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  1. A site on the virus around the world from Microsoft. Just about anything you want to know about individual country data in regard to the virus: https://www.bing.com/covid
  2. Keith, Glad to hear you made it home....and hopefully will remain healthy! Best wishes for Anne Marie's recovery.
  3. Wow. With all those embarkations cancelled the only passengers remaining on the ship will be full world cruisers? That would be an interesting experience. A few hundred passengers on a ship designed for 900+.
  4. Just my experience: If you're looking for a table for eight...I don't think this works well on Crystal. It would take too long. Now...I've done it at breakfast...but generally people sit and order, then have people join in. Not at dinner. For dinner, I suggest hanging out at the Cove and finding dinner partners there. I think it puts too much pressure on the wait staff to seat a large table for dinner and wonder when it will fill.
  5. In my Crystal experience...if you are sociable, then fellow passengers are sociable. I've had other passengers start a conversation and invite me to dine with them. I note some people (especially some couples) like to keep to themselves, and other passengers respect that. I would say that longer cruises foster more sociability.
  6. Johns Hopkins has a great tracking tool for the virus: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
  7. Don't think I've seen this posted. From the Crystal website: ALERT: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE The health, security and safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority. In an abundance of caution, Crystal has instituted a variety of preventive measures as it relates to the new respiratory virus, called 2019-novel coronavirus. As you may know, the virus has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia that began in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additional cases are now being identified that have been to Wuhan City. Person-to-person spread can occur particularly in close contacts. The preventive measures include: • We have updated our pre-boarding public health questionnaire to include questions concerning the coronavirus; • We will screen guests at the pier before they board for body temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and/or showing signs of respiratory issues. If guests are determined unwell to travel, they will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, if they do not have insurance; • We will deny boarding of any person who has traveled to Hubei Province or Wuhan, China in the 14 days prior to embarkation; • We have canceled non-essential day visits to the ships when they are in port. As with any trip, travelers should check with public health authorities to be informed regarding health matters at the destinations they will visit, and exercise appropriate precautions. Signs and symptoms of the new respiratory virus illness begin within 14 days of exposure and include fever (≥38 C/100.4 F) or feverishness, chills, cough, and difficulty breathing. As with all respiratory illnesses, you can reduce the risk of infection by exercising the following routine precautions: • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. Where soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not immediately available, cough or sneeze into your upper arm; • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; • Avoid personal contact, such as sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people. Please note that Crystal will not provide a refund for guests with medical concerns prior to traveling to the ship. The only valid reason would be a medical diagnosis from a doctor that the guest has confirmed coronavirus prior to traveling to the ship. Additionally, Allianz has informed the company that any insurance policies purchased after January 22, 2020 for trips to this area will not be covered as the coronavirus is considered a known and foreseeable event. Guests and Travel Partners will be notified directly if there are any changes to an existing voyage. Thank you for taking the time to read this important information and we sincerely appreciate your understanding. Please see below for pre-boarding public health questionnaire. VIEW QUESTIONNAIRE
  8. Hmm. Maybe it's just my experience, but the percentage of past guests seems much higher to me. Perhaps that's because I favor longer cruises....never been on a seven day Crystal cruise.
  9. Drib, Thanks for the laughs! As for your comment about actors wearing numbers, I think it's an idea who's time has come....sort of. Google play identifies all the actors in a scene when paused. Amazon goes a step further...it identifies all the actors in a scene, and one can "X-ray" (Amazon's term) any given actor for their bio. Dwight
  10. Just spotted on the Crystal website: There is a countdown clock showing the hours and minutes until prices increase on "selected" cruises. Prices increase January 9. Have not seen this posted. Please forgive me if it has been mentioned.
  11. Yes. It's interesting that prices haven't changed since first publication for the 2022 WC. I think in the past prices have inched up by now. I would note there has been a significant increase in all 2022 WC and segment pricing for singles that I checked. What can we infer from this? Perhaps overall sales are slow, but single bookings have been greater than expected?
  12. I sailed in June, and had an additional future booking before that. I emailed my TA to insure I received the on board booking discount. The discount had already been automatically applied by Crystal. As for the open booking...the standard is six months to book. But the agent told me that all one has to do is notify Crystal that you need "another few months" to decide, and the open booking will be extended. Stands to reason that Crystal would not mind keeping your money interest free while you decide. I recall that Princess kept the open booking for a number of years, and Celebrity forever...but that might have changed.
  13. Looks like Crystal is in the process of updating fares. Check this out: If you believe the search page, 116 days on a 2022 world cruise is cheaper than a 100 day world cruise! https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage-finder?dates=Feb++2022 After a little investigating, it appears the 116 day lower fare is for a C3 cabin, while the 100 day fare is for a C1 cabin. Now, how can a C3 guarantee be available for booking on the longer cruise, but not available on the shorter cruise? The longer cruise is simply the 100 day cruise with an added segment.
  14. Keith, as always, thanks for the quick response. Losing the free cruise is a bummer. The discounts are not as valuable. You should correct your response in case someone reads it without the brochure you provided.... $3000 or $5000 credit is at 25 milestones, not 5... Dwight
  15. I thought there was a free cruise after the 25th milestone....have free cruises with milestones disappeared??
  16. Put me in the dislike camp. I hate buffets, even the "grand buffet" that Crystal has in the Cove. The meats seem to be of poor quality. Atmosphere just seems poor to me... I've only eaten there once, but I doubt I will return. But hey....the place was crowded, one needs reservations, and I hear others loved it! As Keith so aptly states "Choice is good."
  17. Keith, Crystal makes their own ice cream on the river vessels? Please elaborate. How many flavors? How would you compare the ice cream with that on the Serenity? Thanks, Dwight
  18. No worries about traveling solo! I've done it on two world cruises. Lots of good posts here. If you are looking for dinner partners, simply go to the crystal Cove bar a half hour to hour before you wish to dine. You can order a cocktail or non alcoholic beverage. You can strike up a conversation there.
  19. That does indeed look like awkward placing of the television. I just sailed on Serenity in a low rent C room and the television is directly in front of the bed, perfect for viewing. Keith's remark about the lack of tubs inspires me to state (yes I know....way off topic) that I wish Crystal would consider doing away with the tub in the C cabins (or perhaps some C cabins so there is a choice) in the next dry dock and certainly on the hoped for new ocean ship.
  20. Interesting thread. I have one of these cards, but did not receive the offer. I have redeemed a few promotions of this type; no problems...the credit just shows up. But none of my offers have been this generous.
  21. Let's say I want to book an open booking while on a cruise for myself and my girlfriend who has never sailed Crystal. Do I buy one or two...can I even consider two?
  22. In my experience the Serenity is on the "too warm" side. The exception was a leg of a world cruise that visited Alaska, so maybe that has something to do with the outside temperatures. I have spoken with some cruisers who say they only cruise Crystal in cooler waters, so i"m not alone.
  23. I am on this cruise. Look forward to meeting you, perlgirlnj. It's been a while since I sailed with Crystal. I looked at the shore excursions. No prices??? How can one reserve an excursion without knowing prices?
  24. I used to get around two mailings per week from Oceania, even though i had never sailed with them. Several phone calls until I talked to the right person who stopped the mailings. Keith is correct....a good number of my Crystal mailings come from my TA, not directly from Crystal. I receive at least one mailing per week. But that has increased recently because I have a Crystal cruise this month. Guess they figure they have a live one...
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