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Kayak lk

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About Kayak lk

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Roswell Ga
  • Interests
    Fly Fishing, Boating
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Seabourn/HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe
  1. Kayak lk

    River Cruising thru Bulgaria

    Thanks for the info. Hope to be able to cruise there in 20. We have not traveled very much in the old eastern block country and would like to. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    River Cruising thru Bulgaria

    We are thinking of trying a Tauck or Amawaterways thru Bulgaria has anyone been on these cruises? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Last day of the cruise

    We received our GE very quickly less than a week from our approval Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Polar Plunge

    We are on your cruise and I hope to do the polar plunge. Wife will not. We are getting excited to be on our adventure. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Bilbao

    That was very informative and we hope to do something similar Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Bilbao

    Thanks for the responses Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Bilbao

    We will be leaving for our cruise in about a week(Dover to Lisbon w/ a overnight in Bilbao) Does Crystal typically run a shuttle to the Old City. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Polar Plunge

    Thanks for the replies, I hope I get a chance to try. Wife will only watch. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Polar Plunge

    What is the Polar Plunge and do all of the ship offer it. We are on Silver Cloud Explorer in February. Sent from my iPhone using Forums mobile app
  10. Kayak lk

    Ob gty

    Thanks for your replies
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    Ob gty

    We have cruised with Seabourn before but never on the new ships. We have an OB guarantee, are there any rooms that we should be concerned with getting. The partial solid balcony rail would not be an issue.
  12. Our first time cruising with Crystal, we had previously cruised with Regent, Seabourn and HAL. Our overall experience was very satisfactory but we had one issue that will most likely keep us from cruising with Crystal in the future. We chose the fixed late seating and were concerned that this might have been an issue, but we actually enjoyed eating at 8:30. Most of the shows were after dinner but the couple of shows before dinner worked out fine. We enjoyed all of the production shows and felt that they exceeded what we had experienced on the other lines. We had a couple of overnights in port and on both occasions Crystal brought in local entertainment that we enjoyed. The overall entertainment provide was exceptional, between the piano bar, the impromptu entertainment at the Cove, the Sextet and the production shows (the violinist was great, he played in the piano bar, with the Sextet and at the Cove, never thought that I would say that about a violinist but he was an entertainer). The MDR service and food were excellent, in my opinion on a par with Seabourn and far exceeding Regent. The dinner at Prego was exceptional, and while we did not enjoy Silk Road as much, this might be a matter of our not being very experienced with this type of restaurant. We had a standard room without a veranda, and the room was a little small but well laid out. We would have liked a more typical luxury sized room but it really not an issue. The room was a little small on days when we had a tour scheduled and chose to have a light breakfast in our room instead of eating out. But overall it was not a major issue. We attended a couple of the lectures and were not that impressed but in my opinion they we on a par with the other cruise lines. The overall service thru out the ship was excellent, a little better than Seabourn, much better than Regent. The shore excursions were what we expected, except we were on an included pre-cruise 3 day tour in Beijing. In my opinion the pre-cruise tours were a little crowded on the buses and the guides were not the best. But the dinner at the Peoples House in Beijing was excellent, an example of Crystal including something special for their guest. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. Now our issue. We booked our cruise early and selected a state room by reviewing the cruise critic comments on the various rooms. Our policy is to only book a room that meets our needs and nothing less. Months after our booking, our travel agent contacted us and stated that Crystal wanted to provide our selected room to someone else and they would provide an increased OBC if we switched to a guarantee. We had done a guarantee on another occasion and it was not an issue. We read thru the CC room reviews and did not see any issue with any of the category of rooms that we choose. So we accepted the Crystal offer. When we found out our room number it was Mid Ship and we thought that all had worked out. It turns out that we were above the Starlight Lounge, not directly above the stage but midway in the dance floor area. The first night the music went on until 1 AM, the second and third night until 1 AM, it then calmed to a reasonable time until the last night when it was until 1:30 AM. We could not really hear what song was being played(after installing ear plugs), but the bass vibration in our room was unbearable. I can sleep anywhere and my wife sometimes has trouble sleeping. But even for me, wearing ear plugs and taking over the counter sleeping pills, I was unable to sleep. Of course my wife was never able to sleep when the music was playing. Crystal received multiple complains from us and other rooms nearby. But the music continued with no change. I would compare the experience to staying in a cheap roadside hotel room instead of a luxury cruise. After the first night, I thought that Crystal would understand that there was an issue and make some changes. But they never did. There was a large group on the cruise that may have enjoyed “disco music” more than other typical Crystal cruisers but in my opinion Crystal needed to make sure that we and the rooms around us were provided with a reasonable sleeping experience. They never did. As result, I do not expect that we will try Crystal cruises again. I also would strongly advise any future people considering Crystal to avoid any of the rooms on the port side above the Starlight Lounge.
  13. This also our first Crystal cruise and I did not appreciate not being notified of our cabin number when it had already been decided.
  14. We are on the same cruise with a guarantee also and have not been notified of our cabin number. But yesterday I was printing out a copy of the cruise calendar in the already booked section of the web site. When I pull up that section it said what cabin we have. But I could not find it any where else and our travel agent could not tell. Try doing that and see if you have a cabin number there
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    Laundry prices

    Starting to pack, and just have a quick question about getting laundry done. I understand that there are self-surface laundry rooms. But if you send your laundry out, is there any kind of "bag price", or is it all calculated piece by piece? Also, assuming that dry-cleaning is available? Thanks!
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