Consistently voted ‘Best Cruise Line in the World’ the Crystal ocean fleet includes two luxury larger scale ships and an elegant yacht focused on soft adventure activities. These vessels go side-by-side with recently launched river cruising and air cruising on the company owned aircraft. An aggressive plan for future developments include new executive class cruise ships with top deck residences for exclusive ownership and the first polar-class mega yacht. Crystal offers one of the highest passenger-to-staff, passenger-to-space ratios in the industry along with impeccable service, cuisine and activities; all offered on a fairly inclusive basis. Genting Hong King Limited, a global leisure and hospitality company who also operate Star Cruises in Asia and have an equity stake in Norwegian Cruise Line, acquired Crystal in 2015.
There are currently three vessels in the ocean fleet: two cruise ships Symphony and Serenity and passenger yacht Esprit. The Endeavour, an expedition-focused megayacht, is due to launch in 2018.
51,044 tonnes, 922 guests, 545 crew
68,000 tonnes, 1070 guests, 655 crew
3,341 tonnes, 62 guests, 91 crew
Popular cruise destinations include Southeast Asia, the Baltic Sea, the Panama Canal, New England, Canada, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and South America. Voyages can last anywhere from six days to over 100 day world cruises. In September 2016 Crystal Serenity became the largest passenger vessel to sail the historic Northwest Passage highlighting Crystal’s dedication to explore interesting and largely inaccessible destinations. Esprit, the 62-guest luxury yacht, is particularly able to visit secluded ports and coastal areas.
The elegant staterooms of Symphony and Serenity come as either deluxe (with or without verandas), Penthouse Suites or hypoallergenic ‘Pure’ rooms. Frette linen, Aveda toiletries, WiFi and soft drinks are standard in all rooms with suites enjoying butler service and other perks. Esprit offers Yacht Suites with luxurious bathrooms complete with rain-showers and ETRO amenities.
Food and Drink
The Crystal Dining Room forms the backbone of dining options on Symphony and Serenity, supported by a diverse range of excellent eateries from casual café options to the renowned Silk Road of Nobu fame. For a hefty price tag, guests can also book the Vintage Room for private dining where fine wines are paired with a custom-designed menu. 24-hour room service is also available and included in the cruise fare. On Esprit, dining takes place in the nautically designed Yacht Club, as well as the Patio Café and Terrace.
The Feng Shui inspired Spa, on both Symphony and Serenity, is serene and well-appointed complemented by an excellent gym, range of fitness classes and lovely swimming pools.
Language classes, comprehensive enrichment lectures, bridge, a library, live music and a tasteful casino ensure there is plenty to do aboard, although many guests are content to simply enjoy the view. Gentlemen hosts travel on every trip to provide dancing, companionship and conversation to single guests.
Esprit excels in the range of watersports offered from the ship, not to mention the fabulous submersible which takes guests below the water line to discover coral reefs and marine life.
Crystal Family is the brand’s reward programme, starting on completion of the first full fare voyage and offering discounts and a range of benefits.
Photos courtesy of Crystal Cruises