Unparalleled Six-Star Cruising with Crytal Cruises
It’s all in the details for Crystal Cruises, and not one detail is missed. Like a finely tailored suit, this six-star empire on the water leaves a lasting impression long after one disembarks.
It’s no surprise that Crystal Cruises is the leader in luxury cruising; as the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, Crystal’s 25th Anniversary Year has most recently brought the honour of winning U.S. News & World Report’s #1 ranking in Best Luxury Cruise Line and Best Cruise Line for Romance for the second consecutive year. These befitting awards are a testament to the way in which Crystal Cruises excels in creating unforgettable experiences for their guests while maintaining the utmost comfort, luxury, and integrity. This elite society elicits “Is this your first time with Crystal?” as the common conversation starter between guests, and after Shespoke Co-Publishers spent a glorious week on the Crystal Symphony, we can attest that all-inclusive cruising with a six-star experience with Crystal Cruises is nothing less than decadence.
Each style of room onboard has much to offer guests; whether you are staying in a stateroom with large picture window or verandah, a penthouse or penthouse suite featuring full Jacuzzi tub, stand-alone shower, walk-in closet, and 24h butler service or the crème de la crème, Crystal Penthouse. This stunning option is complete with the above features plus 500 additional square feet, a custom bar, and guest bathroom. The Crystal Penthouse boasts a spacious living area with custom wool carpets laid across walnut floors, underneath a shimmering Swarovski chandelier. The master bath’s marble floors, lit by crystal sconces, leads you past the double vanity, large glass shower and bidet to a sizable Jacuzzi tub complete with private ocean view. Etro products adorn all Penthouse bathrooms like gems in their brightly coloured bottles, and the sumptuous 100% Egyptian cotton bedding, pillow menu and bedside view of your private verandah, complete with lulling ocean waves, await you.
Penthouse guests may also indulge in complimentary wine, spirits, and beer along with bottled water and sodas, re-stocked daily while lounging on cushioned patio furniture, wrapped in the thoughtfully placed genuine mohair blanket. This is truly a picture of chic serenity. When leaving your penthouse for the morning, the touchpad doorbell can be set to have your room made up (twice daily!) & refresh towels and bath products. Enjoy complimentary pressing of your evening wear, or for a small fee (inclusive with Crystal Penthouse), same day laundering and dry cleaning are available.
Breakfast can be found in the Lido Café, served market-style and featuring fresh, delicious options such as fruit pancakes, made-to-order omelets, fruit, meat, yogurts, bagels, and so much more. The wonderful crew will find you an indoor, window or patio seat and have a specialty coffee, tea, or fresh juice ready for your start to the day. Worried you’ll miss your barista? Don’t be; mornings can be started with many custom orders, including lactose-free, cappuccinos with light foam. If you prefer a more formal breakfast experience, the dining room provides full service and a beautiful selection. For an exceptionally informal breakfast, treat yourself to room service and stay under the covers immersed in today’s paper – with several options ranging from New York Times (USA) to Daily Mail (UK) – delivered to your room.
If you are not porting in one of the many exquisite locales, there is plenty to do aboard the ship. Spoil yourself to a morning treatment at the Crystal Spa where a luxurious menu provides for everything from facials, deep tissue massages, detox treatments and exotic rituals such as the “Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow with Massage”. The spa’s salon offers manicures, pedicures, waxing, hair styling and teeth whitening, leaving you refreshed and ready for an afternoon of adventure.
Begin your day with balance and stimulation with Crystal Fitness. Choose from personal training, pilates, yoga or one-on-one nutrition and metabolism consultations to assist with your journey in health. Less constructed fitness can be found at the state of the art Crystal Fitness Center/Weight Room, or enjoy the breeze and sunlight, complimentary to your view of the surrounding sights, in the outdoor Fitness Garden.
Afternoons can be spent swimming in the Seahorse Pool, or on the deck with a book, soaking up the sun. Plaid mohair blankets and fresh towels are readilyavailable on site should there be a slight breeze. The onboard library is fully stocked with novels, periodicals and an impressive selection of genres for your borrowing pleasure. Crystal Cruises Wi-Fi keeps guests connected on open water and the Complimentary Digital Entertainment is accessireadily availableonal tablet/laptop to offer you unlimited access to digital movies, lectures, national/international digital papers and shore excursion guidebooks to assist in planning your adventures ahead. Snacks are a beckon away, along with a cocktail or glass of champagne, and lunch can be had in a variety of settings. The Promenade deck offers an uninterrupted lap around the ship – allowing you to capture every angle of your journey and lends itself beautifully for a walk, jog, or to spot sea life.
As the sun sets and the evening approaches, the ship becomes the setting of most lavish delights. Guests descend the beautiful Atrium staircase, dressed in cocktail dresses, suits, and when called for – black-tie dress, into the Crystal Cove bar where the piano softly plays and crisp cocktails never run dry. A photographer captures beautiful moments while the anticipation for dinner grows with each delicious canape. Executive Chef, Peter Degner, wonderfully combines both classic flavours with a modern flare in the Crystal Dining Room, providing a dining experience beyond that of any other at sea. Each night, a different menu; each meal, a different wine – tailored to your fare by Crystal’s wine sommelier. To complete the experience, be sure to request that the cheese sommelier stops by your table for a personalized recommendation. For a more exclusive dining experience, the ship offers guests reservations at the two additional high-end restaurants on board; Prego – fine Italian dining, and Silk Road, Asian Cuisine by renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Evening entertainment on Crystal Cruises is impressively well-rounded. Guests can indulge their inner child with magic shows by exceptional Magic Castle (California) magicians. The Galaxy Lounge seats a full house each evening, hosting award-winning Broadway-style performances, musicians, dancers, comedians and celebrity guests successfully achieving the full spectrum of talent and wonder. Resorts World at Sea Casino offers an exciting atmosphere where lights from the chandeliers above dance on the walls as you find your luck with slots, Black Jack, Roulette or Craps. Dignified dancing and live classical music can be found in Palm Court, where the floor-to-ceiling windows flaunt the beautifully rocking waves and wingback chairs offer the perfect cushioned backdrop for a spirited drink and chat. Saunter down to the Avenue Saloon for where karaoke nights are guaranteed to inspire the inner superstar and libations encourage liberation in sharing personal renditions of old favourites or dance the night away at Pulse onboard nightclub.
Crystal’s 2016/2017 Cruise Calendar showcases incomparable journeys; ranging from 7 day jaunts in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Northwest Passage, to the once in a lifetime Crystal Full World/Grand Cruises lasting 102 days with incredible excursion highlights such as “Helicopter Flight & High Tea” in Hong Kong and itineraries scheduled to port in splendid locales such as Auckland, New Zealand, Osaka, Japan and Champagne Bay in the South Pacific. The exclusive benefits are endless with Crystal, such as a foodie’s delight – the Crystal Wine and Food Festival featured on select world tour cruises, offering guests intimate access to some of the world’s most esteemed chefs, wine experts, and mixologists. These guests of honour come aboard to enrich, enlighten and enhance the affair with tastings, special meals, and hands-on classes.
Whether you choose to voyage on the Crystal Symphony, Serenity or their newest, all-inclusive luxury super-yacht, Crystal Esprit, Crystal Cruises’ six-star service inhabits the very soul of this all-inclusive fleet. With hand-picked staff, chosen based on exceptional personalities, and well regarded for their ever gracious service, unwavering professionalism, and unequaled expertise, it is apparent that you are accompanied by the most highly awarded staff at sea.
Visit www.crystalcruises.com to view the unparalleled Cruise Calendar for 2017, virtually explore the ships, ports, and all the privileges that come with Crystal Society membership.
Book your adventure and prepare for the beginning of a life well-traveled.
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