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    antwerpen
  • Interests
    gastronomy
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Hapag Lloyd
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    south france

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  1. I only can confirm the dinners on the Crystal Esprit were culinary delights , also the desserts! And a wonderful service as well, also the bartender was great !
  2. Hapag Lloyd does offer a buffet for diner on both the ms Europa as on the ms Europa 2. on the 2 it is more elaborated with daily oysters and lobsters. Informal dining is offered on Seabourn , and Silversea . I do not know Regent - caused by its onerous single policy. I did not like the "Brazilian" style food on Crystal , i am afraid. I hope Crysal will introduce something better on the new ocean ships as those "meat skewers" . Probably some people like it as well...
  3. if you only need a hotel pre or post cruise , several times already and also before the Crystal Esprit I stayed at the Meridien Conference near the airport , in Royal Wing. Great rooms and service, decent breakfast , complimentary soft drinks during daytime and pleasant cocktail hour with canapes - The drinks are poared quite generously.
  4. referring to the bar list of the MS Europa 2 ( over 50 different gins ) top shelf must be : 209 gin and the Swiss Xellent - also the Spanish and rather sweet Gin Mare - are the highest priced gins.
  5. Great to hear Jiri is now the permanent head sommelier - and great wines as well - despite I no not know the Australian red and the dessert wine.
  6. I am afraid I do not know any luxury all inclusive cruise company offering XO cognac for free , however on the Crystal Esprit the Martell Cordon Bleu was free. ( in a similar - somewhat lower - price level as an XO ) last year Crystal did offer Courvoisier XO for 12 $ most of the companies do offer VSOP as the highest all inclusive cognac.
  7. I can confim something similar : Brussels Dubai Singapore return was something above 4 x but in € - it was prior to the Crystal Esprit - stopover to Sin cost me 28 € more as going F to Dubai - there was XO cognac in business and Paradis in First
  8. I do recommend Crystal : silversea too formal , seadream not suitable for a lady in her 80s, seabourn not much entertainment except for music and lectures and trivia
  9. I did Dubai Duba just before Christmas and it was possible to eat outside - weather permitting - as it was not very warm in the evening in that period and on some days quite windy
  10. I immediately agree - like when going to a restaurant ashore - you are not going to discuss the wine prices however I think when a wine list is going in competition with complimentary wines : why is Crystal not managing a friendlier priced wine list ? And I am not talking about these "extremely " special and of course very expensive items ? I noticed a special champagne once again went up with 25 $ since last year ... and contrarely to SB or SS there is no discount for regulars or buying packages. And no problem to admit the complimentary wines on Crystal are maybe the best in the all inclusive "luxury" segment.
  11. Wishing you a wonderful cruise as well !
  12. I did 7 days Dubai Dubai just before Christmas - I think it was a full house - there were 2 singles - I was one of the singles I never had the feeling it was "crowded" - even during the daily briefing for the next day in the bar - done before dinner - you do not have the feeling of "fully booked " Also for breakfast and lunch - there was Always enough spaces and free tables The restaurant is of course full for dinner . The dinners were very elaborated gastronomical experiences also great desserts and wonderful service from everybody ! And the complimentary Champagne Charles Heidsieck is a lot better as the Jacquart
  13. I find it frightening situations - so far away from home ...despite all the insurances for it I also had to witness a lot of evacuations - from a ms Vistafjord steaming full force to Finnish waters so the sick guest had not to go to a Russian hospital - and last year in my hometown a nearly fatal heart attack in port - the guest ( on a German ship ) was from Japan not speaking anything else as a few words in English - it was his luck ( it is bad word in the circumstances ) there are four fully specialised heart clinics in Antwerp …
  14. thank you for replying and advices i am afraid I am an oenophile - I can be polite with dry white wine, not with basic red and for sure not with sparkling wine sometimes announced on some companies as Champagne ( the real and French ) I am not happy with the complimentary wines on Silversea and Seabourn , some whites for lunch are just OK I do not mind to spend money on extra wines providing it is not usury as on Oceania or overpriced as on Cunard and I do not mind to pay a corkage fee despite i find 25 dollar exaggerated on Crystal it is waived and I always give a gratuity to the sommelier concerning spirits I am not so difficult , I am not the guy asking for Grey Goose in a Bloody Mary however you can taste the difference bewteen Cointreau and average Triple Sec clearly in a cocktail ( difference in alcohol degree ) a possible cruise on Saga is only for 2021
  15. I really am afraid of medical emergencies … during all my cruises i am afraid I saw twice people passing away of heart attacks - I also saw people of a decent age collapsing due to high consumption of drinks - emergency call and they luckily recovered during my Cunard period until 1999 the doctors on board were all surgeons able to do the elementary items as an appendicitis during 6 days at sea a lot can happen …
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