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The Magnificent Crystal Symphony

By Vivian Mastropietro   Monday, February 22nd, 2010

As I arrived in Athens, the excitement was incredible.  We stayed in Athens for 1 night to view the Acropolis and the Parthenon.  It was as incredible as I thought it would be.   The following day we were picked up at our hotel and brought down to the pier.   Boarding was seamless and because of our great connection with Crystal I was able to board early.  I don’t know how they do it but from the minute we boarded, snapped our picture for our I.D. they knew us by name.  Amazing…  

The ship is simply beautiful and has just been refurbished.  Cabins are comfortable and sitting on the balcony in the morning for that cup of coffee was a special time. 

Mealtime was an extra treat.  Although the dining room served exquisite food, Nobu and Prego are the specialty restaurant and special is just what they are.    Reservations are needed but easy to obtain once you are on board.

I cannot say enough about the crew.  From the cabin steward to the Captain everyone was amazing.  A smile on the face and a pleasant greeting were always offered.  It is obvious that everyone working on board enjoys their job and they never give you the feeling that what you are asking is too much trouble.

Virtuoso Voyager Club could not have been better.  The cocktail reception was delightful and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet others who would join us on our private excursion to Ephesus, which turned out to be a highlight of the trip.

Yes from the time you step your foot on to the ship to the time you get off (with tears in your eyes), our experience with Crystal Cruises was amazing!