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Since Keith mentioned that I was the one to inform him of the existence of the Portuguese tart, I thought I'd chime in with my opinion, based on extensive research!

 

The tarts are not always the same - I assume based on who is the current pastry chef on the ship. The are similar, but a little different. I have noticed that they are a little smaller these days, which is good if you are disciplined enough to limit yourself to just one.

 

My recent tastings (past few years) have indicated that, in general (but based on the current pastry chef), that the crust has been better on the Serenity and the custard better on the Symphony.

 

Also, I have noticed in the past that the supply tends to me replaced on the Symphony more frequently than on the Serenity. This is not the reason that about 75% of my days have been on the Symphony, just a happy occurrence.

 

On this coming Tuesday I will follow my "usual" policy - Cobb salad and champagne in Waterside and then immediately retiring to the Bistro for a latte and a Portuguese tart. Then I will consider myself "home"!!

 

Patty

 

 

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3 hours ago, late2cruisin said:

And, not to change the subject but....seriously? No turndown chocolates? (Even the lowly "premium" cruise lines that I've sailed do that!) Is there anywhere on the ship where I might find, say, a chocolate truffle if I get a craving?

 

You need more calories?????

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10 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:

 

You need more calories?????

Maybe it is not about the calories  but just  a nice touch   to have the pillow  chocolates  😉

I would take them over the Portuguese  tarts

 

I will steal Keith's line

Choice  is good

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11 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:

 

You need more calories?????

 

It surely can't be a party on Waist Line Cruises unless the alcohol, carb, and chocolate calories all come (Waist Line Cruises - purveyor of the Fun Hip®).  Don't forget the 2am room service breakfasts after a night at the lounge/casino! 

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5 hours ago, late2cruisin said:

Keith, thanks for posting that picture- I was hoping somebody would! I have definitely added Portuguese tart to my ever-growing list of things to do/see/eat/drink/experience on our first Crystal cruise.

And, not to change the subject but....seriously? No turndown chocolates? (Even the lowly "premium" cruise lines that I've sailed do that!) Is there anywhere on the ship where I might find, say, a chocolate truffle if I get a craving?

You are very welcome.  

 

There is definitely lots to taste and to drink.  

 

If you like to try some mixed drinks be sure to check out some of the ones featured in those menus such as the Gin drinks.  

 

Now onto serious business.  LOL.  They used to provide the turn down chocolates in each room and at one point they were eliminated.

 

It was during a time when the company was losing money and the reason I heard is often the stewardesses would find them in the wastebasket having been thrown out.  

 

The good news is there are other options for those who love some type of chocolate and suzeluvscruz gave excellent advice.  I don't eat them but when they come around they look delicious.  

 

Now the time to sail is over Easter.  They load up a large table outside Waterside with so much candy and they replenish it throughout the day and evening.   😀  

 

Happy Cruising.

 

Keith

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8 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

 

The good news is there are other options for those who love some type of chocolate and suzeluvscruz gave excellent advice.

Don't forget the chocolate fountain every evening in Bistro

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4 minutes ago, jssabs said:

Don't forget the chocolate fountain every evening in Bistro

You are so right.    :classic_laugh:

 

Keith

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On 9/12/2019 at 6:22 PM, LHT28 said:

 I will

He will enjoy the challenge  😁

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On 9/12/2019 at 7:40 PM, rafinmd said:

I am definitely slowing.  It used to be about 100 minutes (and that usually includes a bathroom stop or two) but now I'm a bit over 2 hours.

 

New York is especially a challenge.  One time yesterday around Times Square it probably took me 5-10 minutes to walk one block.

 

Roy

 

 

 

They could use a lane of the sidewalk for the SERIOUS walkers! 

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I think besides the chocolate fountain in the Bistro at night, there are other divine chocolate options. One merely need stop by on the way to one’s cabin before retiring for the evening to snag a chocolate tidbit “to go”.

 

The story I heard about the pillow chocolates and their elimination was this one: a cruiser who had been onboard for quite some time evidently stashed them all away in a drawer and then forgot to pack them before disembarking. The cabin stewardess did find them, though, and I believe mgmt. chose to eliminate them after that was reported.

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How many of the old tmers remember Chocolinis?  They were the last "treat" issued before the chocolates stopped.  When the Symphony's embarkation in New York was cancelled in the wake of Sandy I was unexpectedly home for Halloween 2012.  All I had in the house was some Chocolinis and I hoped I wouldn't be arrested for child abuse for giving them out.

 

Roy

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8 hours ago, suzeluvscruz said:

 

You can request truffles any night in Waterside, just ask your waiter. But beware, they will never bring just one, always bring a full dish of them. Yum.

 

Now THIS is useful to know! 😀

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7 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

 

You need more calories?????

 

Nobody NEEDS more calories! Everybody needs chocolate now and then...😁

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4 hours ago, jssabs said:

Don't forget the chocolate fountain every evening in Bistro

 

Really? There's a chocolate fountain every evening in Bistro? (You wouldn't be pulling my leg, would you? 😉 )

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2 minutes ago, late2cruisin said:

 

Really? There's a chocolate fountain every evening in Bistro? (You wouldn't be pulling my leg, would you? 😉 )

There really is. 

 

Keith

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1 hour ago, rafinmd said:

How many of the old tmers remember Chocolinis?  They were the last "treat" issued before the chocolates stopped.  When the Symphony's embarkation in New York was cancelled in the wake of Sandy I was unexpectedly home for Halloween 2012.  All I had in the house was some Chocolinis and I hoped I wouldn't be arrested for child abuse for giving them out.

 

Roy

 

So, they haven't had pillow chocolates since about 2012, and people are still talking about it? BTW, Celebrity tried eliminating the chocolates a couple of years ago. There was such an uproar that they soon brought them back. And yes, I'm one of those people who like to bring them home with me and savor them occasionally between cruises (since I don't ever have dessert at home).

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8 hours ago, suzeluvscruz said:

 

You can request truffles any night in Waterside, just ask your waiter. But beware, they will never bring just one, always bring a full dish of them. Yum.

Yes I always ask for 3 as that's usually my dessert. Problem is their idea of 3 is double or triple that number. LOL

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I remember well when they discontinued the chocolates.  We were on a back-to-back over Christmas 2012/New Years 2013 on Symphony.  The first cruise -no problem, chocolates every night.  Then the second cruise started, and NO chocolates.  I mentioned it to our wonderful headwaiter, Ivo, and he had a crystal bowl with truffles delivered to our cabin, and said to just let him know when those ran out and he would have some more delivered (they did and they were!!).  Now we just bring our own and I have one each evening before bedtime.

 

Phyllis

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After about the 10th Crystal cruise, and every cruise thereafter (I don't quite remember the actual milestone threshhold; it's not actually noted anywhere on the Crystal website or Crystal Society benefits page), a box of chocolates are automatically delivered to the cabin on embarkation day, courtesy of the Crystal Society. It used to be a box of See's Bridge Mix; now it's a box of ChocXO mixed bonbons (9 or so in the box). It's an acknowledgement from Crystal for sailing with them often. Some guests consume them during the cruise; some guests take the box home; some guests give the box to staff.

 

Rob

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1 hour ago, ryndam said:

After about the 10th Crystal cruise, and every cruise thereafter (I don't quite remember the actual milestone threshhold; it's not actually noted anywhere on the Crystal website or Crystal Society benefits page), a box of chocolates are automatically delivered to the cabin on embarkation day, courtesy of the Crystal Society. It used to be a box of See's Bridge Mix; now it's a box of ChocXO mixed bonbons (9 or so in the box). It's an acknowledgement from Crystal for sailing with them often. Some guests consume them during the cruise; some guests take the box home; some guests give the box to staff.

 

Rob

 

And the chocolate truffles from the Bistro/Waterside/room service fit very nicely in the little compartments in the box if it needs to be refilled.  😋

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3 hours ago, late2cruisin said:

 

Now THIS is useful to know! 😀

 

And you generally only have to ask ONCE.

 

As the regulars know, I LOVE the oatmeal-raisin cookies on Crystal. We were on Esprit a couple of years ago and I jokingly asked Luigi, the Restaurant Manager (formerly on Serenity) how Esprit could possibly be a Crystal ship when there were no oatmeal-raisin cookies on the buffet at lunch. A plate of them arrived in our cabin every evening thereafter, and have arrived in our room on every cruise on Serenity since! I finally had to tell out butler last March to stop bringing them as my tux was starting to get tight!!😁 I can resist anything but temptation. And Crystal's oatmeal-raisin cookies!!!😍

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2 hours ago, ryndam said:

After about the 10th Crystal cruise, and every cruise thereafter (I don't quite remember the actual milestone threshhold; it's not actually noted anywhere on the Crystal website or Crystal Society benefits page), a box of chocolates are automatically delivered to the cabin on embarkation day, courtesy of the Crystal Society. It used to be a box of See's Bridge Mix; now it's a box of ChocXO mixed bonbons (9 or so in the box). It's an acknowledgement from Crystal for sailing with them often. Some guests consume them during the cruise; some guests take the box home; some guests give the box to staff.

 

Rob

Interesting!  Does anyone know the actual threshold?  We have more than ten cruises. The chocolates we receive are the refillable box of chocolates that I thought PHs receive.  We have never received a box from the Crystal Society or is the refillable box from the Crystal Society? 

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17 minutes ago, Cancun01 said:

Interesting!  Does anyone know the actual threshold?  We have more than ten cruises. The chocolates we receive are the refillable box of chocolates that I thought PHs receive.  We have never received a box from the Crystal Society or is the refillable box from the Crystal Society? 

I believe someone told us it's actually 15 cruises.

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39 minutes ago, AtA said:

I believe someone told us it's actually 15 cruises.

Thank you! Number 15 is our next one.

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5 hours ago, late2cruisin said:

 

Really? There's a chocolate fountain every evening in Bistro? (You wouldn't be pulling my leg, would you? 😉 )

 

Yes, really. And I only discovered it on my SIXTH Crystal Cruise! I guess I never walked by that way before.

 

 

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