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  1. ChansonDeLaMer, thank you for sharing your Mestre experience. On our last trip to Venice in September 2019 we had an early morning water taxi ride to the airport. An interesting experience!
  2. Cruisemonty and Neilredd, thank you both for your suggestions. I have done a bit more research on our options. We have thoroughly explored Venice on previous trips, so having easy transportation from the airport to a comfortable hotel, and from the hotel to the cruise terminal is our priority. I have found several nice hotels in Mestre just outside of Venice on the “mainland”. Land taxis are readily available from the airport to these hotels, and from there to the cruise port, minimizing luggage handling. Looks like the best option for us for this trip.
  3. We have just booked a Crystal Cruise for September 2021 that begins in Venice and ends in Rome. We wish to arrive at least a day ahead of our embarkation. We have been to Venice several times, but not with Venice as an embarkation point.. We prefer not to have to roll our luggage from a hotel to the ship. Would appreciate suggestions for a Venice hotel that would assist with arrival from the airport and handle our luggage for transfer to the ship. Cindy
  4. We have been sailing Crystal Ocean since 2012.We began taking river cruises In 2010,several years before Crystal began river cruises. We have sailed on Uniworld, AMA, Tauck, Scenic and Viking all more than once. We would love to sail on Crystal, but at present other river cruise lines have more creative river plus land itineraries than Crystal. Maybe in the future
  5. We have travelled on Crystal (both Symphony and Serenity) and Oceania (Riviera), but not on Seabourn, plus several others. I would be interested in your reflections on food, daytime activities (especially lectures), and options for dress on formal nights across the 3 cruise lines.
  6. We are on Crystal now and were also on the previous cruise. And we are having a delightful time. We don’t visit the pool or hot tubs, and avoid the sun, so I don’t have comments about the pool situation. This is our 15th cruise on Crystal and I can’t recall any cruise on which there were no complaints regarding dress and actions of others. I had a couple of personal issues on this trip...one regarding gluten free items in Bistro and one regarding a situation in our cabin...neither of which was major. Since the issues were not major I just made comments on the Crystal App hoping the issues would be addressed on future cruises. I received a phone call on both issues in less than a day and the items were addressed.
  7. Interesting. Hopefully enforcement of the fairly lenient “policy” will continue, and the staff will not be cowed by rude passengers. This specific situation does not affect us since we don’t spend our time at the pool in the sun. But disrespect for other passenger should be addressed.
  8. If you eat in waterside you can always request items that are not on the menu, or request a different preparation of a dish.
  9. We took the tour of the fort, but then had our bus driver drop us off near the pier rather than go to the Beach Club. Several others on our bus did the same. (Crystal home Office had told me this could not be done.) We got to the ship just as the were letting In-transit passengers back on. Had time to do our laundry before having a late lunch in Bistro. Happy not to have to kill time at the Beach Club. Crystal needs to rethink this in-transit plan for San Juan. Organization of the departure for the tour was not well done. We exited Stardust at the same time all disembarking passengers were leaving the ship. Stood in line on the stairway for a considerable period of time. This certainly was not fair to either the people trying to leave for the airport or people trying to get to the tour buses, Then we had a tour that only consisted of our bus driver, and supposed tour guide, taking us into the fort, giving us about a 10 minute introduction, the telling us to be back at the bus in 45 minutes. At least he was kind enough to honor our request to leave the tour and go back to the ship.
  10. Today’s Reflections on Serenity states that after 45 minutes of vacancy items will be removed from lounges and personal items will be turned into lost and found
  11. Beach Tunes, we board too! Cant’t wait to be back on Serenity.!
  12. Regarding “ no pool bar”, there are waiters in the pool area who will bring you whatever drink you want
  13. May husband and I have been sailing on Crystal since 2012. That is the year we both retired and we decided there would be no more tuxedos and formal dresses for us. My husband always wears a nice sports coat on the plane to the cruise, and this jacket plus a pair of dress pants and a collared shirt, with or without a tie depending on his mood, is his BTO attire. I wear a comfortable cocktail dress, or dressy tights with a dressy (sparkles or lace) top. We have always felt comfortable in this attire, and we are comfortably attired for an evening of dining and dancing. As mentioned earlier there are always some folks who want to go the true Black Tie route, and the proportion of who wears what is very variable from cruise to cruise. If we are going to Prego (we don't go to Umi Uma...another story) we go in BTO attire. We sometimes wear nice dark jeans to dinner, my husband with a collared shirt, and me with a tailored blouse or tunic top. We live in resort area in Texas and at home this is resort casual for us. Regarding the discussion of # of BTO nights we will be on BtB cruises in December, each of which is 8 days. Both have one BTO evening. Last year we booked a 14 day cruise in December, which was also broken into two cruises and I am not sure of the length of each. Our 14 day cruise had 3 BTO evenings.
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