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16 Crystal Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Yes this is cruise critic and yes I am a harsh critic. This was a first Crystal Cruise and we hoped to make it a habit. We are regulars on Oceania and Silversea and did not find Crystal any better -- in fact in some cases below the ... Read More
Yes this is cruise critic and yes I am a harsh critic. This was a first Crystal Cruise and we hoped to make it a habit. We are regulars on Oceania and Silversea and did not find Crystal any better -- in fact in some cases below the standards of O and Silversea. The cruise was a rather simple one – pretty much a western Caribbean with stops in Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize and Key West. I will not spend much time talking about the ports. Both my DW and me had bronchitis as it seemed to being going around the ship so our off ship activity was limited. Embarkation: First impressions were not good. We departed from Terminal B (same as Norwegian uses). The line was long. The hold time was unacceptable. This is at 1:30pm. Took almost 45 minutes from the entrance to the Terminal until we had our room card. The ship was built in 2005 and recently refurbished. It did look new – sharp style and not a blemish anywhere. Very well maintained. The Room: Were Crystal really fails is their staterooms in Veranda class. Since most guests travel this way – I will do the comparison here. Size is 246 sq feet which includes the veranda. What makes this feel smaller is the fact that the bathroom is large, including a tub and a double sink. This makes the room extra small. Closet space was good. TV was actually good with more choices including the NFL Playoffs and the NCCA Finals. Bed for me was comfortable. One BIG negative was the stateroom service. Just plain bad. We returned to the cabin generally around 8pm and room was still unmade. Unacceptable -- room attendant was told we generally come back quickly from dinner. The food: The best part of Crystal is its food. Some very unique menus are offered, plus also a classic menu. The classic menu also has a steak entrée nightly (whether Filet, Rib Eye or Sirloin strip). I suppose you can ask for any of the three, nightly -- just ask as they were very accommodating to our table mates, who did a special order on some nights. MDR has main and late seating – you can also op for dining by reservation. Service was prompt and well executed but generally was at least a 90 minute seating. Specialties – Prego is an Italian restaurant and food quality was excellent -- Osso Buco was good. Silk Road had a fusion Japanese menu plus excellent Sushi/Sashimi. In fact the Sashimi was so good ,I could make a meal out that alone – but I had the pepper Lobster which was excellent. Specialties are included. But additional bookings are $30 pp – done in order to make sure everyone has a chance to book a least once. They do not have an evening buffet like many ships. Their light meal is by reservation but we saw many on the last night come without a reservation. Place is called Tastes – but they should rename it Tasteless. The style is a Tapas menu where you can order many small items, Maybe the chef had a bad night – but the fish, chicken and lamb we had were all dry and overdone. The Ahi Tuna was done properly – raw. Trident Grill – is similar to Waves and serves the same fare. Exception is no lobster. Burgers were better than O, but the Fries on O are much better. They also have a ice cream bar next to the Grill. Bistro – a coffee bar. Good coffee plus food (fruits, cookies, cakes, cold cuts) throughout the day (late breakfast through late lunch. The Drink: Beer, house wines, and drinks (top shelf) are included. House wines were OK nothing special, no worse/better than O or Silversea. Drinks were strong and smooth – no water in these and they were large. No mini Martini’s like on Oceania. Service: Outstanding. Even the officers are always visible and friendly Enrichment: Love the term and their lectures were really good. Bob Ray was one which gave talks on Motown and also the Beach Boys with little heard recording takes and items that belong on trivia. Some negatives: The new Crystal web site is bad. Difficult to navigate and to book restaurant and shore excursions. So bad is it the after trip survey crashed. Shipboard Wi-Fi was slow and not free. They give you 60 minutes free. Inclusive certainly does not apply to the wifi with Crystal. As noted above -- the embarkation was really disorganized. Crystal does all of the work on board the ship so there were multiple queues at security, in the port hall where they checked the passenger heath and passport exam, then in the holding pen (Norwegian style), at the gangway, and then on the ship at the registration tables. So was I Crystalized?? Maybe, with the right itinerary yes. But they really need to up their game with some new builds with bigger staterooms which have become common with new builds from Seaborne, Silversea, Oceania and Regent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Beautiful ship. The rooms were just fine. Great entertainment. The song and dance troupe did a fabulous job. Terrific enrichment and seminar programs. Food was quite good, as well. The passengers were more lively than I had expected. I ... Read More
Beautiful ship. The rooms were just fine. Great entertainment. The song and dance troupe did a fabulous job. Terrific enrichment and seminar programs. Food was quite good, as well. The passengers were more lively than I had expected. I thought it would be a bit of a stuffy atmosphere. I was wrong. The itinerary was more than forgettable: Costa Maya, Cozumel, Belize, Key West and two days at sea. Costa Maya, sans excursion, must have had 75 tee shirt shops. The included one hour daily of wifi was welcomed, as well as the online PressReader which offered a free selection of magazines (how about the NYT and Wall St. Journal). However, the service just seemed to fall flat too often for a cruise line of this stature. Thus a loss of one rating level. Just my opinion. I'm far from a demanding individual, but did notice that the service level was better on another cruise line (Oceania). Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for a much needed break after a busy holiday season. We flew to Miami on the 2nd and stayed at the Trump Doral. They provided a very nice cruise package which included transportation to the pier. Beautiful hotel ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a much needed break after a busy holiday season. We flew to Miami on the 2nd and stayed at the Trump Doral. They provided a very nice cruise package which included transportation to the pier. Beautiful hotel with great service! We had a bit of a wait when we arrived at the Port of Miami, which irritated a lot of people. Once onboard, everything was fine. Champagne and lunch in the dining room--Cobb salad. The first of many excellent meals on the ship! Maybe our favorite was dinner in Silk Road--such amazing food and service. We had decided this would be a "lazy cruise." The ports were not so exciting to us, except for Key West (we had not been there before). The ship was the most important destination this time. We didn't book excursions, just did the ports on our own. There were all the usual activities to do on sea days. We enjoyed two of the three speakers --Dr. Jay Wolfe (destination) and Bob Ray (special interest --Motown and Beach Boys). The world affairs speaker had two interesting topics, but such poor delivery. The entertainment was very good. Really enjoyed the comedians and the magic show! This cruise was full, but really didn't feel crowded. I felt the embarkation was super smooth. The food and service keep up coming back! We love being spoiled. I realize this review is not chock full of information, but just wanted to comment on our very relaxing getaway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Lots of puzzle pieces to put this voyage in motion! The adventure all began because my brother-in-law wanted to embark from New Orleans, add that to the fact my husband and I wanted to sail over our anniversary (December 17) and on ... Read More
Lots of puzzle pieces to put this voyage in motion! The adventure all began because my brother-in-law wanted to embark from New Orleans, add that to the fact my husband and I wanted to sail over our anniversary (December 17) and on Crystal! Not to mention friends who wanted to join in on the fun, could not sail over Christmas. What was the likelihood?!?! A year and a half later, all I can say our time together on and off the Crystal Serenity during those two weeks was the best of best times! From one who is totally into Christmas and has sailed on various cruise lines enjoying many holiday cruises, this ship was decked out in absolutely the most gorgeous decor that I had ever seen while on the seas. We were even able to have our butler set up an artificial Christmas Tree in our suite. Trimmed by the staff, it was beautifully decorated, lights and all! Throughout the various ports, my husband and I would purchase a hand made Christmas ornament relective of the islands we explored. Talk about being spoiled...the food, the entertainment, the daytime enrichment classes, ... everything excelled. We loved reviewing our French from a Berlitz instructor who gave both morning and afternoon classes. The practice was fun and we were able to speak French on two Caribbean islands. Learning how to create I Movies was also a plus as both my husband and I have continued making short videos. Having taught school for thirty years, all instructors deserved an A+. That is what Crystal is all about. The finest in everything. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This ship was built in the early '90s and set sail in the mid '90s. Although the ship is older than other luxuryn options, the ship does not show her age. I was looking for signs of wear and really could not find any. The ... Read More
This ship was built in the early '90s and set sail in the mid '90s. Although the ship is older than other luxuryn options, the ship does not show her age. I was looking for signs of wear and really could not find any. The reason is that she is meticuluosly cared for on an ongoing basis. If you get up early enough or stay up late enough, you can see how hard the staff works to address any wear in the ship, and before the guests would notice a problem. The crew and staff of the Crystal Symphony are the ship's greatest asset. They are more than just responsive when a passenger asks for something -- they anticipate the needs of the passengers and do so in a friendly way. Many go out of their way to learn the names of the passengers and then assume responsiblity for that traveler from then on. The food is the best of the best - intersting and tasty selections each day, and beuatifully presented. No expense spared. The Nobu specialty restaurant is in a class of its own. We went twice and I am not even a huge shushi fan! The basic category room is small but workable (246 SF with balcony). The added space of a penthouse would have been appreciated, but perhaps not worth the added cost. Let's face it: if small rooms are problematic then maybe cruising is not for you in the first place. Regardless, there is plenty of space devoted to the common areas so other than in the stateroom no one should feel claustrophobic. The target market for this cruise line is decidably the older crowd -- age 70+. At times there were enough seniors piloting their motorized scooters to warrant a traffic cop or perhaps valet parking. Make no mistake that the age of the crowd sets a tone, and that is one that is placid. If you are looking for high energy activities on board, you will be disappointed. Needle point classes and nodding off by the pool are more the order of the day. The entertainment was just plain bad. There was a featured flutist who played with the ship band one night and a low quality Elton John impersonator (although his back up singers were quite good) who played another night. Sereiously, when I think of cool entertainment, the flute just does not come to mind. There is also the ship's band who played by the pool/sunning area for about an hour daily. This was Muzak elevator music with an Asian influence. The rendition of a KC & the Sunshine Band song is still in my head, and that is not a good thing. That music certainly did not risk waking any napping seniors. There were also a couple of speakers who gave canned presentations on dull subjects, but like the other entertainment options were worth missing. The ship did stream some football games via satelite, but it seems they could have done more of this. Ditto better and more frequent movie selections. Not a huge issue, but shopping aboard the Symphony is odd. This is a Neiman Marcus level cruising experience with last year's Macy's basement shopping. Shopping can be a real money maker and the Symphony is missing a real opportunity here. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have taken a few cruises on Crystal and for the most part we have been quite satisfied. Service is generally very good but Crystal needs to rethink their tipping policy and advertise accordingly. Is it included or not? The staff has yet ... Read More
We have taken a few cruises on Crystal and for the most part we have been quite satisfied. Service is generally very good but Crystal needs to rethink their tipping policy and advertise accordingly. Is it included or not? The staff has yet to be informed. Crystal's brochures claim tipping has been included in the cost of the cruise. Yet if you research "inclusive" cruise line tipping policies, Crystal states "tipping is not expected but will be appreciated" whereas Regent and Seabourn state "tipping is not expected" period. The Crystal staff clearly expects to be tipped, especially the staff in the dining rooms. They all but had their hand out the next to last night of the cruise and their behavior made for an uncomfortable evening. Crystal has also taken to cutting corners. Initially their "all inclusive" included meals in their alternate dining venues. Crystal has instituted a policy where only one evening is included now and Crystal imposes a $30 per person charge if you eat in the alternate dining venue more than one time. We chose to do so and noticed the dining rooms were half empty - apparently other cruisers are not reacting well to the up-charge. Also, their wine choices are limited and Crystal now has their own "label" of lower end wine that they encourage the staff to pour. Really - on a luxury line! Unlike other luxury cruise lines Crystal does not truly provide for open seating at dinner as other luxury lines do. Crystal makes a half hearted attempt to allow "open diners" to eat in a segregated area buried in the back of the dining room. They clearly discourage open dining - big mistake. Service at second seating can be rushed - often thought waiter was in a hurry to get off duty. These flaws aside, Crystal delivers in most other areas. Cabin was spotless and well maintained. Room service was prompt. Public areas were large and meticulous and there is always a quite place to curl up with a book.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My first time on Crystal. A few notes for those considering one of the four Crystal Penthouse Suites. 1. For guests in CP category, Crystal do embarkation and disembarkation better than anyone. Car dispatched to hotel, driver calls 10 ... Read More
My first time on Crystal. A few notes for those considering one of the four Crystal Penthouse Suites. 1. For guests in CP category, Crystal do embarkation and disembarkation better than anyone. Car dispatched to hotel, driver calls 10 minutes out, guest greeted curbside, luggage whisked away, and guest given a personal escort throughout entire (painless process) and handed over to butler at end of gangway. Departing, no waiting with a group, same personal process in reverse. Note to all other luxury lines -- this is exactly what your top suite passengers want. 2. The four recently redone CP suites are thoughtfully laid out, well furnished, and extremely comfortable. Decoration a touch flashy for my taste, but I got used to it. Bathrooms with heated floors and one-touch temperature controlled showers most pleasing. Only possible criticism is that verandas are too small. 3. My butler, Danjiel, skilled, friendly, accommodating, non-intrusive -- altogether perfect. 4. Food. A complex subject. In 11 days I went only once to the main dining room. Once was enough -- It was overcrowded and chaotic. Maitre-d' was surly. Waiters perfunctory and not genuinely friendly. Sommelier seemed to be play acting. In contrast, the specialty restaurant, Silk Road (Nobu) and its Sushi Bar were superb . From the maitre-d' to the sommelier to the brilliant sushi chefs -- all were friendly, enthusiastic, professional and produced the best food at sea. I mean it, as good as Nobu in Manhattan -- really miraculous for a ship at sea. I went almost every night, and was not bothered one bit by the $30 extra charge assessed following two meals in the specialty restaurants. The other specialty restaurant, Prego, was a bit disappointing. Certainly better than the main dining room, but all concerned seemed bored at producing the same menu over and over. Some dishes were superb, some flat. Service was professional but uninspired. Simple informal lunch in "Tastes"was also very well done -- almost impossibly swift and efficient service, and then well-mixed mojitos, really delicious hamburgers and the like. Finally, room service was very well done -- the food arrived hot and fresh and beautifully presented. Not sure if it was my butler or the kitchen - but never had a complaint with a meal served in the suite. 5. Service around the pool was uneven, new protocols and training are required to bring it into line with other luxury lines. Some days staff seemed alert and attentive, some days I was never asked if I wanted anything and could not get their attention. No water, no cold towels, no sun lotion, and by the end of the afternoon the whole area was looking pretty messy. Two of the lounge chairs I sat in were broken. 6. Crystal very helpfully organized private touring in most but not all ports. Single group excursion I took (in Roatan) was deeply sub-par. The only thing I asked the Concierges to do (call ahead to a specific vendor and reserve a scooter rental in Key West) they refused to do citing liability concerns, which is nonsense. 7. Fitness facilities adequate but dated - need a redo. Fitness scheduled limited. Spa very nice, both physically and with terrific staff In summary, what others say is true: the ship is spacious and (except in the dining room) does not feel crowded; the crew in large part are extraordinarily friendly and anxious to please. But a boat with almost 1000 passengers is never going to feel truly luxurious, unless of course you hole-up in the terrific Crystal Penthouse and dash down to the Sushi Bar for intimate superb meals, which is what I did and, as a result, was a happy camper.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Crystal did not disappoint! Our experience left us eager to return to Crystal again and again. We easily found parking close to the designated terminal and our wait time once in the terminal was less than 20 minutes. The embarkation ... Read More
Crystal did not disappoint! Our experience left us eager to return to Crystal again and again. We easily found parking close to the designated terminal and our wait time once in the terminal was less than 20 minutes. The embarkation process was simple and well executed. The Main Dining Room was open for lunch, and the choices were varied. DH and I both chose the Cobb Salad and a glass of champagne. Just a word about the All Inclusive nature of Crystal--all gratuities are included and there is no charge for any alcoholic beverages, soft drinks or specialty coffee drinks. At no time did we feel that the wine pours were poor offerings, nor did we feel that the sommelier's were less attentive. If we did not prefer the selections of the evening, the sommelier graciously provided alternative. Or Penthouse stateroom was beautifully appointed with lots of storage, a walk-in closet, a full sized couch and a large bathroom with separate tub and shower. We were continually spoiled by our excellent butler, Krunch. Crystal is known for its service, enrichment and food. We are happy to report that Crystal delivered in all of those areas. Service in the Main Dining Room, Specialty restaurants (Silk Road is our favorite!) and the Lido Deck is intuitive and gracious, with a very friendly staff and crew who quickly called us by name. The only area where service was less than friendly was in the Bistro. Crystal's Main Dining Room menu offers both Modern and Classic cuisine. At times it was difficult to make a choice since everything was so appealing. I often asked for a half portion of two different items, so that I could sample both. Tastes, Crystal's casual dining experience, is perfect for al fresco dining. With the trees and lighting, one forgets that you are on a ship, it feels more like a charming European restaurant. The food at Tastes is a variety of small plates, perfect for sharing. The food is inventive and delicious. We enjoyed both Prego, the elegant Italian restaurant and Silk Road, Nobu's Asian restaurant. The quality of the sashimi and sushi is excellent, and the dishes are prepared by Nobu trained chefs, using Nobu's recipes and suppliers. The end result is a terrific experience! There are multiple options for lunch: the Main Dining Room, the Lido Cafe, Tastes for Lunch, the Bistro and the Trident Grill. The Lido Deck waiters are so personable and so hardworking. They are Crystal's "Secret Weapons!" Everyone commented on their amazing service. Of course there are other calorie challenges: The Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Bar and a lovely afternoon tea in the Palm Court. Sea days were favorites with knowledgeable speakers on a variety of topics, Art at Sea classes, computer classes, bingo, needlepoint, knitting, etc., plus a well-stocked library and a very helpful librarian. The pool area is very comfortable with no shortage of chairs and lounges. Additionally, there are lots of quiet areas inside to read or watch the sea. The Fitness Center is open 24 hours a day, and there is a Promenade Deck that encircles the ship. The evening entertainment was on a high level with energetic, talented performers. Mark Ferris, the pianist in the Avenue Saloon had the room packed until 1 am! He's a gifted performer who learns everyone's name and shows real warmth in his performance. The audience adored him, as did we! Disembarkation was smooth and quick. We found our luggage easily, and were in the car and out of the terminal area very rapidly. We look forward to our next Crystal Cruise with great anticipation! It was a wonderful experience that combined the comfort of a small ship, but the activities and options of a larger vessel. Hooray for the best staff and crew in the cruise industry!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Background:Crystal is absolutely my favorite cruise line but I booked this cruise with some doubts. I had a lingering suspicion that using Crystal for what is essentially a routine Caribbean cruise is a bit like using a Ferrari to drive to ... Read More
Background:Crystal is absolutely my favorite cruise line but I booked this cruise with some doubts. I had a lingering suspicion that using Crystal for what is essentially a routine Caribbean cruise is a bit like using a Ferrari to drive to the corner drug store. I booked the cruise only for a unique circumstance. I had 2 bucket list cruises, New York to Miami on the Symphony and the Prinsendam to the Amazon 10 days later from Ft. Lauderdale. I wanted to do something in those 10 days I wouldn't do normally, and my initial reaction was Epic, Allure, or Oasis. I eventually decided that while I wouldn't normally book those I was free to do so anytime and a convenient (for me) Crystal Caribbean cruise was a very rare event. Ship info: The Crystal Symphony was built in 1995, and has been updated regularly since then, most recently in 2012. It is moderately large, and extremely spacious for the passenger capacity. My voyage was completely sold out, but never crowded. The open decks are especially spacious, and there is a wide, wrap-around Promenade Deck. Staterooms: With the exception of the penthouses on deck 10, the rooms are essentially the same. There are only 8 categories, 3 for penthouse, regular and deluxe verandas, depending on the deck, and 3 categories of penthouse cabins. The rooms are well equipped, especially the baths, with a full tub in even the lowest category rooms. There is ample storage space. Dining: Until recently, dinner in the main dining room has always been served in 2 seatings, usually 6 or 6:30 and 8:30, but Crystal now offers an option of a flexible dining time . In addition to the Crystal Dining Room, there are 2 specialty restaurants, Silk Road with Japanese cuisine and Prego with Italian cuisine. These restaurants require reservations but have no surcharge other than a suggested gratuity. The Lido Cafe does not typically open for dinner but will once or twice most cruises (but not this one). The Lido Cafe serves breakfast and lunch, starting with coffee and pastries around 5AM. There are special theme buffets in the lido, typically about every 3 days. While nominally a buffet, the lido is staffed by several incredible stewards who greeted me by name by day 3, learned my preferences, and generally provide very personal service. A grill midships on the lido serves a late breakfast plus burgers and sandwiches with a few extras. The selection of side dishes is limited, but it is just steps from the Lido Cafe, so these extras are readily available. The Crystal Dining serves a traditional breakfast and lunch with open seating, with one grand gala luncheon buffet sometime during the cruise. The Bistro a deck above the dining room serves pastries and other snacks. Dining as such pretty well closes after dinner, but each room has a refrigerator and is stocked with beverages and fruit, routinely restocked by the Stewardess on her regular visits. Light snacks are served in the lounges in the evening, and there is excellent 24-hour room service.. Activities and entertainment: Activities are geared to a mature demographic and a wide variety are offered. Many cruises have a theme. The Crystal Visions Enhancement is very strong, even on a cruise like this, always providing opportunities for ample feedback from the audience. The spa and fitness staff is very strong, including 2 innovative programs for walkers. The walkvest program uses vests with removable weights (up to about 16 pounds) to improve the strength benefits of walking. A new program uses trekking poles to get more muscles involved in the walking process. There is a log sheet on the Promenade deck where passengers can record their progress and receive shirts and certificates at the end of their cruise celebrating their progress. One slight disadvantage of the ship's design is that the Promenade doors are frequently subject to wind turbulence and often closed, but the aft doors are almost always available. Other regular enhancement activities include computer and other classes and excellent dance instructors. There are daily activities including bingo, team trivia, concerts, and movies in the Hollywood Theater. There are 4 significant routine venues for activities, the Palm Court (Deck 11), and the Galaxy Lounge, Hollywood Theater, and Starlite Club on deck 6). It is routine to see simultaneous activities in 3 of these venues, and not unusual to have them in all 4. In the evening there are several venues featuring several varieties of musical entertainment, and a daily presentation in the Galaxy Theater. The excellent Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers presents about 5 or 6 shows per voyage, with other headline entertainers brought on board for the remaining nights of the cruise. Children: There is a children's program with 2 facilities set aside for programs, one for younger children and another for teenagers, but most of the cruises I have been on do not attract a large number of children. Disembarkation: Disembarkation was smooth and easy. Summary: Crystal provides a stunningly superior product in every respect. While I can say it was my best Caribbean cruise ever, I didn't feel like the Crystal difference came through as much as it does on a typical itinerary. Just one example: On mass market cruises shore excursions typically join the mass exodus from the ship and line up to assemble at a dock. With Crystal we wait in a lounge and the tour goes out in a group with an escort and directly boards the bus. Here the process started in typical Crystal fashion, but once on the dock we still lined up and waited for the guides to come. Not quite mass market but not quite Crystal either.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Before boarding the "Symphony" October 25 for a 12 night to Bermuda and the Caribbean, a three night New York pre stay was delightful, anchored by a fine hotel "The Setai", newly built from the ground up, staring at the ... Read More
Before boarding the "Symphony" October 25 for a 12 night to Bermuda and the Caribbean, a three night New York pre stay was delightful, anchored by a fine hotel "The Setai", newly built from the ground up, staring at the Empire State Building. My wife and I, treating ourselves to a belated 47 year anniversary, watched a top Broadway Show "Going Away" and the the next evening,a Cuban band while dining. We visited The Whitney and New York City museums, Ground Zero Memorial and the protest encampments. We strolled the High Line Park, ingeniously landscaped on top of an abandoned railway trestle. Also we took Greenwich and East Village walking tour in which residents spend millions for historic quarters with tiny AC boxes in the windows. I boarded the "Symphony" with an incipient cold which manifested itself fully mid cruise. However, the seas were smooth. I managed to attend most ship events and go ashore in which I found the Caribbean Islands less interesting and exotic than Far East Ports and environs, which have more variety than the proliferation of endless tax and duty free stores which envelope the Caribbean ports. However, a satisfying out of town alternative is the fine beaches and water sports. We discovered two gorgeous beaches as the swimming was calm, buttressed by sugary and rock free sand. In contrast, Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach was disturbed by a recent storm.(The beauty of travel is that that one's perceptions can change for better or worse, no matter how many travel books, cruise folders,or weather reports one reads. Nicely, Crystal Cruise Lines was a good cocoon). The Caribbean island taxi rides seemed exorbitant, as in Bermuda, but there I liked the shop keepers best as their manners seemed more refined and street touts were rare. Antigua was lively and rollicking, with clothes, behavior and cars mimicking inner city youth culture in America, a country and president they admire. The street scene was a relief from the social rigidity and constant activities aboard the "Sympathy". Dining,lectures,card games,table tennis, fitness instruction,dance lessons, just never ending.. The ship, not unlike a wondrous summer camp for retirees, like myself, had luscious dinning and endless activities, but the cramped window only cabins forces couples to escape early elsewhere on the ship. Never mind, Crystal has some event or activity to entertain you to relieve any boredom. My advice is to book a balcony, if affordable, as the wonderful promenade deck has few chairs to escape the pool crowd and really be left alone, not trading stares. The bathroom was compact but the shower water forceful and always hot. The cabin AC was quiet. One could sleep, but the bed was too firm so a crew member brought foam immediately. I felt as if I was cruising in a ocean retirement estate with nice wealthy passengers, dressed expensively, but if you can mask your true social station, such as mine, and update your clothes, you will be fine. The ship and passengers seemed tolerant as there were gays and handicaps sprinkled about who had good taste, apparently enjoying the space and tolerance. I found all passengers cordial and admired the determination of those in wheel chairs. However, at the disembarkation breakfast, I went to shake hand and say farewell to a senior dining staff member, who, excluded from ship tip recommendations,(which I innocently followed),was surprisingly rebuking and told me "I did not appreciate his service". Indeed I had tipped the stewardess beyond the recommendation as she was very helpful dealing with my cold. Bitter and feeling ostracized, I felt everything had been a fraud and I was duped.I contacted the line who gave the profuse but standard apology with a small future credit, with conditions. I did not accept this they as they only had one other ship remaining, "The Serenity", and frankly, I need more ship credit to dare splurge again, as middle class financially, I shouldn't extinguish my savings with endless cruises no matter how much I enjoy pampering. Actually, my top demand was for a direct apology from the ship member who offended me. As of yet, this has not been forthcoming. To deal with the tipping agony, the line is transitioning to " all inclusive". This will prevent such incidents as mine, reducing any temptation for dinning room staff pandering. Nevertheless, I still recommend Crystal, if you can afford a balcony. Overall I remember all the good mornings, the endless pepper offerings, the tea servings by deferential servants in long tails. But my fantasy evaporated at the end. Was everything a fraud, including myself? Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
I was finally able to take my mother on her first Crystal cruise (Serenity 01-04/10-01/11/10).After 30+ cruises on other lines (mostly Holland America and Royal Caribbean), Crystal made it a short and somewhat affordable cruise available. ... Read More
I was finally able to take my mother on her first Crystal cruise (Serenity 01-04/10-01/11/10).After 30+ cruises on other lines (mostly Holland America and Royal Caribbean), Crystal made it a short and somewhat affordable cruise available. Everything about the Serenity was as advertised. It's accommodations were luxurious and the service was spectacular. My mother wanted to go on the Serenity in order to take advantage of the Nobu sushi bar. After reading reviews on Cruisecritic.com I was a bit worried we might not be able to get into the first come first serve sushi bar. What a joy it was to find that it was not as popular with the cruisers on this trip. We were able to eat at Nobu 3 times and we were so awed by it we are planning our next cruise on Crystal. What we would have spent at Nobu's NYC restaurant would near $300. Three nights on the cruise almost paid for the trip itself. I would be hard pressed to find any flaws with the cruise. The only problem would be the lack of passenger activities made available to us.It seams that Crystal is targeting an audience of people who take shorter cruises.This would also be the first time I have never even made it to the "Lido" buffet as the dinners in the main dining room as well as the sushi bar made it unnecessary to bother with the buffet.One other thing about the cruise, of which Crystal had no control was the cold weather.It was overcast in the Turks & Caicos and Grand Cayman islands. But it was spooky cold (30 degrees F) in Key West. I hope to see more reviews about this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Background This was my third cruise and my first on Crystal. Bottom line, it was a great experience. It was a 7-day cruise (which is unusual for this ship, most cruises are longer) for the Western Caribbean from Miami (stops at Progresso ... Read More
Background This was my third cruise and my first on Crystal. Bottom line, it was a great experience. It was a 7-day cruise (which is unusual for this ship, most cruises are longer) for the Western Caribbean from Miami (stops at Progresso and Cozumel in Mexico, Belize, and Key West, with 2 sea days). I traveled as a solo, which was not uncommon as Crystal has a particularly low single supplement rate. Passengers The passengers were mostly 60s and 70s, with a significant number in their 40s and 50s and even more over 70. No children and only a few 30 somethings. Although this is considered a luxury line, the passengers seemed to be from a range of income levels, with most apparently middle class (although it's hard to say because money was not discussed much except to talk about where to find bargains). I thought there were few people with mobility problems, particularly given the age level of many passengers. Everyone one was very friendly and welcoming. A lot of passengers were repeat travelers with a large number apparently limiting their cruising to Crystal-the cruise line apparently has one of the highest percentage of repeat customers in the industry and many were staying on for back-to-back cruises. Ship The ship holds about 1,000 passengers and is not new-it first sailed in 1995, but it has been kept up immaculately, showing absolutely no signs of wear; it looks like it was recently launched. I had to look up its date of launch when I got back because I found it hard to believe its been around for more than a few years. The crew kept all the brass sparkling and carpets clean; never any sign of poor maintenance, including the out-of-the-way places like restrooms and less-frequented outside deck areas. The ship is very well laid out, with most public rooms on the 6th and 11th decks. Art auctions are limited to a small lounge. There is promenade deck that fully circles the ship and plenty of padded lounge chairs around the ships two (relatively small) pools. Plenty of shaded areas as well as places to get some sun. No intrusive piped in music by the pool or in the public areas, although there was plenty of live music around the ship (and poolside at certain times of day). There was a nice movie theatre, a show lounge that was comfortable with good lines of sight, and two public rooms with nice dance floors. Cabins The cabins were beautiful with plenty of lighting including 2 private adjustable reading lamps above the bed (something I really appreciated since I like to read in my room and often hotel room/cruise ship cabin lighting is too dim). There was also a built in night light (a small light under a mirror near the hall) that could be turned on and from a nightstand switch-a nice touch. The bed was large and comfortable (with a mattress with rounded corners). There was plenty of storage room in the closets and desk and the cabin (verandah, non-penthouse) came with a flat-screen tv with built-in DVD player-very nice. For a single there was plenty of room; I thought comparable to the QM2, but someone else who was sharing a cabin and had recently sailed on that ship said the QM2 had larger cabins and the Symphony's was a little tight. A great bathroom with a tub/shower combination with removable shower head and twin sinks. The verandah had two padded chairs and a small table. The cabin also had a small table with adjustable height for in-cabin dining (although I did not test it out). Activities and Shore Excursions There was plenty to do on board, particularly during sea days, with lectures (port and special topics), movies (every afternoon and evening), trivia contests (which I played), bingo (which I did not), classes (art, music, computer (which I tried), languages (which I also tried), and a couple galley tours. The classes I took were very user-friendly and helpful; the lectures were interesting and repeated on the tv. I found the shore excursions very well run. There was a presentation on every shore excursion run all day long on one of the tv channels and it provided very complete information about the ports and highlights for those not taking excursions, as well as about the various ship excursions. The descriptions of shore excursions were soft-sells-explaining the bad parts of the tours as well as the highlights, for example that you could not be guaranteed to see wildlife, that some boats did not have restrooms, the full length of bus trips and those locations that had primitive restrooms, and the modest nature of some provided lunches. The buses were all very comfortable and tour guides interesting and knowledgeable. Excursions could be canceled with no questions asked. The excursion desk was very helpful to me in making a decision about going on an all-day tour. I had a great time at every port in which I took a tour and would highly recommend the ship tours. Entertainment Because this ship was smaller than the two others I have been on I was concerned that the entertainment would suffer. I had no need to worry; the shows were great with fantastic singers and dancers that were in sync more than most on shows I have seen. I was totally satisfied with the entertainment, which is always a high-point for me. I was on a special theme cruise-a jazz cruise, but my comments on the entertainment were on the regular ship's shows and musicians. The jazz (which was great) was just an add-on to the regular entertainment. The television was also good, with a number of channels showing good movies, one channel that showed classic shows (Mary Tyler Moore, Sgt. Bilko, etc.), and a number of channels with information on port excursions and shopping (which was both informative and entertaining). DVDs could be checked out of the ship's library, which had a good selection and a wide variety of genres. The ship's movie theater had movies every afternoon and 2 showing at night (movies were about 6 months after their theater debuts). Dining The food was excellent in all the dining venues I tried. I am not an expert on food, but I thought the selections and taste were good in all the restaurants. The main dining room had two set seating (unusual for the luxury lines), but I much preferred this arrangement from open seating. If you want to eat at other times, the ship has two specialty restaurants-one Italian, one Asian (Japanese/Chinese/Thai) (a modest $7 each). Also good food in the Lido buffet, where staff will carry your tray-a nice touch. There were two specialty poolside buffets during my cruise-one with a Latino theme, the other Asian. The former was particularly good-some of the best food I have every had. There was also afternoon tea served every day in one of the large lounges (Palm Court), with nice sandwiches, cookies, and other treats. On the two sea days there were particularly lavish theme teas-one English, one Austrian (the Mozart tea), that were particularly good. There was a relatively extensive menu for in-room dining, with the option of ordering anything off the regular dining room menu during dinner hours. I limited myself to one late-night snack and there were plenty of choices-sandwiches, pizza, salads, and some similar-type entrees (if I remember), as well as a number of appetizers and desserts, all available 24 hours a day. Service was incredible at all the dining places, fast, non-intrusive, polite. Service Speaking of which, the best part of this cruise was probably the high level of service. My stewardess not only met my expressed needs-asking my preferred fruit and drink and then making sure my cabin was stocked with them every day (all non-alcoholic beverages are free and fruit and flowers are provided in all cabins), but anticipated needs I didn't express. Without asking, she found a stopper from a bottle of champagne I had left unfinished in my cabin and when I finished a small box of tissues I had brought with me from my pre-cruise trip and had left on my desk, she replaced it with a new box, even though there was a tissue dispenser in the bathroom. I found that it I ordered the same drink in a lounge two days in a row, the third day they would know what to bring me (although they asked first to be sure). Fantastic service in every lounge, every dining room, throughout the ship, and in the cabin. Summary Although I wrote that the best part about the cruise was the service, actually the best part were the fellow passengers. Everyone was friendly, polite, and a pleasure to spend time with, a particularly important factor for solo travelers like me. I would recommend this ship and, in fact, made an open booking on board for a future cruise (to be determined). Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
This was our first cruise with Crystal, but certainly it will not be our last. We have cruised previously with other lines, most recently Holland America, Princess and Celebrity. We can honestly say that we have enjoyed every one of our ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Crystal, but certainly it will not be our last. We have cruised previously with other lines, most recently Holland America, Princess and Celebrity. We can honestly say that we have enjoyed every one of our cruises, but this Crystal cruise was in a category of its own. It was, in a word, wonderful. We are in our early 50's. The age range on this cruise was broad. There were many passengers over 70 on this cruise, but there were many activities to appeal to all ages. We do not know what the childrens' programs are like. We arrived in Miami on Thursday evening. The cruise sailed on Saturday evening. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in South Beach. It was well located for our desire to roam around South Beach, and we had a good time. There are alot of great restaurants, shops, and people watching in South Beach. Lincoln Mall is a pedestrian only area of 5 or 6 blocks - great in the evenings. Lots of outdoor dining. We took a cab to the cruise terminal on Saturday. Embarkation was very easy. We arrived at the cruise terminal not long after noon. Porters were right there near the cab for luggage drop off. There were almost no lines inside. Our particular embarkation agent was very pleasant but hesitant in communication and perhaps hesitant in her english skills. We were really taken by surprise that our passports were not returned to us. She seemed equally surprised that we asked about that, and told us "don't worry". Crystal is the the first cruise line we have sailed with that holds the passengers' passports. Neither of us had surrendered our passports in decades (and the last time had been to a country that restricted visitors greatly), and we felt uneasy. We had cruised recently to the same ports on another line and knew that, at least earlier this year, the countries visited did not require this. The adjacent agent immediately sensed our hesitancy and explained Crystal policy and when the passports would be returned. His information and professional delivery addressed my concern that an error had been made in not returning them to us. This was the first of many very good customer service experiences. We had the usual embarkation photograph and headed on board. The cabins would not be ready for a several hours. We were welcomed on board and advised that lunch was available in the Dining Room. There was a table at which you could check your carry on luggage. We only had backpacks, so that was not necessary for us. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch accompanied by complementary champagne. The "Crystallization" process had begun! After lunch we followed signs to the area near the specialty restaurants where we confirmed that we had been assigned our preference of a table for two. The advantage of fewer passengers was immediately evident. There was only a short "line" for this, but in fact, it was not a line at all. There were chairs available and a member of the dining room staff keeping track of whose "turn" it was to go in next. It was really a most pleasant way to do this. We also took a look at the specialty restaurant menus. We had made reservations for one evening at Prego and one evening at Jade several months before. On this ship, the safety drill was held outdoors, on the Promenade deck. It was held at 8 pm, between the early and late dinner seatings. The ship sailed at 9 pm. The ship is lovely. It is exceptionally well kept up. Our cabin was wonderful. The bed was very comfortable and the linens were very nice as well. I have to thank the person on the Crystal Message Board who suggested rearranging the furniture. We followed that advice and moved the table to the corner and moved the desk chair under the window, creating a very nice sitting area and more clear floor space. The shower water pressure was excellent. Extra pillows were provided the first evening at our request. Our excellent stewardess looked after our needs well and kept the refrigerator stocked with our preference of waters (I had asked her to remove the sodas). We had plenty of storage space for our short cruise. I imagine that people are pretty creative in their packing and storing when they take a world cruise. The true promenade deck was a joy for walking, relaxing and watching the beautiful views. A few times sections of the promenade deck were closed for painting or varnishing, but not often. Every part of the ship was easy to access. Some of the elevators were compact (really more deep than wide), but there was rarely any wait. In comparison to every other ship on which we have cruised, there was a remarkable lack of sound transmitted into the cabin from adjacent cabins or hallways. This cruise was a themed "Jazz Cruise". A group of a couple hundred or so jazz aficionados were on board, along with probably two dozen or so jazz musicians. Often, large groups have a negative impact on the experience of cruisers that are not part of the group, but in this case, the group and their performances (which were open to all) really enhanced the cruise experience for us. We are not big jazz fans, but we really enjoyed and appreciated a lot of the performances. We were wonderfully surprised by the excellent quality of the production shows. We attended all of them. The singers, dancers and musicians were excellent. We especially enjoyed the classical pianist's performances. The bar and dance musicians were also excellent. We did not take any of the shore excursions. We did take several classes at the Computer University @ Sea and they were very well done and well worth the time. The facility is excellent. The galley tour was excellent. The movie theater was well designed and we enjoyed both movies and live telecast football games. One of our few suggestions on our comment cards was to have more, late night movies. My husband used the spa every day. While the sauna and steam rooms were not very large, they were very nice. The library had a nice selection of books and videos. The dining experience was far and away the best we have ever had on board a ship. The food was well prepared and well presented. Dining service was outstanding. The wine list had good choices in a variety of price ranges. Prego, the Italian specialty restaurant, had a separate wine list showcasing Italian wines. Dining was the highlight of this excellent cruise. We could go on and on about the meals and the service. Outstanding. The Bistro was a wonderful place for coffee and snacks. We enjoyed the buffet for several breakfasts and lunches. On this cruise there were two outdoor, themed, lunch buffets: Latin American and Asian. Both very good. Many people enjoyed eating out near the pools. We were pleased that tables were also available indoors. A fellow Cruise Critic highly recommended the french fries at the Trident Grill. She was so right! Disembarkation was a breeze. The easiest and most pleasant we have ever experienced. We were off the ship and in a cab headed to the airport in under 15 minutes. The porters were readily available and helpful. There were nine ships in port that day. We were glad to get to the airport early. Miami's airport is, to put it nicely, an experience. Close to two hours to get through check in and security. Airport personnel were pleasant and hardworking, but not numerous enough for the crush of passengers. There is some greatly needed airport expansion underway. The ticket agent told me that it was not a particularly busy day (Saturday) and that Sunday was always worse. Once we were on the other side of security, no problem. We were flying on American Airlines, perhaps other airlines have lower passenger volume and would be less overwhelmed. A large number of the passengers on board the ship were repeat cruisers with Crystal. Many had taken long, multiple segment voyages. All of the fellow cruisers we met were friendly and interesting. You can easily have as much or as little interaction with fellow passengers as you wish and have a good time either way. We had been looking forward to our first Crystal cruise for many months. The information that was on the Cruise Critic Message Board was invaluable. The cruise was fantastic. The Crystal staff made us feel very comfortable and well looked after. The service, the food, the facilities...all outstanding. It was a wonderful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
As others have also written reviews, I will try to cover some different areas. This was our 2nd Crystal cruise (20 overall). We booked an oceanview gty and our cabin was just steps away from the pursers deck. I was concerned about noise ... Read More
As others have also written reviews, I will try to cover some different areas. This was our 2nd Crystal cruise (20 overall). We booked an oceanview gty and our cabin was just steps away from the pursers deck. I was concerned about noise and foot traffic due to the location but it turned out perfect. It was wonderful to open our cabin door in the evening and hear the pianist playing in the bistro bar with rarely anyone walking down the hall. We booked for the Jazz and we were quite pleased by the music options. They had 3 events of 2hrs each daily. In addition, there were vintage jazz videos on tv with jazz legends. We even bought some of the musicians CD'S and booked this Jazz cruise again for next yr on the west coast. We loved the music so much we saw little of the standard onboard entertainment. Areas where Crystal amazes...excellent service and staff that give warm smiles making you feel that you are a valued passenger...being led to the dining room for lunch upon embarkation and being given champagne to let you know this is a luxury experience...sailaways with complementary drinks...captain's parties with real appetizers and not something on dried toast...a real ice cream bar with 20+ flavors (no charge all day)where you can get milk shakes and virgin pina coladas...best DVD selection on any ship to rival your favorite blockbuster store. Cabins on Crystal look more like hotel rooms than other cruiselines. All rooms have flat screen tvs and the baths have 2 sinks. Also a more extensive anytime room service menu than the mass market cruiselines. Love not having to pay for sodas or bottled waters especially when you go out on excursions. Not only did they make sure we had 2-3 bottles each they also made sure we had bug spray (did rainforest & jungle tours)and had 2-3 Crystal staff with us on the tour...Also had a CC party for our group which Crystal supplied us with complimentary appetizers and our choice of cocktails...We also took the complimentary Spanish lessons and Juan our teacher was a blast - so enthusiastic and helpful making us really want to learn the language. The same can be said for our music teacher for the Yamaha keyboards. Both simplified the learning process and made it fun. Something else that really pleased us...Crystal is not ashamed to celebrate Christmas & Hannakuh. Lovely decorations throughout the ship and not just at the lobby which we found was the case on Celebrity last year. Regards the luncheon buffets on deck, they are more of what you would find at a 4 star hotel rather than the normal hometown buffet qualify of other cruiselines. We especially liked the Mexican one. We usually avoid that outside of the southwest but Crystal nailed it. The specialty restaurants should not be missed! So many great choices you would want to do them 2x each on longer cruises. Main dining room was wonderful as well. We had a table for 8 but only 7 guests so we were joined my the ship's doctor a couple of evenings (which meant complimentary wine with dinner). Had some of the best lamb entrees anywhere and loved the escargot & oysters rockefeller. They also had caviar as an appetizer one evening which I am learning to enjoy. I love the afternoon teas that are truly elegant and served by staff in period dress. The nibblings are served on fine china. They have the best teas also - not Lipton or Bigelow. The tea is served in cloth bags and include great herbal teas as well as a wonderful roasted Japanese tea that is my favorite and can usually only be found in specialty stores. In short if you want something a step up from the mass market, you won't be disappointed with Crystal. It is not that they do one or two things a lot better. It's that they do a lot of things a little better that makes your experience stellar. Their motto is " it would be our pleasure" and it truly will be memorable. You'll wonder why you haven't been on this little known cruiseline before and you will be sure to cruise there again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
Here is Tim's review of the Crystal Symphony. 3-17-05 to 3-24-05 Since this my first cruise with Crystal (11th overall)I relied on alot of tips from Judith02 since the Crystal Symphony is her favorite ship. By the way, this was the ... Read More
Here is Tim's review of the Crystal Symphony. 3-17-05 to 3-24-05 Since this my first cruise with Crystal (11th overall)I relied on alot of tips from Judith02 since the Crystal Symphony is her favorite ship. By the way, this was the best cruise ever. We arrived at 1pm to board the ship and there were 3 people in the 5 lines to board the ship. The time it took to board the ship was 5 minutes. Since I have cruised on Celebrity, Princess and Carnival this indicated to me that Crystal would be different. On top of the easy check in they did not demand a draft of my credit card, in fact they stated to go to the Reception area at my convenience within the next four days. (This was weird because every other cruise company immediately takes a draft of your credit card) Upon boarding they took our picture and advised us that lunch was being served on the Lido Deck, they further offered to take our carry-on luggage and place it in our room so we could immediately explore the ship. (A very nice touch) Furthermore, one of the cruise staff gave us a guided tour of the ship. Judith stated to verify our table seating with Remi and of course we did get our table for two. (Yes) When I inquired if there is availability to move to a different table for two, he advised me that 60 people are on the waiting list for a table for two. So I was very pleased that my TA requested the table in advance. So far the service was amazing and the food was fantastic and this was only the first day. My companion Doug commented that even the Lido food was better than the main Dining rooms on Princess, to which I totally agreed with him. Food thought the ship was excellent. We did five of our breakfasts in the Dining Room. I always ordered the same thing, waffles with Strawberrys and whipped cream. The Strawberrys were always big and juicy and the whipped cream was freshly made. Even their Decaf coffee was good and strong, a usual complaint on cruises. Lunches were also mostly in the dining room, though we did have two occasions to eat at the Lido Deck Buffet. Nice Waffles (but not as good as the dining room) and an egg station. We never ate in the alternative restaurants because Doug is a real meat and potatoes kind of guy and did not find either Menu that interesting. I was happy with the dining room for dinner and when I ordered Filet Mignon that was not on the menu they made if for me cooked exactly the way I like it. The highlight of my cruise was having the Assistant waiter asking me what I wanted for my Birthday Meal. So I asked for Steak Diane, Mashed Potatoes and veggies. For dessert I asked for a Strawberry Shortcake (Cake). I figured they would have giving me a nice mini cake instead it was a full 9 inch cake. Made with a light yellow cake with vanilla cream another layer of cake, more vanilla cream and strawberry puree toped with more cake and a strawberry Glaze. The outside parts of the cake there was toasted and shredded coconut. It was absolutely Amazing. I shared it with our Waiter, assistant waiter, Remi and some new friends I made on the cruise. Itinerary: To me this really was not that important, im not a fan of Jamaica nor Grand Cayman but did enjoy Cozumel and Key West. For me a cruise is about the spa and total relaxation. And the spa treatments were great as was my haircut and facial. Typical Steiner prices but coming from the San Francisco Bay Area not to bad price wise. This ship was beautifully maintained and I had coffee with Rolf the Captain and Cato the Vice Captain twice in the Bistro. (Excellent Mochas and free too) They were so friendly and personable. We were joking and having a great time. This is also a new experience as every other cruise I have taken I saw the Captain only during the welcome and goodbye Galas. All of the employees were professional and nice. It was like seeing family on the ship. Always friendly. The Captain said they take very good care of their employees and it shows. The employees have a party every night and all of the wait staff I spoke too loves Crystal as they only have them work 10 hour days, unlike the 12 & 14 hour days the other cruise companies have them work. I enjoyed our stateroom, with two sinks in the bathroom and a tub. (That was a first for me) Our Stewardess made sure our mini fridge always had, Coke, Sprite and Bottled water per our request. She was sweet and unobtrusive. I also enjoyed the fact that any bar you went to you could always order complementary Sodas or water. The Ice Cream Bar serves Edys which is Dryers here in California and its free. They have really good Coffee Ice Cream shakes and Cookies. The bad stuff: The only down side to the cruise is that we couldn't continue with the 10 day cruise following this one. I really did not want to leave. Now I have been Crystallized, it would be extremely difficult to go back to Celebrity. (Since all drinks including water and sodas cost extra and the food really blew Celebrity away) Wow was this experience awesome and I cannot wait to take my next Crystal Cruise. I hope this review helped anyone out there considering a Crystal Cruise. Take Care, Tim Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
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