Number of Cruises: 18
Cruise Line: Crystal
Ship: Crystal Symphony
Sailing Date: n/a
Itinerary: Barcelona, Spain to Dover, England
This "Wine and Romance" 12 day cruise had stops in Cannes, France; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar, U.K.; Lisbon, Portugal; Le Verdon, France; Bordeaux, France;. It is truly difficult to describe any negative aspect of this cruiseship, its staff or the administration of procedures.
>From embarkation to the end, we were treated incredibly well and we were called by our names by much of the staff.
SHIP--The design allowed for easy walking from bow to stern and port to starboard. The ship was spotless and kept that way from start to finish.
ROOM-- A spacious 8th deck room with verandah had a double sink bathroom with tub and shower; plenty of closet & cabinet space; stocked fruit basket and refrigerator with free refills of water, perrier and sodas. The bed had rounded corners and selection of linens. Room service was prompt and the food delicious.
FOOD: great taste, great variety in the main dining room, lido buffet deck, specialty restaurants, and grill-BBQ & ice cream stand on the pool deck.
ENTERTAINMENT--The shows and music were plentiful and full of energy. The talent was Las Vegas quality or better.
The cruise director was great. Also, a 50's-60's theme night was a big hit with all passengers and crew.
EXCURSIONS--reasonably priced and a good selection. Also, Crystal supplied free transportation to city centers in ports where docks were distant. They also always had a representative on tours and they provided water.
STAFF-- sincere and happy employees that went out of their way to insure that we were happy. There were no loud announcements, no pushy bar staff or photographers.
OVERALL-- Crystal both earned and deserved their "six-star" rating on this cruise. If you are seeking a semi-personalized and relaxed atmosphere with great food, people and amenities, we can recommend Crystal.