Nothing like sailing on the open sea on Crystal Symphony or Serenity with nothing to do to but..
Love days at sea? Most seasoned cruisers do. Some of us actually more than others. For instance my first mate, Richard, and I often choose itineraries where there are more days at sea than in ports. A couple of times we took 18-day cruises that only stopped in four ports along the way to Europe or back from Lisbon. We’re not alone, many of our ship mates on these cruises have been there done, that, so they pick a cruise where they can simply chill out. Some ships are more fitting for sea days like
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Crystal Cruises Serenity and Symphony.
On sea days on either luxury liner there are scads of activities in which to take part, or not. You can take exercise classes (Pilates, Yoga, stretch, cardio and more;or work out in the fully-equipped fitness center on your own). There are language lessons, games, a jogging track, one of the most impressive Enrichment Programs and Computer University at Sea (with 40 27″ Apple iMacs)
where I mastered PhotoShop and other technical tricks. There is a well-stocked and inviting library that holds more than 2,000 books and a thousdand DVDs from which to choose movies to watch in your stateroom.
offering head to toe pampering; large swimming pools; steam baths and saunas; golf cages, paddle tennis courts,
movies in a well-equipped theater complete with free popcorn, evening shows, bars and lounges with free drinks all around all the time and plenty of deck space and cushy lounges in which to plotz for moments of Zen. There is WiFi hookup throughout the ships for those who want to stay connected, and big screen computers to use in the Cyber Cafe.
Of course there’s also lots of food options with casual breakfast and lunch buffets, the main restaurant and two tops of the sea alternative dining venues: the Nobu-inspired Silk Roadwith mouth-wateringmenus,
and the equally exceptionally tasty food at the Valentino-like Prego.
You can also spend your sea days in your stateroom wrapped in a big fluffy robe ordering room service,which is available around the clock, watching movies on the TV, sitting on your balcony or napping in a Frette-linen-covered bed.