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  1. Ahhh, the good old days, when the Little Ol’ Lady from Pasadena had her choice of Bullocks, I. Magnin, Robinsons, Buffums, the May Company, and the Broadway. Now Macy’s has bought out everyone and there is no more choice or competition. Snifff! ☹️ The Huntington Sheraton has been rebuilt to current seismic codes and is now the lovely Langham. The junior suites on the club floor have great views of the gardens, and my friends stay there on their annual visit to LA. IMHO the best thing to do in the greater LA area is to visit the Huntington Library and Gardens. My perf
  2. I always enjoyed the Magic Pan. There was one in the mall in Arcadia, which I visited several times.
  3. I was a freshman at Caltech the first year they admitted women as undergrads. The Rose Bowl prank did not occur while I was on campus, but we had our share of pranks. One of the students left campus for a week to visit his girlfriend. We decided to make his room disappear while he was gone. I sprinkled computer dots from punch cards (remember those? - that dates me!) among all his clothes in his dresser. We then completely filled his room with wadded up rolls of computer paper from floor to ceiling. We stuffed it into the room through the transom, so we could get up to the cei
  4. Lawry’s California Center was so special. It was such a lovely venue for dining in the gardens for lunch, brunch, or dinner. If you timed it right, you could catch a Mariachi band! Today no other venue quite compares - at least at that price point. Hamburger Hamlet in Pasadena was always a nice splurge while I was in college.
  5. Woo hoo! It looks like you are in the Crystal Penthouse! It is a perfect time to enjoy the spacious accommodations, since you will likely spend more time than usual in your suite. I hope Anne Marie and you enjoy your trip!
  6. When I was 5 years old, I sailed to Cuttyhunk with my grandfather on his small motor boat. There were no structures visible at our landing spot. We had a nice picnic. Great memories! Thanks for posting, Roy!
  7. It is a good sign that you are back home so soon! Take it easy and get some good rest. Rhonda
  8. All the best to you, Roy. Hope you have a full and speedy recovery. Rhonda
  9. The website clearly states that for existing bookings, the waived admin fee and relaxed Early Full Payment date will be applied retroactively to your booking. Have you been told otherwise?
  10. Penalty dates have been revised too. https://www.crystalcruises.com/special-offers/deposit-payment-and-cancellations-update DEPOSIT, PAYMENT & CANCELLATION UPDATE 2021 – 2024: Simplified for Ocean, River, Yacht & Expedition From a reduced deposit for all new bookings to waived admin fees and relaxed schedules for Early Full Payment Savings and cancellations, Crystal has temporarily streamlined its sales and booking processes to provide continuity across all brand experiences – Ocean, River, Yacht and Expedition. For existing bookings, the waiv
  11. That was my dinner tonight too! Stouffer’s makes good mac and cheese. I had a Zoom event from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and did not feel like cooking afterwards. I have been keeping Uber Eats and Doordash busy too during the pandemic. Some of the better restaurants are offering meal delivery, since indoor dining has been forbidden for so long in our area. I hope these services for the higher end restaurants remain once restaurants are fully opened once again. The new Crystal menus are certainly more exciting and innovative than the one from 2008. The new menus do keep a samp
  12. We tend to book as soon as new itineraries are announced, and the deposit was made with a Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa. Consequently the charges are too old for a Visa dispute. According to our insurance broker, once the cruise line has cancelled a voyage, the travel insurance policy is no longer in effect, so we are no longer protected against financial default. Thus we want to receive a voucher or refund for our insurance premium.
  13. Good news! Crystal has now entered the voyage cancellations in their system and provided an updated Payment Confirmation which shows our pending full refunds. No timeline has been given for the refunds, and I suspect they may be unable to predict at this time. I can wait patiently for the refund. At least now I have the needed documentation to work the cancellation of our travel insurance and obtain a voucher or refund of the premium.
  14. No refund timeline has been provided. Once the TA notified us that our voyages had been cancelled, we requested a full refund, and she submitted the form requesting a refund. She then received an automated response that our request was received and their Teams are “working as fast as they possibly can and will take care of the request”. I requested that my TA contact Crystal again to obtain an updated invoice showing the pending full refund with no admin fee withheld so that I could obtain a voucher or refund of our travel insurance premium. My TA was told that Crystal has not o
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