2005 - Crystal Symphony Italian Treasures
One of my favorites was a wonderful cruise on board the Crystal Symphony visiting the Italian Treasures!
When I think of Crystal Cruise lines I think of Service. The service was remarkable – the best I have ever experienced on a cruise. From the time we stepped on board until we departed for home we were treated as if we were the most important people on board!
We visited Portofino, Monte Carlo, Livorno and the lovely town of Sorrento. I chose the tour the Excavations of Pompeii while in this port. This is a vast and active archaeological site. I would recommend that when your clients go to Pompeii to go with a guide. The local guide we had pointed out so many things that I would have missed had I just gone on my own. I really enjoyed this excursion. The fact that you are able to walk and see a city that is over 1,700 years old is amazing to me.
This is a perfect sailing for family groups. I spoke with many people who were traveling with 10-15 family members. There was even group on Mothers & Daughters - how perfect!
The Crystal Symphony is 20 years old but is in great shape for her age. During her latest refit, Crystal Symphony underwent a $25 million makeover that included new pool deck furniture; a reworked Lido restaurant with service islands replacing the buffet; newly designed specialty restaurants; upgraded penthouse accommodations; a new Trident Lounge where the Neptune Pool was formerly located; an enormous Jacuzzi at the main pool; Swarovski Crystal chandeliers; and cashmere throws. The cabins were spacious and nicely decorated with neutral colors. This ship has only outside cabins which is the way cruising should be done!