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Bridge Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What happens if I cruise by myself?
  • We love our valuable 'singletons'! You will be seated at one of our tables in the dining room; we make appointments for you in the salon and spa; you will have your reservations made in the alternate restaurants with other guests in our group and you will also enjoy participating in the several optional tours that we do together as a group. Of course, we guarantee a bridge partner for you, either for the entire cruise or just here and there.
  • I fear getting seasick. How can I avoid this?
  • Crystal is equipped with state-of-the-art stabilizers which minimizes getting 'mal de mer." However, there are many remedies for the occasional bout - a patch behind your ears, a special wrist band which applies pressure points to relieve the feeling, plus various medications that your doctor can prescribe for you. The vast majority of guests on Crystal do not suffer from seasickness.
  • My husband (wife) doesn't play bridge. Can you get me a partner for the cruise?
  • Absolutely, guaranteed. Many come on our bridge cruise without a partner; you will have several choices.
  • Do I have to go to all the bridge activities? (yes, we really do get this question!)
  • Nobody comes to all of our bridge activities - we have sanctioned ACBL duplicates and lessons every day, whether at sea or in port.
  • Is there a charge for the tours?
  • Yes; typically we choose three or four Crystal tours that we think our group would like and we get our own buses. It's more fun to be on the tour bus with us and the people that you know.
  • What is the level of bridge play?
  • We have all levels in our group, from the lofty to the middle-of-the road players. We stress "zero tolerance" but in a much friendlier way. Our emphasis in all of our games is FUN! We are an ACBL-sanctioned club and award black points.
  • I have certain dietary requests. Can Crystal accommodate me?
  • Crystal can accommodate almost any dietary request from gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free; salt-free and many more "frees". Just ask and we will do our best to get what you need.
  • I am very sensitive to (choose one) smoke; mold; down pillows; perfume….. How is this handled on Crystal?
  • Smoking is restricted to one small outdoor area and one public room for smokers. Those sensitive to carpets or mold should request an air purifier in their room. There is a pillow menu so you can choose from a whole list of pillows. As for perfume, we request that our bridge players not wear fragrances when playing bridge or at dinner.
  • Can I make an early-morning flight on the day of disembarking?
  • It all depends on the port - what time we come in and how far away is the airport. If the airport is a distance from the ship (London is at least 1 1/2 hours from the port; Rome is the same) then you should not book a flight before 12 noon. If we overnight in the port, you can make the flight as early as you want.
  • Is there really time to do everything?
  • Yes indeed - you will have your three meals-a-day, go to the nightly shows after dinner, dance either with your lover or with one of the Ambassador Hosts, win in the Crystal Casino (we hope), listen to the fascinating lecturers (either live or on your in-room TV), have a computer lesson, a dance lesson, a golf lesson and now Crystal also has an art instructor and a knitting instructor - imagine all that, plus our daily bridge program and seeing the ports on your cruise! Yes, you can do it all, or nothing at all!
  • What if I have to cancel the cruise?
  • Up until 90 days before the cruise begins, you can cancel and get all your money returned. Within 90 days of the cruise, there will be cancellation charges, starting at 20% and if cancelled within 30 days of the cruise, the charge will be 100%. We urge all of our guests to purchase trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance. This policy not only covers you if you have to cancel for a medical reason, but it also covers you while on the cruise for so many situations that could occur. We call insurance a "necessary evil" and your greatest hope is that you didn't need it…..but if you do, it's worth everything! Contact us for the details.
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