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The Evolution of Crystal Luxury – Why You Should Sail with Crystal Cruises

The Evolution of Crystal Luxury – Why You Should Sail with Crystal Cruises

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!


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.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Carol Colborn

    What a stateroom!!! Real luxury!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know – these cruises are so luxurious! Thanks for reading, Carol 🙂

  2. Looks like a beautiful ferry, I love it! Especially the restaurant looks very inviting. Both Mauritius and Cape Town are definitely on my bucket list, and what would be a better way to visit them than with a cruise.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Absolutely, Paula!

  3. Wow! I can’t imagine traveling in such luxury. How would it be? The fact is I’ve not yet cruised at all. But it sure would be amazing to start out with Crystal!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Crystal Cruises are definitely deluxe! You’ll be properly spoiled on board, that’s for sure.

  4. Claudia

    Oh my this is probably the most luxurious cruise ship I have seen. Everything from the interior to the decoration to the rooms just looks fabulous. Must be a dream!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It absolutely looks like a dream!

  5. Megan Jerrard

    WOW this is the most stunning cruise ship I’ve ever seen – and free unlimited WiFi during the cruise?! That’s setting a new standard for cruise travel. Can’t wait to follow your trip on the Crystal Symphony come October 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      And I can’t wait to share it with everyone! My excitement levels are through the roof 🙂

  6. Wow I had no idea a cruise ship could be so luxurious. Those suites look incredible. I’ve wanted to take a cruise for a long time now and this one seems like the perfect one

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know – Crystal has seriously raised the bar.

  7. I would love to do a luxury cruise like Crystal Cruises. Wow! Love that they are going for unlimited WiFi and the Oscar winning movies. Bonus,a Brazilian Steakhouse! 😉

    • Carmen Edelson

      The unlimited wifi alone is just amazing 🙂

  8. Wow, this looks fabulous and very upmarket! The suite looks amazing. I’ve had Crystal on my list of cruises to check out for awhile. Now that I’ve seen this I definitely need to bump it up to the top!

    • Carmen Edelson

      They are a great company! Very reliable.

  9. Wow, that is indeed the way to travel. The changes they are making will certainly enhance the experience. It will be a fabulous 2-week experience. The rooms, amenities, free Wi-Fi – can’t ask for much more. Definitively a trip to look forward to 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      You really can’t ask for more!

  10. The Crystal ships seem to be not only having a makeover, but seem to be redefining luxury and convenience. I love the fact that you would have access to high speed internet in the midst of the seas. The cutting edge of technology has been blended with some ultimate luxury to give a royal experience. Hope to get on one of their classic ships some day.

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re absolutely right, Sandy! They are really ahead of the game now 🙂

  11. I’ve never really considered taking a cruise. You’re making me reconsider!

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s so great to hear, Peter! Thanks 🙂

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