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  • Choice of two larger luxury cruise ships or an intimate yacht
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238 Crystal Luxury Cruise Reviews
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pkgoode
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
This cruise was our Honeymoon, the itinerary was fantastic, the duration just right and my wife used to work on the Crystal Symphony 20 years ago so perfect to see it from the other side, expectations were high. We spent the night in ... Read more
MMing00
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
We went to Crystal Symphony because our past experience was excellent even though the company was bought by an Asian company. We had been cruising with different cruise lines for over a long time. We still decided to try again even when we ... Read more
Polodriver
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
52 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because of its proximity to our home and no long haul flying needed. We boarded in Melbourne and this was orderly but we had to wait to be called as it was a full sailing. Once onboard we dined in the dining room ... Read more
Gerko
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
342 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
A mix of good and bad. The service was generally excellent. The onboard lecturers were very good. The Palm Court is a lovely room with excellent staff and quickly became our room of choice on board. The food, in particular the main courses ... Read more
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PaulMCO
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
2,205 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Yes this is cruise critic and yes I am a harsh critic. This was a first Crystal Cruise and we hoped to make it a habit. We are regulars on Oceania and Silversea and did not find Crystal any better -- in fact in some cases below the ... Read more
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Kfhofstetter
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We went on our second Crystal Cruise after taking a trip on Crystal Symphony a year ago. Our experience a year ago was so wonderful that we booked for the next year right away. What happened Crystal? The food was mediocre, though the ... Read more
writer100
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
694 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Had been on Serenity before, so our expectations were high and fully met. Staff everywhere were attentive and helpful. The bar tenders can actually make a cocktail--not just pour wine or make a mojito from a mix. (Seabourn, please note.) ... Read more
nooosey
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
929 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I have cruised on Crystal Serenity a few times before, when boarding as a repeat guest thoughts flash through the mind, will it be as good as before, have there been any cutbacks and will I recognise any of the staff who have previously ... Read more
May B
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
3,147 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
HIGH EXPECTATIONS MET AGAIN It was going to be my 70th birthday as Crystal Serenity cruised up the Mississippi River to New Orleans. That seemed like the perfect combination, and it didn’t disappoint. We have taken 30 cruises, 12 ... Read more
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Publisher1953
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
My wife and I took this cruise (Ft. Laudedale to New Orleans via several Caribbean islands) through a university alumni association group offer. We thought the cruise would be a great opportunity to experience the company before taking ... Read more
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hypercafe
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
2,827 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We boarded the ship in NYC which was great as we live here. Embarkation was very easy, its on the ship. We were meet at the gangway and escorted to the desk, on the way a steward took our carry-on and delivered it to our stateroom. There ... Read more
Fandango1
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Comparisons are important, and a good way to paint a valid description. Crystal is considered one of the best 6 star line if you will. We've cruised with them previously which we enjoyed and can serve as an easy comparison. The ... Read more
lasportsnut
Member Since 2000
3 reviews
33 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
First you fly into Montreal and get to your hotel about 5 after being on the road since 5 am. The meet and greet is a bevy of repetitive tables in the lobby of the baggage area after YOIU put your luggage in a bin for transport at the ... Read more
alc13
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
88 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary (Canada-New England) and because we wanted to try Crystal. We found lots to like. The ship is pretty, easy to navigate, and generally very comfortable. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room ... Read more
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gr8lakes
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
141 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We waited a bit to write this review of our Crystal Symphony transatlantic in October in order to gain perspective and not overreact. After reading the previous post on the same cruise, we felt we also needed to provide feedback on what ... Read more
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wdbentley
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I noticed an advert for the Crystal Esprit in a publication from our Travel Agent and it fitted in perfectly with other travel plans. The yacht has been fully refurbished and it's all SOTA in every way. The cabins are beautiful and every ... Read more
df2616
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife has never been to the east coast and I have on business. I wanted her to see the fall colors of New England so we booked this cruise. We did not get off to a great start, their shore people were pretty rude. But our butler was ... Read more
NJCruiseFans
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
The Esprit was a wonderful a cruise as we could imagine. We have been loyal to Seabourn for several years, but the Esprit was on a par with any Seabourn cruise we've taken. The best thing about the Esprit is that it takes only 62 ... Read more
john2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We had always wanted to try Crystal Cruises, and we weren't disappointed. Everything about the Crystal Serenity, the ship, the crew, our Penthouse stateroom, the food (AMAZING) and everything about the service and amenities met and ... Read more
b1drman
Member Since 2012
1 review
65 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
From the moment we stepped onto the ship , first class all the way . No issues other than a horrible port Sept Isles , Canada . Really why stop there when the only highlight of this town is a walmart ? Food was good , Silk Road ... Read more
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PutterP
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
6 helpful votes
The food was great in Silk road, average in Prego, inconsistent in the Crystal dinning room, but great in Tastes and Lido. Housekeeping missed an entire day in the middle of the cruise... Room service never showed, housekeeping had to ... Read more
dsweet
Member Since 2004
1 review
56 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My mother, who is in her 80s, asked me to join her on this cruise. The itinerary and level of service created outstanding memories, as we might not have this opportunity again. I had been on the Crystal Symphony before, but never the ... Read more
Annette Costello
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We have just disembarked from the Crystal Symphony in Rome after a 11 day cruise. We couldn't fault any part of the cruise and feel we have experienced a very professional event. The entertainment was always enjoyable. All the staff ... Read more
ljd123
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We just returned from a 7 night cruise in the Adriatic on the Esprit embarking in Dubrovnik and ending in Venice. We loved the boat and the itinerary. Here are the details: Ship: The ship has 5 decks -- marina on 1; entry to the ship ... Read more
planada
Member Since 2001
1 review
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
First class cruise with 1st class people.Cannot say anything bad about anything! Loved the ship, very elegant. Loved loved loved the crew. Some have been on the ship for years. The food was outstanding,although I wasn't as impressed with ... Read more
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