The difference with this cruise line is in the details. It may be the special clarity of the crystal, the extra softness of the linens, or the warm gracious greeting by name that let’s you know this cruise line truly cares about you. Small as they are these refinements enhance your experience and are performed with such consistency that a Crystal Cruise vacation has become the benchmark used by all others as the luxury cruise line to outdo.
The cabins are decorated in soft colors that invite relaxation – the beds are as comfortable as yours back home. In fact, the feeling that strikes you is that you’re away but “at home” on a Crystal Cruise vacation. You are completely pampered, surrounded by comfortable elegance, able to indulge in a marvelous rejuvenation.
Rejuvenation of the body may come to you from a game of paddle tennis on their full sized court, or a jog on their 360 degree Promenade Deck. Or perhaps via yoga, Pilates or aerobics classes followed by a massage in their Feng Shui inspired Crystal Spa.
Rejuvenation of the mind may take many forms. There are digital photo finishing classes in the Computer University@Sea, keyboard lessons with Yamaha, and foreign language work shops with Berlitz in the Creative Learning Institute. Almost every Crystal luxury cruise vacation will serve as host to distinguished authors, politicians and celebrities. So you will hear informative lectures and seminars as part of the new Crystal Visions Enrichment Program lecture series.
Crystal Cruises is so passionate about bringing you the best in experience and opportunities to grow that they have developed a series of Theme Cruises that are designed to turn your personal passions into lasting memories. Coupled with their Crystal Adventure Shore excursions, they know how to satisfy your hunger for unique exploration and quench your thirst for learning. Here are some of their Theme Cruises this year to give you an idea:
Arts & Architecture: Join experts who discuss the artistic history and classical antiquity of the region.
Big Band and Ballroom Dance: Live big band music, lectures, concerts, and guest entertainers plus ballroom dance competitions, and instruction.
Classical Music: Live classical music performances and special guest lecturers on board.
Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute: Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute offers an expanded curriculum.
Film & Theatre Festival: Guest speakers and film authorities salute films and theatre.
Golf: PGA instructors work with you, plus golf celebrities discuss experiences on the PGA Tour. Optional Crystal Adventures shore excursions take you to play at some of the world’s most famous courses.
Jazz: Ensembles perform soulful sounds, and industry experts explore this musical art form.
Mind, Body & Spirit: Guest instructors and speakers focus on yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and general fitness aboard and shore.
Smithsonian Journeys: Destination-specific lectures from the cultural and educational arm of the Smithsonian Institution.
Tall Ships: Experts on board discuss the world’s largest sailing event in which more than 80 ships compete, including impressive tall ships that measure 325 feet.
Crystal Wine & Food Festival: World-renowned chefs and wine experts share their talents at lectures, special meals and tastings on board and shore.
Rejuvenation of Spirit evolves every day as you enjoy the beautiful, carefully prepared and regionally inspired cuisine. There are up to five dining venues for breakfast and lunch. Daily afternoon tea is impeccably served as only Crystal Cruises does accompanied by harp in the Palm Court. Bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffee drinks are always complimentary.
Dinner offers up to seven dining options including the classic main or late seating in the Crystal Dining Room, as well as Asian, Italian, and a wine themed Vintage Room alternative open seating restaurants. You will also find up to two additional casual dining venues as an optional choice. And for those who wish to dine in, dinner from the Main Dining Room menu is available in cabin during the dinner hours of service.
After your dinner meal is completed, your spirit will really start to shine as you enjoy some of the best entertainment available on land or sea. Crystal Cruises is known for their lavish Broadway-style productions. Crystal Cruises will show a new current movie every night in the Hollywood Theatre.
If you enjoy dancing, you’ll want to visit the Starlite Club with sweeping ocean views for cocktails and dancing, or show off you abilities in the Stardust Club or Pulse… two of the late night clubs. On many of their sailings, Crystal Cruises offers cultured, well-traveled gentlemen hosts on board to socialize and dance the night away with the single ladies on board as part of their Ambassador Host Program. If you would rather enjoy the music but not the dance, you’ll find the perfect home in either the Connoisseur Club or the Avenue Saloon.
With all that we have said about the cabins, the restaurants, and the activities on board you would think the Crystal Cruises fleet are mega ships – quite the contrary. They are large enough to fall into the large ship category, for which they have won top honors by the coveted Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll year after year, but by today’s standards in ship size they also fit into the medium ship size category and have taken top honors in this category from the same poll. There are two ships in the Crystal Cruises fleet, the Symphony, 51,044 tons, caries 940 passengers and the Serenity, 68,000 tons carries only a few more passengers at 1080.
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