Hello 2024. We wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
We wanted to begin with some photos of the Lido Deck near the pool. Keith has been walking this area early in the morning as it's less windy than the Promenade Deck. He also makes use of the Fitness Center.
Enjoyed a great evening on the ship as we closed 2023 and welcomed in 2024. We can’t think of a better way to end the year and welcome in the new year than to be sailing on-board either Crystal Symphony or Crystal Serenity.
Serenity was decorated for the New Year’s Eve party. The night featured a champagne toast with Captain Vincent and Cruise Director Raphael and a balloon drop. There were two shows of My Life: The Music of Billy Joel with James Fox.
Dinner menu was fabulous, and the evening was formal which added to the festivities.
Today's Reflections follows.
Last nights dinner menu at Waterside.
Keith began the first day of the New Year with a walk. It was too breezy on the Promenade Deck so he walked by the pool area until it rained and he reverse course and walked on Deck 6. Each crew member he saw today he exchanged Happy New Year greetings.
At the end of his walk he took photos of the Stardust Lounge. The tables provide seating for shows, could be used for a bridge group and are used when Supper Club is offered. They seat 100 people plus around the perimeter of the lounge there is additional seating for shows.
With an arrival of Noon to St. Kitts the first portion of the day was a sea day, including two lectures offered, fitness activities and other classes.
A New Year's Day brunch was offered at Market Place between 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The earlier time of 11:00 am offered those sleeping in a later start to eating breakfast and to those on tour or on their own visiting St. Kitts the opportunity to enjoy a lunch/brunch before they departed the ship.
For those of you who have asked whether or not Crystal would have a Grand Gala Buffet or a special Brunch this is very similar to what used to be done in the Crystal Plaza. A little less variety and in Market Place but the food looked great and it was very well done.
We enjoyed the ship in lieu of St. Kitts. We have enjoyed St. Kitts on previous visits but we figured many places would be closed for the day and the ship is a great destination.
We did a combination walk after breakfast walking on the promenade deck (windy) until we could see rain ahead and we were right. We rerouted ourselves to deck 6 to walk inside. We had rain on and off but cleared after we docked. We were able to get in walks (both) and Paddle Tennis (Keith). Four ships in port and one so close to us we think they could hear us talking in our room. LOL.
Once, again we close by saying Happy New Year. May your dreams come true this year.
Anne Marie & Keith