Aboard the Crystal Serenity to begin a repositioning cruise down the coast of the United States

Halloween fun on the Crystal Serenity
Halloween fun on the Crystal Serenity

ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY – Yesterday we boarded our ship in Halifax. It was a lovely, sunny day but of course we were eager to explore our home for the next two weeks so I don’t think we totally appreciated the weather.

Because today, in Bar Harbor, Maine, the weather was terrible – gray, rainy, windy and cold. Most people were that visited the cute little town were scrambling to find warmer hats and gloves, including us. Many shops had already closed for the season but a few were welcoming to our passengers.

We had planned to have a lobster lunch in town but the weather really did drive us back to the ship.

It was very quiet on board because being a port day the shops and casino were closed and there was very little going on. However, they have a nice little movie theater on board and I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” – in honor of Halloween, you know.

A few more in costume
A few more in costume

Last night there wasn’t any trick-or-treating on board but a few stalwart souls did don costumes for the evening and I snapped a few photos.

November 1, 2014

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Last night we enjoyed a lovely dinner in Prego, the Italian specialty restaurant. The service, food and wine were excellent and we enjoyed the intimacy of the room. There is a second specialty restaurant, Silk Road (Asian) and we will dine there later. It also has a sushi bar and a small plates restaurant called Tastes.

This soda fountain in Bar Harbor, Maine, is over 65 years old
This soda fountain in Bar Harbor, Maine, is over 65 years old

Crystal Cruises only has two ships – the Symphony and the Serenity – and for many years has had the standard first seating (6 p.m.) and late seating (8:30 p.m.) Crystal added its specialty restaurants several years ago and they offer passengers more options of eating time. The ships also offers a Dine on Your Own program (booked in advance) where you can reserve your own dining times.

As of now they have us dining at a table for two but we intend to talk to the maître d’ about joining a larger table when the New York-Miami segment of this trip begins.

November 2, 2014

 

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