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This cruise was excellent. Food was great. Excursions are top notch. Service was the best We were on Crystal Debussy last summer. This was an identical experience - just colder We had the S1 category room with an expanded closet and double sink. For a winter cruise the larger closet makes sense as the outwear take up a lot of space. Room is immaculate and well laid out. In room amenities are excellent. coffee, wine, water are all included Dining is really a major part of our experience and this ship does not disappoint. Dinner is absolutely stellar. It really is Michelin level food. Every dinner is spot on. Breakfast and lunch is mostly "buffet", but that isn't a downgrade. There is always something good to eat as an entree. Starters and deserts are small - that allows sampling of a variety While the two entertainers are very good, I viewed them as just entertainers. They really don't command the room and take you on a journey. We had a piano player last year -Martin Kaye - and he was great. They need someone with more of a stage presence given the size of the room. They had a few other entertainers brought on board - all good and enjoyable Service in every aspect was excellent. restaurant, butler, housekeeping - everything. They knew your name in a day, they knew your drink in a day Excursions are generally small in size and well explained. Guides are knowledgable. The bus service is great My one gripe is that very young kids are allowed on the boat - two in this case. I know every discussion of "I have been with loud adults, my kid is well behaved etc..." On a river cruise there really isn't a place for the kids to do what kids do. Palm Court becomes a play area during the day, dinner is listening to Barney on an iPad. Moody teenagers staring at their iPhone is one thing, watching a 3 yo dance at 10 pm in Palm Court is another

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Crystal Ravel Cruise Review by tfred

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: River Suite Deluxe with Panoramic Balcony-Window
This cruise was excellent. Food was great. Excursions are top notch. Service was the best

We were on Crystal Debussy last summer. This was an identical experience - just colder

We had the S1 category room with an expanded closet and double sink. For a winter cruise the larger closet makes sense as the outwear take up a lot of space. Room is immaculate and well laid out. In room amenities are excellent. coffee, wine, water are all included

Dining is really a major part of our experience and this ship does not disappoint. Dinner is absolutely stellar. It really is Michelin level food. Every dinner is spot on. Breakfast and lunch is mostly "buffet", but that isn't a downgrade. There is always something good to eat as an entree. Starters and deserts are small - that allows sampling of a variety

While the two entertainers are very good, I viewed them as just entertainers. They really don't command the room and take you on a journey. We had a piano player last year -Martin Kaye - and he was great. They need someone with more of a stage presence given the size of the room. They had a few other entertainers brought on board - all good and enjoyable

Service in every aspect was excellent. restaurant, butler, housekeeping - everything. They knew your name in a day, they knew your drink in a day

Excursions are generally small in size and well explained. Guides are knowledgable. The bus service is great

My one gripe is that very young kids are allowed on the boat - two in this case. I know every discussion of "I have been with loud adults, my kid is well behaved etc..." On a river cruise there really isn't a place for the kids to do what kids do. Palm Court becomes a play area during the day, dinner is listening to Barney on an iPad. Moody teenagers staring at their iPhone is one thing, watching a 3 yo dance at 10 pm in Palm Court is another
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River Suite Deluxe with Panoramic Balcony-Window
Cabin S1
double sinks and larger closet are appreciated during. winter cruise
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