Crystal Cruises offers an intriguing, yet fabulous, luxury cruise experience. With three ships that carry fewer than 1,080 passengers each, two of which are larger than other ships in the luxury market, Crystal has carved out an enviable niche, offering all the amenities and activities associated with larger vessels, yet still managing to provide exemplary service, superb cuisine and total freedom of choice - garnering numerous awards along the way.
The fleet comprises three ships: the 51.044 ton (940 passenger) Crystal Symphony, launched in 1995, the roughly a third larger, 68,000 ton (1,072 passenger) Crystal Serenity, which debuted in 2003, and the more intimate, sixty-two guest, Crystal Esprit. The ships have one of the industry's highest staff-to-guest and space-to-guest ratios, and one of the most loyal repeat passenger ratios. Beyond their well-deserved reputation for dining, service and 'big ship' options (from casinos and fitness facilities, to a wide range of entertainment) - Crystal Cruises is particularly known for signature features that include on-board Sushi bars, vast wine cellars, innovative learning and enrichment programmes and a superb programme of entertainment, including Broadway-style shows. It also offers one of the best children’s activity programmes in the luxury cruise market.
Whilst Crystal Cruises still faithfully maintains cornerstone cruise traditions such as elegant afternoon tea, paddle tennis and assigned main restaurant dining (all three ships enjoy a mixture of open seating, anytime dining and traditional dining practices with assigned tables), as a long time innovator in the on-board experience, the company has opted for just two straightforward evening attire preferences, thus easing the stress of packing and planning.
Casual daytime attire is acceptable on-board any time before 6pm, thereafter the ‘Crystal Casual’ attire policy will apply to all areas of the ship and includes dresses, skirts, dressy trousers and blouses or jumpers for women, and dress shirts and sport coats (no tie required), open-collar or collared polo shirt and dress trousers/smart trousers for men. For those evenings boasting the celebratory ambiance of a special occasion, formal attire will be required i.e. dark suits with ties or tuxedos for men and formal cocktail or evening dresses, or formal evening separates for women.