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  1. We're also eyeing a Viking cruise, which I gather is also not a luxury line but I like the look of their ships.

     

    My wife & I have cruised Crystal four times, Silversea three times, Regent, Seabourn, Paul Gauguin and Windstar.  We love them all and hope to cruise all of them again in the future.  We are booked for Crystal WC 2023.

     

    We have also cruised Viking ocean twice.  We will cruise Viking again.  The ships are beautiful, service was great and we thought the food was good.  We purchased the beverage package and it was wonderful.    

  2. It's early and probably wishful thinking, but I have a few 2023 World Cruise questions:

     

    1.  There are 3 WC options for 2023.  The shortest is 119 nights.  If we do that option, do we get all the benefits/gifts that the people who do the 140 night WC option.  In other words, are we considered "full World Cruisers"?

     

    2.  If we reserve now and book soon, do we get the benefits mentioned earlier in this thread (ie: 2 day laundry and dr visits)?

     

    3.  Are we limited to the # of specialty restaurant visits?  Prego is what we really want the most.  Nobu does not interest us enough beyond maybe once or twice in 119 nights.

     

    4. How much engine vibration do you feel on Serenity in a B2 (slightly obstructed) cabin that is closer to middle than aft?

     

    I have researched this with Crystal and the answers are not clear to me.  Just curios to the answers from many of you Crystal experts.

     

    Thanks for the help.

  3. My wife & I sailed Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska from Vancouver for 10 nights in 2018.  We are sailing the Seabourn Ovation on a Norway/Baltic cruise for 21 nights this year.  We love Seabourn.

     

    We have also sailed Crystal four times (including one river cruise), Silversea three times, Regent, Paul Gauguin and Windstar.  We love them all too. 

     

    We have sailed Viking twice (Orion, NYE 2018/2010 and Sky, NYE 2019/2020).  We loved both cruises. 

     

    They all have their many positives and few negatives. None of them are perfect.

     

    If they all had the exact cruise we wanted, on the same dates, for the same price (for the lowest category cabin with a verandah), this would be my order of choice…

     

    Crystal

    Silversea

    Seabourn

    Viking

    Regent

    Windstar

     

    I do not agree with Mr. Avery that Viking is superior in every way.  There are reasons Viking is considered premium and Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn and Regent are considered luxury. 

     

    The best part of Viking to me is the adults only policy…and that is HUGE advantage. The worst part is the too casual attire allowing men in tank tops and sleeveless shirts in restaurants.

     

    IMO, if you don’t have a wonderful time on any of the cruise lines I mention above, it is your fault, not theirs.

  4. I know some answers are subject to change, but can someone answer these questions based on the sailings so far:

     

    1.  What brand of champagne is offered?

    2.  What brand of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc is offered?

    3.  Can you dine outside for lunch and/or dinner on a daily basis?  If so, does it require reservations?

    4.  What drinks/food is availabe in your suite?

    5.  How is the gym?  I can't find any good pics online.

     

    Thanks for the help.

     

  5. Poolside and at the gym are perfectly acceptable.

     

    That's where you sweat the most, so you are wrong, IMO.  Never acceptable, IMO.😁💪

     

    Plus, the problem with poolside is they then go to the World Café and that is a big NO.

     

    Just wear sleeves for all of the people around you.

  6. Clean athletic clothes is what I and others wear

     

    Us too, on all of our warm cruises on all luxury/premium lines.  But please, no sleeveless shirts or tank tops.  All men, regardless of how fit, should never wear sleeveless shirts or tank tops in public anywhere, anytime...even poolside.  Just don't!

     

  7. We were looking at booking another cruise whilst we are on board, but there is no cruise consultant on board. We are told the guest relations manager will try and help out but how his/her expertise will be in this field remains to be seen. We are awaiting contact.

     

    Can you just do an open booking and fill in the details later, to get the discount?

  8. We were on the Orion for NYE from Auckland to Sydney at the beginning of this year.  The NYE party on the pool desk was great.  The band was really good and lively and many people were dancing.  They had ice statues of 2 0 1 8.  At midnight, they threw the 8 in the pool and replaced it with an ice 9.  It was a lot of fun and went to 1:00 am from what I recall.  We had so much fun we are doing NYE this year on the Sky round trip Miami!

     

    We were not on for Christmas, but the Christmas decorations were still up.  They were standard and nice, but nothing extravagant or over the top.

  9. They were in our standard verandah cabin on the Serenity when we cruised from Amsterdam to Lisbon late July to mid August, after we sailed the Crystal Bach from Basel to Amsterdam.   My late review to come...after I make it through the tax deadlines being as I am "imcpa".

  10. Thanks Tim.  I may buy one of those for our Dec. 2019 Viking cruise.  We just can't imagine only 3 drawers that aren't even in the closet.  I don't count the nightstand drawers and the drawers in the bathroom as closet drawers.

     

  11. Did Viking do renovations to the ship during its repairs?  Specifically, do the DV closets now have the 3 drawers similar to DV closets on the Viking Orion, or is it still just the 3 drawers under the safe and none in the closet?

  12. On our January cruise, the Viking sparkling wine was included in the SSBP.  It is not champagne, but it is sparkling wine and was good enough for me.  The included prosecco was also good enough for me. I enjoyed both.

     

    My wife enjoyed the additional, better quality wines that were included in the SSBP over the included wines at lunch and dinner.

  13. Well, we missed the M&M party.  I hope everyone who did attend had a great time.  I wish we could have made it.

     

    Life is still great.  The first comedian was hilarious; the last one was good but not great.  Musical comedy just does not do it for me.

     

    Beautiful Saint Jean de Luz today.  Gorgeous beach and nice town, but very strong sun. 

     

    I eat salmon almost every night for dinner.  Last night, I requested it be blackened.  It may have been one of the best meals I have had in a very long time.    Prego is the only specialty restaurant we like and it has been wonderful too.

     

    Daniel continues to entertain at the Avenue Saloon every night.  We end most nights there until the wee hours.

  14. I thought I heard it was the day we boarded,  but I assume that is not the case.  I have not heard anything since. I will ask reception soon.

     

    Life is still great onboard. Wondeful, slow and relaxing sea day today.  Bordeaux tomorrow for 2 nights.  Looking forward to that very much.

     

    Great workout in the gym this “morning” (11a).  Not crowded at all,  but others were exercising too.

     

    Craving another salmon wrap....

  15. if yo are in the Cove tell Humberto and Anna    Hi from robin,

     

    Done. They smiled and say "awwwe".  Then I told them I have never actually met you, so they have to tell me about you. They said you were a lot of fun and love to dance.    

     

    All is great aboard the Serenity.  The open dining has worked good for us (always getting a table for 2) and service has been wonderful.  Had a great workout in the gym this morning and our obligatory salmon wraps (plain with whole wheat wrap) from the Trident grill.  The whole Trident staff is amazing, just like I remember.

     

     

  16. We have completed our pre-Serenity adventures and I will write more about it on the appropriate forum.  For now, I will say it was phenomenal.  It was better than we expected.  It was Crystal as you would expect in so many ways, but so different in other ways too.  We will do another Crystal River cruise.

     

    We boarded the Serenity today. Team Crystal could not have made it any easier for the 10 of us coming from the Bach.  We left the Bach at 10:55 am and were walking on the Serenity at 11:05 am with no line, pause or any interruption.  They did a fantastic job. 

     

    Today was a great first day on board.  We had our favorite salmon wrap (whole wheat) at the Trident Grill, twice, then walked more of Amsterdam.  Dinner was simple grilled salmon and veggies at Waterside, then a great evening at the Avenue Saloon.   We also enjoyed the last 2 songs from guitarist Carlos at Palm Court and chatted with him for a few minutes.  He was great and I am sure will become a favorite of mine. 

     

  17. We are enjoying it very much!!!!!!  This pre cruise adventure is simply incredible, and we will stay here again.

     

    We have met 4 other couples who will be joining us on the Serenity.  They are making it very easy on us to get there and find out bags in our Serenity, the ocean cruise ship, cabin.

     

    i notice several people who typically post on Crystal forums have not posted on this one.  They must not agree with me posting about my pre-Serenity adventure.  Sarcasm mode on.  

     

    All is great.

     

     

  18. Still on my pre-Serenity adventure.  Very excited to board her soon, but in no rush.  We first sailed her in 2014 in the Med, then cruised the Symphony in 2016 from Amsterdam.  Did not like fixed dining or even DBR, so it will be even better this time .

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner in this Waterside is open to.  In fact, you just walk in and pick the table you want.  

     

    Service everywhere is so friendly.  It’s amazing the number of small details they quickly pick up on.

     

    in Redusheim am Rhein today.  Ran 4 miles around the town in 100 degrees.  Have to burn off all of the Jacquart somehow.  All is great!

     

  19. imcpa has it correct and doesn’t want to see their thread moved to the backwaters of the River Cruises forum 

     

    Bingo

     

    If I were on the correct forum, I would not be posting about my pre-Serenity adventures.  Those adventures include a awesome experience staying at my pre cruise accommodations.

  20. Still on my pre-Serenity adventure.  Very excited to board her soon, but in no rush.  We first sailed her in 2014 in the Med, then cruised the Symphony in 2016 from Amsterdam.  Did not like fixed dining or even DBR, so it will be even better this time .

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner in this Waterside is open to.  In fact, you just walk in and pick the table you want.  

     

    Service everywhere is so friendly.  It’s amazing the number of small details they quickly pick up on.

     

    in Redusheim am Rhein today.  Ran 4 miles around the town in 100 degrees.  Have to burn off all of the Jacquart somehow.  All is great!

     

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