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About SnoBirdCruiser

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    Crystal Cruises
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  1. Is your blog private or can we just google it? Happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise...I am planing to try out the Manhattan menu, but using Crown Royal, we do not drink Bourbon. We sail March 20th! Cheers, Pat and Ray
  2. It really doesn't taste like mustard. Ask the waiter to bring a small taste to you and try it, you may be surprised. Cheers Pat
  3. Aged Balsamic vinegar, and finely grated Parmesan Cheese,some times I get the thn slices of the cheese. I love Prego's version so much I take a copy of the Carpaccio to restaurants that serve it and I ask them to duplicate it......and they do, right down to the very expensive balsamic. P.S. Try a bit of balsamic over Vanilla Ice Cream, awesome!!! Enjoy Prego's Pat
  4. We did our only Norway/Scandinavian Cruise in 2009 on another ship and it was awesome. This became my screen saver for many years.It was breathtaking.
  5. Thanks Keith, deep down I know this, and since I can roll with most things,I know it will be as wonderful a cruise as all the World Cruises, both full as well as the segments we now do, will be. Hope to see you soon....Did I send you our new email address? Cheers Pat
  6. Keith wrote: "By the way no different than getting off the ship in port. Some will wait on a line before the ship is cleared and others won't. Some will wait on a line to get a spot at the Sushi Bar and some won't. Some will wait on a line at the airport to board. Others won't. Same goes on on land such as going to the theatre or to a museum. And most importantly some will wait for one hour or more on a line at Disney to go on a ride that is over in less than five minutes. Go figure" LOL Keith, I have done most of these line ups...It is Ray who has no patience with any line ups, with the exception of Disney ones. Say hi to Anne Marie for us...She is looking fantastic! Cheers, Pat
  7. Oh, Oh!!! We are booked on the last two segments of the 2020 WC....March 20 to April 21. That very large "Bridge Group"is booked for the Mar.20 to Apr.03.segment. If I remember correctly, which I don't always do, it was, on occasion, difficult to make reservations in the specialty dining rooms. Since we normally do not eat till 7pm at home, we rarely run into line ups and if there is one we just wait in the Crystal Cove Bar. Thank you Vince for starting this line,. I am enjoying your writings as well as all the comments. Oh well, Ray and I will still have a great time, as life is too short to get your knickers in a knot! Cheers, Pat
  8. There really is. Keith
  9. Thank you Keith, I received emails from a couple of people and wandered what it was about...now I know. Having said this I agree with your comments..."different strokes for different folks". Thank you for helping me out with the photo. Cheers, Pat
  10. The good news is you have four other dining venues with no self service. You may may or may not know this but the Gauchos bring all of the beef, chicken. Shrimp and other hot entree items to the table similar to what is done at restaurants on land such as Fogi de Chau. They also serve delicious bread. They come around with drinks. My suggestion is stop by there early in the cruise when they are open for dinner and ask the Head Waiter if you can take a look so you get an idea of the setup. If it looks apoealing try it another night. If not you have those other dining choices available to you In all my years of cruising I Have keRned that there is no single restaurant that appeals to every guest. This is why choice is good. Keith
  11. This is Crystal. The photo company is a small family business who knows the product well and the guests. There is no pressure. They are very accommodating. Pass by the photo studio the day and night before the cruise ends and it is jammed with guests purchasing photos. Come on board with a large group or family and it is very popular with them. Often when people post here about coming on board with young family members I mention getting sone photos. You will look at them in the years to come. Your children will share them with their children. When we last had family on board in 2017 we had the photographers did a special package for us when we renewed our wedding vi vows. We have the photos hard copy and digital and our children borrowed the thumb drive and had s large photo made of the family placed in a beautiful frame which hangs proudly in our home. Now as as we get older we need less photos. For the first time we didn’t purchase any the last time around, We do however have photos that were taken at our vintage room dinner and at milestone recognitions which were presented to us. This us an example where choice is good. You can get them if you want it pass on them and as mentioned a polite no thanks is fine. No one will bother you. Keith p.s. I am writing this on my iPhone so likely there are typos.
  12. Welcome aboard Jackie and Dennis...So happy you are finally giving us a try. I also do not love the Brazilian restaurant either, but will go at least once on a cruise just for a change. Umi Uma's chefs are trained by Nobu(I think) and are world famous. I love Pregos, especially the beef carpacio. Glad to hear that everything is going well so far....Our favorite bar is the Avenue Salon (They make awesome Manhattans there, also check out their Martini menu. We rarely see baseball hats in restaurants here in Toronto exceptions are corner neighborhood and sports bars.....but I guess times are changing... Anyway, cant wait to read your wrap up of the cruise and await you posting your next Crystal one.... PS I see your TA loves the Crystal Riverboats...next stop should be the Ocean ships,LOL. Cheers, Pat and Ray
  13. Keith, March20 (OCY200320-14) Singapore -Mumbai SnoBirdCruise (SnoBirdCruise Pat/Ray) April 3 (OCY200403-18) Mumbai -Rome SnoBirdCruise (Pat/Ray) My CC name is; SnoBirdCruiser Somehow the last r in Cruiser was omitted. Are you able to change it. Also, I can't find the M&M sign up location so I am not even sure if we are registered for the last 2 segments. Thank you Keith, Pat and Ray
  14. Jackie, Great to see you and Dennis will finally be cruising on Crystal in 2 months...It's about time. Which ship, the Serenity or the Symphony and where are you going. You know we are avid Crystal cruisers,including 2 W.C.'s and love everything about both ships and have very few negatives about either ship. We were on the Explorer in March 2018 and loved the new cabins and restaurants and the food and the wine.The entertainment was top notch, as is Crystals. As usual there were great passengers on board. The cons on the Explorer were that there was the worst computer room and person since there was email at sea.Thank god for the front desk officer, who really knew computers. Also, there were no lecturers on board. We will be Platinum in a cruise or two. Ray and I will be doing a B2B on Serenity in March 2020, Singapore-Mumbai-Rome....great itinerary. Do you have the same email? I will be having a new one later this month but still will receive old ones till August. Say hi to Dennis from us. Cheers, Pat
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