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176 Crystal Luxury Cruise Reviews

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DaisyUK
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
466 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Crystal and was a short 'try-out' before trying something more ambitious. I don't think it would be possible (for me at least) to cruise without a few niggles, but in this case they were very few and far ... Read more
PerpetuallyCcuising
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This is my second trip with Crystal. I arrived in London the day before embarkation and enjoyed seeing the city. On this occasion I was unable to use the arranged transfer to the ship as I did not receive the information about where and ... Read more
Go-Go4
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
First time Crystal cruisers selected this cruise for a 'taste' of the line......embarkation was nearly like waiting for your broken bus in a bus station. We missed our 7pm dinner reservation for anniversary celebration and had no ... Read more
Mike2131
Member Since 2004
13 reviews
2,732 forum posts
18 helpful votes
We selected this cruise to try out both the ship and Crystal. If this is representative of what to expect, my advice is to look elsewhere for an exceptional cruise experience. There were some positives and a lot of negatives. Here we ... Read more
Syd123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Eviactive put together a ballroom dance program on Crystal Serenity. Her pros were outstanding and we took lessons every morning before touring. In the evening we danced the night away to the superb band provided by Crystal on their dance ... Read more

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Keith1010
Member Since 2000
12 reviews
81,913 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as a getaway cruise that we combined with a four night stay on land in San Francisco. It worked perfectly for our schedule. While this was our shortest cruise ever we had an absolutely wonderful time on board ... Read more
geri3080
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The food was amazing each dish was a beautiful creation. The staff was kind accommodating and always ready to say yes. The entertainment was mundane except for the piano bars which were great. Perfect cruise foe eating and ... Read more
AAndres
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My first cruise. What a great service. What a great food. This cruise line is the total relaxation experience. After three days you can sail on for months. The constant high quality of service, friendliness of all the staff plus the ... Read more
forepaughs75
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
44 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This pair of back-to-back cruises were our 2nd and 3rd cruises. Ever since we cruised on Crystal Serenity in 2014, we have been hooked on Crystal. Symphony is a little smaller so it is a little more intimate too. Public spaces are ... Read more
Loki4
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Great first time experience on Crystal...won't be the last. The itinerary was fabulous. Disappointed we lost a sea day with the change in itinerary, but Crystal did a great job. Wish we had more time to experience the activities on ... Read more
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PerpetuallyCcuising
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was the first time I have sailed with Crystal. I had certain expectations engendered by what I had been told by friends who have made a life cruising around the world, and which were not all negative. I arrived back home wishing I ... Read more
californiacruiseluvrs
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
138 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
My wife, 16 year old daughter and I returned yesterday from a 7-night cruise onboard Crystal Symphony from Athens to Athens. This was our first Crystal cruise which we chose due to itinerary, date and curiosity as we have always wanted to ... Read more
poinsettiaplate
Member Since 2013
1 review
31 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was the last leg of a Crystal World Cruise and went from Tokyo to San Francisco, with port stops in Japan, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. It was my third Crystal cruise and second on the Serenity. As always with Crystal, it was a ... Read more
Chris1960uk
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
24 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
samuelsships
Member Since 2009
1 review
11 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Crystal gets such wonderful reviews that I definitely wanted to experience the line and its self proclaimed 6*+ cruising. The itinerary was perfect for us as we prefer long times at sea. Dining: The food on the Symphony was ... Read more

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AWHW
Member Since 2015
11 reviews
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Voyage No. 6202 on Crystal Symphony was aptly named Antarctic Discovery: though a very brief discovery it was, a 14-day cruise with only about one day's time on Antarctic waters often at foggy weather. 8 out of 14 days were sea days, ... Read more
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Mrs Worldly
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Given that crystal push the " voted worlds best cruise line" tag. We fell for it and were expecting a fantastic time. The highlight of which was billed as NYE in Rio de Janiero for the fireworks. All advertising showed ... Read more
ItaliaCruiser75
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My three sons just returned from a 7 day, pre Christmas, Caribbean cruise on Crystal Symphony. We had sailed on the same ship 18 months ago to Eastern Canada. On both voyages we have been impressed with the Crystal Experience. The line ... Read more
cruise-otter
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1 forum post
26 helpful votes
Cruise 5331 was an Atlantic crossing (Lisbon to Miami), with only two brief stops along the way (Tenerife and Key West). My wife and I took this cruise for its long string of sea days, not the port stops. We’ve taken the Crystal ... Read more
floridasailor
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We love Crystal...especially the Symphony. The staff knows your name and provides wonderful, personalized service without being excessive. The ship is perfectly maintained. The cabins are not as large as some on newer ships but that is ... Read more

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nooosey
Member Since 2000
1 review
856 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Having sailed with Crystal a few times before one is always wondering if like other cruise lines cutbacks and nickel and diming features have crept in which are so common on other mainstream cruising companies. Crystal promotes itself as a ... Read more
Parlady
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
23 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Having cruised on Seabourn, Regent, Oceania and other lines that I won't mention, I finally decided to give Crystal a try after hearing from a friend how good the service was on Crystal. I had refrained from going on this ship because I ... Read more
KAARON
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was my first cruise and first trip to Europe. With very few exceptions, the all-inclusive fare covers everything, including tips. The crew truly embodies the definition of service. It was top notch and always with a smile. They go ... Read more
cbhenry8
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Review of Joie De Canada, September 20-27, 2015, 7 day trip on Crystal Symphony Quick overview of what others might mention elsewhere: Embarkation: Took our luggage, checked our passports, ran us through the security scanners, we ... Read more
iclcharlie
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We have cruised since 1995 each year. We were sold this cruise as a luxury cruise and it was anything but....poor service in the dining room as well as very poor trained staff. Wife insulted by server and water spilled in lap. Shop ... Read more

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