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The Trivia questions definitely change and there are few of any repeats - even from year to year. Stacey the WC hostess puts a lot of effort into the questions. I play a lot of trivia and there’s no repeats - Crystal has a lot of regular guests so if it started repeating it would be picked up quickly 

 

Music trivia was good as it covered all genres eg classical, pre war, Jazz, R&B, Broadway & Pop - so everyone had a chance 
 

When we won the trivia round over 4 days my wife chose a pen and I took 2 packs of Crystal cards - we also got discount vouchers at the shops, photo shop and the spa

 

For Bingo I buy the 6 board cards which are $30 for one or two for $50 - one for me and one for my wife. Most seem to play a 6 board card option

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Hello from Lautoka, Fiji where it is hot,hot,hot and very humid

 

We arrived late morning yesterday - Thursday and after health clearance for the ship I joined a couple of friends and set off to explore the city - my wife wisely chose to stay on the ship in the air conditioning 

 

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We walked to the Botanic Gardens which were as my English friends described “a lunchbox letdown” - they are currently being renovated and there we very few interesting plants on display at all. So we walked back to town and chatted with locals - opening with a hearty “Bula” a universal greeting here in Fiji. We visited the Fruit & Vege markets and some of the local shops. Then it was time to find a local bar and sample some of the local beer - Fiji Bitter! We found a bar - aptly named the Crystal Bar and settled in for a rehydration session 

 

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We returned to the ship in time for a welcome shower and very late lunch from the Trident - I enjoyed a Salmon Burger and a Hot Dog as it was a long time from Breakfast

 

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We dined in Prego and tried some different dishes and then went to the show - which was Chris Hamilton, a pianist - probably not my favourite style of entertainer but ok. He had a heck of a journey trying to board the ship and avoid Corona exposure - his last leg was a hop from Tonga, where he’d been awaiting us, to Lautoka where he arrived onboard at 6pm and then performed at 8.30pm after a quick rehearsal with the Crystal Showband 

 

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We then enjoyed a drink in the Avenue before settling into the Cove and listened to the Duo singing - and chatted to a few fellow passengers about their backgrounds and experiences with Crystal

 

We watched the Cove transform into a beautifully decorated setting for Valentines Day celebrations today 

 

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Needless to say the Internet upload speed is 10x (not a scientific measurement) faster now - it makes posting pictures very easy!

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Churrascaria

 

I get sick of people thinking it’s just a meat feast - they have a great range of salads and hot dishes that accompany the meats 

 

In fact it’s become one of the favourite casual dining venues amongst members of the group were with - and they all say the Baked Potato’s are the best on the ship!

 

Hopefully these photos help show the range to compliment the meats served on skewers - I haven’t posted the skewer photos as I think people have seen them before - but I will say the meat is excellent quality and cooked to perfection 

 

As I said earlier on we told the Chef my wife was dairy free and he prepared a dairy free bath of mushrooms for her - so it’s worth making them aware of any issues 
 

Head on up to deck 12 and enjoy Jaryds warm welcome (at least until we lose him to Endeavor) and his team are very helpful

 

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I’m getting a bit annoyed with having to comply with unpublished dress codes in Palm Court 

 

I just got asked to remove my cap in the Palm Court during afternoon tea time which I did do at their request - but it caused me to check the dress codes as I’ve never had that occur before 

 

I know I should not wear a cap in any of the restaurants during the day but the bistro, where I’m currently sitting, and the Palm Court are not restaurants so wouldn’t the day time dress code apply? Apparently not 

 

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Guess l just have to go with the flow but asking me to comply with a dress code requirement that’s not documented doesn’t impress me 

 

 

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I agree with not allowing bathing suits, tank tops (men) or bare feet anywhere but at the pool or gym/sports court but have never heard of banning ball caps during the day in Palm Court (or Bistro, Cove Bar, Trident, Silk, Marketplace).  Maybe someone considers Afternoon Tea a fine dining experience?  Maybe one of the crew could tell the reason behind this new policy?  

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Classic hat etiquette:

 

"A gentleman should remove his hat as he enters a building, including a restaurant, home, classroom, theater, church. This rule includes baseball caps and casual hats. Hatsare to be removed when inside, except for places that are akin to public streets, e.g., lobbies, corridors, and elevators in public buildings."

 

Typically ignored in most places these days though.

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6 minutes ago, suzeluvscruz said:

Yeah, the last sea day. Pretty lame.


How many sea days have we had to have it? 
 

Just as well a lot of us know each other anyway - we’ll have our own one over lunch tomorrow - looking forward to it 

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11 minutes ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

Classic hat etiquette:

 

"A gentleman should remove his hat as he enters a building, including a restaurant, home, classroom, theater, church. This rule includes baseball caps and casual hats. Hatsare to be removed when inside, except for places that are akin to public streets, e.g., lobbies, corridors, and elevators in public buildings."

 

Typically ignored in most places these days though.


Source please?


That sounds like something out of a 1950’s etiquette book 

 

Palm Court is not a restaurant 

 

They are inconsistent - which really frustrates me 

 

It’s not a fight I want and really care about that much and they make the rules - perhaps they’d be so kind as to document them 

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6 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:


Source please?


That sounds like something out of a 1950’s etiquette book 

 

Palm Court is not a restaurant 

 

They are inconsistent - which really frustrates me 

 

It’s not a fight I want and really care about that much and they make the rules - perhaps they’d be so kind as to document them 

The Levine Hat Co.

 https://www.levinehat.com/pages/hat-etiquette

 

As I said "Classic" hat ettiquette. 😜 Rarely observed these days. Possibly still observed in places like the UK though, among certain social sets.

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On 2/14/2020 at 12:51 PM, Stickman1990 said:

The Cruise Critic meetup for this voyage is to be held in Pulse on Sunday 16th 

See you there 

It’s certainly late enough in the voyage -it’s not like we haven’t had a few days 😃

Never signed up on this cruiseline anymore. Some cruise lines put it in the daily and it is always with in 24 hours if sailing.

 

 

  Ovine from Boston to,FL to,NC I have seen it all in dress code. But I grew up and still believe men do not West baseball or other hats inside.was raise that it is rude. In NC seems to be as cool,as carrying a gun.  But I have read the rules for tea ..I refuse to dress for it. So I never been. Is it right..no idea! But if this was formal night I have no shoes for dinner. To rough for me for any heel. 

 

Saw you at the show tonight, I dash out once we had light to mid ship.but loved the show.

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13 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

Churrascaria

 

I get sick of people thinking it’s just a meat feast - they have a great range of salads and hot dishes that accompany the meats 

 

In fact it’s become one of the favourite casual dining venues amongst members of the group were with - and they all say the Baked Potato’s are the best on the ship!

 

Hopefully these photos help show the range to compliment the meats served on skewers - I haven’t posted the skewer photos as I think people have seen them before - but I will say the meat is excellent quality and cooked to perfection 

 

As I said earlier on we told the Chef my wife was dairy free and he prepared a dairy free bath of mushrooms for her - so it’s worth making them aware of any issues 
 

Head on up to deck 12 and enjoy Jaryds warm welcome (at least until we lose him to Endeavor) and his team are very helpful

 

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We visit Churrascaria at least once every week, never have the meats although DW has shrimp occasionally.  I usually have some salads, a baked potato, maybe a little feijoda.  We treat it as a less involved and lighter alternative to Waterside.  The complementary breads are worth a visit alone.

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9 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

I’m getting a bit annoyed with having to comply with unpublished dress codes in Palm Court 

 

I just got asked to remove my cap in the Palm Court during afternoon tea time which I did do at their request - but it caused me to check the dress codes as I’ve never had that occur before 

 

I know I should not wear a cap in any of the restaurants during the day but the bistro, where I’m currently sitting, and the Palm Court are not restaurants so wouldn’t the day time dress code apply? Apparently not 

 

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Guess l just have to go with the flow but asking me to comply with a dress code requirement that’s not documented doesn’t impress me 

 

 


I’m surprised at you getting all bent out of shape over this one, I would have thought you would have been more aligned with me on the wearing of caps indoors without the need for a published code advising of the same.... Baseball caps indoors anywhere other than the gym, etc.. is even higher up my list of pet peeves than balloons!!!!  😱🤣😱🤣

 

Anne...

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50 minutes ago, Jayayeff said:

Baseball caps indoors anywhere other than the gym, etc.. is even higher up my list of pet peeves than balloons!!!!  
😱🤣😱🤣

 


We all have our personal preferences however what I am annoyed about on this is the published dress code saying one thing and the apparent implantation of it saying another. I’m big on consistency and Crystal are not being consistent on this one  

 

It’s their ship so they can make the rules - all I ask is that they publish them so it’s clear on their expectations 

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6 hours ago, Jayayeff said:

Baseball caps indoors anywhere other than the gym, etc.. is even higher up my list of pet peeves than balloons!!!

 

Those of us fortunate enough to still have enough occasionally unruly hair, particularly in combination with bald spots needing sun protection, find caps/hats extremely useful and frankly preferable in appearance to the alternative (sweaty hat hair? yuck!) when returning indoors on a hot and/or windy day. That something so trifling causes offense sufficient for complaint is really quite sad.

 

Relatedly, I've never understood why resort quality shorts in the evening, outside of the dining rooms, when traveling in the tropics is inappropriate. If it's appropriate for say a Four Seasons hotel in the South Pacific, why not a cruise ship in the same locale?

 

(Sorry for the interruption. Please carry on.)

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9 minutes ago, Robisan said:

 

Those of us fortunate enough to still have enough occasionally unruly hair, particularly in combination with bald spots needing sun protection, find caps/hats extremely useful and frankly preferable in appearance to the alternative (sweaty hat hair? yuck!) when returning indoors on a hot and/or windy day. That something so trifling causes offense sufficient for complaint is really quite sad.


I’m with you 100% - I am follicly challenged also and always wear a cap in the sun 

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