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  1. steamboats, thanks for for the pictures. Unfortunately I don not see anything that would put this ship on the luxury part of CC. Very cold and unappealing .
  2. Agree 100%. Unfortunately cruising is in the same category as indoor dining for us for the near future.
  3. We were in a Penthouse suite which has the worst bathroom we have ever had on a so called luxury cruise which the QM 2 QG was not.
  4. Crystal beats Viking on every front. First step on Viking I said to my BH “where are the FLOWERS? Crystal is warm while Viking is sterile Crystal includes all fine wines and drinks while most of the free wine is bottom shelf. Food on Crystal also beats Viking. No comparing service where Crystal gets an A+ and Viking a B-. Viking cabins may be larger but definitely cold and colorless. Viking does have many nice public spaces. It all boils down to your expectations. For us it was one b/b on Viking and straight back to our beautiful comfortable Crystal
  5. We did what your thinking of doing and NEVER LOOKED BACK. Crystal has the best service, food and most importantly great lectures. Yes our suite on Crystal was smaller than on O but the amazing butler service and great comfort easily made up for size.
  6. All of our Crystal experiences were Ritz beyond five star while our Viking experience was more Hilton. Nice ships but large suites do not make up for the level of service and food and general high class atmosphere. Missed the amazing butlers, fresh flowers and very interesting lectures. Love you CRYSTAL.
  7. IN additIon the two Vistas on deck 6 get any and all noise from the stage right below them. Rehearsals in the afternoon and then you would be treated to the even louder version in the evening.
  8. Oceania Suite is a SUITE, meaning several rooms. NO comparison for luxury and service. Go for it.👍
  9. Cunard is NOT luxury in any way. What they call luxury is Queens Grill which is fifties food in an unimpressive room with stuffy overly pompous people. Once and never again!
  10. I’m afraid the traditional old-fashioned folks will either be dead or uninterested by the time. someone would be dumb enough to build a new 1900’s style ship. For sure generation Z will have no interest in half dead old fashioned cruise liners with or without masks.
  11. Sadly up to 33 positive crew members testing positive.
  12. Terrific addition to luxury considerations for those who don’t want rub elbows with fellow passengers or stand in lines. Space is a real luxury.
  13. Downton Abby was filmed a t Highclere Castle in Hampshire ENGLAND!
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