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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Crystal Symphony

5 Night Central America Getaway (Caldera To Puerto Vallarta)

Sail date: December 11, 2019

Ship: Crystal Symphony

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 9059

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall, this was by far the best cruise experience I've had with 6 other cruises. First time on crystal and definitely will not be the last. Literally, the only negative i would say is that the boat moves a lot and vibrates a lot. I don't know whether i'm just used to much larger ships with the other cruise lines but 2 of the 5 nights it was impossible to sleep because of the vibrations. The seas were not rough either. Again, my overall experience greatly outweighed this one negative but it is worth mentioning. The food was superb and we are tough critics. I would like to add we are in our early 30s and were definitely the youngest by about 30 years but that didn't bother us at all. It was very quiet everywhere. We were usually the only ones in the casino. The staff was extremely attentive, and you were being offered something within 45 seconds of sitting down to eat int he buffet or at a table. The drinks were very well made! Again we can't wait to cruise Crystal again!


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Everything about the food was 6 star. We experienced each specialty dining restaurant. Prego was exquisite. The buffet is amazing as well. You can easily eat well even on a buffet. It was out of this world fresh! Also a great variety!

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
There were little to no good activities. We played bingo and went to a magician. Definitely need more activities.


2 out of 5
Musician was just ok, it was not very exciting at all

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was incredible, our butler Simon was amazing. Room stewards were on point. Overall every member of that ship had a good attitude and were eager to make the experience great

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was well maintained considering how old this ship is

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Everything about the cabin was perfect. I will have a hard time downsizing in the future!

Ship tip

Get ready to feel like royalty!

Ports of call

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
We flew into Costa Rica the same day and did not experience this port of call, the port was odd

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua Did not visit port

We did not get off the ship

Acajutla Did not visit port

We did not get off the ship

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5
We rode to the airport but the walk from the port to where the taxis were was kind of strange.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Did not visit port

Trip ended

San Diego, California Did not visit port

Trip ended


5 out of 5
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