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We were excited to take our first Crystal Cruise as Crystal is known to be the "top of the line" in cruising. We found our cabin to be adequate but cramped and dated. The bathroom was above average. While the ship is old, it is quite beautiful, the service excellent, the enrichment excellent, the entertainment very good, however the food was very disappointing. The dining room menu was not very extensive and the food preparation average. The quality of some of the cuts of meat were below average. The specialty restaurants were disappointing as well. Our expectations were high due to Crystal's reputation and we surprised to find it lacking! This cruise was our 20th cruise. We have cruised on Renaissance, Celebrity, Princess, Azamara, and Oceania. Oceania is by far our favorite! Depending on the itinerary and time, we might try Crystal again but will try to stick with Oceania.

Disappointing!

Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by aniger

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window
We were excited to take our first Crystal Cruise as Crystal is known to be the "top of the line" in cruising. We found our cabin to be adequate but cramped and dated. The bathroom was above average.

While the ship is old, it is quite beautiful, the service excellent, the enrichment excellent, the entertainment very good, however the food was very disappointing. The dining room menu was not very extensive and the food preparation average. The quality of some of the cuts of meat were below average. The specialty restaurants were disappointing as well.

Our expectations were high due to Crystal's reputation and we surprised to find it lacking!

This cruise was our 20th cruise. We have cruised on Renaissance, Celebrity, Princess, Azamara, and Oceania. Oceania is by far our favorite! Depending on the itinerary and time, we might try Crystal again but will try to stick with Oceania.
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