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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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323 Reviews

Excellent and Relaxing

Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by bjthompson831

9 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Verandah

This cruise was chosen for a family trip by my parents who are big fans of Crystal. They had a larger stateroom with a butler and we had more basic accommodations. It actually worked out well because their room became the default hang out space for afternoon canapés and card games. It was a budget friendly way to give everyone a private space to see each other.

Our cabin and veranda were well sized and the ships menu was spectacular. There were always good food options available and the crew/staff were excellent. I would highly recommend this cruise line for those who enjoy an upscale experience. Be sure to bring your crystal casual wardrobe because you’ll stick out if you’re too casual! The dining room is a classy experience where the food was above and beyond what I expected. The quality and complexity of each dish was fantastic and there were always multiple things on the menu that looked and proved to be delicious. Portions are small, but that goes with the delicate nature of fine dining.

There were three other restaurants available on the ship as well: Prego, Silk and Churrascaria. Our family favorite was Churrascaria which is a Brazilian bbq type place. The lamb there was excellent and we came back twice! Do avoid the signature Brazilian cocktail... too sweet.

The excursions were fine and organized. There weren’t many adrenaline filled things to do, but that also goes along with the Crystal age range and interest levels. The ports had options which were more exciting and with planning the excursions for your group can figure out a fun plan.

The pool experience was also pleasant because there was a great deal of space. We never felt like we were fighting for a good place to sit by the pool and drink service was good. The all inclusive drink package which comes with Crystal was really pleasing to the entire family. Scotch and bourbon for the guys (Johnny Walker Black and Knob Creek, Crispin Cider and Coke for the ladies). New drinks were always offered as well in case we wanted to try something new which was fun.

I would highly recommend this as a high end cruise trip to any group.

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Cabin Review

Penthouse with Verandah
Cabin PH 9105

Well sized cabin with verandah. All the amenities. The housekeeping staff was consistent and kind.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

We had a trolley tour of Balboa Park and were dropped off to explore for about 5 hours. We received a park pass for three museums. The park is beautiful and there are many different options for enjoying the park. It was a long excursion and we all were very ready to get back to relaxing on the ship by the time our pickup window came. I would say it was just average because lunch wasn’t included and there was no easy way back when we were ready.

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