Crystal Cruises is a Japanese luxury cruise line that operates around the world. With some of the highest ratio of space per passenger of any cruise line, Crystal ships carry only around 1,000 passengers, and you won't be feeling claustrophobic or be fighting for personal space.
Crystal have differentiated themselves from the competition by focusing on attention to detail and personal attention at sea. Crystal also have a high staff to client ratio, so you'll be well looked after.
This is luxury cruising at its finest, with walk in wardrobes, marble baths and private verandahs. The Crystal ships are constantly furbished and kept up to date with the latest technology, and they're designed around the ancient principals of feng shui, to attract a positive, restful energy.
Most impressively, Crystal is committed to social responsibility. For example the seafood on Crystal ships only comes from sustainable and fair trade sources, and in 2011 every itinerary included a free volunteer excursion so passengers could help in schools and underprivileged areas.
Crystal has only two ships, the Crystal Symphony and the Crystal Serenity. They've completely focused all their attention on providing excellent service and making these ships the best they can possibly be.
Why Cruise with Crystal?
Value for Money:
Crystal aren't for budget travelers. Instead they've carved out a niche in the luxury travel market.
In 2012 Crystal shifted to entirely all-inclusive pricing, so your fare includes pre-paid gratuities, alcoholic beverages, specialty dining, and shore excursions. They can also offer reduced airfares and reduced upgrades to business class, as well as a night at a pre-cruise hotel. This means when you book your cruise you know that almost your entire vacation has been paid for-you'll just need to set aside money for souvenirs.
Crystal was one of the first cruise lines to offer multiple restaurants. Internationally acclaimed chefs serve meals in the Crystal dining room, while you can also enjoy Silk Road, a Japanese restaurant, and Prego for delicious Italian food.
On Crystal you're sure to have an incredible culinary experience, and you can also eat at the onboard sushi bar, the Parisian-inspired Bistro, Lido Café, and Trident Bar and Grill. Treat yourself to an ice cream in Scoops Ice Cream Bar, or unwind in Palm Court for afternoon tea. Room service is also free 24 hours a day, so you'll never go hungry on a Crystal cruise.
The entertainment and activities on Crystal ships are superb. Relax in the pool bar, or piano bar, or go out dancing for the night in Pulse or Palm Court, the two dance clubs on board. The Crystal casino features over 200 slot machines as well as gaming tables so you can enjoy the vegas-style atmosphere.
Take time out to watch broadway-style shows, with entertainment from around the world, and munch on some popcorn in the Hollywood Movie Theatre. You'll also enjoy the many parties and theme nights on board, along with dancing lessons and Karaoke.
One of the biggest draws to Crystal is the Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute, which offers many opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. Crystal offer business and technology classes, language lessons, golf lessons, wellness and lifestyle classes, and the ever-popular Computer University@Sea.
You won't get out of shape on a Crystal cruise. Make use of the fitness center which has a 360° deck for running and jogging, treadmills, bikes, and weight machines, along with exercise classes such as Pilates and Spinning. Fitness instructors are also available to teach you how to use the machines and tailor a personal workout for you.
On completion of your first cruise you're automatically enrolled in the Crystal Society. Your benefits will increase with each cruise, and will include room upgrades, on board credit, air upgrades and even free cruises. Members also receive the quarterly magazine which has the latest information on destinations, itineraries and special offers.