Bar Harbor

Yesterday, the Symphony docked in Boston. Irene went ashore to take a tour of Boston and Cambridge, while I stayed aboard to get some work done. Then today we reached Bar Harbor, Maine, which is a favorite of ours. We always enjoy spending time in Acadia National Park. We decided to take the Crystal excursion […]

Newport, RI

We had not visited Newport, Rhode Island in over 30 years. We decided to take the Crystal excursion to The Breakers, the famous Vanderbilt mansion, and then a drive around the other mansions and coast. The Breakers was fabulous. Spacious bright rooms and incredible furniture. The grounds are exquisite, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We walked […]

Pre-Cruise in NYC

After living in and around NYC all our lives, we became Big Apple tourists for the day. It was a beautiful Indian summer day so we took the complimentary Crystal shuttle early in the morning that dropped us off near Times Square. First stop: the discount Broadway ticket booth where we got tickets for the […]

Lighthouses and Lobsters

Having been on so many cruises, it surprised many of our friends to learn that Irene and I have never been on a New York to Canada sailing. Well, we’re off on Crystal Symphony, volunteering as Ensemble hosts for this New York to Montreal itinerary. Crystal Cruises is one of my favorite cruise lines and […]


Homeward bound to beat hurricane Irene! Please view my gallery from this trip.

Livorno and Tuscany

It was our last day and we decided to call our good friend and driver guide, Maurizio, to drive us around Tuscany. We started early in the morning with a quick drive to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower and Baptistry. We were delighted by our stroll through the cemetery and by the beautiful […]