The Difference is Crystal Clear

Crystal Cruises describes its ships as ‘the world’s finest resorts at sea’. The company has established itself over the years as one of the leading operators of larger deluxe ships (not mega ships) with around 550 crew looking after 1000 passengers, and has been voted the World’s Best more times than any ship, hotel or resort in history.


Very high standards and well trained loyal staff

The food is of exceptionally high standard, including healthy options, with alternative dining in smaller restaurants offering a more intimate atmosphere. Many of the public rooms are located on the one deck, and staff are carefully selected and trained. A large proportion of staterooms have their own veranda.


You choose the way you wish to Dine

Crystal Cruises are suitable for guests who prefer a mid-size vessel but with the facilities of a larger ship. Crystal offer traditional early and late evening (Classic) dining as well as ‘Perfect Choice’ dining (Dining by Reservation). You can book times for Dining by Reservation when your cruise is paid, or with the Maître D’ on-board (subject to availability). Alternative complimentary evening dining by reservation includes Japanese Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, an intimate Asian style restaurant created by ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa (world-famous chef), and Prego, offering elegant dining with a spectacular view and unique Italian cuisine. Complimentary in-room dining is available, with Penthouse guests also able to order from Prego and Silk Road.


Multi Million refurbishment of ships

Crystal Cruises have spent more than $120 million dollars in recent years upgrading both their vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The comprehensive refurbishments have included renewal of soft furnishings and carpets, installing dramatic new lighting and total revamp of pools and pool areas completely re-inventing spaces to create new stylish, contemporary and exceptionally welcoming and comfortable public areas and accommodations.


Crystal offers all-inclusive cruising

Complimentary fine wines, champagne and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and speciality teas and coffee are all included. As are gratuities for waiters, bar staff and room stewards, and butlers where applicable.

A myriad of enhancements have been made to the Crystal Cruises experience including complimentary Wi-Fi, innovative new evening entertainment, Hypoallergenic ‘Pure’ accommodation options, an outdoor Fitness Garden, Modern Cuisine concepts and brand new, exciting  itineraries. Add this to announcements of a huge expansion into Yacht Cruising, River Cruising, Luxury Air Travel and an increased number of ocean vessels and Crystal really have luxury covered.

Crystal getting into Luxury Aviation

Crystal Luxury Air flies a 12 seat executive jet for private charter and Crystal Air Cruises will offer around-the-world private jet tours using a specially configured Boeing 777 aircraft starting this year (2017).


Crystal Cruises New Super Yacht

A completely new class of luxury small cruise ship has been introduced by Crystal Cruises. The Crystal Esprit features a shallow draft that allows it access to small coves, islands and secluded harbours. Water sports, Scuba Diving, Kayaking and swimming can all be enjoyed from its aft marina deck. Crystal’s excellent standards have been maintained with Esprit’s elegant modern suites and other venues. There will be a wonderful selection of food experiences on board, together with a smart casual dress code ensuring guests will experience a relaxed luxurious all-inclusive yacht cruise.


Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.

Crystal Endeavour, an expedition style mega-yacht will be the first of three purpose-built Polar Code compliant yachts to be introduced by Crystal. The purpose-built polar class vessels will feature submarines, helicopters and remotely operated vehicles. The luxury expedition ships will cruise in the Arctic and then follow the route of migrating whales along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during winter.


Crystal Cruises now River Cruises

With the ever increasing popularity of River Cruising, Crystal have entered the fold with five luxury river yachts, starting in 2016. The company has purchased the German MS Mozart the largest river cruises ship in Europe and after an extensive refit and renamed Crystal Mozart she started operating on the Danube in Jul 16. A fleet of brand new vessels are being introduced starting in summer 2017. The new vessels will have yacht-like accommodations and extensive space to guest ratio. The all-inclusive six star service offered by its ocean cruise ships will be offered on the new vessels with a fresh approach to river experiences and itineraries. Each 70 suite luxury river yacht will feature 250 sq. ft.  guest suites with walk in wardrobes. The ships also feature two 500 sq. ft.  penthouse suites. Spacious public areas include The Palm Court with dance floor and glass domed roof.  The company is attempting to deviate from traditional routes to avoid any congestion of other vessels in port.

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Photo: Crystal Symphony at CapeTown (CRS) 57

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