Crystal Symphony Cruise Review to South America

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1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Fantastic first experience crusing

Sail Date: January 03, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Not a bad first cruise experience. I really felt everyone worked so hard to make this a great experience. We started off on the wrong foot however. Several special surprises planned for me by husband were not pulled off by staff. They were quick to correct but it was beside the point - the surprise was lost. Super amazing bed and pillow. Having a balcony was a huge plus! Room service at any time was solid. It was fun to use that when you wanted a break from food in restaurants (and people).

Cabin / Stateroom
Lovely. Great bed and pillows
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Rio embarkation was horrible, but that might be more to major construction. Still - little effort to may it better
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Better experiences when I booked my own
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
once we got clear on food restrictions - awesome!
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Ilhabela, Brazil
Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil
Santos, notsomuch. Take the LONG (90MINS) drive to Sao Paulo. Great city. Book tour privately. It's cheaper and you move faster
Itajai, Brazil
Stay on the ship and don't look out.
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Really outstanding experience - staff terrific. Food/beverages great. If you want to eat healthy - it's a bit of a challenge.

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