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Crystal Cruises

'Cruise Circle says...'

Voted the World’s Best for 27 years…

Onboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, all-Inclusive cruising includes speciality dining in the most exquisite of restaurants such as the only sea-going restaurants of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa - Umi Uma and The Sushi Bar, as well as the Northern Italian inspired Prego; An endless pour of fine Wines & premium spirits and beers throughout the ship; Open bar service in all lounges; Complimentary soft drinks, bottled water and speciality coffees and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff as well as Butler service in our Penthouses.

Following multi-million-dollar reimaginations, both ships now offer open-seating and new culinary inspirations in the form of Churrascaria – an onboard Brazilian steakhouse – and Silk, a Chinese-inspired al fresco dining experience. Guests will also enjoy beautifully redesigned public spaces; complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi; brand new suite categories onboard Crystal Symphony and more spacious Penthouse and Penthouse Suite categories onboard Crystal Serenity, plus, with a reduction in guest number onboard, Crystal’s guest-to-space ratio is one of the highest at sea.

Days and evenings can be filled with endless enrichment and innovative entertainment including Wine Tasting; Hands-on cooking classes with celebrity guest chefs and Crystal Visions Enrichment lectures.  A curated collection of more than 2,000 Crystal Adventures® shore excursions also provides you with enriching insight and privileged access to the world’s most fascinating destinations. Award-Winning Broadway-style entertainment awaits you each evening in the Galaxy Lounge; recent release films are shown in the surround sound Hollywood Theatre accompanied by freshly popped popcorn; Enjoy close up magic from members of the Magic Castle and the opportunity of a flutter in the Resorts World At Sea Casino… Add to this, outstanding first class service from an attentive crew; elegant & sumptuous accommodation and some 63 different itineraries and it is understandable why Crystal guests return again and again.

Who goes on Crystal Cruises cruise ships?

Its signature longer, more exotic cruises attract an affluent 55-plus crowd, though shorter sailings can skew slightly younger. North American passengers are in the majority, but Crystal takes pains to cater to an international mix of passengers, including a strong Asian contingent -- the ships will provide kimonos as well as bathrobes in accommodations. You'll also find families on Crystal ships, especially in the summer, as the line has dedicated facilities and comprehensive programming for cruisers ages 3 to 17.

Do I have to dress up on a Crystal Cruises cruise?

Yes. Clothing onboard Crystal's ships is dressy, particularly on formal nights. Even on other nights, passengers tend to wear cocktail attire (women) and suits (men). During the day, elegant casual is the rule, and you won't see swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups/robes, baseball hats or denim cutoff shorts in the dining venues. After 6 p.m. shorts and baseball caps are not permitted anywhere for men or women. On Black Tie Optional nights, held on cruises longer than seven days, men generally wear a dark suit with tie or a tuxedo; for women, it means a formal cocktail dress, evening gown or dressy evening separates. On the evening of the company's themed party, Crystal White Extravaganza, suggested dress is -- you guessed it -- white.

Is everything free on Crystal Cruises cruises?

Almost everything is included in the base for a Crystal cruise, including gratuities, unlimited internet, sodas, fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as room service. Specialty dining, including Umi Uma by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is free for one reservation per passenger (must be booked pre-cruise); repeat reservations carry a $30 per person fee unless you are sailing in Penthouse category accommodations. There are complimentary Crystal Adventures shore excursions on the yacht expedition sailings, but you'll have to pay extra for all other excursions, spa and beauty treatments, laundry and dry cleaning.

What are Crystal Cruises's most popular activities?

Among the most popular activities onboard a Crystal ship are those that involve education of some sort, whether it be how to design a webpage, learning about food and wine, or listening to a guest lecturer talk about history, music or film. At the same time, Crystal's passengers faithfully flock to cruise traditions, such elegant afternoon tea, paddle tennis sessions, nights in the casino and activities like bingo and napkin folding. Its inventive and diverse shore excursions tend to empty the ships in port. In addition to the more conventional shore excursions, the company pioneered programs providing its affluent passengers with service and donation opportunities to give back to the destinations they visit, and the complimentary You Care, We Care excursions typically fill up very quickly.

Best for...

Luxury-loving couples seeking a variety of enriching sea day activities, varied gourmet dining and lounge-style entertainment

Not the best for...

Luxe cruisers expecting huge entry-level cabins, rowdy partiers

What's Included

Fine Dining

•    Up to eleven evening dining venues
•    Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the ship
•    Complimentary evening of speciality restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa's Umi Uma or The Sushi Bar 
•    Open-bar service throughout the ship
•    Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship
•    The Bistro, a European-style sidewalk café, now with extended hours into the late evening
•    All non-alcoholic beverages including bottled water, speciality coffee drinks, soft drinks, fresh juices and Afternoon Tea service
•    Acclaimed Crystal Wine & Food Festival® cruises featuring famous chefs and wine authorities on select voyages
•    Early embarkation luncheon
•    Welcome champagne
•    24-hour room service
•    Afternoon Tea in elegant Palm Court
•    Innovative Modern Cuisine as well as Global Inspired speciality menus

Enrichment & Entertainment 

•    Computer University@Sea® classes with software instruction
•    Technology Concierge "how to" tips on the latest high-tech gadgets and apps
•    Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking classes
•    Experiences of Discovery® theme cruises with focused programming on music, film & theatre, wellness, golf and more
•    Crystal Visions® Enrichment Series lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts
•    Interactive Ocean Views ™, and Local Insights on select voyages where native experts come on board to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination’s art, politics, archaeology or history
•    Breakout new productions shows and exclusive ‘Crystal on Broadway’ partnership with Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum
•    Magic Castle® at Sea offering intimate up-close performances and educational classes
•    Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound Hollywood Theatre
•    Dance lessons
•    Art classes with Odyssey Art At Sea
•    Dedicated Junior Cruiser facilities and programmes
•    Concierge services for personal arrangements ashore


•    Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment
•    Well-appointed separate men’s and women’s steam, saunas and whirlpools in the only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea
•    Fitness classes including yoga, mat Pilates, “Tour de Spin— cycling, cutting-edge Kinesis™ systems and Tai Chi courses
•    Golf lessons with PGA instructors
•    Exclusive 360° (wraparound) teak Promenade Deck for uninterrupted walks, jogs and sweeping ocean views
•    Walk-on-Water® weighted vests and Nordic Pole walking equipment
•    Paddle tennis
Stateroom Services & Amenities

•    In-stateroom interactive TV’s with on-demand movies, TV and music
•    Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
•    Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request
•    Kimonos, ETRO bathrobes & slippers, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options
•    Caudalie amenities
•    Self-service launderettes
Penthouse Services & Amenities (additional to the above)

•    Personal butler service with gratuities included
•    Unpacking and packing upon request
•    Pressing and shoe shine
•    Afternoon tea service and nightly hors-d'oeuvres
•    Stocked bar and afternoon canapés
•    Order “in— from speciality restaurants
•    Private car transfers (category CP only)†Crystal Cruises offers each guest the opportunity to dine at least once on a complimentary basis in Prego and at least once in Umi Uma or the Sushi Bar. Additional reservations including "walk-in" visits are subject to a $30 per person fee, per dining experience, subject to availability.

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