Crystal Cruises

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128 Reviews

About Crystal Cruises Awards 2014 Winner

Best Luxury Line
Best Service
Best Food

Crystal Cruises is a line travelers who want excellent service without stuffiness or dated formality flock to these two medium-size luxury ships, which wow passengers as they circumvent the globe. The two specialty restaurants are especially memorable: Silk Road, the Nobu Matsuhisa spot, serves up sushi and Japanese cuisine; Prego, helmed by Piero Selvaggio of L.A.’s Valentino, offers California-influenced Italian dishes.

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Best For

Travelers who want luxury without stuffiness or formality — Crystal is not your grandparents’ cruise line.

Not For

Families with children who require extensive entertainment; many parents who bring the kids also bring the nanny.

We Love

  • Service on Crystal is mind-blowingly good, from custom baby food pureed in the kitchen to made-to-order ice cream flavors whipped up on the pool deck.
  • Silk Road, the Nobu Matsuhisa restaurant, serves up great sushi and Japanese cuisine — and sources some seafood from markets as the ships circle the globe. (Would you expect anything less from a line with Japanese owners?)
  • Prego, the Italian restaurant helmed by Piero Selvaggio of L.A.’s Valentino, offers great Italian food that reminds us that Crystal is headquartered in California.
  • Exotic around-the-world itineraries go way beyond the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
  • The medium size of Crystal ships results in attentive service without crowds or loss of privacy.

We Could Live Without

  • Cabins are smaller and less over-the-top than luxury competitors.
  • Crystal maintains some traditional touches — such as the march of the flaming Alaska on formal night — that younger travelers may raise an eyebrow at.

Service and Staff

"Everyone was so friendly they made you feel like you was at home the entire time!" Read More

Food and Dining

"I don't remember having a bad expierence of food on this trip! It was great!" Read More

Ship Quality

"I loved how big and how much space I had! I absouletly hate being crowded!" Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

"I've outlined in the body of my review many of the features of our cabin. Overall very spacious and comfortable. The balcony had real furniture..." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

"Very organized and never a of the many benefits of being on a smaller ship" Read More


"Outstanding shows with incredible costumes and performances..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

"glacier walk - amazing Whale watching - Lots of whales and saw breeches Misty fords- beautiful but would have preferred a shorter tour. Two..." Read More

Onboard Activities

"Excellent. Good variety. Lectures were very informative " Read More

Children's Programs

"What little I saw of other people's children showed them as busy and very well entertained. There were no fussy babies or bored annoying or unattended..." Read More

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