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  1. I've been looking for trip insurance for our 12/5 sailing. After reading through various insurance policy certificates, reading, re-reading and having read to me the newest update on Crystals clean sailing requirements, particularly regarding testing before embarkation the problem at hand sounds to me like this: If a train leaves Detroit traveling west at seventy-two gallons a week how many elephants will roller skate on the second Tuesday of Delaware if the cafeteria lady loses a socket wrench? Am I correct to assume all passengers, including vaccinated guests will be required to subject to an antigen test by Crystal before boarding when embarking from a United States port? As with all legal documents the wording is critical. Many of these policies declare coverage if one contracts CV19 and tests positive but additionally levees this coverage when one is not able to travel as ordered by a physician... In the event of a positive antigen test during embarkation will Crystal have a physician present for documentation? I know this is unfolding day by day, there are few if any clear answers and even those are subject to change at any moment. Im trying to be proactive but now Im terribly confused. Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Thank you all very much. I was hesitant to make a post asking, not wanting to come off as insensitive or arrogant. We are all still making sacrifices to keep ourselves and others safe. These are just amenities we use a lot and usually chose a cruise based on these being available. Here in Texas a lot of spas and hotels had to shut theirs down during this for the obvious close proximity of guests and concerns the warm environment could harbor the virus. Thank you again, this is good to hear.
  3. We are booked on Serenity sailing from Puerto Rico in December. Does anyone who has been onboard on a Bahamas sailing know about the spa facility operations? Particularly the steam rooms and saunas in the mens and ladies changing rooms? We are both vaccinated and it is my understanding Crystal is making stringent efforts to maintain as safe an environment as reasonably possible and Crystal lists the spa as an area limited to vaccinated passengers. Are these amenities still available for use by passengers or have they been closed as a safety precaution?
  4. We are booked on Serenity sailing from Puerto Rico in December. Does anyone who has been onboard on a Bahamas sailing know about the spa facility operations? Particularly the steam rooms and saunas in the mens and ladies changing rooms? We are both vaccinated and it is my understanding Crystal is making stringent efforts to maintain as safe an environment as reasonably possible and Crystal lists the spa as an area limited to vaccinated passengers. Are these amenities still available for use by passengers or have they been closed as a safety precaution?
  5. New to Crystal here as mentioned in another post... Does anyone know if Crystal offers any non-alcoholic beers, wines or sparkling? Just curious.
  6. Thank you everyone! I am very excited in anticipation now! We've encountered some sneers and dirty looks in the concierge lounges on RC and were even told once in Michaels Club on Celebrity (before it was called the retreat) that we were in the wrong place after a good looking up and down. We apologized, said we just wanted to see what was on offer but as stuffy as it was we'd just go back to our royal suite. We certainly aren't part of the other half, just work hard. We always make new friends and meet new folks when we travel and that's one of the things we enjoy the most! Hearing other folks stories and adventures makes my world so much bigger and I love that. Id rather walk on my lips than offend anyone or make somebody uncomfortable but when somebody just finds the need to conduct themselves that way to us we can usually hold our own. Remember Jack in the dining room scene from Titanic? There ya go! Us Texans tend to be five pounds of flour in a four pound sack and the two of us are most certainly a trip without the luggage! Even at home though there are folks who think putting salt in your sugar makes theirs sweeter. Ive learned when you meet those people all you can do is bless their heart and go on about having your own good time! After all these responses and especially after what seems likes an entire year lost it feels so great to have something to look forward to!
  7. Oh no worries! That’s covered in the cowboy-Bible... In the book of Heiferodomy 7:13. - And thou shalt remove thine hat from thine head whenst thou eats in of doors. 14. - Thou shalt too remove thine spurs from upon thine boots before dancing on tables lest there be smoted in the presence of polite company. 🤠 Thank you all for your kind replies! Very much looking forward to a new adventure now!
  8. I would have to agree with you whole heartedly. Class isn’t determined by wealth, power or position but by our relation to those around us. Some folks, on any cruise line so far as I’ve seen, can’t recognize the difference in staff and servants. One is nothing like the other.
  9. Thank you both. As far as the dress code, it does sound a bit more formal than we are accustomed to but I doubt it will be enough so to turn us off. The feeling I get is it’s what we used to call “country-club-casual” more or less. During the day except for the pool deck we usually wear nice cargo or canvas shorts and nice tees, those can be swapped for twills and polos with no problem. I’m sure a pair of nice leather sandals or slips would be acceptable during the daytime? Evenings we usually opt for nice trousers and a tailored shirt. Slipping on a blazer a few nights won’t be much inconvenience at all. During port days however we do tend to go for active excursions...atvs, ziplines, ect so we can come back rather ragged but we make it a point to get back to our cabin for a shower and change as quickly as possible. We’ve always enjoyed dinner in the dining room but I’ve always hated when someone comes in to dinner in a swimsuit or hiking shorts or a strapless dress worn over a bra that isn’t. You don’t have to put on the dog but they could show some decorum. Barring its way more formal than I expect we will probably enjoy the change.
  10. We booked our first cruise with Crystal, a 7 day caribbean on Serenity in December. We are veteran cruisers but the last five or six cruises weren’t satisfied with our experiences. The ships of Princess are just too big, we enjoy the size of RC vision class but the last was in terrible condition and bedding was so awful we didn’t sleep well any of the 10 nights. We were disappointed in the food especially on celebrity and RC and although Holland America is probably our favorite, they do seem to roll up the decks at sunset. We are a middle aged same sex couple, 40 and 50. Working class but well traveled. Both of us prefer quality over quantity and while we aren’t much for loud music or rum soaked parties on the pool deck we do like to go see a show or listen to some live music. We can be social and love making friends and talking to new folks. Seeing as how we are both real true-to-life Texas cowboys we tend to get a lot of questions from folks about our hats or our accents and that often leads to nice conversations and sharing stories. Neither of us are particularly demanding or terribly formal though we do own shirts with collars and it doesn’t take us long to remember how to use a fork and knife and chew with our mouths closed. We don’t particularly drink either. We decided to try Crystal as it seems to offer a smaller ship experience, fewer passengers and more space, good food, a nice spa and a comfortable nights sleep... What are your opinions on if Crystal will be a good fit for us? We don’t mind skewing toward the younger end of the demographic, we get along with everyone. Knowing we will stick out like roosters wearing socks anywhere we go, do you think we will be well received by our fellow passengers? Will we be considered too low-brow? Novelty has its charm but not for everyone I know. Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you all in advance.
  11. We will be sailing on Enchantment in November and although we absolutely love the vision class ships, our last cruises on RCCL featured hard or worn-out mattresses that made us nearly miserable at night and unable to sleep. We asked for toppers which were no longer offered but had the duvets folded atop the beds to some but not much avail. We will be driving to the port this time so we can allow for slightly more luggage and were considering purchasing folding memory foam travel mattresses and asking our cabin attendant to remake our beds with the travel mattresses underneath. The particular ones we are looking at fold up rather small, 24x24x9 so not much larger than a suitcase and Im fairly certain they would be the difference between a good cruise and a fantastic vacation. Can anyone advise to the actual dimensions of the twin beds on RCCL? I know they are slightly smaller than a typical twin size or single bed but I would just like to make sure the folding mattresses wouldn't be so terribly oversized to create a hazard or difficulty for our attendant. If they are terribly oversized compared to the bed we will have to think of another option. Thank you in advance for any answers or help. Smooth seas and happy cruising everyone!
  12. Ive heard reports the new Princess mattresses on Caribbean Princess are wonderful. Can anyone advise on the comfort of the new mattresses on Crown after her recent(ish) refit? We love the mattresses on Holland America and were just wondering if they were truly comfortable. We absolutely hated the mattress in our last mini suite on Caribbean and the original beds in other cabins on Caribbean, Crown and Emerald left us miserable. Thank you in advance and happy cruising everyone!
  13. Howdy everyone! Soon to be first time O cruisers here and hopefully converts from Celebrity. We will be sailing on Insignia this fall and were wondering if the changing rooms or locker rooms in the spa feature steam rooms or dry saunas? A video we watched appeared to show both, though small and the deck plans imply there may be both but I cant tell for certain and there is not a surplus of specific information about this online. If anyone has experience or can help I would greatly appreciate it. Although we are sailing on Insignia I would imagine all of the R-class in the Oceania collection will feature the same amenities. Also, if anyone could comment on the current availability or cost of a day or full sailing pass for the spa terrace that would be very much appreciated also. Thank you in advance and happy cruising everyone!
  14. Can anyone advise if the MS Volendam features a steam room or sauna in the mens locker or changing rooms? Most ships now feature the co-ed thermal spas and sanctuaries that charge an admission instead of offering them as a free amenity like on older ships. We both enjoy these and I was wondering if anyone happens to know for sure as nothing shows up on the deck plans on HAL.com. Thanks in advance and happy cruising everyone!
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