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    Sea Dream
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  1. Our PH cabin 1062 allowed us a Butler and all the specialty restaurants we wanted if available beyond the 4 that came with our 8 night cruise. We could only pre-book 2 before the cruise, but in the suite, we were allowed to book two more without up-charge. We ended up asking for a couple more through the butler and he said let me see what I can do. The maitre d' called us that day and asked if a certain time would work. The Seabreeze suites looked newer but didn't have a separate bath. The butler was great even though we didn't use him much. But he would bring appetizers daily of our choice and it was easy to ask him to arrange for dinner reservations and almost anything else we wanted from him. He also replaced any liquor or wine bottles we wanted and would have served us any room service meal from any restaurant if wee wanted. It was our only time on Crystal so I don't have a direct comparison, but the rooms weren't much larger than mini-suites on the main stream lines. But still plenty of room.
  2. I'm happy to see this thread has a lot of give and take. I know I've learned so much on these boards and I thought the two purchases I made were good ones. We can all debate how connected we should be while on a cruise. I think I came home to over 500 emails! But they do make commercials about the airport wall huggers, so it is real. If it makes you happy, isn't that what we're trying to achieve on a vacation?
  3. I am glad I posted this. You won't be disappointed. I call the electronics bag my "go bag". I bought extra cables and just keep that bag full so I'm not running around thinking of all the cables and plugs I'll need for a trip the night before. Either business or pleasure. Also, the airport only needs to look at that one bag instead of wires all over the place!
  4. I don't have the Reflections, but you are probably right. They didn't make an announcement or make a big deal out of it. It just surprised me. Thinking back, the cruise seems like a blissful blur. A wonderful 8 days of celebrating, relaxing and exploring. All the while employees knowing your name and serving your every need. Amazing!
  5. Aren't most of us a little too connected? Crystal is the one that gave us free wifi throughout the ship! I thought it was great and easily disconnected from work while still enjoying the services offered through the iPad and iPhone.
  6. I was just going off the pre-cruise calendar and was surprised it was not on the sea day. I only assumed it was related to the seas. No official word on that though.
  7. I usually scour these boards in the months before I sail. Usually looking for clarity on rooms and benefits etc. I thought I would post this panoramic picture of our room (minus the bathroom and closet) in case anyone is also booked in the PH suite on the Symphony.
  8. On our cruise they changed the BTO night which was supposed to be on the sea day. It was rough seas, so they moved it to the next night.
  9. Coral got the exact item which is $17.99. There are all kinds of options, and I have used many including a regular power strip. I liked that this has 6 USB ports built in and that it has the long cord. Again, not as portable as most, but it really helped us with ipads, iphones, iwatches, blue tooth speakers etc. You can also see a portable power block charging which was nice to have in a pinch. We used it on our long flight. I also got one of these bags to keep the snarled tangled mess of my cables at bay. It was nice not to have to root through every pocket in my back pack to find just what I was looking for. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N21QFVN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. I bought this online before our first Crystal cruise after reading about the scarcity of plugs on the ship. I started trying to find a compact travel usb plug but am really happy with this one. The long cord gives you flexibility to move it around and the multiple ports were more than enough. Plus they’re smart ports so they send more power to iPads than phones. Also all the international type plugs if needed. I think it was less than $20 and saved me from bringing all those cubes.
  11. I talked to the inflight chef quite a bit. He did say he wished he could do more but cooked what was asked. We had many fabulous meals and courses. It seemed like the junk food was the favorite for most of the young players. They were more interested in the chips and snacks while playing cards. Even some of the snacks were fresh prepared and delicious. And remember , there were 88 people to serve. I saw the extensive galley and wasn’t just a heat and serve place. I bet a lot of things would be different on other charters. We’ve really only seen pictures during sports charters.
  12. It started in SFO and ended in Vancouver. Never had a bad fish dish! The churrascaria might have been my least favorite but only because I ate too much! We stayed at the new Virgin Hotel in SFO pre-cruise. I have to say I was really let down.
  13. A lot! That’s why a lot of them gain so much weight when they retire.
  14. I'm pretty sure we could have used at least a portion (may $100) for the bet only chips. I just remember them explaining how those type of chips worked. Of course I could be wrong as I never tried.
  15. I too was on this voyage. It was great. We were on our 30th anniversary so I splurged for a PH with a butler. Prego twice, UmiUma twice, Waterside twice, Churrascaria once and Silk once. All were great and service on the entire ship was outstanding. I can try to answer any questions.
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