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  1. Last time I looked she was due to be berthed at the OPT for all of her original stay - a pleasant change from what we've seen in recent years Sydney ports site currently show as below - not sure if/when they will update it https://www.portauthoritynsw.com.au/cruise/cruise-schedule/
  2. Sorry to hear that news I assume he means you won't cross the Tasman at the time originally scheduled as you'll have to cross it sometime if you're going to get to Australia That is a shame that Hobart has been cancelled - I'm sure they had a great event planned for the full World Cruisers Gee this voyage is turning into a real adventure - with missed ports and variations to the itinerary We'll stay tuned for further updates
  3. An announcement made today by Crystal Cruises CRUISE INDUSTRY VETERAN KARL MUHLBERGER APPOINTED CRYSTAL’S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Exec brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to Crystal’s growing portfolio MIAMI, February 24, 2020 – The expanding fleet of Crystal Experiences has new executive leadership as seasoned cruise and luxury hospitality industry executive Karl Muhlberger is appointed the company’s new Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Muhlberger will report directly to president and CEO, Tom Wolber, and will be based in Crystal’s Miami headquarters. In his new role with the internationally acclaimed company, Muhlberger will oversee facets of Crystal’s expanding fleet including hotel services, entertainment, food and beverage operations, concessions, technical services, reservations and guest relations for the lines’ existing experiences and those in development. “I am delighted to welcome Karl to the Crystal Family at a particularly exciting time for our company, as his esteemed career in luxury travel and expertise in launching new ships and programs for global travelers will be great assets to our teams ashore and on board as we navigate new waters,” Wolber said. “His beginnings in the culinary industry helped create a spirit of welcoming hospitality, which is integral to our guests’ experience, while his experience spearheading company and fleet expansions brings important perspective to Crystal’s position in the market.” A native of Austria, Muhlberger began his careers at age 15 as a culinary apprentice in Salzburg and went on to become the first and youngest Austrian chef to receive a Michelin Star and 17 points from the famed Gault & Millau at age 23. He also held prominent chef positions at other Michelin and Gault & Millau-rated restaurants, including the 5-Star Relais & Château Hotel in Belgium and Austria. From this foundation, he led the culinary departments for Cunard and Seabourn Cruise Line and held executive chef positions aboard Seabourn Cruise and Silversea Cruises. This leadership carried him to Norwegian Cruise Line, first as vice president of food and beverage operations, then to vice president of hotel operations for the company’s 17 vessels. With NCL, he was instrumental in the line’s global expansion into new markets and developing guest experiences; played integral roles with all of the company’s new builds in the U.S. and Chinese markets, as well as the development of NCL’s two private islands. Muhlberger’s academic studies began in Salzburg, Austria, then continued in the U.S., where he earned a certificate in hospitality management from Cornell University and later, an Executive MBA from Florida International University in Miami. “Crystal represents the pinnacle of luxury in the cruise industry and to join a company so dedicated to this exceptional standard is an honor,” Muhlberger said. “I am happy to lead these teams as we move into the next chapter for Crystal and welcome the challenge of finding ways to enhance what is already the very best in our business.”
  4. Yes it’s the absolute standard route for the inter island ferries but larger passenger cruise ships don’t use it. Sometimes I’m really heavy seas the ferries will go around to the head of the sounds but usually they just stop running rather than take the longer route in rough seas. Those things aren’t built with customer comfort in mind! There have even been occasions when cars and rail wagons end up going overboard! While it didn’t happen in Tory Channel there was a big incident with the Mikhail Lermontov which sunk after running aground in another part of the sounds - Bill Miller talks about it sometimes
  5. Why doesn’t the 50% FCC you receive in addition to the cruise ease the sting? “We know this disruption to our guests’ planned vacation is disappointing. In recognition of these changes to the itinerary, Crystal will provide guests who choose to sail with a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) of 50% of the base cruise fare paid for the full length of the original voyage. The FCC can be used on any of Crystal’s Experiences including Ocean, River, Yacht and Expedition for voyages commencing on or before December 31, 2021” It seems some now have expectations that make it almost impossible for Crystal to meet
  6. Roy I don’t believe that was the reason for the ending of the relationship between Crystal and the Magic Castle I believe it’s a much deeper issue (to which I am not privy to the details) on the organisations involved with the Castle including Rich Bloch who continues to organise the Magicians roster for Crystal I don’t really care about the issue as long as Crystal continue to have the close up Magicians appearing onboard
  7. Awwww....you’re spoiling the conspiracy theories Some just seem to want to tie everything back to “Crystal behaving badly”
  8. Roy - the trip across to Picton is only 3-4 hours (I think you would have come in at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound as opposed to via Tory Channel which they ferries use as a short cut) - so no great rush to set off for Picton for an early morning sail in
  9. We’ve seen our guarantees allocated 6 months out for a series of B2B2Bs in Europe in May 2020 so I think there’s a trend towards early allocation Now whether they still might change the allocation as Rob mentioned is another matter But with guarantees it’s always a lottery - sometimes you’ll end up in exactly the category you book
  10. Sandie What’s happening onboard at the moment? I’m seeing reports that the crew is now off the ship already and the cruise is effectively over before the scheduled completion on 1 March! it would sure be interesting to get an update from any guests on this voyage as to just what is going on?
  11. I can’t see anything referencing Genting or Crystal in this article which is just a puff piece from a friendly travel writer for Regents new ship Splendor
  12. I’d be very surprised if the Dry Dock facility wasn’t already operating to a tight schedule in terms of bookings - it’s not like they’re sitting there just waiting for Symphony to drop in so talk of extending the dry dock is probably a little unrealistic (let alone considering availability of materials and tradesmen to perform the work)
  13. Not really - Close to the wire is when like Seabourn did in Singapore a couple of weeks ago you cancel the day before a voyage is due to sail giving those who have travelled to join the voyage zero notice or opportunity to avoid the travel
  14. Australia has its own currency - US$ are not legal tender in Australia and most merchants would not be interested in US$ transactions You can use your credit card or payment systems like Apple Pay for most purchases
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