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  1. From my last visit there on Serenity we never really waited more than 5-10 minutes for a tender to and from the ship
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. We hit the dock in Quebec City a few weeks ago due to winds E1FBE929-AC53-46C0-BA47-52A87879C255.MOV
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. There is, it’s just the room service menu that you can access anywhere on the ship
  9. I’d say we were asked at breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. In the Panorama where by day five I thought it would subside, it didn’t . Our group thought for sure they were collecting data for other uses.
  10. Our best meals were all off the ship, we had a great lobster in Bar Harbor (at one of the few open restaurants!). We also enjoyed eating in the Chateau in Quebec City (thankfully there overnight due to the storm). I'm still sad we missed the fjord : (
  11. We were given two alternative menus, one was the room service menu (pasta with red sauce, burger, etc), the other looked to be a kids menu? chicken fingers and hot dogs....
  12. I don't think its the technology, its the ill prepared crew using it (not their fault - poor training?) and the constant asking for room numbers. Crystal uses an iphone type interface and honestly I never really noticed it being as obtrusive as the system on Spirit
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