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  1. Sounds like a fantastic trip. It will be very interesting to follow along. Thanks for posting and have a wonderful time!
  2. I am generally satisfied with the value received on a Crystal Cruise. When adding the costs of internet, gratuities, beverage packages and specialty restaurants to many cruises on Celebrity, Holland America and Princess, I find Crystal to be very competitive many times for a much better experience on a luxury line. I always add all the costs to get a true per diem cost and find Crystal to be the best value for me of the luxury lines. I am not interested in having the airfare or port tours included as some other lines do. I typically plan our own tours in port and sometimes use frequent flyer miles for airfare. One complaint I do have with Crystal is their added taxes, fees and port charges. They seem excessive compared to many other lines. I do take that into account when looking at costs, but seems Crystal pricing is a little misleading when only looking at the advertised price and not the fine print. My upcoming two cruises on Crystal have taxes, fees and port charges of $925 and $935.
  3. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. It should be a very interesting read. I really like the fact that you are doing some non traditional modes of transportation. Safe travels. Jim
  4. I thought we would have the same problem due to leaving on August 20th and returning on November 5th, but the election is on November 8th (first Tuesday after the first Monday). I mistakenly thought it was the first Tuesday. If Swaldos returns on November 7th, you should be good to go.
  5. Keith, Please add: Jan 5 (7201) Melbourne to Sydney - TampaBayJD (Jim/Marge) Thanks, Jim
  6. It seems to me that Crystal wants more change. If this was not the case and they wanted to stay the course, they would have promoted from within the organization. Crystal is searching for new ideas and perspective and how this can translate to increased profits. I am all for some change but please do not ruin a great product.
  7. Please let us know what you find out from Guest Services. We are planning on doing the same as you in Zeebrugge. Jim
  8. Email has been sent. I'm looking forward to reading your blog. Have a great time!
  9. We typically will eat at Silk Road the most followed by the MDR. We save one night for Room Service and another night for Prego.
  10. Some great ideas from everyone. I still have many places on my bucket list. So far, some of my favorite places (in no particular order): British Virgin Islands Venice Prague Kauai Dubrovnik Here's hoping that everyone puts a big dent in their own personal bucket list!
  11. I would also like to see the complete list of AI wines each evening at dinner. I could then choose which wine I would prefer. Whether the waiter or sommelier pours the wine, I do not care. If I have a question or would like to purchase a special bottle, I would ask for the sommelier. This might eliminate some of the work load for the sommeliers. JD
  12. Thank you everyone for the excellent comments. We will go to Brugge and look at spending another day or two in Copenhagen.
  13. We just booked our cruise from Dover to Copenhagen for next summer. This will be our 3rd Crystal Cruise. We just love the Crystal experience. I have a couple of questions on the various ports. 1. We will be stopping in Zeebrugge. Would you recommend a trip to Brugge or Brussels for the day? We have not been to either and enjoy walking and exploring the areas on our own. 2. We will also be stopping in Helsingborg, Sweden. Does anyone have any ideas for the day there? 3. We will be overnight on the Serenity in Copenhagen. I am debating on spending an extra night after the cruise in Copenhagen before traveling to Paris and Madrid. Any thoughts on Copenhagen? Thanks for your help! JD
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