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About KarefreeKaren

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    Cool Cruiser

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    Hiking, walking, yoga, Pilates, golf, pickle ball, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal, HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific

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  1. I experienced the Esprit in the Seychelles In early 2020, just prior to the Covid lockdown. The Eden Bleu Hotel was the host hotel for Crystal as it’s just a short walk from the hotel to board. Crystal provided a hospitality room and assistance both arriving and departing. I stayed at this hotel prior to the cruise and the night after the cruise and found it enjoyable.
  2. That’s a bit of positive news! Thank you for sharing.
  3. I’m wondering if the name of the Ryndam will be changing to the Rotterdam due to the history in the name? All Europe voyages show Rotterdam (can HALs input be that sloppy?).... don’t know if you can name change a ship... but good idea for hype.
  4. I really enjoyed two weeks on the Esprit earlier this year in the Seychelles! Highlights: excellent food, incredible service, lovely updated cabins! It is small and perhaps a little too small for me as I love open exterior spaces (my only negative).
  5. Wonder why no word on Symphony summer Europe cruises as well? I’m booked (and unfortunately fully paid on August 19th, 46 days) just waiting for the word.....and will stand in queue for the refund.
  6. Does anyone have a current list showing past and future schedules of HAL’s dry docks? I am guessing this year’s plans will be scratched. Thank you for any input.
  7. I miss cruising, too! Unlike you, I am still holding on to my August 19th Symphony booking in hopes of healing miracles! Just can’t quite give it up yet....
  8. Thank you for birthday wishes! Hopefully I will see fellow cc’ers on the October 6th Transatlantic Veendam! Here’s to good health and happiness!
  9. Today, April 6th, I would be enjoying a sea day and my 70th birthday onboard the Koningsdam sailing from Buenos Aires enroute to Punta Arenas....missing that good ole Vitamin Sea so much!
  10. Totally agree as I owned travel agencies for 18 years in my younger years! I will definitely transfer over.
  11. Thank you for your responses. Was hoping to wait until I return from another trip in May before moving the booking.... plus the agencies are swamped now dealing with Coronavirus issues.
  12. I booked while onboard a future cruise for 2022. The booking is held by Crystal. Is there a time frame involved when transferring The booking to a travel agent? I would prefer to wait as long as possible. Thank you for your guidance.
  13. Greetings from the SEA-Chelles, Victoria! Qatar and Eden Blue Hotel— great choices as I did both. I think you’ll be so happy that you have extended your stay. I’m loving my second week on the Esprit—the food is incredible and the wine free flowing... trying to cut back on both this week. I’d be happy to talk or e-mail when I return to Arizona and share my experience in greater detail. If you are a sun/water person (not to mention the giant tortoises and the Coco de Mer Palms highlights!) you will thoroughly enjoy your time in the Seychelles.... It was so nice to meet fellow cc’er, Ann
  14. It’s beautiful in the Seychelles! On board now— they do allow dining outside utilizing the main dinner menu (deck 4). You can also dine at the Grill on deck five outside up until 8 pm. The food is excellent!
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