Welcome, once again, from somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. As I start to write to you, it’s about 6:00 AM and all normal people are probably sleeping. As I’m your faithful correspondent, I woke up just to be able to finish this post (while the internet signal is strong).
Let me begin by saying, once again, that AAC, CPA and I are so lucky to be able to do the things that we do. Sometimes, it’s a mystery to me that we are this fortunate. But there it is.
For this lovely voyage aboard Crystal Symphony, we were able to book 1 of the 2 Crystal Penthouses, the ship’s top accommodation. Located on Deck 10 (the Penthouse Deck), it’s a very spacious cabin, about 982 s.f., and is configured as a 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath suite, with private veranda. As Crystal Cruises is “all inclusive”, meaning that your fare includes your gratuities, wine and alcohol, limited internet and entertainment (but not spa or excursions), booking the Crystal Penthouse also includes (amongst other things) unlimited internet (notwithstanding that internet in the middle of the ocean can be very dodgy), all laundry and pressing, complimentary transfers to and from the ship and, the most decadent benefit of all, a bottle of Cristal for each day you are aboard. As you may surmise, it’s the good life.
I thought you might like to have a little tour of the Crystal Penthouse – we made sure that it was nice and neat, so that you’d think we’re nice and neat, too.
Welcome to our humble chapeau (with apologies to Lainie Kazan)
Our very dramatic foyer (with key lighting)
The powder room
The living room with dining area in the rear (that’s a Swarovski chandelier)
The living from as viewed from the dining area
The aforementioned Swarovski chandelier
The bar and desk/office area in the rear
Walk in closet (for AAC, CPA)
And the littler one (for your faithful correspondent)
Master bath, with walk-in shower in foreground, WC in rear
Master bath from reverse angle and ocean view
Super duper perk of being in the Crystal Penthouse: 1 of these per day!
Not a bad way to spend a couple of weeks, right?
And it cannot be said nearly enough: the crew aboard the entire Crystal fleet is absolutely superb. The best there is, in fact. I’ve often said that, when you board a Crystal vessel, it’s like going into a rarified bubble, where you are pampered beyond imagination. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a lot of fun, too?
OK, enough for now – time for me to get in some exercise to work off last night’s dinner – more about that later!