Ship: Crystal Harmony (RETIRED) 86 Reviewed: 8 years ago
This is a great cruise line and a great ship.This was our fist cruise on Crystal and our 9th cruise. We have enjoyed all of our cruises, but Crystal just seems to do everything a little bit better.We used Crystal air arrangements and it was worth it for the extras they provided, especially at disembarkation when they took us to a hotel near the San Francisco airport for a buffet lunch.The food was excellent. All service personnel were friendly and efficent. Our impression was that the passengers were also more friendly, in general, than we have experienced on other cruises we have taken.We enjoy dancing and the dance floors on the Crystal Harmony are very large compared to ships we have been on previously. The dance instructor provided by Crystal was excellent. The bands played excellent dance music at a reasonable level of loudness. Smoke was seldom a problem in the lounges with dancing.Our stateroom (7041) was very nice and always made up at appropriate times. We had purchased a catagory G inside and were upgraded to a catagory C outside on the promenade deck. The bathroom is small but very efficiently arranged and was not a problem.My recommendation for economy-minded cruisers is to try Crystal if a good price is available, as we had on this cruise. On the other hand, I would not pay anything close to their brochure price. Other cruise lines, such as HAL, Princess, NCL, Celebrity, also provide excellent value and a similar cruise experience.
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