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Engaging, Enriching, Enhancing

Did you ever dream of playing the piano? Could your palate improve with coaching from the Society of Wine Educators? Is there a great designer hiding inside you? The Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute brings out the best in you by bringing you the best instruction available at sea. The Institute expands upon Crystal's commitment to enrich mind, body and spirit by extending new opportunities for personal growth. We offer expert instruction from the partners who include: Yamaha, Berlitz, Tai Chi Cultural Center, The Cleveland Clinic and The Society of Wine Educators.

The Institute offers expert instruction and lectures in the following areas:

Each class and workshop is designed to expand your knowledge in an entertaining, hands-on style. The Institute launched summer 2003 aboard Crystal Serenity, and is now available fleet wide.

Cruising is all about lifestyle: fine wining and dining, visiting exotic destinations and enjoying extravagant production shows. But today's guest is also interested in balancing the rich life of a cruise with health and fitness. If that sounds like you, then Crystal Cruises is your perfect vacation. From the wrap-around, all-outdoor teak Promenade Deck - one of the most popular features on all Crystal Cruises ships, and one you won't find on many other large cruise ships - to a Spa with one of the world's best views, every Crystal cruise offers a variety of options for keeping fit and well.

Cruising is all about lifestyle: fine wining and dining, visiting exotic destinations and enjoying extravagant production shows. But today's guest is also interested in balancing the rich life of a cruise with health and fitness. If that sounds like you, then Crystal Cruises is your perfect vacation. From the wrap-around, all-outdoor teak Promenade Deck - one of the most popular features on all Crystal Cruises ships, and one you won't find on many other large cruise ships - to a Spa with one of the world's best views, every Crystal cruise offers a variety of options for keeping fit and well.

There's so much to do on a Crystal cruise. Go shopping, see a movie, spend some quiet time in the library. Here, you can find everything you need to know about Entertainment, Creative Learning Institute® and shipboard life, including information about medical services, laundry & valet and much more.

Dazzling Production Shows

Dazzling Production ShowsConceived and produced by Crystal Cruises own creative in-house production staff, Crystal Cruises' Broadway-style shows are a highlight of every cruise. After dinner, stroll to the Galaxy Lounge to witness the talented Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers in such spectacular original productions as Fascinatin' Rhythm, Million Dollar Musicals, COLE!, Curtain Call and many more!

The Galaxy Lounge is the venue for the award-winning production shows and a host of other evening performances. The showroom was custom-designed to offer perfect views from each of its seats, and features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

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Celebrity Entertainers and Speakers

The stars shine brightest at sea. Crystal Cruises is proud to feature exciting celebrity entertainers on board such as Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, Maureen McGovern, Lorna Luft and John Davidson -- among many others -- all part of the diverse spectrum of entertainment options available to Crystal Cruises guests.

We also offer a galaxy of celebrity speakers to further enrich many sailings. See the Entertainment & Programs section listing in each itinerary for cruise-specific entertainers and enrichment personnel.

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Crystal Cruises Entertainment & Enrichment Program
Celebrity Participants

Buzz Aldrin
June Allyson
Army Archerd
Ava Astaire-Mackenzie
Dr. Dale Atkins
Martin Bernheimer
Ken Blanchard
Bill Boggs
Guy Buffet
Kevin Carlisle
Jack Carter
James Carville
Billy Casper
Carol Channing
Nadia Comaneci
Didi Conn
Bart Conner
Robin Cook
Walter Cronkite
Beryl Davis
Michael Deaver
Dr. Harm J. De Blij
Frank Deford
Tom De Frank
Kirk Douglas
Linda Ellerbee
Janet Evans
Kenny Fallin
Bob Feller
Howard Fineman
Marlin Fitzwater
Nancy Franklin
Dr. Sonya Friedman
"Dr. Bob" Froehlich
Betty Garrett
Marc Ginsberg
Joel Grey
Marvin Hamlisch
Jerry Hardin
Bill Harris
Bill Hayes
Susan Seaforth Hayes
Richard Herd
Marilyn Horne
Tab Hunter
John Jakes
Dan Jansen
Anne Jeffreys
Arte Johnson
Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt
Judith Krantz
John Lahr
Richard Lederer
Irving R. Levine
Richard Maltby, Jr.

Mary Matalin
David McCullough
Rick McKay
Daniel Melnick
Rita Moreno
Dan Morgenstern
John Naber
Patricia Neal
Edwin Newman
Christopher Ogden
Carolyn O'Neil
Ike Pappas
Nando Parrado
Jack Perkins
Regis Philbin
Rex Reed
Mary Lou Retton
Regina Resnick
Debbie Reynolds
Cathy Rigby
Doris Roberts
Mary Rodgers-Guettel
Lillian Ross
Marion Ross
Jane Russell
Eva Marie Saint
Phil Schapp
Stephen Schwartz
Willard Scott
David Shire
Don Shula
Alvin Shuster
Howard K. Smith
Major General Perry Smith
Michael Smuin
David Ogden Stiers
Robert Stovall
Mike Stoller
Dwight Stones
Dame Joan Sutherland
Paul Theroux
Tommy Tune
Garrick Utley
Clint Van Zandt
Jan Wahl
Ken Walsh
Barbara Walters
Jack Weatherford
Diana Wentworth
Garris Wimmer
Linda Winer
Jonathan Winters
Michael York
Louis Zamperini

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In the Bars & Lounges

One stroll about the public areas on any Crystal cruise and you will discover entertainment at practically every turn. There's a headline show every evening in the Galaxy Lounge. There is frequently music in the Crystal Cove and a pianist performs nightly in the Avenue Saloon. A string ensemble entertains in the Palm Court during Afternoon Tea. Entertainment may also be found at various times in other venues including the Crystal Dining Room, the Starlite Club, the Stardust Club, the Club 2100, on the Lido Deck, and more.

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Lectures & Enrichment

Our popular Crystal Visions Enrichment Program and Creative Learning Institute are offered on every cruise and include a noted destination expert who lectures on the regions visited during the cruise, plus at least one other respected enrichment speaker who shares insights into his or her particular world.  Many CLI programs are available for a pre-reservation request online.

Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute offers a variety of interactive classes in the fields of Arts & Entertainment, Business & Technology, 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.

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Movies

Holywood TheaterThe Hollywood Theatre features a selection of popular recent-release and classic films, and is equipped with devices for the hearing-impaired. The Library also offers an entertaining selection of over 1,000 titles which may be borrowed free of charge for viewing in your stateroom.

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Music & Dancing

Before and after dinner hours, musical entertainment and dancing are offered in a number of venues around the ship. Each lounge features a diverse array of performances from classical artists to ballroom dance bands. Our musical trio serenades you with classical melodies during Afternoon Tea and plays requests as they stroll through the Crystal Dining Room each evening.

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Piano Bars

Piano BarSoft piano melodies fill the Crystal Cove in the afternoons and each evening at cocktail hour. The popular Avenue Saloon features a pianist performing jazz and favorite tunes.

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Variety Entertainment

Crystal Cruises features at least four variety performers from around the world on every cruise. These may include a classical musician, a Broadway vocalist, a pop singer, comedian, juggler, ventriloquist, instrumentalist or other respected performing artist.

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Ambassador Hosts

On every sailing, Crystal Cruises offers a host program that includes carefully screened gentlemen with interests and backgrounds similar to those of Crystal Cruises guests. Each distinguished Ambassador Host is cultured, well traveled and an accomplished ballroom dancer.

Art Classes On Board

Odyssey Art at Sea classes, the only creative arts program designed for luxury cruise ship guests, are offered on sea days, taught by specially trained instructors. Classes are varied. Watercolor painting, using nature and often ports visited as themes, is very popular. Crafts are offered as well. Often, these crafts relate to the area in which the ship is traveling and the local art is often explored. The materials range from the traditional to the cutting edge and are of the highest quality. An art show of the guests' work is held in the Crystal Cove before the cruise ends.

Bars & Lounges

Bars & LaungesThe ships offer a variety of bar and lounge venues, including the Avenue Saloon, The Bistro, casino, Crystal Cove, Galaxy Lounge, Palm Court, Pulse (Crystal Serenity), Stardust Club (Crystal Serenity), Starlite Club (Crystal Symphony), Sunset Bar (Crystal Serenity) and Trident Bar. Each features a unique style and atmosphere, as well as different hours of service.

You may have beverages delivered to your stateroom by calling Room Service. Charges may be applied to your shipboard account.

Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served wine and beer, and at least 21 years old to be served spirits. When docked or anchored in U.S. ports, within the three-mile limit, guests must be at least 21 years old to be served any alcoholic beverages.

Beauty Salon

The Crystal Salon offers a range of beauty services for women and men, performed by trained professionals. Featured services include haircuts, hairstyling, coloring, facials and skin analysis, manicures and pedicures.

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Bridge Games & Lessons

Complimentary Bridge instruction and supervised games are offered by an accredited ACBL instructor on every cruise.

Business Services

Conference and meeting facilities are available on board. Secretarial and copying services are available upon request for a nominal charge, as is private e-mail and Internet access through the Computer University@Sea. For your convenience, 24-hour Wi-Fi access is also available throughout the ship, reception-permitting.

Butler Service

Available to guests in categories PH, PS and CP, your own personal butler attends to every detail of your stay.

Communication

Mail
Prior to the departure date, you receive a list of embarkation and disembarkation ports where mail can be forwarded or delivered to you on board. Postage and mailing services are available on board. Be sure to allow sufficient time for delivery to distant destinations.

Telephone
Crystal ships are equipped with a sophisticated telephone system that allows you to make direct-dial satellite phone calls from your stateroom. The ship telephone number is included in your travel documents before sailing.

Calls are billed to your shipboard account or a major credit card. However, please be aware that the per-minute cost to use this system is significantly higher than a normal shore side call. You may also wish to use pay phones located in various ports of call.

SeaMobile™ cellular service
Through an agreement with SeaMobile,™ Crystal Cruises lets you take advantage of your wireless devices while at sea. Using your own mobile phone and telephone number, you can make and receive calls to and from fellow travelers who are on the ship, and friends and family who are far away on land. If you currently have the service through your home provider, you can also send and receive text messages. Other available wireless services include use of PDAs, such as your Blackberry®. Charges for using the SeaMobile system will appear as roaming charges on the regular monthly bill of your service provider. Contact your mobile home service provider for more information about rates, additional fees and taxes. While you do not need to do anything special to connect, you must have authorized service for international dialing through your home provider. To determine if you will be able to access SeaMobile, please contact your home service provider.

E-mail
Crystal Cruises offers a 24-hour private e-mail system through the Computer University@Sea. Your personal e-mail address is included on your cruise ticket. Details are provided with cruise documents or you may contact your travel agent for more information. Fees apply.

Facsimile
Facsimile services are available. Fees apply.

Casino

Crystal Casino

Crystal CasinoCrystal Cruises offers exciting games of chance in the new Crystal Casino featuring Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em and Mini-Baccarat (on request), as well as Slot and Video Poker machines.

A casino shipboard advance of up to $300 per person, per day, (up to a maximum of $3,000 per cruise) may be charged to your shipboard account. A line of credit may also be established prior to your cruise by completing an application in advance.

Please contact the Casino Coordinator at 310-203-4372 if any further assistance or information is required.

Guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter the gaming areas, or to play any monetary-based games of chance (including Bingo) on board.

The Crystal Casino offers Nevada-style gaming and is subject to closure in various ports with or without notice.

Currency / Shipboard Accounts

At the beginning of the cruise, for your convenience and to expedite the settlement of your account, you are requested to have an imprint of your credit card and your signature taken at the Reception Desk. Your shipboard account and charges may be settled with cash (in U.S. dollars), traveler's checks, Master Card®, VISA®, American Express®, Diners Club® or Discover Card®. Personal checks of up to a per-cruise total of $2,000 per person may be cashed on board for personal use and to settle your shipboard account. Credit card payments and personal checks are subject to credit clearance. For the guests' convenience, a local foreign currency exchange service is available on board in certain ports.

Daily Program

The Reflections daily program is delivered to your stateroom each evening to help you plan for the next day. It is a valuable guide to the activities on board, including a complete schedule of the day's events, hours for the ship's diverse venues and important announcements. It also contains entertaining articles on ports of call, personality profiles of shipboard officers, staff, entertainers and Crystal Visions Enrichment Program lecturers, facts about cruising and a great deal more.

Dancing & Dance Lessons

Dancing & Dance LessonsCrystal Cruises offers an abundance of dancing opportunities and venues, each with its own style and ambiance. Stardust Club (Crystal Serenity), Starlite Club (Crystal Symphony) and the Palm Court offer dancing before or after dinner on most evenings. Starlite Club (Crystal Symphony) and Pulse (Crystal Serenity) offer late-night dancing to the music you request from the disc jockey.

The professional dance instructors offer complimentary classes in the most popular dance steps as the distinguished Ambassador Hosts await to escort ladies onto the dance floor.

Electrical Appliances

Both 110-volt (American current) and 220-volt (European current) outlets are available in each stateroom; two hair dryers are also provided. If you have any questions about compatibility of appliances, please ask your stewardess.

Family Reunion

Why is a Crystal Cruise an ideal choice for a family reunion?

Crystal Cruises offers choices for every member of your family. Whatever the age, 3 or 103, family members can participate in activities such as:

  • Golf instruction from PGA professionals
  • Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi classes
  • A walk around the 360 degree promenade as part of the Crystal's "Walk on Water" fitness program
  • Children-only cookie baking in the galley under the supervision of an Activities Director
  • Wide array of children's activities in dedicated children's facilities
  • Broadway-style shows for the whole family
  • Adults only keyboard instruction by a certified Yamaha instructor
  • A children's section in the library with a collection of age-appropriate books and DVD's

What other advantages are there for booking your family reunion with Crystal Cruises?

Not only does Crystal Cruises provide a lush setting to bond with your family, there are many other advantages to consider:

  • Pack and unpack only once in spacious, connecting staterooms (limited availability)
  • Experience multiple destinations as part of your cruise
  • Take classes that appeal to a variety of interests with the Creative Learning Institute
  • All-inclusive dining options (excluding alcohol) feature appealing menus to address a variety of dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, sugar- and gluten-free, low carbohydrate and Kosher style with assigned group seating
  • All-inclusive entertainment programs provide the opportunity to be together and the option to spend time apart in a safe environment

With Crystal Private Adventures, Crystal Cruises also offers an often once-in-a-lifetime chance for families to visit the place of their ancestral heritage or to explore any of the ports of call. Families can work with an expert to design a unique shore excursion program to bring them closer to their roots or to simply give them the chance to travel ashore together. Shipboard credits extended to family groups can be applied toward your private shore excursion and/or baby-sitting fees.

For large families:

  • Our Junior Activities Directors will meet the children at private family cocktail parties near the beginning of the cruise
  • Families can earn free staterooms (limited availability)
  • Families of up to 14 can reserve the Crystal Cruise Vintage Room for exclusive, intimate dinners
  • Group photography

What would be an ideal Crystal Cruises itinerary for a family reunion?

While it certainly depends on the family, any cruise is suitable for a family reunion. Many multigenerational families find the summer Mediterranean and European voyages to the best for a family reunion experience, especially for those with ancestors in those regions. The destinations are so rich in culture and history, they provide a great learning experience for all. Additionally, Crystal Cruises offers its Junior Activities Program during the summer cruises when the most children will be onboard. The activities are designed for children and teens from 3 to 17 years of age and are also offered on the holiday cruises.

For families that wish stay closer to home, Crystal Cruises offers a series of convenient 7-day voyages to New England and Canada, the Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean.

How does a Crystal representative work with the family to create the best family reunion?

Crystal Cruises can recommend a Crystal Cruises travel expert with experience booking family travel.

Junior "KIDS" activities
With its acclaimed children's programs and activities, Crystal is the luxury operator best suited for the family market.

Both ships feature a fully supervised Junior Activities program for kids between the ages of 3 and 17 on Holiday voyages and nearly all summer sailings, each with dedicated play areas for both young kids and teens. Children are supervised during their activities with the Junior Activities Directors, and children with parents' permission are free to come and go as they please. The Junior Activities program is not intended to be utilized as a babysitting service or daycare facility. Children under the age of the 3 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Facilities

Fantasia welcomes children ages 3-7 and 8-12, with games, crafts, popular Sony PlayStation® and Xbox 360TM kiosks and large-screen televisions, board games and personal computers with entertainment and education. A video arcade at Waves keeps teens ages 13-17 entertained as well. The Library offers a selection of children's books and videos for in-room viewing; children can also see recently released films in The Hollywood Theatre.

Activities

On sailings with a Junior Activities Director, children receive their own daily newsletter – Surf Runner or Teen Scene, depending on their age – letting them know of the next day's adventures. The hours of operation vary depending on the itinerary and number of children on board.

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Hide and Seek
  • Story Times / Ice cream / Pajama Parties
  • Stretch-ercise / Dress-up Playtime
  • Bridge / Galley tours
  • Cookie Baking / Pizza making
  • Fashion Shows / Coke-tails / card games
  • Karaoke / Special Artists' Performances
  • Mask Parade / Trivia
  • Movies / Dancing
  • Mini Olympics / Relay Races
  • Pool Games / Paddle tennis
  • Water Polo / Swimming
  • Shuffleboard / Volleyball
  • Late Night Pool Parties / Teen disco
  • Trivial Pursuit Teen karaoke
  • Twister Popcorn Parties
  • Pizza Parties Computer University@Sea
  • E-mail Services

Dining

Kids of all ages will enjoy our special Junior Cruiser's menu, and Crystal's executive chefs and culinary staff are always pleased to prepare custom dishes. The Trident Grill serves complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and more.

Babysitting Services

In-stateroom babysitting services are available onboard for your convenience. Arrangements can be made through the Concierge located at the reception desk. We kindly ask that should you require babysitting services, one days notice would be greatly appreciated. Fees are $10 per hour for one child, $15 per hour for two children and $20 per hour for three children. To satisfy safety concerns, the maximum number of children/babies watched by one babysitter is three.

Laundry / Valet Services

Laundry / Valet ServicesComplete valet services are available, including laundry, pressing and dry cleaning. Services may be arranged through your stateroom stewardess, or through your butler if you are in categories PH, PS or CP. Valet charges are billed to your shipboard account. Pressing is offered free of charge to Penthouse guests in categories PH, PS and CP. Complimentary self-service launderettes, including washing machines, detergents, fabric softeners, dryers, irons and ironing boards are provided on Decks 8, 9 and 10 (Crystal Symphony); and Decks 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (Crystal Serenity).

Library

LibraryA well-stocked Library contains over 2,000 books on subjects ranging from classics to popular biographies, history to contemporary mysteries. There is also a selection of over 1,000 movie titles plus board games which may be checked out free of charge for your enjoyment during the cruise.

Luggage

All check-in luggage is collected outside your stateroom door on the last night of your cruise in order to be cleared through Customs before disembarkation. Please do not pack critical travel documents such as passports, wallets and air tickets in your check-in luggage. You may wish to pack a small overnight bag to keep your personal items and identification with you for the morning.

Medical Services

Medical staff are on call 24 hours a day. The professional services of this staff, as well as certain medications, are available on board at reasonable costs. Guests requiring ongoing medication, or having specific dietary needs, are advised to bring an ample supply of medication or dietary supplements with them in their carry-on luggage.

Portable oxygen tanks and concentrators may be used on board, provided Crystal Cruises is notified in writing, no later than 30 days prior to sailing, that a guest is bringing his or her own oxygen equipment, and has made direct arrangements with an independent medical contractor who has agreed to undertake all required arrangements without involving the ship's onboard Medical Center and its personnel. The oxygen-dependent guest must travel with a companion who is also completely familiar with the operation of the concentrator.

Oxygen-dependent guests are limited to those cruises on which they can be properly supported by equipment vendors and which have itineraries that will easily allow medical disembarkation if it should be required. The number of oxygen-dependent guests using portable equipment is very limited on any cruise. Requests for oxygen equipment for a specific cruise will be processed in the order of date received.

Guests with existing medical conditions, guests who cannot completely care for themselves and who may require treatment by the ship's medical staff, or guests who may constitute a risk or danger to anyone else on board must be reported in writing to Crystal Cruises' please discuss advise your Crystal Cruise Reservation Agent your specific Medical needs prior to departure. Crystal Cruises reserves the right, without liability, to refuse to board and transport such guests who are in need of constant care by the ship's staff.

News Service

While you relax and unwind at sea, you can still stay in touch with the world. CNN, ESPN, CNBC, and FOX News are transmitted live via satellite to your stateroom television, 24 hours a day (signal permitting). A summary of daily news is transmitted via satellite to the ship (reception permitting) and is distributed to staterooms each day.

Parties & Special Occasions

Parties & Special OccasionsThe bar manager is happy to make arrangements for any special occasions or parties. The bar manager can provide you with available packages including waiters, bartenders, special hors d'oeuvres and invitations. Housekeeping can assist with arrangements for small gatherings in staterooms.

Photo Shop

The Crystal Photo Shop meets a wide range of photographic needs, including the sale and development of film, digital processing, cameras and other photographic accessories. Our professional photographers are often on shore to capture memorable moments in port, and on hand to take portraits of guests during special occasions throughout the cruise. These photos are on display and available for purchase at the Photo Shop on board.

Religious Services

Jewish and Protestant services are available during major holidays, and Catholic services are offered on most cruises. Interdenominational services are performed on Sundays at sea. Details on the services are provided in the Reflections daily program.

Shipboard Services

Our staff takes pride in making sure your entire journey goes smoothly, from beginning to end.

Concierges
The concierges, members of the prestigious Union International "Les Clefs d'Or," and a 24-hour Reception Desk staff are available to assist you with any special shipboard or shore side needs.

Cruise Sales Consultant
Our shipboard sales representative provides itinerary details and fares, and is on board to assist you with starting a future reservation on Crystal Cruises. All bookings made on board are returned to your travel agent, and for most cruises you will receive special Onboard Booking savings, as well as a repeat guest (Crystal Society) discount.

Crystal Society Host/ess
Our Crystal Society Host/ess is on every cruise to welcome first-time cruisers into the Crystal Society and to acquaint members with all the benefits and rewards of being a part of the Crystal family.

Shore Excursions

An extensive selection of Crystal Adventures shore excursions has been developed to enhance your cruise experience. Options include sightseeing, flightseeing and adventure tour programs. Activity levels vary from tours requiring less walking to more active excursions such as cycling and kayaking, each providing you with an opportunity to explore the points that interest you most at the ports you are visiting. All Crystal Adventures shore excursions may be pre-reserved. 

A book of Crystal Adventures shore excursion options will be included with your pre-cruise documents so that you can familiarize yourself with the tours available prior to embarkation. Once on board, you can book your tours through the ship's Shore Excursions Desk. The Shore Excursions staff also offers informative talks on each port of call, providing shopping tips and things to look forward to while ashore.

Please note that all guests participating in Crystal Adventures shore excursions are required to have a valid booking number for the specific cruise during which the excursion is offered. Crystal regrets that visitors and outside guests cannot be accommodated on the tours ashore.

Please check your tickets to ensure they list the specific Crystal Adventures shore excursion(s) which you pre-reserved. If the tour listed on the ticket(s) you receive is incorrect, please bring the ticket(s) to the Shore Excursion Desk to exchange them for the correct tour. Failure to bring incorrect tour tickets to the attention prior to the departure of the tour could result in your being charged for the tour listed on the actual tickets you received.

Wheelchair Access, Use of Scooters & Power Wheelchairs & Facilities for the Physically Challenged

Guests with any disability, including those primarily confined to wheelchairs or scooters, are medically oxygen dependent, are hearing impaired or use service animals, must notify Crystal Cruises at the time of booking as they may be required to submit forms for Release and Indemnity directly to Onboard Guest Services prior to sailing.

 

Guests must bring their own wheelchair, electrically powered wheelchair or electric scooter that does not exceed 22" wide. Release and Indemnity forms are required and must be submitted to Onboard Guest Services at least two (2) weeks prior to sailing. Please note: Crystal Cruises reserves the right to limit the number of electric scooters on board.

 

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity were designed to be accessible for the physically challenged, with ramp access to most decks and public areas. Ships' elevators can accommodate most wheelchairs, power wheelchairs or motorized scooters that do not exceed 22" wide, allowing access to all public decks. It is strongly recommended that the guest be accompanied by a traveling companion for better access to all areas on and around both Crystal ships, as well as ashore.

 

Certain staterooms offer extra-wide doors, fully wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and wheelchair-accessible closets with low-fitted hanging rods. Some suites offer limited wheelchair access to personal facilities. Staterooms and suites designated for guests with disabilities are subject to availability and must be reserved prior to boarding the ship.

 

As some ports of call are anchorage ports and others may be challenging, physical conditions may preclude guests requiring wheelchairs or scooters from going ashore. This decision is made at the discretion of the ship's Captain or doctor, and is binding.

 

The onboard Shore Excursions staff is able to assist with recommendations on which Crystal Adventures tours, if any, are best suited for physically challenged guests.

 

Additional conditions may apply and should be discussed in detail with Onboard Guest Services at time of booking.

Arts & Entertainment

This is just a sampling of the many classes and workshops. (Not all subjects are offered on every cruise.)

  • Acting Workshops
  • Advertising
  • Art History & Appreciation
  • Asian Woodblock Printing
  • Cabaret Workshop
  • Calligraphy
  • Chinese Brush Painting
  • Contemporary Art Survey
  • Creativity Workshop
  • Fashion Design
  • Foreign Language Instruction: Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish
  • Writing: Autobiography, Children's Stories, Comedy, Creative Writing, Detective Fiction, Novel, Poetry, Screen writing, Speech, Travel

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Business & Technology

This is just a sampling of the many classes and workshops.(Not all subjects are offered on every cruise.)

  • Computer University@Sea: Business Cards, Computers 101, Digital Photo Finishing, Greeting Cards and Invitations, Handheld Organizers, Microsoft Office, Surfing the Web and Web Page Design 
  • Contracts: What Are You Signing?
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Estate Planning
  • Financial Fitness: Mutual Funds Analysis, Successful Retirement, Stocks, Tax Workshops for Your Own Business
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Grant Writing
  • Astronomy and Celestial Science

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Lifestyle

This is just a sampling of the many classes and workshops. (Not all subjects are offered on every cruise.)

  • Book Club
  • Candle Making
  • Color Analysis: Your Best Wardrobe & Make-up
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Event Planning
  • Feng Shui: Creating a Harmonious Environment
  • Fundamentals of Interior Design
  • Personal Style
  • Textile Arts: Crochet/Knitting/Needlepoint
  • Working with a Contractor

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Wellness

This is just a sampling of the many classes and workshops. (Not all subjects are offered on every cruise.)

  • Alternative Medicine
  • CPR
  • Dance: African, Ballet, Ballroom, Disco, Flamenco, Hawaiian, Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Swing, Tango, Tap
    Fitness Classes: Aerobics, Aqua Moves, Body Sculpting, Cardio Ki-Bo, Circuit Training, Detox for Life, Healthy Abs and Back
  • Golf: Adverse Conditions, Bunker Play, Equipment, Golf Basics, Practice Methods, Putting and Chipping and Rules Review
  • Healthy Aging: Memory Fitness, Nutrition, Weight Management, Skin Care
  • Tai Chi: Meditation, Optimizing Your Fitness System, Personal Wellness, Self-Healing, Tai Chi (martial art)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • "Walk-On-Water" (WOW) Program featuring fitness guru Debbie Rocker's innovative WALKVEST

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Wine & Food

This is just a sampling of the many classes and workshops. (Not all subjects are offered on every cruise.)

  • After-Dinner Drinks
  • Beginning Sushi
  • Beer Essentials
  • Caviar & Champagne
  • Cheeses
  • Chocolate
  • Cocktail Making/Basic Bartending
  • Great Dishes with Wine
  • Pastry Making
  • Salads, Sauces and Soups
  • Spa Cuisine
  • The Tea Ceremony
  • Vegetarian Dishes
  • Wine Appreciation

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Spa & Fitness Facilities

Experience the sublime and the sensuous in the Crystal Spa: the first floating spa to use the principles of Feng Shui.  In 2007, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler named Crystal Cruises the Number One Cruise Line Spa in the magazine's prestigious 2007 reader's poll. The Crystal Spa was awarded its highest score yet to date with an overall rating of 90 points, more than six points ahead of its nearest competition. Superior service and state-of-the-art facilities and amenities propelled the Crystal Spa into first place.

Treatments include: Aroma Stone Therapy, Japanese Silk Booster Facial and Well-Being Massage…all enjoyed in the relaxing spa with beautiful Asian artifacts and the peaceful ambiance of Feng Shui. The spa features panoramic sea views, which surround a facility offering sauna, steam, a full-service hair salon and a well-equipped fitness center. Relax the mind, body and soul, and indulge in a Pathway to Yoga class, or enhance your physique with the modern-age Pilates Reformer, all under the guidance of a qualified fitness director. Other onboard fitness facilities include: a lap pool; an indoor/outdoor pool; two Jacuzzis®; 360º Promenade Deck for walking and jogging; paddle tennis courts; table tennis; golf driving ranges and putting greens; and shuffleboard courts.

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Build Your Sea Legs with "Walk-On-Water"

Debbie Rocker's weighted vests have become one of the world's most popular exercise accessories. And now, Ms. Rocker brings these vests on board with an exciting new program developed exclusively for Crystal Cruises: "Walk-On-Water" (WOW).

Designed to maximize the health benefits of walking, the innovative program, featuring Ms. Rocker's revolutionary weighted WALKVEST® by Debbie Rocker, allows guests to expand their fitness regimen in idyllic settings around the world. Tailor-made for Crystal and taking advantage of the renowned wraparound Promenade Deck, Ms. Rocker's WOW regimen was introduced on Crystal Harmony's holiday cruise and is now available fleetwide.

The main feature of the Walk-On-Water program is Ms. Rocker's exclusive WALKVEST, a lightweight cotton vest with weight pockets strategically located around the mid-section. In contrast to exercising with hand-held or ankle weights, which may alter the natural stride and can wrench the spine, WALKVEST places weights around the waistline, providing better support and equilibrium control. More than a dozen specially designed weight pockets hold one or more weights in half-pound increments, allowing for a gradual increase from two to sixteen pounds. The WOW program adds customized motivational music-driven audiotapes, a day-by-day guided walking program, and educational instructions on how to walk safely and effectively.

Each ship features at least 50 WALKVESTs, customized with the Crystal logo, and Ms. Rocker personally trained the sports directors on teaching the WOW-WALKVEST walking program.

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Golf

On most cruises, a qualified PGA pro is on board to offer golf classes and clinics. You'll find driving range nets and a putting green, with a supply of practice clubs and balls. Crystal Cruises now proudly and exclusively features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world. On board products include TaylorMade's #1 ranked drivers used by PGA pros to lead in distance, accuracy and total driving company. Complete sets of TaylorMade clubs are also available for rental to use in ports where you may wish to play.

Golf pros are present on most cruise departures. You will find renowned Golf Pros Roberto Borgatti, and others. Crystal Cruises now proudly and exclusively features TaylorMade, the best performance golf company in the world. On board products include TaylorMade's #1 ranked drivers used by PGA pros to lead in distance, accuracy and total driving company. Complete sets of TaylorMade clubs are also available for rental to use in ports where you may wish to play.

Golf enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to tee off on as many as six world-renowned courses on a single voyage. Hosted by a visiting PGA instructor, our dedicated Golf Theme Cruise explores some of the best courses in Europe, New England & Canada, and Canary Islands. For more details regarding special Golf Cruises, please click here.

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Outdoor Activities

If golf isn't your game, how about paddle tennis or shuffleboard? You'll enjoy a full-size, enclosed paddle tennis court on the ship-top Sun Deck. For jogging, walking, stretching and fresh air, there's the Promenade Deck, nearly a quarter-mile around for walking or jogging. Our two pools, the indoor/outdoor Neptune Pool and the full-length Seahorse Pool and adjoining Jacuzzi®, are located on the Lido Deck. Sunbathe, snooze and read while enjoying a refreshing drink poolside in the afternoon.

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Salon Services

The full-service Crystal Salon offers a relaxing experience with sweeping ocean views. Our trained professionals provide a range of treatments, including:

  • Haircuts, hairstyling, coloring
  • Facials, skin analysis
  • Manicures, pedicures
  • Barber services for men

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea"The food hit extraordinary heights! Viennese Afternoon Tea was a sweet tooth's dream."
London Times, UK
May 9, 1998

What could be more civilized than afternoon tea? Crystal Cruises offers several tea options to transport you to a different time and place. Revel in the luscious Viennese flavors and elegant ambiance of our Mozart Tea, where our staff in period costumes of velvet, brocade and lace cater to your pleasure. You may also choose the white-tie-and-tails tradition of our English Colonial Tea or the charming southern ambiance of our popular American Tea.

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Daytime Dining

daytime DiningFor dining throughout the day, Crystal offers a variety of delectable choices. Lido Café features a casual ambiance with breathtaking ocean views, and the buffet-style indoor/outdoor café offers both Early-and Late-Riser Breakfast, as well as late-morning bouillon service and luncheon buffets.

Daytime snacks, a lunchtime hamburger/hot dog grill, sandwiches, specialty burgers and a full bar are available at the Trident Bar & Grill. During your cruise, you will be treated to several special buffets that might include Asia Café, Cuisine of the Sun, Latino Nuevo and American Classic. For your sweet tooth, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbets and freshly baked cookies are available during the day at the Ice Cream Bar.

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Evening Dining

Evening DiningCrystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity each feature an exceptional variety of dining options including our main Crystal Dining Room, two specialty restaurants and Room Service available 24 hours.

The extraordinary cuisine for which Crystal Cruises is justifiably famous is offered in our elegant Crystal Dining Room, located in the heart of the ship just off the Crystal Plaza. The Crystal Dining Room is beautifully appointed, with sweeping ocean views by day and a magnificent ambiance at night. Our gracious European-trained waiters and internationally acclaimed chefs provide regionally inspired dishes and classic continental cuisine. The Crystal Dining Room offers the flexibility of two seatings to facilitate your dining preferences, and gives you the convenience of open seating at breakfast and lunch.

Casual poolside dining is offered on many evenings. Served from the Trident Grill (Tastes on Crystal Serenity), dinners on these relaxed, no-reservations evenings under the stars are a unique Crystal Cruises dining option.

Specialty Restaurants
Our alternative specialty dinner restaurants offer exciting variety at no additional cost.

On Crystal Symphony, you'll enjoy the innovative Asian cuisine prepared with a contemporary flair at Jade Garden. Dishes are inspired by the exotic array of traditions and ingredients of the Orient. Specialty selections from Wolfgang Puck's Chinois restaurant are also offered.

On Crystal Serenity, we feature contemporary Asian cuisine in the specialty restaurant Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, offering signature dishes created by internationally renowned Japanese master chef, Nobu Matsuhisa.

On Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, our Italian restaurant Prego offers elegant dining with a spectacular view and unique Italian cuisine. No matter where in the world you are cruising, you'll have the option to enjoy Old World charm and authentic regional Italian cuisine, with signature creations by Piero Selvaggio, owner of the renowned Valentino restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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In-Suite & In-Stateroom Dining

In-Suite & In-Stateroom DiningSometimes, after a long day's adventure ashore or a full schedule of activities on board, the very best option for dinner is to order in. Leave your formal wear in the closet and dine in your bathrobe and slippers, if you wish, with a full selection of delectable dishes from your In-Suite & In-Stateroom Dining menu. You may also order from the evening's menu in the Crystal Dining Room, or request whatever your heart desires-our chefs will do their best to oblige your tastes. Those guests in our Penthouses who order In-Suite & In-Stateroom Dining will be served by their butler, and also have the option of ordering from our specialty restaurants.

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Wine List

Wine ListWhen a cruise line puts as much of an emphasis on offering their guests a superb culinary experience as Crystal does, you expect a wine list to match. Chosen to represent a broad range of wines from the world in which we sail, our wine list is unparalleled among our competitors. From vintage years of first-growth Bordeaux and California cult Cabernets, to excellent value wines from countries like Spain and Australia. Crystal Cruises is proud to introduce our exclusive "C" vintages. Our "C" wines include three reserve and three premium selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.

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The Vintage Room

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Inspired by the rich tradition of wine makers to gather and showcase their most treasured vintages, dinners served in the elegant Vintage Room aboard both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are the ultimate experience for wine enthusiasts.

Working in tandem with our expert sommeliers, the culinary team creates menus to showcase the unique attributes of each vintage, with exceptional selections from famed wine-making regions such as Bordeaux and Napa Valley. These “Wine Makers Dinners” are savored by connoisseurs and novices alike, eager to discover appellations not easily accessible in stores and restaurants, from a first-growth Bordeaux to a classic Spanish Vega Sicilia.

Offered several times during each voyage, you and your traveling companions may reserve a seat at the Vintage Room table for an all-inclusive cost of $210 per person (wine, cuisine and gratuity), joining a minimum of 10 other guests for the extravagant culinary experience.

Or, by special arrangement with our Head Sommelier, you may play the role of "wine maker" yourself, hosting a private party of up to 12 (Crystal Symphony; $2,000 all-inclusive) and 14 (Crystal Serenity; $2,100 all-inclusive). You choose the wines from our exclusive Reserve Wine List, and consult with our Executive Chef on the perfect pairing menu. All charges are then posted to your shipboard account.

To pre-reserve a seating or private dinner, please contcat your Cruise Expert for details. Please note that the date of your Vintage Room dinner will be determined closer to sailing date as a minimum of 10 guests must confirm participation for the event to be offered. Full payment for the booking must be made at least 180 days before the sail date of your voyage.

Serving dinner only.

Vintage Room Menu (Crystal Symphony)
Vintage Room Menu (Crystal Serenity)

Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners
Crystal’s Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners are one-of-a-kind culinary experiences featuring some of the rarest wines in the world. Offered a few times each year on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, depending on the wines selected the exceptional dinners are priced at an estimated $1,000 per person.

The first Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner was an eight-course French meal prepared by Master Chef André Soltner, former chef/owner of world-famous Lutèce, paired with, among others, a nearly impossible-to-get 1959 Château Lafite–Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux and a Screaming Eagle 1996 from Napa Valley, considered its dream year.

Ultimate Vintage Room Menu (Crystal Serenity)

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Crystal Wine & Food Festival

Crystal Wine & Food FestivalThe world's greatest chefs and wine experts join Crystal Cruises on our popular Wine & Food Festival sailings, designated by the WF icon on appropriate voyages. Watch as celebrated chefs prepare signature dishes for our dinner menus, demonstrate cooking techniques and share the secrets of their culinary artistry.

In addition, distinguished wine experts provide insight and education to the endlessly fascinating world of wine, offering unique opportunities to experience side-by-side tastings of select vintages from Crystal Cruises' extensive wine list, including our exclusive "C" vintages. Held in a lively and convivial atmosphere, these events offer a heady blend of entertainment and learning.

To view a list of Wine & Food Festival voyages, click here.

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