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    TrulyBlonde was formerly portofinoitaly. FYI! easier to type

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  1. At first I thought, what would I do with a Butler? Love our privacy, am self sufficient, and would never have live in help in my home. However, they do tend to grow on you and some of them provide impeccable service. On our Ponant cruise to Antarctica, we had an OS. The finest Butler we have ever had. I was actually embarrassed when getting out of the tenders after our landings because he would be there to take our coats and help me take off my boots LOL!. I am very fit and he actually could have helped many others that really needed it. It is a nice touch and you pay for that fine service and smile. Enjoy!
  2. We did this sailing end of August into Sept too. We had excellent weather and really enjoyed the itinerary. Loved the ponies and seeing the pics with the same man handling them was interesting.
  3. Lyn, you are hardly a peon. Looking forward to your review after your Crystal cruise. Always, appreciate your input. If we don't spend it for our enjoyment our children will. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. I have taken 3 river cruises. So small that my last one on Tauck, I opted for the Suite. My DH detests them, and I wanted to be on the Danube, therefore, this was the answer. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am not a fan of river cruises and we are now done with those. I made lemonade out of lemons (small cabins).
  5. We will look forward to your review and comparison when you return from a non-suite cabin. It will make for a good balance. The cabin size seems very similar to a river cruise.
  6. We love Oceania, as well. Based upon what I have been reading, I think Regent would suit us much better than Crystal. This thread has been informative for me. Of course, it is all personal preference.
  7. Actually, TC2 has been quite fair with her comparisons so far. Each Board has their promoters and we all know who they are. I like to read between the lines to see what works for us and what won't work. As you stated, not much wrong with most of the Premium and Luxury lines, just possibly a personal preference for things that appeal to the buyer. For us, timing and itinerary are the most important issue to consider while exploring the World. Next trip to Newport to see my daughter, let's meet at Nobu in Newport. xo
  8. Actually, TC2 I was booked on Mariner in an SS for the Asia cruise last March. Due to timing, however, we decided to go to Antarctica instead. I talked my DH into it and knew I had better do it then before he changed his mind LOL! If not in a large suite, not sure the size of the cabins on Crystal would work for us. We prefer a bit more space and unless port intensive that is a big factor for us. Also, we have Nobu here in Aspen so can eat there anytime. My DH does not eat sushi and due to many health warnings relating to sushi, I have not been a huge fan lately. The enrichment on Crystal would be the draw and probably only on a TA.
  9. Enjoy that Lunch. This is what I have been waiting to hear about. You probably need that Tequila Butterfly thing you enjoy right about now. Your other thread has been hijacked ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. Regent Vs: The Other Luxury Line.....#CheckMate
  11. For the record, I have yet to sail with either Regent or Crystal but have booked both and have cancelled for various reasons. I have also disagreed with TravelCat on numerous occasions as she will attest to. However, was really enjoying seeing the comparison done on the Regent Board and this move rather nullifies her efforts with a true comparison IMO. Possibly, she can have it moved back with somehow camouflaging the name Crystal? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Many boards have a comparison done and have never seen them moved. TC2...your move and you play Chess, not Checkers. ๐Ÿ™‚
  12. Agree, I think most here would like to see your opinion vs the regulars on Crystal Board. Assume, that is why it was moved? Crystal Control? Too bad.
  13. Yum, they do have the yellowtail jalapeรฑo. One of my fav Nobu dishes. This is quite impressive. ๐Ÿ™‚
  14. Nobu also has a sea bass with miso and black bean? It probably depends what is freshly available. Regardless, almost all is yummy. If they have the yellowtail with jalapeรฑo, you must try it, especially since you love sashimi.
  15. Nobu serves miso glazed cod. We have a Nobu restaurant here in Aspen named Matsuhisa. It is a wonderful dish and preparation.
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