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Kristal Blade

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  1. Yes, Arab funded is right. My money is safe and my trip has various elements as well as a cruise. It’s not one of the cruise only trips they offer. Happy holidays!
  2. With a bit of Imagination you might be able to workout who we booked with. As I said, we previously had a 100% refund from them last year so confident that our money is safe.
  3. Thanks for doing this fabulous review. We are sailing on QM in June, but your photos are really inspiring and we are so in the mood for getting back on board. The boarding info was especially informative, thanks again and enjoy yourselves!
  4. Well, we fly into Las Vegas for 3 nights in May, then tour around Utah before heading to Denver. We fly to NYC for one night. So, I expect we might need to do a test for our entry into Vegas but it will be out of date before we board.
  5. Yes, it’s all in a state of flux! Just need to check up in a few months and hope everything has calmed down by then.
  6. We have had this offer from a non high street cruise agency and we did it! We had a cruise booked with this company which was cancelled due to Covid. They fully refunded the money we had spent so we felt confident in letting them hang onto our money. As snh01 said there is no way we could make up that money in interest in our bank. We are looking forward to getting on our future cruise, knowing we have nothing left to pay. But each to their own.
  7. I have a Covid related question that I hope someone can answer. I will be boarding QM2 in New York in June next year. I presume I will have to do a test pre boarding but not sure how that works. Will it be dockside, immediately before boarding or do I need to do one before that? If so, do I need to order a kit? We are touring round the US before the cruise, so not really got a fixed abode. any advice would be helpful, thank you.
  8. Yes, I got actual vaccine. Sorry for confusion, I was trying to simplify, not confuse!
  9. We have just been offered a “free” upgrade to a sheltered balcony. We said no thanks. The outside cabins beside the sheltered balconies have extra inside space instead of balcony space. I would rather have a sofa indoors than an outdoor lounger. YMMV! When we did our last TA in a December/January there was nobody out on their balconies!
  10. I have been called for my booster because I participated in the J&J trial. I know I got live vaccine, not placebo. I think my booster is going to be Pfizer, but they may advise me differently when I go along on Sunday. Looking forward to being even more Covid resistant!
  11. Cunard has computers on board which you can use. We have been able to confirm flights, get boarding passes for flights home etc using them. But if lots of passengers have iPhones then there won’t be much a queue to use the public computers!
  12. It’s all change now! Freedom of the seas again, but I don’t mean you have to cruise with RCI. Insurance will be valid now, but we are waiting till next year to sail. Hoping there may be less testing required by then. Happy holidays, everyone
  13. I don’t have the app, I am using my trusty old Nokia which is a phone and texting gadget for me. I’m not sure my J&J trial jabs would show up on it. I fill out the Zoe Covid info every day and because I participated in a trial I have to click on the “I have not had a vaccine” box. Thanks for the thumbs up for participating in the trial, just hope Celebrity gets over themselves about their vaccine rules soon.
  14. I did the Johnson & Johnson trial in the U.K. the only evidence Ihave that I have been vaccinated is a letter from the trial team. It was sent to my gp too, but I have had to ring them to update my records as they were texting me to go for my jab. fortunately I don’t sail till next September. I can’t believe an act of altruism is being punished!
  15. I’m not cruising till next year, but it is fantastic to see this review. Loved the photos and video. Enjoy!
  16. Thank you Flossie, my cruise is over a year away…. I will need to set a reminder for a year from now!
  17. I will bring my own tea bags, Guerncruising. I like Twinings green tea. Flushing out the Nespresso probably won’t get rid of the coffee taint, Lady’s Mom. I never drink coffee, hate the smell and my green tea is so wishy washy (if you know what I mean) that I think it wouldn’t taste right. I will definitely request a kettle, wishiweretravelling. I have done that before. Last time was on Azamara Quest, with success, in spite of them trying to tell me no cruise ships allowed kettles in cabins! When I told them I had a kettle from P&O, Princess and Celebrity they kind of had no legs to stand on. Here’s to the cup that cheers!
  18. Thank you for your replies, It is definitely tea we will be having. I'm looking forward to Claridges at sea now!
  19. Just chipping in with a drink related question…. Is there a kettle in the room? We like a morning cuppa in bed. I know I could get room service for that, but it is easier to diy some days. Thanks for any info, my first cruise on Splendour is next year…. Libby
  20. How about Sketchers? Really light weight, to cut down on luggage limits if you are flying to join your cruise. But open sandals will work with these trousers. I like Ecco shoes for daytime wear, comfy for longer walks but heavier to pack than Sketchers. I’m not sure Celebrity is less casual than NCL, but I have only cruised once on NCL Gem, and that was a Christmas and New Year cruise. Oceania, part of NCL, is maybe a bit dressier than Celebrity. Whatever you wear, enjoy yourself and wear what makes you comfortable!
  21. That is sad to hear. We are on Celebrity next September. We are sailing Vancouver to Yokohama. I was going to pre book a dining package of 3 specialty restaurants and Qsine we would have definitely dine at least once. We used to enjoy it so much and the wait staff were really good fun. oh well, nothing stays the same!
  22. I agree with ECCruise. Oceania has much better food than Celebrity, cabin amenities are better too. Azamara is a step down from Oceania too. We sailed on the Quest in December 2019, having been told that once we tried it we would never sail any other cruise line. Well, it wasn’t all that! I would choose Oceania first any day of the week. We always have an outside cabin on Celebrity and there are some really good outside cabins with super big windows and extra space because of no balcony. Millenium is a very nice ship, the speciality restaurants are good. If Qsine is available do book. There is nothing like it in Oceania. I feel your pain with the cancellation, have they not offered you an alternative?
  23. Double whammy for me. Got my vaccine on atrial plus my little Nokia phone, a reliable old friend, doesn’t do Apps. I’m thinking I will need to take the letter I got from the trial, saying I had been given live vaccine, not placebo.
  24. We are on this cruise, have done it previously. We have an ocean view cabin, as before. This time we are right at the front of the ship. our best views were from the open deck, wrapped up in jackets, watching the volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands. Other great views are the sail away parties given by the Japanese people. Drummers, school kids singing the squid song, ladies in beautiful kimonos... great sights. See you on board, Spartan Tartan. My tartan is Buchanan.
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