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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 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.
Understated elegance, a Crystal hallmark, along with strong onboard
programs for relaxation, education, and socializing make Crystal
Symphony a magnet for guests preferring leisurely days at sea over
port-a-day marathons. Symphony is very nearly an identical sister
to the slightly older Harmony, although public spaces have differing
personalities. Symphony’s expansive deck space for lounging
has drawn raves.
Year entering service: 1995
Registry: The Bahamas
Tonnage (GRT): 51,044
Officer Nationality: Norwegian captain, European and Japanese
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: European, International from 32 countries
Destinations: Baltic Sea & Russian North Cape, British Isles, Mediterranean, Mexico, New England/Canada, South America, South Pacific, Panama Canal and Caribbean.
Crystal Cruises Believes tipping is personal, Crystal fares do not include gratuities.
Guidelines, per person per day, are $4 for room stewards, $4 for waiters, $2.50
for assistant waiters, etc. Guidelines for specialty restaurants are $6 per guest,
per dinner. A 15 percent tip is added for all bark drinks. Gratuities may be charged
to the shipboard account.
2003 brought enhancements to Symphony’s
onboard experience including non-alcoholic beverages, from bottled
water and soft drinks to juices and specialty coffees including
cappuccino. A reserve wine list features some 20 rare and special
vintages. Festive Wine and Champagne Makers Dinners are themed around
rare vintages and the finest of champagnes. A Late Risers Breakfast
bridges the gap from 10a.m. to noon, and Sunday brunch is served
in the Crystal Cove when at sea.
Eight guest decks have 480 outside staterooms
including two Crystal Penthouses of 982 square feet with verandas.
18 Penthouse Suites with verandas have 491 square feet, and 44 Penthouses
with verandahs have 367 square feet. 214 Deluxe Staterooms with
verandahs have 246 square feet, and 202 Deluxe Staterooms with about
202 square feet have large picture windows. Seven staterooms in
three categories accommodate disabilities.
All have TVs and VCRs, and a large closet with shoe rack. Baths have a shower,
tub, double sinks and telephone, hairdryer, make-up mirror and robes.
All penthouses have a large Jacuzzi, and the Penthouse Deck also has 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 serve international cuisine in two traditional seatings and
Jade Garden offers Asian fare including Chinese specialties. Prego restaurant
serves Italian in a Venetian atmosphere. On select evenings the Trident Grill
around the pool extends hours. There is a complimentary ice cream and frozen
yogurt bar, and 24 hour room service.
Sports / Health / Fitness
The 5,000 square foot Crystal Spa and Salon adheres to the principles of feng shui,
and has exercise equipment, saunas, and steams rooms along with personal fitness
instruction. Two swimming pools include an outdoor lap pool with adjacent Jacuzzi
and indoor/outdoor pool with adjacent Jacuzzi. Joggers and speed walkers appreciate
the wraparound deck, and there is paddle tennis.
Caesars Palace at Sea Casino has 86 slot machines, six blackjack tables, craps,
roulette, and baccarat. The 463-seat Galaxy Lounge showroom presents award-winning
productions. There’s a 22-table bridge lounge, a library and a Computer
University @ Sea classroom An Ambassador Host Program supplies dancing
partners, and there are bridge and dance instructors.
A trained physician and medical staff are on call 24 hours.
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