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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Symphony

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Crystal Symphony Review

Crystal Symphony’s schedule includes worldwide itineraries that range from seven-day cruises to Grand Voyages of several weeks in length. Many itineraries from point to point can be booked consecutively for a longer trip with unique ports of call on each.

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large, Crystal Symphony is noteworthy in the luxury market for creating intimate spaces in understated, yet sophisticated, surroundings. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. An extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. The most dramatic change was the removal of the indoor swimming pool and hot tub to expand seating for the Trident Grill. The remaining hot tub was expanded and includes a water feature.

Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.

Winner of accolades and too many hospitality industry awards to count, Crystal Cruises offers a taste of the grandeur of the past along with all the modern touches discerning passengers demand today. Founded in 1990 and owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) in Japan, Crystal ships, unlike other luxury vessels, are large, carrying upward of 900 passengers. What makes them distinctive are superior service, a variety of dining options, spacious accommodations, and some of the highest ratios of space per passenger of any cruise ship.

Beginning with ship designs based on the principles of feng shui, the Eastern art of arranging your surroundings to attract positive energy, no detail is overlooked to provide passengers with the best imaginable experience. Just mention a preference for a certain food or beverage and your waiter will have it available whenever you request it.

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court is a delightful daily ritual. You're greeted by staff members in 18th-century Viennese brocade and velvet costumes for Mozart Tea; traditional scones and clotted cream are served during English Colonial Tea; and American Tea is a summertime classic created by Crystal culinary artists.

The line's Ambassador Host Program brings cultured gentlemen on each cruise to dine, socialize, and dance with unaccompanied ladies who wish to participate.

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Pros

  • The professionalism of the ships staff sets them apart
  • The large theater has ample seating and free popcorn
  • Casual dining areas have more than enough seating indoors and outside

Cons

  • Few staterooms can accommodate families
  • While large, the solitary pool and hot tub can feel crowded at times
  • Lower-category staterooms can feel cramped for a luxury ship
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 545
  • Entered Service 1995
  • Gross Tons 51,044
  • Length 781 feet
  • Number of Cabins 470
  • Passenger Capacity 922 (1,010 max)
  • Width 99 feet

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