to isolation has anything to do with being a longtime and loyal Crystal cruiser. It is a risk we all take when we board in these uncertain times.

 

We agree. We have chosen not to accept the risk of cruising or international travel at this time under current pandemic protocols. We are cautiously optimistic for 2023 and beyond (we hope).

 

Rob

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1 hour ago, Mrs. Claypool said:

But they are not very happy about the treatment that they have received so far, and they are longtime and loyal Crystal cruisers.

 

Emily

Hi Emily,

 

I'm so sorry about your friends 😞

 

If you have any details, could you elaborate on why they are not happy with how they've been treated so far? thanks,

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