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Today's sunrise is from my 2019 Prinsendam Grand South America and Antarctica voyage.  On March 3 we visited Fortaleza:

 

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Roy

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11 hours ago, KenzSailing said:

And as if we haven't had enough, here in Maryland the 17 year cicadas are coming.  Sheesh.


I feel like a decade or so of living with stinkbugs has somehow taken the ‘annoying bug fanfare’ out of the big cicada brood (let alone the era of COVID and murder hornets here). I hope last year’s smaller brood left notes for this year’s crew to lower their expectations — its a whole different landscape than it was 17 years ago when their parents visited.

 

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Alright, I'm just going to get this off my chest over here.  I keep making the mistake of dropping in on the COVID thread, and I find the level of discourse and the willful ignorance just heartbreaking.

 

We hope to cruise Crystal again, but I'm never going to another meet and mingle.  Just too many people I never want to meet.

 

I will now go back to posting about my sweatpants.

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7 hours ago, KenzSailing said:

Alright, I'm just going to get this off my chest over here.  I keep making the mistake of dropping in on the COVID thread, and I find the level of discourse and the willful ignorance just heartbreaking.

 

We hope to cruise Crystal again, but I'm never going to another meet and mingle.  Just too many people I never want to meet.

 

I will now go back to posting about my sweatpants.


Same here...  The rampant violations of forum rules were frustrating enough, but the scapegoating of other members for their own violations was really disheartening.  🤦‍♂️ 
 

We’re starting to see the true cost of disinformation becoming so rampant in our society — we can’t even communicate properly with each other anymore because we’re all working from different “facts”.

 

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Today's sunrise is from my off the wall 2017 combination (Koningsdam, Crystal Serenity, Iguazu by land, Zaandam, Carnival Inspiration, and Crystal Symphony).  On March 4 the Serenity had overnighted in Buenos Aires and left that evening:

 

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And over on the Covid thread front, I notice Vince continues to fight the good fight.  I fear he's running low on supplies.  Send up a flare, and I'll airdrop a couple batches of my French onion soup.

 

Or, as some would have, it "Freedom" onion soup. 

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10 hours ago, rafinmd said:

Today's sunrise is from my off the wall 2017 combination (Koningsdam, Crystal Serenity, Iguazu by land, Zaandam, Carnival Inspiration, and Crystal Symphony).  On March 4 the Serenity had overnighted in Buenos Aires and left that evening:

 

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Roy

Roy that is beautiful! With any luck I'll be getting on the Endeavor there (BA) in exactly 7 months. Okay, I meant with a whole lot of lucky lucky lucky luck....;)

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Today's sunrise is from my 2018 Crystal 2-ship World Cruise.  On March 5 the Crystal Symphony was at sea from Bay of Islands, NZ to Lautoka, Fiji:

 

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The last time I embarked on a cruise was March 6 last year, QM2 in Sydney.  March 7 was a sea day and I caught my first sunrise then; It is now March 7 in Australia.

 

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Today's sunrise is the last from my 2016 Crystal Symphony Antarctic cruise that began with a pair of Cunard transatlantics.  On March 7 Amtrak's Silver Meteor was in Northern Virginia approaching Washington DC.

 

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Roy

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Watched Chef Ashton make short ribs on FB today, he's a delight and a reminder of everything I love about Crystal. Going shopping for the ingredients so I can make a special dinner for two this week.

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36 minutes ago, claudiaYVR said:

Watched Chef Ashton make short ribs on FB today, he's a delight and a reminder of everything I love about Crystal. Going shopping for the ingredients so I can make a special dinner for two this week.

 

Indeed!!  I was flipping through that recipe page where they are all archived this morning and thinking what a great feature that's been for Chef Ashton and Crystal to provide.  There are lots of great recipes in there, and collectively it's a great resource even beyond the weekly webcasts.  I give a huge thanks to everyone that's made this possible!

 

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3 minutes ago, BWIVince said:

 

Indeed!!  I was flipping through that recipe page where they are all archived this morning and thinking what a great feature that's been for Chef Ashton and Crystal to provide.  There are lots of great recipes in there, and collectively it's a great resource even beyond the weekly webcasts.  I give a huge thanks to everyone that's made this possible!

 

Vince

 

Wait, ok, where is this wonderful resource?  I've been chained to the stove here at the Chez, may be a little behind the times (say, 20 years or so.)

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3 minutes ago, KenzSailing said:

 

Wait, ok, where is this wonderful resource?  I've been chained to the stove here at the Chez, may be a little behind the times (say, 20 years or so.)

 

I just meant the recipe (prep) page, since it's collectively grown into a whole scroll of yummy goodness...

https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-at-home/tuesday-pantry-prep

 

There is a video page with the demos as well:  https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-at-home

 

Most importantly though, what's for dinner?  Some of us live vicariously through the menus and reviews from the Chez!

 

Vince

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12 minutes ago, BWIVince said:

 

I just meant the recipe (prep) page, since it's collectively grown into a whole scroll of yummy goodness...

https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-at-home/tuesday-pantry-prep

 

There is a video page with the demos as well:  https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-at-home

 

Most importantly though, what's for dinner?  Some of us live vicariously through the menus and reviews from the Chez!

 

Vince

 

Thanks.

 

Sunday night is diner food night: sous vide pork chop(144F), white sauce and mac n' cheese.  And yes, we use Velveeta.  Get that Comte right outta here!  

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24 minutes ago, KenzSailing said:

 

Thanks.

 

Sunday night is diner food night: sous vide pork chop(144F), white sauce and mac n' cheese.  And yes, we use Velveeta.  Get that Comte right outta here!  

 

That sounds great!  Velveeta mac n' cheese is exactly what MY mother used to make, but then again her recipe box is filled with all kinds of 70's "food" atrocities so I should be careful what I admit to. That said, lots of those things work for a reason!  (I refuse to talk about the microwave meatloaf recipe though.)

 

Vince

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Today's sunrise is actually a sunset, from my last cruise, Queen Mary 2 from Sydney to Perth instead of New York. On March 8 we visited Melbourne and it was the 10th time I saw "Come From Away"

 

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Roy

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Today's sunrise is from my 2014 Crystal Symphony/Crystal Serenity/Amsterdam series, Bali-Singapore-Cape Town-Ft. Lauderdale.  On March 9 Crystal Symphony was in Brunei:

 

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Thank you for the wishes.  I don't expect a lot of news from today's tests but it will be progress.

 

Roy

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On 3/2/2021 at 3:27 AM, Merry Twinkletoes said:

In October, the webmaster helped me.
 

There may be multiple contractors touching Crystal’s website.

 

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS may trigger the Crystal emails. This morning, I Clicked on the three choices listed under Available: Crystal Society, Crystal Insider, and Special Offers and Information.

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13 minutes ago, Merry Twinkletoes said:

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS may trigger the Crystal emails. This morning, I Clicked on the three choices listed under Available: Crystal Society, Crystal Insider, and Special Offers and Information.

I’ve been subscribed all along. I used to get them and then I didn’t. I tried resubscribing as did the Ask Crystal person on my behalf. Didn’t work. For example, week I did not get the Crystal River Mozart announcement. 

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2 hours ago, TER777 said:

For example, week I did not get the Crystal River Mozart announcement. 


Neither did I - was there actually a customer focussed email on the new Rivers season announcement?

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18 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:


Neither did I - was there actually a customer focussed email on the new Rivers season announcement?

 

Monday afternoon I received the email Larry posted about rivers.  I only receive customer emails from Crystal, not press or agent.

 

Vince

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