Crystal Cruises

The name says it all: Crystal Cruises is for those who enjoy the finer things in life physically, mentally and environmentally. Considered one of the most luxurious cruise lines in existence today, Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are spacious and elegant offering the utmost in style and sophistication, pampering and privacy.

Crystal Symphony is a 50,000-ton, 940-guest Six-Star vessel making it one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea. Crystal features a full-service fitness facility, Crystal casino and grand lounges, two crystal clear pools, Jacuzzi, 360° teak Promenade Deck, award-winning cuisine and entertainment and “elegantly appointed staterooms,” most with private verandahs. This luxury liner even features a Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea featuring exotic massages, facial therapies and energy boosting treatments.

The 68,000-ton, 1,080-guest Six-Star Crystal Serenity is Crystal Cruises’ largest ship. Like it’s sister ship, this massive vessel maintains one of the highest space-per-guest ratios at sea, so guests will never feel crowded. Serenity features the same amenities as Crystal – the lounges are just as elaborate and the spa is just as indulgent. However, Crystal Serenity also features several new dining venues including: Tastes, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar. The sushi restaurant serves the cuisine of acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Aboard the Serenity, guests can expect 85% verandah staterooms and 100 penthouse suites with verandahs.

The lavish staterooms aboard both ships are fit for a king. Every bed is covered with Egyptian cotton linens and pillows, but not just any pillows. Pillows are selected by guests from several superior quality options. Most staterooms feature private verandahs with tables and chairs, Frette bathrobes and Aveda products in every room, Internet access, TV and DVD Player and complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees. For Penthouses, let’s just say guests will enjoy all of the above plus Butler service and a personal, well-stocked bar.

The lavishness isn’t limited to the staterooms aboard either of Crystal Cruises’ fairytale-like ships. All meals aboard Serenity and Symphony are served on Villeroy & Boch china. All wine from Crystal Cruises wine cellar, featuring more than 200 vintages, are served in fine Riedel crystal. Crystal Cruises also features European-trained wait staff, up to seven evening dining options and the Crystal Casino, which houses over 100 slot machines, ample dice tables, roulette, mini-Baccarat and blackjack.

Crystal Cruises has the luxury experience down to a science, but even more amazing than Crystal Cruises’ accommodations and facilities are its destinations. Crystal Cruises sails to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Mexican Riviera, New England, Canada, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, South America, and South Pacific, and also offers Trans-Ocean Crossings (e.g., LA to Hong Kong).

Crystal Cruises features themed cruises with names like “Mind, Body, Spirit” to appeal to those looking for luxury and a spiritual journey. A typical “Mind, Body, Spirit” cruise may take the passenger from Miami to Caldera. For those looking for luxury, a spiritual journey and a way to help the environment, Crystal Cruises is also committed to the environment and preventing pollution. Guests and employees are required to adhere to Crystal Cruises strict policies concerning the environment.

Typical cruises, themed or otherwise, may range anywhere from 10-18 days, more or less depending on preferences, destination, etc. Shore excursions run the gamut and may fall under “Crystal Adventures Shore Excursions” or “Crystal Private Adventures.”

Just a few Crystal Adventure Shore Excursions highlights include:

· A chartered plane to Dresden.
· An overnight journey to Berlin aboard the ICE (InterCityExpress) train (from Hamburg).
· Bicycling excursions in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Funchal and the South of France.
· A nine-mile trek through St. Emilion’s finest vineyards and estates in Bordeaux.
· Visit the new Porsche Factory Leipzig for a Cayenne test drive on the factory’s race track.
· MiG fighter jet flight over Moscow extended to a two-night overland adventure (from St. Petersburg).
· A speedboat adventure in the Baltic Sea (from Helsinki).
· An exclusive wine tasting and dinner at the 18th century Chateau Kirwan (from Bordeaux).
· An exclusive cooking lesson in Sorrento.

They say “if you can dream it, Crystal Cruises can make it happen,” so it’s no surprise that Crystal Cruises’ “Crystal Private Adventures” are popular among the jeweled and bedazzled. These exclusive private adventures can be as elaborate as private tours with a car & driver along with catered dining experiences throughout or as simple as making an existing Crystal Adventure private.

Crystal Cruises offers Hotel and Extended Land Programs as well. To browse through all Crystal Cruises has to offer or to book a Crystal Cruise visit Crystalcruises.com. If you’d rather speak to a Crystal Expert Travel Agent, call 1.888.722.0021.

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