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  1. If you have gaming history on land, it is possible to leverage those offers to get discounts or comps on Crystal cruises. In fact, I am going on a comped Crystal cruse in the next few weeks. I don't believe I can post the name of the main company that provides this service, but, if you google for "crystal cruise casino comp," I believe it will be the first one listed. I have used them multiple times, as well as my friends, and they do an excellent job.
  2. You make a good point. Nobody would consider any of those properties to be "value." For me, all of the hotels are generally in the same class, but the Aman and Peninsula are a slight step up. Now, if I am pricing the hotels and the RC is JPY50000 a night and the Peninsula is JPY90000 a night, to me, the Ritz Carlton is a better value. I'm not getting enough benefit out of the Peninsula to outweigh the extra JPY40000. From my previous stays, the Aman was generally JPY25000-50000 more than the Peninsula, so to me, there was no "value" in staying there versus the Peninsula, which I thought was just about as good. And it's likely the meal will cost you more than the hotel. Depending on your preferences and what type of meal you would want, I would suggest RyuGin, which I'd classify as seasonal Kaiseki, and is definitely a memorable meal, or Jiro, which is obviously the well known sushi spot, but I think excellent. Jiro is an experience in terms of the atmosphere and cuisine, but it's a relatively short meal compared to other places. Sushi Saito is another, but nearly impossible to get a reservation. The only way I was able to get in there was because I was dining with a very senior executive at one of the large Japanese banks. One other benefit of the Peninsula is that their concierge seems more capable of getting reservations at these spots, I found the Ritz Carlton concierge very unhelpful in this area.
  3. I'm comparing it to the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt Roppongi, and the Mandarin Oriental. The Aman is also a special hotel, but, from a value perspective, the Peninsula far outweighs the very slight benefit of the Aman.
  4. The Peninsula in Tokyo is phenomenal, I think it's the best hotel in the city. It's in the heart of Ginza and in some rooms, there's a view of the Imperial Gardens. The standard rooms are some of the best anywhere in the world, almost all like mini-suites with a sitting area, table and chairs, dressing room/closet, and a huge bathroom. The room is well thought out, for the daily paper in the morning, they have a box in the closet, they can access it from the hallway side, and you access it from the room, no need to open the door in a robe to get it. Service is impeccable, which is what you would expect from a Peninsula. There is only one weakness in my mind, which is the downstairs lobby/restaurant. It's just in the middle and there. It doesn't make any sense whatsoever. And the Peninsula will do the pre-arranged taxis from the airport, which work really well.
  5. Your memory is correct, it's going to be 60-90 minutes for that drive through beautiful, industrial Japan. But...if you look closely through some of rails on the side of the highway, you can very briefly see the castle in Disney Tokyo.
  6. I second calling up the hotel and having them book something. For many of the luxury hotels in Tokyo (I've done it at the Peninsula, Ritz Carlton, and Grand Hyatt Roppongi), they are able to reserve a taxi for you and have a reasonable fixed rate charged to your room bill. A hotel employee meets you at the airport with a sign, takes you to the taxi area, where a reserved taxi is waiting for you to take you to the hotel. It works extremely well, and is a similar fare to just taking a taxi (without dealing with the language barrier of telling them where to take you), and any possible payment issues.
  7. Thanks so much for the prompt answers! I figured they were ok and it’s mainly personal preference of others not wanting to see them.
  8. Hi All, Taking my first Crystal voyage in December. I’ve read their dress code and a bunch of the posts in here, but there never seems to be a good consensus on jeans. On non-BTO nights, are they allowed in Waterside and other venues? And when I say jeans, I mean designer jeans, appropriately fancy, no holes, the same type I’d wear out to fancy NYC dinners. Curious on everybody’s opinion since the dress code seems silent on it. Thanks!
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