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ctjon

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    Maine
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltic

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  1. With people from the US not allowed to travel to EU countries I would think river cruises are not going to happen until that roadblock gets removed. Not sure what % of river passengers are US but I would think a lot.
  2. Here in Maine gas (and I assume due to oil) prices have gone up consistently over the last month or so.
  3. Have read a couple of articles in other press that refunds are a big issue for many people associated with cancelled cruises. Not sure, from reading, what detail and accuracy but it sure seems as if it isn't just Crystal disappointing their customers.
  4. To me, at the moment, there are too many questions that need to be answered before I'd go on a cruise. I don't want to get stuck on a ship or in some port without the ability to get home or get home quickly (I was "stuck" in Europe on 9/11 totally different circumstances but not knowing when or how getting home was real stress). Then even when things seem to start up I wouldn't want to be on one of the first few cruises for a line. As great as Crystal is it took them a couple of cruises before changes like all inclusive were tweaked to make them work well - I'm sure this will be the same. Do I wear a mask when out - sure do. Even if it was only 10% of solution to spreading it is worth it. These are tough times and we need to work together to get things back but that will still take time and effort.
  5. There aren’t too many companies these days without some financial difficulties just imagine if the prior Crystal president was still in charge. She’d be bragging about slowest refunds in the business and then she’d buy 4 more airplanes
  6. There is a difference (and happening here in the US) between people wanting and wearing and being required to wear masks. What does a ship do if required and a passenger refuses to wear a mask?
  7. On some thread I posted that an O ship is staying in a small port in Maine with no crew allowed off and paying a very handsome fee to the town - same town is now negotiating with NCL to dock one of their ships there for duration. Great business for small ports in the US. Maybe Crystal would dock over here also if next cruise in US based.
  8. Don't remember if covered in Keith's great post but you can also get other things all the time in Waterside such as Caesar Salad or Shrimp Cocktail. One of the key things about sailing on Crystal is if you want something ASK. The crew truly hates to say no and will get you what you want if they can.
  9. Wonder how long before will Crystal start moving Serenity to the East Coast US - I know they have plenty of time still but a long voyage and will they stay in Miami for a few days (if allowed) or park at sea for a while. Also which way will they go - west then across Atlantic or East and across Pacific and Panama Canal. I know it will be a while and someone here will let us know when they see the ship moving.
  10. I'd read the for first time cruises thread at the top of the Crystal forum. Keith does and outstanding job of telling you everything you need and want to know about a Crystal cruise
  11. What I miss is nothing to worry about other than what I'm going to order for dinner. Everything else all taken care of for us.
  12. To me one of the big questions is what will cruising be like in 2023, when hopefully this virus has well past in most of the world. I know everything changes but will cruising go back to what we are used to or is 2020-2021 going to be the new normal.
  13. The Oceania Riviera yesterday docked in a very northern town in Maine - for just waiting until? Apparently she has 131 crew on board and they won't be allowed off the ship. They are paying $50,000 a month to dock there. Nice revenue for a town of 1,300. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/17/news/down-east/large-cruise-ship-waiting-out-coronavirus-pandemic-in-eastport/
  14. I also believe that the Crystal policy says 90 business days which adds to the real day total.
  15. I assume Symphony will have to complete its dry dock before it can really head out cruising. When will the ship yard open?
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