Mr. B. and I have cruised 24 times, including on two defunct lines (Premier and Renaissance), once on Carnival and several times each on HAL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We have gone once on Azamara and once on Oceania, both of which did not meet our high expectations. Oceania was fabulous in many details but somebody evidently decided that our sailing should serve gourmet nursing home food, so we were extremely disappointed in that respect. The food just was not seasoned! On Azamara, the food was very good but the hotel desk was so uncaring that we actually felt unwanted, on that ship.
This time, our first Crystal and our first Trans-Atlantic, we had even higher expectations than for Azamara and Oceania (for good reason).
Crystal exceeded our expectations. The big things included a dinner menu that catered to our palate, perfectly, and an enrichment program that was beyond belief. Our nine-night cruise was scheduled to have five at-sea days but ended up with six when we weren't able to go into St. John's, Newfoundland. This meant five at-sea days in a row. What did we do? On most of those days, we attended ALL FOUR of the speakers' presentations. And btw, there were actually eight different presenters on board. And if we missed a presentation (e.g., once we took a dance class), we could watch it any time throughout the day, on the t.v. I watched the missed one, at 5 pm on the treadmill! Very nice exercise room -- including interesting assortment of exercise equipment outside aft on decks 7, 8 and 9 for a bit of a different approach to fitness.
We knew our cabin would not be spacious. It did have plenty of nooks and crannies to store everything. The bathtub/shower was very easy to use with two types of handles/bars to help enter and exit the tub. Having the two sinks is nice.
Going out of Manhattan just adds a little extra excitement to the vacation. Sailing by the New York skyline and then the Statue of Liberty at sail-away, just before sunset, was a great start.
Nice town! We took a bus into Acadia National Park, with three varied stops. Great town for walking around.
Another great town, right at the foot of where we exited the ship. Walked the boardwalk to the tourist info office to reconfirm our plans. Walked up to the Citadel, then split up for Mr. B. to go to the botanical gardens and me to go to the Canadian Immigration Museum, right next to the ship.
Reykjavik was what attracted us to this cruise in the first place. We spent three hours at the Blue Lagoon on the first day, took a full-day Golden Circle private tour the second day, and walked around downtown the third day, in a fun-filled and informative morning