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.
Travelers who want luxury without stuffiness or formality — Crystal is not your grandparents’ cruise line.
Families with children who require extensive entertainment; many parents who bring the kids also bring the nanny.
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.
Crystal Cruises cruiser reviews
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Destinations and Excursions
Embarkation and Debarkation
What cruisers say
ElizabethM16 says ...
Everyone was so friendly they made you feel like you was at home the entire time!
Read full review
Itrvlfar says ...
Exceptional food quality, presentation and variety we've ever experienced sea or land.
Read full review
FloridaDeb says ...
Nice layout of the ship. Balcony was a little small and unable to open it up if you had adjoining cabins with friends.
Read full review
Europe - Northern Europe
Europe - Western Europe
Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)
Panama Canal, Central America
Callao (Lima), Peru
Greenwich (London), England
Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland
Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen, Norway
Panama City, Panama
Puerto Montt, Chile
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
West Palm Beach, Florida
Crystal Serenity is one of the two ships in the Crystal Cruises Ocean fleet. Just as everything wit...
Alaska - Inside Passage
Canada, New England, New York
Caribbean - Bahamas
Auckland, New Zealand
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Fremantle (Perth), Australia
Le Havre (Paris), France
Los Angeles, California
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Mumbai (Bombay), India
New York, New York
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Quebec City, Quebec
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska
If you choose to follow Crystal Cruises you will receive
weekly email updates with the latest reviews, tips, and photos from Cruiseline.com
members about Crystal Cruises.
*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency,
and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners
(travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our
users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or
prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site
for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on
external web sites.
Need help from a personal vacation planner?
Find the perfect cruise with weekly tips and cruise deals for as little as $30/night!
Sign up for weekly cruise deals
Join other subscribers and get the best
cruise deals of the week in your inbox every Thursday.