Peoria, ArizonaSeptember 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 33 °C
We arrived home and so did our luggage.
It was a trip with two great family visits and an amazing cruise.
Our flight home was from Newark Liberty Airport.
After boarding was complete, our pilot told us we were delayed because the co-pilot was stuck in traffic. We kept getting updates on his drive location.
Luckily, we were in 1st class and finished two rounds of drinks before take-off.
Besides the delay, we had to wait in line for 30 minutes, making the scheduled 5.5 hour flight into a 7.5 hour journey.
However, our time in Connecticut was well worth our long trip home.Read more
We continued to have busy days including making pizza. Their backyard pool was perfect since the weather was sunny and hot.
We grilled at night with Matt being the perfect chef. On other nights we visited local restaurants, including The Meatball, the favorite of Coco and Pop pop.
We had a private car pick us up at the cruise terminal for the 75 minute drive to our daughter’s house.
We were greeted with a homemade sign, hugs and kisses.
At night we celebrated Amy’s birthday.
Over the next few days we enjoyed playing with Colette and Callan. We were even able to watch Coco get her first pair of ballet shoes.Read more
We had a private guide who lost two close friends in the attacks.
Our tour began at St. Paul’s Chapel, which was the headquarters for the first responders.
Pools and waterfalls are located on the site of the original Twin Towers. The names of the nearly 3000 victims are etched along the edge.
The Survivor Tree was a twig in the wreckage that now blossoms every spring.
The Memorial Museum has exhibits, remnants, and personal reflections. The presentation was done in a very compassionate and respectful way.Read more
Sailing into New York City is a beautiful experience; we woke up early to maximize it.
Our penthouse was on port side so we had a fantastic view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the city skyline from our veranda.
We docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal which was a perfect location close to downtown.Read more
Our morning began with a mandatory face-to-face U.S.Customs and Border Protection Inspection.
This was our 2nd visit to Charleston. We have seen most of the major attractions, so today we walked the city.
We enjoyed the Historic District’s narrow streets, well-preserved stately homes, gaslight lamps, the French Quarter, and the Old City Market.Read more
Every night there was a new production show (six in total) or different headliner entertainment.
The variety of talent included Broadway singers, a Motown group, an Elton John tribute show, the funniest comedian we have ever seen, and a ventriloquist who’s dummy could sing while he drank wine!
All of these shows included the full Crystal orchestra, singers and dancers.Read more
We had the roughest embarkation on a tender ever! You actually had to jump up onto it. It was then a very bumpy 35 minute cruise to the dock.
Bimini is a beautiful island almost all of which we found out is owned by Crystal. It is only 50 miles from Miami and was another “hangout” for Ernest Hemingway.
Since we were not doing water sports we went to the hotel complex and walked around. There was a casino, restaurant and lobby with island music. The entire area was surrounded by beautiful waterfront houses and boats.
Then we were on the tender cruising the rough Caribbean Sea back to the ship. A short visit but as we always say: “If you don’t go you won’t know.”Read more
Or anywhere else!
As part of the redesign of the Symphony, Crystal changed and added a variety of restaurants. They were all spectacular.
Waterside, the main restaurant had a new delicious menu every day. The specialty restaurants were the best we have eaten at on any ship. They included Nobu’s Umi Uma Japanese, Prego Italian, Silk for Chinese, and Churrascaria an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse.
These specialty restaurants were so outstanding we will end up eating dinner in them 15 of our 20 nights. Crystal allowed 4 no charge visits, but since we were in a Penthouse it was unlimited.
A gourmet delight.Read more