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Hometown: Florida
Joined: 05/17/2016
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Cruiseline: Celebrity Cruises

Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Cruiseline: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Cruiseline: Oceania Cruises

kcoyne's Past Cruises

Crystal Serenity

October 2016 - Crystal Serenity to Canada, New England, New York

The new Gold Standard for Cruising and truly spoiled onboard

We have cruised a lot...and by a lot, I mean more than 200 times and mostly on the Big 7 cruise lines in a variety of cabins from balcony to suites.  We are in our mid-40’s and look forward each year to a special trip that we splurge on.  Prior to this cruise our favorite overall experiences were Oceania and Windstar.  We have now set the Gold Standard to which all future cruises will be compared to.  We LOVED our experience on Crystal and from the moment we stepped into the terminal at NYC all the way through to getting to our cabin, there were smiling faces welcoming us and escorting us to each step. 


This was our Anniversary cruise so we selected the Penthouse category on Deck 10 complete with a butler.  Our butler, Damien, greeted us within minutes of arriving to our cabin to show us the features of the cabin, pour us drinks and find out our preferences and expectations for the cruise.  He was warm, welcoming and we looked forward each day to his afternoon canapés and cocktails.  He along with cabin stewardesses, were absolutely fantastic.


Our cabin was well appointed and VERY comfortable!  We had a nice size couch and chair where you could look out to the oversized balcony...with actual real patio furniture that was comfortable to lounge in and soak up the views.  The room has two twin bed or they push together to make a large queen size and was one of the most comfortable beds and pillows I've ever experienced on cruise or land.  Nice comfy bathrobes and changing robes were included in the large walk-in closet.  The bathroom was complete with his/her sinks, full size shower and separate jacuzzi tub.  A really cool feature was the speaker in the bathroom pipped in whatever TV show/movie sound from the TV right into the bathroom.


The food and service across the ship and at every venue was top notch!  Always warm smiles and attentive service.  The food selection was various and each dish was fantastic.  Prego the Italian restaurant and Silk Road Sushi (by Nobu) are the two most sought after specialty restaurants and require advance reservations.  The main dining room exceeded our expectations with our waiters, Nikola and Alen being the highlight.  There were 4-6 options for every course from appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert.  The breakfast and lunch buffets in the Lido were as extensive as they were varied.  All the food venues across the ship were truly exceptional, of the highest quality and tremendous options…not to mention outstanding taste!  We were truly impressed by the food and service on this cruise and life after the cruise has become very disappointing.  Our first dinner home we looked at each other and lamented as to how much we missed Nikola and Alen…and the amazing meals.


There was a variety of shows, lectures and events throughout the day on the ship.  Most impressive was the computer lab with an extensive offering of classes during the cruise.  The library was well stocked with books and movies, which could be taken to your cabin for viewing.  Also, there is a movie theatre onboard that shows a variety of movies and also used for lectures and other events.


If there is one constructive feedback to offer, it’s that the wifi is very slow!  There is an hour per day complimentary per person but unless you have a lot of patience or time to spend connecting and for pages to load, you will likely not use all of the time allotted and give up in frustration.  Being working professionals (not retired) we needed to check email during our trip, which was quite cumbersome but given the long port days, it was pretty easy to use wifi in the port.  My suggestion would be to give up on being connected and go spend time eating, drinking and enjoying all the ship has to offer!


Crystal is an all-inclusive experience from food to drinks and everything in between.  You would not need to spend another dollar while on onboard except for the obvious/expected things such as shore excursions, casino, spa and onboard shopping.  Tipping is included in the cruise fare but we felt the service was so exceptional that we opted to give our waiters and room butler a little extra at the end of the cruise. 

We can’t wait to book our next Crystal cruise as we were truly spoiled!  Acclimating back to real life after this cruise is very hard and this will be a trip that we will talk about for months and years to come!

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December 2015 - AmaCerto to Europe

Amazing experience and fantastic food/service

Going into this cruise, we had no idea what to expect other than what we read in the brochure and online.  Overall we were completely blown away!  The cabins are nicely appointed.  We are were on Cello deck and had a balcony as well as french balcony.  Since it was December, I thought we wouldn't spend much time out there.  We were pleasantly surprised the weather was quite nice and it was great to sit out there in the morning and evening.  The room was nicely appointed with a good size shower, more like what you find in a boutique hotel.  There was plenty of closet and drawer space as well.  The best part and most memorable on-board was the food and service!  The soups were to die for!  Overall the food was fantastic at every meal with lots of local favorites and truly something for everyone!  The staff across all areas of the ship were superior with warm, friendly smiles and greeting us by name.  It always amazes me that they can remember our names.  The ports of call or should I say, stops along the river were interesting and a nice selection of shore excursions are included.  Again, there is truly something for everyone.  We are in our 40's and among the youngest on-board, but there were several families with kids mostly high school and college age.  I would highly recommend AMA Waterways to anyone interested in river cruising.  It's the right balance of luxury without being stuffy.  We can't wait to book our next river cruise on AMA! 

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November 2014 - Insignia to Caribbean

"Amazing Cruise!"

Brilliance of the Seas

January 2014 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Jewel of the Seas

April 2012 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Jewel of the Seas

April 2012 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Paradise

January 2012 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Pride of America

May 2011 - Pride of America to Hawaii

Norwegian Gem

October 2007 - Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Norwegian Pearl

December 2006 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean - Western

Queen Mary 2

December 2006 - Queen Mary 2 to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Sensation

August 2006 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Freedom of the Seas

June 2006 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Century

March 2006 - Celebrity Century to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Inspiration

December 2005 - Carnival Inspiration to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Fantasy

May 2005 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Conquest

November 2002 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Sensation

October 2001 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Fantasy

July 2001 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

Celebrity Mercury (RETIRED)

March 2001 - Celebrity Mercury (RETIRED) to Caribbean - Eastern

kcoyne's Tips

AmaCerto AmaCerto - Make sure you have a french balcony and/or full balcony - it's nice to have the fresh air and quiet space to enjoy the scenery.

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reviewed their Europe cruise on AmaCerto and gave it 5 stars!