Crystal Cruises offers impeccably maintained ships, first-class entertainment at sea, exquisite dining, and an onboard staff noted for its guest-friendly, can-do attitude.
“Without a doubt, Crystal Cruises is one of the most respected cruise lines,” says TravelStore specialist and planner Pamela Jacobs. “The big difference is in the often intangible subtleties that make a vacation great, including its European-trained dining staff, butler-serviced penthouses and one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry.”
For Pamela and other TravelStore cruise specialists with plenty of sea miles under their belts, Crystal Cruises exceeds the sum of its parts: gorgeous ships impeccably maintained, unrivaled first-class entertainment at sea, exquisite delicious dining, and an exceptional onboard staff noted for its guest-friendly, can-do attitude.
It’s no wonder the company enjoys its own guest appreciation group, the Crystal Society, where loyal patrons enjoy their favorite amenities and destinations year after year.
Pamela recalls her first Crystal cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity. “I had attended a stage performance in the showroom on the first evening. Returning three or four days later, as the lights dimmed and the show started, I was greeted by the attendant. ‘Mrs. Jacobs, could I get you another Cosmopolitan?’ It was dark, days had passed, but he still knew me by name and my drink of choice.”
It’s this kind of personalized service that TravelStore hears about again and again when their clients return from a Crystal cruise. “They know you the moment you board and take such good care of you throughout your voyage,” adds Pamela. “Guest service is the one component that can make or break a cruise line’s reputation, and Crystal has excelled in this area since its inception.”
Two ships circumnavigate the world for Crystal, with cruise voyage durations anywhere from seven to 108 days. With easy connections, it’s possible for guests to book back-to-back cruises and extend their sail dates as desired without repeating port destinations. As a Crystal preferred agency, TravelStore offers exclusive amenities on many voyages, based on stateroom category booked.
The all-inclusive nature of the experience allows passengers to enjoy the amenities of the ship with total ease and confidence. The staterooms are spacious and beautifully appointed. While some travelers prefer the intimacy of smaller cruise ships, Crystal offers intimacy on a larger ship by offering more space per passenger, with the advantage of more entertainment and enrichment options: classes in language, music and computer learning; a larger casino; magicians performing from The Magic Castle; and dancing and Broadway-caliber stage performances. There’s even a youth center, making Crystal a popular luxury cruise vacation for families.
The ships offer an exceptional and varied menu of included dining options for every hour of the day. Specialty restaurants, like Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, keep the options fresh and exciting and would cost hundreds at his restaurants ashore. Prego, a beautiful and elegant Italian restaurant overseen by Valentino’s (one of LA’s premier dining spots), features fantastic Italian dishes, a beautiful dining room and, of course, impeccable service. Other delicious options: The Vintage Room and its host of wine-pairing dinners; Tastes, for an eclectic, worldly type of fare; and Mozart Tea, where classic afternoon tea is served by a staff dressed in old-world Viennese costumes. Wine, spirits and beverages are included, as are gratuities onboard. There’s complimentary yoga, Pilates classes and golf clinics, a movie theatre and convenient self-service laundry.
Whether you’re in the market for a life-changing experience, relaxing vacation, milestone celebration, family reunion or needed getaway, Crystal offers a transportive experience like no other. As Pamela coins it, “You’ll be Crystalized!”
TravelStore Exclusive Crystal Cruise Amenities:
All sailing dates feature exclusive TravelStore amenities.
On select dates, TravelStore offers a Private Car & Driver
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