By Mimi Kmet
Memories of our recent Pacific Coast luxury cruise on Crystal Symphony are still vivid. And the photos we took aboard and ashore will ensure that those images stay as clear as they were when we photographed them. Among the images we captured was a water taxi in Victoria, B.C. (featured image, above). After tea at The Fairmont Empress hotel, we hopped one of these colorful cabs, which carried us across the Inner Harbor to Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, it was a short walk to the ship.
Accompanying Hiroshi Nakaguchi, corporate executive chef of Silk Road, which features the signature cuisine by Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, to Pike Place Market was the highlight of a Seattle port call. That night, we dined on sashimi made from the day’s “fresh catch.”
We rode the historic Old 300 Riverfront Trolley in Astoria, Oregon. The trolley is operated by volunteers, costs $1 to ride, and stops near several of the town’s attractions along the Columbia River, ending at the cruise pier.
Galley crew members were in top form as they prepared dinner for guests in the Crystal Dining Room. Galley staff prepare classic and recently introduced modern menu items, featuring molecular cooking techniques.
After a long day of sightseeing and shopping in port, we settled into the Avenue Saloon and sipped cocktails (mine was a cucumber-garnished martini) while listening to the soft sounds of a grand piano.
Many of the spectacular ports of call we enjoyed on our Pacific Coast voyage are featured on Crystal Serenity’s 2016 Alaska and Northern Pacific sailings.
(Photos by Mimi Kmet and Mara Wells)