Cruise Line Review: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Symphony in the Mexican Riviera.  Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Symphony in the Mexican Riviera. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Experience the “Crystal Difference” when you embark either of their two ships, the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity or, her smaller sister, the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony.

Offering personalised, all-inclusive luxury coupled with large-ship amenities, Crystal vessels embody an attention to detail with classically appointed interiors featuring elegant touches including: Garnier Thiebaut table linen; Riedel leaded crystal glasses; Villeroy & Boch china; Frette linens; and Wedgewood china.

Become a part of the Crystal family with shoreside and shipboard staff who have been awarded the prestigious accolade of “World’s Best Service” by Travel + Leisure readers in 2012 and 2013 and who go above and beyond to ensure an experience that is second-to-none on each and every voyage.

With one of the highest per-guest space ratios of any ships in their class and almost two service staff to every guest, Crystal Cruises prides itself on providing their guests with the finest travel experience available in the luxury market, both at-sea and on land.

Accommodation

Penthouse Suite.  Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Penthouse Suite. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

The innate feeling of “space” extends to the superior levels of accommodation provided on each ship.

From the Deluxe Staterooms complete with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, lavish room amenities, a spacious wardrobe and double bathroom sinks, to the more luxurious Penthouse Suites that offer personal butler service, complimentary beer, wine, a selection of spirits, soft drinks and bottled water, a walk-in wardrobe, full Jacuzzi bathtub and dressing area.

Imagine waking after a restful night’s sleep donning a Frette bathrobe in your very own Penthouse. Your butler is on speed dial to take your breakfast order, which is delivered to your suite and served upon a white linen laid table. White glove service is offered all the way and you indulge in a spread fit for royalty with an ever-changing view from your balcony.

The “Crystal Difference” means that the decision is yours. If the onboard amenities weren’t so vast, there would be no reason to leave your stateroom!

Dining

A Crystal butler serving breakfast.  Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

A Crystal butler serving breakfast. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

The Crystal Dining Room offers three levels of perfect choice dining – classic main, classic late or dining by reservation, which allows passengers the choice to dine at a time of their choosing just like at your favourite restaurant.

Reserve a table for just you and your sailing companions or select to sit with newfound friends – the choice is yours and the maître d’ is at your disposal to assist with any reservation queries you may have.

What would a luxury cruise be without experiencing unique delicacies designed by world-renowned chefs? Crystal Cruises welcomed Nobu Matsuhisa when they opened Silk Road and The Sushi Bar onboard both of their vessels and Pero Selvaggio has put together “Valentino at Prego” specialties in the Venetian-themed Prego.

Personalised dining experiences can be arranged with winemakers in The Vintage Room while the Trident Bar & Grill and Lido Cafe offer al fresco dining in a more casual atmosphere.

Bars & Entertainment

Mozart Tea performers.  Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Mozart Tea performers. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

From Broadway-style productions to world-famous guest performers in the Galaxy Lounge, the selection of entertainment onboard is immense.

Ambassador Hosts will twirl those after a dance around the Palm Court dance floor if a boogie in the nightclub isn’t your cup of tea, or you can catch a movie in the Hollywood Theatre.

The casino offers guests the chance to flirt with lady luck while the Avenue Saloon welcomes crooners to sing along with the pianist. With flexible closing hours, guests are welcome to pull up a bar stool well into the wee hours if they so desire but, just like the magicians in the Magic Castle at Sea, don’t be surprised if time escapes you with a myriad of venues at your disposal.

Young Crystal cruisers haven’t been forgotten, with the Fantasia children’s centre and Waves teen centre offering a range of activities.

For those keen for a more “enriching” cruising experience, the Creative Learning Institute presents classes including Berlitz language classes or Yamaha music tutorials.

Fitness & Spa

Crystal Spa.  Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Spa. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

The feng-shui designed Crystal Spa is at your disposal for a wide array of face and body treatments, while those wishing to balance their calorie intake from the delectable food onboard can attend the Fitness Centre complete with a range of classes and personal training options.

For something different, why not try the “Walk on Water” fitness program that gets you out on deck to enjoy the breathtaking vistas that cruising allows.

Itineraries

Whilst Crystal Cruises may be synonymous for their World and Grand Voyages, both Crystal ships offer shorter itineraries in different destinations around the world, taking in Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Hawaii and the USA, Europe, New England and Canada and South America.

Differing their voyages annually, Crystal prides themselves on offering unique itineraries that cater to their discerning and often well-travelled passengers.

The Crystal Adventures® Shore Excursions program offers bespoke and exclusive options for guests including once-in-a-lifetime private experiences as well as the opportunity to take part in the “You Care We Care” complimentary Voluntourism Adventures worldwide.

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