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Cruising with Crystal

Crystal Cruises' two ships – Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony – are lauded by critics and reviewers for their elegant design and sparse crowds. Crystal also separates itself from other luxury liners with its low passenger-to-crew ratio, which allows for more personalized service. Crystal's ships sail across the globe, with 2019 itineraries covering Asia, Alaska, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and more. Voyages last anywhere from six to 85 days. Shore excursions vary by itinerary and range from safaris in Africa to swimming with dolphins in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On both ships, you'll find a casino, a spa, a salon and a fitness center, along with engaging activities and enrichment programs like food and wine tastings, art classes and even magic workshops. As for dining, Crystal features globally inspired fare and specialty restaurants with dishes crafted by celebrated chefs, like Nobu Matsuhisa.

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Crystal Cruises' two ships – Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony – are lauded by critics and reviewers for their elegant design and sparse crowds. Crystal also separates itself from other luxury liners with its low passenger-to-crew ratio, which allows for more personalized service. Crystal's ships sail across the globe, with 2019 itineraries covering Asia, Alaska, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and more. Voyages last anywhere from six to 85 days. Shore excursions vary by itinerary and range from safaris in Africa to swimming with dolphins in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On both ships, you'll find a casino, a spa, a salon and a fitness center, along with engaging activities and enrichment programs like food and wine tastings, art classes and even magic workshops. As for dining, Crystal features globally inspired fare and specialty restaurants with dishes crafted by celebrated chefs, like Nobu Matsuhisa.

Pros & Cons

  • Most onboard activities, meals and drinks (nonalcoholic and select wines and liquors) included in cruise fare

  • After completing a cruise of five days or longer, you'll automatically become a Crystal Society member and receive perks like credits and upgrades

  • Children 17 and younger may sail for free or at a discounted rate on select sailings

  • Some onboard amenities, including spa and laundry services, not covered by cruise fare

  • Crystal Adventures Shore Excursions not included in cruise rate

  • Cruise port, security and baggage handling fees not included in fare

Rankings

Crystal Cruises has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

4.43Scorecard
  • 4.8Expert Rating »
  • 4.4Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

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Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity first set sail in 2003, and it emerges from its most recent multimillion-dollar renovation in November 2018. It now welcomes 980 guests (fewer than its previous 1,070-passenger capacity), with the aim of enhancing the ...
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On Board

Crystal caters to affluent clientele in their late 30s and older. While retirees tend to embark on longer journeys, don't be surprised if you encounter multigenerational groups during your trip.
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On Shore

During your stay in each port, you'll have the option of exploring on your own or booking one of the cruise line's specialized Crystal Adventures. Crystal Adventures vary by itinerary and port of call; they also incur additional fees and should be booked in advance. Available shore excursions include dry suit snorkeling in Alaska, horseback riding on the beach in...
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Before You Book

  • A 20 percent deposit is required upon booking. All fares must be paid in full 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellation policies vary, depending on the type of cruise you book and when you cancel. See the Crystal Cruises website for more information.
  • You can book shore excursions online up to six months prior to your embarkation date.
  • Children 6 months or younger are not permitted on Crystal's sailings.

Before You Board

  • You may receive priority check-in if you submit all required travel documents on the Crystal Cruises website up to seven days before you depart.
  • You must board two hours before the boat is scheduled to depart each destination to secure your place on the ship.
  • Crystal requires passengers to present a passport that is valid for at least six months after the cruise ends. Crystal also advises containing at least four blank passport pages for international sailings.
  • Certified medical professionals are available on board. However, if you have an existing medical condition or disability that requires additional assistance, you must contact the Onboard Guest Services Department prior to departure (preferably no less than 30 days in advance). You are also encouraged to bring an extra supply of supplements and medication with you. 
  • If you have a medical condition that calls for particular dietary needs, you must submit your request with the Onboard Guest Services Department three months prior to your departure date.
  • Crystal requires passengers to have all necessary vaccinations, as well as a signed International Certificate of Vaccination.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.