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188 Crystal Luxury Cruise Reviews

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wine-wine-wine
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
As avid independent travelers, my wife and I never thought we were cruise people. In fact we steadfastly resisted any suggestion of a cruise. Then the flyer arrived in the mail - we simply could not resist. Our experience on the Crystal ... Read more
journey cruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Well folks........it's time to say "good-bye". We've had a few glorious years, lots of good memories, made new cruising friends, but after our last 26 days aboard the Crystal Symphony, back to back from Lax to NYC through the ... Read more
Tradester
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
My first Crystal Cruise last May was a disaster. 1. We had 8 people at our table and the servers were definitely overworked. The food preparation was great, buy the meal was most often cold. We had one breakfast in the main dining ... Read more
paul.howe
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
30 cruises with Regent/Seabourn/Silversea/Oceania etc and the second trip with Crystal. Clearly Crystal has many fans, who appear not to have travelled with many other lines. Boarding was chaotic, 900 people board at the same time and ... Read more
liv2dream
Member Since 2014
1 review
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Crossing the Atlantic Solo! Miami to Lisbon May 4 - 17, 2015 Background Information: I have cruised extensively on Princess, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean and always enjoyed these vacations immensely. When I became a widow I ... Read more

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margatecruiser
Member Since 2012
1 review
94 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 13 cruise on crystal all have been on symphony, this was our first on Serenity. This was our third crossing that lectures were over the top the shows were also good. I thought the food service in the main dinning room ... Read more
haikou
Member Since 2010
1 review
2,854 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I found the atmosphere on the Serenity to be intolerable by the end of the first few days. I will not go into much detail here but suffice it to say I was ignored by others when I as a solo traveler sat down and waited to play. As soon as ... Read more
crafter1
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Everything was wonderful- from the itinerary, to the speakers to the food. We missed a port due to icebergs, but with so many things to do on the ship it did not matter. Glacier Bay with 4 park rangers and a buffet sandwich lunch was ... 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

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Mervat1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
I have cruised Crystal for the last few years and had many friend joining me every year from all over the world , this was our meeting place once or twice a year I have a very stressful job going on vacation to relax is a must for me ... Read more
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
ryndam
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
742 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We have sailed on 30 Crystal cruises, the longest cruise prior to the World Cruise was 21 days. This was our first World Cruise. Transfers The included Carey Limo SUV transfers from home-airport-ship-airport-home were seamless. ... 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
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

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sarasotaguy
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation was a horror. The ship was not docked where they told us- it was not at any terminal. We took about 15 or 20 minutes to locate the ship. There was no parking lot nearby. We had to drop off our luggage & park at a distant ... Read more
Keith1010
Member Since 2000
12 reviews
82,422 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Please note that we were on board for 162 days but the number of nights we could show in the summary has a maximum of 100 days. We sailed Crystal Cruises and remained on board the same ship for 162 consecutive days. We boarded ... Read more
miduschi
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
Kseelig
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
We have taken a few cruises on Crystal and for the most part we have been quite satisfied. Service is generally very good but Crystal needs to rethink their tipping policy and advertise accordingly. Is it included or not? The staff has yet ... Read more
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

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Desparatel housewife
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Not rated Sailed November 2014
Since sailing on the Crystal Symphony I want to sail only with the Crystal Family! I reckon that is why many people have 300 to 500 sailings with her! First of all, the staff. They are so friendly and helpful. Not a sour face in sight. ... Read more
Roycal
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
My wife and I took a cruise on Crystal Serenity Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, 2014, from the west coast of Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal, up the east coast of Central America and Mexico, ending in Miami, FL, USA. We're not members (yet) ... Read more
Polodriver
Member Since 2012
1 review
49 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
I feel compelled to reflect on my recent cruise on Crystal Symphony. It was my first time on this line, my last cruise was with Silversea and I have cruised twice on Paul Gaugin. I boarded in Auckland with no issues as a solo passenger. ... Read more
lahlah57
Member Since 2011
1 review
1,326 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We didn't know what to expect only knew of the reviews from others. As we spoke to others only to find out that these people are multiple cruisers with Crystal and in this 2 weeks we would find out why. this cruise line is the closest to ... Read more
CEBS
Member Since 2005
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my first Crystal Cruise and I may never go back to any other cruise line. Their single supplement is the most generous by far and enables me to cruise alone or even have my own stateroom when cruising with friends. The ... Read more
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