People who like to be pampered. Staff strive to make your Crystal cruise vacation the perfect one by anticipating your needs for luxury and pampering. You can expect superior service on Crystal Cruises.
People who like to learn. From acting workshops to foreign language classes, Crystal Cruises offers its guests opportunities to enrich their mind, body and spirt.
Healthy Diners. Crystal Cruises recently went trans-fat free in response to a growing public health concern that associates trans-fats with increased risk of coronary heart disease. Low-carbohydrate menus also are available for all meals in all dining venues.
Oenophiles. On a Crystal cruise, select from more than 230 wines, including a new “Reserve Wine List,” featuring such rare vintages as 1959 Château Lafite Rothschild or 1971 Château Petrus.
World cruisers. Crystal Cruises offers world cruises of more than 100 days.
Crystal Included Values
+ value-added Crystal extras!
♦ FREE prepaid gratuities
♦ FREE bottled water, sodas, specialty coffees and teas
♦ FREE fine wines and premium spirits in bars, restaurants, on deck
♦ FREE specialty restaurants
Crystal Cruises - Cruise Line and Cruise Ship Reviews
Offering the best of both worlds, Crystal Cruises delivers an intimate, upscale experience but on ships large enough to provide many spacious public rooms and dining venues, plus the industry’s most extensive repertoire of onboard classes, lectures and workshops.
Adding to the great value of a Crystal cruise, the line is all-inclusive since spring 2012, bundling all alcoholic drinks (wines and spirits) in the fares, plus soft drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees and tips.
Carrying 922 and 1,070 passengers apiece, Crystal Cruises' two ships,
Crystal Symphony and
Crystal Serenity, globetrot around the world with well-heeled mostly American couples in their 50s plus, spending significant time in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, and New England and Canada, as well as the Far East, the South Pacific and South America.
Dining On Crystal Cruises
Food, and the lavish table settings and smart service that come along with it, is a highlight of a Crystal cruise. Each ship has an elegant formal dining room with two seatings as well as three chic alternative restaurants: an Italian venue and two pan-Asian restaurants featuring cuisine by renowned master chef Nobu Matsuhisa, including a sushi bar.
There’s also a poolside grill serving everything from salmon burgers to tuna melts, plus an indoor café with a delectable spread of pastries, cheese and cold cuts. Enjoy the daily elaborate high tea service and the great themed luncheon buffets that are legendary in cruise circles.
Activities Galore On Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises' impressive roster of activities is another high point. A typical Crystal cruise hosts four or five accomplished lecturers, from authors to politicians, scientists and other luminaries, as well as complimentary computer training classes, Berlitz language classes and Yamaha keyboard instruction.
Sign up for art classes conducted by the Parsons School of Design and wellness programs organized by the Cleveland Clinic and the Tai Chi Cultural Center. Further, there are dozens of themed sailings spread over the year and focused, food and wine, art, film, dance, jazz, wellness, and other subjects.
For more physical pursuits, large oceanview gyms are stocked with the latest equipment and offer complimentary classes like spinning, yoga and pilates. There are also golf-driving nets, a putting green, paddle-tennis courts, shuffleboard and walks along the 360-degree Promenade Decks.
Multiple entertainment venues include a theater for production shows, plus several romantic lounges, a dance club, a couple of bars and a spacious casino.
Family Cruising On Crystal Cruises
Of all the luxury lines, Crystal Cruises does the most for families with bright playrooms and supervised activities whenever demand calls for ages 3 and up. Teens also get their own space and you can borrow kiddy books and videos in the library.
Though considered the largest true luxury vessels in high-end cruise market, the cabins aren’t as roomy as they are aboard Crystal’s smaller high-end peers (ie, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and Seabourn). Still, the recently refurbished cabins are comfortable, and all categories have a mini-fridge, exceptionally comfy bedding and a huge offering of in-cabin movies.
Accolades For Crystal Cruises
For more than a decade running, readers of upscale travel magazines have given top honors to Crystal Cruises. The distinction is well-deserved for Crystal, which succeeds in its goal to provide guests with the finest luxury services available.
Crystal Cruises' All-Inclusive Cruising
Crystal Cruisers is all-inclusive, with complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ships, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff. The complimentary gratuity amenity also includes Penthouse butler service as well as service in all of Crystal’s specialty restaurants and sushi bar.
Always included at no additional cost are:
• non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks and fresh juices
• meals, including dining in specialty restaurants that feature the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio
• high tea
• ice cream and frozen yogurt bar
• gym, steam, saunas and whirlpools
• numerous fitness classes such as Spinning and group Pilates Reformer instruction
• golf lessons with PGA pros
• Walk-on-Water weighted vests and Nordic Pole walking equipment
• Yamaha keyboard classes
• Berlitz language classes
• paddle tennis
• dozens of computer/technology classes
• art classes
• Crystal Visions lecture series, featuring Crystal Visions lecture series featuring distinguished speakers
• award-winning entertainment
• in-stateroom movie and CD rentals
• film screenings in the onboard cinema
• dance lessons
• dedicated junior cruiser facilities
• early embarkation luncheon
• welcome champagne
• shuttles to town
• pillow menus
• self-service laundries
• twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
• 24-hour room service.
Penthouse accommodations also feature personal butler service, pressing, stocked bar, and other amenities and services.
All guests enjoy Six-Star service from gracious European-trained wait staff, concierges who belong to the prestigious “Les Clefs d’Or,” and sommeliers certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in history.