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  1. And if it does leave from Miami, does that mean that the Grand Voyage will be open to unvaccinated guests, as well? Yes, I realize that this speculation is casting pretty far ahead into the future. Emily
  2. Will the Grand Voyage (whether to the east or west) embark from Miami, as was the case for the now-cancelled World Cruise? Emily
  3. According to Crystal’s letter in post #1 announcing the inclusion of unvaccinated guests, this has been done because “For cruising in particular, recent positive developments now allow ships to sail into and out of U.S. ports.” I am not aware of any recent positive developments that give me any confidence that it would now be safe to sail under these revised health and safety conditions. Quite the contrary.
  4. The progression of my impressions, ever since Sthrngary started to post here— 1. Hmmm … a new guy. 2.. He’s got opinions. 3. His opinions are interesting. 4. I like this guy! 5. What does Gary have to say today? 6. I can’t wait until Gary and his wife go on their cruise. They will love it! 7. July 22 - No, nonononono NO!!! 😫😫😫 But keep the faith, Gary. You and your dear wife WILL be on the deck of a Crystal ship sooner than you can imagine and you will have a great time there together with your new Crystal friends. Emily
  5. Keith has never made any request that we stop talking about COVID. I believe that he was referring to the fact that on June 21 the administrators of Cruise Critic published the following statement, in part— “Effective immediately, COVID-related discussion should be limited to actual policy on board ships (and other forms of travel) and its practical application. Discussion should NOT veer into opinion or debate.”
  6. I read the Global Entry posts above with much envy. Considering that it was in the middle of the Covid shutdown, I had assumed that all Dick and I would have to do was pay our renewal fee, fill in the forms and maybe have an on-line interview. But no! We were instructed to drive an hour down to the border for a face-to-face with an agent. And as soon as she saw "Cartagena, Columbia" on our list of countries visited in the last 7 years, the grilling began. We did our best to explain that-- "It was on a Crystal cruise through the Panama Canal... It was only a 8-hour
  7. I can't answer for the Tulip, but my husband and I took a Uniworld Nile cruise in 2019 and here are my thoughts ... After touring all day, you're going to end up sweaty and dusty; so you'll want to clean up and change out of your daytime clothes before having dinner. But that doesn't mean that you'd have to "dress up" for dinner. I usually wore a clean and presentable outfit of whatever I was going to go out touring in the next day. Slacks or a skirt and a shirt or blouse should be entirely appropriate for any emergency dressy occasion that might pop up. Our particul
  8. Certainly you should take an anti-diarrheal medicine with you, just in case. But to give you some comfort, we travelled through Egypt on a 2-week cruise and never had any stomach problems. Of course, we ate either at our hotel, on board the ship, or at places that were included in the ship's excursion ... and bought some plain baked goods at the local markets a few times.
  9. My travel agent called Crystal yesterday and asked whether they were selling their 5 river ships. She was told "That's not true". But she sounded a little skeptical when she was reporting the conversation back to me.
  10. On our first Crystal cruise, as we went down to dinner on the first night, we heard a cry of joy and looked across the dining room to see a guest and one of the wait staff jumping up and down and greeting each other with happy hugs. "What a strange ship!" I said to myself. Fast forward another fifteen years and I blush to think how many times I have also performed "the happy dance" on being reunited with a dear crew member each time I got back on the ship. Crystalized Emily
  11. I am following on from Vince's comment (above) that -- "I don't find Crystal's passengers judge you for your background or style, as much as they read you for your respect of the onboard culture." An important part of the Crystal onboard culture is giving the skilled and considerate crew members the respect that they so richly deserve. In my experience, those who are rude to any of the crew are quickly judged to be "not our sort of people", as my dear Grandmother would remark with a sniff. 😊 Emily
  12. Next year we're having a big family wedding for our niece on Dick's (Chinese) side of the family. I have been hinting to the mother-of-the bride that she should book Genting RW Las Vegas for the reception because there will be plenty of opportunities for Asian dining there. Emily
  13. Or go to the library and make a reservation for the Magic Show, if they're still going to have it.
  14. We are booked on this same cruise (August 15-September 2, 2022). I would be very surprised if we see any children at all onboard, even though this is a summer holiday for many schools. The reason is the length of the cruise-- 18 days. With exceptions of course, my experience is that most parents would not be comfortable taking their children on such a long cruise and most children would not enjoy being on board a ship for so long. Emily
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