Crystal Symphony Cabins
- Pro: Superb service and cuisine
- Con: Production shows need improvement
- Bottom Line: A luxurious experience with big-ship amenities
Crystal Symphony Cabins
Crystal's sleek design, reminiscent of a Four Seasons hotel, features soothing neutrals, plush furnishings and superb beds that can be converted from a queen to twins. All cabins offer a loveseat and vanity/desk with chair; flat-screen television with audio-video on demand and a DVD player (DVDs are free to borrow from the library); and a mini-fridge with complimentary soft drinks and bottled water. (Penthouse suites and above also have a complimentary liquor selection.) There's a safe, hair dryer and plenty of storage space, from closets to drawers and bedside tables with drawers. Frette bathrobes to borrow hang in the closets.
Bathrooms make the most of tight spaces and include bathtub/shower combos, marble floors and Etro toiletries (in full-sized containers). We love the double sinks in all cabin bathrooms.
Crystal Symphony has three accessible staterooms (one Penthouse and two staterooms with veranda). These have 32-inch-wide doorways in to both stateroom and bathroom, roll-in showers and accessible closet rods and shelves.
There are also 26 connecting cabins and 100 staterooms with third berth available for families and groups.
Oceanviews: The biggest challenge with Crystal Symphony's cabins is that standard outsides (which the line calls "deluxe") measure just 202 square feet, and are small for a luxury ship. The rooms, however, are bright, with large windows.
Balconies: Deluxe verandahs are the same size and design as ocean-view cabins, with an additional 44-square-foot balcony. The verandah is outfitted with two chairs and a small table.
Crystal uniquely offers a handful of PURE staterooms that feature hypoallergenic environments. Aimed at passengers who suffer allergies or asthma, these cabins undergo a special seven-step process to eliminate some 99.9 percent of impurities from the air. PURE staterooms are balcony cabins classified as categories A2 and A3.
Suites: Crystal Symphony's penthouse-level suites come in three sizes: the 367-square-foot Penthouse with Verandah, 491-square-foot Penthouse Suite with Verandah and 982-square-foot Crystal Penthouse with Verandah. All are comfortable and elegant, and feature a neutral color scheme, centered on taupe, ivory and sand colors and lots of stone on the countertops and bedside tables.
The smallest Penthouses feature a large living space with couch, chairs and coffee table along with a desk/vanity. Each Penthouse has a walk-in closet. The sleek and elegant bathrooms have a separate whirlpool tub and a spacious shower. Verandahs are outfitted with adjustable mesh chairs (cushions provided) and dining tables for two.
The Penthouse Suites feature separate living and sleeping spaces; the bedroom is cordoned off from the living room by a curtain. The living room has a large desk, full sofa (with pullout queen-sized bed), coffee table, TV, armchairs, dining table for two and a bar/mini-fridge setup. There's a walk-in closet off the entryway. The spacious bathroom, with separate soaking tub and shower, opens to both the living area and the bedroom. The bedroom is cozy with fantastic bedding, from sheets to mattresses. There's a second television and a pair of nightstands with good drawer storage.
Balconies are longer than standards, extending the length of the suite, which essentially is the width of two standard cabins. They're outfitted with a dining table, chairs and a pair of chaises.
The two top suites, the 982-square-foot Crystal Penthouses, have had a complete makeover since the ship's 2014 refurbishment -- everything from structure to soft furnishings. Each two-room suite has a completely separate bedroom and living space. The highlight of the new design is the placement of a dining table into a nook surrounded by a wall of windows. The living area also features attractive teak shelving, an L-shaped couch, desk, armchairs and a built-in bar. The large walk-in closet includes a vanity area and his and hers storage space.
The bathroom is so beautiful you'll just want to move in; the tub is by Philippe Starck and has uninterrupted ocean views (and, more prosaically, a flat-screen TV recessed into the wall), while the granite sink is backed by shimmery glass mosaic tiles. A second half-bath is available for guest use.
All three categories of Penthouse suites have butlers who bring afternoon canapes, make restaurant and spa reservations, replace beverages and serve room-service meals. There are also walk-in closets. Another extra: Suite-holders are provided with complimentary bottles of wine, plus a choice of liquor (one full-sized bottle per person). Mini-fridges are continually stocked with beer and soda. If you're a room-service fan, definitely book one of these cabins, as butlers can serve course-by-course meals. You can order from the main dining room, Silk Road and Prego during operating hours, for no extra charge. (You can even create a delicious Silk Road-Prego combo, by ordering appetizers from one venue and mains from the other.)
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