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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Wonderful first Crystal cruise around islands of the North Atlantic

Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by kmtoner

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (limited view)

Friends raved about Crystal and we loved the itinerary from Reykjavik to England. This cruise had no sea days and was packed with interesting ports. It was a perfect way to celebrate a 30 year wedding anniversary.

We arrived late afternoon to meet Symphony in Reykjavik harbor. Our exploration of Iceland in a rental car convinced us that driving requires more time than expected, so we opted to miss the first evening's dinner and drove off to the Fontana spa for a wonderful adventure. Every other evening was spent on the ship and we loved it. Food and entertainment exceeded our very high expectations each night.

Symphony is a wonderful ship. It is well arranged and spacious enough that a full load of passengers won't ever feel very crowded. Service is great and the ship is kept "crystal" clean. We were impressed with how well the ship performed in very rough seas.

A quick comment about the food is in order. The dining room and two specialty restaurants are wold class. They rival the best restaurants in major cities. The food options elsewhere on the ship were somewhat mixed. There were many choices at the Lido buffet, but the offerings were too often lukewarm or cold. We also had a couple of mediocre breakfasts in the dining room. A second cup of coffee was sometimes easy but sometimes difficult. By contracts, the Bistro Cafe was always terrific. There were usually wonderful espresso drinks, service, and snack selections at that location.

Also, Symphony will be greatly improved by tech and decor updates this October. I would definitely cruise on her again after the next dry dock refurbishment.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (limited view)
Cabin E1 7048

Beds were great. Bathroom was small but very nice and well equipped. The TV/DVR was pretty bad. Reading lights on each side of the bed were bad. There were only two AC plugs available. Be sure to bring an adapter to charge/use more than one device in the cabin!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


It is a long but pretty ride from Keflavik airport to the harbor, but the pier is very convenient to all of Reykjavik. Pretty view, too.


Ugly industrial port and significant shuttle bus ride required to get into town.

The port is ugly and complicated by lots of construction and traffic. Our shore excursion, however, was delightful. We also enjoyed exploring Dublin on our own via taxi and walking about.

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