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CruisinCindy

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About CruisinCindy

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    Bay Area, CA
  • Interests
    Cruising, travel, enjoying the leisure life
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity & Princess so far!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mexico, Carribean, Panama Canal

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  1. Thanks so much for posting this tip, Bitob - I didn't know there was a AAA discount when I booked a reservation for next month. I just contacted them and they applied the discount and refunded me the 5%. Yay! I have used Luggage Forward several times and they have been great experiences, easy to track luggage, delivered on-time to the ships, no more lugging cruise luggage around during our pre-cruise trips. Worth the cost for us.
  2. Thank you very much for the info, Keith. I usually use Luggage Forward to the cruise, and will look at them for the return trip. Luggage Concierge is almost twice the cost of LF for the same return trip.
  3. Hi, I saw this thread and had a followup question about luggage service. Does Crystal provide a luggage forwarding/valet type service at the end of the cruise, where they take your bags the last night and take them to the airport and check them in for you? The next time you'd see your bags is at baggage claim at your destination airport. Celebrity calls this their Luggage Valet program, so I was wondering if Crystal has something similar. TIA!
  4. Thanks for the updates, Arno. It's been a long time, glad to hear we will be seeing you and Joanne on 1/4 sailing! Cindy and Jim
  5. We just got off the Grand Princess on Sunday, and when we boarded, we were surprised to learn our 6pm MDR dining time was changed to 5:15pm. When I spoke with the asst. M'd, she said that the dining times were adjusted to 5:15pm and 7:15pm. The showtimes were also changed to accommodate the new dining times so that no one would miss a show. The show times were now 6:30pm and 8:30pm. We ended up changing our time to 7:15 because the 5:15 was just too early, especially on port days or formal nights, we'd be getting dressed at 3:30pm if we wanted cocktails before dinner..... We saw a couple shows at 6:30, but by the time we got out of the show, it was 7:30 before we could get to our dinner table. The only thing bad about that was not being able to have a relaxing drink before dinner. We liked going to the show after dinner on the old schedule, but now were able to go to other activities, like music or dancing after dinner since we had already seen the show. It does make for an early start to your evening, but the asst. M'd said it was in response to Princess passengers' high demand for more early dining times. Very few people were going to the 8:15/8:30 late seatings, so the 5:15 and 7:15 times have proved very popular and the pressure has lessened on the Anytime dining demand because people can now have traditional dining at the popular time of 7:15pm.
  6. From today’s Cruise Industry News, VV talking about their focus on “Vitamin Sea” and well-being: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/19511-virgin-voyages-concentrates-on-well-being-philosophsy.html
  7. Don’t mean to intrude on this Bon Voyage, but I saw this thread for our cruise. We’re new to Crystal and are looking forward to this cruise, too. Maybe we will get to meet you folks onboard! Bon Voyage!
  8. Us, too! [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. We are also trying Crystal for the first time. We enjoy cruising mainly Celebrity, and have also tried Azamara. No complaints about either, we always have a great time, but I have always heard about Crystal and wanted to try it for the experience. Finally saw a great itinerary for us round trip out of San Francisco, and we go in about 30 days! We are excited and really looking forward to this cruise. The ports are all ones we’ve been to, but we are focusing on the ship, the food and the onboard experience.
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