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Reflections on Crystal Serenity, Pacific Sojourn, LA to Syd - 23 Jan – 17 Feb 2018

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Welcome to my "live" thread - I'll be updating this thread as we enjoy a total of 24 days on board Crystal Serenity including 14 glorious sea days crossing the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney via several Pacific Islands,including two inaugural ports in Pago Pago and Norfolk Island, on v.8302 - http://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/details/pacific-sojourn-8302

 

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This is only our second cruise on Crystal Serenity having done a similar cruise back in January 2016 when we cruised from San Francisco to Sydney on the first leg of WC 2016 – most of our cruising has been on Symphony. It will be nice to have one more cruise on Serenity before she is “reimagined” later this year and then we will get to experience the new product in early 2019 on one of the WC 2019 segments

 

We are very lucky to be joined on this cruise by a group of friends who we sailed with on v.7208 back in April – a reunion plan was hatched in the Cove late one night and lo and behold several people signed up for this cruise as a result. One couple is doing the full WC but the rest of us are segmenters (which was not an issue at all on our 2016 cruise). We are also being joined by another couple who we met via CC, more on that once were underway. I have to say that most of the group don’t use Cruise Critic and just enjoy cruising on Crystal. I do know of several cruising friends who are not CC members that will be following this thread

 

I’m also looking forward to sailing again with some familiar faces who we’ve enjoyed time with in the past and with those familiar to me through CC including Roy (Rafinmd) whose adventures I’ve followed for many years now and several others who have been active on the Roll Call thread

 

We look forward to again spending time with the great WC hostess – Stacey Huston and Rick Spath the Cruise Director – both make the World Cruise very special and even though we are only on one segment we will be able to enjoy a very full programme and special events that are included on the World Cruise segments (the only exception being the welcome event and an onshore event for full WC guests only)

 

You’ll hear about and hopefully see many of the things we love to enjoy on Crystal – these will most certainly include (but not be limited to):

  • Food – we enjoy all the venues and will bedining in the specialty restaurants at least 4 times over the 24 days (includingTastes, allowing us to enjoy long lunches and tapas in the evening) – we also have a Private Vintage Room booked with our group of friends
  • The Crystal Cove, the Palm Court and theLido Deck which are my usual haunts – ok maybe the Avenue Saloon as well (who am I kidding – last cruise our group pretty much closed the place down each night) – particularly as we will have Mark Farris to entertain us (but I think a lot of what goes on in the Avenue should stay there to protect the innocent)
  • The Casino – but not the High Rollers room!
  • Bingo - my guilty pleasure and with so many sea days the jackpot should grow to be quite large – I’m not so sure about playing every sea day though
  • Trivia – we enjoy this and enjoy the challenge each sea day and have already got our multi national team from Canada,US and Australia organised – the WC trivia sessions are always well attended and fiercely competitive (in a friendly way)
  • The Knitting Group (not me but my wife will be participating as she loves knitting but I'm sure I'll pop in from time to time as this has proven to be a very social group in the past - particularly in the late afternoon when the Ginger Cosmos appear) – it’s interesting that the host for this activity has not been named on the website, usually they have been identified well in advance
  • Enrichment Programme Speakers - lots of sea days means many sessions and they really do excel on the World Cruise with excellent speakers, again many of them are new to me. A great variety of speakers and entertainers including some new to Crystal - http://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/details/pacific-sojourn-8302#entertainment_programs
  • Entertainment - we are especially happy to have the chance to experience some new entertainers – in fact all of them are new to us. We will also enjoy watching the Super Bowl and joining other guests at the party that Crystal put on for the game which should be during the day as it was in 2016
  • Hosting visitors – we enjoy hosting friends and family onboard and will be doing so in Sydney when we are hoping to take them for a meal at Prego

Note – there are unlikely to be many reports from the gym or exercise equipment - my exercise pleasure is walking a few miles each day around the Promenade deck but I might give the treadmill a go this time (I said that last cruise and never did)

 

I’ll also be using the Tapatalk application to post as many photos to CC as I can – I’ve found that very easy to use to post reasonable sized images. Of course I will be at the mercy of the speed of the internet connection as we cruise but it will be nice to have unlimited internet

 

For those with precious pets I’m sure you understand the challenge of leaving pets behind. We will be leaving our two beloved black labradors in the care of our son – unfortunately one will be in the very early stages of recovery from a cruciate ligament reconstruction that will be undertaken tomorrow. That was a little drama we faced over the Christmas break when he started limping after a run in the back yard and unfortunately we could only get the operation scheduled once the holidays were over

 

But first up is flying to LA and spending 5 days of exploring the city the next week. It’s an almost 14 hour flight from Sydney to LA on Virgin Australia onone of their Boeing 777’s – it will be the first time we have flown this leg with them since they upgraded to what they call “The Business” in recent years.The service has received very good reviews so I’m looking forward to giving them a try as well as visiting the Etihad first and business class lounge in Sydney. Whilst I love cruising I also like to fly long haul – preferably on the way to a cruise – or home from one

 

We’ve visited LA many times before and thought we’d have a few days at Disneyland and Disney California Park to see if anything has changed in the 25 years since we last visited. The long flight to the US is made more palatable given the leisurely voyage home that we will enjoy over the 24 days

 

Of course anyone else on v.8302 is most welcome to post about their experiences and comments – whilst we will be trying to do everything available on board that simply is not possible so the more contributors the better. We look forward to meeting those from the roll call and who have registered for the meet and mingle

 

Comments and questions from anyone are welcome – more than happy to respond where I can and I’m sure others on the cruise will chip in

 

Oh well time to start thinking about what to pack...

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Bon voyage to you and Kerry, Terry. I look forward to reading about your voyage. - Tracie

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Bon voyage and I look forward to your posts.

 

If you haven't been, you might want to check out the Getty Museum.

 

Nancy

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Early Bon voyage and safe travels to LA.

 

Wishing you and Kerry a wonderful time.

 

I look forward to following your travels.

 

Nancy

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Terry, very much looking forward to reading your live thread! Sound like your in for a fun trip. It'll be just the tonic we need to help us get over our post holiday cruise blues.

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Enjoy, Terry, as I know you will! Please send greetings to our mutual friends onboard!

 

Ricki

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Bon Voyage, hope you and Kerry have another memorable sailing onboard the Serenity. I look forward to following along via your live from thread... I have friends on this sailing who will be switching over to the Symphony in Sydney to go onward to N. Zealand - I'll ask them to look out for you...

 

Anne...

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Have a wonderful cruise Terry! I am looking forward to your live thread.

We also have a pet, who we love very much. He is an English cocker spaniel.

Ivi

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Terry,

 

Here's to you and Kerry taking what I expect will be another exciting and exquisite voyage. I am sure you will have a great trip on the Serenity, thanks in advance for blogging!

 

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Terry - really looking forward to it. Will also be curious to hear about Virgin’s “The Business”. Have flown them quite a lot domestically but never internationally.

 

Have a great trip and I will most certainly be down at Circular Quay when both ships are in port to have a look.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

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Terry - really looking forward to it. Will also be curious to hear about Virgin’s “The Business”. Have flown them quite a lot domestically but never internationally.

 

Have a great trip and I will most certainly be down at Circular Quay when both ships are in port to have a look.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

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Bon voyage, Terry. Looking forward to the vicarious experience.

 

Lucky Glen, and whoever else will be able to check it out, live. The rest of us will be ogling everybody's photos, I hope!

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Count me in. I will be traveling in your pocket so to speak from my arm chair. Thanks for posting a live thread.

 

Ilene

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Count me in. I will be traveling in your pocket so to speak from my arm chair. Thanks for posting a live thread.

 

 

 

Ilene

 

 

 

Me too! Having withdrawal already.

 

 

Paul

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Terry,

Looking forward to following your "live from.." as we will board the Serenity in Sydney as you disembark. Will follow especially closely as this will be our first Crystal cruise.

Bon voyage,

Paul

PS note our black lab Pepper by HIS pool in my avitar. Hope all goes well with the surgery and recovery :)

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Hey Terry,

 

I am anxious to read about your's and Kerry's adventures crossing the Pacific. Wish we were with you.

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Welcome to my "live" thread - I'll be updating this thread as we enjoy a total of 24 days on board Crystal Serenity including 14 glorious sea days crossing the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney via several Pacific Islands,including two inaugural ports in Pago Pago and Norfolk Island, on v.8302 - http://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/details/pacific-sojourn-8302

 

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This is only our second cruise on Crystal Serenity having done a similar cruise back in January 2016 when we cruised from San Francisco to Sydney on the first leg of WC 2016 – most of our cruising has been on Symphony. It will be nice to have one more cruise on Serenity before she is “reimagined” later this year and then we will get to experience the new product in early 2019 on one of the WC 2019 segments

 

We are very lucky to be joined on this cruise by a group of friends who we sailed with on v.7208 back in April – a reunion plan was hatched in the Cove late one night and lo and behold several people signed up for this cruise as a result. One couple is doing the full WC but the rest of us are segmenters (which was not an issue at all on our 2016 cruise). We are also being joined by another couple who we met via CC, more on that once were underway. I have to say that most of the group don’t use Cruise Critic and just enjoy cruising on Crystal. I do know of several cruising friends who are not CC members that will be following this thread

 

I’m also looking forward to sailing again with some familiar faces who we’ve enjoyed time with in the past and with those familiar to me through CC including Roy (Rafinmd) whose adventures I’ve followed for many years now and several others who have been active on the Roll Call thread

 

We look forward to again spending time with the great WC hostess – Stacey Huston and Rick Spath the Cruise Director – both make the World Cruise very special and even though we are only on one segment we will be able to enjoy a very full programme and special events that are included on the World Cruise segments (the only exception being the welcome event and an onshore event for full WC guests only)

 

You’ll hear about and hopefully see many of the things we love to enjoy on Crystal – these will most certainly include (but not be limited to):

  • Food – we enjoy all the venues and will bedining in the specialty restaurants at least 4 times over the 24 days (includingTastes, allowing us to enjoy long lunches and tapas in the evening) – we also have a Private Vintage Room booked with our group of friends
  • The Crystal Cove, the Palm Court and theLido Deck which are my usual haunts – ok maybe the Avenue Saloon as well (who am I kidding – last cruise our group pretty much closed the place down each night) – particularly as we will have Mark Farris to entertain us (but I think a lot of what goes on in the Avenue should stay there to protect the innocent)
  • The Casino – but not the High Rollers room!
  • Bingo - my guilty pleasure and with so many sea days the jackpot should grow to be quite large – I’m not so sure about playing every sea day though
  • Trivia – we enjoy this and enjoy the challenge each sea day and have already got our multi national team from Canada,US and Australia organised – the WC trivia sessions are always well attended and fiercely competitive (in a friendly way)
  • The Knitting Group (not me but my wife will be participating as she loves knitting but I'm sure I'll pop in from time to time as this has proven to be a very social group in the past - particularly in the late afternoon when the Ginger Cosmos appear) – it’s interesting that the host for this activity has not been named on the website, usually they have been identified well in advance
  • Enrichment Programme Speakers - lots of sea days means many sessions and they really do excel on the World Cruise with excellent speakers, again many of them are new to me. A great variety of speakers and entertainers including some new to Crystal - http://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/details/pacific-sojourn-8302#entertainment_programs
  • Entertainment - we are especially happy to have the chance to experience some new entertainers – in fact all of them are new to us. We will also enjoy watching the Super Bowl and joining other guests at the party that Crystal put on for the game which should be during the day as it was in 2016
  • Hosting visitors – we enjoy hosting friends and family onboard and will be doing so in Sydney when we are hoping to take them for a meal at Prego

Note – there are unlikely to be many reports from the gym or exercise equipment - my exercise pleasure is walking a few miles each day around the Promenade deck but I might give the treadmill a go this time (I said that last cruise and never did)

 

I’ll also be using the Tapatalk application to post as many photos to CC as I can – I’ve found that very easy to use to post reasonable sized images. Of course I will be at the mercy of the speed of the internet connection as we cruise but it will be nice to have unlimited internet

 

For those with precious pets I’m sure you understand the challenge of leaving pets behind. We will be leaving our two beloved black labradors in the care of our son – unfortunately one will be in the very early stages of recovery from a cruciate ligament reconstruction that will be undertaken tomorrow. That was a little drama we faced over the Christmas break when he started limping after a run in the back yard and unfortunately we could only get the operation scheduled once the holidays were over

 

But first up is flying to LA and spending 5 days of exploring the city the next week. It’s an almost 14 hour flight from Sydney to LA on Virgin Australia onone of their Boeing 777’s – it will be the first time we have flown this leg with them since they upgraded to what they call “The Business” in recent years.The service has received very good reviews so I’m looking forward to giving them a try as well as visiting the Etihad first and business class lounge in Sydney. Whilst I love cruising I also like to fly long haul – preferably on the way to a cruise – or home from one

 

We’ve visited LA many times before and thought we’d have a few days at Disneyland and Disney California Park to see if anything has changed in the 25 years since we last visited. The long flight to the US is made more palatable given the leisurely voyage home that we will enjoy over the 24 days

 

Of course anyone else on v.8302 is most welcome to post about their experiences and comments – whilst we will be trying to do everything available on board that simply is not possible so the more contributors the better. We look forward to meeting those from the roll call and who have registered for the meet and mingle

 

Comments and questions from anyone are welcome – more than happy to respond where I can and I’m sure others on the cruise will chip in

 

Oh well time to start thinking about what to pack...

Thanks in advance for the review-I'll be following on.

Trish

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Enjoy the cruise Terry (as well as your flight to LAX, flying "The Business" on VA).

 

I look forward to reading your "Reflections" report of the cruise to Sydney on Crystal Serenity, and will try to use it for some ideas and inspiration for my own Reflections report from Crystal Symphony on the cruise from Auckland to Papeete in March.

 

All the best,

Charles

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Bon Voyage Terry, looking forward to reading your reports! I am interested also in your impressions of VA business- we are flying with them to LAX in April prior to joining Crystal at Ft Lauderdale for a short trip through the Panama Canal.

David

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Hi Terry.

 

Received our ticket package today and it says we are embarking at St. Ives Stepes, Dawes Point, 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Am I correct in assuming that is the area between the OPT and the Park Hyatt??

 

Larry

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Larry - not quite that location as you reference it - that small jetty is around from the Park Hyatt and pretty much under the Harbour Bridge and next to Pier 1- it is the normal tender point for Crystal when moored at Athol Buoy - here's the Google Maps location for it @ https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Ives+Steps+Wharf/@-33.8535725,151.2063457,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b12ae5ddc20cf1b:0x1cb91ec4bfece6e!8m2!3d-33.8535725!4d151.2085344?dcr=0

 

I can’t see them clearing customs and baggage pick up at those steps - almost impossible IMHO

 

I assume that will be at the OPT and they will run buses around to it rather than have people walking around to it like Browns cows (is that an expression you understand?)

 

Still has the potential to be a challenge - although if 2016 repeats its the first step of getting off Serenity and onto the tenders which is the pinch point and results in delays

 

I’d say there is still a bit of water to flow under this bridge....

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Larry - not quite that location as you reference it - that small jetty is around from the Park Hyatt and pretty much under the Harbour Bridge - it is the normal tender point for Crystal when moored at Athol Buoy

 

I can’t see them clearing customs and baggage pick up at those steps - almost impossible IMHO

 

I assume that will be at the OPT and they will run buses around to it rather than have people walking around to it like Browns cows (is that an expression you understand?)

 

Still has the potential to be a challenge - although if 2016 repeats its the first step of getting off Serenity and onto the tenders which is the pinch point and results in delays

 

I’d say there is still a bit of water to flow under this bridge....

 

Thanks, Terry. Having been lucky enough to have walked around that side of the Park Hyatt and under the bridge a few times in the last few years, I know where you are referring to. Either way, it will be a short cab ride from the Four Seasons. And yes, I know all about Brown's cows! Irish/English on both sides of the family!:) My guess is they will offload the luggage at the OPT the night before, and I agree, they would have to bus you around. Could make for an interesting morning for you, but at least you will be home. Might be a different story for anyone needing to get to the airport!

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Ah yes - I forgot you were embarking as opposed to disembarking - not sure how they will handle that as if you clear customs at the OPT I'm not sure how they will manage immigration and security for those who are embarking

 

Last time they used White Bay terminal for both disembarkation and embarkation - that worked well but getting to and from White Bay is never a popular thing I'm afraid - were ok with it but its out of the central city and such a contrast to the OPT in terms of convenience

 

As I've said before Sydney has a real and known problem with capacity at the moment due to its' popularity - the Government is looking at options - but that lovely Bridge of ours is a real gating factor in terms of the inability of larger ships to use White Bay - ie it's physically not possible for them to pass under it

 

Re getting to the airport - a lot of the US flights are late morning or early afternoon and in fact Qantas is late afternoon - plus Saturday traffic from there to the airport is going to be a lot better than rush hour - so people should be ok as long as they're not looking for an early flight - our ticket doesn't state what time disembarkation commences but they will need officials on duty shore side to process passengers as they clear customs (immigration should have been done on the ship earlier) so I can't see it being too early

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Ah yes - I forgot you were embarking as opposed to disembarking - not sure how they will handle that as if you clear customs at the OPT I'm not sure how they will manage immigration and security for those who are embarking

 

Last time they used White Bay terminal for both disembarkation and embarkation - that worked well but getting to and from White Bay is never a popular thing I'm afraid - were ok with it but its out of the central city and such a contrast to the OPT in terms of convenience

 

As I've said before Sydney has a real and known problem with capacity at the moment due to its' popularity - the Government is looking at options - but that lovely Bridge of ours is a real gating factor in terms of the inability of larger ships to use White Bay - ie it's physically not possible for them to pass under it

 

Re getting to the airport - a lot of the US flights are late morning or early afternoon and in fact Qantas is late afternoon - plus Saturday traffic from there to the airport is going to be a lot better than rush hour - so people should be ok as long as they're not looking for an early flight - our ticket doesn't state what time disembarkation commences but they will need officials on duty shore side to process passengers as they clear customs (immigration should have been done on the ship earlier) so I can't see it being too early

 

I would not think immigration/customs would be an issue for embarking guests as they will have cleared when they entered the country, and we spend the first week sailing north along the coast to Cairns. Our docs say embarkation is anytime between Noon and 7:30 PM, so disembarkation will have to be completed prior to that. I suppose timing will depend on how many guests are disembarking/changing ships (another wrinkle) in Sydney as well. I wonder if they might tender the "changing ship" group directly to Symphony (and vice versa) in White Bay. Technically they are not disembarking, so they likely would not have to clear customs. Going to be an interesting day methinks!

 

Here's a heretical thought for the capacity problem, turn the bridge deck into a drawbridge so bigger ships can pass!! Just kidding! :D It is a problem though, because it seems like the lines are sending more ships to SOPAC every year, and those are just the lines we see and sell regularly in North America. We don't see much (any) of P & O, and then you have ships like RCI's Ovation that launched, with little North American notice, directly into the Asia-Pacific market. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Our docs say embarkation is anytime between Noon and 7:30 PM, so disembarkation will have to be completed prior to that.

 

The logistics on February 17 will certainly be interesting. Especially with the 250+/- of us on the full Serenity WC all leaving at about the same time for the WC gala that evening.

 

Rob

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The logistics on February 17 will certainly be interesting. Especially with the 250+/- of us on the full Serenity WC all leaving at about the same time for the WC gala that evening.

 

Rob

 

Sounds WONDERFUL. The rest of the Crystal Cruise Critic world will be waiting to hear all about it!

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The logistics on February 17 will certainly be interesting. Especially with the 250+/- of us on the full Serenity WC all leaving at about the same time for the WC gala that evening.

 

Rob

 

I had forgotten about that gala. Of course, I suspect most embarking guests will be like us, anxious to get aboard, and will be on the ship long before you all start heading out to the gala! :D Going to be a busy day for the local tender operator(s), as I can't see Serenity using its own tenders, especially for gala guests!! I know when we were in Sydney a couple of years ago Celebrity was doing an embarkation/disembarkation by tender and they were using what looked like one of the Parramatta ferries for their tender operation.

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I know when we were in Sydney a couple of years ago Celebrity was doing an embarkation/disembarkation by tender and they were using what looked like one of the Parramatta ferries for their tender operation.

 

They’ll probably use Fantasea again @ https://www.fantasea.com.au/ - I smiled at the sea horse logo, for the charters - they won’t use the ships tenders or something as big as one of the Parramatta ferries. They need larger capacity and fast. But the St Ives Steps are not the OPT - lots of pinch points on this route including Deck 5

 

I’ll just be glad to get off efficiently - unlike 2016 which was a nightmare and wasted so much time including for those wanting to tour Sydney and who weren’t on Crystal tours (although from what I saw I think they would have been impacted too)

 

Having said that except for mass exodus time it’s really neat to be moored at Athol Buoy - you can’t get a more panoramic view of the harbour. So please bear that in mind as you read about this impending pandemonium

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Not to cause any additional stress but realistically allow plenty of transport time to get to Dawes Point. This is all from our experience on WC 2015. The roads around Dawes Point are narrow and not particularly well marked. It is known both as Dawes Point and St Ives Steps.

 

Many taxi drivers have never heard of the location. That is those that could speak enough English to admit they had no idea of what we were saying. ;) Our experience with taxis was a little like those of contestants on the Amazing Race. You have to sort through a lot of taxis who don't have a clue where Dawes Point is to find one that does. Just our experience hurrying back late at night after the Opera trying to catch the last tender to the ship at night.

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That is those that could speak enough English to admit they had no idea of what we were saying. ;) Our experience with taxis was a little like those of contestants on the Amazing Race. You have to sort through a lot of taxis who don't have a clue where Dawes Point is to find one that does. Just our experience hurrying back late at night after the Opera trying to catch the last tender to the ship at night.

 

Very good point - I’d ask them to take me to Pier One at Dawes Point - very very few Sydneysiders would know where St Ives Steps are but Pier One is a reasonable landmark

 

It would actually be a nice walk back from the Opera House around the water front if you weren’t in a hurry - but not in heels 👠 :D

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To those now on Serenity, or about to be on Serenity, we'd like to ask a favor.

We became somewhat "addicted" to the tuna melts at the Grill in the afternoons. Could someone please ask what kind of cheese they use in the melts? Maybe we can reproduce them at home! :-)

 

THANK YOU!

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To those now on Serenity, or about to be on Serenity, we'd like to ask a favor.

 

Will do - of course that may mean I have to sample one :D

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Well, I don't know how I managed to miss this, Terry! I am clearly being inattentive despite thinking I was staying on the ball... Oh dear, perhaps the beginning of the end is nigh for me!

Apologies for clogging up your inbox earlier but great to hear you will be doing more than the occasional post!

In a way I am sorry you are not on the Symphony - to hear your thoughts on what has gone on there but it will be interesting to hear from the Serenity and on your attempts to continue to burn the candle at both ends for so many days.

Good luck, bon voyage and enjoy every single second!

Adrian

PS don't worry, I am not blaming you for the flu epidemic - I remain grateful for your relieving me of some of my less reputable relatives. :D

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I’ll just be glad to get off efficiently - unlike 2016 which was a nightmare and wasted so much time including for those wanting to tour Sydney and who weren’t on Crystal tours (although from what I saw I think they would have been impacted too)

Having said that except for mass exodus time it’s really neat to be moored at Athol Buoy - you can’t get a more panoramic view of the harbour. So please bear that in mind as you read about this impending pandemonium

 

As I was on the World Cruise in 2016, I can attest to the fiasco with the tenders. Luckily, I was on the last tender from the ship that morning. I do hope the tender situation has been fixed.

 

Overnighting in Sydney at the Athol Buoy was one of the most amazing nights of the World Cruise. If you are fortunate to have a suite on the "correct side" of the ship, you will have one spectacular night on your balcony.

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Will do - of course that may mean I have to sample one :D

 

Bet ya can't have just one! :-)

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Have a good flight Terry!

 

 

Thank you Ivi - yes we are actually on our way to the airport now - the joy of peak hour Sydney traffic makes that a challenge at the best of times but knowing the outcome we are going to have it’s more than tolerable this morning

 

Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes - we are really looking forward to this cruise

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Safe flight Terry. We fly out of JFK for LAX on Saturday morning...beyond excited :)

Tim and I look forward to meeting you at the meet and mingle.

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