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
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.
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!!
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