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Crystal Symphony Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America
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"We have sailed with several different lines, but this was our first experience with Crystal. The Symphony is among the smaller ships we have sailed, but you would not know it once on board. Embarkation was..."Read More
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Luxury Luxury Luxury!

Review for Crystal Symphony to Panama Canal & Central America

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Bellalicious

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

We chose Crystal Cruises because of the Panama Canal itinerary (so we can tick it off the bucket list) and the Luxury Cruise Experience. Crystal was recommended to us by a friend (who is a travel agent) we met on a non-luxury cruise in 2012 and she said Crystal is one of the best. So we checked off a few ticks on the bucket list. The ship Symphony was beautiful. The accommodations were very well ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Departure Port: Elba

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

5 Helpful Votes


Wonderful, but a llittle slippage since the drydock

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calliopecruiser

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

This is my 4th Crystal cruise, my 3rd on the Symphony, and it was wonderful in so many ways. I love the Symphony, because it is luxurious but casual (I feel like I can take my shoes off and put my feet up on the couch to read), and carries a nice amount of passengers (about 750-ish) - not too few that I see the same people everywhere, but not too many that I feel crowded or anonymous. I was ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Departure Port: Elba

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

9 Helpful Votes


Cruise 7209 Theater at Sea on the Crystal Symphony from San Diego to NYC

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colonial50

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose this cruise because we needed some rest, relaxation, and pampering. We not only achieved the above but where overwhelmed with the Theater/Movie/show activities and presentations. This was out 23rd Crystal Cruise. It is hard to imagine that the food in the dining room was better than the last cruise, but it was. Our waiters were exceptional, as was the wine steward. The room stewardess was ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (slightly limited view)

38 Helpful Votes


It's time to say goodbye!

Review for Crystal Symphony to Panama Canal & Central America

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journey cruiser

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Well folks........it's time to say "good-bye". We've had a few glorious years, lots of good memories, made new cruising friends, but after our last 26 days aboard the Crystal Symphony, back to back from Lax to NYC through the Panama Canal, it has become "Crystal Clear" that Crystal is not the enviable cruise experience it once was. We have cancelled all of our future bookings and will be looking ...
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Sail Date: May 2015

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

17 Helpful Votes


Less Than Expected

Review for Crystal Symphony to Panama Canal & Central America

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BataviaMan1

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

The public rooms are impressive with a large atria, attractive furnishings and the areas well laid out, The Avenue Saloon with nightly piano music was especially delightful. As for dining, we enjoyed the late seating with a delightful table and superb service. The cuisine was well prepared and presented and is definitely a cut above that on Regent Seven Seas. The shows aere good and well ...
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Sail Date: May 2014

Departure Port: Hong Kong


NOT A GOOD FIT

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NoWaves

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

I have just read a previous review about Crystal Symphony and the expression "not a good fit" fits perfectly for my husband and I and our two travel companions also. Yes most passengers were in their 70s/80s (we are in our early 60s) and were there to experience a floating hotel. We on the other hand love the experience of being at sea, which is close to our hearts as our whole working and social ...
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Sail Date: June 2014

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

2 Helpful Votes


We love Crystal but...!

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SBerry

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We have traveled on Crystal for at least 15-16 voyages. We love their staff and service. They have an excellent cruise director, Paul, who always adds to our enjoyment. The lectures & entertainment are wonderful. We are not "foodies" and we find their food to be just fine. This past May, after a missed year of cruising, we embarked on the Symphony from Los Angeles to New York. My first impression ...
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Sail Date: May 2014

Departure Port: Hong Kong


The Human Touch Makes The Difference

Review for Crystal Symphony to Panama Canal & Central America

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MDR-DAN

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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 elegant spacious public spaces. The place settings sparkle and the linens are crisp. But what really stands out on Crystal Symphony, from the first day to the ...
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Sail Date: May 2013

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

3 Helpful Votes


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