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For 17 consecutive years, chosen "Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler this cruise line has service perfected. Crystal Cruises is noted for its onboard enrichment programs ranging from its Computer University@Sea, Berlitz language classes to Yamaha keyboard classes. Their Broadway-style shows in the evening are first rate and the line has successfully partnered with Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio to offer fine Japanese and Italian inspired restaurants. Always seeking to please its guests, Crystal Cruises offers Perfect Choice Dining exclusively in the Crystal Dining Room. Passengers may select Classic Main Seating, Classic Late Seating or the new Open Dining by Reservation that offers the option of reserving a table at whatever time you choose.

 

Climb aboard a luxury vessel and you'll immediately understand what sets the experience apart from life on a mass-market or contemporary cruise ship. Lavish attention to every detail. Ultimate convenience. A level of personal attention and pampering that leaves guests delighted and amazed.

When you make the leap to luxury cruising, you'll enjoy the best of everything – the finest available accommodations, cutting-edge amenities, gourmet dining from the world's most celebrated culinary artists, an elegant array of enrichment programs and activities, and service that prides itself on knowing exactly what you need (and when you'll need it). Today's luxury cruise ships offer passengers every posh perk imaginable – from Evian spritzes by the pool to course-by-course in-suite dining – as well as a number of offerings that may never have crossed your mind.

 

Accommodations & Amenities

Luxury accommodations. Spacious marble baths and generously-sized walk-in closets. Expansive views of the sea from the comfort of large and private teak verandahs. Frette linens, feather pillows, and complimentary champagne. Depending on your stateroom of choice, you can expect to enjoy well over 1,000 square feet of personal space. And a sophisticated selection of room amenities is the standard. Watch first-run films on a 42” flat-panel plasma television with Bose® surround sound. Order from a pillow menu designed to cater to the wishes of a discerning clientele, and expect nightly turndown service (and delicious surprises) when retiring to your cabin each evening.

 

Dining

Luxury dining equals imaginative gourmet creations prepared under the watchful eyes of award-winning chefs, a selection of vintage wines that even the most discerning sommelier would admire, innovative venues, and so much more. Open-seating policies are the rule, allowing guests the flexibility to dine as they choose, and mealtime options abound. Think tuxedo-clad waitstaff, multiple courses of truly inspired cuisine, and elegantly appointed tables set with fine China and European crystal. Casually elegant choices are also on the menu – sumptuous buffets served along teak-lined pool decks, as well as opportunities to enjoy course-by-course dining experiences in the comfort of your suite (complimentary butler service caters to every whim).


Open Dining

Crystal Open Dining by Reservation is a new flexible evening dining option that allows you to choose when you dine on a day to day basis. You'll still be seated in the ship's main dining room, order from the same dinner menu, and enjoy the same impeccable service that you're accustomed to onboard Crystal Cruises, but with more flexibility. Once you've chosen Open Dining by Reservation, you can make day by day reservations pre-cruise or reserve once onboard. This dining option is based on availability.


Crystal Dining Room

Internationally acclaimed chefs and classically trained waiters help create a divine dining event that is complemented by breathtaking ocean views.

  • Seating Times: Breakfast: 7:30AM - 9:30 AM, Lunch: Noon - 1:30 PM, Dinner, Early - 6:15 PM; Late - 8:30 PM (while in Europe Dinner: Early - 7 PM, Late - 9 PM).
  • Dress: Crystal suggests informal evening attire, cocktail dresses or pantsuits for ladies and sport coats and slacks for men. On formal evenings, evening dress or gowns for ladies and tuxedos or suit and ties for men are recommended. Jeans, shorts, casual slacks, sport shirts, and caps are not permitted in the dining room after 6 PM.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu pricing.
  • Reservations are required.


Prego Restaurant

Sample cuisine inspired by the regions of Italy complemented by wines selected by Piero Selvaggio, owner of the famed Valentino Restaurant.

  • Seating Times: Dinner Only: 6:30PM - 10:00 PM; while in Europe: 6:30PM - 10:30 PM.
  • Dress: Crystal suggests informal evening attire, cocktail dresses or pantsuits for ladies and sport coats and slacks for men. On formal evenings, evening dress or gowns for ladies and tuxedos or suit and ties for men are recommended. Jeans, shorts, casual slacks, sport shirts, and caps are not permitted in the dining room after 6 PM.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu pricing.
  • No reservations are required.


The Vintage Room

At The Vintage Room, discover delicious cuisine paired with fine wines and learn about the nuances of specific regions, grapes, and vintages.

  • Seating Times: Seating times must be before 7 PM. Dinner runs 3 to 4 hours.
  • Dress:  Formal evening attire is suggested.
  • Costs: $180 per person. Private room $800 sits 2 - 12 persons. Alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • Reservations are required.

     


Silk Road

At the Silk Road, you'll enjoy master chef Nobu Matsuhsia's world-renowned cuisine, with Japanese creations that hint at European influence. Choose from more than two dozen menu items including lobster with truffle-yuzu sauce, saikyo miso black cod and beef with three sauces.

  • Seating Times: Lunch: Hours vary by itinerary, Dinner: 6PM - 9 PM; while in Europe Dinner: 6:30PM - 10:30 PM.
  • Dress: Casual dress code while at sea. Formal evening attire for formal nights.
  • Costs: $7 per person gratuity charge. Alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • Reservations are recommended

     


The Sushi Bar

Enjoy the Nobu-trained sushi chefs create eye appealing and delicious delicacies. The Sushi Bar showcases some of the most popular specialties including yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and tuna tataki with ponzu sauce along with many traditional sushi and sashimi dishes.

  • Seating Times: Dinner: Hours vary by itinerary.
  • Dress: Casual dress code while at sea. Formal evening attire for formal nights.
  • Costs: $7 per person gratuity charge. Alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • No reservations but the Sushi Bar is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Trident Grill

Dine on classic burgers and fries, pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, and more at this causal open-air restaurant.

  • Seating Times: Lunch: Hours vary by itinerary, Dinner: 6PM - 9 PM; while in Europe Dinner: 6:30PM - 10:30 PM.
  • Dress: Casual dress code while at sea. Formal evening attire for formal nights.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • No reservations required.


Lido Cafe

The Lido Cafe is a buffet-style indoor/outdoor venue that serves up a large selection of cuisines.

  • Seating Times: Breakfast: 7AM - 10 AM, Lunch: Noon - 1:30 PM.
  • Dress: We suggest casual attire.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • No reservations required.


The Bistro

Savor the rich flavors of an espresso, caffe latte, cappuccino or specialty teas at this Parisienne-style coffee bar and café. Light snacks are served throughout the day, ranging from fresh pastries and fruit to international cheeses. Wines by the glass are also available.

  • Seating Times: Hours vary by itinerary.
  • Dress: Casual dress code while at sea. Formal evening attire for formal nights.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • No reservations required.


Ice Cream Bar

The Ice Cream Bar features a wide variety of ice creams, nonfat frozen yogurt, and sherbets with all the toppings.

  • Seating Times: 11 AM - 6 PM.
  • Dress: Casual attire.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu pricing.
  • No reservations required.


Palm Court - Afternoon Tea

A special event held each afternoon, the tea service presents an array of savories, sweets and a teas served in the sunlit charm of the Palm Court.

  • Seating Times: Hours vary by itinerary.
  • Dress: Casual attire.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • No reservations required.


Room Service

Select delicious dishes from the room service menu or order from the Crystal Dining Room menu during regular dining hours.

  • Seating Times: 24 hours a day.>
  • Dress: No dress code.
  • Costs: No cost, but alcoholic beverages are at current menu prices.
  • No reservations required.

 

 

Entertainment / Enrichment Programs

The freedom to do anything. Or nothing at all. Aboard a luxury cruise, you'll encounter the same simple pleasures you'd expect to find aboard any traditional cruise – sunbathing poolside, for example, or the chance to enjoy an invigorating workout. But a luxury cruise augments these activities with exclusive programming and special offerings that are unique to your voyage. Choice is paramount. Succumb to the tranquility (and the exotic treatments) that can only be found in the most elegant spa and wellness facilities at sea. Or treat yourself to the ultimate souvenir – exclusive partnerships with premier brands afford passengers some very luxurious shopping opportunities. Then, when night falls, attend a live orchestral performance conducted by starlight.

A luxury cruise will take you places you've only dreamed about. And onboard enrichment programs, a signature feature of the luxury cruise experience, help bring those places to life. World-renowned experts and celebrities set sail alongside passengers, sharing anecdotes, insights, and a wealth of behind-the-scenes information with guests. Stimulating lectures and hands-on demonstrations illuminate and enhance your journey. Study Renaissance art with a leading museum curator, or acting with performers from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Discuss a bestselling book with its author, or a destination included in your itinerary with a distinguished foreign ambassador. Head ashore to prepare a gourmet meal under the tutelage of chefs from the prestigious Relais & Châteux.

 

Exceptional Service


Highly personalized service is the hallmark of the luxury cruise experience. Favorable staff-to-guest ratios mean that there's always someone at your disposal, and you'll reap the benefits instantly. Carefully selected professionals greet you warmly by name, take pride in anticipating your needs, and fulfill every whim. Personal butlers are also available (their services, in some instances, are already included in your fare) to attend to every detail of your stay, from special shipboard requests to shoreside arrangements. Luxury's service is simply unrivaled, and the examples are legendary – uniform clad stewards that wade into the surf to serve caviar and champagne while you're ashore, complimentary massages delivered on deck, and much more.

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