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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by At sea days: Crystal Symphony - Alaska

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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children 5.0
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Crystal Symphony - Alaska

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: San Francisco

We took our extended family on this Alaskan cruise to celebrate a 70th b-day...ages 5-89yrs...we had a blast....our last Crystal experience was 2003. Our family was blown-away with the excellent service, & the gourmet dining experience, we ate in the MDR, Silk Road & our favorite loved the re-model..very elegant feeling...service every where on the ship was excellent...only thing we heard was "my pleasure"...and with a smile. We loved the hor'dourves in the bars before dinner, each night they were different...The attention to detail was evident with our cabin Steward as well...a light went out around the mirror..we didn't even have to was done...soap was running low but didn't have to ask it was done...the ship was spotless...our cabin was smaller than we remembered or we are larger then we were in 2003! lots of drawer and closet space and shelves in the bathroom...amenities in the bathroom were larger then one usually gets, so more than enough for a More 12 days cruise...the cabin was also very quiet, only downside was the one electrical outlet...will need to bring a dual plug next time....the reading light I loved but birthday boy kept hitting his head...

This cruise had 90 kids on board...and many extended families..we met wonderful people...our granddaughter had a special place go to and just loved the activities including an evening program from 8-10pm...well thought out Crystal...

Our past experience with Crystal was with an older group of well traveled passengers...but this cruise had a great cross section of ages...and everyone was very friendly....

Great and interesting speakers on board..entertainment was top notch...the emerging artist program wow....I know we heard the next Ella Fitzgerald...Our adult children opted for an Alaskan this was my 3rd Alaska cruise..

The first one 30 years ago!!!!!

We enjoyed the ports...Victoria we opted to go kayaking with came touching distance of a pup harbor is a great walking city...check out Granville Island and Stanley Park...the sail way from Vancover was beautiful as the Champagne flowed! Juneau we did the float trip...starting at the Mendenhall Glacier with loads of ice in the trip for the daughter did the dog sledding in Skagway, had a ball...we opted for the train up and was way to cold to do the later but we really enjoyed the train ride an the scenery...Sitka we went to see the otters, which were cool and the bear sanctuary....we enjoyed that very much....other family members did the Raptor center and the little town and got very close to bald eagles, which are all over the place...just have to look for that puff of Ketchikan we went on the canoe and nature was wild life to spot however...2 sons did the zip line and are still talking about it! Awesome!

We had a great time with our family and had excellent service from beginning to end! Well done...we will be back... Less

Published 07/18/11

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Cabin review: B8044

#8040 is quiet, smallish is you have sailed on more modern ships, but everything had its place with plenty of shelves, closet, storage...loved the night light, clock, umbrella, amenities, stocked frig and comp water...good location, balcony was great for viewing the scenery..

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