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  1. I saw Princess just pushed back their 8 day + cruises which start or have a USA port, until Nov 2021.Doesnt look good for any cruises in 2021 frankly,wishful thinking for December even ,I think.
  2. Well given that a lot of us travel solo, that would be a deal breaker for me.
  3. Thank you Mark Farris for your Christmas 2020 edition of Mark's Quarantine Cabaret! I have not finished watching it, but it has put a much needed smile on my face today! 🙂 https://fb.watch/2CfqxlZSZJ/
  4. Ok folks in case you do not follow Mark Ferris on FB, there is a new Thanksgiving episode scheduled to premier in just a few minutes,at 2pm PST or as it says on his webpage, 4pm CST.I can't wait.He always makes me smile and laugh, and miss listening to him at the Avenue Saloon very much
  5. I just got a cancellation notice a couple of days ago from Crystal for 3 segments in January 2021 that I never even booked! Oivay
  6. I think I would like to hire Roy and Keith as my future travel photographers ❤️
  7. and what are you doing by invalidating another cc member's opinion?
  8. Ok, Here is a WAY off topic, off topic !!! I just got my invite for the upcoming pro football season picks from KZOK Seattle/CBS for the CBS national pro football challenge( I listen to Danny Bonaduce in Seattle so have joined via their group and pay attention to their results) .You just need to pick the winning team per week, with tiebreaker determined by your pre chosen scores $$cash prize for grand prize winner I am no foot ball or sports follow for that matter, other than tennis, so I picked some who statistically look like they have a better chance of winning, but also chose some underdogs or you have no chance in winning the overall contest, as inevitably there are upsets in every "bracket" in basketball so I assume there would be here too !! And the most interesting thing to me is it is MOL an even playing field because there has not been any real training season due to covid 19 and the stats shown are from last year and due to trades in off season, and lack of pre season(I assume) that those stats don't mean a hill of beans/diddly squat for 2020-21 LOL I am posting this contest, for entertainment purposes of course, as most of us are really in need of having something to look forward to until we can cruise again, and I find playing brackets(basketball college level) and now here with pro football, a way to do just that and enjoy some friendly rivalry/competition between friends/cities etc I think you can replace the city name by your favorite team's city where it says Seattle-just check the CBS local website Good luck!! https://seattleprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com/#/registration/login
  9. Lol bitob . ..I love your choice of the word "graze", as I have seen people stuff their plates like they hadn't eaten in days or that it was their last meal! Never mind when the Portuguese custard tarts are rumored to be on board and then magically appear briefly in the Bistro! LOL
  10. Thank God your wife was there to help save a woman's life on that cruise. One does not like to hear the words "code blue" on a Crystal cruise:( 🙂 Did any of the dining room windows break on our cruise? It seems to me some windows may have broken, as well as pod(aakk) on my 2009 cruise from Auckland to Perth, after we left Melbourne. I had been forewarned by the friend of my dad's I had dinner with in Melbourne, about a pretty large storm coming in, but didn't think anything about it at the time.. I also had not previously known about the weather in the Australian bite being prone to bad weather since there was basically no land to break bad weather, waves etc from Antarctica to the coast of Australia in the GAB 🙂 We were an entire day getting into Perth ate as poor Serenity had to limp along to Perth on 1 pod. Another memorable cruise, rocky ride ,some broken dishes I think , as well as a major item-the pod! My dad had a PS and he and my sister got off in Melbourne and flew to Pert a few days early to spend some time with some dear old Rotary friends, and re-boarded in Perth. So I got to stay in the PS instead of my former 7036, for the rest of my trip, and boy do you feel movement so much more in the upper decks I did not know what to do with a butler who was very nice but actually seemed a bit sad that I didn't have more for him to do LOL so I had him do just a couple of things. The room attendants put my dad's computer, printer, wine bottles etc on the floor in his closet and the bottles between the cushions of the sofa of the living room, to ride out the storm.. I am grateful he was not on the ship for this portion of the world cruise, as it got rough in some ways worse than # a year later, and likely would have fallen.bdown...
  11. As someone said in another thread a while go, who wants to be a guinea pig for any cruise line once cruising is allowed again (speaking for all of us except those in Europe)
  12. I am not quite sure what your point is or relevance to the above? I don't know what you are getting at. To invalidate mine and others stress on that flight? That our collective experience was not as stressful as yours , flying with 2 kids? You were not there.. and FWIW once we were on board I think everyone involved had a great time on that crossing..:)I have kids fwiw and chose not to take them on air trips while they were that young ... My point was that you can have the perfect storm of events such as we had getting to that cruise and that this is why it is good to have your own TA and not that of a cruise line(in response to poster asking about the use of ones own ta)
  13. And before the above, to start our 11 hr fligh/t to Narita,(ya right),not even the 1 1/2 hrs on top of that, to get to Yokohama from Narita our plane was 2 hrs late arriving at LAX .....
  14. I start a dummy reservation to see if a state room I want is available, then I will ask my TA to book it. However, I have , even with Crystal and not just HAL or Celebrity, NCL, etc, booked cruises myself on said cruise line's website and later fill out the form to transfer the booking to my personal TA, within the allowed timeframe 60 days ....I will not use a Personalized travel agent" of a cruise line, for various reasons- the biggest couple are 1.the personal service of someone who knows you your tastes, and in my experience has traveled on many of the lines you have a nd have an idea of "what you are in for "when trying a new cruise line... 2.When you need something while on your way to or during your cruise and/or something goes wrong, your TA can be an advocate for you and often get things done a lot faster and with a better outcome than trying to do it yourself I and maybe some other CC board followers may recall back in 2014, our flight from LAX to Tokyo , expected to arrive sometime in the afternoon.. ended up being 6 hrs late stuck on the tarmac at one point, because of a problem in the control tower we were l unable to take off, as the airport was closed down for a while. meanwhile, new flight attendants had to be brought on due to the wait, exceeding overtime , then we had spent so much gas while waiting to take off(had taxied away from the gate), that we had to return. some @#$ passenger demanded to be taken back to the gate because they were going to miss a wedding in Tokyo, etc. .but when we finally got word as to why we could not take off, a number of us got on our phones to call our TAs to let them know hat was going on and that we were afraid we were going to miss the ship, and when you are doing a crossing9TP) in this case, it isn't like you could just meet up at the next port! Within a few minutes my TA(cant speak fo rothers) was on the phone with Crystal,(cant speak for the other passengers) and in a first and only time I have ever heard an officer dalk directly to a group of passengers "something to the effect of "To those of you who are Crystal Cruise passengers who are se boarding the Crystal Symphony in(Yokohama or Tokyo I don't remember), we have been advised that they will be waiting for you and that there will be a coach to take you there." i.e.t he ship won't leave without you LOL I figured with General Haley and the Crystal Magician on board as well as almost 20 passengers on this plane,(there is safety in numbers at times folks!) LOL and Crystal's owners , NYK headquartered in Tokyo and LA the home office of Crystal , it did make it easier to respond to the situation, but still My TA did not know about the airport closure until I called her, and she immediately contacted Crystal.. This is just is one example of when it is really beneficial to have your own TA,going to bat for you
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