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ClefsDor

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    Crystal

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  1. As I mentioned in an earlier post the only reason airlines with first class cabins can afford to serve the calibre of wine that they do is because they are only serving it for about 10 hours not 10, 15 or even 86 days! I think Kent9xxx1 you may need to find another type of holiday that is more in line with your tastes - I personally can't think of anywhere on land or sea that will serve the calibre of wines you prefer gratis, if you find somewhere please let me know.
  2. Breakfast in Waterside is something we always try with high hopes that we'll enjoy it more than we have previously and we are almost always disappointed. Many of the food items leave a lot to be desired and the service in the mornings is pretty dismal too - not a combination that encourages more visits. I too wish they would revamp the menu and the cooking methods. Not sure why the service is so lacklustre in the mornings. I know the staff work gruelling hours but the crew in Marketplace are as upbeat and on point as any other time in the day but service at breakfast in Waterside is another story altogether.
  3. Thanks Suzeluvscruz for the feedback - that's great news!
  4. Ha ha, I like your attitude! Just asking this to wet my appetite for our upcoming cruise on Symphony in May - how has the food been at Silk? I know several people on Serenity have been very happy with the food and enhanced menu options and just wondering if it's the same on Symphony?
  5. Yes, the detergent is fragrance free. I'm one of the few who wish it did have a small amount of scent as I like my washing to smell fresh when it's done but I'm lucky in that I don't suffer from any allergies.
  6. I agree with you, this is not good at all. We've never had this happen but I know others have said they've been poured sparkling wine when they've asked for Champagne, which is not acceptable. I also think it would be a great idea for Crystal to cross market with wineries to refine their inclusive list even more. There are a couple of inclusive wines that I personally would love to see them do away with as I think it lowers the overall standard but to call what they do currently offer as swill is not accurate or fair. I'm not sure if you've sailed on other luxury lines or seen the inclusive wines they offer but Crystal's inclusive wine list in my opinion, is far far better not only in quality but in range and diversity too.
  7. I don't think Kent9xxx1 that you will find any cruise line or hotel that has inclusive wines that are marked near 90 points. The only place I can think of that does offer this calibre of wine are some airlines in their first class cabins, but then you're talking about a 12 hour flight as opposed to a 12 day cruise - Crystal would soon be bankrupt! 🙂 If you wish to drink that calibre of wine then you can certainly do so by ordering from the connoisseur list and paying for it. If Crystal were to offer bottles in the 50 USD+ range as their inclusive wines we would be paying triple the amount for the cruise. It's great that you have such an appreciation for fine wines and that you've refined your palette to the point of only finding one or two varieties appealing but to call the inclusive wines swill and presume that they should offer wines in the price range you describe is at best ludicrous.
  8. Is there a reason why Perry Grant isn't going to be on Crystal in the foreseeable future? I know there are many who are not fans (ourselves included) but there were just as many who enjoyed him.
  9. I'm interested to hear what you found disappointing?
  10. Sorry to hear about the missed ports, I know how disappointing that can be but I'm thrilled to hear that everyone seems to be having a good time regardless and that all appears to be in great shape on Symphony!
  11. Thanks for clarifying, Keith - I was under the impression it was only for 3 or more BTO nights for some reason, glad to know I was mistaken.
  12. Keith, your day in Sorrento and the towns you visited look lovely! Re The Supper Club - I thought it was only offered on cruises with 3 or more BTO nights? You're on a 10 day cruise (I think?) so surely there aren't 3 BTO nights?
  13. Yes, which is why it's so hard to understand why they would choose to use, in the new staterooms, bedside tables with no drawers and desks and other furnishings that don't accommodate any storage. The storage space on the Mozart was almost non existent but it's manageable as the cruises are only 7-10 days long so the need for more storage isn't as great but when that design concept was transferred to the new penthouses on the ocean ships it's another matter. Once again it's the old design misstep of form over function. Given that Crystal staterooms are already on the smaller side compared to many of the other luxury lines the one saving grace was the amount of clever storage. I hope they keep this in mind when they design the new ocean liners.
  14. I'm really surprised by the decision the room designers made in regard to the beds. It sounds like whoever chose the pieces of furniture has never cruised before! Whilst one can get luggage stored, it is far more convenient to have it on hand, under the bed, out of sight. This is not an option at present where if you do want to store it under the bed it's a complete eyesore. Seems crazy and I hope they think of a fix for this and implement it quickly.
  15. Sounds like you had a great time on board and so glad that everyone got to enjoy stunning weather. It must have been hard to disembark but as you mentioned the countdown to our cruise in May has well and truly begun!
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