The Crystal Symphony made a single stop in Honolulu on its trans-pacific crossing from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Never having sailed on Crystal, this gave us an easy opportunity to see what the so-call "Crystallization" was all about. This, therefore, is a review through the eyes of a Crystal newbie and primarily about the Symphony, since it did not stop again until docking in Hong Kong.
Sailing day started when I watched the Symphony sail by Waikiki from my patio. She was to have arrived the evening before but, due to some paperwork mix-up, had to slow down for a morning arrival instead. We had heard there were some disgruntled folks but this apparently quickly ended when Crystal gave all of those aboard a $150 shipboard credit ... enough to cover wine most of the way across the Pacific.
Getting to embarkation was easy ... dropped my wife and luggage at the dock, parked at my office, and walked back down. I thought the procedure itself would be a snap since less than 150 Honolulu passengers were boarding, but it turned out to be somewhat of a mess ... couldn't tell whether it was the local dock contractor or because Crystal, not visiting often, did not have the procedures down pat.