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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by forepaughs75

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2016
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Verandah

This pair of back-to-back cruises were our 2nd and 3rd cruises. Ever since we cruised on Crystal Serenity in 2014, we have been hooked on Crystal. Symphony is a little smaller so it is a little more intimate too. Public spaces are great, but staterooms are a bit small vs the Serenity.

We might eventually try another cruise line, but it will be hard to beat the only cruise line named a top pick for 20 consecutive yrs by the readers of Conde Nash and members of Cruise Critic. The reasons are impossible to list as they are so many and they can be so personal in choice. With a doubt, the food is beyond compare for a ship feeding just under 1000 passengers.

The Main Dining Room is our favorite place for lunch if we are back early enough from our excursions and we love both the food and the people we have met at dinners there. Breakfast on early excursion days means we eat at the Lido Restaurant, which serves an amazing buffet of virtually everything. Of course they also serve a terrific and very varied lunch buffet. And there's also the Trident Grill for those days when you want to hang around the pool/spa and enjoy a fantastic burger, tasty hotdog, excellent fries, etc. Their menu includes salads too. And right after lunch, you have the opportunity for sweet desserts like ice cream ( Ben & Jerry's) or soft serve. Did I mention there's a bar too?

When you disembark, it takes but a few hours before you realize just how much you miss the 24/7 pampering. Decompression after Crystal takes us about a week!

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Cabin Review

Penthouse with Verandah
Cabin PH 1041

Excellent cabin location. Perfectly located as it is convenient to both the mid & aft elevators as well as the guest laundry. Well appointed and quiet of course. Igor, the butler, was phenomenal. Mid day snacks like shrimp and crab are hard to resist. And there was the bottomless box of deluxe chocolates, the always fresh fruit and flowers and the daily refresh of the mini bar.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


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One of the reasons we decided to see the Temple of Poseidon was to be able to appreciate the coastal towns as you make the hour long drive from Athens.

Athens (Piraeus)

Not the driver's fault since we asked to see this decrepit ruin that sorely needs some TLC. This is nothing more than a money sucking site and it is not worth the 6 euros. One euro is what it is worth!

Temple of Poseidon

We thought this the best of the ancient ruins to see. The sight was impeccably clean and well maintained and the views are fantastic. Do NOT miss this one and be sure to appreciate the hour long drive from Athens along the coast. The restaurant at this site is wonderful and they have the best rest rooms we saw in Greece!. Enjoy a latte or two as you contemplate the views.

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