Crystal Serenity sailing slowly past the marina behind the hotel.
Upper waiting area before the first stage of the boarding process.
Some of the USS Iowas superstructure
Boarding color card. Cards were handed out upon arrival. I got lucky and Blue was the first group.
More of the Iowas superstructure.
Actually a French Sparkler, not a Champagne. Oddly only seen during embarkation.
Beef empanadas with Salsa de Crystal. Almost a too subtle of a flavor.
French dip with fries.
Onion dipping jus tasted suspiciously of A1 with mass amounts of Worcestershire sauce added. No thanks I think the oil from my motorcycle could taste better.
On the spot sangria - no thanks. It'd be nice if they mentioned it wasn't quite right.
Cookie dough and strawberry ice cream with a strange chocolate sauce drizzle. I'm not sure who thought that was a good idea.
The Iowa and what looks like a temporary bubble that had been there a bit beyond temporary.
Wimbledon Court on the Serenity
Cargo containers as far as the eye can see (well almost)
Easier to build a tall bridge than one that has to open/close for marine traffic.
The retractable roof over Tastes and the Trident Grill/bar. Only retracted for the USCG.
Coincidence? NYK line used to own Crystal Cruises
My hotel is off in the distance somewhere
The Lido deck pool and hot tub portion from the aft facing the bow.
Pool and hot tubs on the Lido deck from the bow facing aft.
1 seahorse too many and they weren't kissing? (Crystals logo is two "kissing" seahorses).
The channel to the Pacific.
An actual working port where the longshoremen haven't put themselves on the unemployment line.
just a little longer until were out there.
The pool wouldn't remain full for long.
Our "escort" I think the Battleship would have made a far more intimidating escort.
Im not sure if those were helipads but I can't think of what other use that space would have.