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    Crystal, Blount Small Ship Adventures
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  1. Sadly, they appear to be disappearing in general. Crystal never had them. Royal used to have them regularly but now once a cruise if that. Cunard only has them at MDR lunch which takes quite a bite out of my day's activities. Roy
  2. I don't know about the world cruise but they made an appearance at the last month of the Grand South America. Roy
  3. They (especially Crystal) are many steps above in many areas including price. There's a big step from Royal to Crystal but also a big step from making my own bed, making my own meals, and looking out the window at the same back yard every morning vs. Royal. There are a few lines I'm unlikely to go back to but even there I have a favorite quote. It sounds like it should be Casey Stengel but it's actually from Colonel Potter on MASH-- "If you aren't where you are you're nowhere". Roy
  4. I fly to Miami Saturday evening and will board the Empress for a 6 night getaway to Key West, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. This was (for me) something of a last minute booking, just a couple of months ago. My style is a bit different than many, I will normally post just once a day unless something unusual, and my style tends to be narrative more than pictorial. This thread will be a companion to my blog (http://getawaysfrom21044,wordpress.com) which will also be the hosting site for my photos, and at the top of the page are tabs to pages with Compass and menus. A bit about me. I’m pretty much an out of control, sailing on several lines, but mostly Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, and to a lesser extent Royal. My totals for this year will be 94 days HAL, 33 Crystal, 26 Cunard, and 6 Royal. My Royal activity has been mostly out of Baltimore (Enchantment and then Grandeur), but I’ve also sailed Allure, Anthem, Monarch, Jewel, and Radiance (not yet on the mid-size ships). I tend to prefer smaller ships although amenities and service are also important. I’m a bit unsure of the Empress as although my 3 favorite ships (Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony, and Prinsendam) are roughly the same size the Empress carries more people than any 2 of them combined. I hear she isn’t crowded and hope that will be true; I really like her Bermuda itineraries next year. This will be my first cruise as D+. I welcome questions although it may take me a little while to respond. I also invite any of my roll call members to add their perspectives to the thread. Roy
  5. I guess that's a wrap. The last sail-in was probably the best. Thanks Kathi, Lou & Dave, and fellow addicts. Wishing Juneau great weather and a WP every day for next week. Roy
  6. You can surely go to Kathi's deck. Door is deck 6 forward on the port side by cabins 6100 and 6102. Kathi calls it her deck but it's public. Roy
  7. I think so; it's still pretty hard to be sure. OK now out in the clear. Roy
  8. Volendam just left a massive AIS dead zone and is entering the Gastineau. Roy
  9. If you go to the Southwest web site go down to the bottom and find "Flight Schedule" Click on it and you get a big box. Details on the next release are there in pretty fine print: If you want April before the 13th you'll be good to go. Otherwise, you'll need to wait a bit longer. Roy
  10. Great news! I can even see the Wonder now but it's still quite foggy. I hope pax who get off the Volendam for Tracy Arm get better conditions. Roy
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