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randalljay
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
10 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We travelled with friends but the ship stopped at smaller ports which gave us a chance to see some wonderful things. My review, however, is based on Crystal's claim to be a 6 star line. We normally travel on Oceania and Silversea (and ... Read more
alpina
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Fell for all the Propaganda in the Magazines etc where it said 5 Stars and Delux. And also because it was discounted for single Travelers. It was a 13 day cruise not 19, Istanbul to Rome but started in Rome because of ... Read more
geri3080
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
The food was amazing each dish was a beautiful creation. The staff was kind accommodating and always ready to say yes. The entertainment was mundane except for the piano bars which were great. Perfect cruise foe eating and ... Read more
AAndres
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
My first cruise. What a great service. What a great food. This cruise line is the total relaxation experience. After three days you can sail on for months. The constant high quality of service, friendliness of all the staff plus the ... Read more
Aqua67!
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Still readjusting to normal life after leaving Chrystal Symphony a few days ago. We had the most wonderful time as first time cruisers, I can't imagine cruising with anyone else. We had done our research and felt Crystal would be ... Read more
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forepaughs75
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
65 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This pair of back-to-back cruises were our 2nd and 3rd cruises. Ever since we cruised on Crystal Serenity in 2014, we have been hooked on Crystal. Symphony is a little smaller so it is a little more intimate too. Public spaces are ... Read more
Loki4
Member Since 2013
1 review
35 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Great first time experience on Crystal...won't be the last. The itinerary was fabulous. Disappointed we lost a sea day with the change in itinerary, but Crystal did a great job. Wish we had more time to experience the activities on ... Read more
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PerpetuallyCcuising
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was the first time I have sailed with Crystal. I had certain expectations engendered by what I had been told by friends who have made a life cruising around the world, and which were not all negative. I arrived back home wishing I ... Read more
californiacruiseluvrs
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
150 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
My wife, 16 year old daughter and I returned yesterday from a 7-night cruise onboard Crystal Symphony from Athens to Athens. This was our first Crystal cruise which we chose due to itinerary, date and curiosity as we have always wanted to ... Read more
PrincessVictoria22
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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samuelsships
Member Since 2009
1 review
11 forum posts
23 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
wjhnyc
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
I chose this itinerary because I wanted to see Antarctica, experience sailing the Drake Passage, Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, and specifically on this ship. In addition we saw the Falkland Islands, sailed through some of the ... Read more
Flaneur72
Member Since 2016
4 reviews
20 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We are experienced cruisers, a mature couple, with a preference for Crystal. Two years ago, we sailed from Valparaiso to Bali on the Symphony, and we found the journey marvelous. This time we took a shorter cruise from Valparaiso to ... Read more
Oldman@sea
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Except for a very short cruise of the Greek Isles, we have never used another cruise line, nor another cruise ship. The Crystal Symphony has been our home for progressively longer cruises. From embarkation to debarkation, our experience ... Read more
AveandJoe
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our 3rd cruise on the Crystal line and our 2nd on Symphony (which is our favorite). We had so much trouble getting to the cruise due to a blizzard in the NYC area. The two days we booked in Buenos Aires were lost to us and we ... Read more
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cliffsiders
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
17 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We had not sailed with Crystal since the Fall of 2013, and were a little leery about the sale of Crystal to a Chinese company. Since our first cruise on the Symphony in 2004, we loved both the Symphony and the Serenity - for service, ... Read more
AWHW
Member Since 2015
16 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Voyage No. 6202 on Crystal Symphony was aptly named Antarctic Discovery: though a very brief discovery it was, a 14-day cruise with only about one day's time on Antarctic waters often at foggy weather. 8 out of 14 days were sea days, ... Read more
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Mrs Worldly
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Given that crystal push the " voted worlds best cruise line" tag. We fell for it and were expecting a fantastic time. The highlight of which was billed as NYE in Rio de Janiero for the fireworks. All advertising showed ... Read more
ItaliaCruiser75
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My three sons just returned from a 7 day, pre Christmas, Caribbean cruise on Crystal Symphony. We had sailed on the same ship 18 months ago to Eastern Canada. On both voyages we have been impressed with the Crystal Experience. The line ... Read more
floridasailor
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We love Crystal...especially the Symphony. The staff knows your name and provides wonderful, personalized service without being excessive. The ship is perfectly maintained. The cabins are not as large as some on newer ships but that is ... Read more
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Artisttrw
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
This ship was built in the early '90s and set sail in the mid '90s. Although the ship is older than other luxuryn options, the ship does not show her age. I was looking for signs of wear and really could not find any. The reason is ... Read more
nooosey
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
968 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Having sailed with Crystal a few times before one is always wondering if like other cruise lines cutbacks and nickel and diming features have crept in which are so common on other mainstream cruising companies. Crystal promotes itself as a ... Read more
cbhenry8
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Review of Joie De Canada, September 20-27, 2015, 7 day trip on Crystal Symphony Quick overview of what others might mention elsewhere: Embarkation: Took our luggage, checked our passports, ran us through the security scanners, we ... Read more
melbox4
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was a very lovely cruise with wonderful attentive staff. The entertainment was not great. It was Broadway reviews almost every night. It would have been nice to have comic or magic night thrown in one of the nights. We made use of the ... Read more
sarasotaguy
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We've sailed Crystal quite a few times. The earlier cruises were great. However, since the new president took over, there have been cutbacks & disappointments all over . Quality of food has gone way down. Portion sizes have shrunk ... Read more
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