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  1. Just returned from a cruise on the Crystal Symphony - best cruise ever. Food, entertainment and service were all excellent. Crystal is all inclusive except for tours. Great coffee bar - with serve yourself snacks (cookies, pastries, cheese and lox in the morning). Entertainment had the usual musical shows. Magician was close-up with only 20 people per show. Lectures were excellent. Only saw 2 children onboard. Included wines and liquors were very good. The 2 specialty restaurants were free for two visits each (2 week cruise). We do not usually cruise on the lux lines but I found a great deal on a Panama Canal cruise. We had an outside not a balcony and we were fine with that. I hope you can find a great deal (remember drinks, tips and internet are all included).
  2. San Francisco is not a large city. If you can walk there are the hop on off busses close by. Do you know where you want to go? If you are touring on your own please note SF is a very tourist town and with that there are a lot of pickpockets so be very careful in crowds. Busses through china town (union square) are the worst. FYI - Hamilton is playing in the city. We used to live there and I bought tickets to the show as they are harder to get where we live now.
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    Insurance

    Travel insurance like all insurance is a matter of risk tolerance. If we book with our big box travel their insurance is about half the cost of booking the insurance on our own. You can buy medical insurance for a single trip or for a year. This means you can book your travel insurance at a later date because you do not need pre existing coverage. Also some credit cards offer some type of travel insurance if the trip is booked with the card. Probably confused you more but trip insurance is not always simple. FYI we always buy insurance and have used it twice. Once for my fall injury and once for a family members serious injury. 😉
  4. We are on the Oct 11 Symphony cruise. Coming in 2 days early and looking at transfers to the port. Crystals transfer is from downtown San Jose. Have you decided how to get to the ship? Crystal offers transfer from downtown hotel but the hotel is sold out.
  5. We are booked on the Caldera to New Orleans Panama Canal cruise on the Symphony. The last night is in port in New Orleans. Is there anything special about the last dinner on board ship? I am thinking about the bread pudding at Red Fish for dessert at dinner. (May even take one home.)
  6. Thank you - class act for a cruise line - buying the cards in case they are needed.
  7. I like to play mahjong. Are there sets on the ship or do I have to bring my own?
  8. We purchased the 'slow' package for 2 devices when we were on the ship. We got 30% off the total price.
  9. I filled out the after cruise evaluations. I have one problem with one of the tours we took. There was no where to report the issue of a really bad tour guide. We did a tour in Iceland where the tour guide was not clear about where to go and where to meet. He never pointed the paths for the sites or what the sites offered. I do not expect guides to be friendly but they should be informative and point out and describe what we should do at each site. At the first site the bus moved. He had to find a couple who did not know where to find the bus and he was not happy. My husband and I were lucky when we walked down to the correct parking lot. The sites were great waterfall - volcano lake - geyser - and spa.
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