A Crystal Summer Getaway
Last year we enjoyed sailing from New York to Reykjavik, enjoying the fine Eastern seaboard ports. We have just returned from a shorter Cruise, termed a Getaway, on lovely Crystal Symphony. After a few days spent enjoying the delights of a midsummer Reykjavik, we joined Symphony along with a few dozen other guests. Embarkation took minutes, and we were offered a welcome glass of chilled champagne as we completed the brief formalities before being taken to our forward deck 9 cabin. We enjoyed a delicious lunch seated outside the Lido restaurant , and found our luggage delivered on our return to the cabin. We met up with fellow guests, including friends who had been onboard from New York and heard of the delights of the lovely ports we ourselves had enjoyed last year. We looked at the tempting programme of entertainment , and relished the fact that this cruise, in effect, a repositioning one, was both a25 year anniversary cruise, and a Big Band cruise, featuring the amazing Tommy Dorsey orchestra. We settled ourselves in to enjoy this brief cruise to the maximum, and looks forward to the superb entertainment, quality lectures and enrichment activities that Crystal excel in. We met up with a retired captain who was enjoying being a passenger on the vessel he once had command over, and he told us that he admired the beautiful refit that had taken place fairly recently, enhancing public areas. Dining was a delight with superb menus offering both traditional and modern cuisine, as well as the fine dining of the alternative restaurants, Italian Prego and fusion oriental Silk Road, a Nobu restaurant . Our only reservation is that the menus in these restaurants remain the same, so , disappointingly, no new delights can be anticipated . The busy , popular bars served up a fantastic array of cocktails,spirits and wines, all included in the cruise fare of course, as were the quality wines offered each day in the restaurants. The busy, popular Bistro coffee bar served up excellent coffee choices,and a changing range of tasty snacks to tempt . We particularly appreciate the casual lunchtime meals served in the pretty Lido restaurant, with daily themed lunches, delicious salad bar, an array of daily delicious tiny, ultra tempting desserts, accompanied by a daily wine selection On sea days, quality ballroom dance tuition was scheduled, and excellent art classes offered creative inspiration , in addition to fine lectures given by well regarded lecturers. Health conscious guests made full use of the fine gym facilities and everyone appreciated the uncluttered teak promenade deck, for a morning run, or an afternoon stroll. Evening entertainment left us spoiled for choice, with exciting evening Galaxy showroom performances by fine artistes and talented musicians, the Tommy Dorsey orchestra played each evening for those guests who enjoyed ballroom dancing, or just listening to this fine group of superb musicians . Strangely, the orchestra sets were times to coincide with dining times, so many guests had limited time to enjoy this wonderful band.
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