We have cruised Crystal on 4 other occasions and enjoyed each one immensely. This was no exception. We had our daughter and her husband with us this time, and it was fun to see the experience through their eyes. Our departure from Vancouver was very smooth and we were in our rooms by 2pm. We chose to sit at a table for 4 every night and just enjoy each other's company. The main dining room was our favorite place, although we did go to Umi Uma, which was good and Prego, which was very good. Service was impeccable throughout the cruise but we especially enjoyed our waiters in the Waterside (main dining room). They were cheerful, funny and extremely competent. Our head waiter, Andres, went out of his way to provide a special dessert request one night.
Although I did not use the spa services, my daughter had a pedicure and she raved about the lovely woman that did her nails. There were a few more children on this cruise than usual, around 12 or so, but they were well behaved and rarely heard.
Note to cruisers that are considering Crystal: if you have never experienced an all inclusive cruise, you should not think twice. It is worth every penny. This ship is never crowded, almost no lines or long waits for anything. Internet is great in most locations. Staff and crew are superb. Food is outstanding. Wines served with dinner are very good and top shelf liquor is included in your fare. Embarkation and debarkation are smooth.
Cabins are lovely with plenty of storage. New flat screen TV's are great with new interactive menu and recent movies available. Reading light over the bed is a great thing. Our stewardesses have always been outstanding, servicing the room twice a day.
Vancouver is a very clean and beautiful city on the water. Be advised, it is a rather pricey place, especially hotels. We booked a Radisson hotel which was adjacent to skytrain access. We used the train to sightsee and to get to the ship on the morning of our cruise. It was still a block away from the port, so don't use it if you have trouble walking or have a lot of luggage.
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