Those in search of the ultimate ultra-luxury cruise experience. A hand-picked crew and an unparalleled staff-to-guest ratio means that your every whim is catered for. Luxury cruisers who want to travel as a family will also love Crystal Cruises as it is the only luxury line which offers a dedicated children’s programme.
By day, Crystal ships operate a resort casual dress code, meaning casual attire is also permitted in the ship’s dining areas, except for swimwear and cover robes. Most nights on-board will involve a ‘Crystal Casual’ policy, which means dresses, skirts or trousers for women and shirts, trousers and sports coats for men. Dark suits and cocktail dresses are expected on Black Tie Optional nights.
Why Crystal Cruises?
Complimentary drinks including fine wines and premium spirits available in all bars, lounges and restaurants on-board with a selection over 200 vintage wines served by an expert sommelier
Multiple dining venues offering gourmet cuisine from such culinary experts as Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio
The use of a state-of-the-art gym and fitness centre, where personal instructors and a range of aerobics, Pilates and yoga classes are available, as well as the Crystal Spa and lap pool
Exclusive Crystal Learning Institute classes, University@Sea courses and Crystal Visions lectures available on-board
A range of innovative shore excursions thanks to the Crystal Adventures programme
Supervised activities offered for children between the ages of three and 17
Voted as the World’s Best more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history, Crystal Cruises truly lifts the bar high when it comes to upscale, ultra-luxury cruising. Providing guests with unparalleled levels of service, space, choices and quality, this is one cruise adventure not to be missed. From the Six-Star service and all-inclusive luxury, to the gourmet dining and enriching itineraries, Crystal Cruises provide a cruising experience like no other.
Crystal currently has two ships in its fleet, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, which are larger in comparison to its ultra-luxury cruise peers carrying 940 and 1,080 passengers respectively. Offering one of the highest space-to-passenger ratios in the industry, each ship offers innovative spa and fitness facilities, exciting entertainment and enrichment programmes, creative dining options, spacious teak decks, generous amenities and sumptuous staterooms and suites.
Crystal Esprit entered service in December 2015 and marks the line’s entrance into the world of luxury yacht cruising. The beautiful 3,300-ton vessel will cater to just 62 guests and offer an exclusive yachting experience in an opulent all-suite environment. As well as relaxing in truly stylish surroundings, guests will also be able to enjoy a host of immersive excursion experiences thanks to the ship’s own two-person submarine, fleet of Zodiac craft and tender for water sports activities.Spending the winter months in the Caribbean and the Summer months in the Adriatic. The Crystal Esprit will also offer 4 cruises a year that sail either to or from Limassol!
In 2016 Crystal are also starting their River Cruises with the Launch of the Crystal Mozart, followed by 4 more ships in 2017. Crystal River yachts will offer the largest cabins available and will also provide the best guest to crew ratio offered by all of its competitors. With itineraries that vary from the norm, Crystal River Yachts give more time in fascinating ports for you to enjoy and savour.
The Crystal Experience
As you begin your journey with Crystal, you’ll come to find that your every whim is catered for. The attentive Crystal crew have been hand-picked for their genuine personality and unparalleled expertise, will welcome you on-board with a flute of Champagne and show you to your sumptuous stateroom or suite. On the ship you’ll find that wines, spirits and Champagne flow freely throughout the dining rooms, bars and lounges and everything is of course complimentary. Throughout the ship guests can expect superb furnishings and a wide range of amenities to ensure that their journey is no less than perfect.
During the days at sea, guests are free to do as they please on-board and there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Whether it’s exploring the chic boutiques for designer handbags and clothes, relaxing by the pool with your favourite drink or taking part in an array of classes including singing, piano lessons or computer training, there’s something for everyone on-board. Unlike many luxury cruise experiences, with Crystal children are catered for too with dedicated facilities and imaginative activities, created specifically to suit all ages.
Gourmet cuisine is served in a number of elegant venues with menus designed by celebrity restaurateurs such as Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio. There is even an extensive wine cellar on-board too which holds more than 200 vintage wines. To experience this, guests can visit the Vintage Room and enjoy a whole selection of fine wines, as the sommelier matches each glass perfectly to suit each dish at dinner.
After dinner you’ll find that on-board entertainment involves a great combination of talented singers, dancers and west-end performers, so you can be sure to of an incredible show in the main lounge. Alternatively you will discover an array of elegant bars and lounges all around the ship, each offering a different atmosphere to the next. Some with the sounds of the piano playing, some with karaoke, there really is a venue to suit every mood on-board the Crystal fleet.
In addition to the incredible experiences available on-board, guests can also enjoy innovative shore excursions and customised private off-ship adventures too. Enriching shore excursions are led by destination experts so guests can truly make the most of their port experience. Imagine elephant trekking through the Indonesian jungle or enjoying a private gondola ride in Venice, the possibilities are endless. In 2015 Crystal Cruises introduced its Boutique Adventures; a collection of exclusive shore excursions in Asia which are designed to immerse passengers in the cultures and flavours of such iconic cities as Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. On these excursions, Crystal guests will receive exclusive invites, meet local people and sample local cuisine, learning all about its history and how it is made.
Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity span 185 different ports, on a wide array of itineraries in Europe and the Mediterranean, North America, the Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Ocean, Asia, and the Indian Ocean, ranging from six days to over an 100 days on a spectacular world cruise.