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I find a simple "no thank you" works wonders with the photo staff and have trouble understanding why it bothers some people that something is simply there.  I have also found that the photo staff is a great source of help in the case of any camera problems.

 

Rather than do another post in response to Nancygp, I will add that I find Crystal's prices very reasonable and among the least expensive at sea although I do wish they would post the prices.

 

Roy

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7 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

My husband and I purchase one photo per cruise, unless the photos are horrible. We place the one photo in an album that we go through on occasion. If we don't purchase a photo I'll create a collage and use that instead. It's simply a tradition we started on our first cruise and we have kept it up. If the Crystal photos are ridiculously priced we won't buy one, but chances are we will. 

 

I don't find the photos to be ridiculously priced.

 

Nancy

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This is Crystal. The photo company is a small family business who knows the product well and the guests. There is no pressure. They are very accommodating. Pass by the photo studio the day and night before the cruise ends and it is jammed with guests purchasing photos. Come  on board with a large group or family and it is very popular with them. Often when people post here about coming on board with young family members I mention getting sone photos. You will look at them in the years to come. Your children will share them with their children. When we last had family on board in 2017 we had the photographers did a special package for us when we renewed our wedding vi

vows. We have the photos hard copy and digital and our children borrowed the thumb drive and had s large photo made of the family placed in a beautiful frame which hangs proudly in our home. 

 

Now as as we get older we need less photos. For the first time we didn’t purchase any the last time around,  

 

We  do however have photos that were taken  at our vintage room dinner and at  milestone recognitions which were presented to us. 

 

This us an example where choice is good. You can get them if you want it pass on them and as mentioned a polite no thanks is fine. No one will bother you. 

 

Keith

 

p.s.  I am writing this on my iPhone so likely there are typos. 

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9 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

On selected cruises they also have a Master Photographer on-board where people make arrangements for a photo shoot.

 

We've done the private sessions with a Master Photographer twice.  Extremely happy with the results.  The first fellow mostly did set shots in a penthouse cleared of furniture.  The second were shots around the ship, including the Silk Bar (getting reflections in the bar of the lattice ceiling), Umi Uma, Prego, Palm Court and outside.  Not cheap, but worth the true professional quality in terms of setting, layout, composition and style.  The other photos I can take or leave, depending if they get a good shot.

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7 hours ago, nancygp said:

My favorite dessert at Umi Uma!!!  I love the sesame cookies. Everyone gets them and they are brought to the table.  If you're still hungry, you can order a dessert. :classic_biggrin:

 

And if you really love the sesame cookies, and you're really nice, you can get some to go.

 

Great with your morning coffee.

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44 minutes ago, SnoBirdCruiser said:

This is Crystal. The photo company is a small family business who knows the product well and the guests. There is no pressure. They are very accommodating. Pass by the photo studio the day and night before the cruise ends and it is jammed with guests purchasing photos. Come  on board with a large group or family and it is very popular with them. Often when people post here about coming on board with young family members I mention getting sone photos. You will look at them in the years to come. Your children will share them with their children. When we last had family on board in 2017 we had the photographers did a special package for us when we renewed our wedding vi

vows. We have the photos hard copy and digital and our children borrowed the thumb drive and had s large photo made of the family placed in a beautiful frame which hangs proudly in our home. 

 

Now as as we get older we need less photos. For the first time we didn’t purchase any the last time around,  

 

We  do however have photos that were taken  at our vintage room dinner and at  milestone recognitions which were presented to us. 

 

This us an example where choice is good. You can get them if you want it pass on them and as mentioned a polite no thanks is fine. No one will bother you. 

 

Keith

 

p.s.  I am writing this on my iPhone so likely there are typos. 

This post was from me Keith and not Pat.

 

Keith

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Okay - I get it -- no more criticism of the photographers.  I do plan on posting a photo of the wall of photos across from what I consider the most beautiful bar and lounge - the Starlight Lounge (not be confused with our favorite lounge which is still Avenue Saloon).  IMO, with the beautiful lounge, windows, circular bar etc., having the wall of photos looks a bit out of place.  Just my opinion.

 

Glacier Bay is absolutely beautiful and serene.  I went out on the balcony (bundled up with a jacket, head covering and blanket for my legs) and meditated.  It was lovely. 

 

What is sad is how far we need to sail before we can see any snow in Alaska.  And, even though we have not been to Glacier Bay previously, it is easy to see where the glaciers have receded.  

 

So far  cannot not answer the question about open seating in the MDR as we only dine there at lunch time when it isn't crowded.  Will take a peek at it (and will try to get a photo) tonight - after we go to Prego and before we go to see Mark Ferris.

 

I don't want to forget to mention that the Crystal Concierge wrote us a letter apologizing for the driver not showing up to take us to the ship.  He added a $245 credit to our account (apparently the amount they pay for this service.

 

Rick - you commented on the benefits that we receive in the Crystal PH.  Keep in mind that there are only 2 suites on this ship (4 on Serenity) so these benefits are for a very few people.  I thought that Regent includes laundry and dry cleaning for the Master Suite (maybe the Grand Suite as well).  Since we are Titanium Seven Seas Society members, we get these benefits in any suite that we stay in on Regent.

 

I am going to try to start another thread on Regent (What Regent customers may want to know about Crystal).  Hopefully it will be permitted on the Regent board as the link to this thread on the Regent board has almost moved to page 2.  I will include the link for this thread as well (and course, I need Crystal posters to insure that I do not state anything incorrectly -- really appreciate the help you have given me as it is easy for me to accidentally misspeak post a photo with the wrong caption.  Photos will still only be posted here.  

 

 

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It will be interesting to see your impressions of Serenity when/if you  sail her.  The photo gallery is in the same space but the equivalent of the Starlte Lounge is aft and instead of a wall with windows there are doors to the lifeboats.

 

Roy

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17 minutes ago, rafinmd said:

It will be interesting to see your impressions of Serenity when/if you  sail her.  The photo gallery is in the same space but the equivalent of the Starlte Lounge is aft and instead of a wall with windows there are doors to the lifeboats.

 

Roy

 

But on Serenity the photos are in the hallway, and not visible from inside the Stardust lounge.  Despite this, the Starlite on Symphony functions better as a "lounge," IMO.

 

Karen

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1 hour ago, Travelcat2 said:

So far  cannot not answer the question about open seating in the MDR as we only dine there at lunch time when it isn't crowded.  Will take a peek at it (and will try to get a photo) tonight - after we go to Prego and before we go to see Mark Ferris.

 

 

 

 

I'm enjoying this thread very much.  Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts while on board.  The pictures are great.

 

Do you plan to dine in Waterside in the evening prior to your disembarkation?  I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts vs. the Compass Rose dinner experience.

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5 hours ago, alainciao said:

I'm getting interested in Crystal but I hope you can shed some light on the dinner seating situation.  I've heard that open dining does not work that well on Crystal.

I hope TC dines in Waterside one evening poor to disembarking so that she can give her thought on the experience but just wanted to let you know that we have found open dining to work very well on Crystal. We only ever really dine at a two top and occasionally have friends join us and request a table a for four and we have never had to wait for a table or had any issues. They will always try to accommodate your request of table location or wait staff. My only issue with Waterside since open dining was introduced is that the second and third row of tables by the window are very close together. I have noticed however that the restaurant manager does try and spread people out and the only occasion when every one of those tables is taken is on Black Tie Optional nights which are very popular in Waterside due to the special menu items. If I am ever escorted to a table I don't like I simply let them know and they find another spot for us with no issues. I now know our favourite table numbers and always ask for one of them when we enter. 

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1 hour ago, Travelcat2 said:

Rick - you commented on the benefits that we receive in the Crystal PH.  Keep in mind that there are only 2 suites on this ship (4 on Serenity) so these benefits are for a very few people.  I thought that Regent includes laundry and dry cleaning for the Master Suite (maybe the Grand Suite as well).  Since we are Titanium Seven Seas Society members, we get these benefits in any suite that we stay in on Regent.

Master &Grand Suite, Laundry only no Dry cleaning.

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We plan to dine in Waterside (the MDR) tomorrow night and will report back.  Based on the crowded lunch that we had there, it was a nice dining venue but the tables for 2 in some areas are really close together (which is probably why we have spoken with so many new guests ....... tables in some other - not all - dining venues have tables too close together).  Again, this has not deterred our enjoyment of the cruise.

 

Going to check and see if I have photos to post.  Here are some taken in Glacier Bay.  Dennis wanted a photo but the white behind him was too bright so he stuck his head in the sun (looks a bit weird).

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, Travelcat2 said:

 

 

As strange as it may sound, I could almost put together a luxury cruise experience combining the best of Crystal and Regent. 

I’ve often said that I wish that we could combine the best features of the two lines.  In the meantime, I’ll just have to keep booking both, depending on itinerary, and enjoying what both offer.

 

Thank you for doing such a terrific thread. It makes me look forward to my next Crystal cruise (alas, not til 2022) in addition to my upcoming bookings on Regent.

 

And maybe someday I’ll get to see Mark Farris. I’ve heard so much about him. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the other pianists I’ve seen in Avenue and the Cove.

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On 9/2/2019 at 6:28 PM, oakridger said:

 

Hello again Travelcat2!  I was just reading the Crystal forum and came to Regent to see this thread.  So you know......on my last Symphony cruise this spring I broke the strap on my dress shoes the 3rd day into my 46 day cruise!  I tried to purchase some ballet slipper type flats in the shop onboard, but they didn't have any that fit.  What to do????  I certainly wasn't going to hide in my cabin every evening at dinner so I held my head high and wore my white tennis shoes with my Black Tie Optional outfits.  Every day.  I did notice a couple furtive glances from the waitstaff as I entered the dining room the first night, but everyone, staff and other guests, didn't flinch and were totally gracious as always.  Next cruise I will bring a back up pair of dress shoes!

 

~Nancy

I had to reply to this.  My parents took me and a friend to Las Vegas when we were teenagers and I insisted on doing my own packing.  Of course, only when dressing for Frank Sinatra’s show ( Dad got us in the front row) was it discovered I had forgotten to pack dress shoes.  I only had white sneakers.  No worries! My mother said. . . Wear you’re sunglasses; they’ll think you’re a young star.  Sure enough, I got admiring glances all night.  (Or so my mother said.)  I think the expression is “Fake it ‘til you make it.”

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6 hours ago, ronrick1943 said:

With Sushi being so popular today I don't understand why other lines haven't stepped it up.

 

Seabourn has the restaurant, Sushi, on their newer ships. We enjoyed dining there as much for the hosts, who are Japanese and a lot of fun - we so enjoyed our banter with Momo and her team, as for the food. There is no way it matches Umi Uma for food variety or quality though 

 

If I had one criticism of Umi Uma is that the staff aren’t Japanese - so even though they try hard I find that it lacks that little something in terms of service and ambience that I enjoy when dining in Japan - but it’s still one of our favourite restaurants 

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1 hour ago, Travelcat2 said:

He is doing ok but the swelling in his healing fractured ankle could be better.  

 

If need be, there are a number of wheelchairs onboard that he could use.  And Crystal will get someone to help push him if needed.

 

Better safe than endangering a recovery - my motto.

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47 minutes ago, FlyerTalker said:

 

If need be, there are a number of wheelchairs onboard that he could use.  And Crystal will get someone to help push him if needed.

 

Better safe than endangering a recovery - my motto.

 

Thank you for your kind suggestion.  Actually, it is over 7 weeks since Dennis fell off of the ladder and the doctor said that it will take 3 months to heal.  He can walk in regular shoes but needs to be careful.  The swelling is probably from being around salt water.

 

Photos from the Mozart Tea (and view from the window).

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13 minutes ago, Travelcat2 said:

Photos from the Mozart Tea (and view from the window).

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Sanela - one of my favourite crew on Symphony!

 

Jackie - glad you went along to the Mozart Tea, yes we know the costumes are a bit tacky but the music and food is lovely. We typically don’t miss afternoon tea most days and actually find the Mozart Tea day a little frustrating as our favourite lounge gets so crowded that day

 

Good to see everyone enjoying it - and what a great view 

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We had a medical evacuation which, on Regent is done above the ship.  In this case, it was done next to the ship so we could we see the helicopter.  Hoping that whomever was evacuated will be okay.  

 

Also took a photo of the Crystal piano (not sure if it has a name).

 

 

 

 

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