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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.
Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity contain 424 and 490 staterooms, respectively. Onboard accommodations include Deluxe Staterooms (with or without verandas) and Penthouse cabins.
Occupying between 178 and 226 square feet (depending on the ship), these cabins are located on lower decks and feature expansive windows and ocean views. Rooms come furnished with queen- or twin-sized beds, bathrooms with double vanities, bathrobes and slippers, flat-screen TVs and unlimited Wi-Fi access.
These staterooms measure 254 square feet on Crystal Symphony and 269 square feet on Crystal Serenity. Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah cabins are situated on higher decks and include a sitting area on a private outdoor deck, as well as all the amenities found in standard Deluxe Staterooms.
Both the Crystal Serenity and the Crystal Symphony feature four Penthouse category options: Penthouses, Seabreeze Penthouses, Penthouse Suites and Crystal Penthouses. Penthouse room sizes vary by category and ship; the smallest are the Seabreeze Penthouses (339 square feet on Serenity and 368 square feet on Symphony) while the largest are the Crystal Penthouse with Verandahs (1,345 square feet on Serenity and 1,019 square feet on Symphony).
All Penthouse category rooms except Crystal Penthouses can accommodate two guests, as well as a third passenger aged 11 or younger in a separate berth. Penthouses – all of which offer private decks – also come with personal butler service and complimentary welcome Champagne, among other perks. The downside: These rooms have steep rates.
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Crystal offers various activities and facilities that appeal to a broad spectrum of traveler interests.
While at sea, you can take advantage of fitness classes, spa treatments and a casino. You can also take a class or workshop at the Creative Learning Institute, attend an educational lecture or peruse the ship's library, which contains more than 8,000 books and movies.
The Junior Activities program provides entertainment for children of all ages. Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 can enjoy the Fantasia children's club, which boasts a playroom with crafts, personal computers and board games. Meanwhile, the Waves video arcade caters to teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Other children's activities include scavenger hunts, cookie making, karaoke, movies, dance parties and more.
As for evening entertainment, both Crystal ships offer live music and sophisticated bars and lounges with varied hours and atmospheres. You'll also find a casino, Broadway-style shows and movie screenings in the Hollywood Theatre.
Crystal offers a variety of dining options. For a casual dining experience, you can enjoy breakfast and lunch options at The Marketplace, which at night turns into Churrascaria, a Brazilian-style steakhouse that serves freshly grilled meat and seafood. There's also the Trident Grill, which features classic American fare like burgers and hot dogs, as well as Silk Kitchen & Bar, which offers Chinese-inspired dishes.
For a more luxurious meal, you can sit down for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Waterside, the main dining room. Passengers seeking lighter fares can savor afternoon tea in the Palm Court or hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at many of the ship’s bars and lounges. Open seating is available at nearly all of Crystal’s dining venues, including Waterside. All meals, beverages and gratuities for dining and bar staff at these venues are included in your cruise rate.
Crystal houses two specialty restaurants open for dinner: Prego and Umi Uma & Sushi Bar. One complimentary specialty restaurant reservation is included in your cruise rate. After you’ve used your complimentary reservation, you must pay $30 per person, per meal (which includes gratuities) to dine at the specialty venues. Reservations can be made in advance online or once on board. Crystal also offers The Vintage Room, where you can get dinner complete with wine pairings (the restaurant boasts more than 10,000 bottles, including 230 vintages).
Dressing up for dinner is recommended but not required. Expect at least one black tie optional night, as well as resort casual evening dress codes (blouses, sweaters, skirts or slacks for women and slacks and button-down, open-collared or collared polo shirts for men) throughout your cruise. For further dress code details, consult the Crystal Cruises website.
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