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The high-end luxury line has carved out a niche that offers the amenities and activities associated with larger vessels, as well as top-notch dining and service that are part of an upscale experience.

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11 Night
Expedition Svalbard: In Search Of Polar Bears

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Monacobreen
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Crystal Cruises
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DAY 1: Istanbul

9 Night
Aegean & Adriatic Antiquities

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Istanbul
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Kusadasi, Mykonos ...
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DAY 1: Le Havre

11 Night
Trans-atlantic Explorer

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DAY 1: New York

8 Night
Autumn Tapestry

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New York
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7 Night
New England Immersion

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New York
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Newport, Provincetown ...
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8 Night
Fall's Grandeur

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Quebec City
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Halifax, Bar Harbor ...
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8 Night
Skyscrapers & Waterfalls

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New York
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10 Night
Sunkissed Tradewinds

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Miami
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Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ...
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Crystal Cruises
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40 Night
Grand Journey: Passage To The Amazon & Tropics

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New York
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Hamilton, Barbados ...
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71 Night
Grand Journey: Athens To Auckland Odyssey

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Athens
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Crete, Suez Canal ...
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102 Night
102 Nights Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic

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Miami
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Ocho Rios, Cartagena ...
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100 Night
100 Nights Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic

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Los Angeles
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Honolulu, Kauai ...
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116 Night
116 Nights Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic

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Los Angeles
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29 Night
Grand Journey: Western Europe To North America

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Dover
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Amsterdam, Rotterdam ...
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9 Night
Boutique Caribbean & Panama Canal

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Palm Beach
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Harbor Island, San Salvador ...
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14 Night
Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Svalbard Expedition

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Almeria
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Flam, Gudvangen ...
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11 Night
Northern European Majesties

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Reykjavik
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Isafjordur, Akureyri ...
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9 Night
Red Sea Reverie

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Dubai
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Muscat, Salalah ...
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Crystal Cruises
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15 Night
Ancient Kingdoms & Storied Pagodas

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Singapore
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Koh Samui, Bangkok ...
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12 Night
Accent On The Baltic

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Copenhagen
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Rostock, Tallinn ...
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13 Night
Gulf Gems & Alluring Mumbai

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Dubai
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Doha, Al Manamah ...
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15 Night
Southern Hemisphere Holiday

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Auckland
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Tauranga, Gisborne ...
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Crystal Cruises
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9 Night
Egyptian Treasures & Grecian Grandeur

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Eilat
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Sharm-el-Sheikh, Luxor ...
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9 Night
South Asian Tapestry

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Mumbai
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Kochi, Colombo ...
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Crystal Cruises
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8 Night
Treasures Of The South China Sea

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Singapore
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Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City ...
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Crystal Cruises
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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Luxury Cruise Line
  • 2018 Best Luxury Cruise Line
  • 2018 Best Enrichment
  • 2018 Best Enrichment
  • 2017 Best Dining
  • 2017 Best Service
  • 2017 Best Service
  • 2017 Best for Solo Travelers
  • 2017 Best for Solo Travellers
  • 2016 Best Luxury Cruise Line Itineraries
  • 2016 Best Luxury Cruise Line for Enrichment
  • 2016 Best Luxury Cruise Line for Enrichment

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated US & Canada Destinations

Who goes on Crystal cruise ships?

Its signature longer, more exotic cruises attract an affluent 55-plus crowd, though shorter sailings can skew slightly younger. North American passengers are in the majority, but Crystal takes pains to cater to an international mix of passengers, including a strong Asian contingent -- the ships will provide kimonos as well as bathrobes in accommodations.

You'll also find families on Crystal ships, especially in the summer, as the line has dedicated facilities and comprehensive programming for cruisers ages 3 to 17.

Do I have to dress up on a Crystal cruise?

Yes. Clothing onboard Crystal's ships is dressy, particularly on formal nights. Even on other nights, passengers tend to wear cocktail attire (women) and suits (men). During the day, elegant casual is the rule, and you won't see swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups/robes, baseball hats or denim cutoff shorts in the dining venues. After 6 p.m. shorts and baseball caps are not permitted anywhere for men or women.

On Black Tie Optional nights, held on cruises longer than seven days, men generally wear a dark suit with tie or a tuxedo; for women, it means a formal cocktail dress, evening gown or dressy evening separates. On the evening of the company's themed party, Crystal White Extravaganza, suggested dress is -- you guessed it -- white.

Is everything free on Crystal cruises?

Almost everything is included in the base for a Crystal cruise, including gratuities, unlimited internet, sodas, fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as room service. Specialty dining, including Umi Uma by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is free for one reservation per passenger (must be booked pre-cruise); repeat reservations carry a $30 per person fee unless you are sailing in Penthouse category accommodations.

There are complimentary Crystal Adventures shore excursions on the yacht expedition sailings, but you'll have to pay extra for all other excursions, spa and beauty treatments, laundry and dry cleaning.

What are Crystal’s most popular activities?

Among the most popular activities onboard a Crystal ship are those that involve education of some sort, whether it be how to design a webpage, learning about food and wine, or listening to a guest lecturer talk about history, music or film. At the same time, Crystal's passengers faithfully flock to cruise traditions, such elegant afternoon tea, paddle tennis sessions, nights in the casino and activities like bingo and napkin folding.

Its inventive and diverse shore excursions tend to empty the ships in port. In addition to the more conventional shore excursions, the company pioneered programs providing its affluent passengers with service and donation opportunities to give back to the destinations they visit, and the complimentary You Care, We Care excursions typically fill up very quickly.

Why go with Crystal?

Choice of oceangoing cruise ships, intimate yacht or expedition vessel

Best for: Luxury-loving couples seeking a variety of enriching sea day activities, varied gourmet dining and lounge-style entertainment

Not for: Luxe cruisers expecting huge entry-level cabins, rowdy partiers




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