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  1. Roy, if everyone who enjoys your blog were to message to that effect the thread would soon be clogged and difficult to find your own reports... But I am going to steal a moment to say I enjoy all your travel accounts - and to say that due to your comments about the musical Come from Away we chose to go and see it in London's west end tonight. To be honest we didn't go fully confident it would be for us but, my goodness, what a great, feel good show it is. I can now fully understand your enthusiasm for it. And the other extraordinary thing is that for the first time in our lives we saw a sell out audience instantly rise to their feet at the end. That just doesn't happen in the UK, we're far too conservative! OK there may have been some North Americans in town (there often are in London!) but that would not have explained what happened. Memorable. Thanks for the inspiration! Adrian PS does the set look familiar? (Perhaps you've seen the London version?)
  2. I have decided not to try offering a tutorial on how to post photos to CC - largely because i know full well there is nothing on that subject I can offer Stickman that he doesn't already know. Which leaves me having to admit that I am one of those remaining Luddites who have still not submitted to the grip of Facebook. (yes, I know 'my loss' etc etc....🤔) Adrian
  3. All very interesting as we have come to expect from all of Drib's posts. But whether or not $300k of additional fuel cost is a significant number depends entirely on what sort of margins exist. (I found myself thinking immediately about the cost of TA commission that gets top sliced - now that is a big number!) But, Drib, any guess on what sort of margins Crystal might be aiming for?
  4. Not so fast!! I thought there was nothing more important these days than social media and keeping followers up to date. I am sure I speak for hundreds of disappointed Stickman readers when I say that we are aghast at the need to dig so deep into our reservoirs of patience! And as one who has been on the receiving end of Terry's demands for up to date, comprehensive reporting I for one demand that Terry just stops enjoying himself quite so much and gives US his time! But there again if my compassionate, understanding side is allowed to cut in perhaps I too should moderate my expectations. Terry (probably?!) deserves a proper holiday and a break from the need to have CC at the centre of consciousness. So, Terry, when you next check in - relax, switch off and continue to enjoy what sounds and looks like a wonderful experience. Tell us all about it sometime later. We'll still be here. (and in the meantime thank you to Roy and Keith, in particular, for keeping us up to date with their perspectives and experiences) Adrian
  5. Great to see so much consistent evidence that you are all having a wonderful time. Never doubted you would! Also, I'm glad to see you share my verdict on the Impossible burger - I just wish they were available in the UK... I had wondered what the additional fuel cost would be for the medical diversion - but hadn't guessed it would be quite that much. I wonder if they are able to insure that risk at all. If not it must be a contingency factored into the fares we all pay. And I am sure we wouldn't have it any other way. ( I wouldn't want the ship's doctor telling me a whip round amongst passengers had failed to raise enough cash to pay for extra fuel and therefore no detour could be considered!!) As to the games session you finally refer to, the game you illustrate looks remarkably like dishes from your earlier meal. Can you tell us how you play the game? Does the winner get to eat the playing pieces as the prize...? Adrian
  6. No need to worry at the moment, Terry, as I'm prepared to cut you a bit of slack. It does seem that it's not entirely your fault that we're not getting the correct documents in a timely manner... 😎😳
  7. Good to see how comprehensively informed we are going to be - and entertained too! (didn't realise you were so young, Terry...🤪)
  8. Oh dear - I'm so sorry. It was not my intention to cause any interruption to anyone's marital bliss....(or seating preferences) Seeing Terry's last post made me wonder whether it was possible to claim that a window seat was necessary to take photos for the blog. I ran that past Mrs N and quickly realised that reference to the blog was not necessarily what she wanted to hear. I pointed out that one of the advantages of doing a blog was that it allowed her to get to sleep each night undisturbed, whilst I wrote up and posted the day's account. That was met by a look that, at best, could only be described as withering. So, putting the most optimistic spin a chap can put on the apparent suggestion she would prefer I went to bed at the same time, I made a tentative inquiry - and was quickly left corrected....☹️ Anyway, we digress. Back to you, Terry, and your excellent blog.
  9. 121 is no help to me - I'm expected to book the two in the middle 🙄. Otherwise I'd get a serious dose of "why don't you want to sit next to me"....
  10. I wonder, if we did a survey, what percentage of we chaps would say we routinely got the window seat....? The last time I got the window seat when travelling with Mrs N I think we were flying on a 707 (yes, that's a zero sat between the 7's🙄) Nothing wrong with looking backwards. Ah, yes, those days of Empire!
  11. Hope you have a wonderful trip, Terry. Looking forward to reading your account! (and sorry to see you'll have no chance of going upstairs on your aircraft - still, you'll have a larger window to look out of...😎) Adrian
  12. Of course, we feel for you, Anne. It does look a bit mean. (And in our experience a G fare has included credits. But perhaps the rule varies by sailing.) However our overriding feeling is more akin to jealousy! This trip seems to have long in coming and you can be sure that there are many of us looking forward to hearing how you find Esprit. Best wishes for a wonderful trip. Adrian
  13. We have done short cruises on Crystal, longer cruises that have been split into segments and longer cruises that have not been split. The ones that were noticeably different were the specifically short ones - where the vast majority of the passengers were on for the short duration with that short timescale to pack in the whole vacation experience (the 'busy cruise' as Keith quite rightly describes it) For me this issue draws attention to the difference between staying in a land based hotel / resort vs a cruise. They are totally different. And the reason is connected to the impact a mass / group of people have when engaged in a shared experience. You especially get that on a longer cruise - 'we're all in this together'. Both guests and crew are more engaged, more invested in making the trip memorable / fun / sociable / enriching. On a land based vacation the guests are a transient population coming and going for various durations and various arrival and departure days. Relationships / interactions between guests and staff have less opportunity to develop. Furthermore a ship has an identity (a soul??) that a building does not have - or at least not in the same way. So, yes, you might feel a difference on a short cruise or a longer cruise where the changeover of passengers between segments is considerable. Note the word 'might'. You might not - it will depend on you, your attitude, any group members you are with (if just a couple you're more prone - I think) and just how it works out. Sorry - it's just not black & white. We humans are a funny lot. Especially when we go to sea! (But how much better it is to be at sea than being on land imagining we are back at sea.....😕) A
  14. It seems to me that this discussion sums up the whole point of Cruise Critic - it's an environment where views can be exchanged and in the case of the Crystal board it is done (almost entirely) respectfully and politely. It brings to the table the views of those with considerable experience and knowledge, those with intelligence and well argued points and a few people like me - regular Joe's, who have some views too. The fact that people make their case leaves the rest of us with the pleasant task of reading several varied viewpoints, weighing them up, comparing them to our own experiences, taking the useful points away and leaving the points of less use on the table. Reading the various contributions left me reflecting that the 6 day and the 7 day cruises we took last Summer were very different experiences compared to the 14 day cruise in October. Basically the same product (different ship, I grant you) but with a different vibe. And I'm not sure it was all down to the many new-to-Crystal folk on the shorter cruises (some of whom were a pain - but avoidable) - I think it was down to the fact that you cruise 'differently' on a longer trip - simple as that. And I'm guessing there are several contributors here who have never done a short 6/7 night trip?? (a 7 nighter as a part of a longer trip doesn't count, Keith!) Our longest ever cruise was 28 nights on Regent - a very different experience to their 7 day trips too. I am reminded that whilst they were a while back now, our 8 cruises on Silversea and Regent whilst perfectly enjoyable were not as enjoyable, all things considered, as cruises with Crystal. The Crystal product contains more components that suit us. Which means we are somewhat resistant to change. And that is what happens when you like something a lot - you don't want it to change and, in a way, you don't want to out grow it. But I understand that others will be at a different point on their Crystal journey and will be fidgety, looking for major change, new ships etc. etc. That is what seems to be reflected in the discussion here. And isn't that the dilemma for Crystal management? As with any organisation you know you can't please all of the people all of the time - and pleasing all the passionate folk who take the trouble to contribute on CC is absolutely impossible!! Vive la discussion! Adrian
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