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21 Crystal Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
11 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
Roycal
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
NoWaves
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
I have just read a previous review about Crystal Symphony and the expression "not a good fit" fits perfectly for my husband and I and our two travel companions also. Yes most passengers were in their 70s/80s (we are in our early 60s) and ... Read more
BataviaMan1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
Sailed May 2014
The public rooms are impressive with a large atria, attractive furnishings and the areas well laid out, The Avenue Saloon with nightly piano music was especially delightful. As for dining, we enjoyed the late seating with a delightful ... Read more
SBerry
Member Since 2014
1 review
We have traveled on Crystal for at least 15-16 voyages. We love their staff and service. They have an excellent cruise director, Paul, who always adds to our enjoyment. The lectures & entertainment are wonderful. We are not "foodies" ... Read more

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MDR-DAN
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
8 forum posts
It is a competitive marketplace in the "Luxury" or "Premium" cruise category and Crystal stands at the top of this narrow pyramid. Crystal matches the upper competitors by offering a luxury cruise ship with well appointed cabins and ... Read more
Mr Cricket
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Not rated Sailed November 2012
Due to cruise New York to Los Angeles via Panama Canal last November. Chose Crystal because they said there was open dining option. Tried to book dining times 3 weeks in advance online to find there was no option left but 6-15 or 8-30, ... Read more
skybluewaters
Member Since 2012
1 review
185 forum posts
Sailed November 2012
After waiting ten months for this cruise, and after reading numerous reviews, comments, etc regarding Crystal, I started feeling that my very high expectations couldn't possibly be met. Well, I was wrong! Please allow me to explain: 1. ... Read more
"Little Toot"
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
94 forum posts
Background Information - The Panama Canal has always been on my "Bucket List" and when I discovered that this cruise was offered thru Road Scholar' Adventures Afloat program with free airfare, my husband and I booked it immediately! ... Read more
hjames2
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
3 forum posts
Although the Crystal Symphony is older than the Seabourn Sojorn we last sailed on, the ship is maintained in top condition. Beautiful inside and out with amazing attention to detail. With about 900 passengers, we never felt crowded in ... Read more

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Tbomb
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2012
We returned this week from our second cruise on the Serenity - about our 25th cruise overall. This was a 14 day itinerary from Miami to LA through the Panama Canal. Boarding was effortless. A nice buffet was ready for us to help kill ... Read more
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zincmet
Member Since 2012
1 review
This moderate duration cruise was our first on Crystal and the first on the Symphony. Our overall impression was very positive. The size of the ship (900 passengers is small these days) was better than we had hoped. During the cruise we ... Read more
mvcountess
Member Since 2011
1 review
91 forum posts
We signed up for our first cruise experience with Crystal with many recommendations from friends. We were not disappointed. Crystal Symphony's crew made us feel welcome from the get go. We were part of the "Mix & Mingle" reception and ... Read more
simpsonbook
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed January 2011
Our experience aboard the Crystal Serenity was marvelous. Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed. The staff was outstanding. We were skeptical that they could be as legitimately warm, friendly and unhesitatingly helpful as ... Read more
Emerald22
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
65 forum posts
We went on this cruise with another couple, who have travelled with Crystal Harmony 4 times before. We flied to N.Y. the night before, spent an evening in N.Y., then boarded the ship just before noon. We stayed in Ink48, which is 10 ... Read more

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dj_crusin
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
523 forum posts
Embarkation - We booked our own flights to San Jose, Costa Rica and purchased cruise line transfers to Caldera, a two hour drive. We got off to a shaky start as our connection on US Air was delayed due to fog in the Charlotte Airport. We ... Read more
Phantom41j
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed February 2009
This was our third cruise on the Symphony and each cruise gets better. We haven't sailed on the other luxury lines like SilverSeas and Regent but with the service and quality we receive from Crystal I don't know why I would venture out of ... Read more
claudiayvr
5 reviews
Although I'd heard the phrase "crystallized" many times before our cruise, I did not truly capture its meaning until we were back at home in Vancouver and shocked into reality. By way of background, we are in our forties, fairly well ... Read more
Kane
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
621 forum posts
Sailed November 2008
Having previously sailed on Symphony and posted a review, I decided to file a follow-up of the differences from our previous experience. It's said that there is only one chance to make a good first impression. This is true, but our second ... Read more
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NHBob
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
3,011 forum posts
PANAMA SPLENDOR - MIAMI TO LOS ANGELES CRYSTAL SYMPHONY FEBRUARY 2007 I recently returned from my fifth cruise on Crystal Symphony, a 14-day trip from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. I had been through the canal once before, ... Read more
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alan310
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
638 forum posts
Third Crystal cruise, first on the Serenity, 34th cruise overall. I will not go over the stops and excursions because you can find this information on most reviews, and this is Caribbean and Mexico stops which means beach. The ports were ... Read more

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