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Crystal Cruises: An Air Of Elegance, Presence
Of Beauty, Spirit Of Adventure, And A Feeling Of Tranquility!
by William Lezubski
On a Crystal cruise it is not difficult to find what you seek.
In fact, your search for a place beyond ordinary is over. Splendidly
Uncommon! Ablaze with intoxicating color and high style,
Crystal Cruises' Harmony, Symphony and Serenity are ships of
superlatives that capture the aura of extravagant parties, big,
snazzy cars and high tea in the Palm Court while Porter, Gershwin,
Mozart and Bach float on the air.
Six-star elegance and style personified! Accommodations include
ocean-view staterooms and suites, which many are with private
verandahs (Crystal Harmony offers a small number of inside staterooms
as well). Full 360-degree teak promenade deck, In-stateroom
Internet access, and Butler Service in categories (PH, PS and
CP). Choice of classic, main, or late seating in the Crystal
Dining Room. Several alternatives to dining venues, 24-hour
room service, and wine cellar with over 20,000 bottles (200
vintages and a special Reserve Wine List).
Nights are full of life! Award-winning production shows and
a host of other evening performances await where the spotlight
shines on Tony® award-winners, Julliard grads, Broadway
and West End performers as well as the Crystal Ensemble of singers
and Dancers. Showrooms were custom-designed to offer perfect
views from each seat and offer superior sound and lighting systems.
Costumes are hand made and staging is skillfully crafted to
bring every vibrant moment to life. Each cruise also has a variety
of cabaret-style entertainment including vocalists, comedians,
ventriloquists, instrumentalists and classical artists (you
may find yourself serenaded with classical melodies during afternoon
tea or whispering special requests to the trio which strolls
through the Crystal Dining Room in the evening).
The Crystal Spa is the first at sea to use the principles of
Feng Shui. Your journey begins with cultural therapies from
around the world all enjoyed amid beautiful Asian artifacts
in a restoring, peaceful atmosphere.
Crystal Cruises excels with there quite remarkable Creative
Learning Institute and Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program.
You can enjoy classes and workshops in the fields of Arts &
Entertainment, Business & Technology, Lifestyle, Wellness,
Wine & Food, attend courses as diverse as successful grand-parenting
and menu planning, experience lectures on the latest advances
in medicine and alternative medicine; take piano classes from
Yamaha or language lessons with Berlitz. There's a Computer
University at sea, fitness centre, golf driving ranges and putting
greens (PGA golf instructors are on select sailing's), large
lap pools, full size paddle tennis courts, and escorted and
private Crystal Adventures (shore excursions).
All Crystal Cruises ships feature the Caesars Palace at Sea®
Casino, which is run by the world famous Las Vegas operation
(the expert on board staff is employed by Caesars Palace). The
facility houses blackjack tables, as well as mini-baccarat,
craps, roulette and more than 85 slot machines.
It is in your private quarters where Crystal has lavished special
attention. All the essentials and an abundance of extravagances
turn every accommodation style into a decidedly personal retreat.
Soft lighting, Aveda bath products and 100% Egyptian cotton
bath towels in your marble bathroom. Scandinavian down duvets,
100% Egyptian cotton sheets and feather and down king-size pillows
on your bed. Ship to shore phones and personal voice mail.
In every stateroom a plush Frette bathrobe awaits a cool evening
or barefoot breakfast on your private verandah. Penthouse accommodation
delivers the highest level of comfort and can range from 360
to 1345 square feet dependent upon the ship you select. Some
are equipped with personal gyms, quite a number offer a separate
living room, dining area and bedroom, master bath with a jacuzzi,
complimentary beverage bars, flat-screen TV's, CD players, and
All, of course, have private verandahs with the services of
a butler. Planning to entertain a few friends at a small party?
He'll arrange it beautifully. Prefer the appetizers, entrées,
or desserts from a variety of select specialty restaurants?
He'll bring them to you, along with the movie you want from
The restaurants on board Crystal Cruises' ships are indeed worth
mentioning. All the ships offer: two seatings in the main restaurant
(Crystal Dining Room), where international and regionally inspired
dishes are prepared in the time-honored European tradition,
and are unveiled (including "Lighter Fare" choices
such as low carb, low sodium, low cholesterol and vegetarian).
All ships have an excellent selection of alternative dining
venues. Prego, for example, which features traditional Italian
specialties plus the signature fare of Piero Selvaggio of Valentino
Restaurant fame (Valentino is considered by culinary critics
to be the best Italian Restaurant outside of Italy)is on all
Crystal Harmony's Kyoto features inventive Japanese cuisine,
while on Crystal Symphony, the Jade Garden is a culinary crossroads
of Asia with menus inspired by exotic traditions and ingredients
of the Orient and specialty dishes from Wolfgang Puck's famed
Chinois restaurant. On Crystal Serenity, the eclectic cuisine
of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa(right, that Nobu) is highlighted
in two restaurants, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar. In Crystal
Symphony's and Crystal Serenity's Vintage Room, custom meals
are paired with wine selections such as limited bottling of
California's Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle, dream vintages
of great Bordeaux or masterpieces from the fleetwide Reserve
Wine List which reveals 20 rare wines.
Consider a Crystal Wine & Food Festival sailing where guest
chefs supervise the preparation of a special five-course dinner
to be matched with wine pairings selected by a participating
wine expert. Each chef presents cooking techniques, offers tips
and shares their favorite recipes at special demonstrations.
Afternoon tea presents a selection of savories and sweets served
in the sunlit charm of the Palm Court, for lovers of fresh scones,
clotted cream and finger sandwiches. An English Colonial Tea
offers a British tradition and for a special treat, join the
Mozart Tea, a visit to 18th century Vienna where you're greeted
by staff in velvets and brocades offering the finest cakes and
most delicious pastries that Austria has ever created.
Once guests complete their first Crystal cruise, they'll be
automatically enrolled in the Crystal Society. Guests will be
entitled to special savings, events and amenities every time
they sail with Crystal Cruises. With every cruise guests take,
the rewards become more impressive (stateroom upgrades, credit
toward air travel, on board spending credits and much more).
Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program:
Popular Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program is offered on
every cruise and, depending on the sailing, features a range
of noted destination, cultural, historical and artistic speakers.
In addition, all guests can expand horizons with the Crystal
Cruises Creative Learning Institute®, an innovative series
of interactive classes created to enhance guests' quality of
life in the areas of Arts & Entertainment, Business &
Technology (including our popular Computer University@Sea),
Lifestyle, Wellness and Wine & Food. ACBL experts offer
instruction in most levels of Bridge, professional ballroom
dancers share their tips on improving dance steps and on most
sailings a qualified PGA pro leads a series of golf classes.
Computer University@Sea Program:
Popular Computer University@Sea® program is offered on all
cruises. CU@Sea provides e-mail services, Internet access, group
and individual instruction on use of a PC and extensive complimentary
enrichment course offerings. Each ship has at least 25 state-of-the-art
PC workstations. Complimentary lectures or classes are offered
on each cruise. Details of these are listed in the daily newsletter
Reflections. There is a nominal set-up fee when guests begin
to use any CU@Sea services involving off-ship communication.
Extended Land Programs:
Either at the beginning or at the end of each cruise, guests
can take two to six-night trips to some of the most remarkable
cities and inland destinations. Local travel experts who deliver
the highest level of service have created these programs.
Many of Crystal's selected hotels are recognized by noted publications
such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as some
of the finest hotels in the world.
Crystal "Classic" Hotel Program Includes:
Luxurious Hotel Accommodation, Meet & Assist arrangements
at the airport, Group transfer by motor coach between airport
and hotel, or hotel and airport, Specially designed sightseeing
transfer by motor coach between hotel and ship or, vice versa,
Hotel tax and porterage, Hospitality Desk offering local advice
and optional sightseeing opportunities.
Crystal "Classic-Plus" Hotel Program Include:
Upgraded Hotel Accommodation, Breakfast daily, Personal Meet
& Assist arrangements at, the airport, Private car transfer
between airport and hotel, or hotel and airport, Specially designed
sightseeing transfer by motor coach between hotel and ship or
vice versa, Hotel tax and porterage, Hospitality Desk offering
local advice and optional sightseeing opportunities.
Junior Activities Program:
Crystal Cruises' commitment to excellence and quality of experience
does not end with grown-up cruisers. Kids have a variety of
great activities to choose from on every Crystal cruise! Offered
are children's playroom and babysitting services on all cruises.
During holiday cruises and selected sailing's, additional children's
activities are offered under the supervision of experienced
Junior Activities Directors. Junior Activities Programme is
Three-Tiered: 3-7 year olds, 8-12 year olds, 13-17 year olds,
Children under six months are not permitted on board without
a signed waiver by parent(s).
Activities: age and the number of children on board determine
Activities. On those sailings with Junior Activities Directors,
a detailed schedule of events is created at the beginning of
each cruise. Once on board, you'll receive Surf Runner, or Teen
Scene, the teenagers guide to special activities, our daily
newsletter for kids with details for the following day's schedule
and other pertinent information.
Facilities: Fantasia, children's playroom, offers tables and
chairs for arts and crafts, popular Sony PlayStation® game
titles, a large screen television set and board games. Crystal
Symphony and Crystal Serenity also feature a teenager's video
arcade, Waves. The Library offers children's books and children's
videos or DVDs for enjoyment in staterooms.
Crystal's Fleet: Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony, and Crystal
During some point you might catch a certain sight or have a
distinct feeling that causes you to suddenly realize - I am
someplace special. It might be a sense of your own elegance
as you enter the Crystal Dining Room, or perhaps the feeling
of serenity that envelopes you as you sink slowly into the Cleopatra
Tub in The Crystal Spa. Or perchance it will be recognition
that you are part of an exclusive group who travels the world
in style, searching for its very best experiences.
The adventure of grand theatres, quiet corners, sophisticated
lounges, lavish shows, and delectable cuisine has earned Crystal
Cruises the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line"
award. Awards come from Condé Nast Traveler magazine
and Travel + Leisure a record eight years in a row from 1996
and beyond (the only cruise line to be so honored). And no wonder!
Gracious comforts and small pleasures come in large quantities,
including the smiles accompanying the smallest gesture from
staff imbued with the finest traditions of European service.
About the Author
About the author: William Lezubski (Accredited Cruise Counsellor
(ACC), and Certified Travel Counsellor(CTC) - William is the
owner and author of Discount Caribbean Vacations Web Site
available at www.discount-caribbean-vacations.com A great source
for Discounted Caribbean Cruises!