Crystal Cruises

Written by Sarah Provost
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Crystal Cruises may not be as well known as the Princess, Carnival and Cunard lines, but that's about to change. As one of the first cruise lines to offer internet discount services, with savings of 60-70%, their business has been booming. This year they will sail to 170 ports of call on seven continents, including first-time excursions to Tahiti and Brazil.

Crystal Cruises Inaugurates the Crystal Serenity

In July of 2003, Dame Julie Andrews smashed the champagne on the Crystal Serenity, the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton "baby" of the line. A unique design, which recessed the lifeboats, means that the verandah staterooms and penthouse suites offer unobstructed views. The Crystal Serenity offers more space per passenger than any other ship in its class, and pampers each of those passengers with a feng-shui spa and sushi from famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

The Crystal Serenity's older siblings have a lot to offer, too. Both the Crystal Symphony and the Crystal Harmony provide not just a casino, but a Caesar's Palace at sea! In a Conde Nast Traveler survey, the Crystal Harmony ranked #1 among 21 cruise ships in its class.

Crystal Cruises prides itself on fine dining, with Asian cuisine a specialty. In addition to Silk Road, the Matsuhisa restaurant on the Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises offers Jade Garden on the Crystal Symphony and Kyoto on the Crystal Harmony. It is also possible, with advance notice, to dine on completely kosher meals, prepared with strict observance of dietary laws including separate cookware and separate washing of plates, glasses and utensils. This attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of Crystal Cruises.

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