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.

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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.

Crystal Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Service and Staff

4.8

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Food and Dining

4.8

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Ship Quality

4.7

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.5

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Entertainment

4.4

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Destinations and Excursions

4.4

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Onboard Activities

4.2

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Children's Programs

3.4

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.4

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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
  • PLG says ...

    We toured the Crystal Dining kitchen where the food is prepared. I don't think you will find an operating room that is cleaner. I checked all of the corners and areas under the equipment. Fabulous!! Read Full Review

Crystal Cruises Ships

Class:

Crystal Serenity

4.3
(58 Reviews)

Price: $$$$

Ship Size: M

Crystal Symphony

4.5
(69 Reviews)

Price: $$$$

Ship Size: S

Crystal Esprit

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Ship Size:

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

Price:

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

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