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21 Crystal Asia Cruise Reviews

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Chris1960uk
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
After reading so many positive CC reviews on the Crystal experience my wife and I decided to book a world cruise segment Shanghai to Japan nearly a year in advance.Expectations were running extremely high and remained so until a month ... Read more
Balliett
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
441 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First Crystal cruise. Relevant previous cruises 21 days on Regent. Beijing to Hong Kong. This might be my favorite cruise. Never a wait for anything on board. OK, Regent cabins are 300sf and Crystal Sympony 200 sf, both plus balcony, ... Read more
ifly737
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We just spent 10 nights aboard the Crystal Symphony. We have traveled on Disney, Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian so we have a lot to compare Crystal to. After experiencing the high level of service and great food it will ... Read more
Jayoh
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my sixth Crystal cruise and my fifth on Crystal Symphony. It really is a beautiful ship and the money they have spent on her over the last few years really shows. Palm Court is the most beautiful room on the ship but all the ... Read more
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cat's staff
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We were first time Crystal Cruisers and had always heard how wonderful they were. Well, in some ways that was true, in others, it was not. First, what we loved: outstanding staff, smooth boarding and leaving, the best evening ... Read more

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ejdurnall
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Crystal is not for everyone but the best for those who are seeking the ultimate in the grand tradition of the mighty transatlantic ships of yesterday. The staterooms in the lower price range are smaller than Regent, Silver Sea and Seaboun ... Read more
ejdurnall
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
My wife and I, both very senior citizens, have completed over 20 cruises with Crystal and we continue to rate the line as the best we have encountered (Seabourn, Regent, Silver Seas and Cunard). While some of these luxury lines have larger ... Read more
rhdpp1
Member Since 2014
1 review
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I was not impressed with the ship. I have been on only three cruises prior to this one and these have been Caribbean cruises. The ship was old and tired. The food was close to being horrible (the entrees were always some type of exotic ... Read more
daveahl
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed on the Crystal Symphony January 2015 from Bali, Indonesia with 3 port stops in Indonesia (Belawan was cancelled because of channel dredging), 3 ports in Malaysia, one in Thailand, and ending in Singapore. We’ve sailed on ... Read more
miduschi
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
We were first time cruiser on Crystal having sailed many times on Seabourn, Silverseas and Cunard. In our view Crystal is no way competitive. Embarkation was rather slow. Food quality was average, very often food was not served hot. ... Read more

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Jonelly
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Went on a "test drive" with Crystal after hearing positive things from acquaintances that sail repeatedly with them. We are long time Silversea and Seabourn loyalists, more so Seabourn nowadays. The itinerary from Jakarta to Singapore was ... Read more
Fleetcat
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There are two deal breakers for Crystal. The first is the fixed dining times. They do offer dining by reservation but we found this a rather annoying fudge. We threw our toys out the pram the first night as we not only were allocated a ... Read more
At sea days
Member Since 2010
11 reviews
74 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
This was our 3rd family cruise on Crystal, tho we were 4 cabins of repeaters there was zero recognition of our spending large amounts of $$$ with Crystal cruises...even the repeaters party was only offered at 7:45pm leaving out the 6:15 ... Read more
kjamia
Member Since 2008
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were first time cruisers on Crystal Symphony, having cruised many times on its principal competitors - Seabourn, Silverseas, Regent and the Queens Grill categories of Cunard. In our view, in a number of respects, Crystal compares ... Read more
Keith1010
Member Since 2000
12 reviews
81,338 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
My wife and I recently spent 120+ days on board the Crystal Serenity from January 5, 2014 thru May 7, 2014. This stay included not only the full 2014 World Cruise but also three other cruises of varying lengths, including one cruise of ... Read more

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Timbuktu123
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
42 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What follows is a frank review, after all this is Cruise CRITIC and my comments are not here to beat-up on anything, but I hope it will be taken as an incentive for all mentioned to improve. This is meant to be CONSTRUCTIVE criticism not ... Read more
traveling group
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had an extended trip to Asia and this cruise on Crystal fit in nicely. We started in Bali and we got off in Singapore. From the moment we arrived, we were delighted. The ship has a wonderful and elegant look, lots of great ... Read more
Saabcruiser
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2012
Just about to complete the Asia segment of the world cruise on the Crystal Serenity in 2012, and it is still the best. The meet and great with Greg Michaels was informative and a good illustration of how Crystal continues to work at ... Read more
Randy 105
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2012
We have heard that Crystal Cruises is the best of the best. What we found and my husband and i disagree, is that Crystal certainly i premier with regard to service and food. But, we also found that there was sloppy service in the main ... Read more
Fred Groth
6 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Crystal and our fourth different cruise line. We chose this leg of their world cruise in order to visit cities where we had lived and worked during our careers. The cruise was March 15 through 27, and its ... Read more

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Kane
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
621 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2007
The Crystal Symphony made a single stop in Honolulu on its trans-pacific crossing from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Never having sailed on Crystal, this gave us an easy opportunity to see what the so-call "Crystallization" was all about. ... Read more
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