This year and next, the renowned ships of Crystal will each enter into a multi-million dollar transformation — Crystal Symphony in September 2017, and Crystal Serenity in October 2018. I am beyond excited to sail on the Crystal Symphony in late October; it will be the third time the newly remodeled ship will sail this year! We will leave from Mauritius and make our way to Cape Town which will take just under two weeks. I booked my Cape Hope Cruise with Ken Heit of Luxury Cruise and Tour who was beyond helpful and made sure I was getting the best deal. I look forward to sharing my Crystal adventures with you in October! They have so many exciting and innovative changes coming this year and next.
Emerging from their longest-ever makeovers, each will feature spacious new suites and penthouses, more innovative dining options including market-style social spaces, open-seating and expanded specialty venues, more state-of-the-art technologies, and enhanced service and space ratios among the loftiest in luxury travel. For Crystal devotees, it’s more of what you
loved before, only better! For anyone new to Crystal, it’s what you would expect of the cruise line that has earned more World’s Best awards than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.
Defined by Crystal’s signature hallmarks of service, space, quality and choices, our all-inclusive voyages to destinations around the globe find new inspiration with this luxurious evolution. As with everything Crystal pursues, a single
goal remains paramount: ensuring every guest always feels at home upon the sea.
Expansive and gorgeous, brand new butler-serviced suites and penthouses will be constructed aboard both ships. Replacing existing staterooms, the newly added accommodations will effectively reduce guest capacity, thereby increasing the ships’ service and space ratios to rank with the highest in the industry.
With beautiful new penthouses and staterooms on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, there will be several luxurious accommodation choices to make your vacation memorable.
From its award-winning fare of Michelin-level envy to hosting Nobu Matsuhisa’s only sea-going restaurants, the Evolution of Crystal Luxury promises more dining experiences to tempt the most discriminating palates, with the added luxury of menu enhancements at Prego; family style, Chinese-inspired al fresco dining at Silk; and open seating, too. New venues aboard both ships will include Marketplace, a gorgeous social space for dining and conversation by day, turned Brazilian steakhouse — Churrascaria — by night. You’ll also discover a contemporary new specialty Asian restaurant called Silk; and a rebranded main dining room named Waterside, perfectly set to usher in “dine as you desire” open seating. Now, more than ever, you’ll savor even more choices with Crystal!
NEW & NOTEWORTHY:
The Palm Court will be a new favorite spot aboard both ships! This top-deck, forward lounge on Crystal Serenity is being redesigned with Crystal’s trademark elegance to feature more intimate seating. Another reimagined part located mid-ship is the Starlite Club, a popular gathering place with panoramic sea views.
From free unlimited Wi-Fi to a dedicated guest Internet portal, and an industry-first showing of premiere and Oscar-nominated movies, Crystal is evolving the personal travel experience to even greater realms with a number of exciting high-tech features.
State-of-the-art new technology includes SpeedNet accelerators aboard both ships that will double satellite speed, allowing
for free, unlimited Wi-Fi available across all devices — laptops, tablets and smartphones! The elevated digital experience also debuts Crystal ConnectTM, an exclusive Internet portal and digital app featuring the ships’ daily newsletter and Newspapers Direct (international news services), and access to bookings for spa appointments, Crystal Adventures shore excursions, and more.
New interactive televisions in every stateroom and suite will offer current movies and popular TV series (new streaming video allows for viewing on personal mobile devices throughout the ship, too). The new TVs allow guests to order room service, watch a pre-recorded destination lecture, or enjoy a selection of videos representing Crystal’s various travel experiences.
I hope you’re as excited as I am for Crystal’s incredible new evolution. They are still the luxury brand we know and love… only better! For more information on this and other Crystal Cruise offers, please call Ken Heit at Luxury Cruise and Tour 1-800-283-6997.