Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "A - O" > Crystal Cruises
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Crystal Cruises
Read Crystal Cruise Reviews from real cruisers and compare the best Crystal Cruise Deals.


Register for a Cruise Critic/Crystal Cruises Meet & Mingle

Need to make a change or addition to your Meet & Mingle registration? Update Your Meet & Mingle Registration

GO TO: Crystal ROLL CALL Forums

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old August 17th, 2004, 07:32 PM
Mimi949 Mimi949 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: California
Posts: 10
Thumbs up Back from the Baltic, Red October

We had a great cruise on the Symphony. The food in the main dining room was outstanding as were the shows and many programs. We had an expert on Tall Ships aboard and in addition to his presentations he took a group of us on board for a complete tour of the Polish ship that was in Antwerp along with some 30 or 40 others.

We set up a private tour of St. Petersburg with another couple with Red October. Contrary to some horror stories we had heard about other cruise ships, the Crystal Symphony staff were most cooperative and allowed us "independents" to disembark first.
Reply With Quote

  #2  
Old August 18th, 2004, 07:23 AM
Judith02 Judith02 is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Posts: 6,793
Default welcome home

I'm glad you enjoyed your cruise on the Symphony. Was this your first cruise on Crystal or on the Symphony? If so, did it live up to your expectations? Are you planning another cruise? We have only done the various ship's tours in St. Petersburg; where did you go with Red October? Judith
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old August 20th, 2004, 04:32 PM
Mimi949 Mimi949 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: California
Posts: 10
Default

This was our second cruise on the Crystal Symphony and we chose it over other options because we were very pleased with everything on our first one.

On the first day we started with a tour of the city highlights which also took us into St. Peter & Paul Fortress. Then the Hermitage (immediate entry here as well as at other sites). Lunch at the Rzjevsky restaurant. Wonderful visit at the Yusupov's Palace. On to the Peterhof, tour of gardens and a visit of Catherine's Block. We stopped for photo shoots of the Aurora and statues of Peter the Great and several others.

The second day we were starting with Catherine the Great's Palace but since we got an early start, on the way we saw a pink and white confection of a church, Chesme, which was used as a hospital during WWII and had a cemetary in back of it. Then the war memorial to the 900 Day Siege, and the statue of Lenin in Moscow Plaza. Catherine's Palace was very crowded but since we were just 4 and a guide we had a wonderful tour. We stopped for souvenirs, half an hour. Lunch at Our Petersburg followed by visit of The Savior on the Spilled Blood Cathedral, visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral and on the way back to the ship an unscheduled visit to the Jewish Synagogue. (By visit I mean we went inside and toured the facility.) We had to be back at the ship by 3:45pm.

Prior to sailing Crystal did not offer small private tours and that is why we went ahead and made our own arrangements.
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:49 AM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.