Crystal Cruises

average ship rating
4.4
104 Reviews

About Crystal Cruises

Cruiseline.com 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

93% Loved it!
"Everyone was so friendly they made you feel like you was at home the entire time!" Read More

Food and Dining

91% Loved it!
"I don't remember having a bad expierence of food on this trip! It was great!" Read More

Ship Quality

89% Loved it!
"I loved how big and how much space I had! I absouletly hate being crowded!" Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

85% Loved it!
"small but had everything one needed. Plenty of storage, towels, comfort." Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

78% Loved it!
"Very organized and never a line...one of the many benefits of being on a smaller ship" Read More

Entertainment

73% Loved it!
"Outstanding shows with incredible costumes and performances..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

71% Loved it!
"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

65% Loved it!
"Too much going on to be able to participate in everything. Speakers were great." Read More

Children's Programs

29% Loved it!
"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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