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Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity
Member Name: letsgoacruisin
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: A
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Not a Good Change

This was our fifth Crystal Cruise and possibly our last. In my eyes, it was the classes and fabulous, educational lectures during sea days during our prior Crystal Cruises which distinguished Crystal from other luxery & non-luxury lines. With port days each day of our cruise, there were no lectures. We found the attention of the crew much worse than it had been in the past. There were no beautifully presented luncheon buffets or the final buffet extravaganza that was too beautiful to touch. Our housekeeper didn't refill our refrigerator with items that had been used. She left empty, used glasses and plates so that we had to call Housekeeping to remove them. We needed to flag down waiters to refill our drinks during breakfast. This isn't acceptable on a luxury cruise.

Also, they bill the cruise as providing top shelf liquor however, the wines were only mediocre.

We keep kosher and as always, we found the food extraordinary. We even asked our head waiter to bring out enough of our baby lamb chops to share with the other diners at our table and they devoured them and rated them an A+!

However, my intent when I go on a cruise is to experience the cruise experience which can only be done shipboard. As there is nothing happening on ship when in port, that defeats my purpose. Will I go on Number 6? I don't know. So far I haven't found any itineraries that satisfy my requirement for sufficient sea days.

Publication Date: 08/01/13
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