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36 Crystal Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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PrincessVictoria22
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed March 2016
I chose this cruise because I wanted to try Crystal. It was everything I hoped it would be. Service was impeccable. Food was delicious. On sea days, there was plenty to do, and I really enjoyed the cultural/historical emphasis on ... Read more
samuelsships
Member Since 2009
1 review
11 forum posts
21 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
22 reviews
7 forum posts
36 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
33 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
May B
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
3,002 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Mr. B. and I have cruised 24 times, including on two defunct lines (Premier and Renaissance), once on Carnival and several times each on HAL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We have gone once on Azamara and once on Oceania, both of which ... Read more
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Strode Wallace
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
50 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
mario 1
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my 1st Crystal cruise and I had high expectations. Most of my cruising has been on Celebrity which I enjoy. I have been on Azamara and Oceania, both of which disappointed me. On Azamara to Antarctica I had multiple complaints and ... Read more
liv2dream
Member Since 2014
1 review
31 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
cruise-otter
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1 forum post
The strength of Crystal Serenity (1,000 passengers) lies in its sea days and onboard entertainment, rather than its limited offerings onshore. My wife and I took this “Classic Atlantic Crossing” to maximize those sea days. ... Read more
margatecruiser
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
100 forum posts
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
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haikou
Member Since 2010
1 review
2,979 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
VICENTEBSAS
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
While the ship is very beautiful, having taken various cruise on the Symphony, the Serenty specifically with regard to the main dining room cuisine was rather poor. Most of the dishes lacked taste, and on one evening in particulate when ... Read more
cruise-otter
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1 forum post
This cruise on the Crystal Serenity (1,000 passengers) was a good fit for two of our travel goals: (1) lots of sea days and (2) lots of Ireland. Cruise V4322 started with four daily port stops, three of them in Ireland (Belfast, Dublin, ... Read more
cruise-otter
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
This cruise on the Crystal Serenity (1,000 passengers) was a good fit for two of our travel goals: (1) lots of sea days and (2) lots of Ireland. Cruise V4322 started with four daily port stops, three of them in Ireland (Belfast, Dublin, ... Read more
Keith1010
Member Since 2000
13 reviews
83,643 forum posts
Sailed September 2014
My wife and I just returned from a North Atlantic Crossing on-board Crystal Serenity. We have sailed Crystal Serenity many times and for us the overall cruising experience gets better each and every time. The crossing included stops at ... Read more
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Strode Wallace
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
50 forum posts
After spending 12 days on the Crystal Symphony I am convinced that Crystal is clearly the cruise line for wealthy alcoholics. The all inclusive fare included everything at most bars with the exception the most expensive wine or brandy on ... Read more
Spysmum
Member Since 2010
22 reviews
7 forum posts
We joined Crystal Serenity in beautiful Barcelona, for a favourite cruise, the leaisurely Transatlantic to Miami. We embarked with Crystal's minimum fuss or delay, after luggage was whisked away, and once on board, were quickly helped with ... Read more
Kumamayo
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed December 2013
If you want a REAL vacation it would be on the Crystal. I have been on both the Crystal Symphony and the Crystal Serenity. My last cruise was on the Serenity and it sure sticks to its name. My vacation WAS really serene! Every staff member ... Read more
ging466
Member Since 2007
10 reviews
1,742 forum post
I flew from Sydney to New York via Dallas and stayed one night at the Casablanca Hotel in Times Square before boarding the ship at 1230 on the day of embarkation. This was my first time on Crystal and I chose these two sectors based on the ... Read more
Spysmum
Member Since 2010
22 reviews
7 forum posts
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
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paul bernard
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
52 forum posts
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
Dancer Bob
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
1,547 forum post
2 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
ryndam
Member Since 2002
4 reviews
776 forum posts
Now that we have returned to the reality of winter, even in usually warm Houston, I thought I would take a few moments to reflect on Serenity transatlantic V2327, Barcelona-Miami. In the words of the attorneys, "these comments represent my ... Read more
Fandango1
Member Since 2012
1 review
Not rated Sailed December 2012
Overall 9/10 The entire ship is clinically clean. Service is attentive pleasant and sharp. Facilities are first class. A happy and rewarding experience we would recommend highly to anyone. Cabins are tiny, and need getting used to. ... Read more
njhh
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
149 forum posts
Sailed December 2012
Since I began cruising in the late 90's I have heard and read things about Crystal Cruises which made me doubt it would ever be a cruise line I would like. The usual gist of the comments were "why pay more when it is nearly the same as ... Read more
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