Tugging at her bow lines, she is counting the minutes to departure time and her long-awaited Grand Maiden Voyage when she can strut her stuff past the Statue of Liberty on the way to Bermuda, Tortola, St. Thomas, Nassau, the Panama Canal, Mexico and the world.
The Los Angeles-based, 50,000 ton beauty, a sister ship to the Crystal Harmony, is the creme-de-la-creme in cruising. The glamorous cruiser, with its showcase, two-story atrium lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows, utilizes space in a flowing sweep of hallways and public rooms.
You won't get lost in a maze of dead-end passageways that end in the boiler room, or spend half the cruise trying to memorize the location of the public rooms.
Offering the highest standards expected of a luxury vessel, the Symphony has no inside cabins or passenger port holes. Cruisers who want to see where they are going have the choice of a picture window, or sliding door leading to a cozy private veranda.
The ship also knows how to tease your taste buds. In addition to the airy main dining room, passengers can choose from Prego, an Italian restaurant, or the Jade Garden serving Chinese fare; incredibly, each with separate kitchens.
Art Sbarsky, Senior Vice President, marketing, who has worked for the Los Angeles-based line from its infancy and the debut of the Crystal Harmony in 1990, says, "The Symphony is like a Four Seasons Resort except we change locations each day. You can work out in the spa, take a sauna or steam and enjoy light cuisine. But long after passengers forget about the food and entertainment, they will remember the staff."
The staff is wonderful, but the entertainment is "Broadway" style with costumes running more than $100,000 and with talent to match. Virginia Hoffman, who has booked 23 Crystal Cruises, says, "I am so relaxed when I'm aboard. The staff is like family. I can't think of a better way to see the world."
To get a free color brochure, see your travel agent or call Crystal Cruises at (213) 340-4121.