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Crystal Cruises History
Founded in 1988 by parent company NYK Lines of Japan, Crystal Cruises' elegant double
seahorse logo has become synonymous to discerning travelers as the pinnacle of luxury
at sea. Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and the newer, slightly larger Crystal Serenity
are among the world's cushiest, most spacious vessels, with expansive decks, generous
amenities and elegant quarters, more than half with private verandas. Crystal's six-star-rated
liners have grand lounges, a sybaritic spa outfitted within Feng Shui principles,
extensive exercise options, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, Asian
and Italian specialty restaurants, and the only Caesars Palace at Sea Casino afloat.
Computer University@Sea, helping trailblaze 24-hour e-mail and Internet access at sea,
has hands-on instruction to boot. In 2004, highlights include 28 round trip sailings
from domestic ports, 33 cruises beginning or ending in domestic ports, new seven-night
sailings for all three ships in the Mediterranean, Canada/New England and the Caribbean,
and new 10-day cruises round-trip from Honolulu. Crystal Serenity's inaugural World Cruise
sails from Los Angeles to New York.
The newly-refurbished Crystal Harmony has drawn raves for exquisitely appointed staterooms -
over half with private verandahs - expansive decks, a Caesars Palace at Sea casino, a lavish spa,
complete fitness facilities, paddle tennis, two pools, and award-winning cuisine served in three
separate and distinctive dinner restaurants.
Year entering service: 1990
Registry: The Bahamas
Tonnage (GRT): 49,400
Officer Nationality: Norwegian captain, Norwegian and Japanese officers
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: European
Destinations: Hawaii, Mexico, South Pacific/Orient, China/Japan, Alaska/Canada, Panama Canal and Caribbean
Noting that tipping is personal, Crystal does not include gratuities in fares. Guidelines,
per person per day, are $4 for room stewards, $4 for waiters, $2.50 for assistant waiters,
etc., and $6 per guest, per dinner for specialty restaurants. Bar drinks have a 15 percent
tip added. Gratuities may be charged to shipboard accounts.
A strong theme cruise program, with Yoga, Opera, Film Festival and Murder Mystery,
also includes the Crystal Wine &Food Festival, entering its 10th year, with culinary
masters, wine experts and celebrity chefs coming aboard to share their passion.
Guests participate in tastings, demos and gala dinners. Although there is no separate
kosher kitchen, Crystal's Kosher-style Dining Program offers kosher selections from
beef or vegetarian burgers to veal liver and ox tongue, along with white and red
kosher wines, and many desserts.
Among 480 staterooms are four Crystal Penthouses (948 square feet) with verandas;
26 Penthouse Suites (492 square feet) with verandas; 32 Penthouses (360 square feet)
with verandas; 198 Outside Deluxe Staterooms (271 square feet) with verandas;
201 Outside Deluxe Staterooms (198 square feet), 19 Inside Staterooms (183 square feet),
and four staterooms in two categories accommodating disabilities.
Showers and tubs, TV and radio with 24-hour news and sports coverage, VCRs, personal safes,
refrigerators with mini-bars, make-up mirrors and 24-hour room service. All penthouses have
Jacuzzis, and the Penthouse Deck also offers butler service.
Kid & Teen Stuff
A playroom and babysitting are available. On holiday cruises and selected sailings,
Junior Activities Program directors supervise additional fun, tiered for ages 3 to
7, 8 to 12, and 13 to 17. Parents must sign waivers for children under six months to board.
Crystal Dining Room serves international cuisine, while Kyota offers Japanese dining, and
Prego serves Italian fare. The outdoor Trident Grill serves pizza and such, and on selected
evenings serves a casual evening menu. Afternoon tea takes place in the elegant Palm Court.
An ice cream and frozen yogurt bar is complimentary, and there is 24-hour room service.
Sports / Health / Fitness
Crystal Spa and Salon adheres to Feng Shui principles, with aerobic and personal fitness
instruction, exercise equipment, saunas, steam room, and revitalizing treatments from
massage to manicures/pedicures. Seahorse lap pool has two Jacuzzis and the retractable
roof Neptune indoor/outdoor pool has a Trident swim-up bar. On selected cruises,
a PGA golf pro is aboard for clinics. Driving range nets and a putting green are supplied
with practice clubs and balls. Callaway clubs are also available for rental in ports.
Caesars Palace at Sea Casino has 115 slot machines, five blackjack tables, craps, roulette,
baccarat and a Caribbean Stud table. Galaxy Lounge showroom presents award-winning productions.
An Ambassador Host Program supplies dancing partners, and there are bridge and dance instructors.
Air-conditioned tenders have toilets.
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