Crystal Cruises is a luxury cruise line known for its attentive service and luxury facilities. Guests can indulge in innovative cuisine, relaxing spa treatments, and a variety of excursions. The cruise line's 940-passenger ships sail to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska/Canada, Western Europe, Mexican Riviera, and other destinations around the world.
The company offers a wealth of activities and entertainment aboard its ships, including lectures, spa services, fitness, movies, dancing, gambling, and music. Guests can also choose from numerous dining options and menus. The main restaurant, the elegant Dining Room, never repeats a menu. To ensure the best service, all employees receive special training to be able to better fulfill guests' needs.
Concierges aboard the ships have been awarded the prestigious "Les Clefs D'Or," or keys of gold, by the Union Internationale Des Concierges D'Hotels (UICH). The organization states that their member concierges “accommodate every request as long as it is morally, legally, and humanly possible.” Crystal’s concierges can now use the international “Clefs D’Or” network in various ports of call to grant their guests' requests and get them access to the most exclusive restaurants or attractions.
European-trained staff consistently receives praise for its courtesy, attentiveness, and friendliness. The cruise line has a high crew-to-guest ratio of 545 staff members serving 940 cruise ship guests. Moreover, about 70% of the cruise line's crew remain with Crystal year after year.
The vessels were designed to be accessible for the disabled and physically challenged. The ships have specially equipped penthouses and staterooms and offer ramp access to most decks and public areas, including all dining areas. The Hollywood Theatres on both ships have a system available to hearing-impaired guests. All of the outside decks are accessible to disabled guests.
The cruise line serves 80 pounds of caviar per voyage, polishes more than 400 Riedel Bordeaux wine glasses each day, shines 3,600 feet of brass handrails three times every day, and fluffs 3,920 feather pillows twice daily. The Crystal Spa is the first floating spa to use the principles of Feng Shui.
Spring: Panama Canal/Caribbean, World Cruise, Transatlantic, Baltic, Asia
Summer: Alaska/Canada, Western Europe, Baltic, North Cape, British Isles, Mediterranean
Fall: Panama Canal/Caribbean, Mediterranean
Winter: Panama Canal, Caribbean, South America, Asia, Western Europe, Transatlantic, Hawaii
Holiday: Caribbean/Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera
Crystal Harmony: approximately 49,400 tons, 940 berths
Crystal Symphony: approximately 51,044 tons, 940 berths
Crystal Serenity: 68,000 tons, 1,080 berths
Crystal Serenity: Luxury Large Ship Cruising
This luxury ship set sail in the summer of 2003. It has a guest capacity of 1,080 with 548 staterooms and 13 decks. The ship measures 68,000 gross registered tons, 820 feet in length and 105.6 feet in width. There are nine guest decks and 85% of the 548 staterooms feature a verandah. The Four Crystal Penthouses with verandah are the most luxurious, measuring 1,345 square feet in size.
All staterooms have a sitting area, Internet access, closets with shoe rack, queen or twin-sized beds, refrigerators with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks. Private verandahs are available in 85% of the guest accommodations. Bathrooms have a shower, bathtub, double sink, makeup mirror and a telephone. Luxury amenities include Frette bathrobes and Aveda bath products. Families can book one of the 20 connecting staterooms and 75 staterooms with a third berth. For kids, there is Fantasia children's center and Waves teen center area. The Studio is a learning center offering creative and educational hands-on classes.
There is a Library with 2,000 books, videos, DVDs, and books-on-tape, Bridge Lounge, 10,420-square-foot Galaxy Lounge and a shopping arcade. The two-story Crystal Plaza and Crystal Cove is a lobby area with atrium, seating and piano bar. For those who like to gamble, Caesars Palace at Sea casino has slot machines, bar poker, craps, a roulette table, baccarat table and many more games. Other lounges include the Stardust Club for dancing and cabaret, piano bar, cigar lounge, observation lounge, and a disco.
If you don't want to leave your room, you don't have to with the 24-hour complimentary room service. But if you do, options abound, from afternoon teas in the Palm Court and themed luncheon buffets at the pool to open kitchen dining, Italian and Japanese cuisine. Health and Fitness. There is a fitness center, two Wimbledon Courts for paddle tennis, Promenade Deck for walking and jogging, an outdoor lap pool with two outdoor Jacuzzis, Sports deck with a golf driving range, putting green, a shuffleboard court, and table tennis. The 8,234-square-foot Crystal Spa was designed according to Feng Shui principles to provide a relaxing environment. The salon handles hair styling, manicures and pedicures.
There are a variety of shows to choose from, including a 50's theme show, cabaret, Repertory Theatre at Sea, Forever Plaid stage show, a harpist and/or cocktail pianist, a classical music artist or ensemble, dance instructors. There is a full orchestra in the Galaxy Lounge, a six-piece dance band, and a strolling trio.
Crystal Harmony is a luxury 940-passenger ship cruising to various destinations around the world. Even those used to the best and the greatest in luxury cruising can experience something new aboard this ship and its luxurious Penthouse Deck which is overseen by five European-trained, white-gloved butlers and six room stewardesses. The four Crystal Penthouses, 26 Penthouse Suites, and 32 Penthouses come with luxury services ranging from unpacking or packing a guest's luggage to a private massage on a penthouse verandah.
The most lavish suites are the Crystal Penthouses which measure 948 to 982 square feet, and feature a private verandah, intimate dining area, wet bar, living room area and entertainment center. The bathroom includes a large Jacuzzi tub that overlooks the ocean. All of the staterooms feature goose down pillows, French twin beds which can be converted to a queen-size bed, a sitting area, bathtub, bathrobes, fresh flowers and fresh fruit.
Public areas offer guests a choice of numerous activities, including shopping, elegant dining, lounging, production shows, and a salon and spa. The luxurious spa, recently redesigned to include modern amenities and following Feng Shui principles, features expansive ocean views, seven treatment rooms, saunas, and steam rooms. Services offered at the spa include various massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, skin care, milk baths, seaweed baths, facials, manicures, pedicures, and other treatments. The ship features a custom-designed manicure/pedicure areas with sunken foot bowls, and a private relaxation area on the Spa’s aft deck.
Couples can indulge their senses in the luxurious spa suite, and try the ship's new innovative sensory bed which creates a feeling of weightlessness while a guest is receiving a spa treatment. A special program for couples is called "Partner-Teach Massage" which instructs couples how to use various massage techniques on each other. For those who prefer to maintain a special diet during their cruise vacation, the Crystal Spas offers special spa cuisine. Guests can also choose from a number of fitness activities and classes, or hire a personal trainer. There is a promenade deck, two pools, full-size regulation Wimbledon paddle tennis court, golf driving range, table tennis, and shuffleboard.
The ship iffers elegant dining choices in several different restaurants, including the main Crystal Dining Room which never repeats a menu. Then there is the old world charm Italian restaurant Prego, the Japanese restaurant Kyoto, and Jade Garden, serving Asian specialties. Guests can also choose from a range of land-based excursion. Guests can take advantage of the knowledge of the ship's concierges. Concierges have been awarded the prestigious "Les Clefs D'Or," or keys of gold, by the Union Internationale Des Concierges D'Hotels (UICH). Crystal’s concierges can now use the international “Clefs D’Or” network in various ports of call to grant their guests' requests.
The 940-guest Crystal Symphony is a luxury cruise ship with a focus on attentive service, luxury facilities and amenities. The ship is furnished with designer items, such as Frette table linens, Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture, and Wedgwood bone china tea service. Guests can get pampered at the newly refurbished spa and dine at one of the several elegant restaurants. Spacious public areas include a two-story Crystal Plaza atrium lobby, 3,000-square-foot "Avenue of the Stars" shopping arcade, 4,400-square-foot Caesars Palace at Sea casino, and several lounges. One of the lounges, the 18-seat Connoisseur Club features a selection of fine cigars.
The 463-seat Galaxy Lounge showroom is the stage for production shows and other evening performances. The showroom was especially designed to offer perfect views from each of its seats. Shows, which are a blend of music and dance, feature handmade costumes as well as state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The ships are known for their innovative cuisine which incorporates regional cooking styles and exotic ingredients from destinations such as Western Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, California, the Mediterranean, Asia, the South Pacific, and others. In fact, in response to guests' requests, the company has published its own cookbook which can be bought on board.
The Crystal Dining Room serves regionally inspired cuisine prepared in the classical French tradition. There are several alternate restaurants, including Prego which serves Italian cuisine, Kyoto, serving classic Japanese dishes, and Jade Garden which serves Orient-inspired dishes. In addition to these restaurants, the ship has numerous cafes, including a deck buffet, bistro, grill and an ice cream bar. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea, cocktail hour, late-night hors d'oeuvres, and a complimentary room service 24 hours a day. Before or after dinner, guests can enjoy dancing in several of the ship's lounges or in the nightclubs, the Palm Court and the Galaxy Lounge. The discos on the ship are the place for late-night dancing. Those who wish to learn a new dance can take lessons from professional dance instructors.
The 5,000 square foot Crystal Spa and Salon offers beauty, fitness and spa services. The spa adhers to the principles of Feng Shui and offers ocean views. Guests can choose from aerobic, Yoga or Pilates classes, free weights, and personal training. The company also offers a specially developed cuisine program for those who wish to maintain a special diet during their trip. There are two swimming pools: an outdoor lap pool with a Jacuzzi, and an indoor/outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi. Also available are a full promenade deck for walking and jogging, a paddle tennis court, table tennis, shuffleboard, driving ranges, and a putting green with Callaway golf equipment. Guests can also take golf lessons aboard the ship from a PGA pro.
Guests who need some peace and quiet can retire to the library which contains over 2,000 books, 1,000 videotapes and/or DVDs, and numerous magazines. Another popular program aboard the ship is the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program which includes lectures about the areas of the world visited during the cruise, including the Caribbean, Alaska/Canada, Western Europe, Mediterranean, Hawaii, and other destinations. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the Computer University@Sea classroom to brush up on computer skills. The 143-seat Hollywood Movie Theatre presents a a selection of popular recent-release and classic films. The theatre is also equipped with devices for the hearing-impaired. For those who like to shop, the ship features a 3,000 square foot Avenue of the Stars shopping promenade which includes specialty boutiques, including jewelry, clothing, active sportswear, fragrance, cosmetics and souvenirs. Depending on your destination, there is a rich selection of shore excursions, including sightseeing, cycling, and kayaking.
Health & Fitness Aboard CrystalThe cruise line offers a full range of health and fitness programs aboard its three ships. Designed according to ancient Feng Shui principles, Crystal Spa offers a relaxing ambiance with its Zen rock gardens and water fountains. Guests can soothe their muscles in the sauna and steam room, relax on the private sun deck with ocean views, and try an assortment of treatments. From Aroma Stone Therapy to the Japanese Silk Booster Facial and aromatherapy massages with chakra balancing, there is plenty to choose from. Couples should book the Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap in the dry-float bed suite with an innovative sensory bed that gives you a feeling of weightlessness.
For those serious about getting in shape and learning about healthy eating, Health & Fitness itineraries are offered several times per year. They feature classes, instructors, best-selling authors, motivational speakers and health and wellness seminars. Onboard healthy dining choices complement the wellness programs. Vacationers can choose from fat-free, low fat, low-carb menus and vegetarian selections.
If your looking to gamble, then try the exclusive Caesars Palace at Sea casino. Each facility has blackjack tables, as well as mini-baccarat, craps, roulette, and more than 85 slot machines. Guests can take a casino shipboard advance of up to $200 U.S. per person, per day, may be charged to the guest's shipboard account (up to a maximum of $2,000 U.S. per cruise). Remember you must be at least 21 years of age to enter the gaming areas, or to play any monetary-based games of chance (including Bingo) on board.
Crystal Announces New Shorter European Cruises
Crystal Cruises' shorter luxury cruises turned out to be very well received with guests. Inspired by their success, the cruise line introduced additional all-new cruise itineraries in Europe, perfect for seeing a lot of in a short time. The company has added 26 voyage options aboard Crystal Serenity and Symphony throughout the continent from April to November.
Vacationers can choose from 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-day itineraries that include stops in Rome, Athens, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Lisbon, London and other famous cities. 5-day cruises are priced from $1,895.
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