Last fall I spent a pleasant night aboard the Crystal Symphony in Boston Harbor. The ship was berthed for the night, so I sampled its many amenities and was lulled to sleep in my spacious stateroom on my own “water” bed.

Weighing in at 51,000 tons and 781 feet in length, Crystal Symphony still is classified as a “large” cruise ship. Most notable is its 1.73-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio — the highest in the industry — and its 480 elegantly appointed staterooms, all facing out

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