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Hi Keith,  I seem to remember a picture of you in a white dinner jacket. I am on the Sydney to Singapore segment of the world cruise. Do you know if there will be a white themed formal evening on this segment? If so, is white attire compulsory? I have a formal tuxedo but not a white DJ. Should I get one? I have looked on my booking on PCPC and all it mentions are the Black Tie formal evenings.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Andy.

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30 minutes ago, Flak999 said:

Hi Keith,  I seem to remember a picture of you in a white dinner jacket. I am on the Sydney to Singapore segment of the world cruise. Do you know if there will be a white themed formal evening on this segment? If so, is white attire compulsory? I have a formal tuxedo but not a white DJ. Should I get one? I have looked on my booking on PCPC and all it mentions are the Black Tie formal evenings.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Andy.

Hi Andy

 

There  will be the white extravaganza night and white attire is optional and it is casual attire. 
 

On the Black Tie Optional nights sometimes I’ve worn a white dinner jacket which you saw in the photo with tuxedo pants. 
 

Keith

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1 hour ago, Flak999 said:

Do you know if there will be a white themed formal evening on this segment? If so, is white attire compulsory? I have a formal tuxedo but not a white DJ. Should I get one?


Andy 

You certainly do not need to go out and buy a white dinner jacket, unless you particularly want one - it’s an option only. As Keith says some choose to wear a white DJ on BTO nights but the majority wear a black tux or dark lounge suit

 

The White night party is not held on a BTO night - most people attending the white night party wear something white in keeping with the Crystal casual style 

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1 hour ago, Flak999 said:

I knew you would know, thank you!  👍

Andy you  are very welcome

 

Keith

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Thanks, for this information. It can get a bit bewildering trying to plan what to take to wear, but i knew if I asked on here I would be steered in the right direction. 

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Another silly question, but I know you will know the answer. Are any toiletries provided by Crystal i.e. shower gel, shampoo and such like as you would expect to find in hotel bathrooms? Also do Crystal provide towels, bathrobes, slippers etc? Its just that these can be quite bulky items and it will cut down on the packing if they do!

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Just now, Flak999 said:

Another silly question, but I know you will know the answer. Are any toiletries provided by Crystal i.e. shower gel, shampoo and such like as you would expect to find in hotel bathrooms? Also do Crystal provide towels, bathrobes, slippers etc? Its just that these can be quite bulky items and it will cut down on the packing if they do!

Yes to all.  Etro shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion, slippers, and heavy and light weight robes.  And plenty of towels, etc.  Also a pillow menu that you can select as many of a variety of pillow as you like.

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1 minute ago, Flak999 said:

Another silly question, but I know you will know the answer. Are any toiletries provided by Crystal i.e. shower gel, shampoo and such like as you would expect to find in hotel bathrooms? Also do Crystal provide towels, bathrobes, slippers etc? Its just that these can be quite bulky items and it will cut down on the packing if they do!

No question is silly and please feel free to ask as many questions as you  would like.

 

Many toiletries are provided including shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, and bar soap plus cotton balls, q-tips for the ears and a few other  items.

 

Bathrobes are provided, plus a kimono and slippers.

 

Keith

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Another question please! What are the on board laundry facilities like on Serenity? I'm trying to decide how many changes of clothes I need to bring. What do others do, do you take some trusted staples and mix and match throughout the cruise, and when things need a freshen up how easy is it to do ones laundry? I don't want to over pack but conversely I don't want to find I haven't enough of everything!

 

I know at 61 I should be able to work this out, but unfortunately this is what my late wife excelled at and I was happy to just go with whatever she decided!  

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54 minutes ago, Flak999 said:

Another question please! What are the on board laundry facilities like on Serenity? I'm trying to decide how many changes of clothes I need to bring. What do others do, do you take some trusted staples and mix and match throughout the cruise, and when things need a freshen up how easy is it to do ones laundry? I don't want to over pack but conversely I don't want to find I haven't enough of everything!

 

I know at 61 I should be able to work this out, but unfortunately this is what my late wife excelled at and I was happy to just go with whatever she decided!  

Facilities are great.

 

Every floor with guest room has them with several washers and dryers.

 

We rewash items often.

 

Sometimes they can get busy but you will quickly learn times to do the wash and laundry.


There are typically five washers and five dryers on each deck and they are full size.

 

The rooms are open 7x24. 

 

Keith

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3 minutes ago, Caymus88 said:

What is the dress code 

Actual one that is on board

From the writeup I included on this thread:

 

Attire

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Often, there are questions about the evening attire. The following information about attire comes directly from the Crystal Cruises Web Site. 

 

The web site also notes the appropriate daytime attire for Waterside.

 

In general daytime attire is very casual.  Shorts and other casual clothing is permitted in all of the dining venues during the daytime. 

 

EVENING ATTIRE

 

Crystal Casual

 

For women, Crystal Casual includes a dress, or a blouse or sweater and skirt or dressy slacks. Men’s Crystal Casual attire includes a sports jacket (optional), dress shirt, buttoned down shirt, open collar or collared polo shirt and dress plants. (No tie required.)   Jeans are allowed but should not have holes.

 

Please note one evening each cruise the theme is Crystal White Extravaganza.  Later in the evening there is a mixer in the Crystal Plaza with dancing and music.  Guests are encouraged to wear white that evening.  This can range from wearing all white to a white pants or capris to a white top. 

 

Black Tie Optional

 

For men, this includes a dark suit with tie or tuxedo. For women, this includes a formal cocktail dress, evening gown, or dressy evening separates. On Black Tie Optional evenings, Crystal requests at least a Jacket to be worn by men and dress, skirts or dressy slacks and blouse or sweater be worn by women.

 

My experience is that the number of people in traditional formal attire such as Tuxedos and Gowns will vary. Sometimes on longer cruises you will see a greater percentage of people in formal attire then on shorter cruises.  On voyages with only one Black Tie Optional evening you will see far fewer people dressed in formal attire.   With that said, with each passing year less people wear formal attire. 

 

NOTE: Jeans may NOT be worn in any dining venues or lounges, including the Casino on Black Tie Optional evenings.

 

While the BTO attire is what is recommended in the evening they overlook people who come in Crystal Casual attire to the Brazilian Restaurant and Silk but really ask that you not walk around the ship before or after dinner should you be more casual.

 

Guests can expect the following Black Tie Optional Nights:

 

7 days or less cruises no black tie optional nights with all Crystal Casual evenings;

 

8 to 10 day cruises: Up to1 Black Tie Optional evening;

 

11 to 13 day cruises: 2Black Tie Optional evenings;

 

World Cruise, Holiday Cruises and Crossings may be scheduled differently.

 

Your booking on PCPC will confirm the number of Black Tie Optional Evenings for your specific cruise as will your final cruise documents.  Sometimes it does not show up until closer to the cruise.

 

Keith

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Actually, not every floor with guest rooms have washer/driers - for instance on Symphony deck 7 does not you go up to 8 . I also think there aren't any on deck 5 on Symphony.    It hasn't been a big deal but it isn't every deck on Symphony

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Thank you Keith 1010

looks like Crystal won’t be in our future as we travel Carry-On only. 

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1 hour ago, Caymus88 said:

Thank you Keith 1010

looks like Crystal won’t be in our future as we travel Carry-On only. 

 

Let me see if I have this straight.

 

Your decision on what cruiseline to take is completely dependent upon whether you can sail with merely your carry-on bag of clothes?

 

Haven't heard that one before.  But thanks for clarifying.

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Now that the world cruise is underway, I wonder if somebody on board could kindly let me know if Bombay Sapphire gin is available in the bars and also as an addition to my stateroom fridge? I do seem to remember some time ago somebody posting the drinks menu available in staterooms but i don't seem to be able to find it.

 

Thanks in advance. 👍

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36 minutes ago, Flak999 said:

I wonder if somebody on board could kindly let me know if Bombay Sapphire gin is available in the bars and also as an addition to my stateroom fridge?


I'm not onboard at the moment but I can pretty much guaranty that Bombay Sapphire will be available in all the bars and you can request a bottle for your room. Bombay Sapphire has been one of the standard gins on board for many years 

 

BTW my advice is to ask questions like this on the general forum - more people will see them and respond if you post there 

Edited by Stickman1990

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8 minutes ago, Flak999 said:

Thanks for the quick reply, good to know and good advice! 👍

Ditto to ask on the general board but I can tell you it is available on Serenity right now.

 

Keith

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3 minutes ago, Flak999 said:

Excellent! Thank you Keith. 

You are very welcome and if you have any other related questions to the World Cruise and things on board feel free to post on the live thread I am doing.

 

Keith

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Is there a list somewhere of the specific included  “premium spirits” on the ships? Eg,  Scotch... Glenlivet 12 or Macallan 15?  Specifically?  Thanks.

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