Crystal Cruises, Activities That Are Traditional, Tried & True? Or New & Fresh?

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – It’s a beautiful morning at sea here on Crystal Symphony. Today, I am putting Crystal to a test. Are Crystal’s activities and enrichment programs the same old, same old, or does Crystal have something truly fresh to offer?

My day started with a watercolor class. It was fun to express my creativity and to get in touch with my inner artist. Next, I ventured outside, where I got some good tips from a PGA golf instructor. Then I spent some time playing paddle tennis, and afterward went for an acupuncture treatment, to give some relief to my paddle tennis elbow.

While these were interesting activities, none were truly breakthrough, and if you’re going to be the world’s best cruise line, you need to have something that goes beyond the tried and true.

Then I stumbled upon a Berlitz language class. I’ve never had the opportunity to take a French class on a ship. Now I can say with confidence, Oui, Je parle Francais.

And I wasn’t expecting to learn about the latest social media trends on a cruise ship, but I discovered an afternoon lecture that was both informative and insightful.

I’m not a musician, but I quickly learned to play a few notes by ear during Crystal’s Yamaha music classes.

All of these activities left me feeling more educated and enriched.

The final activity of the day took me back outside. Crystal is one of the few ships that features a full promenade that wraps around the entire ship. A couple of activities make walking around the promenade more fun: Nordic Walking and Walk on Water, using a weighted vest.

So what’s the final analysis? Does Crystal offer the traditional, tried and true? Or something truly fresh? I found that Crystal offers lots of both. That means there’s something for everyone. And I like that.

At the end of the day, I couldn’t resist trying one of the oldest cruise line traditions: Shuffleboard.