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Let's talk about the definition of "MUST". If...
Let's talk about the definition of "MUST". If "must" means that you either provide proof of specific vaccination/s (or valid letter of exemption) or you are denied boarding/denied entry, then the...
Lovely idea - planning a surprise anniversary...
Lovely idea - planning a surprise anniversary cruise. I would suggest giving hubby a "heads up" - at least for saving the dates. What if he's planning a surprise anniversary cruise for you?
It's very important to separate in your analysis...
It's very important to separate in your analysis the cost of insuring what you paid for the cruise (trip cancellation) and insuring medical costs that may be incurred within the actual dates of...
Maybe someone booking a cruise for the first (or...
Maybe someone booking a cruise for the first (or even second) time would not actually look at the full itinerary. Maybe someone who is not up to speed using a web browser and might be totally...
I will leave aside the process of changing TA's...
I will leave aside the process of changing TA's because that has been well explained. What puzzles me about threads like this is the reluctance of some to treat dealing with TA's as strictly a...
It's a great concept for a start up cruise line....
It's a great concept for a start up cruise line. His is not the first cruise line to adopt this policy, the new Viking Ocean cruises are for adults only. However, to avoid some unintended...
Crystal, imo, consistently has the best and most...
Crystal, imo, consistently has the best and most varied lecturers and entertainers on their cruises.
Here are links to the scheduled enrichment on a Caribbean cruise...
Any "average" (mean) would be misleading. First...
Any "average" (mean) would be misleading. First factor in length of cruise, itinerary, stateroom (from inside to owner's suite), port charges, what is included and what is not included, time of year...
Many leave passports in the safe, many take them...
Many leave passports in the safe, many take them ashore. Both groups have their reasons and will not be persuaded to change their practice. What anyone else does is irrelevant to your decision based...
This situation may became a noticeable issue in...
This situation may became a noticeable issue in several areas because there is a finite number of crew accommodations, and an increased need for staffing. Unless they start hot bunking, there's just...
I'm trying to give some serious thought to the...
I'm trying to give some serious thought to the bigger picture of Crystal post acquisition. What we loved (and try to continue to love) is the on board product. We are given a respite from the trials...
I would frame the scenario a bit differently....
I would frame the scenario a bit differently. Appendicitis is a life threatening condition that requires major surgery, for which no ship's medical department is equipped. In order to save the...
If I were your agent I would be a strong advocate...
If I were your agent I would be a strong advocate for your position. You paid Princess for a service which was not provided, much in the same vein as paying for certain class of cabin and through...
Sorry if this seems like piling on - but the red...
Sorry if this seems like piling on - but the red does distract from the content. Which is more important to you, the medium or the message?
If you look at the request from a cruise line's...
If you look at the request from a cruise line's point of view, it seems very unlikely to be granted - even if it is legal.

Administratively it's an extra hassle for the immigration officer to...
I agree 100%. Crystal staff are trained not to...
I agree 100%. Crystal staff are trained not to say "no", even when "no" is the appropriate and realistic answer. How do they say NO to someone with hundreds of Crystal cruises, someone in Crystal...
Do you expect applause for attempting to scam the...
Do you expect applause for attempting to scam the cruise line? Do you imagine the revenue department of the cruise line is so stupid as to not follow up on the imaginary passenger? Do you imagine you...
I have had experience in volunteer screening,...
I have had experience in volunteer screening, training and management. (Not in disaster relief, which is infinitely more complex than most volunteer scenarios.) A "volunteer" just off a cruise ship...
So we have, in this micro sample of opinion...
So we have, in this micro sample of opinion (anecdotes, not data):

Bathtubs are wonderful for a leisurely soak
Showers are all I need or want
Standing in a tub for a shower is a PITA

Give the...
If all you want is "another island, another...
If all you want is "another island, another beach" (sung to "another openin', another show") then I understand your displeasure. However, some of the most amazing places in the world that are...
First, Seabourn did not send that notice just to...
First, Seabourn did not send that notice just to annoy its paying passengers. There is some requirement on this specific itinerary where the governing officials want proof of vaccination or an...
I never read any "Edie hate" posts on this board....
I never read any "Edie hate" posts on this board. What I did read was disappointment with Crystal corporate priorities, disappointment with Crystal performance in key areas, and uncertainty about how...
Oh, yes we do. As soon as Crystal opens up the...
Oh, yes we do. As soon as Crystal opens up the calendar for new cruises, there is a fellow who calculates all the per diems, makes the results available on his website, and regularly updates any...
There are two overlapping issues being discussed....
There are two overlapping issues being discussed. Just for clarification, the first issue is to get someone suffering a critical medical condition off the ship while far from land and to a medical...
No one knows how much is enough until you need...
No one knows how much is enough until you need it. We usually purchase Travelex Max with $1,000,000 coverage for medical evacuation.

Imagine this scenario: you need an emergency appendectomy...