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  1. I agree with you. If a celebration is going on at a table in Compass Rose why should they be relegated to their room to have cocktails or dinner there? Let those people have a night to celebrate a holiday or special occasion. If we were seated close by we would raise a glass of something and toast them. We have met some really nice people during their celebrations. Some have party gifts to the guests and some might be wearing something flashing or the dreaded lanyards from a group of bridge players. If the party is dressed to Regent standards at dinner who cares what they adorn as fun jewelry flashing or not. If it bothers someone sit elsewhere.
  2. No flights from MIA-SJU? Impossible AA and Jet Blue have frequent service. That agent should be fired.
  3. I doubt you will see lanyards on Crystal and it certainly would not in the least bother us. Now some people during holidays including Carnival or Mardi Gras or Australian day may adorn some fun things to celebrate. None of this would bother us. The reason lanyards are worn on mass market and premium lines is they have to show their card at bars and shops constantly. On the luxury lines you don’t.
  4. Simply put Keith we have plenty of room to accommodate friends in our home that we have met on Crystal and more than happy when they stay with us and us with them. This is a bit off topic but people actually become friends while on long cruises and stay in touch frequently. We have enjoyed many guests in our home and their homes as well. We enjoy showing people around and dining venues and sometimes we just hang out by our pool. We have cruise friends coming in from LAS next week have known them for twenty years since we met on Crystal. So sometimes we love to spend time with them and share with them the behind the scenes venues that only us locals know about. I think the OP has his/her questions answered throughly, I hope. Just trying to be helpful.
  5. I would also check Trip Advisor. Hoping some other locals will chime in. We locals and natives that live here are also a very good source. When we travel to places we have not visited we try to source out people we know that either live there or nearby such as hotels and restaurants. What one likes others may not. We look for price, location and accommodations. For just a one night stay we can do with a clean safe hotel. For longer stays we look for luxury hotels or boutique hotels. All the hotels that have been posted here are just fine We have over the years met many Crystal people that are now our friends and sometimes we will host them in our home and they in turn invite us when we visit. We have always enjoyed hosting and being hosted. It’s always nice to be with a local friend as they share their favorite places that we would never find.
  6. That depends, if it’s a weekend no. During the week maybe. South beach has many restaurants and night clubs and can be very crowded at night. Lincoln Road is a great place to visit which is a walking street with a variety of shops and restaurants and much safer than Ocean Drive. Some of the boutique Art Deco hotels are lovely and part of our history since I grew up on Miami Beach. Keep in mind that many young people flock to this area and love to party. Be careful of your hotel choice for noise reasons. We have many Crystal cruisers that live close by and the locals may have other suggestions as well. You can easily get to south beach from downtown which is a bit closer to the port but not as interesting. Either way you will enjoy any location.
  7. Yes, you will have everything you need in the laundry rooms at no charge.
  8. You are as young as you feel. Age today is just a number. Tick that bucket list off.
  9. We think it’s still a good value compared to our cleaners.
  10. Like it or not rebating with high end agents or agency’s is quite common especially the high end producers with Crystal and other luxury lines will cut a check to you if you don’t want the OBC. We are lucky to work with a great agency and agent. Before anyone asks, I cannot share this with anyone per CC rules or privately. If we are on a cruise and you ask I am free to tell you who we use.
  11. I would stay longer at a better hotel if you can I.e. Mandarin. The Intercontinental is a good location but not the top on my list to recommend to friends. If I were to choose between the Hyatt and Intercontinental my choice would be the Hyatt for one night and closer to Brickell Ave loaded with restaurants and a short walk across the bridge. Just so you knowI am a native Floridian. For a good steak house go to Capital Grill right over the bridge from the Hyatt. You will not be disappointed. Take a look at Trip Advisor or Yelp for customer comments
  12. I will add the Mandarin and Hyatt as well. The Mandarin is gorgeous and you can arrange the quick trip to the port through them. So now now you have two new additional options. .
  13. MalbecWine


    Our boat had two heads which were vacu-flush systems. The only thing that should go in there to clean yourself is marine toilet paper. People just disregard what should not be put in toilets on planes and ships. We have had this problem on Crystal when a section was stopped up but they resolved the problem very quickly. The valves are located outside your stateroom that need to be cleared.
  14. We have tried the impossible burger and meat loaf. Three restaurants that are very popular have introduced these items. Actually the burger was very good and only 250 calories including the plant based bun. What you put on it of course will increase the calories. It looks like a burger and tastes like one. The bean burgers are messy and taste does not resemble a hamburger. This is great for vegans and glucose diets. They will introduce this in stores later this year. We have tried the Boca Burger which you can find in major supermarkets and they are awful. We also love the avocado toast as well.
  15. We were not passed out any I-94 forms on our last flight a few months ago from LHR. Go figure and no customs agent asked for them.
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