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On 3/26/2019 at 8:38 AM, Keith1010 said:

JBL919, you will get both the 2.5% Crystal Society Savings and the 2.% On Board Booking Savings for the 2021 World Cruise.  The On-Board Booking Savings should be automatically applied either right before or once you are on board the 2020 World Cruise.  Once you are on board the 2020 World Cruise have your TA followup with Crystal reservations to be sure it has been applied to the 2021 booking and if it has not they can get it applied.  The Crystal Society savings will automatically be applied as well.

 

You did right booking the 2021 and not waiting.  It is a very popular cruise from what I have seen and heard. 

 

When we booked our first Crystal Cruise for 2002 we were so sure we would like it we booked one for 2003 before boarding the one in 2002 to be sure we would get our desired accommodation so I fully understand the logic of booking before you sail the first time.

 

If I can help you with any questions as you prepare for the World Cruise I am happy to assist.  You could post on CC or reach us through the contact page on our Blog.

 

Keith

Thanks Keith for the response; I would love to contact you on your blog for a few more questions plus read your blog, but for some unknown reason my sketchy tech skills can't locate it! Can you send me the link or site or whatever, THANKS! Janie

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6 hours ago, JBL919 said:

Thanks Keith for the response; I would love to contact you on your blog for a few more questions plus read your blog, but for some unknown reason my sketchy tech skills can't locate it! Can you send me the link or site or whatever, THANKS! Janie

Janie, try  this.  It   should take you to our contact form.

 

https://www.followourtrips.com/contact-us.html

 

Keith

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To late to read anything, the been very choppy the last two days. We lwft port at 10 and was looking for drugs by midnight. Sane with leaving Malaga.

lots of happy pills.  

 

Last night was wuld in Pulse. I hear the bartender left about 4 abd she recieve help from another crew member. I gave up at two, where were these people all cruise? 

 

Last few days was four churches and two museums and one very late lunch with wine plus new dresses. 

 

Making the last of a great cruise even better.

 

 

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Good early morning from Crystal Serenity  as we are sailing to our final port of call of Monte Carlo.  We are scheduled to arrive at 4:00 PM.

 

As I write this we can feel the seas but for us it is no big deal.  When I did workout at the Fitness Center I could see it was raining and when I made my way down to Deck 5 to get a Map for Monte Carlo I could hear the  howling of the winds from Deck 7 (Promenade Deck).  A few minute ago I could hear thunder.  Sort of reminded me of the night our family was on board when we were anchored in Sydney.

 

The last few days were cooler when we were at sea with wind gusts but I could still manage to play Paddle Tennis and have played in far worse conditions so overall all has been fine.

 

We enjoyed a nice visit to Barcelona yesterday.  We were there last October.  We visited some sites and the wonderful market.  The fresh fruit and vegetables  looked amazing as it does in so many areas  of the Mediterranean including France, Italy  and Spain.   I am not sure I have ever seen strawberries so large.   

 

I accomplished a mission which was to get a new Paddle Tennis Racquet as Barcelona is one of the ideal places in terms of price and selection.  Paddle Tennis is very popular there.  They play it differently than we do on the ship as they can also play the ball off the walls.  I was hoping to try it out today but not sure if the rain will clear.

 

This is always an emotional time to not only the World Cruise but for all voyages we have been on particularly the longer ones.  For me it is the sense that while we might see people on other cruises we won't have the precise same people on board again including guests and crew.  I do get sentimental about that.  We've met lots of wonderful people including those on parts and all of the World Cruise.  

 

We also find that sometimes on one voyage we might not get to know certain people other than a quick hello in passing but on the next voyage in another year we do.  

 

It is always fun to sail with people we have known from other cruises.  Anne Marie and I enjoyed speaking with Pat from CC last evening and it has been great to see Pat and Ray again.

 

Today is similar to a sea day with an arrival time of 4:00 PM to the port. We won't be getting off the ship today.  We do have a tour planned for tomorrow.

 

Here are some photos from the market in Barcelona.

 

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From time-to-time some of us mention the local wines that Crystal Cruises brings on board for inclusive.  In terms of inclusive there are some standard wines that you will see year over year.  Several are California Wines and a few from other areas of the world.

 

In addition as each ship is sailing specific areas of the world they bring on board local wines.  For example on our recent visit to Cape Town several different wines were brought on-board.  One was on the menu last evening which was an unfiltered and unoaked Chardonnay.  

 

Another one which we had  last night is called Black Beauty and is  a Shiraz.  While I prefer Cabernet followed by Merlot followed by  Pinot Noir when it comes to red wines, I thought this Shiraz was terrific.  Unfortunately, other guests felt the same way so there is very little of it left on-board.  

 

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Like food, wine is subjective but most of the inclusive wines we have enjoyed on-board.  The good thing about the wine is we will take a little taste before a glass is poured so if it is something not to our desire we can ask for an alternative without wasting it.  I continue to find the inclusive wines much better than I found on two other luxury lines we have sailed in the past.  

 

We enjoyed another nice dinner at Waterside.  It was less crowded than the night before which was the final black tie optional night.

 

A highlight for this evening will be two showing of Serenity POPs 2019.  This has been a tradition for World Cruises.  It represents a team effort and includes most of the Crystal Serenity musicians, others who are on-board from land and the musicians are augmented with additional land based musicians and other performers who came on board the other day.  It also includes others performers from the Ensemble Dancers and Singers along with Beverly  and Curtis.  A successful team has a leader and Assistant Cruise Director Raphael Derkson is the leader of this as he has done for so many years including all the years when he has been the Band Leader/Master.

 

I will close now.

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

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WELCOME TO MONTE CARLO

 

Throughout the World Cruise  we  were able to avoid winter weather.  In fact, in many places the  highs and lows were higher than the historical average.  Yesterday  seemed to be the one exception as the day at sea was cool with on and off rain and

when we arrived to Monte Carlo it was cooler than I expected.  My only disappointment was not getting in a final game with my Tennis Buddies who are leaving tomorrow.  

 

By about 4:00 PM yesterday guests could go off the ship.  Right across from us is lots of those Yachts that this and the French Riviera is famous for.  During his noon talk from the bridge Captain Birger spoke about our arrival and should there be high winds the challenge of docking and not having an impact on the nearby Yachts.  

 

Our first visit to Monte Carlo was on-board the Grand Princess with  our family in 1998.  Since then we have sailed it many times including on our 2005 back to back on Serenity (first time on Serenity) the 2008 World Cruise, other World Cruises, in 2015 after the World Cruise when we attended the Grand Prix and we were hear last October.  We always stayed in the general area until last year when we got out to Nice and Eze.  Today we will tour and go to two other areas.  It is expected to be cool but with sufficient clothing we will make it all work.

 

Last night was a very special evening on-board Serenity.  For us it began with dinner at Prego and it continued with the performance by the Serenity POPs.  This is a tradition of the World Cruise.  Assistant Cruise Director and past Bandmaster Raphael is the principal architect of the performance and gets input from others in the entertainment department and lots of support from Crystal to put together an amazing show.  Most of the musicians on board Serenity participate in this as do the dancers and singers.  They add in the musicians such as Hector and the singers who are on board now who are from land.  On top of this they bring on board some other performers such as the two acrobats from Russia and the vocalist from Europe.  I believe in total there are 35 musicians.  Wow.

 

The theme was Casino Royale 2019 and it was fitting given that we are in Monte Carlo.

 

It was not all about James Bond although there were some familiar James Bond songs such as the one from Live and Let Die (yes originally sung by Wings/Paul McCartney) and Skyfall (Adele sang the original song) and the classic James Bond theme.

 

There were three songs that are ones that you think of Elvis Presley singing in Las Vegas and then there were ones that you think of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

 

They also have to build out the stage in the Galaxy Showroom to have sufficient room for the musicians and all of the vocalists, dancers and other performers.

 

The talent on board and the ones brought on is amazing.  They have very little time to learn their parts and to perform a dress rehearsal or two.  Amazing as always.

 

Before the show as we walked through the casino the casino personnel were all dressed up and for a second I am thinking we are in port how can the casino be open.  Well it was open just to play for fun and to win a prize.  

 

After we were seated I went back out to play at the table set up right outside the Galaxy Theatre.  Six people played and whoever had the most chips after six rounds would get to select from the prizes they were giving out.  I used to enjoy Black with a small limit but have only played it a few times the past fifteen year but like most things you don't forget.  I ended up winning.  I picked one of the stuffed animals and the good news is we actually needed something to help fill the luggage.  There was one twice the size but I was worried it would be too book and the choice would be packing some of Anne Marie's shoes or the stuff animal. LOL.

 

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Three photos from outside and inside the Galaxy Lounge.

 

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Today marks the final full day of the World Cruise.  A few World Cruises got off in Barcelona, some may get off today and the rest who are not continuing on for the next cruise will get off tomorrow.

 

Some are flying directly home while others are staying in nearby locations for a few days or even going to Paris.

 

Next cruise promises to be very full.  There will also be 60+ children on board.  Since it is port intensive this will be less noticeable  than if it was a cruise with lots of sea days other than the dining venues which I suspect will be very busy.

 

Tomorrow I'll share thoughts about the World Cruise.

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

 

 

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Hi Keith!

Greetings from Stockholm! I love your blog and enjoy your daily reports! I have one question. We are considering booking our first Crystal cruise in May 2021. It is a 7-day cruise from Athens to Rome. Do you think it will be younger crowd onboard on shorter cruises? We are in our mid thirties and early forties and interested in trying a ”luxury” cruise line after many cruises, mostly on Celebrity. I have been following your blog and it seems like there is a plenty of things to do after dinner. We were on our honeymoon on similar cruise on Oceania Marina and people went to bed after the show. We dont stay up very late but enjoy people watching after the show and maybe enjoying a cocktail at the bar. I appreciate any comments and wish you smooth sailing in the mediterrranean sea.

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24 minutes ago, travellerin1984 said:

Hi Keith!

Greetings from Stockholm! I love your blog and enjoy your daily reports! I have one question. We are considering booking our first Crystal cruise in May 2021. It is a 7-day cruise from Athens to Rome. Do you think it will be younger crowd onboard on shorter cruises? We are in our mid thirties and early forties and interested in trying a ”luxury” cruise line after many cruises, mostly on Celebrity. I have been following your blog and it seems like there is a plenty of things to do after dinner. We were on our honeymoon on similar cruise on Oceania Marina and people went to bed after the show. We dont stay up very late but enjoy people watching after the show and maybe enjoying a cocktail at the bar. I appreciate any comments and wish you smooth sailing in the mediterrranean sea.

I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the Blog and posts and thank you for your good wishes.

 

Based on my experience sailing this time of year you will find some guests at your age group and overall a younger age group than you would see on other voyages and earlier in the year.  In June and July there might be even more and more school age children but personally I prefer May for sailing this area.  It's a very nice itinerary. 

 

You will find a good assortment of entertainment particularly on the nights of the cruise where you are leaving at 6:00 PM.

 

Keith

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9 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the Blog and posts and thank you for your good wishes.

 

Based on my experience sailing this time of year you will find some guests at your age group and overall a younger age group than you would see on other voyages and earlier in the year.  In June and July there might be even more and more school age children but personally I prefer May for sailing this area.  It's a very nice itinerary. 

 

You will find a good assortment of entertainment particularly on the nights of the cruise where you are leaving at 6:00 PM.

 

Keith

 

Thanks Keith! I have been reading your blog for couple of years and we are getting older and prefer better food selection than Celebrity has nowadays. I think we will enjoy the restaurants on Crystal much more... 

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I know from sailing in the carribbean on Crystal it will be a younger group. I miss children..I would of enjoyed the next cruise with children.

 

i left the ship today. I really just never said good bye It was see  you later. It was easier for me. My plan is to be back but it is all up to God.

 

i had a great time in general. Met some lovely guests. Became friends with crew. Had some fun nights  eating sushi with my sushi guys. Already missing my floating ship.

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5 hours ago, ellbon said:

i left the ship today. I really just never said good bye It was see  you later. It was easier for me. My plan is to be back but it is all up to God.

Robin, safe travels home, and hope that you enjoy many more cruises in the future.

Keep on dancing!

Bob

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MONTE CARLO - DAY 3

 

Let me being with yesterday  which I covered extensively on the Blog.  We visited two places;

 

We began with the beautiful drive to the town of Antibes which we visited on our back to back Mediterranean cruises.   Each time one visits a place you can have a different experience.  We enjoyed Antibes the first time but even more yesterday.  The difference was on a Sunday the market was open and there were lots of locals in town as well as people visiting from nearby areas.  While people always highlight the market in Nice although smaller I thought the Antibes market was nicer with the quality of items sold.

 

We then proceeded to Saint Paul De-Jence which is one of the oldest Medieval towns on the French Riviera.  I believe it is the second most visited town of a similar size.  This town was charming and unique and one of the nicest we have ever visited.

It is known for its Art Galleries and for selling Modern Art.  Each store and gallery was charming.  We enjoyed lunch at one of the restaurants.  

 

We stopped at different points to enjoy breathtaking views during the course of our ride.  

 

Although we viewed the Grand Prix in 2015 as part of a Crystal Excursion unlike most tracks since this is on city streets we did not have a full appreciation for the course. After our guide picked us up at the ship he drove us on the course.  Since it was a Sunday morning no other vehicle was on the street (it was 9:00 AM but I guess people sleep in) so that was nice.  It definitely has windy streets and some with very little room to maneuver.

 

On the way back we went on the road that was the fatal location for Princess Grace.  It is windy but offers beautiful  views.

 

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Today we will explore Monte Carlo which we have been to numerous times.

 

Yes weather has been cool but no problems as we anticipate cooler weather and have jackets, fleeces, etc.

 

Enjoyed dinner last evening at Waterside.  I thought it would be more crowded than it was.  We thought it would be nice to dine there to see more people who will be departing today and that turned out to be correct.  The Senior Waiter who has taken excellent care of us since the start of the World Cruise goes home today as does the Waiter who we have had since the Holiday Cruise.  The Sommelier we had for the last segment of the World Cruise goes home today.  He touched  our hearts last evening when the Bottle of Red Wine was a bottle he had picked up along the way in South Africa.  

 

The close of the World Cruise was held with the Balloon Drop.  When we arrived back to our room on the bed was a copy of the 2019  World Cruise Video.  The video runs a little over one hour and does a wonderful job of capturing the 2019 World Cruise.  Thank you  Jeff Walters.

 

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I will share thoughts on the World Cruise tomorrow.

 

Today begins  the start of the next voyage as we sailed from Monte Carlo to Venice.  As I've mentioned about 100 guests will remain on board.  This will be pretty much a full cruise with most rooms booked and about 65 children on the sailing.  With only one sea day in some ways it might not seem as full as if it was a lot of sea days.

 

We will likely welcome back many crew members who went on Holiday earlier in the voyage and meet new ones.  Our Stewardess goes home and as I mentioned the other day we met her replacement the other night.

 

When I went downstairs about an hour ago I saw three couples who were waiting for their transfers to take them to the Nice Airport.  Some guests like Robin left yesterday.  

 

I have heard from many of you  via our Blog contact page and posting page and via another Social Site.  If I can help with any questions or you have comments please feel free to post here as well.

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

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Antibes does welcome the cruise ships in a far better way as St Tropez . In Antibes  passengers were offered info both in English as in German. ( was there both with Crystal and with Hapag )

Despite it is tendering cruise companies should consider Viareggio instead of the boring Livorno despite the market is wonderful overthere.

 

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11 hours ago, boblerm said:

Robin, safe travels home, and hope that you enjoy many more cruises in the future.

Keep on dancing!

Bob

I will dance as long as I can.. even if from sitting in a chair.

 

right now in Paris. The louve is today and maybe the tower. 

 

Weather is cold but dry. The heat inside hotel is to warm.  But loving the walks 

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Hello there...

 

Received this from a friend today who is currently on the Sapphire Princess returning to the UK from Dubai - taken from the tender as they came ashore in Monte Carlo this morning... 

 

Anne..

 

 

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WELCOME TO GENOA

 

We are on our way to Genoa and should arrive by 8:00 AM Local time.

 

We spent yesterday morning walking to many of our favorite  sites in Monte Carlo.  It was your typical spring day in this area of the world.  We enjoyed sunshine and we wore jackets.  This is always a fun area to walk particularly in Fall and Spring.  Summer it can be very hot, humid and crowded.

 

They are setting up for the Grand Prix.  This is a two month process.  We have been here other times when they are  setting up for the race and in 2015 for the actual race. 

 

Here are a few photos from yesterday.  The blog has lots more.

 

We walked up to the Rock providing wonderful views, visited the area outside the Palace, went inside the Cathedral,  Walked the beautiful gardens, walked up and down the three side streets, walked to the downtown area and enjoyed the day.  We gave our best to several friends who left the ship yesterday and saw several people we know around the area.

 

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Many of you know I love the music of The Beatles so it was fitting that there was a Yellow Submarine outside the Oceanaire Museum.  Yes, we all live in a Yellow Submarine.  I can hear Ringo now.

 

The ship is pretty much full.  Boarding began on time and continued into the evening as we had a Midnight Departure.  There are a lot of families on board and around 65 children.  Several guests are from Japan, China, Thailand, Philippines, and other areas in Asia.  I understand children are on break now but I could be wrong.  There is also a wine group on board and people from USA, Europe, etc.  About 100 people remain from the last cruise.  

 

Specialty Restaurants will be busy  as this is a  10 day cruise.  We intentionally booked Prego for last evening via PCPC thinking would be quiet as many would go to Waterside the first night.  This turned out to be a good approach.  There  was  a constant flow of people arriving to Prego but very orderly.  The Prego menu reverted back to the traditional menu as we expected it would and we had a few items that hadn't been on the last few menus.

 

We welcomed back some crew (this is what happens when you have been on for a long time) who have returned from Holiday.

 

This is the Reflections programs from yesterday and today.

 

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In a  few moments I will share some items that I posted on our Blog yesterday.

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

 

 

 

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This is a summary I had posted on my Blog about World Cruise 2019.

 

The 2019 World Cruise ended this morning.  It has been an amazing World Cruise.  

We covered a lot of geography sailing from California to New Zealand, to Australia, over to Africa before arriving to Europe.

We have shared this experience with our fellow guests and the amazing members of Team Serenity.  The crew, officers and staff have been amazing and in the end it is these people who make cruising so very special for us.  Thank you all.  You are a wonderful team.

A World Cruise is very special as the Crystal program which in our humble opinion is the best we have experienced on any  other cruise line is augmented with even more activities.   If only there were 72 hours in each day to allow us to do it all.  LOL.  We always say the World Cruise program is Crystal enrichment/entertainment on "steroids".  

Some of the highlights include:

An amazing Word Cruise 2019 kickoff  cocktail party when the President & CEO of Crystal Cruises Tom Wolber, welcomed everyone.  We enjoyed a special World Cruise Gala Dinner.  We were honored to sit at the table hosted by Tom Wolber.  The festivites  continued with a special evening performance.

The next day included the USC Marching Band performing for all of us and the Balloon & Confetti Drop.

As we traveled from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand one of the highlights was the World Games.  It provided an opportunity to get to know many fellow guests.  We will never forget the closing ceremony with the spectacular dance routine performed flawlessly by the talents Curtis and Beverly.

There were special performances created on-board the ship by the very talented entertainment department including Adventures in Pago Pago, Mardi Gras Jazz Spectacular, and St Patrick's Evening Spectacular. 

While we were unable to attend the World Cruise shore-side events in Auckland and Walvis Bay we enjoyed hearing how special they were from many who attended.

There was Waffles on the Bridge and a Behind the Scenes tour of the crew area, and the World Cruise Video Viewing Party.

Adding icing to the cake was the wonderful annual Serenity POPs performance with Casino Royale de Monaco as the theme.  Congratulations  to Assistant Cruise Director Raphael and the entire entertainment team.

We enjoyed the food and wine themed voyage and getting to meet and know Chef Jon Ashton.  

Speaking of food, the Food & Beverage Team has been amazing keeping menus fresh at Waterside and adding new creations to the menus at Silk, Prego as well as an additional item every few nights at Umi Uma.

The wine was terrific and we appreciate that local wine and beer was brought on-board at various stops.  We also appreciate the creative drinks that were made by the bartenders.  Thank you to the Head Sommelier and all  of the Sommeliers for sharing your knowledge about wine with us.

There were the special Sunday Jazz and Grand Gala Buffets.

The evening entertainment was spectacular and kudos to the entertainment team.  There was something for everyone.  We appreciate all of the live music at the lounges and how they kept changing it up.  

Holidays were celebrated including Purim, St Patrick's Day, and Valentine's Day.  There was a White Night Extravaganza Party on each segment of the World Cruise.

We arrived to most ports not only on time but often early and most importantly safely.  The Captain's carefully navigated us around storms and poor weather conditions.  The Hotel Directors/Food & Beverage Managers and the Executive Chef  and Pastry Chef were kept on top of all aspects of the cuisine.  Sometimes there can be challenges if food supply orders do not arrive on-time or do not meet the quality of Crystal Cruises and the on-board team worked around these issues. The same is true for beverages.

The wait staff and the rest of the food and beverage team did an amazing job.  Only recently was open dining implemented at Waterside yet if you did not know this you would think it has been in-place for years.  The  two new restaurants were only in operation for a short time before the World Cruise began and they are a success.  

The ship always  looks beautiful because of the hard work and care that goes into maintaining it.  This includes housekeeping who keeps the ship looking beautiful inside  to the engineering department that keeps everything working to the people responsible for maintaining the mechanical systems and the outside of the ship.  This includes electricians, plumbers, painters, carpenters, and so many other personnel.

Thank you  to the personnel who do the lighting, sound and other technical requirements for the shows and lecturers and the television shows produced by the ship.

Thank  you to all of the Lido Deck Stewards who are amazing.  Always friendly and are just very nice people all-around who do their utmost to make everyone feel special.

Thank you to the security department who kept us safe on the ship and in port and at the tender pier locations on land.  While in Africa they had added duties watching closely from the Promenade Deck.

When the ship arrived in each port and when landing cards and other related items needed to be done the clearance department was on top of everything allowing the ship to be cleared expeditiously.  

The front office personnel including  those at the reception desk and the concierge have been amazing as has the shore excursion group.  The fitness center, salon and spa personnel whom we have met have been terrific and full of energy.  The communications have been great such as the daily Reflections Program.  

Thank you to the IT and Computer University groups. Overall the internet has been very good.  The accounting group has been on top of everything and we appreciate the ease of reading the bills from our shipboard account.
 
Personnel in the various stores have been very helpful and friendly.  Thanks to  the operators for answering the phones in a timely manner,  the folks in the Computer University for always being so helpful and all of the people who work behind the scenes from the night crew to the folks who work in other areas such as the ships laundry and all of the people who work in the galley and the engine room and in all of the other areas of the ship.

The  Butler team has also been amazing as have the stewardesses.  

Thank you to the wonderful future Sales Consultant and to the Crystal Society Host/Hostess.

On board bookings have been timely and accurate thanks to the very helpful future sales consultant.  The same goes for the celebration of our 100th Crystal Society Milestone on the World Cruise and our 95th Milestone before the start of the World Cruise by the respective Crystal Society Host/Hostess.  

Thank you to the World Cruise Hostess, Stacey, to the many people on land including Land Programs, On-Board Guest Services, Reservations, Sales & Marketing, Ocean Operations, and  the countless number of people who have contributed to the success of the World Cruise.  Thank you to the Senior Officers including both Captains, both Hotel Directors, both Cruise Directors, both Chief Engineers and both Medical Doctors and all of the other people are are part of your team.

In the end it is the team that makes the difference and the collective team of Crystal Serenity is outstanding.  In business many of us learned that an effective team is much stronger than the sum of people working by themselves.  In other words, the sum of the team with people working  together  is far greater than the sum of the same people working individually.  This  is demonstrated  each and  everyday since we boarded Crystal Serenity in late December.

 

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Cheers,

Keith

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Robin, it’s a little cooler than normal for this time of year in Genoa.  They said it was warmer last month. 

 

We are visiting some beautiful towns and villages right now. In a vehicle as we head to the next village.

 

Keith

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WELCOME TO  LIVORNO

We enjoyed a great day after arriving to  Genoa (Genova) yesterday.  I arranged a  private tour with Crystal Cruises.  


We visited three town/village; Rapallo, Sestri Levante, Camogli.  All three were  new for us and were charming.  We also enjoyed beautiful views when driving along the coastline.

 

The original plan was to visit Rapallo and Setri Levante but with time on our side we added in Camogli.

 

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The weather was on the cooler side until the sun eventually broke out and by  the end of the tour the temperature climbed to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.   We were fine as we layered clothing.

 

I’ve posted details about Rapallo and Sestri Levante on our blog and will provide additional details agbout Camogli when I update the Blog later today.

 

After visiting this three places we had lunch in Genoa at a lovely restaurant called Ristorante  Zeffirino.  This is an intimate restaurant with very personalized service, lot of attention to detail and delicious food. 

 

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As we walked each town and had lunch I am reminded how much we both enjoy one of a kind restaurants and in Italy that most use items that are in season versus what we have in our home country with so many  chains.  

 

A good deal of our drive was on the coastal road.  Just lovely.  We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and were very please with the tour guide, Anna, and our driver and the opportunity to visit small towns/villages.  At one of them we saw the damage to vessels from the Hurricane that hit in mid October.  This was the day when we departed Serenity in Lisbon last October.  The night  before while on an overnight  in Lisbon we were warned that high winds might hit the port and the port closed the port.  We followed  the hurricane that hit the Mediterranean.  Hurricanes just don't hid these places as they get their strength from Oceans.  

 

As to last evening we attended the Cruise Critic M&M party.  Turnout was nine people plus Cruise Director Rick and Hotel Director Scott.  The people are not frequent posters.  There was at least one travel consortium cocktail party so we had some with conflicts.

 

Dinner at Waterside was a pleasant surprise.  The first night we intentionally ate at Prego which turned out to be a wise decision as they had a very manageable number of guests dining.  I head that Waterside on that first night was busy and that word is an understatement.  I  figured last  night would be busy but not like the first night.  Well I was wrong.  We  walked in about  10 minutes  after it  opened and very few people were there and after enjoying a 90+ minute dinner there were  far less people dining than we have experienced since boarding the ship.  We'll see what tonight brings.

 

Cheers,

Keith

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WELCOME TO CIVITAVEVCCHIA, ITALY

 

We will be arriving to our next port of call shortly.  As  most people know this is a gateway to Rome.  Since we spent several days  in Rome prior to boarding Serenity last September we will just walk around  the town of Civitavevchhia.

 

We made yesterday   a  sea day while the ship was docked in Livorno.  Last September we took an all day Crystal Cruises private tour to Florence and have been to Lucca before and to Pisa multiple times.

 

It was also a good day for me to play some Paddle Tennis which I have not done for a few days.

 

We have a full day tour planned for tomorrow when we are anchored off Sorrento.

 

As I've mentioned the ship is pretty full.  Since this is a port intensive cruise this is not noticeable during the day.  I would say where it might be more noticeable is in the dining venues.  I understand Waterside gets busier around 7:45 PM which we can see as we are leaving and I think between tours and families on board that Marketplace gets busier for breakfast early on and then quiets overtime.

 

Dinner at Waterside last night was a delight.  

 

A couple of food photos follow.

 

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We both had the salmon which was delicious but there were three other entrees that we could have had.

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

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