Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are the lines ocean-going vessels and each carry less than 1,000 passengers, allowing for a spacious and intimate cruise experience. Similar in design and each with traditional touches, they both outshine many of their competitors thanks to years of perfecting a luxury cruise experience that offers something for everyone, with little extras tucked behind every corner.
The luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Esprit was a first for Crystal Cruises and she made her debut in 2015 to rave reviews. Sailing predominantly in the Seychelles, Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Arabian Peninsula, she can accommodate up to 62 guests across 31 luxury suites, each with a personal butler.
What is offered as all-inclusive varies between Crystal Cruises’ luxury ships, but we have outlined below the variety of included amenities and services you can expect to find onboard: fine wine, spirits and speciality coffees; 24-hour room service; pre-paid gratuities; unlimited Wi-Fi; all dining options onboard including speciality restaurants; Crystal Adventures (Yacht and Expedition); and on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, “You Care, We Care’ voluntourism experiences ashore.
Crystal Cruises’ “You Care, We Care” tours give you the chance to connect with locals in select destinations on a more personal level and help with a variety of worthwhile causes. These could include the planting of trees in Dunedin, to help shelter the yellow-eyed penguins; reading and playing games with children and the elderly at the Granitos de Paz Foundation in Colombia; assisting with day care of the children at Smile of a Child in Greece; or caring for the animals at the Samui Animal Shelter is Koh Samui. These are incredibly rewarding opportunities and a chance for you to see the real side of some of the destinations on your cruise.
Whether you choose ocean or yacht, you’re guaranteed a highly-personalised, attentive service from crew that are some of the best in the cruise industry. Michelin-inspired cuisine is paired perfectly with fine wines from across the world and every public area is spacious, modern and oozing luxurious touches and features. In fact, Crystal Cruises offers one of the highest space-to-passenger ratios across the cruise industry.
The pace is relaxed, with an emphasis on wellness, and if you choose to enjoy time aboard Crystal Esprit, you can also enjoy days at sea that offer a host of water sport facilities and a custom-built 2-person submarine that accompanies the vessel on all sailings.
Evening entertainment is focused mainly on sailings aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, with superb acts offering everything from magic to musical melodies and Broadway-style shows. The emphasis aboard Crystal Esprit and Crystal Endeavor is more immersive, with your evenings placing more focus on the destinations that you will be visiting throughout your sailing. Evenings on the open decks, spotting local wildlife and admiring the sights are enjoyed alongside your fellow, like-minded guests.
Many sailings also offer enrichment workshops, wine tasting, lectures from experts in their respective fields, and fitness classes held on the open decks and in the state-of-the-art onboard Gym.
Children are welcome aboard Crystal Cruises’ ships, but please check the finer details with our cruise experts before booking, as there are certain restrictions in place, especially for sailings aboard Crystal Esprit and Crystal Endeavor. For families sailing on cruises across school holidays, there is a dedicated junior programme offered onboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity for those aged between 3 and 17 years.
Fine dining has always been a key feature of every Crystal Cruises sailing and with Michelin-inspired dining offered in the main dining room and specialty dining, including Umi Uma by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa featuring on Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Endeavor, you’re taste buds are in for a dining experience that’s likely to compare to no other.
Fancy a quick snack poolside? No problem, aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, you can stop by The Trident Grill for burgers, pizzas, salads and more. On these ships, you can also enjoy dining in Silk Kitchen (Asian), Prego (Italian), The Bistro (Parisian-inspired) and the Marketplace & Churrascaria. Afternoon tea is available in the Palm Court.
Perfect Choice Dining
Seating for dinner in the main restaurant is assigned, however, guests who wish to take things at a more relaxed pace and have more freedom can opt for Perfect Choice Dining, where by reservation, they can make their own dining arrangements.
Crystal Cruises’ dedicated loyalty programme and one of the best out there, Crystal Society offers member-only savings on every sailing in every category. Crystal Society credits are offered on a varied basis, but the more you cruise, the more points you gain and the more rewards you’ll receive. These rewards can include shipboard credit, private transfers or even a free cruise. Those guests on level three and above will also benefit from a hosted cocktail party on every sailing and an annual Crystal Society cruise allows everyone to get together and share in their stories of Crystal sailings past.
Crystal Cruises sails to all four corners of the globe and itineraries range from 7-nights to 135+ nights. You can enjoy a relaxing break in the Mediterranean, sailing the Dalmatia Coast and visiting destinations such as Dubrovnik, Kotor and Zadar, or you can embark on a thrilling world cruise adventure taking in several continents and a wealth of things to see and do along the way. Wherever you want to go and for however long, there’s an itinerary for you – you can also combine multiple cruises and book back-to-back sailings, giving you the option to explore more than one region at a time.
Crystal Endeavor offers some outstanding itinerary options - you really will be spoilt for choice. Vancouver roundtrip, Cairns to Sydney, Anadyr to Tromsø, Ushuaia roundtrip (for Antarctica), and Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, that’s just a small sample of what will be available on this impressive addition to the Crystal Cruises fleet.
Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer luxury accommodation whichever grade you choose. From the Deluxe Stateroom with window to the Crystal Penthouse with verandah, your comfort level onboard will be everything and more than you could ever have hoped for.
Each stateroom is spacious and modern, and features a seating area, queen-size bed or twin beds, ETRO bathrobes, slippers and bath amenities, twice daily turndown service flat screen TV and ample storage space. It’s your home-from-home during your cruise and your every need and wish will be attentively catered for throughout.
Guests enjoying one of the onboard suites, including the Seabreeze Penthouse Suite and Penthouse with verandah can enjoy all of the above amenities, plus a personal butler service, master bath with jacuzzi jets, bathroom TV, separate shower and in-suite dining arranged by your butler.
The Crystal Penthouse with verandah is the most luxurious suite onboard and the bathrooms offer stunning ocean views, living room with separate dining area, walk-in wardrobe, 24-hour butler service and so much more.
Crystal Esprit Staterooms & Suites
Crystal Esprit offers a selection of Yacht Suites, each with picture window and featuring a variety of features and amenities as standard, including butler service, King-size beds, ETRO bath amenities and a mini-bar.
The Owner’s Suite features all of the above but on a grander scale, with a large living and dining area, bedside iPad and stone flooring in the bathroom.
Crystal Endeavor Suites
Full details are yet to be released, but all 100 suites aboard Crystal Endeavor will feature Crystal’s signature butler service and a private verandah. They will be some of the most spacious suite accommodations aboard any luxury expedition vessel.