The staterooms were the most recent element of the Crystal Symphony to undergo renovation, and with fantastic results. Now with new linens, updated appliances and a sleek new design, the staterooms look more at home in a five-star hotel than on an ocean liner. All staterooms have an ocean view, and 65% have a verandah.
But the true stars of the show are the luxury penthouse suites. Crystal suites features a walk-in closet, whirlpool tub and a roomy shower. Guests can enjoy panoramic ocean views, flatscreen TVs in the bedroom and the bathroom, all-inclusive in-suite dining and complimentary refreshments at different points in the cruise. Paired with a personal butler service, a stay in a penthouse suite is a dream come true.
Dining & Gastronomy
Crystal cruises knows what to keep and what should stay the same. The crowd pleasing specialty restaurants Prego and Silk Road are back, serving up gourmet Italian and Japanese fare. The Crystal Dining Room has an updated menu to include lighter, healthier options than before. And the exquisite level of service is maintained, with the highly-trained wait staff remembering each diner’s preference – even from previous cruises.
Entertainment and Activities
The Crystal Symphony offers the perfect blend of traditional and modern on-board activities. Entertainment options include traditional cruise favorites such as comedy shows and wine tastings. Educational programs are particularly popular, with passengers enjoying informative lectures, hands-on workshops and art classes, and the “Computer University @ Sea” classes are often completely full. The onboard tennis court is a major hit, and cruise veterans will not miss the pool with jacuzzi, on-board shopping and numerous bars and lounges.
The dress code aboard the Crystal Symphony is daytime casual, evening formal. After 6 p.m. on most nights, passengers dress smart casual or slightly formal. Women tend to wear slacks, skirts or dresses, while men wear buttoned shirts, collared shirts and slacks. On formal nights, the dress code is black tie optional, meaning anything from dressy evening wear to extravagant ball gowns and tuxes.