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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by idlestrey: First time Crystal

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Cabin 3.0
Dining 1.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 2.0

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First time Crystal

Sail Date: November 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

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 and clean.

The staff was excellent - always helpful.

The cabin outside was just about OK - not big but comfortable with a bath.

The trips were expensive and not very special.

The biggest let down was the food. It was barely mediocre. Nothing came up hot - everything was luke warm. The specialty restaurants were far from special - not even a bread basket choice in the Italian restaurant, just a choice of white or brown roll. The Asian restaurant had good food but tiny minute portions - really minute, my 15 month old baby eats more. Yes, you could ask for more but felt a bit like Oliver Twist - uncomfortable. It would have helped had we been told you need to order at least 6 dishes to get an More average portion. The afternoon tea was the worst ever on any ship. As a cake and choc-o-holic l am certainly not fussy about cakes and desserts. These all looked pretty- and all tasted of the same shaving foam! For me to skip dessert and afternoon tea is unheard of but after the first few days they were so awful we never went - not a surprise the tea room was almost always empty whenever we went by. Food at Butlins was better where we took our grandchildren in the summer.

A real shame as it spoilt the otherwise good cruise,

Would we travel Crystal again? I am not sure. Less

Published 12/30/13

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Cabin review: 8060

Cabin was OK. Not big but comfortable with a bath. Although called an obstructed view it wasn't obstructed. Good cupboard space. No chocolates on pillow at night! Nothing to get excited about or to complain about.

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