Setting Sail on the Crystal Symphony

The Divaonthego packed her  Titan bags for a cruise onboard the super luxurious Crystal Symphony from Miami to Costa Rica. One of two mid-sized luxury liners operated by Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises (, the newly refurbished Symphony offers an upscale experience for 922 passengers–the perfect size for the Divaonthego who just can’t get her sea legs around those mega ships that carry thousands at a time. Not that she hasn’t sailed on the bodacious boats, but she prefers more compact vessels. 

We’ve been on this ship before, but not since her most recent facelift (Dec. 09) so we’re looking forward to seeing how she’s changed, not that there was anything wrong with her before, but we all need nips and tucks as we age. So stay tuned for more on our Symphony experiences. You will also find my Symphony musings at and on my LA Travel Diva at

 I love this luggage. My newest acquisition is the  feisty little 20″ 2-wheeled 9.3  lb. Business Trolley. Perfect for a  17″ laptop  it’s available at  for $320

 The Axxiss series is styled in classic black nylon with genuine leather trim and ncludes a business trolley, and business cases that accommodate 15.4″ and 17″ laptops. All products feature laptop compartments and are thoughtfully organized to cater to the needs of business travelers who demand both function and style. TITAN® Axxiss is covered by a Titan® 5 year warranty.

 Because we live in Los Angeles we decided to fly to the ship a day earlier to avoid any delays, even though the Symphony sails at 9 PM. We just wanted to be sure. So we surfed the web and came up with what sounds like an ideal hotel for our overnighter, Kimpton’s EPIC–Hotel–a  boutique waterfront hotel, is locate at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay.  The 54-story, elliptical-shaped high-rise has 411 guestrooms and suites, including two luxury corner Presidential Style Suites, 24 one-bedroom corner suites and 24 junior suites.  All suites feature custom furnishings and fine fabrics, as well as private balconies with glimmering views of Miami and the bay.  Additional in-room amenities and services include: Fine Italian linens with luxurious triple sheeting and throw blankets, LCD flat screen televisions. Spa-inspired luxury bath amenities from Acqua di Parma, twice-daily housekeeping service, High-speed wireless Internet access.

The Travel Diva Rings in the New Year on the Crystal Symphony

Happy New Year. It’s been a bumpy start to 2010 but no complaints. Especially since I’m about to sail on the Crystal Symphony, one of the spiffiest ships afloat– a super luxurious 922 passenger luxury liner featuring fine food, service, amenities and well above standard staterooms and suites.

I’ve packed my bags and I’m ready to go from Miami to Costa Rica. Because we live in LA it’s necessary to fly to the east coast a day early. But this is a good thing as we get to overnight at the EPIC Hotel. Never stayed there before and looking forward to experiencing this Kimpton property.

I’ll be reporting back on my adventures at sea as well as the pre-cruise experience. So come on back for more.
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