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Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises


Crystal Cruises offers an intriguing, yet fabulous, luxury cruise experience. With three ships that carry fewer than 1,080 passengers each, two of which are larger than other ships in the luxury market, Crystal has carved out an enviable niche, offering all the amenities and activities associated with larger vessels, yet still managing to provide exemplary service, superb cuisine and total freedom of choice - garnering numerous awards along the way.

The fleet comprises three ships: the 51.044 ton (940 passenger) Crystal Symphony, launched in 1995, the roughly a third larger, 68,000 ton (1,072 passenger) Crystal Serenity, which debuted in 2003, and the more intimate, sixty-two guest, Crystal Esprit. The ships have one of the industry's highest staff-to-guest and space-to-guest ratios, and one of the most loyal repeat passenger ratios. Beyond their well-deserved reputation for dining, service and 'big ship' options (from casinos and fitness facilities, to a wide range of entertainment) - Crystal Cruises is particularly known for signature features that include on-board Sushi bars, vast wine cellars, innovative learning and enrichment programmes and a superb programme of entertainment, including Broadway-style shows. It also offers one of the best children’s activity programmes in the luxury cruise market.
Whilst Crystal Cruises still faithfully maintains cornerstone cruise traditions such as elegant afternoon tea, paddle tennis and assigned main restaurant dining (all three ships enjoy a mixture of open seating, anytime dining and traditional dining practices with assigned tables), as a long time innovator in the on-board experience, the company has opted for just two straightforward evening attire preferences, thus easing the stress of packing and planning.

Casual daytime attire is acceptable on-board any time before 6pm, thereafter the ‘Crystal Casual’ attire policy will apply to all areas of the ship and includes dresses, skirts, dressy trousers and blouses or jumpers for women, and dress shirts and sport coats (no tie required), open-collar or collared polo shirt and dress trousers/smart trousers for men. For those evenings boasting the celebratory ambiance of a special occasion, formal attire will be required i.e. dark suits with ties or tuxedos for men and formal cocktail or evening dresses, or formal evening separates for women. 

Cruise Ships

Fleet Facilities

Food & Beverage+

Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Esprit feature a large variety of dining options, with each offering one main ‘Crystal’ dining room, while Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity have three speciality restaurants. Crystal Esprit features a relaxed patio café, and all three vessels feature room service and in-suite dining twenty-four hours a day.

From early and late-riser breakfasts, to speciality buffets, snacks and grills, you are spoilt for choice with daytime dining options. Ice-cream, frozen yoghurt and freshly baked biscuits will tempt you at the Ice Cream Bar, while afternoon tea is a daily highlight, served with 'white-tie-and-tails' or period costume panache.

At night, dine at the elegant Crystal Dining Room, enjoy unique Italian cuisine at Prego, savour classic and contemporary specialties at the Yacht Club Restaurant, or opt for more casual poolside dining. Both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer innovative Asian fare at Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, with signature dishes by renowned Japanese Master Chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. Crystal Esprit  has sumptuous, innovative cuisine, prepared by a team of award-winning chefs.

The Vintage Room (which can be hired for private use for special occasions) offers a unique experience on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, whereby twelve invited diners can enjoy exclusive vintage wines from around the world in special wine-tasting dinners.

Health & Fitness+

All three vessels provide a Feng-Shui-inspired spa with panoramic sea views and a host of treatments, from hot stone therapy to deep-tissue facials and full body massages. A, sauna, steam room and state-of-the-art fitness centre are all at your disposal, together with a range of classes from yoga and Pilates to spinning. Swimmers will appreciate the lap pool on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, whilst the 360° Promenade Deck is the perfect venue for walking or jogging. There is also paddle tennis, table tennis, golf driving ranges, nets, putting greens and shuffle board courts on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.  

Relaxation & Education+

Ever dreamt of playing the piano? Want to improve your watercolour painting prowess? Fancy becoming a wine buff? The Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute provides expert instruction and lectures in everything from wellness to wine, PC use (with twenty-four workstations) to pottery, languages to literature and a host of celebrity speakers on hand to further enrich many sailings.

Music & Entertainment+

At least four variety performers from around the world join every cruise on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, from classical musicians and Broadway vocalists, to comedians and magicians. The Galaxy Lounge is the venue for popular Broadway-style productions with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Enjoy a string ensemble during afternoon tea, a pianist at dinner and a host of further entertainments in various venues around the ships. Crystal Esprit offers nightly entertainment in Cove Lounge, which features a piano player/singer. 

Recent releases and classic films can be enjoyed at The Hollywood Theatre, a library offers over one-thousand  titles and the Crystal Casino features gaming tables, slot and video poker machines.


Both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity feature a 3,000ft² shopping arcade with private label and general apparel, plus a range of duty-free cosmetics and fragrances.

Young Cruisers+

On Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, supervised activities are available during school holidays and most summer sailings for tots, ‘tweens’ and teenagers. A children's playroom and babysitting services are also available.

Shore Excursions+

From test drives on racing tracks to wine-tasting in an 18th century chateaux, Crystal Cruises offers innovative and engaging shore-side adventures. All shore tours can be pre-reserved online prior to departure. Crystal are also happy to help you customise your own shore excursion, providing your own car and driver and enjoying private tours, catered lunches or on-shore evening entertainment.

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