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  1. Yes David. Crystal cancelled all river cruises through Dec 2020.
  2. It's important to look not only at the final payment date but also at the cancellation fee schedule. With Seabourn you usually go into penalty BEFORE final payment is due. As an example, we were booked on the Feb 24/21 sailing to Antarctica & South Georgia which we decided to cancel for all the reasons cited by cruiseej. Our final payment was due Oct 27/20 but there would be a 12% gross fare penalty if we cancelled after Sept 27/20. That means we would have been hit with substantial penalties a full month before final payment was due. YMMV so best to check the penalty schedule applicable to your sailing.
  3. We're not big dessert fans but I can see making an exception for this Frozen Margarita Pie.
  4. Was Jade Garden an Asian specialty restaurant?
  5. Update on GHK consolidated net loss reported today: https://www.asgam.com/index.php/2020/08/09/genting-hong-kong-says-six-month-loss-to-exceed-us600-million/ Global cruise ship and gaming investor Genting Hong Kong has revealed that it expects to record a consolidated net loss of over US$600 million for the first six months of 2020 due to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the company’s primary business arms. The updated forecast follows a recent profit warning in which Genting HK said only that it expects its net loss in 1H20 to be “significantly higher” than the corresponding 2019 loss of US$56.5 million, with the suspension of cruise services and restricted operations in its entertainment and leisure businesses severely limiting revenue.
  6. Great pics ryndam. That's some décor for Prego. At first glance, I thought it was an old fashioned barber shop!
  7. As Canadians, we can enter the EU but we have a government advisory to avoid all unnecessary travel outside Canada. So no can do without risking insurance cover. I think Crystal and other river companies will be in a tough spot getting sufficient onboard numbers to justify a return to sailing until the sizable American demographic is able to participate.
  8. New measures introduced on Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler & Crystal Ravel Crystal understands that relationships are built on trust. With your continued trust in mind, we have applied our exacting attention to detail across all of our new safety measures. So while our touch may remain (intentionally) unseen, we deliver nothing less than total transparency in all matters regarding your health and wellness. With more than 30 years of cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining exceptional standards for health and safety at sea. To further protect our Crystal Family we're introducing Crystal Clean+, a stringent set of health & safety protocols and measures to meet the unique challenges posed by Covid-19. The company is tackling this with science and innovation and in accordance with the latest data and recommendations by health experts. Measures include enhanced cleaning protocols; social distancing and facial covering guidelines; health monitoring for guests and crew; new streamlined embarkation procedures; shoreside partner collaborations and much more. The protocols introduced here are the initial measures in Crystal Clean+. Every protocol will be continually evaluated and will be updated as new information becomes available. Crystal will be in full compliance with all national and local health requirements and guidelines when we sail. Additional measures will be implemented and communicated accordingly as they are eventually announced. https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean-river?utm_source=adobe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ocean&utm_content=crystal-clean-072220
  9. We have Crystal river bookings for late 2021 and mid 2022. Going forward, we'd like to know the capacity limits on Crystal ocean before we commit. We are leaning towards future bookings with our other favorite cruise line which operates much smaller ships.
  10. Fascinating stuff Vince. Thanks for the deep dive into your thoughts ... even if it was the short version! So Genting is leveraging the Crystal brand as part of a strategy meant to bring prestige to their overall portfolio. Even if Crystal is unprofitable as a cruise line, it has value as long as the Crystal mystique attracts new (hopefully profitable) customers to related Genting products. If that corporate strategic objective is met, Genting is happy and hopefully Crystal is not harmed in the process.
  11. Yesterday was "Northern Europe for Architecture Buffs". The blog post also had a sidebar ad featuring Keith and Anne Marie! https://blog.crystalcruises.com/explore-northern-european-architecture/
  12. Thanks Vince. I really appreciate your thoughts. You've mentioned several times that ownership of Crystal has been less about profitability and more about satisfying strategic objectives of the parent, whether GHK or NYK. What are those strategic objectives? What is the higher brand function? Can they still be met during a sustained shutdown with the prospect of cold lay-up for Symphony and Serenity? At what point would Crystal become an expensive vanity project?
  13. So where does it end? We don't have any idea how long Genting HK can survive a shutdown of its cruise operations. Do they have the financial reserves to outlast a potentially extended period of no revenue while we wait for vaccines and treatments to make sailing possible again? Even if they have deep pockets, at what point do they decide that it's no longer worth holding on to Crystal?
  14. I can't figure that out either! We sailed on Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia and Marquesas in 2011. At that time, the ship was owned and operated by PG Cruises. It was our intro to luxury cruising and we had a lovely experience. However, we would NEVER sail on PG now that it's owned by Ponant. Their actions on covid cancellations and refunds for customers who booked with PG Cruises before the sale to Ponant was reprehensible.
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