First Cruise Experience by Chance & Frank Earle: Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by mvcountess

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First Cruise Experience by Chance & Frank Earle

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Miami
We signed up for our first cruise experience with Crystal with many recommendations from friends. We were not disappointed. Crystal Symphony's crew made us feel welcome from the get go. We were part of the "Mix & Mingle" reception and met a few other Cruise Critic board members plus the cruise directors and hotel manager. We shared questions and got great support. We were especially pleased to have met Jane Salk, Crystal Society's hostess for this cruise. She made us feel part of the "Crystal family".

We had delightful table mates, who will be our friends forever. The waitstaff was outstanding and it seemed "no problem" for our special requests that veered from the menu set for the day. Amazing!

We did get great information ahead of time from Crystal Cruises and Cruise Critic which was an enormous help for us as first time cruisers. We would highly recommend that new cruisers seek out the info we did and just ask. Most folks gave us good info.

We know More we will be cruising with Crystal in the near future and it's just deciding as to where do were want to go. Less

Published 03/24/11

Cabin review: B8058

For us the veranda suite was just right. We had plenty of room. It would be nice is Crystal could put some sort of night light in the bathroom so one didn't have to turn on the lights from the outside and wake up the fellow passenger.

Port and Shore Excursions

he ports of call were as usual very tourist related and a lot of the passengers did enjoy the areas visited and the shopping. We, ourselves were not that impressed with the Caribbean as we have crewed on boats in the area and well understand the island mentality down there. Too bad though, we didn't get into St. Bart's. The sea was a tad rough for off loading passengers to get to shore for the visit. We understand the Captain's choice not to stay. It wasn't safe. Maybe next time.

The Panama Canal crossing was amazing. Great lectures beforehand and a speaker through our passage.

Our final port and disembarking was in Caldera, Costa Rica. We had a 2 1/2 hr ride to San Jose. You certaintainly saw the country but they are struggling. I had heard that the northern part of Costa Rica is far nicer.

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