Tokyo to San Francisco, 23 days of being pampered, educated, and involved. This was our first Crystal cruise, and hopefully it will not be our last. This “Movie and Theater” themed cruise offered speakers, documentaries and entertainers. Our days at sea were filled with lecturers and performances. Tours from the ship in various ports were a little bit pricey, but enjoyable. The ship is small enough to be able to meet people more than once. Dining room staff was friendly. Special meal orders were served graciously. Symphony is an older ship, but is very well maintained. A few more electrical outlets would have been helpful, as would have been more prompt repairs to malfunctioning washers and dryers. Over all, cruising on Crystal Symphony was a wonderful experience! Special kudos to Saleh, our waiter who anticipated our every need. Remi, the head waiter, was a miracle worker who brought my the next day’s menu so that my requested salt free meals could be prepared for me.
Our cabin, 8074, on Crystal Symphony. Had a large picture window with a partially obstructed view. We had taken a guarantee of a very obstructed view and were upgraded by one deck to a less obstructed view, which was fine. We most definitely did not need a balcony as almost all of the cruise was in cold weather. The cabin was small, but with adequate closet space and hangers. The bathroom had two sinks, a shower/tub combination with wonderful water pressure and a grab bar. Towels were large and super absorbent and the chambermaid was very attentive to our requests. Having a launderette on the deck was an added plus. You meet the nicest people while doing laundry.