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Crystal Symphony

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Symphony docked in San Juan, PR

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Symphony docked in Jamaica

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Symphony docked in Charleston, SC

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Symphony anchored off the coast of Bimini

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Crystal Symphony in Miami. This is our second cruise on the Symphony

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This Norwegian Liner dwarfs the Symphony
But we like counting guests in hundreds, not thousands

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Watching the Captain & Pilot take the ship out of port

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The Crystal Symphony
Length: 781 ft, Width: 98 ft, Draft: 25 ft, Cost: $250 million

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The Crystal Symphony
Guests: 922, Crew: 566, Speed: 22 knots, Engines: 2 electric motors with 53,000 horse power

 
Cabins
We always take a veranda
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Our cabin, Deck 8, Cabin 8126 in the back (aft) on the ship

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8126 is the standard cabin with a veranda

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The back of the ship has wider verandas

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The room before being made up AM or PM
We love the new flat screen TV

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24 Hour Room Service. Great for breakfast on the days we have an early tour

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New Flatscreen TV. This menu can also appear on your Smart Phone or tablet.
Internet is free throughout the cruise.

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The new TV shows Port side, Starboard side and Bridge views

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This TV channel provides all Ship Info

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Ship Info on TV when in port

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This TV channel shows Ship intinerary and current location

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Channel 25 on the room TV provides real-time data on location, winds, sea conditions (beaufort scale) and much more

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Channel 25 on the room TV provides distance to destination

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Channel 25 on the room TV provides distance sailed from last port

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Sailing past the Dominican Republic to avoid bad weather to the north

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Sailing past Haiti toward Cuba to avoid bad weather to the north

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Cruise 3 - The cabin

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Double sinks in the bathroom

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Meet Louie. Touch his paw and Louie sings It's a Wonderful World

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Louie sings like Louie Armstrong
Our stewardess posed Louie on our bed every night

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Reading Reflctions to see what's doing for tomorrow

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The Silver Seas' ship 'The Cloud" is docked next to us here in Dublin. Joan has been on many Silver Seas cruises

 
On Deck
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Deck 8 aft. Close to our cabin

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The view from Deck 12

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Days at Sea - 14

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We sailed 6,600 miles across the Pacific Ocean

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Life preserver

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Extra life jackets

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Life rafts?

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How those little pods inflate into man-size life rafts

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Life boats

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The Sun Deck (12) is a fun deck

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See where you're headed

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See where you've been

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Play "Titanic" star

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Get a new hair do

 
Waterside Dining Room
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Waterside formal dining room

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Waterside decorated for Haloween

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Senior waiter Magda. The best!

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Ramazon, a Senior Waiter at Waterside
He took care of our carry-ons so we could meet friends in NYC

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There is Always a Selection of Fine Wines at No Charge. This Became Our Favorite

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Head waiter preparing a Caesar salad
Click Here To Watch The Video

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Desert

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Pumkin pie ala mode

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Canoli

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A "Deconstructed" Cannoli

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A Deconstructed Cannoli is cannoli filling laced with bits of cannoli crust

 
Prego
Gourmet Italian Speciality Restaurant
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Ready for a Cha Cha?

 
Umi Uma - Formerly Silk Road
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's only sea-going restaurant
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Soup at Umi Uma

 
The Vintage Room
A Unique Concept In Wining and Dining
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The Vintage Room. Another special dining venue

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The Vintage Room. Chef's dinner with wine pairings is the only venue that costs extra

 
Marketplace - Formerly the Lido Cafe
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Market Place buffet. Omlet bar at breakfast. Carving station at lunch

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Market Place buffet stations

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The Market Place (formerly The Lido)

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Market Place fresh juice bar

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The Market Place (formerly The Lido)

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Lido Cafe serving breakfast and lunch buffets. The islands eliminate the long lines associated with buffets

 
Silk
At night Lido transforms into family-style street-food creations
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Some dining room aiters work at the Market Place buffet and Silk for breakfast and lunch

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Ricki always remmebers us from our first Symphony cruise. He is now a Senior Bartender

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Lido Deck. Silk to the right. Market Place to the left

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Silk (formerly Trident)

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The "living walls" in Silk dining room

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The "living walls" in Silk dining room

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The "living walls" in Silk dining room

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Silk dining room

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Silk dining room

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Silk lounge

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Silk bar

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Afternoon glass of wine at Silk

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Trident Grill with the ceiling open

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Trident Grill wine and beer bar with the ice cream bar on the right. Trident is open all day for soup, sandwiches, bugers and hot dogs

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The "living wall" in Trident Grill

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How You Feel when relaxing in Trident, Deck 11

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Milan spoiled Joan. He brought her breakfast from the buffet each morning

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Lido deck was a great place to relax each morning reading emails and Facebook

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Always room for another cup of coffee

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The "Living Wall" on Lido deck

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The retractible roof on Lido

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Lido features a grill, beverage bar and ice cream bar

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Michael serving Joan's Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio

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We like having a late breakfast at the Lido. Ricki takes good care of us

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Hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, beer, wine and etc was available any time day or night at the Lido

 
The Bistro
Speciality Teas, Coffee, Espresso & Wine
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Crystal uses Reidel stemware and Julius Meinl cups

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The "Bistro" offers bread & rolls, meats, lox & cheeses, coffees, espressos and your favorite wine, 9am to 11pm

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The "Bistro" offers fruits & petit desserts, coffees, espressos and your favorite wine, 9am to 11pm

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Feel like a coffee, espresso, capuchino or glass of wine? The Bistro is where you want to go

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At the Bistro make a sandwich or have some fruit, cheese and crackers or a delicious pastry treats

 
Scoops
Ice Cream Bar Ope 10 to 10
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Did I mention Ice Cream?

 
Galaxy
Shows and Entertainment
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Cocktails in the Galaxy before performances

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Cocktails in the Galaxy Theater

 
Starlite
Dancing, Shows and Entertainment
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Starlite lounge

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Starlite dance floor

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Starlite dance floor

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Starlite decorated for Halloween

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The Starlite Ballroom. We will spend a lot of time here

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The Starlite's circular bar is open and ready

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Afternoon dance class is in the Starlite

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The Starlite is a great place to finish your night-cap

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The Starlite is home to games, presentations and social events. Here Alissa Gustafsson emcees Captain Egil Giske's Welcome Reception

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Cruise #3, Cruise Director Paul McFarland

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Cruise #3, Captain Egil Giske

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Cruise #2, Cruise Director, Scott Peterson

 
The Avenue Saloon
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The Avenue Saloon

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Carl Wishneusky entertains in the Avenue Saloon, Cruise #11

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Carl Wishneusky on accordian

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Marcie Castro on Piano, Cruise #6

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Marcie Castro

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Marcie Castro's Show "packed" the Avenue Saloon Every Night

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Marcie Castro's Show "packed" the Avenue Saloon Every Night

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Marcie Castro's Show "packed" the Avenue Saloon Every Night

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Jazz Dagen with Danny on drums, Pete on clarinet and Mark at the piano, Cruise #3

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Jazz Dagen's music was super fantastic. Here Pete plays one of his saxaphones

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Martin Orbidans entertained nightly at the Avenue Saloon, Cruise #2

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The Avenue Saloon waitress Camilla

 
Connoisseur Club
Cigars, Cognacs, Single Malt Whiskies and Fine Liquors
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Connoisseur Club. A comfortable and elegant gentleman's smoking club

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Connoisseur Club. Relax and enjoy from a collection of cigars, cognacs, wines and single malt whiskies

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The Cigar Lounge

 
Disco
Late Night Dancing

 
Crystal Cove
Our favorite Place for Happy Hour Cocktails
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Crystal Cove and The Crystal Piano

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Crystal Cove

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Grand Buffet dinners in Crystal Cove. Of course the dinning room is also open for seating

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Crystal Cove

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Crystal Cove

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Happy Hour in Crystal Cove

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Appetizers are served before dinner and late night. The tartar on the right is made to look like a little island

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Crystal Cove

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Crystal Cove waterfall

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The waterfall in Crystal Cove

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Our favorite cruises are Crystal's trans-Atlantic Dance cruises

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The 'Crystal Piano" in the lounge on Crystal Cove

 
Palm Court
Beautul View and Beautiful Dance Floor
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Palm Court

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Palm Court offers a beautiful room with a view over the bow

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Palm Court dance floor

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Palm Court is directly above the bridge. What a view

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Palm Court bar area

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The bar in Palm Court

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Palm Court offers Starboard and Port views

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How "Palm Court" got its name

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Afternoon tea buffet of lite bites in Palm Court

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Afternoon tea buffet of lite bites in Palm Court

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Afternoon tea in Palm Court

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Afternoon tea in the Palm Court pays tribute to Mozart. Here he is in chocolate"

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A lavish display of pastries and confectionary treats

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Period costumes for the lovely waitresses

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Period costumes for the waiters

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Lovely Kamilla (left) served us in Palm Court for afternoon tea and pre dinner cocktails
Thank You Kamilla

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Crystal String Quartet (left to right) Anna, Joanna, Renata and Martyna

 
Pool & Jacuzzi
Water, Sun, Lounging, Music and Drinks
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Deck 11

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Deck 11

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Deck 11 at night

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Pool Deck #11

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A view of Lido Deck from the Sun Deck

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Swimming pool and jacuzzi

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A quiet day around the pool

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Crystal Sextet entertains at the pool each afternoon

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Enjoying the jacuzzi

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Check out the pool and jacuzzi on deck 11

 
Golf
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The Port-side golf net

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Putting green

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Private lessons with Karen Kneissler

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Private lessons with Karen Kneissler

 
Shops
Avenue of the Stars is home to three beautiful botiques
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Judith Lieber purses for sale

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Judith Lieber

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Judith Lieber

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Judith Lieber

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Joan bought this Judith Lieber purse

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The shops above Crystal Court

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Chamber music every afternoon with these pretty musicians

 
Activities
Enriching Mind, Body & Spirit
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Painting is among Crystal's onboard activities. On display are the works of the students on this cruise

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Play paddle tennis

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Paddle tennis

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Crystal ships still have a 360° promenade deck - Deck 7

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Walk or jog on Deck 12

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Promenade deck workout

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Promenade deck workout

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Promenade deck workout but what is it?

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The casino. Joan entered the slot contest and.... Lost!

 
Crossing The Equator by Sea - A Centuries-old Ceremony
King Neptune himself transforms "pollywogs" into bona fide "shellbacks"
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Crossing the Equator is a BIG Deal
All "polywogs" must appear in the court of King Neptune

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The "polywogs" are marched into King Neptune's court


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The "polywog's" fate awaits

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The "polywogs" are sentenced for rediculous crimes and doused with 'slim"

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That's me in the T-shirt

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Sentenced, slimmed and thrown overboard (the pool)

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I have been initiated into the 'Order of Shellbacks"

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Eric and Andre celebrate their initiation into the 'Order of Shellbacks"

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Jeff and Joette take advantage of the music

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I think the pool suffered the most damage

 
Crew's "Tug-of-War"
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Hundreds gathered for the Crew's Tug-of-War

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Cruise Director, Paul McFarland, moderates the event

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The Engine Room Crew

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The Deck Crew

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The Entertainers (guys of the Crystal Singers and Dancers)

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The Cheerleaders (girls of the Crystal Singers and Dancers)

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Paul gets some help with the judging

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Engine Room vs Maintenance

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The deck crew is challenged but win

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The Entertainers are challenged but win

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The Semi-finals

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The Finals

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The Entertainers finish in second place

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The Cheerleaders are disappointed

 
The Grand Buffet
Crystal's amazing chefs show of their culinary expertise
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Hard boiled eggs dressed as penguins at the Grand Buffet

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Desert station at the Grand Buffet

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The Grand Buffet

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The Grand Buffet

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The Grand Gala Buffet in Crystal Cove

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The wait staff

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Executive Chef Manfred Schaller and his galley staff

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Shrimp, crab and lobster

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Fruits

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WOW. Look at these

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Oh. It's the hard-boiled-egg penquins again. We saw these last cruise and Charlie made them for a neighborhood event

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Who wanted to know if the food was good?

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Presentation, presentation, presentation!

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Crystal's 20th anniversary buffet luncheon

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Just look at this dessert

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The wait staff. Our dinning room waiter, Daniel, is at the extreme right

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The chefs featuring head chef Marcus Nufer (center)

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The pasta bar

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The cheese sommelier

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Crystal logo in ice

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Anniversary ice sculpture

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Angel fish ice sculpture

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Love these 'penguin" hardboiled eggs
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