CRYSTAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRATES THE QUINTESSENTIAL ANNIVERSARY CRUISE!
By Janet Steinberg
But this was destined to be no ordinary anniversary. This was our first night aboard Crystal Symphony, the ultra-luxe ship that was to be our floating palace for 11 colorful autumn days and 11 romantic moonlit nights. (How coincidental…11 plus 11 adds up to 22 perfect days and nights.)
The ultra-luxe Crystal Symphony
Crystal Piano in Crystal Symphony's Crystal Cove
From that moment on there was little wonder why, for an unprecedented 17th year, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted Crystal Cruises the “Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” for 2010. Crystal holds the distinction of having won the award more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Additionally, the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine once again voted Crystal the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" for a record 15th consecutive year.
This new flexible evening dining option allows you to choose when you dine, on a day-to-day basis. Seated in the ship's main Crystal Dining Room, you will still order from the same dinner menu, and enjoy the same impeccable Crystal service.
And, if you happen to be traveling alone, a reservation at Crystal Symphony’s innovative “Table for Eight” provides you with the opportunity to dine at a community table in one of the above specialty restaurants. Additionally, afternoon tea in the Palm Court is a “veddy,veddy” civilized custom. The Mozart-themed tea-time is memorable.
Throughout the cruise, 580 passengers (from 25 countries) and I indulged ourselves with 30 pounds of caviar. We also drank our share of the 220 bottles of champagne that had their corks popped during our cruise,
At 8 AM the following morning, we arrived at Quebec City, a World Heritage gem overlooking the St. Lawrence River. This irresistibly charming city magically melds together the best of Europe and North America.
Saint John, New Brunswick, our next port of call, is located on Atlantic Canada’s Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the St. John River. Authentic British, double-decker buses have been brought to Saint John, offering hop-on, hop-off, bus tours. Those Big Pink Buses partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and money from each ticket sold goes back to the Breast Cancer Association.
Saint John, New Brunswick City Market
Portland, Maine, nestled between Maine’s forest-covered mountains and spectacular rugged coast, is a rough-hewn gem of New England. Portland was a maiden call for Crystal Symphony on our cruise date,
Our next port of call was Boston, the home of baked beans, swan boats, and amphibious Duck Tours. It is also home to the New England Holocaust Memorial. The six luminous, 54-foot tall, glass towers of this striking memorial is etched with six million numbers in memory of the Jews who perished in the Holocaust,