As a massive fan of Crystal Cruises I wanted to share some insight to this fabulous all-inclusive, classy cruise line who has so much to offer to those who appreciate a more ‘glitzy’ than ‘understated’ luxurious feel and value the additional benefits that some extra tonnage can bring to the party.
Currently a two-strong fleet, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, at 922 and 1070 guests respectively. Crystal Symphony had a US$20 million refurbishment last year and Crystal Serenity had US$25 million spent on her in 2013. There is talk of a new ship at some point in the foreseeable future but to my knowledge, no order has been placed just yet. The long term plan is ‘seven ships for seven continents’ but I have no idea of the time frame that this will be achieved within.
You might be interested to know that aside from the nautical influence that is clear with the two x Seahorses in Crystal Cruises’s logo, the crown between their heads is meant to signify Crystal’s rise within the industry. Less noticeable however, is the image between/in the middle of, the two Seahorses, which is actually of a whale’s tail.
How about some more fascinating facts about life on board a Crystal cruise ship and what is consumed on an average 10 day cruise. Can you believe that the shopping list consists of over 60 tones of food ! The guests on board would be likely to consume :
180 litres of ice cream ; 2500 bread rolls ; 330 croissants ; 260 muffins ; 2000 lbs fruit ; 2000 lbs of vegetables ; 500 lbs of beef ; 850 lbs of poultry ; 5 lbs of caviar ; 100 gallons of coffee ; 2300 eggs ; 200 lbs of butter ; 90 gallons of milk ‘ 120 lbs of sugar and 30 gallons of cream.
Benefits that you will experience when on board either of these ships include:-
FABULOUS alternative dining in either SILK ROAD (Nobu’s) for superlative oriental cuisine including a Sushi bar or PREGO for a mouthwatering Italian menu. If you prefer to dine al-fresco there’s the option of TASTE’S which has a lovely uncomplicated but exceptionally delicious offering of dishes. Of course in addition to these options you have the main restaurant – the Crystal Dining Room, which offers arrangements to suit all – 1st, 2nd or By Reservation dining.
Both ships offer fantastic evening entertainment in the Galaxy Lounge. Something that, to their own admission, is not a key element on some of the smaller luxury branded ships as they simply don’t have the space to put on lavish Broadway-esque shows. On the entertainment front, there’s also a Nightclub on board and the Connoisseur’s Club (for the cigar-afficianado’s amongst you).
Other venues on board include the stunning forward located Palm Court with panoramic floor to ceiling windows. An excellent place to watch the sun go down of an evening and perhaps enjoy a small libation while some lovely music is being played. Perhaps enjoying a bit of dancing at the same time on the ample dance floor. This location is also where the wonderful white-gloved service afternoon tea takes place.
Both ships have Atrium’s with definite ‘wow-factor’ and their signature transparent grand pianos are located here next to the Crystal Cove bar – another perfect location for your pre-dinner aperitif prior to wandering a few paces perhaps, into the Crystal Dining room for another fabulous meal. Another lovely place for a small libation is The Avenue where one of the crew’s incredible mixologists will conjure you up a wonderful cocktail or simply pour you your favourite glass of wine. The Avenue also has a grand piano in and I’ve spent some wonderful post-dinner/post-show evenings in here soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying an excellent performer sharing their talents with those present.
One of my favourite areas on board is actually The Bistro where you can get a wonderful selection of coffees and teas, either to drink in or takeaway. Also a few light snacks which are changed according to the time of day. I would often sit here and collect my thoughts, watching the world go by, gazing out of the window. Found it a great location to bring my creative thoughts to life for my blogs.
Oh yes – there’s also an excellent Computer University at sea area on board. Complimentary lectures can be attended here per the daily schedules. I went to a couple and they were very insightful. Suitable for beginners and more advanced computer/tablet users alike. The guys working here were always happy to assist with any problems/queries you may have in this regard.
As you would expect on this standard of fleet you will also find on board an excellent Fitness Centre and a fantastic Spa. There is also a great area with some golfing nets for those of you who want to practice your swing.
The Crystal ships cover the globe itinerary wise: Far East, Panama Canal, Europe/Mediterranean, New England/Canada, US East Coast/Caribbean, South America, Antarctica, Alaska and a World Cruise. Most areas are featured on an annual basis, though Alaska, for example, is only usually featured bi-annually.
Accommodations on board range from picture window staterooms at 202/226 sq ft (Symphony/Serenity) up to a decadently enormous 982/1345 sq ft Crystal Penthouse.
Whilst many of the cruise lines have veered away from the formality of having Formal nights during on their ships, Crystal Cruises are proud to still have these incorporated on their voyages. Personally I think it’s wonderful to see everyone dressed up to the nines – gentlemen in their tuxes or smart suits, and ladies in their fabulous cocktail dresses. Great for a bit of people watching………
They also have their own excellent APP which you can use to interact on when you are taking a cruise on board one of their ships. The Storyteller by Crystal Cruises.
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