Our first time on a Crystal Cruise and chose this cruise based on recommendations and the itinerary.
The pro's -
Embarkation and disembarkion - quickest and most organised of any cruises done to date
Food - The best food of all cruise lines to date, only thing that let it down at times was the sweets, OK but not amazing unlike the entrée and mains.
Service - Waterside - a big thanks to Gorkan, Tamas who really looked after us, the buffet staff were all wonderful, Pinto from the Italian restaurant and in the Cove bar, Chris and Priscilla who made our cruise memorable. Our cabin girl Danijela looked after us so well.
Cabin - 5010 on the 5th deck was lovely, quiet, no movement, kept spotlessly clean and had adequate storage and all that you needed. Was a lot smaller than the Visa cabin (same cat.) on the Silverseas ships.
Entertainment in the Galaxy theatre, enjoyable.
the con's -
Activities - What activities! So little to do apart from computer, lectures...……
Entertainment - this ship has marvellous bars but if your sitting in a bar after 10.00pm there is more likely hood that there will be more staff in the room than passengers. We sat in the Avalon bar one evening - Piano player and four of us and five staff...……...so no atmosphere at all. Found the piano (2 piano players) and violin (she was amazing) all a bit boring over an 11 day cruise. Same as the duo. Really need more entertainment geared for passengers who would like up beat music and a bit of fun.
Saying that, seems that the majority of the passengers are very old (and we are in our 70's).
We did not book our excursions through Crystal as found it much cheaper to book ourselves online. Alaska itself is more suited to fit and able passengers who would like to do outdoor activities. If your interest is the towns, found them all much the same, so many jewellery shops, same type of tourist shops, etc. All a bit contrived. Sitka was my favourite stop, lovely walks and suited for older passengers.
After two cruises with Silversea's I was anticipating staff calling us by name occasionally but found only Chris in the Cove bar remembered our names after 11 days.
The cabin was lovely and quiet, loved the location on deck 5. Little movement felt.
Cabin was comfortable and kept spotlessly clean by Danijela, had adequate storage and coat hangers. Bathroom very small and shower head over bath which I dislike, as have difficulties getting in and out. Found for cost of cabin not anywhere as luxurious as those of the same cat. on the Silverseas.