Back-to-Back, NYC to London, via Iceland: Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by PrincessVictoria22

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Back-to-Back, NYC to London, via Iceland

Sail Date: May 2017
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Reykjavik
I love Crystal, for its outstanding service, friendly crew, beautiful ships, delicious food, and lectures/ other activities. Everything during my 3-1/2 weeks onboard was amazing, from the shore excursions to the cabin stewardess. Embarkation and disembarkation were painless, with no waiting at any point. One never feels "herded" on Crystal.

I particularly appreciate the approach to the Solo traveler---Crystal welcomes us, charging somewhat less than double the fare for a cabin, depending on the cruise. They also host "Table for Eight" dinners in the specialty restaurants, so that one need not dine alone, unless preferred. There were many Solo travelers on my cruise.

This ship and its sister, the Serenity, are scheduled for major upgrades later this year, and, while I'm sure the results will be lovely, I will miss the Symphony just as it is.

The Bistro is one of my favorite spots for a cappuccino with ocean views. Also, there is a More fine selection of sweet and savory snacks, though one could easily make a meal of them.

My cabin was my retreat when I needed downtime--- I kept it very neat and tidy, and therefore it was plenty roomy. The suitcase fits nicely under the bed. I didn't even use half of the storage drawers.

Lectures are a particular favorite of mine, and we had several, on subjects as varied as Donald Trump, Atlantic Ocean geology, and the Ancient Romans. We also had several excellent concerts, as well as fine ballet dancers performances.

All in all, though I just got home last night, I would go again in a heartbeat, and, in fact, am already booked on Crystal for 2018 and 2019. Less

Published 06/17/17

Cabin review: A29094 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (slightly limited view)

Crystal is very honest about declaring ANY view obstruction; my cabin hardly had any view limitation, just the top of a lifeboat well beneath the general line of sight. The bathroom is very easy to navigate, with double above-counter sinks and a nice detachable shower spray head. I liked the shampoo, conditioner, bath/shower gel, and lotion provided. No need to bring one's own.

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Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

Excellent tour guide, included history of city.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Toured cathedral during service. Excellent guide.

Trinity College

Book of Kells and magnificent library. Irish tour guide excellent.

City Tour

Icelandic native tour guide, very informative.

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