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About Crystal Cruises

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.

Expert Review of Crystal Cruises

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.

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What Cruisers Say

  • EricD5 says ...

    Best customer service I have ever experienced and I travel for a living.... Read Full Review
  • ElizabethM16 says ...

    I don't remember having a bad expierence of food on this trip! It was great! Read Full Review
  • wefuse says ...

    We finally caught on by the end of the trip. Always turned right when should have turned left! HA HA! Read Full Review

4 Crystal Cruises Ships

Crystal Endeavor

Price: $$$$    Ship Size: XL

Crystal Esprit

Price: $$$$    Ship Size: S
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Sails to:
Europe - Mediterranean Europe Caribbean Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe - Western Mediterranean
Sails from:
Marigot, Saint Martin Piraeus (Athens), Greece Dubrovnik, Croatia Venice, Italy Malaga, Spain Nice, France

Crystal Serenity

Price: $$$$    Ship Size: M
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The exquisite ambience of the Crystal Serenity leads to an extraordinary experience. Unwind in luxur...

Sails to:
Europe Europe - Mediterranean Europe - Western Mediterranean Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Caribbean
Sails from:
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Barcelona, Spain Venice, Italy Monte Carlo, Monaco Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Piraeus (Athens), Greece Lisbon, Portugal Los Angeles, California San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Amsterdam, Netherlands San Juan, Puerto Rico Reykjavik, Iceland Marseille (Provence), France Stockholm, Sweden Fremantle (Perth), Australia Auckland, New Zealand Dover (London), England Copenhagen, Denmark Cape Town, South Africa More

Ship Size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers


  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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