Crystal Cruises Lifestyle:
Crystal Cruises combines large ship diversity and variety of activities with small luxury ship service, sophisticated ambience, and excellent cuisine. The ships offer some of the best learning opportunities at sea, and passengers will have no problem finding things to keep them busy. The ships have a very high passenger to space ratio, giving them a spacious feel and lots of quiet areas. Blending these interesting onboard activities with worldwide itineraries makes for a wonderful cruise line.
Crystal Cruises Cruise Ships :
Crystal currently has two ships.
- Crystal Symphony -- launched in March 1995, last refurbished in 2006
- Crystal Serenity -- launched in July 2003
Crystal Cruises Passenger Profile :
The typical Crystal passenger is affluent, educated, active, social, and friendly. Most passengers are well-traveled and middle aged (or older), but younger, sophisticated professionals should also enjoy the Crystal experience. Cruisers who love time at sea and diverse learning opportunities will be found on Crystal.
Crystal Cruises Accommodations and Cabins :
All the cabins are outside, and most have verandas. The standard deluxe cabins and balconied cabins are not quite as large as comparable cabins on other luxury lines such as Regent Seven Seas or Silversea Cruises, but are well-furnished with all the amenities you would expect from a luxury line. The penthouse level staterooms and suites are larger and include formal butler service. More on the Crystal Symphony Accommodations
Crystal Cruises Cuisine and Dining:
Crystal's cuisine is one of its many strengths. The ships have two seatings each evening in the main dining room. Each ship also has two small specialty restaurants--one Asian and the other Italian--that are available by reservation at no extra charge. The Serenity has a sushi bar. The menus are large and varied. The Lido buffet serves breakfast and lunch, and the pool grill is perfect for a late lunch or ice cream treat after a long day ashore.More on the Crystal Symphony Dining and Cuisine
Crystal Cruises Onboard Activities and Entertainment:
The long list of activities onboard these large luxury ships is impressive, including classes in such varied topics as computer, musical keyboard, and foreign languages. Each ship has a well-stocked library with books and movies. Expert speakers present destination and cultural lectures.
An evening show is held after each dinner seating in the Galaxy Lounge. The show troupe of singers and dancers is very talented, and the costumes are outstanding. Guest performers round out the entertainment.
Crystal Cruises Common Areas :
The ships are spacious and the decor is sophisticated and modern. The reception area is in the marvelous Crystal Plaza, which includes a multi-deck atrium. All the seats in the Galaxy Lounge have excellent views of the stage, and there is plenty of room for ballroom dancing in the Starlite Club and Palm Court. Despite their size, the ships have many small, intimate corners and lounges for quiet time.Tour of Common Areas on the Crystal Symphony
Crystal Cruises Spa, Gym, and Fitness :
Steiner Platinum Service operates the spa facilities. Many interesting massage and beauty treatments are available in the seven therapy rooms. The ships have a separate room dedicated to yoga and pilates classes and a separate beauty parlor. The gym has bicycles and treadmills and weight machines. The pool area is large and spacious, and there are plenty of deck chairs. The ships have a paddle tennis court and golf driving range, and a golf pro is available for lessons.
Crystal Cruises Contact Information:
2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-785-9300 or 800-446-6620
More on Crystal Cruises:
Crystal does not include tips, wine, or specialty drinks in the cruise fare. Crystal also has two main seatings (with assigned tables) for dinner. Those who love these aspects of traditional cruising will appreciate the Crystal "difference".
Join the About Cruises Guide on a food and wine theme cruise on the Crystal Symphony as the cruise ship sails from Barcelona to Dover.
Crystal Symphony Cruise Journal