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Crystal Symphony Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Crystal Symphony to South America
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2011

This was our 1 cruise on a Crystal ship and we had heard only good things about Crystal Cruises, but there were also some negative items we did not appreciate at all.

First to the good things: nice ship, good size (below 1'000 PAX), never crowded, excellent food in all restaurants, excellent service and staff. Perfectly organised boarding in Valparaiso and de-boarding in Buenos Aires. Well organised excursions (but VERY expensive but that's the same on other cruise lines). Some of the excursions did not fulfill the expectations, but most of them did.

Negative things:

Cabin Review

Cabin A

We were very happy with the cabin. There was plenty of closet and drawer space (considering that next to the 19 day on board we had added another 3 weeks traveling south America thus we had plenty of sloths to be stowed away. Also the bathroom was of very adequate space (plenty of space). Flat bathtub with handles for rough sea.

The one this we were a bit disappointed was the relatively small size of the cabin. For price we paid we had expected a larger cabin (as we were used fro other cruises).

Port Reviews

Puerto Montt

Well located; walking distance to shops, restaurants and the city center.

General remark: We are good and experienced walkers and we do (contrary to a large part of US origin cruise passengers) not use the shuttle bus.

Punta Arenas

Remote ship location, but Crystal provided a shuttle bus to the city center. From there walking distance to shops, restaurants, the city center and some viewpoints.

Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)

Well located; walking distance to shops, restaurants and the city center.


Port Stanley, Falkland Islands: Tender Port; Very small town (village); from tender stop easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and the main street.


Well located; walking distance to shops, restaurants and the city center.

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