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It's 1 a.m., and an enthusiastic -- if not altogether talented -- would-be American Idolist is wailing her way through Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Fellow night-clubbers, armed with Cosmopolitans, and ...
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Steveoka
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
We have travelled Crystal before and decided with the fixed seating that it wasn't for us. After seeing the advertising for Dining By Reservation we thought we would try again. Unfortunately the dining experience was not enjoyable as ... Read more
TravelKnitter
Member Since 2012
1 review
327 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my husband's and my first Crystal Cruise, and we're hooked. The food was outstanding (see below for my reviews on having to eat gluten free) and the crew most caring. Crystal is first class, all the way, not only in the quality ... Read more
YoungDubFan
Member Since 2009
1 review
733 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my first Crystal Cruise and it was wonderful. This is going to be a lengthy review but I had such a hard time finding out any info on specifics for the Baltic Cruise that I want to give future cruises the info that I wished I had ... Read more
NoWaves
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
bizinsider
Member Since 2006
1 review
86 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
Just back from our fourth cruise on Crystal (three on the Symphony, one on the old Harmony). This time it was to the Baltics. Quick review: WEAR AND TEAR: Concerns about wear-and-tear are beyond overblown. Sure, the railings could use a ... Read more

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Strode Wallace
Member Since 2007
10 reviews
50 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Gardener222
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I had great hopes after reading reviews on this company. what I found is that my husband and I are not a "good fit" for Crystal. On this trip while the passengers were nice we were younger than most of them who had been on numerous cruises ... Read more
BataviaMan1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Fleetcat
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There are two deal breakers for Crystal. The first is the fixed dining times. They do offer dining by reservation but we found this a rather annoying fudge. We threw our toys out the pram the first night as we not only were allocated a ... Read more

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At sea days
Member Since 2010
11 reviews
74 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
This was our 3rd family cruise on Crystal, tho we were 4 cabins of repeaters there was zero recognition of our spending large amounts of $$$ with Crystal cruises...even the repeaters party was only offered at 7:45pm leaving out the 6:15 ... Read more
dbjennings
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My previous cruising experience: Oceania, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Viking. Crystal Symphony is a lovely midsize ship with all the amenities you would expect. The pricing is "all inclusive", and Crystal comes pretty close. The ... Read more
kjamia
Member Since 2008
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were first time cruisers on Crystal Symphony, having cruised many times on its principal competitors - Seabourn, Silverseas, Regent and the Queens Grill categories of Cunard. In our view, in a number of respects, Crystal compares ... Read more
travelberlin
Member Since 2009
18 reviews
1,411 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Crystal. We have cruised more than 30 times before with several cruise lines including Azamara, Oceania, Silversea and Celebrity. Our experience on board the Crystal Symphony was Ok but not really from an ... Read more
Hardinghc@aol.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our fifth Crystal cruise, all have been on the Symphony. Our first, in 2010, was the best. Since then, the quality of Crystal's offerings have declined slightly, but noticeably, with each succeeding cruise. There seems generally ... Read more

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Crowboy9
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
When we told fellow passengers that it was our first cruise many said that we were starting at the top and it was all downhill from there! I say this by way of giving perspective to our comments to follow........we really had no ther ... Read more
Northeast Jim
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have cruised oceans and seas with Radisson, Regent and Oceania, the Med with Star Flyer, the Baltic with Renaisance, the Danube with Amadeus and Rhine with Viking. Those are our credentials for some comparisons below. The Crystal cruise ... Read more
Baggywrinkle99
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
192 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first Crystal cruise (we're Regent regulars) which we chose primarily for the itinerary but also because we wanted to see if Crystal lived up to the hype we sometimes read from its substantial fan base at Cruise Critic and ... Read more
Kalinta
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
54 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The trip started with the big DFW snowstorm. Had to sleep in Admirals club in MIA after many hours of delay DFW, more delay MIA. Luggage went to NY, and I arrived in Rio day late, no bags. Met a friend right away, also with lost luggage ... Read more
prof1420
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our primary thought about this cruise was that we were very lucky to visit the Antarctic for a few days when the weather was ideal. We had clear and sunny skies with little wind and were fully able to view the spectacular scenery and wild ... Read more

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cgluck
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from a near-perfect cruise and journey in all aspects. This was our fifth cruise overall (Seabourn, Azamara, and Celebrity previously); and our second cruise with Crystal. Crystal knows how to do it right! Celebrating the ... Read more
SandraHi
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We had high expectations for our first Crystal Cruise. Boarding was a breeze, our room was fine. Staff on board quickly got to know our names and our favorite drinks. The trouble started when we would return to our room and smell heavy ... Read more
idlestrey
Member Since 2012
1 review
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Having done in excess of 70 cruises over the years this was our first Crystal cruise. The crowd was very old - mainly 70s and 80s and 90s. The entertainment was excellent - always something to do, watch or listen to. The ship was good ... Read more
Seafairer
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,152 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
We’re so glad we decided to try Crystal, after many years with Silversea. This was a classic Crystal cruise: a leisurely 14 days, nice selection of ports, plenty of days at sea and all of the special activities that are among the ... Read more
rafinmd
Member Since 2009
14 reviews
13,174 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background:Crystal is absolutely my favorite cruise line but I booked this cruise with some doubts. I had a lingering suspicion that using Crystal for what is essentially a routine Caribbean cruise is a bit like using a Ferrari to drive to ... Read more

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