Crystal Cruises has been consistently named the best cruise line by readers of prestigious travel publications. It has been on the Gold List as World’s Best in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 26 years, and has won Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for 23 years in Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards – a huge accomplishment for a cruise line that will only be turning 30 in 2020!
Crystal believes that luxury is personal, as it is defined by each guest based on their preferences. But above all, it believes that luxury should be relaxed and effortless, but never fussy or pompous.
Luxury starts with big-ship amenities and small-ship feel. The 848-guest Crystal Symphony and 980-guest Crystal Serenity welcome far fewer guests than ships of similar size. Each boasts award-winning contemporary design, with a variety of stunning public spaces such as a feng-shui inspired spa, dedicated fitness center, venues for enrichment, gaming, and a 360° wraparound promenade deck. Crystal also offers free unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
But when it’s time to unplug, relaxation and serenity can be found in beautifully appointed staterooms, most with private verandahs, and lavish suites and penthouses. Guests are pampered with ETRO Italian robes, slippers and toiletries, and 24-hour in-suite dining. Newly added are the Seabreeze Penthouses, measuring close to 550 square feet with a luxurious private bedroom, sumptuous bath, and butler service.
Crystal is proud to deliver the highest staff-to-guest ratio offering unmatched, personal service. Your name and preferences are quickly learned, and service is anticipatory yet unobtrusive, genuine and friendly. Additional highlights include concierge services by professional affiliates of Austria’s prestigious “Les Clefs d’Or”, and butler service in every penthouse-category accommodation. Best of all, there is never a need to tip, as all gratuities have been prepaid.
Dining is an elevated yet informal experience onboard Crystal. Enjoy open-seating dining, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple dining venues including Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s only sea-going restaurant. For the ultimate gastronomic indulgence, reserve a Vintage Room wine-pairing dinner crafted by award-winning chefs and master sommeliers.
Elsewhere, enjoy authentic Asian cuisine and Northern Italian fare at complimentary specialty restaurants, and coffees and treats at the Parisian-inspired café and bistro. Head to one of multiple bars and lounges for afternoon tea and evening cocktails, with endless pours of fine wines and spirits.
While Crystal offers a world of itineraries to all corners of the globe, it is in the Mediterranean where it shines. Home to fascinating history, impressive art and architecture, delectable cuisine, and diverse cultures, “the Great Sea” as it was called by the Ancient Greeks and Romans remains as the top destination for a European cruise. And Crystal Cruises’ all-inclusive luxury is the best way to sail through the region.
Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will both sail the Mediterranean in 2020 from spring to fall, offering a variety of departures from as little as a four-day getaway to a grand 57-day odyssey that also journeys through Western Europe, Scotland, and Norway. Visiting 94 ports in 13 countries, Crystal’s Mediterranean season will take guests to explore the glorious Greek Isles, the sizzling Italian and French Riviera, stunning Cyprus and the Turquoise Coast, ancient Holy Land, and beyond.
Race fans can also take in the excitement of the annual Monaco Grand Prix during a cruise in May. With two days docked in Monte Carlo, guests can attend racing events while indulging in luxury.
Guests can complement their time ashore with Crystal Adventures, an extensive collection of excursion options for immersive and enriching experiences. A complimentary “You Care. We Care.” voluntourism adventure is offered on almost every cruise, allowing guests to invest their time and hearts to make a difference in the future wellbeing of the places they visit. For those looking for a bespoke experience, Crystal offers exclusive and customizable private and boutique adventures. In addition, guests wanting to extend their vacation beyond the sea can choose from a host of pre- and post-cruise programs staying in the heart of the cities in world-renowned hotels.
Also in 2020, Crystal will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a year-long celebration including commemorative gifts and special events aboard its cruises. 30 sailings spanning ocean, river, yacht, and expedition have been designated as the 30th Anniversary Collection. In the Mediterranean, special sailings include the Crystal Serenity’s May 31st seven-night cruise sailing from Rome to the best of the Adriatic including Corfu, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, and an overnight in Venice, as well as an 9-night sailing departing July 31st from Rome to classic Mediterranean ports such as Livorno for Florence & Pisa, Monte Carlo, Saint Tropez, Ibiza, with an overnight in Barcelona.
Consider Crystal Cruises for your all-inclusive luxury voyage to the Mediterranean – itineraries extending as far as fall 2022 are available to book now! Contact your Vacation Consultant to book today!