New York to Montreal on the Crystal Symphony

Montreal

Arrived yesterday in Montreal. We left the ship last night to have dinner with a dear friend and colleague, Nadia, who owns a large successful travel agency here. Dined at a wonderful French bistro in the heart of the city. Today we wandered through the old city section of Montreal. The highlight was spending time […]

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Quebec City

Today Irene and I hosted the full day Ensemble excursion in Quebec and we had a wonderful time. Our group included 41 guests from Ensemble agencies all over the US and Canada. We started from the pier in the morning and made the short drive to National Battlefields Park, aka the Plains of Abraham, where […]

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Halifax

Irene and I decided to take a Crystal excursion to Peggy’s Cove, about an hour drive from downtown Halifax. On the way we stopped at the deGarthe Gallery. This was a charming gallery of paintings and sculptures by one of Nova Scotia’s best-loved artists, William deGarthe. The highlight is his Fisherman’s Monument, a 100-foot long […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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