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Crystal Symphony Review

4.5 / 5.0
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320 reviews
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Lovely cruise around Italy

Review for Crystal Symphony to the Western Mediterranean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2016
Cabin: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

We are a healthy, active couple in our mid-sixties who choose cruises based on the itinerary. One of our "bucket list" destinations was the Amalfi coast and this cruise made stops at both Sorrento & Amalfi. We took excursions arranged by the ship and excursions with outside providers. The ship's excursions were fine and we enjoyed them. We did have rough seas on the stop at Amalfi which made entering and exiting the tenders difficult (and there were a few injuries as a result). We also prefer a smaller ship and the Crystal Symphony is just the right size. It never felt crowded and it is quiet, but there is plenty to do if you want to be busy.

Our cruise had quite a diversity of passengers. According to the captain, 32 nationalities were represented among the passengers. There was also quite a mixture of ages, although probably most were over 60. But there were a number of younger people and even a few children younger than school age.

We had a C1 cabin on the promenade deck, which was very nice (see the cabin review for details).

Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

Cabin C1

Comfortable cabin with lots of drawers for storage. This cabin was on the promenade deck & I was concerned that other passengers would be able to see in & that we'd have to keep the drapes closed all the time. However, the windows are just above eye level of the people walking on the deck & while technically they could see in if they wished, practically speaking it was no problem during the day & we keep the drapes closed at night anyway. Small but artfully arranged bathroom with good storage. Excellent water pressure in the shower.

Port Reviews

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Arrived in Rome a day early. This was our 3rd visit to Rome and we just mooched around, shopped and enjoyed the city.


Beautiful! Be sure to get up early enough for the cruise into port. We walked UP (and up and up) to the fortress above town. Steep walk but worth it.


This was our 2nd trip to Dubrovnik, a city we love. Walked the city walls again - never gets old.


Retained a private guide & had a wonderful tour of Venice, including the Doge's Palace and San Marco. Also took one of the "free" walking tours, which was a lot of fun.

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