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  1. I would say 10-15 yers ago, I sailed Silversea all the time, and had wonderful voyages. Last October we sailed a cold weather cruise on the Spirit and left never wanting to sail SS again. The dining set up where the menus don't change was a deal breaker. Made dinner something to not look forward to (oh, I'll have that same steak again, but change the sauce this time). A ridiculous and cheap method of dinning. Crew was nice but not the genuine service we get on Crystal (we reverted back to Crystal). I hope RCI support this line, currently its a mess. PS: Sailed all the triplets, and loved them. I haven't had the chance to sail the larger ships yet.
  2. Sailed Serenity for the 6th time this past May out of Athens, I have to say the ship looks better than some brand new ships, crew was amazing as was the food. This was our first time on board with Waterside and i was looking to find fault with the open seating, but the staff were so amazing that it was hard to find fault anywhere. Having sailed most cruise lines over and over again, I'd say Crystal is by far the most consist product. Booked again for next year!
  3. They had those spray painted plastic hairdryers in the stairwell of the Spirit.
  4. Glad you arrived Vienna safely! Just realized we met at the Athens airport, we were behind you waiting in line at BA check in headed also to LHR and the Sofitel. Great meeting you! We had a wonderful time on Serenity! Take care, James
  5. From my last visit there on Serenity we never really waited more than 5-10 minutes for a tender to and from the ship
  6. I would say Shadow, as the dining on Spirit with the never changing menus in each restaurant was a deal breaker. La Terrazza on Spirit also looks like a buffet restaurant vs the Shadow where its much nicer.
  7. I've done HK Disney 3 or 4 times (on business trips to HK), its a very small park and very uncrowded (since Shanghai opened). Maybe 10-12 rides and during non peak times there is a lot closed (restaurants, etc). From the pier in Kowloon City, its about a 45 minute metro ride (the subway in HK is super safe and clean). The station is "Disneyland" and you switch to a Disney subway that goes right to the main gate. I would say unlike Shanghai, you'd only need 4-5 hours to see Disney HK. HK Disney is on Lantau Island, there is also a giant Buddha there, which is another item to check off your list if visiting HK if you have a driver. If it was my first time in HK, not sure if Disney would be on my list, but its super close and easy to get to.
  8. We were able to get complementary caviar on the Spirit last month, you had to ask, get through the eye roll and then it was presented. We found out from other passengers on board, they were not super forthcoming about it now being available.
  9. We hit the dock in Quebec City a few weeks ago due to winds E1FBE929-AC53-46C0-BA47-52A87879C255.MOV
  10. Agree, its sad, I had great memories with them on their smaller ships (Cloud, Wind, Shadow and Whisper), but these new larger ships with the funky dining are just not for us.
  11. We just spent 10 days on Silver Spirit, which we found disappointing due to their new dining system (menus do not change day to day, resulting in a very boring dining experience). We also sailed QM2 this year in the Queens Grill which we loved. Our next cruise is back to the Serenity, we don't mind the smaller cabins, but we found you cant beat the ambiance and crew on Crystal. I have to say Crystal is the most consistent cruise line I've been on recently, great service and food.
  12. There is, it’s just the room service menu that you can access anywhere on the ship
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