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  1. NHBob

    Dancing at Sea on Crystal

    Crystal has recently filled in most of the 2014 "TBAs" for dance teams for for Serenity. As usual, principal team will be Curtis and Beverly, with Mark & Liszl filling in for them during breaks. Curtis and Beverly are also scheduled for two Symphony cruises, Hamburg-Lisbon-Miami in October and November 2014. Lisbon-Miami will be big band and ballroom with Harry James Orchestra. Now all I have to do is remain vetical and self-propelled for another year. Symphony's 2014 teams still mainly TBA but I know Kents expect to spend lot of time on Symphony. This will probably be confirmed soon on website. Bob
  2. NHBob

    Dancing at Sea on Crystal

    [quote name='digtexas']Bob, maybe some of the "regulars" will have to fight with the Ambassador Hostesses to get a dance with you.:)[/quote] Doubt it - I'm not that good!
  3. NHBob

    Dancing at Sea on Crystal

    Crystal has today added two Ambassador Hostesses for this cruise only. Pretty sure this is a first for Crystal and perhaps other cruise lines. Wonder what the protocol will be. Will hostesses be expected to invite solo gentlemen to dance, as male Ambassadors do with solo ladies? Should be interesting!!! [RIGHT][IMG]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/misc/progress.gif[/IMG][/RIGHT]
  4. NHBob

    Dancing at Sea on Crystal

    Further to my posts #432 and 440 above, I have just received a response from Bret Bullock, Crystal's VP-Entertainment. With his permission, I am quoting it below: [INDENT][FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Hi Bob,[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Thank you for writing to express your concerns about our new music format in the Starlite Club.[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"As our guest demographics change, it is important that we evolve our entertainment product – including the music programs on board – in order to remain the leader in the cruise industry. This evolution was the catalyst in creating our late-night contemporary music sets. As you may have heard, this new music format was very popular during the summer and we received many favorable comments from guests. There were more people than ever before enjoying the dancing and listening music in the Starlite Club and guest satisfaction was extremely high.[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"We do realize, however, that one size does not fit all and that we need to adapt these new-style sets according to the guest complement on board any given sailing. With Crystal Symphony currently in New England/Canada, we are offering a varied mix of music that is both more contemporary [I]and[/I] suitable for ballroom dancing, while keeping a very close eye on musical pacing to keep the energy in the venue upbeat and exciting.[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Finding the right musical pacing and balance is a continual work in progress and our Cruise Directors, Bandmasters and Band Leaders are in constant communication with each other discussing this very important aspect of musical programming. Our goal is to create music sets that provide all styles of dance music in rotation while keeping the interval between songs much shorter than in the past. While faster styles like swing, samba and the like keep the tempo and energy up, we will continue to feature music that supports more moderate styles of dance (cha-cha and foxtrot) with some slower music sprinkled-in for the rhumba, mambo, tango and waltz dance styles.[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Additionally, we will provide less contemporary music and a more comprehensive ballroom focus on crossings as we realize how popular ballroom dancing is on these sailings.[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"A critical component of the aforementioned evolution is communication. As such, please know that your feedback is appreciated and very important to us and I encourage you to please keep in touch with me as we continue down this path of evolution. [/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Thank you, again, for your comments and we appreciate you continued support.[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Best regards,[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]"Bret Bullock[/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Times New Roman]Vice President, Entertainment"[/FONT][/FONT] [/INDENT][FONT=Calibri][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]I am very encouraged with this reponse since, after all, I think that all most of us dancers wanted was some flexibility in the music playlists. It appears that we how have this.[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]Would still be intererted in experiences on more recent cruises than my September crossing. My next opportunity to observe will be on Serenity in November and December.[/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=2][FONT=Calibri]Bob[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT] [INDENT] [/INDENT]
  5. WOW!!! Approaching 200 posts in just over 24 hours. [SIZE=3][COLOR=red][I]New record?[/I][/COLOR][/SIZE]
  6. I don't have a dog in this fight, since I seldom eat in specialty restaurants more than once per cruise, so won't involve myself in the fray - already have enough on my plate regarding recent change in after-dinner dance music. However, can't help wonder if Crystal will charge me $30 for my next milestone special dinner in January if I already have an on-line resevation in the restaurnt! Oh, and wonder if the singles "table for eight" will disappear. The new rules appear to be a great example of the old marketer's ploy of selling a "cost" to customers as a "benfit" !
  7. [quote name='skinexpert']LOL. I apologize for calling you rude. I guess I was taken aback by your comment. This was my first cruise on any cruise line and we chose Crystal because it was AI and we felt it was the best of the AI. Not because of the "free" drinks, just because it makes life and traveling a lot easier.[/quote] No apology necessary - I've been called a lot worse! Welcome to Crystal - enjoy. Bob
  8. NHBob

    Dancing at Sea on Crystal

    Received from Entertainment VP Bret Bullock last night: [INDENT][COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri][I]Hi Bob,[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri][I]Thanks for your email. As always, your feedback is very important to us.[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri][I]I will be discussing this issue with all Cruise Directors during our next Conference Call, which is scheduled for this Friday. I will then be back in touch with you early next week.[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri][I]Hope all is well.[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri][I]Best regards,[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri][I]Bret[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [/INDENT][COLOR=royalblue]At least we seem to have got their attention. Stay tuned![/COLOR] [COLOR=royalblue]Bob[/COLOR]
  9. Of course I'm aware of all the things pointed out in response to my post! However, this thread was getting dull and way off topic, so thought I'd stir things up a bit. It worked! Rude? Not usually. Trouble maker? I admit it.
  10. [quote name='skinexpert']....To your point, not having to worry about the cost of the wine or drinks, or having to pay for the specialty restaurants was key.[/quote] Glad you're not having to worry as I, a light drinker, am now paying for your drinks as part of my cruise fare. And there never was a fee for specialty restaurants except $7 gratuity! Know I'm beating a dead horse, but it still galls me to be paying $500 to $1000 more per cruise with demise of as-you-wish on board credits to pay for your "free" drinks.
  11. Question: Why would anybody who can afford penthouse suite do his/her own laundry! I sure wouldn't!
  12. NHBob

    Dancing at Sea on Crystal

    I've just sent message VP Entertainment Bret Bullock expanding comments in my earlier post #432. I'll post Crystal's reaction, if any, here. [B]In the meantime, would appreciate update from anybody currently or recently on either ship, either here or by email to bobcaswellat metrocastdotnet[/B].
  13. Carolyn, my comments on another thread all relate to Symphony. Haven't been on Serenity since introduction of contemporary.
  14. I'm sure there is and will be making suggestions to Bret.
  15. I was in 7074 and on the two occasions I turned in before 12:30 certainly got the worst of it; it was LOUD!!! Heard that they moved after-dinner sets, all contemporary, to Palm Court on next cruise and quit at midnight. My main problem is not the noise but the fact that scheduling only contemporary after 10:30 completely deprives second seating of after-dinner ballroom. See my recent post on Dancing at Sea thread. I'll be sending my comments and recommendations on this suject to entertainment VP Bret Bullock in a few days. I'm certainly not finished with this!