We went on the May Mediterranean Cruise on the Symphony. It began in Rome and stopped in Taormina, Venice, Bari, Italy then over to Kusadasi, Turkey, then Santorini, Mykonos and Athens, Greece.
We were in an A cabin with a balcony - absolutely wonderful. It was an amazing experience to come into port in the Mediterranean and watch the city come up from your own balcony. Our whole experience was exceptional. I had heard that Crystal was a 6 star line - and I would agree with that assessment.
The service was unbelieveable - across the board. The food was great (my favorite thing was the afternoon teas up in the Palm Court) the ship was beautiful, most of the ports were great. I have been on two other cruise ships - one horrible experience (coming across the Atlantic as hurricane Camille goes up it - I need say no more) and one very mediocre experience (Caribbean cruise). I was in no way prepared for this experience. Checkin took 2 minutes - and our luggage was in the room when we got there. All the people at our table for dinner were great. All the excursions we took were excellent - outstanding tour guides. All the salon/spa services we used were great.
I had heard that the age of Crystal passengers was older than other cruise ships - did not find that to be true - passengers of all ages, average age was probably 40ish. There were some children - not alot. I would recommend this cruise for anyone. It certainly isn't the least expensive option, but it certainly was a memorable option and we thought, well worth the price. The only thing I did not think was great was the entertainment - it was OK, but to be fair - we tended to do other things and it just wasn't a priority for us.
I put that this was best suited for couples since I could only pick one - but we met students, singles, families friends and seniors on the cruise -and they were all having a great time!
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