Crystal Symphony

4.5 out of 5

Overview

Crystal Symphony is a small ship, carrying 922 passengers and 575 crew, and sails from New York, New York and Cape Town, South Africa.

Sails from: Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida, New York, New York, San Francisco, California

Cruises to: North America, Asia & Indian Ocean, South Pacific - Tahiti

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

White nights done right

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We visited six ports of call in 10 days. The organized tours helped us make the best use of time in port. Lots of activities on ship made for fun and variety. The ship itself is like a floating four star hotel. Almost any need was anticipated in advance. The regular wines included in the tour were great selections, much better than typical everyday fare. Several different eating venues with convenient times, good variety, and great service helped to round out a vacation of a lifetime. We can't waiting to cruise again.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Overall it was a good trip!

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Service was very good as was food. Would have been nice to stay in Estonia overnight. Seemed because of time of year perhaps, that tour sites were very crowded.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Wonderful time on the Symphony in China and Japan

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Second time on Symphony and can't wait to get back.  First class service all the time, never a let up.

Great ports of call in Beijing and all over Japan.  They took the entire ship to Beijing for a three day, two night excursion, all part of the cruise fee, nothing additional.  On top of that, the accommodations and food were first class and the sightseeing just incredible.  We had an amazing tour guide the entire three days, Oscar on Bus #22, and his contributions were essential in making Beijing a memorable stop.

Japan is in full bloom with cherry blossoms so every stop was beautiful. All the stops were exciting.  The ship made the decision to miss a port to avoid possibly being stranded in the strait for a couple of days, courageous and correct decision and one that was well communicated to the entire ship.

We had one problem on an excursion and Crystal immediately refunded our cost to us.

Food was incredible.  Just cruised on Celebrity Solstice around New Zealand two months ago and they are about five levels below Crystal.  Nice having all inclusive cruising as well, even though we don't drink.

We loved the destinations, all were up to our expectations and Crystal really know how to treat a guest.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

WONDERFUL TRIP

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would recommend this to experience many places without unpacking/packing and flying constantly.  great itinerary   Our cruise specialist, Trisha Kirkbride (luxury cruise agent)was great and always took care of every detail    Would highly recommend her.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Wonderful Time

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The overall experience was extremely positive but then we got very lucky and fortunate which improves everything. We were assigned a table of six for the early seating. We ended up with two other couples who we had so much fun with that the highlight of each day was having dinner with them.  The cruise was under booked with about 550 guests. They had about 480 staff and crew on board so you could not move far without someone helping you or serving you. Food was excellent in all aspects of the club. We did not do Prego or Silk Road much as we wanted to enjoy our friends in the main dining room. Those two places were very good as well. The Lido Cafe for breakfast/lunch was exceptional. Trident Grill makes an excellent hamburger. Most of our excursions were cultural in nature and we found them very informative and enjoyable. Others on board had excursions that they felt less positive about. I really thought the "at sea" lecture series to be one of the highlights of the cruise. What fantastic people sharing their experiences. The evening entertainment was also very good especially the show "Imagination". Thee were some "hiccups" at times but in a three week cruise this can be considered inevitable. Some friends had less positive experiences in terms of services rendered and excursion availability but these were more exceptions rather than normal practices. Overall ships comfort was impressive. Some rough sea days (10 feet + seas) made walking about interesting but not impossible. Stabilizers did an impressive job!!! I would be happy to take a Crystal Cruise again. I am not sure I would fly 20 hours to do so.

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  • Price: $$$$

  • Size: S

  • Total Passengers: 922

  • Total Crew: 575

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.60

  • Built: May 1995

  • Refurbished: 8 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 8

  • Total Cabins: 476

  • Cabin Categories: 21

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Crystal Symphony has 476 cabins and 21 cabin categories.

stevenmyerson
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Aug 17, 2015

Great cruise line and comfortable ships. Staff is very first class, friendly, and will go out of there way to acomodate you.

lhazelsherman
Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Mar 29, 2017

great cruise, value and would highly recommend

brian488
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Oct 01, 2015

Book your shore excursions months in advance.

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