Crystal Cruises reviews

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.

Top 5 Crystal Cruises Destinations:

Caribbean

(32 cruises)

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

(28 cruises)

Europe - Mediterranean

(17 cruises)

Europe - Western Mediterranean

(14 cruises)

Europe - Northern Europe

(13 cruises)

Top 5 Crystal Cruises Departure Ports:

Miami, Florida

(24 cruises)

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

(11 cruises)

New York, New York

(11 cruises)

San Juan, Puerto Rico

(10 cruises)

Venice, Italy

(10 cruises)

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

Average rating

Food and Dining

4.7

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Ship Quality

4.6

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.5

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Destinations and Excursions

4.4

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Entertainment

4.3

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Onboard Activities

4.2

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Children's Programs

3.0

Average rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.5

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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

4 Crystal Cruises ships

Crystal Endeavor

Price: $$$$
Ship size: XL
0
0 Reviews

Sails to:

Caribbean Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) Panama Canal, Central America

Sails from:

Bordeaux, France Callao (Lima), Peru Dakar, Senegal Greenwich (London), England Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen, Norway Malaga, Spain Miami, Florida Panama City, Panama Puerto Montt, Chile Reykjavik, Iceland Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina West Palm Beach, Florida More

Crystal Esprit

Price: $$$$
Ship size: S
4.8
2 Reviews

Crystal Serenity

Price: $$$$
Ship size: M
4.3

Crystal Serenity is one of the two ships in the Crystal Cruises Ocean fleet. Just as everything wit...

Sails to:

Alaska Alaska - Inside Passage Canada, New England, New York Caribbean Caribbean - Bahamas

Sails from:

Auckland, New Zealand Barcelona, Spain Bimini, Bahamas Brisbane, Australia Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Fremantle (Perth), Australia Istanbul, Turkey Le Havre (Paris), France Lisbon, Portugal Los Angeles, California Miami, Florida Mombasa, Kenya Monte Carlo, Monaco Mumbai (Bombay), India Nassau, Bahamas New York, New York Papeete, Tahiti Piraeus (Athens), Greece Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica Puntarenas, Costa Rica Quebec City, Quebec San Juan, Puerto Rico Singapore Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia Venice, Italy Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska 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

Price:

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

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