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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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chrisilz
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
My husband and I are fairly new to Crystal having sailed 6 times within the last 2 years. Had I written this review last year, it would have been far different than what I have to say now. I was, and still am a great supporter of the ... Read more
Liat
Member Since 2003
12 reviews
1,325 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
Why this Cruise? We greatly enjoyed our two prior cruises on Crystal Serenity. My wife was fascinated by the prospect of visiting the three Gulf of St. Lawrence stops, especially St. Pierre and Miquelon which is actually part of France. I ... Read more
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goalready
Member Since 2012
1 review
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
While the Crystal Symphony is perfectly nice and the service outstanding, the overall experience left many of us who were not travelling as a couple or with a group feeling bored and left out. Mixers and other informal get-togethers were ... Read more
oskiman
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2013
After our youngest child graduated from college, we decided to splurge on a Crystal cruise in the Western Mediterranean. We had sailed on the crystal the Crystal Harmony several years ago and recalled the experience fondly. Also, the ... Read more
springlake
Member Since 2013
1 review
123 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from crystal cruise 3220 on the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Lisbon. We stayed in on the 9th level with a deluxe verandah room on the Crystal Symphony. Every thing about the cruise was great . The food and service was ... Read more

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4Orchard
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
27 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our fourth Crystal cruise and our second on board the Crystal Symphony. Our first ever Crystal cruise was on the Symphony in 2005 and, as it has undergone many refits since then, we were looking forward to seeing the changes. We ... Read more
ging466
Member Since 2007
10 reviews
1,737 forum post
0 helpful votes
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
TahoeTraveler
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
816 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We recently completed our first Crystal cruise (Vancouver to LA), after having cruised many times on NCL, HAL, and most recently, Regent. We wanted to try Crystal because of the new all-inclusive policy, and because we had heard such good ... Read more
MDR-DAN
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Timbuktu123
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
42 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What follows is a frank review, after all this is Cruise CRITIC and my comments are not here to beat-up on anything, but I hope it will be taken as an incentive for all mentioned to improve. This is meant to be CONSTRUCTIVE criticism not ... Read more

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traveling group
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had an extended trip to Asia and this cruise on Crystal fit in nicely. We started in Bali and we got off in Singapore. From the moment we arrived, we were delighted. The ship has a wonderful and elegant look, lots of great ... Read more
Bodogbodog
Member Since 2012
1 review
2,681 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We loved it! - We took this short 6 day cruise to see if we would like cruising - and we do! From the moment we stepped on board to our departure everything about Crystal Symphony and her crew was perfect - a great example of how a luxury ... Read more
MDR-DAN
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
8 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2013
Repeat cruising can be difficult in terms of managing expectations . One boards the cruise ship again with high expectations based on fond memories from the last cruise. Such were my thoughts when I boarded Crystal Symphony earlier ... Read more
modbury
Member Since 2007
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Just off Crystal Symphony Melbourne to Brisbane and whilst the ship is nice I believe that it falls well short of Seabourne and is on a par with Oceania. Boarding Boarding was well organised as one would expect.Once on board we has ... Read more
RockyandMoose
Member Since 2011
1 review
292 forum posts
1 helpful vote
It has been close to a month since we embarked on our Crystal Symphony Holiday Cruise in Auckland, but the memories of it linger fondly. We thought we would share this review. For ease of reference, we have broken our review down by ... Read more

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Mr Cricket
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
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
curtdesilets
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
1,674 forum post
1 helpful vote
We decided to do this "Cruise To Nowhere" immediately after doing it last year. Crystal, I believe, has only done this itinerary a couple of times. Starting in San Pedro, it heads North to Santa Barbara, spends 2 days in San Francisco ... Read more
skybluewaters
Member Since 2012
1 review
146 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
brittany12
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This ship and its Japanese owners are throwbacks to the days of when restaurants, hotels, theaters, airplanes and office buildings permitted smoking, either in segregated areas or throughout, and non smokers silently suffered. The world ... Read more
ahlanmak
Member Since 2010
1 review
32 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Few years ago when we started taking cruises to enhance our land tours, we carefully chose Crystal because of its reputation and its offer "$1000 as you wish" that made Crystal distinguished from "all inclusive" offer by other luxury ... Read more

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explore4ever
Member Since 2010
9 reviews
172 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I love cruising. We have been on Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, Azamara, Royal Caribbean, HAL, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas. We have heard Crystal Cruise is a bit "snobbish" or "stuffy", too formal for us. After this ... Read more
liamsmamo
Member Since 2011
1 review
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed October 2012
Crystal really tried to make the best of a multitude of problems. The computers didn't talk with each other in Montreal; thus the engines wouldn't start. Crystal worked on this and brought parts and a computer expert in from Germany. We ... Read more
maverick600
Member Since 2008
1 review
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were on the Crystal Symphony v2226 Oct 21-Oct 31 Montreal-New York. We flew out of Newark on Friday to get to Montreal early. Our flight was delayed but we got there that night. Checked in to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. Upgraded ... Read more
Karen1969
Member Since 2005
1 review
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2012
My partner, her mom, and three of her mom's friends sailed from Boston to Montreal. This was our second cruise on the Symphony and their first. SHIP: The ship was in fantastic shape. Even as we were sailing, the carpet was being ... Read more
debmarie
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers but relatively new to the all-inclusive lines. This was our first time on Crystal and we had a fabulous time. In fact, after about 15 cruises, the Symphony is our favorite ship to date. Because we are ... Read more

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