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Crystal Symphony Ship Visit 27th July

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    Crystal Symphony Ship Visit 27th July

    My wife and I were fortunate enough to be invited on a ship visit to Crystal Symphony whilst she was in Liverpool and it coincided with our wedding anniversary!
    We were on board for 3 and a half hours.We were first shown to the Palm court the observation lounge at the top of the ship for drinks,the champagne (and other drinks) were flowing!
    The Director of Crystal Uk gave a short speech confirming their expansion into river cruising and that they will build 3 new ocean going vessels which will be roughly twice the size of the 2 current ships but only carry 100 more passengers.
    We were then given a tour of the ship.I was particularly impressed by the quality of furnishings and décor.My personal favourites though were the specilaity Italian dining room,Prego the dedicated cinema which many lines have abandoned and the Bistro which is a small eatery for light snacks which looked really nice.
    The quality of the food on offer was really good and even in the Lido café looked so much better than the average ship buffet.I noticed mini crème brulees and lemon meringue that looked absolutely divine!
    We were only able to look at an outside cabin and the lowest grade balcony as all other cabins were occupied.
    They were both nice but quite small and the balcony itself was tiny.
    We then returned to Palm Court for an excellent buffet style lunch and more complimentary drinks.
    The staff were all very friendly and courteous.I would certainly consider cruising with Crystal once we are cruising without my daughter.
    A really nice touch as they knew it was our anniversary the organiser of the visit gave my wife a bouquet of flowers.A really nice touch and an indication of how they go "the extra mile" I think.
    i took lots of photos,please bear with me..
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/KyzEbE]IMGP2602
    View from cruise Terminal
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/KyzE19]IMGP2604 - Pool deck
    IMGP2605 Main Pool
    IMGP2606 - Copy (2) Palm Court
    [url=https://flic.kr/p/KyzDqb]IMGP2613 - Atrium
    More photos to follow probably tomorrow

    #2
    Hi Phil

    Looks very nice but not for me - I don't do their version of luxury comfortable yes but luxury no.

    Annie

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      #3
      I would love to try such luxury,but it's not likely.

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        #4
        It looks lovely, would lovely to sail on her.

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          #5
          My back would not survive the Palm Court seating - I would rather have a hard chair

          Annie

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            #6
            What a lovely day out and the ship looks lovely. The flowers were a nice touch and it is little attention to details like that you remember...Carol

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              #7
              We are cruising on her in December - around New Zealand and in Sydney for New Year.
              Managed to get a visit to her in Dover last year before we decided to book. We also had a very pleasant buffet lunch.

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                #8
                Hi philhar
                A bit different to the 'razzle dazzle' ferry across the Mersey every morning.
                JC
                C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                  #9
                  I did a ship visit on Crystal Serenity in 2014. I was impressed by the ship. One thing that I do remember was that one of the P&O ships was also in Southampton, and we were told both ships were the same size, but Serenity had half as many passengers.

                  The buffet lunch that they gave us was disappointing in that it didn't really give a flavour of what the meals on board would be like.

                  Crystal is on my wish list, but probably out of my price range.
                  2018-
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                  2019 -
                  NCL Getaway - Norway and Iceland
                  Adventure of the Seas - Fall Foliage

                  2020 -
                  Jewel of the Seas - Abu Dhabi & Dubai
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                    #10
                    How did that come about Phil? I'd love to do a ship visit in Liverpool and take my Nan on board.
                    What a nice way to spend your anniversary.

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                      #11
                      Looks beautiful and sadly looking is all I can afford.

                      Glad you enjoyed your day and anniversary.
                      don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                        #12
                        [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwTea]Atrium ceiling
                        [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwPSk]IMGP2615 -Main dining room
                        [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwPSk]IMGP2615 - main dining room
                        IMGP2618 - Copy (2) by Phil Harrison, on Flickr main dining room
                        [url=https://flic.kr/p/KHXh3M]IMGP2621 - Entrance to Prego specialty restaurant
                        [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwS6D]IMGP2622 - Prego restaurant

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                          #13
                          [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwRWa]IMGP2623 - Prego Menu
                          [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwRMH]IMGP2624 - Prego dessert menu
                          [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwRDM]IMGP2625 - Silk Road (asian speciality restaurant & Sushi bar)
                          [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwRnp]IMGP2628 - Vintage room entrance
                          [url=https://flic.kr/p/JMwPMa]IMGP2629 - Vintage room.
                          The vintage room is a private dining room experience where you can agree a bespoke menu and wines in advance.
                          It wasn't cheap!I can't even remember the prices but it would make your eyes water.

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                            #14
                            IMGP2630 - Copy - The Bistro light bite option near the Atrium looked a lovely spot and the snacks looked lovely

                            [url=https://flic.kr/p/KHXjoZ]IMGP2631 - Cinema
                            IMGP2634 Show lounge could only snap a small section as dancers were practicing on stage
                            IMGP2633 Advert for evening entertainment-it had to be the Beatles!
                            IMGP2636 Bathroom of outside cabin
                            IMGP2637 Outside cabin

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                              #15
                              IMGP2638 Lowest grade balcony cabin
                              IMGP2639 Actual balcony of balcony cabin
                              IMGP2640 Seating area near pool deck and buffet
                              IMGP2641 Same seating different angle
                              IMGP2644 Covered deck area and "living wall"

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