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4 hours ago, TRIPACIAN said:

I can see major changes to the 2022 WC coming.  Perhaps skipping NZ and Australia and including the Philippines and more of Indonesia.  Whatever it is still a long way out and I am patient.

 

If too many countries have to be skipped, then is it still considered as a world cruise?

 

Cruise lines may be able to restart operations in summer-fall 2021, but they will only begin with shorter sailings (no more than 7 days) in the first few months. World cruise will involve too many destinations and there are still many uncertainties even in early 2022.

 

Longer cruises such as Grand Mediterranean may be possible, but I think there is low chance that Round Asia / Round Australia / World Cruise will set sail in early 2022.

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It is not in my nature to be overly negative but I fear that the summer Med season on the Symphony is very unlikely. Most European countries are still very early in their so slow vaccination rollouts. Obviously, we in the UK and Israel are exceptions. It has been reported that Greece is planning early mass vaccination of many of it's islands. Our government have announced that it is likely that in April they will announce that cruises calling at English ports can resume in May. It seems probable that this will be extended to Welsh, Norther Irish and Scottish ports, subject to agreement with our devolved nations.

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Assuming that Crystal performs the Covid tests onboard in the three days prior to disembarkation (which they must do for passengers going directly back home to the USA), what happens if a passenger tests positive?  Will that passenger be allowed to disembark in the Bahamas?  If so, will the passenger need to go into quarantine?  If the passenger is not allowed to disembark, then what??? 

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These are all good questions for your TA or Crystal  (your TA will have to ask Crystal)

No one here can answer authoritatively.

Another poster on another board about the Bahamas sailings asked about Covid test requirements for vaccinated people.

Yet another question that cannot be answered on these boards.

 

I am going to book.  Payment not immediate.  I am certain Crystal is considering ALL these possibilities and will provide answers before anyone puts down a deposit.

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I there access to the "Onboard" info? Captain, Cruise Director, entertainment etc.?

Barring a catastrophe, we will be booking 14 days.

We are really interested, as are all of us, in what staff will be aboard. Many familiar faces we fervently hope.

 

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My question is - are there approximately 14 000 die hard Crystal cruisers that will make this a viable option for Crystal? 

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7 minutes ago, RD64 said:

My question is - are there approximately 14 000 die hard Crystal cruisers that will make this a viable option for Crystal? 

 

That's a rather misleading question - It's not a requirement to be a "die hard Crystal cruiser" to book on these cruises ie you don't have to be a past guest to book (although there's a better discount if you are)

 

My guess is that many of the guests will be new to Crystal taking the opportunity to check out a line that is actually sailing at that time

 

I would also suggest that many guests will book multiple legs

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However the high price tag plus flight component plus necessity of a passport will effectively reduce the size of the market.

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4 hours ago, Pat King said:

We are really interested, as are all of us, in what staff will be aboard. Many familiar faces we fervently hope.

 

 

Will guests be able to recognize them behind the masks?  🙂 

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1 hour ago, Observer said:

 

Will guests be able to recognize them behind the masks?  🙂 


and if I recall from earlier announcements of the new protocols with the limits on the interaction/socislising of entertainment staff with guests 

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23 hours ago, kool kruiser said:

It is not in my nature to be overly negative but I fear that the summer Med season on the Symphony is very unlikely. Most European countries are still very early in their so slow vaccination rollouts. Obviously, we in the UK and Israel are exceptions. It has been reported that Greece is planning early mass vaccination of many of it's islands. Our government have announced that it is likely that in April they will announce that cruises calling at English ports can resume in May. It seems probable that this will be extended to Welsh, Norther Irish and Scottish ports, subject to agreement with our devolved nations.

I have no inside information but I don't see Symphony saying the Mediterranean this summer.

 

Too many issues and it probably makes no sense to try to start up the two ocean vessels at once anyway just in terms of cost to get each one underway, plus as you mention too much uncertainty.

 

The safe thing about the Bahamas is it is confined to just a few islands and they are allowing travel without quarantines.  So if I was a betting person (and I am not) I suspect those cruises would not happen.

 

Keith

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On 3/12/2021 at 4:50 PM, cruisr said:

All international arrivals to the US require the covid test within 72 hours of your arrival in the US.  I had a Seabourn booking which just cancelled and they were going to be doing the testing, for free, onboard, before you disembarked.  Much as the luxury resorts are doing the same thing.

 

Crystal will have to do this.

I agree with you.   Before boarding all guests are supposed to have a COVID-19 test done at the terminal.    As others said best to have a TA check on this but logic says yes.  In fact, the hotels in Nassau are doing this.

 

I was reading an article in one of the Sunday Newspapers today and they say the new norm is for hotels instead of having amenities such as an inclusive buffet or breakfast in your room many are offering a complimentary COVID-19 test instead in various places around the world.  Never thought a medical test would be an amenity but then again 15 months ago I never thought imagined how many things have changed since COVID-19 made its debut.

 

Keith

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5 hours ago, Observer said:

 

Will guests be able to recognize them behind the masks?  🙂 


Why would that work any differently at sea than on land?  🙂 I have no trouble recognizing any staff of local establishments here.  We all adjust.

 

8 hours ago, RD64 said:

My question is - are there approximately 14 000 die hard Crystal cruisers that will make this a viable option for Crystal? 


Adding on to Terry’s point, I’m pretty sure Crystal is looking at it from the lens that this could be one of the first and only ships sailing in North America at the time.  If everything gets pulled off as planned (and that’s definitely an “if”), they’d have an entire segment of the luxury and step-up markets virtually to themselves (until others follow or the CDC revises its guidance).

 

Vince

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For Europeans those cruises are simply not possible on the Serenity.

In Belgium we cannot travel until 17th April - our government simply did not want that people were travelling during the Easter holiday. 

yesterday some more bad news from Italy - i am very afraid for my booking on Symphony in september -  and yes sometimes you are willing to do everything possible to do a cruise - like i did last year on Ponant and earlier this year a PH on MSC but cancelled . 

It is sad some European countries with a very strong system of socialised health care like Germany and Belgium are so slow with the vaccinations - constantly the slow supplying of the various vaccines are blamed as the reason especially AstraZ. 

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11 hours ago, RD64 said:

However the high price tag plus flight component plus necessity of a passport will effectively reduce the size of the market.


$1999 for seven days isn’t high, and who cruises that doesn’t own a passport?

 

For Floridians, it’s a short plane hop, and I’m guessing it’s the same for New Yorkers, or Atlantans or Houstonians. Chicagoans have a choice of two airlines non-stop. Those are to Nassau. Bimini’s more of a challenge, no doubt.

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1 hour ago, Pat King said:

Posting this again.


No, the voyages are not detailed on the website yet.  They are still “previewing” them.  The website should be updated mid-week, but I’m skeptical there will be much detail available immediately, it will probably build over the next month or two if I had to guess.

 

Vince

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I’ve been looking at Nov., Dec. and Jan. on Serenity, for the past month. The CD is listed and some speakers and entertainment, but no captains or restaurant heads, no bridge instructors. Some dancers are there, including at least one cruise with Curtis and Beverly.

 

I was delighted to see Roman P. listed, but I don’t recall which sailing it was.

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Thank you Vince. That is what I was after.

Imagine the turmoil of re-staffing.

As an aside, we were on the last cruise in Singapore when the entertainment had to be improvised because the regulars could not get aboard. It was a fine change. I hope Crystal does more of these less scripted, more spontaneous shows. The staff talent is so deep.

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7 minutes ago, May B said:


$1999 for seven days isn’t high, and who cruises that doesn’t own a passport?

 

For Floridians, it’s a short plane hop, and I’m guessing it’s the same for New Yorkers, or Atlantans or Houstonians. Chicagoans have a choice of two airlines non-stop. Those are to Nassau. Bimini’s more of a challenge, no doubt.


+1...  This is accessible to huge swaths of Americans...  Even here in DC it’s a three hour nonstop from both National and Dulles.  👍 For anyone willing to connect, there are literally dozens of quick options.

 

Vince

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Plus you have the ferry from Florida to Bimini.

One negative for Genting -- casinos are still closed in the Bahamas.  They mentioned on the video use of the beach/pool facilities but did not mention the casino.

 

Bimini If you use the Ferry -- you do not need a PCR test to return to the USA.   Odd but it states this on the Bimini tourism site.

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I received the sad news that our second Crystal cruise was cancelled last week and I guess due to the tears welling up in my eyes missed the link about the Bahamas.  After my wife had finished wringing out my pillow, she pointed out to me the silver lining that Crystal Serenity would be visiting us instead in our home port!  For years I have planted the seed in Captain’s minds as well as other cruise reps that the Islands of the Bahamas are are wonderful place to do “Paul Gaugin-like” cruises.  Originally I thought Esprit and Endeavor would be perfect since they have all the water toys but I never imagined the Serenity here.  My hats off to all who have made this happen.

 

Having had plenty of experience explaining ourselves on a cruise or tour after someone asks “where are you from” and answering, “my wife is from Montréal, and I’m a Franco-American from New York, and we live in the Bahamas” - which usually produces confused and speechless reactions - I would encourage fellow cruisers to seriously consider this exceptional situation sort of like the Beatles coming to play in Kayenta, AZ.

 

For those of you who have only visited Nassau and formed your impression of the whole country on that, I would say that’s like sailing into Atlantic City and concluding the whole of the U.S. is like that.

 

Having lived here for twenty years and visited the family islands I can honestly tell you that you have not really experienced the beauty of the Bahamas if you have not been outside of Nassau.  The big impediment for me in visiting the family islands is that it is complicated to travel around them and actually get things organized once you get to each island unless you have your own yacht.  Boater’s have long had a monopoly on enjoying the islands since they bring their creature comforts with them.

 

My personal preference for travel is a combo of exotic adventures on shore and the ability to return to luxury, pampering and “all my stuff” on board.  Over and over I have found this on luxury cruise ships.

 

I will be very interested in seeing how Crystal and Bahamas Tourism pull this off, but if they can execute this well, it sounds like a win-win for everyone.  I also hope Crystal will see the success and consider bringing Esprit and Endevor down here on a regular basis to explore places like Mayaguana and Inagua with the flamingo colonies.

 

On a practical side, this is a wonderful way to test drive Crystal for a reasonable cost.  Have you ever wanted to see what the Crystal Penthouse is like for a family dinner?  Want to choose between a classic penthouse or Seabreeze suite?  This is the time.

 

If you’ve read this far no, I don’t work for Crystal or the Bahamas Tourism board, I’m just happy my favorite cruise line is coming to my home town and I want to share the joy after a lot of doom and gloom.  Let’s all make this work - go team!

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I am one who can't afford Crystal...but saw the 'from $1999pp' and said Whoops!  Maybe we can get a taste!  Longtime passport holder (1970) and vaxed...Sign me up!  EM

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And, I hope I am not being naive thinking that on a perfectly vetted and vaccinated cruise, no masks will be required? A good idea for for some people, but no longer a COVID requirement?

I am excited about the prospect of a cruise to nowhere of historical significance. I am usually shamed into going ashore to look at sights.

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