Live From Crystal Symphony



Bon Voyage once again Mary Ann and I so look forward to your upcoming reports....enjoy!


JoAnn & I are looking forward to reading the further installments of your "work cruise" :lol


March 10 - Live from Crystal Symphony at sea - internet connection sporadic/poor as is usual in the Pacific

Yesterday - I was pre-boarded by one of my friends at Crystal head office. She, friends (not sailing) and I had a delightful lunch in the Crystal Dining Room (main dining room) after I got through the usual nitty gritty of taking care of my hosting obligations, checking manifests, etc., etc. There are SO MANY familiar faces amongst the Stewards in the dining room, and it's so nice to be greeted over and over with "welcome back". Yes, it IS nice to be back! I'm honored to be assigned to the Captain's table - met most of the people who are assigned there last night and they ALL seem very friendly and interesting. Good start! Our head Table Steward goes back to Crystal Harmony days.

I was beat last night, so didn't attend the show. Plan on doing so tonight. It's formal night tonight with the Captain's Welcome Aboard party.

The seas are quite ROUGH- it started to feel like a twist and turn roller coaster ride during the night. :grin

I have an absolutely delightful - and extremely efficient and pleasant - Stewardess named Eda from Zimbabwe. This is the first time I have had a balcony cabin on Deck 8 ( usually I'm on Deck 9 or 10), but I absolutely LOVE the color scheme of a gorgeous pale green. As soon as I have time, I'll take some pics. I think I'll stick with Deck 8 in the future..

More later.

Hugs to all.

Mary Ann


So nice to hear from you MaryAnn. Hope the seas calm down for you and I am sure that you will WOW them at dinner tonight. Safe sailing.....


Thanks for the diary Mary Ann. Enjoy! Its that rough Pacific that makes me leery of a cruise to Hawaii and beyond. I just hope we have a smooth sail up to Alaska in August.


Thanks for checking in Mary Ann! I really enjoy hearing how nicely everyone treats you on Crystal! Must be that much harder to leave at the end of the cruise. Tell the Captain, all of us at Cruise Addicts say hi! Enjoy your trip and taking plenty of pictures!


THANKS for checking in and will look forward to your reports as your journey continues in the next few weeks I hope the seas calm down soon.


March 10 - continued

First please excuse me if I don't reply to messages - connection is slow, so I hope you understand. Yes, the seas calmed down earlier today.

Tonight was the Captain's Welcome Aboard party. We actually welcomed him - he is new to Crystal and this is his first voyage in command. He was monitoring for two previous voyages. He's witty, outgoing - everything good that one can say. A fine addition to the Crystal family!

It was formal night and everybody was formally attired - a pleasure to see. But then, Crystal IS more formal (which I love). Dinner was excellent - started out with caviar, then had exquisitely sweet and tender lobster. ALL we could eat lobster. Our Table Captain and Stewards would run any time one of us at table emptied our plate, ready to give us seconds. The Captain hosted white and red wines. Really fine wines. I went to the production show Cole (Cole Porter hit songs), then stopped in the casino across the way from the Galaxy Theatre. I'm actually a few dollars ahead!!

In the "small world" department, there's a gentleman at our table from Brisbane, Australia, a widower. Very well-travelled and a very pleasant gentleman. As it turns out, we were table mates on QE2's 150th Anniversary Cruise in 1990!!!!!!!

Well - that's tonight's report. Hope I'm not boring you. =sleep


[size=x-large]Nope, cruise news is never boring! Glad you had such a nice evening. Hope you continue to enjoy your cruise!

My day won't be as pleasant, your nephew Simes has a vet appt this afternoon. That means a half hour drive each way with a screaming Siamese in the car. Oh joy, oh joy!

Please keep checking in, we love to hear from you! cc


Thanks Mary Ann. It sounds like Crystal is still providing outstanding service and food. It's so nice to hear when other cruise lines are cutting back.


Enjoyed your update, and am looking forward to more, and so glad to hear what a wonderful time you are having. :)


You could NEVER bore us Mary Ann, and I for one, look anxiously forward to hearing more and more about your wonderful cruise. And yes.......jealousy is creeping out of every pore in my body! :)D