We have sailed out of the NYC and Bayonne, NJ area before. However sailing out on the river on the Crystal Symphony at night with all the NY skyscrapers twinkling their lights made it magical. We were at dinner and mentioned this to the couple sitting next to us and how right we were.
We live just over an hour from the port so we decided on using a car service to get us to NY. Embarkation was quick and easy and we had friends and family come join us for lunch on sail away day. We took them on a tour of the ship, lunched and laughed at the luggage we had. We usually travel in a room with a little more square footage, but we were able to stash all our luggage out of sight and felt very comfortable in the stateroom. The elevator was just a few steps from our stateroom door and we were never bothered by any noise.
What amazed us was the attention to detail that could be seen all over the ship, by the second day we knew we wanted to sail with this company again. We met many first time Crystal Cruisers who voiced the same opinion.
Adequate storage, Quiet cabin,
We have been to St. Maarten many times. Our excursion was cancelled due to problems with the vessel that was to be used. We were supposed to meet family friends but due to construction on the island they could not meet us. We were disappointed because our favorite restaurant was closed for the day. We did some shopping and returned to the ship.
We did not have plans for Antigua. We were going to do some shopping and return to the ship. Friends spotted us an asked if we would join them for a sail around the harbor. We did, and we saw more of Antigua that we had not seen in past visits.