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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by brazilgirl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

This was our first Crystal cruise. We have cruised several other cruise lines including Celebrity, HAL, RCI and Carnival. We chose Crystal for this cruise because we normally cruise with our children and we wanted to do something special for our romantic 20th anniverisary just for the two of us.

We had an amazing three day precruise stay in Rome. On embarkation day, we had beautiful weather. The embarkation process was extremely smooth and easy.

My evaluation in a nutshell:


We had a GTY cabin and received a category upgrade. We had a Deluxe Verandah Stateroom on Deck 10. The loaction was excellent. It was near the elevator and stairs. Easy access to everything. The decor was lovely. Very elegant and subtle. We had a nice verandah with comfortable furniture. Lots of storage space and a great bathroom with 2 sinks. I didn't give the cabin five stars only due to space issues. For the price point, more space would be nice.


Dining on Crystal is extremely refined . The quality of the ingredients and the care in the presentation is apparent in each morsel served. In the main dining room, there are 2 sides of the menu with traditional and modern cuisine. All very good. We enjoyed our meals at the specialty restaurants: Prego, Silk Road and Tastes. Our favorite was Tastes, a casual dining option with creative and flavorful dishes. Our only criticism of the dining on Crystal was the relative lack of options if you wanted a casual dining option or wanted to eat a later lunch after coming back from shore excursions. I loved the ice cream and the coffee at the Bistro.


Service shines on Crystal. Absolutely impeccable in every aspect. Kudos to Crystal.


The enrichment speakers were truly outstanding. I actually learned a lot on my vacation! The Magic Castle and evening entertainment were all very well done.I did feel that this was an area that the bigger ships do have a bit of an edge ( barring the enrichment was is superior on Crystal).

Public Spaces:

The ship was perfect,y maintained. The decor was thenepitomy of quiet elegance. Lots of quiet areas tonrelax and read or enjoy a drink. Never had a feeling of crowding. Just an oasis of relaxation.

Spa Services:

I had an excellent massage with no hard sell at the end...a welcome change from other cruise lines.

The Ports:

We had incredible luck. Perfect weather throughout the cruise and wonderful ports. All were enjoyable. Malta, Sorrento, Santorini, Ephesus, Taormina, Rhodes, and Istanbul. We loved having overnights in Malta, Sorrento and Istanbul as it gave us more time to explore. Excellent itinerary.


We disembarked in Istanbul. It was quite chaotic. Not sure how much control Crystal had over the process there.

We enjoyed 4 extra days in Istanbul . A pity it has been cancelled as a cruise destination by most major lines.

We loved Crystal and have booked a cruise i. juky for our entire family.

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Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
Cabin A1 10034

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