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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253690 09/19/20 10:55 PM
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I sure hope you're right Ngaire. I'm trying to be optimistic on our B2B as both are paid in full. We also have all our air booked. Fingers crossed and prayers 🙏🏻 that this will work out for all of us.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253693 09/20/20 05:53 PM
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What Marcie said.....need a cruise!


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253694 09/21/20 02:29 AM
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Don’t we all!!!!

Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253746 09/25/20 02:37 AM
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We will be on one of the earliest Crystal River sailings as they are not planning on starting up until 26 March. Here is their new protocols for river cruises:

https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean-river

Will we all be considered part of a single travel party? If not, won't be able to dine together and if we dance we need to be six feet apart.



Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253747 09/25/20 03:17 AM
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The way I read this you have to dance 6 feet from other couples. So, Marc, there will be no Hokey Pokey or Conga lines. Otherwise isn’t it up to us to declare who is in our travel party? I think this just means no table sharing with random strangers.
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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253752 09/25/20 05:02 PM
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Look at these precruise requirements:

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Your promise to us is your Declaration of Safety via Crystal's secure, online portal, Priority Check-In and Planning Center (PCPC). When you sign your Declaration of Safety, you're giving us a true picture of your health and telling Crystal exactly what you need to travel in confidence and safety.

New: Guests will be required to purchase travel insurance (via Crystal or third party)
New: Guests to complete an online signature form acknowledging that a mandatory COVID-19 test with negative results will be required prior to their departure to their cruise; a printed copy of the negative result must be presented at check-in and failure to comply will result in denial of boarding
New: Guests’ travel and contact information will now be mandatory in Crystal’s Priority Check-In & Planning Center (PCPC) before cruise documents will be issued
Updated: Guests will check in online and complete a health questionnaire 48 hours prior to their departure to their cruise
Updated: Guests will receive assigned staggered arrival times to minimize congestion; arrival times will be printed on travel documents


I will be in Budapest six days before the cruise; I wonder how I am going to get my virus test. In addition, they are now requiring travel insurance; haven't bought insurance for this trip as we are never farther than 100 meters from shore and we have overseas medical.



Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253753 09/25/20 08:23 PM
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Hmmmm....wonder how this will work for those of us on the B2B on 2 different ships? In-between the 2 cruises some are going to Krakow, some going to Prague ,and others going to Budapest. Does this mean we need TWO negative tests, one for boarding in AMS and one for boarding in Budapest?


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253754 09/26/20 12:17 AM
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Do not know if the test would be required to board the second ship but I think it may well be. It is 6 months away and this may all be more relaxed by then. Getting covid tests should not be too difficult if required. All the places we are going have medical facilities and the ability to do covid tests. I can our van in Krakow making a stop at a medical facility during a tour so we can all get them at the same time.

Marc zero band insurance may work I imagine it is more about getting you HOME than anything else. Cancellation and lost baggage type coverage is not their concern. That is a good question. The cruise line or travel insurance companies may know the answer to that. I will see if I can get an answer - sending in that question right now.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253756 09/26/20 01:20 PM
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Reading even more of the Crystal protocols, I see that there will be no more shuttles or walking around town to get a drink or something to eat; you have to be on a Crystal tour:

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New: Guests will only be permitted to disembark the ship in port if participating in Crystal’s shoreside activities or excursions to ensure consistent health protocols; guests who do not comply will not be permitted to re-board the ship


So much for our stop for schnitzel in Vienna. waah

Since they are not doing any river cruises until 26 March; why did they need to put these out six months in advance? Hopefully things better by then, but it would seem silly to put these protocols out and never use them.



Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253757 09/26/20 02:10 PM
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WOW. They don't say how close to embarkation you need to have the test, at least I didn't see that, but usually you don't get the results for 3 or 4 days if you are lucky, some places its longer. The rapid 2 hour test will not work if an exposure is less than 72 hours, or so we were told when we had an exposure over Labor Day weekend and found out on Monday and immediately went in for testing, and the Doctor said it was too soon for the rapid test and did the regular one and we got our results on Thursday The airlines may also require some kind of proof as well, wonder if that will be sufficient or not. A lot to think about and consider.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253758 09/26/20 03:41 PM
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I had hernia surgery and to be tested first. I got both the nose swab and the antibodies test (blood) results back in 15 minutes. The antibodies test has two results periods. One sooner after exposure and one much later. That is what we were told. Information is all over the place on the testing. I guess depending on the type tests you take.

Not being able to do things on your own on a cruise is frustrating but understandable. That has been on every list of protocols – by staying on the ship and on tours together you are isolating yourselves in a giant bubble. Go off and do things on your own think how many people a ship full of people would come in contact in at each port. Makes sense really. This will slacken up when the vaccine comes and the cases drop.

All the lines are putting out their protocols so really every line has to do it. It will be a different experience. But as long as we can eat and sit together in our bubble, not wearing a mask ALL of the time. Able to get off the boat albeit on a organized tour we will still all enjoy the beginning of normalcy. These protocols will change with the vaccine and numbers of cases dropping. We will always value what we took so much for granted.

I am now always washing my hands and I think that is a behaviour that most of us have now. For overall health that is a very good thing. Our ships and restaurants will change, as that cleanliness aspect will remain, again a good thing. Be interesting to see if there is a drop in the flu season with all the changes in our daily lives.



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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253760 09/29/20 01:43 PM
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All these requirements are not looking good for us. We are planning to arrive in Amsterdam 5 days precruise. And we never do trip insurance. I am going to hold tight for now, as I think the cruise likely won’t happen anyway. But this is not looking good.

Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253761 09/29/20 03:03 PM
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I think I agree with you Rachel. We too are not doing anything yet, waiting to see, but there is a lot to consider for sure. I so want to do this, but just not sure.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253762 09/29/20 04:16 PM
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Rachel, why the negativity; this is still more than six months out. I am glad it is not a Christmas Markets cruise with those restrictions, that is a non-starter. I still haven't booked driver and guide yet for our time in Hungary so maybe I have an inkling you might be right. Unfortunately, unless Crystal goes bankrupt (not likely) I don't think we will learn anything more for at least three months.

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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253764 09/29/20 07:51 PM
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No Crystal ball but I feel these will go and probably be my first trips for 2021.

We went ahead yesterday and purchased air and hotels covering both cruises and the time in-between. We did everything refundable and it felt good to make the bookings. No rush to do those types of things there will be air and hotel reservations available. Cancelling is a pain but we just wanted to "get it done" and I do not anticipate cancelling these cruises.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253767 09/30/20 03:40 AM
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Really trying hard not to be negative, Marc, but just realistic. We do have our air and precruise hotel booked, but my gut feeling is the cruise won’t go.

If it doesn’t, and Europe will allow people from the US in, which is a huge unknown at this time, we still plan on going as we are planning to visit friends pre cruise. But that said, I now have 2 grandchildren due on April 17 (different parents, not twins),.

Question—would the trip insurance included with our Chase or Am Ex card be enough to satisfy Crystal? Our health insurance already provides international coverage.

Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253770 09/30/20 12:34 PM
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I asked for more details on what type of insurance was required. This was the response.

"Unfortunately we do not have all the answers on the insurance required yet. There is still a meeting with the legal department and Allianz. The question about whether they will need full coverage for everything or partial coverage has not been answered. I will update you as soon as we have the official answer."

The representative from Crystal is VERY GOOD and as soon she knows she will contact me and I will post the situation. We will also send out an email to everyone who has a Crystal cruise that will be affected.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253841 10/12/20 08:04 PM
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Marcie, please remove Arlene and me from the roll call. We couldn't live with the protocols and don't anticipate they would change before cancellation penalty kicks in as first river cruise is not until 26 March. Could not imagine going to Vienna and not getting schnitzel at Figlmüller.



Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253857 10/18/20 03:07 AM
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So sorry to hear this, Marc! I miss you and Arlene! I hate what this Virus has done to my wide world of travel friends! But I want to stay safe. I guess I’d rather be in a bubble for this one, considering what’s going on in Europe now. Please reconsider!

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I agree with Olivia, please change your mind.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253859 10/20/20 04:56 PM
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We will miss all of you, but already canceled. It has been so long, but we decided with the COVID restrictions not to take a chance.


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Re: Roll Call for RIVER Crystal riverboat(s) 4/12/21 & 4/23/21 [Re: petlover] #253860 10/21/20 07:00 PM
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Arlene & Marc, you sure will be missed. If RIVER is a GO, we're a GO.


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