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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.

Top 5 Crystal Cruises Departure Ports:

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

(12 cruises)

Monte Carlo, Monaco

(8 cruises)

Venice, Italy

(8 cruises)

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

(7 cruises)

Dover (London), England

(6 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.

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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
  • 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 Reviews

Sails to:

Alaska Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) South America

Sails from:

Anadyr, Russian Federation Buenos Aires, Argentina Fremantle (Perth), Australia Greenwich (London), England Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Lisbon, Portugal Lyttleton (Christchurch), New Zealand Melbourne, Australia Otaru (Sapporo), Japan Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Seward (Anchorage), Alaska Tromso, Norway Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia More

Crystal Esprit

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

Sails to:

Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe - Mediterranean Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Sails from:

Antalya, Turkey Aqaba (Petra), Jordan Dubrovnik, Croatia Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey Larnaca, Cyprus Limassol, Cyprus Piraeus (Athens), Greece Rhodes, Greece Venice, Italy

Crystal Serenity

Price: $$$$
Ship size: M

The exquisite ambience of the Crystal Serenity leads to an extraordinary experience. Unwind in luxur...

Sails to:

Canada, New England, New York Caribbean Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Western Europe Europe - Western Mediterranean

Sails from:

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Copenhagen, Denmark Dover (London), England Dubai, U.A.E. Miami, Florida New York, New York Quebec City, Quebec Reykjavik, Iceland San Juan, Puerto Rico Singapore Southampton (London), England Stockholm, Sweden 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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