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12 Crystal First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

KAARON avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Prepare to Be Pampered


This was my first cruise and first trip to Europe. With very few exceptions, the all-inclusive fare covers everything, including tips. The crew truly embodies the definition of service. It was top notch and ...
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Sail Date September 2015

mjpchicago avatar


1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes


I read the negative reviews before we left the usa and started to get nervous. Having done the full cruise now -- they are ridiculous. This was an incredible experience from top to bottom. We are a young couple (34 ...
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Sail Date August 2015

wine-wine-wine avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Absolute Perfection

As avid independent travelers, my wife and I never thought we were cruise people. In fact we steadfastly resisted any suggestion of a cruise. Then the flyer arrived in the mail - we simply could not resist. Our ...
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Sail Date May 2015

Jayoh avatar


6 Reviews Written

37 Helpful Votes

It just keeps getting better

This was my sixth Crystal cruise and my fifth on Crystal Symphony. It really is a beautiful ship and the money they have spent on her over the last few years really shows. Palm Court is the most beautiful room on ...
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Sail Date March 2015

Crowboy9 avatar


2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fantastic first cruise experience

When we told fellow passengers that it was our first cruise many said that we were starting at the top and it was all downhill from there! I say this by way of giving perspective to our comments to follow........we ...
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Sail Date January 2014

travellingtobroadbeach avatar


3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

First time ever as cruisers with Crystal and we were not dissappointed

For our first ever cruise and after much research using Cruise Critic my wife and I decided to on Crystal and the Crystal Serenity. But as many had told us - after Crystal it would be all downhill - yes we were ...
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Sail Date August 2013

greynolds avatar


1 Review Written

Luxury in the Med

My wife and I have always had a stereotypical opinion of what a cruise would be like having seen documentaries on the subject, portraying a negative view. So when the opportunity arose to try one we agreed with some ...
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Sail Date September 2013

secondtimecruzer avatar


3 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Meets our needs

I am 42, and DH is 47. We have been on one Regent Navigator cruise, one Silversea Silver Spirit cruise, and one Paul Gauguin cruise. I still consider us cruise newbies. We have specific needs as we are "quirky" at ...
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Sail Date June 2013

brittany12 avatar


14 Reviews Written

80 Helpful Votes

Smoker's Paradise Puts Real Cloud Over Voyage

This ship and its Japanese owners are throwbacks to the days of when restaurants, hotels, theaters, airplanes and office buildings permitted smoking, either in segregated areas or throughout, and non smokers ...
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Sail Date October 2012

jls_84 avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Lives up to its name and is a great value.

My partner and I have served back to back tours in Afghanistan, so we wanted to make my R & R leave extra special, given that we haven't seen each other a lot these last two years. I also didn't have a lot of time ...
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Sail Date March 2012

mvcountess avatar


2 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

First Cruise Experience by Chance & Frank Earle

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 & ...
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Sail Date February 2011

thecaddy avatar


1 Review Written

Please don't read this review!

On the one hand, I don't want you to read this review, because we want to go on Crystal again, and don't want the ship to be sold out. On the other hand, the cruise was so nice, so special, that we feel we owe it to ...
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Sail Date May 2010

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