A delightful and pleasantly surprising experience: Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by traveling group

Crystal Symphony 5
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A delightful and pleasantly surprising experience

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Other
We had an extended trip to Asia and this cruise on Crystal fit in nicely. We started in Bali and we got off in Singapore. From the moment we arrived, we were delighted. The ship has a wonderful and elegant look, lots of great multi-functioning rooms, plenty of quiet areas, a computer classroom, card room, charming bars, great musical groups everywhere and an open and spacious feeling.

The big differences in this cruise and others is simply the entire crew. Within 30 minutes of being on board, wait staff knew our names and remembered them throughout the cruise. They have this amazing enthusiasm as though they were brand new employees, but many have been with Crystal for 10-15 years. All the venues offered fine linens, stemware, dishes and beautiful food presentations. They also offer two fine dining experiences which were absolutely perfect - Italian and Seafood/Sushi. The wine selections are matched nightly with the food and the sommeliers were knowledgeable and gracious - More offering many options. Bartenders made the evening cocktail a joy to experience.

The cabins are standard in size but very efficiently organized with plenty of space. Bathrooms are nicely upgraded with a small tub, TWO sinks and nice amenities. They have three decks that offer multiple complimentary washers and dryers, what a great option that is for traveling in warm weather.

The shows on board were so impressive, the lectures fascinating, ballroom dance lessons and group exercise were fun and relaxing. Best of all was the golf pro, he gave talks on sea days and lessons with hands on techniques. The last day he showed everyone a video of their golf swing with a special lesson on improving their techniques. So much to do on board I wished we had more sea days.

I had heard great things about Crystal and everyday was WOW. We arrived in Singapore for our own transfer, the bags were all paced on carts ready to roll away. Cannot wait to sail again, I only wish they had more ships. Less

Published 07/29/13

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