Crystal Cruises - The difference is Crystal clear...
Crystal Cruises' History
Crystal Cruises was created in 1988 and currently operates two luxury ships:
Crystal is wholly owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), the largest shipping company in the world.
Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm operates over 800 ships, has offices around the globe and is renowned for its fast, reliable and economical service to people around the world.
Crystal Cruises operates two luxury cruise ships targeting passengers who tend to be more mature in demographics. The ships were created for guests who want everything first class and attention is paid to every detail.
The Crystal Cruises difference:
Luxury, as they say, is in the details. It is so often the little details that make all the difference. And on a Crystal cruise, the differences are many. Here are some of the things that set them apart and have resulted in Crystal Cruises receiving "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" honors year after year.
Exclusive to the Crystal Experience
Always included in the Crystal Experience:
Crystal Cruises Ship Profiles
All of Crystal Cruises ships feature a tempting variety of dining options, from the early-bird breakfast through the dinner hour and into the late evenings.
Crystal Dining Room
The menu offers an extensive selection of regionally inspired cuisine prepared in the classical European tradition.
The array of tantalizing options includes our "Lighter Fare" low-sodium, low-carb and low-cholesterol selections and vegetarian offerings.
The Crystal Dining Room offers open seating for breakfast and lunch, and classic main or late seating for dinner.
Requests for classic main or late seating and table preferences must be submitted through your travel agent when reserving your cruise. Every effort is made to honor requests.
Crystal Cruises provides alternative specialty restaurants to enhance the evening dining options and provide the opportunity to enjoy a new culinary environment.
Reservations are required in these specialty restaurants and are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Approximate dining hours for each restaurant are 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
In these specialty restaurants, Crystal Cruises suggests a gratuity of $6.00 per guest, per dinner. Pre-reservations are also available online for guests fully paid 180 days prior to their cruise or Penthouse guests once they have fully paid.
Wheelchair Access & Facilities for the Physically Challenged
Crystal ships were designed to be accessible for the physically challenged, with ramp access to most decks and public areas. Ships' elevators can accommodate standard-size wheelchairs (22.5" wide) allowing access to all public decks.
Certain staterooms offer extra-wide doors, fully wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and "wheel-in closets" with low-fitted hanging rods. Some suites offer limited wheelchair access to personal facilities. Please note that these staterooms and suites are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.
Wheelchair-bound guests must bring their own junior/adult standard-size wheelchair (22.5" wide) and must be accompanied by a traveling companion for access to all areas of the ships.
Some ports of call are anchorage ports and physical conditions may preclude guests in wheelchairs from going ashore. This decision is made by the ship's Captain or doctor, and is binding.
The Shore Excursions staff may assist with recommendations on which tours, if any, are best suited for physically challenged guests. Personal assistants may be available to provide wheelchair or other individual services to guests participating in shore excursions; the assistance may be requested at the Concierge Desk for an additional fee.
For the hearing-impaired, the Hollywood Theatre is equipped with a StarsSound Infrared Hearing System. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity also offer closed-captioned programming on selected television programs. Guests can contact the Reception Desk to activate this feature.
If you require a special diet or if you need special food items available on board during your cruise, please have your agent submit your requests in writing to Crystal Cruises Onboard Guest Services Department no later than one month prior to your cruise and confirm your arrangements with the Food and Beverage staff on the day of embarkation. There may be a charge for some special requests.
Crystal Cruises Awards
Condé Nast Traveler, awarded nine consecutive years since 1996
WORLD'S BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE
Travel + Leisure, awarded an unprecedented nine consecutive years since 1996
WORLD'S BEST SERVICE, CRUISE LINE
2004 Travel + Leisure Readers' Poll BEST FOOD - 2004 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Poll
Fielding's Guide to Worldwide Cruises
Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 1997-2003
SIX BLACK RIBBONS+
Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 1998-2004
Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2005
SHIP OF THE YEAR
Ocean & Cruise News '01, '04 (Crystal Symphony)
HIGHEST OVERALL CRUISE LINE RATING
ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE-BUOY AWARD
Port of Stockholm 2001-2002
BEST CRUISE LINE SPA
2004 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Poll
BEST CRUISE LINE FOOD
Condé Nast Traveler 2002, Travel + Leisure 2001
From the moment you step on board, you will experience Crystal Cruises' dedication to making your cruise a perfect one!
Their Six-Star Commitment means each instant must be memorable, every detail sublime.
From the grand designs of their ships to the right vintage wine, a turned-down bed, or even a simple smile, singular attention is paid to every detail of your cruise.
For Crystal Cruises, Six-Star quality means more than awards and accolades.
It means the constant pursuit of a single goal:
Crystal Cruises is not just aiming to provide a fabulous vacation, they are aiming to create an experience that will enrich your life and provide memories to cherish forever.
Did You Know?.CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.
Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)
Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence
Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together
Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing
Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents
Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment
Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities
Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment
Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers