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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review to World Cruise

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Crystal Symphony

99 Night Grand Pacific Explorer (Melbourne To Tokyo)

Sail date: January 05, 2017

Ship: Crystal Symphony

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 8083

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

First of all, Crystal Cruise Lines was so far above any other line we've sailed with, in terms of service, food, accommodation and ambiance, with only 900 passengers and almost 600 crew, that it defies description. The only extra charges were for excursions. Everything else is included, even special dietary requirements, different wines if the current day's offering was not to my satisfaction, and four seatings at the speciality restaurants. It makes for a completely relaxing environment for the entire trip. Add to that the interesting speakers, bridge teacher, and other attractions, as well as a fabulous itinerary around New Zealand, and this was one amazing trip. 


Milford Sound, New Zealand (fiord)




Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
No view

Ship tip

Amazing service. Fabulous food. Take an extra stomach.

Ports of call

Stewart Island, New Zealand

3 out of 5
Walk up the 1 km steep hill to Observation Rick and see the marvelous views all around.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

3 out of 5

Akaroa, New Zealand

3 out of 5

Wellington, New Zealand

3 out of 5

Napier, New Zealand

3 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

1 out of 5
Nothing to see. Don't bother with boring tour.

Auckland, New Zealand

3 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Lovely bath Stateroom
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