Having cruised with Crystal before, we knew what was in store for us as we first cruised in 1995. The ship has aged graciously but there are tell tale signs after 22 years of tiring which is to be expected. The Hull of the ship was the worst I have seen her. In years gone by, you would have had to strain your eyes to find any rust marks but alas the maintenance in this area seemed lacking. Yes there have been cuts in services since she was first launched. Just small things, probably most noticeable in the Dining room. It does not have the class and grace it once had. Sad but probably a sign of the times. Food portions are much smaller and the service is much more rushed. Not unlike a cafeteria in some respects. Having your plate taken away when not finished for example would never have happened in the past.
One thing that remains a standout are the staff. Good work guys and girls. A credit to you all.
The dress code has been allowed to slip. Once apon a time it would be unthinkable to wear a singlet around the ship let alone into the breakfast restaurant. If I wanted to see that I would have gone on a Princess Cruise! The occasional vibration that emanates from the stabilizers during certain sea conditions continue to permeate throughout the ship and has done for many years. Maybe at the upcoming dry dock in September this will be addressed finally.
Don't understand why you need a bath on a cruise ship. Probably just me. By not having a Bath you could have made room for a large shower thus giving you more space to manoeuvrer in the room. Also do not really think two basins are needed. This would free up much needed bench space. That being said, the bathroom is still very functional. Fantastic shower and water pressure. The beds and Linen are fantastic.
For some reason there is a trend on cruise ships to limit the channels on your TV. Endless repeats all day.