Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by zincmet
- Sail Date: November 2011
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Penthouse with Verandah
Our overall impression was very positive. The size of the ship (900 passengers is small these days) was better than we had hoped. During the cruise we had the opportunity to meet and recognize a wide variety of other passengers. We were able to establish friendships with two of the artists who performed on the cruise, something we had not done on larger ships.
Embarkation went efficiently, disembarkation went a little slow but this appeared to be a delay caused by USA officials. Once the officials authorized disembarkation the Crystal staff handled things efficiently. Leaving and returning to the ship at the ports went smoothly.
Our cabin was well appointed and gave us plenty of room for the two week cruise. One bag was just a little too tall to slide under the bed but the staff stored it until the last night of the cruise. Cabin service was very good with just one minor issue - one day the stewardess for got to leave clean wash cloths. When we contacted the staff we received new wash cloths within 15 minutes. Our butler was superb we could not imagine better service delviered by anyone!
We tried open dining and were very pleased with it. Each night we started around 30 minutes after the first seating which allowed us more time to complete daily activiities before dressing for dinner. The dining room staff was marvelous and went above and beyond to cater to my wife's low sodium diet restrictions.
The choices of excursions were a little limited. However two of them - one in Cartagena and one to an archaeological site in Huatalco were excellent. We went out on our own in Georgetown, Grand Cayman and in Puerta Vallarta and enjoyed ourselves each time.
The highlight of the cruse was the full transit of the canal. We had two very knowledgable speakers on the canal with great pre-transit talks and great commentary during the transit.
The other speakers during the cruise were also great and with the length of the cruise and the small number of passengers we got the opportunity to establish a friendship with two of them.
The entertainment was good with variety of individual artists interspersed with the regular musical variety.
Overall we had a wonderful time and will very seriously consider Crystal again.
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Cartagena (Colombia)Friendly atmosphere. The number of buskers and street sellers was as expected.View All 587 Cartagena (Colombia) Cruise Port Reviews
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Grand CaymanFriendly people and not too crowded even though 5 ships were in port during our stay.View All 2,847 Grand Cayman Cruise Port Reviews
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MiamiEfficient transit from airport to port and onto the shipView All 1,934 Miami Cruise Port Reviews
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