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Crystal Symphony (Photo: Crystal River Cruises)

About Crystal Cruises

The high-end luxury line has carved out a niche that offers the amenities and activities associated with larger vessels, as well as top-notch dining and service that are part of an upscale experience.

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Crystal Esprit
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Crystal Esprit

10 Night
Seychelles Holiday SplendorDetails

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Leaving:Seychelles
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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13 Night
Gulf Gems & Alluring MumbaiDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

7 Night
The Cote D'azur & Italian RivieraDetails

Leaving:Nice
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

11 Night
Luxor & The Valley Of The KingsDetails

Leaving:Aqaba
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

7 Night
Pearls Of ArabiaDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

11 Night
Holy Land Reverie & AntiquitiesDetails

Leaving:Larnaca
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

11 Night
Yachting Havens & KingdomsDetails

Leaving:Eilat
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

6 Night
Capri To CroatiaDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

15 Night
Dazzling Dubai & Taj MahalDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

9 Night
Red Sea ReverieDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Serenity

7 Night
Wilderness & Icy WondersDetails

Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Serenity

7 Night
Seashells & SunshineDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

7 Night
Escape To EspanaDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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9 Night
Gaudi & The Grand PrixDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

9 Night
Icons Of The Indian OceanDetails

Leaving:Colombo
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Serenity

12 Night
Captivating CaribbeanDetails

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

71 Night
Grand Journey: EuropeDetails

Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

9 Night
Egyptian Treasures & Grecian GrandeurDetails

Leaving:Eilat
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

10 Night
Turquoise Coast YachtingDetails

Leaving:Antalya
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

14 Night
Ancient Cultures & Modern WondersDetails

Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

7 Night
Seychelles Yachting SerenadeDetails

Leaving:Seychelles
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

8 Night
Petra, Holy Land & CyprusDetails

Leaving:Aqaba
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Esprit

7 Night
Cyprus & Greek Isles DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Larnaca
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Serenity

11 Night
Trans-atlantic ExplorerDetails

Leaving:Le Havre
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Symphony

15 Night
Southern Hemisphere HolidayDetails

Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Who goes on Crystal cruise ships?

Its signature longer, more exotic cruises attract an affluent 55-plus crowd, though shorter sailings can skew slightly younger. North American passengers are in the majority, but Crystal takes pains to cater to an international mix of passengers, including a strong Asian contingent -- the ships will provide kimonos as well as bathrobes in accommodations.

You'll also find families on Crystal ships, especially in the summer, as the line has dedicated facilities and comprehensive programming for cruisers ages 3 to 17.

Do I have to dress up on a Crystal cruise?

Yes. Clothing onboard Crystal's ships is dressy, particularly on formal nights. Even on other nights, passengers tend to wear cocktail attire (women) and suits (men). During the day, elegant casual is the rule, and you won't see swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups/robes, baseball hats or denim cutoff shorts in the dining venues. After 6 p.m. shorts and baseball caps are not permitted anywhere for men or women.

On Black Tie Optional nights, held on cruises longer than seven days, men generally wear a dark suit with tie or a tuxedo; for women, it means a formal cocktail dress, evening gown or dressy evening separates. On the evening of the company's themed party, Crystal White Extravaganza, suggested dress is -- you guessed it -- white.

Is everything free on Crystal cruises?

Almost everything is included in the base for a Crystal cruise, including gratuities, unlimited internet, sodas, fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as room service. Specialty dining, including Umi Uma by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is free for one reservation per passenger (must be booked pre-cruise); repeat reservations carry a $30 per person fee unless you are sailing in Penthouse category accommodations.

There are complimentary Crystal Adventures shore excursions on the yacht expedition sailings, but you'll have to pay extra for all other excursions, spa and beauty treatments, laundry and dry cleaning.

What are Crystal’s most popular activities?

Among the most popular activities onboard a Crystal ship are those that involve education of some sort, whether it be how to design a webpage, learning about food and wine, or listening to a guest lecturer talk about history, music or film. At the same time, Crystal's passengers faithfully flock to cruise traditions, such elegant afternoon tea, paddle tennis sessions, nights in the casino and activities like bingo and napkin folding.

Its inventive and diverse shore excursions tend to empty the ships in port. In addition to the more conventional shore excursions, the company pioneered programs providing its affluent passengers with service and donation opportunities to give back to the destinations they visit, and the complimentary You Care, We Care excursions typically fill up very quickly.

Why go with Crystal?

  • Choice of oceangoing cruise ships, intimate yacht or expedition vessel
  • Outstanding dining with plenty of choice on all ships
  • One of the best passenger-to-staff, passenger-to-space ratios

Best for: Luxury-loving couples seeking a variety of enriching sea day activities, varied gourmet dining and lounge-style entertainment

Not for: Luxe cruisers expecting huge entry-level cabins, rowdy partiers

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Very Dissapointed

So first, let me say, this was our first cruise on Crystal. We normally cruise Celebrity , or occasionally Princess & Royal Caribbean. And to be fair, we sail in Aqua class or above on Celebrity.....which is... Read More
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Reba 954

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Bahamas Breeze

We thought a summer cruise in the Bahamas would be hot and stormy but we lucked out with unseasonably dry weather, and the trade winds kept the temperature pleasant at least in the mornings and evenings. This... Read More
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MarkWiltonM

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Return-to-service Bahamas cruise 03JUL2021…

The long-awaited return of Crystal to cruising was largely a welcome success. The Crystal Serenity and her crew sparkled. Perfect, no, but I take issue with a reviewer on the same cruise who deemed the return “an... Read More
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parkhd

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

First cruise post COVID

We chose this cruise because it was the first one able to sail. Getting on the ship took a while, but once we got on, it was wonderful! This was a fully vaccinated ship so nobody had to wear a mask on board except... Read More
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Mom2011

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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