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samuelsships
Member Since 2009
1 review
11 forum posts
11 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
Spysmum
Member Since 2010
19 reviews
7 forum posts
29 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We looked forward to a Crystal Big Band Transatlantic cruise with great anticipation. Never have we been so disappointed.. The standards have slipped so far and so fast , we were bitterly disappointed by the entire experience. The ... Read more
cruise-otter
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1 forum post
24 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
Strode Wallace
Member Since 2007
10 reviews
50 forum posts
1 helpful vote
For us this was somewhat of a repeat of 2014 Crystal Cruise vacation on the Symphony up the eastern U.S. coats with stops in Canada and then to Iceland. This year we added the Ireland and U.K. component making our trip 16 days. Last ... Read more
MontrealWinos
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
This was our first Crystal cruise after over 30 cruises with Oceania, Celebrity, Princess, Viking, Costa, NCL, Carnival, etc.. Dining was excellent with many enticing choices for each meal. Service was outstanding in all dining venues, ... Read more

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haikou
Member Since 2010
1 review
2,805 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
WaterBaby2002
Member Since 2012
1 review
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first Crystal cruise; we began cruising in 1998 and have taken at least one a year since, 8 with Oceania. The Serenity is a beautiful ship, meticulously maintained and extremely comfortable. The sea days offered many activities, ... Read more
Spysmum
Member Since 2010
19 reviews
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We have enjoyed several Crystal cruises in recent years, so confidently booked the interestingly routed Tokyo to Vancouver crossing, with an itinerary that visited Russia's Far East, and along the entire Aleutian chain before visiting the ... Read more
Spysmum
Member Since 2010
19 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
As veterans of many Transatlantic cruises, on ships large and small, we had high expectations of the Crystal experience. Our expectations were exceeded well beyond our dreams. This was a cruise that fulfilled all our hopes, and with a ... Read more
paul bernard
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
52 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
We so much liked the Fall 2012 T/A on Serenity that we didn't need much convincing to book this voyage as well. In both cases the chief attraction for Nancy was the ballroom dancing theme, with the opportunity to take private dance lessons ... Read more

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Dancer Bob
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
1,476 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
Transatlantic, December 2012, marketed by Crystal as Big Band and Ballroom theme. I have no interest in Big Band but chose the cruise because of the Ballroom theme. Having done Transatlantics on Costa and Cunard a year ago, I can compare ... Read more
babycruiserUK
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
Crystal is a bit better than the average cruise line, but in no way is it '6 star cruising' and certainly not worth the extra cost. I don't believe it represents good value for money, and personally wouldn't cruise with them again. ... Read more
Naval Architect
Member Since 2012
1 review
62 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2012
Yes, I had the over mentioned goal when I booked my 3rd cruise with Crystal. When I saw for the first time of this cruise half a year before departure I quickly made my mind up and called to my TA. This transatlantic cruise was just what I ... Read more
Cruising Ginger
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
335 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I know that many people love Crystal Cruises, in fact most of the passengers on my cruise had sailed Crystal numerous times, but I am not one of them and do not plan on sailing Crystal again. I was bored out of my mind!!!!Daytime ... 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

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Annalise
Member Since 2002
9 reviews
68 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Allow me to qualify the following by stating unequivocally that Crystal provides the best service, food and cruising experience one will ever have. After a personally challenging 2011, I was so ready for this cruise, I was packed a week in ... Read more
claudiayvr
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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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