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  1. Its officially Autumn / Fall Downunder from tomorrow - it’s a great time of the year here as it cools down a little
  2. The $64,000 question is when? and with what requirements (I certainly hope that it requires anyone entering Australia to be vaccinated) These are just my opinions.... I’m certainly hoping Australia is open by the time Serenity gets here in our late summer - Feb 2022 - I have skin in that game! On the other hand I don’t have a lot of confidence that Symphony will be cruising in Australia from early summer - December 2021 - but there’s a chance
  3. Not sure I’d agree with that hypothesis Nevertheless were not expecting to change the things that have kept Australia relatively unscathed over the last year (900 or so deaths with 800 or so if those in one State who failed their citizens miserably in implementing containment strategies for travellers returning from overseas) - so why would the virus “get loose” at this point? Australia’s strategies for dealing with this pandemic could not have been more different than those (were there any?) chosen by the US and UK On a positive front vaccinations starte
  4. I’m glad you mentioned that! We’re new to Silversea to, normally we cruise Crystal and one of my reservations about Silversea was that there was no nightlife. This gives me hope 😁👍🥂🥪🍟 I've been known to order a very early morning snack after returning from the Avenue piano bar on Crystal - good to know that’s going to be possible on Silversea Standby for lots of questions over the coming months - sadly we have 15 months before we board Silver Muse in Tokyo heading to Vancouver
  5. Pretty simple - if you don’t pay the deposit when due your booking will lapse If you aren’t prepared to accept the terms then don’t proceed with the booking
  6. I think you’re confused and it’s not true in the way you have stated it - Crystal aren’t taking actual deposit payments at the moment (in any form eg Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Cheque etc) - but you can still make a booking but no deposit is payable at this point At some point they will require the deposit to be paid and I think you can pretty much guarantee that Amex will be one of the options for payment then
  7. Are they actually expecting deposits at this time? i believe you can book but deposits are currently deferred
  8. Crystal Announces New Vaccine Requirement in Latest Update to Crystal Clean+ 4.0 Health & Safety Protocols MIAMI, February 18, 2021 –Today, Crystal announced that it has updated its new health and safety protocols to now require all guests to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their Crystal cruise. Guests will need to provide proof of vaccination before embarkation and must have received both doses of the vaccine if recommended by the manufacturer by that timeline. The vaccine requirement augments the company’s comprehensive Crystal Clean
  9. Here’s the full Crystal advice to agents and guests
  10. I’d put a big bet on a 6 month extension to the current expiry dates for those coming up soon 😉 If it doesn’t come universally I’d have your TA approach Crystal with that request 😉 By September we should/might have a better view of what the future holds for Crystal and cruising in general
  11. It’s a statement about what they’ve heard - surely they’re allowed to post on Cruise Critic about what they’ve heard? Even if you don’t like the message that’s hardly a valid reason to dismiss it as “stirring things up” we’ve seen Virtuoso put out advice to their members not to book clients on Crystal so maybe this is that or maybe another consortium has issued similar advice?
  12. If you’re referring to Virtuoso putting out advice not to book Crystal isn’t this old news?
  13. Are you sure about that? We’re coming up to the deadline for people who cancelled bookings around the start of the pandemic in March 2020 when the “Admin Fees” (up to $500 per cancelled booking) withheld by Crystal will start to expire at 12 months following the cancellation, unless a new booking is made before they expire and the balance due for deposits will need to be paid. I believe the cruise booking must be for travel within 24 months - so for the early ones coming up that’s March 2023 - and the deposit is due on booking Happy to be corrected on this but I believ
  14. We certainly got “lucky” it was for an ex US port cruise I know there are many guests still waiting on refunds, for substantial amounts, unable to use the credit card dispute option - my thoughts are with them and I can only hope for successful resolution sooner rather than later
  15. Yahoo! I just got the refund I was expecting from Crystal back on my credit card. This is the one that relates to a cruise that was departing from a US port as per their email back in January. We cancelled this booking back in March 2020. So that’s all the refunds we were expecting paid out 🎉👍. I just wanted to give an update so those who received a similar email should check their credit cards for their refunds Good to see Crystal honouring their commitment on this occasion
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