As we had cruised last year from New York to Reykjavik, we chose to join a shorter cruise , a Getaway, to complete the crossing from USA to Britain.
We joined in the tiny , efficient cruise terminal of Reykjavik, after a few days in this interesting city, and were warmly welcomed aboard by the friendly staff, and a chilled glass of champagne. Embarkation was over in minutes and the cabin was ready, so our hand luggage was carried for us to our deck 9 cabin, main luggage arriving while we enjoyed a delightful lunch.
We sailed late that incredible midnight sunlit evening , and settled into the routine of enjoying a luxurious week aboard. Crystal Symphony did not disappoint, fine dining, excellent room service, a charming , super efficient cabin stewardess,wonderful quality of very varied entertainment , great lectures on offer, also repeated on cabin Tv, and a wide choice of daytime activities.
As every cabin we have had on this ship has been identical, we knew the facilities would be excellent, Even though the cabins are on the small side for a luxury line, and the bathrooms are planned to maximise a relatively small size. There are plenty of drawers, though they are shallow, and the wardrobe is slightly inconvenient alongside the bed. The bed is very comfortable, and the Frette linens are of excellent quantity . The cabin was designated a Pure Room with a speciality cleaning and filtering system, plus a strange tv like box installed in a corner over the bed which supposedly filtered the air constantly. How effective this system is for alleviating allergies we are unsure, as an asthmatic I noticed little difference personally.m