Posted August 14th, 2017
5 Things We Love About Crystal Symphony
Last week, we headed down to Dover for a day aboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony. Though the weather wasn’t the best, the ship itself was a shining light within the dockyard, beckoning us to climb aboard and get our first taste of a company that is investing a lot time and money into new and innovative products.
So while guests headed off to London or Dover Castle, we took a tour around this beautiful ship before she goes into dry dock in September for extensive renovations. Here are five areas we loved.
The Trident Grill Area
This was our favourite part of the ship and the ideal place to relax during a day at sea. This dining venue is adjacent to the pool area but is so much more than simply somewhere to grab a quick bit of lunch. The glass roof allows plenty of light to flood in and can also be retracted so that you can enjoy the glorious sun whilst you eat. Along with a menu featuring gourmet pizzas, veggie burgers and wraps, there is also a complimentary ice cream and waffle bar serving as much Ben and Jerry’s as you can manage.
The Choice Of Dining Venues
One of the things highlighted to us in Crystal’s brief presentation at the start of the day was the amount of choice guests have when it comes it dining venues and this was certainly something we noticed as we walked around. As well as the sumptuous menus in the main dining room and the fresh buffet options of the Lido Café, there’s Prego for lovers of Italian, Silk Road for sushi connoisseurs, the aforementioned Trident Grill for poolside snacks, the Bistro for coffee and pastries, and afternoon tea in the Palm Court. Plus, there’s the option to dine in your stateroom or suite at any time of day or night. Phew, I think that’s everything.
The Hollywood Theatre
Whilst the Starlite Club and Galaxy Lounge are great places to enjoy evening entertainment, our favourite spot for this has to be the Hollywood Theatre. Seating around 200 people at any one time, this cinema shows classic and modern films throughout the day and night. There’s also regular educational lectures and even church meetings that take place in this space, all of which will be detailed on the day-to-day schedule that gets delivered to your stateroom every morning.
The Palm Court
Our first impressions of Crystal Symphony were created in the Palm Court as we took our seats with Champagne in hand for a quick introduction to the day. This is a beautiful area in which to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or just to sit and enjoy the stunning panoramic views through the large windows. There are plenty of places to sit, complete with long, comfortable sofas or elegant, high-back chairs, depending on how you’re feeling. A delicate floral lighting features hangs above a wave-like dancefloor area, setting a relaxing tone for the whole room.
Most crew members on board cruise ships are fantastic. They enjoy the interaction with the guests and seem to love what they do. During our time on Crystal Symphony the smiling staff definitely made an impact. Everyone we walked past in the corridors said hello, the waiters at lunch were very attentive and we could tell that they would all be a memorable part of any cruise, helping your time away to be even more relaxing and enjoyable.
As we mentioned at the start of this article, Crystal Symphony is due to go into dry dock in September for a substantial overhaul. The improvements include more suites being added, free Wi-Fi being implemented across the ship, new dining venues and the introduction of open seating. With this in mind, and given what we experienced last week, this vessel is set to be one of the most luxurious and welcoming at sea - if it isn’t already.
If you would like to book your Crystal cruise, call us on 0808 163 6933 and we’ll help you find the perfect itinerary.