Crystal Symphony Boarding

The 21st of December was finally here and we shared a cab from the Hilton with a Belgian fellow who had cruised on Crystal a number of times. Crystal Cruise lines has two 6 star all-inclusive ships. The service is top, top, top. The waiters where you would end up frequenting would remember your names, where you were from and what you liked to order by the first day. It was amazing. There were specialty dining venues, grills and 24-hour room service all included in your cruise fare.

  14:50 Port of Buenos Aires:
        Well as I write this we are sitting in the forward lounge with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bow of the Crystal Symphony in the Buenos Aires port on the first day of our journey to Antarctica. 
        We have a verandah cabin forward on the port side. Our cabin stewardess introduced herself and noted our preferences for our mini bar as well as what kind of fruit we would like in our cabin. 
        It’s our first experience on an all inclusive cruise. Tips, booze, enrichment classes–we’ve signed up for some iMovie classes that are being presented by USC Film school– health club classes (yoga, Pilates, spinning stretch), everything except internet and shore excursions. 
        This is a really really beautiful ship and we are very impressed with the level of service of the staff. They are incredibly accommodating. 
        There’s a pretty strong wind blowing and our first destination is a short voyage across the bay to Montevideo, Uraguay. We’ll walk around the town and enjoy the warm temperatures. 

Late night entry underway to Montevideo, Uruguay:
        We are tucked in to bed after a wonderful dinner.
        Our cabin is in an ideal location on the ship. Very comfortable. 
        Joe had a lovely atlantic perch and I had Wisconsin rack of veal.
        I had a wonderful cheese plate…menu to follow Guy, and Joe had creme brûlée. 
        A nice Malbec red for me and a port for Joe.
        The bizarre thing about this trip is that we are going to experience two summer solstices in one calendar year. June 21st in France and now December 21st in South America. 
        We returned to our cabin to watch the moon rise at 11pm over the horizon. Oh to have the ability to capture the magnificence of the sight. The moon rose so quickly.
        What an amazing experience.
        More in the morning from Montevideo and hopefully the ability to stream more photos.
        This truly is a trip of a lifetime.

What a first day!