Crystal Cruises employs 2 luxury cruise ships sailing to exotic locations all over the world. Passenger to staff ratios are low and allow for a more intimate cruise experience with personal attention. Journeys last anywhere from 7- 32 days and more. Onboard you will discover plenty of entertainment options including celebrity entertainers and speakers, wine tastings, golf and dance lessons. Try your luck at the casino, watch movies at the theater, or enjoy the pools and Jacuzzis available. The ship has tennis courts, fitness centers, and spa. Asian-styled restaurants are featured throughout both ships.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#19
crystal
$266
1,080
5.0

The Good

For those interested in highly sophisticated educational pursuits, the ships from Crystal Cruises have a libraries and offers numerous enrichment classes. Topics include art instruction, photography lessons, cooking classes, and history and culture. Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi instructors are available for specialized fitness instruction.

Meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included in cruise fare. Once you complete your first cruise lasting longer than 7 days, you are automatically enrolled in the Crystal Society loyalty program that gives you discounts on the fares of following cruises. Children under 17 years old may sail for free or for a discounted rate on certain cruises.

Travel protection is available for those who book through Crystal Cruises. The Cruise Protection Program provides travel insurance coverage and assistance services which can assist in the unfortunate event of certain unexpected emergencies such as travel and baggage delays, illness or injury. The Cruise Protection Program not only provides reimbursement for penalties that may be assessed due to cancellations for covered reasons, but also provides medical expense reimbursement for accidents overseas, whereas Medicare and other private insurance policies may not. And, if your Trip Cancellation claim is denied due to a pre-existing medical condition, Crystal Cruises offers Cruise Protection Program participants a “Rollover Provision” that allows you to transfer the cancellation penalty amount to a future cruise.

With a large fleet, Crystal Cruises is able to help their guests see the world. Each year, they determine what destinations their ships will travel to. While destinations can vary on any given year, typical destinations to choose from include:

  • Africa
  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Caribbean
  • Grand Americas
  • Hawaii and The South Pacific
  • Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera
  • New England and Canada
  • Northern Europe
  • Northwest Passage
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • Trans-Ocean
  • and World Cruises

In addition to providing a number of destinations, there are specialty cruises offered by Crystal as well. These featured cruises include:

  • Enchanting Europe: From $1,700 per person. Book before June 30, 2015.
  • Exotic Escapes: From $1,700 per person. Book before June 30, 2015.
  • New England and Canada: From $1,700 per person. Book before June 30, 2015.

At least one black tie optional evening is required during the length of the cruise. The dress code is generally resort and elegant casual. This means skirts, dresses and slacks for women and button-up shirts, slacks and suit or dress coat for men.

There are transportation options available as well. Transfers between the airport and ship are available for guests sailing on full-cruise voyages only. Guests participating in a Crystal Pre- or Post-Cruise Hotel or Extended Land Program are entitled to transfers between airport, hotel and ship, or vice versa, according to itinerary. Transfers between airport or hotel and ship do not apply for guests making their own air and land arrangements. Crystal VIP Airport Service: optional service that allows you to arrange customized assistance starting from your home all the way to the ship, including personal attention at the airport during check-in, security and customs.

The Bad

Not all onboard amenities, including spa and laundry services, are covered by the cruise fare. Guests also have to pay extra for port, security, and handling fees. Offshore excursions must be reserved in advance and are not included in the fare. You are also required to provide a 20 percent deposit when you book your cruise. Fares must be paid in full 3 months before departure. Also not included in the price of the fare:

  • E-mail Services
  • Computer [email protected] Facilities
  • Business Services

If you want a smoke-free environment, Crystal Cruises may not be the cruise line for you. Smoking is allowed in cabins and in designated areas of public rooms and decks. Dining times are rigid and pre-set with no room for flexibility. Rooms can feel cramped for some travelers. Children under 6 months old are not permitted to be onboard the Crystal Cruise ships.

Crystal Cruises does not provide information regarding its target market. According to online sources, Crystal Cruise gets are generally 55 years old and older. Crystal Cruises does not offer 3-day cruises. Cruise lengths vary from 7-26+ days. Cruises are available year-round.

Announcements are kept to a bare minimum. The atmosphere is generally quiet and serene, which may not be ideal for families with young children. While activities for children and teenagers is provided, they are not the boisterous types of activities usually found on other mainstream cruise lines. The dress code is strictly adhered to and you will not stand out in a good way if you choose not to follow the rules.

The Bottom Line

Even though youth activities are available, Crystal Cruises appears to be geared to senior citizen guests. Families with young children and teenagers my want to consider other mainstream cruise lines if they are seeking high-energy entertainment options. For those who want to enjoy lengthy cruises, Crystal Cruises is an excellent option since many of the cruise offered sail for a month or more.

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Audience & Convenience

Crystal Cruises does not provide information regarding its target market. According to online sources, Crystal Cruise gets are generally 55 years old and older. Crystal Cruises does not offer 3-day cruises. Cruise lengths vary from 7-26+ days. Cruises are available year-round.

Destinations for 2015-2016
  • Africa Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Caribbean, Grand Americas, Hawaii and The South Pacific, Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, New England and Canada, Northern Europe, Northwest Passage, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, Trans-Ocean, and World Cruises.
  • Cruises are also available online for 2017-2018.
Transportation Services
  • Transfers between the airport and ship are available for guests sailing on full-cruise voyages only. Guests participating in a Crystal Pre- or Post-Cruise Hotel or Extended Land Program are entitled to transfers between airport, hotel and ship, or vice versa, according to itinerary.
  • Transfers between airport or hotel and ship do not apply for guests making their own air and land arrangements.
  • Crystal VIP Airport Service: optional service that allows you to arrange customized assistance starting from your home all the way to the ship, including personal attention at the airport during check-in, security and customs.

Safety

Do they have any security?

  • When in port during a cruise, our unique computerized security system takes a reading of your stateroom key card at the gangway to identify you and inform us when you leave the ship and when you return. You will also be asked to provide a government-issued photo identification for boarding. All personal items are scanned by an x-ray machine when boarding to ensure the safety and security of our guests.

How do they prevent theft?

  • Baggage Protection/Personal Effects Protection: Reimburses up to $3,000 per insured guest in the event of covered loss, theft or damage during the entire duration of your vacation. There is also a $1,000 Baggage Delay benefit which reimburses for the purchase of covered personal items should your bags become delayed for more than 24 hours.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention?

  • Crystal Cruises informs you of the health requirements; however, it is your responsibility to have all required vaccinations with a signed International Certificate of Vaccination.
Vacation Protection
  • The Cruise Protection Program provides travel insurance coverage and assistance services which can assist in the unfortunate event of certain unexpected emergencies such as travel and baggage delays, illness or injury.
  • The Cruise Protection Program not only provides reimbursement for penalties that may be assessed due to cancellations for covered reasons, but also provides medical expense reimbursement for accidents overseas, whereas Medicare and other private insurance policies may not. And, if your Trip Cancellation claim is denied due to a pre-existing medical condition, Crystal Cruises offers Cruise Protection Program participants a “Rollover Provision” that allows you to transfer the cancellation penalty amount to a future cruise.

Price

  • Enchanting Europe: From $1,700 per person. Book before June 30, 2015.

Find your passion and follow your dreams…to the vineyards of Bordeaux and the museums of Florence. Embark on an adventure to the North Cape or play along beaches of the Costa del Sol. Regardless of where your wanderlust takes you—the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Western Europe, and Great Britain—the all-inclusive Crystal Experience® showcases the spectacular wonders and intimate secrets of these treasured destinations with exceptional style and luxury.

  • Exotic Escapes: From $1,700 per person. Book before June 30, 2015.

Embark on a voyage of striking contrasts, where 21st-century skyscrapers tower near centuries-old pagodas, and canopies of woven palms sway under a curtain of stars that gently pales against the neon glow of a distant city. It’s a fascinating fusion of traditions and technology, nature and man, religion and science.

  • New England and Canada: From $1,700 per person. Book before June 30, 2015.

Here, rolling hills are blanketed in a blaze of crimson, ochre and yellow, and rugged coastlines are kissed each morning by a rising golden sun. Explore the cosmopolitan elegance of French Montréal and the quaint cobblestone streets of Old Québec. Visit national parks in Maine and palatial “cottages” in Newport. From Boston’s historic Freedom Trail to Nova Scotia’s wildlife trails, come and discover the autumnal beauty of North America.

Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $2,640 for 7 days- $8,385 for 20 days per person
  • Alaska: $2,995 for 7 days- $21,455 for 32 days per person
  • Mexico: $5,745 for 16 days- $8,385 for 20 days per person
  • Europe: $2,495 for 7 days- $8,435 for 18 days per person

Activities/Services

Standards on all cruise ships

  • Butlers & Concierges
  • Self-Service Laundry/Valet Services
  • Medical Services
  • Photography
  • Religious Services
  • Wi-Fi Service and Internet Access: 60 minutes free per day per guest

Luxury Amenities

Staterooms and suites feature cotton linens, feather beds and plush duvets, Frette terry cloth robes, Baltic bath linens, wood and padded hangers, and flat-screen televisions. Penthouse suites feature Jacuzzi tubs, Villeroy & Boch china and classic Riedel crystal.

What services/activities are unique?

  • Crystal Adventures Shore Excursions
  • Dining
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Celebrity Speakers and Entertainers
  • Fitness Center & Spa
  • The Crystal Spa & Salon
  • Boutique Shopping
  • Junior Activities
  • Dance Lessons
  • Golf
  • Bars and Lounges
  • Theater
  • Casino
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pools and Jacuzzis
  • Wine Tasting

Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • E-mail Services
  • Computer [email protected] Facilities
  • Business Services

Contact Information

For more information or to make a booking, please contact your travel agent or call Crystal Cruises at 1-866-446-6625.

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