The Crystal Experience


A hallmark of Crystal’s award-winning reputation is the engaging onboard enrichment program, inviting you to leave the daily routines of life behind and open your mind to new possibilities. Discover a new language or try your hand at learning the piano. Attend insightful lectures by noted authors and world leaders, or be entertained by top-name stars of screen and stage. Regardless of your interests, the choices are yours and the options are endless.

Creative Learning Institute®
Perhaps you’ve dreamed of playing the piano, imagined yourself speaking a second language or fancied yourself a wine connoisseur. Whatever your secret passion, the innovative Creative Learning Institute invites you to live out your dreams with complimentary progressive courses offered by experts who share a commitment to enrich mind, body and spirit. We’ve partnered with only the best – names like Yamaha, Berlitz, Tai Chi Cultural Center, Cleveland Clinic and the Society of Wine Educators, among others – so that you can discover your personal best.

The power of knowing even the most fundamental phrases and key words of a second language brings with it a broader sense of understanding, familiarity and comfort when exploring a new destination, and Berlitz is the most recognized name in foreign language instruction. Spanish is offered on most cruises, with many itineraries featuring lessons in the language pertaining to the region visited – Italian while cruising the Amalfi Coast, Portuguese during a South American journey or French along the Riviera. Depending on the sailing region, other languages may include Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian and Russian.

From Pachelbel’s Canon to Billy Joel’s Piano Man, Crystal’s Passport to Music program is an experiential and interactive course of study that allows you to learn the piano keyboard from a certified Yamaha music teacher. During the course of your cruise, you will learn nearly a dozen songs and gain an appreciation for music reading, notation and theory. The Passport to Music curriculum embraces the positive dynamics and wellness benefits of learning music in a group environment with ensemble instruction and fun activities.

Tai Chi
The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi finds a natural home aboard the serene ships of Crystal. In its literal translation, tai chi means to be one with nature, and in keeping with movements such as White Crane Spreading Wings, Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane and Embracing the Tree, instruction is offered in the early morning hours.

Classes are led by tai chi master Martin Lee, PhD, a research physicist at Stanford University and founder of the Los Angeles-based Tai Chi Cultural Center, and his family. This martial arts discipline combines intense mental focus with deliberate, graceful movements that improve strength, agility and balance.

Wellness Lectures
If learning about a healthy heart on a Mediterranean cruise or protecting your skin during a Caribbean voyage sounds surprising, think again. A vacation is an ideal time to reflect on your own personal wellness. Experts and doctors from Cleveland Clinic, renowned as one of the nation’s most respected medical centers, lead seminars on topics relevant to today’s society.

Wine Tasting
The Society of Wine Educators is on board every voyage to provide wine tasting instruction.

Art Instruction
A large part of any travel experience is collecting artifacts, both elaborate and simple, that truly reflect your impression or memory of a destination. Crystal’s Masterpiece Art Program allows you to create your own art, unique to your individual experience and personal style.

The most comprehensive art program at sea, Crystal’s Masterpiece combines worldly destinations, regional style and personal flair with an engaging course of progressive study in painting, sculpture or crafts. Art programs offered are complimentary on every Crystal cruise with courses incorporating the unique attributes and art history of the destination. With an emphasis on quality, only the finest supplies are used including Daler-Rowney paints, professional grade paper, Princeton and Loew-Cornell paint brushes, Sanford drawing pens, and Model Magic clay.

Crystal Visions
Stars of the stage and screen, masters of comedy, decorated Olympians, noted diplomats and ambassadors, celebrated authors, and renowned scientists highlight Crystal’s award-winning enrichment lecture and seminar series.

Offered on every cruise, the program has featured such stellar names as Hugh Downs, Marlin Fitzwater, Ruth Westheimer, General Perry Smith, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Senator Phil Gramm, Johnny Bench, Dinesh D'Souza, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and Jack Hana, just to name a few.

Computer University@Sea
Imagine returning home with a personalized movie of your trek through Machu Picchu, a digital photo documentary of your exploration of the pyramids at Giza, or even a daily blog on the ever-changing scenery of the world just beyond your private balcony.

For over a decade, Crystal’s Computer University@Sea has been at the forefront of luxury travel offering guests contemporary enrichment opportunities in line with the dramatic evolution of the Internet and digital communication. The extensiveness of the program is unmatched in both its variety and originality – Crystal offers more computers per guest than any other ship, 24-hour Internet access from every lab computer and from every stateroom. The dedicated team offers instruction on topics ranging from basic computer skills on e-mail, Word, Excel and understanding your hand held organizer, to advanced digital photo finishing and website design. Crystal remains the only cruise line to offer computer instruction on every cruise.

Technology Concierge
Always the innovator, Crystal is thrilled to introduce a groundbreaking complimentary new service to Crystal’s Computer Univeristy@Sea. The fully trained Technology Concierges are pleased to enlighten you on the newest trends and finer nuances of today’s hottest gizmos and gadgets, from iPods® to iPhones™ and Blackberrys® to GPS devices. Whether you are considering a purchase or already own one of these high-tech toys, the Technology Concierges will help you maximize the benefits of each.

Apple iPod nano®
Apple iPhone
BlackBerry® Bold
Kindle 2 wireless reading device
Palm Treo Pro
Garmin® Colorado 400c (GPS) navigational device

Complimentary Bridge instruction and supervised games are offered by an accredited ACBL instructor on every cruise.


The well-stocked Library contains over 2,000 books on subjects ranging from classics to popular biographies, history to contemporary mysteries. There is also an entertaining selection of over 1,000 DVD movie titles and board games which may be borrowed without charge for your enjoyment during the cruise.


Uniting West End and Broadway, Hollywood and Vegas, the uniquely diverse entertainment offerings are consistently regarded as the very best.

In virtually every industry poll, Crystal Cruises ranks number one for exceptional entertainment. With the most diverse activity and entertainment programs afloat, even the most discerning theatre-goers, concert-lovers and dance aficionados will appreciate the musical styles that range from nostalgic and classical to popular and contemporary.

Bars & Lounges

Avenue Saloon
Crystal’s signature cocktail and piano bar is known for its intimate "clubby" atmosphere on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

Connoisseur Club
With an impressive selection ranging from Monte Cristo to Davidoff, this refined club-like cigar lounge is ideal for after-dinner drinks and conversation.

From its polished aluminum Philippe Starck bar stools to the glass Bisazza mosaics, Crystal Symphony’s modern nightclub is a sophisticated spot for drinks, dancing and conversation. Adjacent to the Crystal Casino, a dazzling lighting system flashes electric colors off shimmery finishes and stunning shades of black, silver and white.

Located near the Avenue Saloon and Connoisseur Club aboard Crystal Serenity, this high-energy dance club plays all the latest hits with a mix of long-time favorites.

Centrally located in the middle of Crystal Symphony’s main activity deck, a dramatic round bar takes center stage in this stylishly open environment offering panoramic sea views.  With window walls sparkling with Swarovski crystals, the new Starlight Club is the place to see and be seen, featuring lectures by day and dancing by night.

This welcoming and comfortable lounge on Crystal Serenity is the perfect place for a pre-dinner dance and aperitif, and after dinner dancing as well. Throughout your cruise, here you will also enjoy intimate performances, recitals and special lectures.

Crystal Cove
Located just off the two-story Crystal Plaza in the very heart of both ships, the Crystal Cove piano bar is a perfect spot to enjoy an aperitif or specialty drink any time of day.

Palm Court
With panoramic sea vistas enjoyed through vast floor-to-ceiling window walls, this delightfully airy forward lounge hosts Afternoon Tea daily, evening dancing and entertainment, classical music concerts and special parties.

Galaxy Lounge (showroom)
The main showroom for Crystal’s award-winning Broadway-style production shows and headline entertainers features exceptionally comfortable seating and a hydraulic-rising stage for optimum viewing from anywhere in the room. In addition to the sophisticated staging, the acclaimed shows each feature elaborate costumes and sets created by renowned designers with decades of theatrical experience.

Hollywood Theatre
Enjoy a selection of popular recent-release and classic films in the ultra-comfy confines of the shipboard theatres featuring Dolby sound and multi-lingual translation systems. Devices for the hearing impaired are also provided.

Crystal Casino
Glittering and stylish with fabulous chandeliers and an air of energized excitement, the Crystal Casino offers thrilling games of chance featuring Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Mini-Baccarat (on request), as well as slot and video poker machines.

A casino shipboard advance of up to $300 per person, per day (up to a maximum of $3,000 per cruise), may be charged to your shipboard account. A line of credit may also be established prior to your cruise by completing an application. 

Guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter the gaming areas, or to play any monetary-based games of chance (including Bingo) on board.

The Crystal Casino offers Nevada-style gaming and is subject to closure in various ports with or without notice.

Waves / Fantasia
Each ship features dedicated play areas for both young kids and teens. Fantasia welcomes children ages 3-7 and 8-12, with tables and chairs for arts and crafts, popular Sony PlayStation® game titles, a large screen television set and board games. A video arcade at Waves keeps teens ages 13-17 entertained as well.

Ambassador Hosts
Dancing to live music is a nightly highlight aboard both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. Whether traveling alone or with others, Crystal invites you to hone your skills at dance classes taught by award-winning international dancers.

On every sailing, Crystal is pleased to offer a host program that includes carefully screened gentlemen with interests and backgrounds similar to those of the guests. Each distinguished Ambassador Host is cultured, well traveled and an accomplished ballroom dancer.

Celebrity Entertainers and Speakers
The stars shine brightest at sea. Crystal Cruises is proud to feature exciting celebrity entertainers on board such as Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, Maureen McGovern, Lorna Luft and John Davidson — among many others — all part of the diverse spectrum of entertainment options available to guests.

We also offer a galaxy of celebrity speakers to further enrich many sailings. See the Entertainment & Programs section listing in each itinerary for cruise-specific entertainers and enrichment personnel.

The Crystal Spa & Salon

Experience the sublime and the sensuous in the Crystal Spa, the only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea.

As a Readers’ Choice Award winner by Spa Finder and Condé Nast Traveler, the Crystal Spa consistently ranks among the world’s most renowned resort and destination spas.

Designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient practice of balance and harmony, the Crystal Spa embodies a tranquil environment, easily allowing you to slip away from the stresses of daily life. In serene treatment rooms, rejuvenating services such as Aroma Stone Therapy, Japanese Silk Booster Facial and Well-Being Massage are dispensed with expert care.

A private, canopied relaxation area on the Spa’s aft deck invites relaxation before or after a treatment. Separate facilities for men and women include state-of-the-art sauna and changing areas featuring showers with multiple head and side body jets, fiber optic lighting, and a selection of special rain and mist functions.

The full service Crystal Salon offers a relaxing experience with sweeping ocean views. Trained professionals provide a wide variety of treatments including haircuts, styling, and coloring; facials and skin analysis; manicures and pedicures; and barber services for men. Other highlights include custom-designed manicure/pedicure areas with sunken foot bowls, well suited to the “Sole Delight Foot Ritual” with warmed aromatherapy oils and massage prior to a full pedicure.


Cultured and refined, sleek and sexy. The boutiques and shops along the Avenue of the Stars shopping promenade feature selections from Hermès, Chanel, St. John and others, brands that find a familiar home in a very sophisticated yet understated environment.  Facets features a private space for guests to consider high-end jewelry purchases, and Apropos will continue to offer the line’s popular logo items and resort wear.

From exquisite jewels and high fashion to treasured mementos and resort wear, the collection of shops aboard Crystal’s ships feature brands that find a familiar home in a very sophisticated yet understated environment.

A sophisticated shop featuring exquisite custom jewelry and luxury watches, as well as an exciting selection of world-famous collectibles and gifts, including the Crystal Home Collection featuring The Bistro's Guy Buffet porcelain tableware. A preview of some of the collections:




Raymond Weil

Aaron Basha

Baume et Mercier







This upscale boutique carries high-end and formal fashions for both men and women, with an impressive selection of designer accessories. Here you will also find your favorite fragrances and cosmetics from the best names in skin care. Some highlights of the Apropos collection include:



St. John Knits

Judith Leiber



Ralph Lauren


Alberto Makali

Alviro Martini

Joseph Ribkoff

Radley and Co.


Perfumes & Cosmetics



Salvatore Ferragamo

Estee Lauder

Mont Blanc



Yves Saint Laurent



*available on Crystal Symphony only

Crystal Collection
Fine-quality Crystal Cruises signature apparel, designer sunglasses, casual wear for men, and gifts for adults and children. The shop also offers a wide variety of convenience and sundry items, including film, candy and personal care products.





Giorgio Armani

Captain’s Choice (Crystal Serenity only)
A varied collection of men’s apparel and logo wear.

Junior Activities

With its acclaimed children’s programs and activities, Crystal is the luxury operator best suited for the family market.

Both ships feature a fully supervised Junior Activities program for kids between the ages of 3 and 17 on Holiday voyages and nearly all summer sailings, each with dedicated play areas for both young kids and teens. Children are supervised during their activities with the Junior Activities Directors, and children with parents’ permission are free to come and go as they please. The Junior Activities program is not intended to be utilized as a babysitting service or daycare facility. Children under the age of the 3 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.


Fantasia welcomes children ages 3-7 and 8-12, with games, crafts, popular Sony PlayStation® and Xbox 360TM kiosks and large-screen televisions, board games and personal computers with entertainment and education. A video arcade at Waves keeps teens ages 13-17 entertained as well. The Library offers a selection of children's books and videos for in-room viewing; children can also see recently released films in The Hollywood Theatre.


On sailings with a Junior Activities Director, children receive their own daily newsletter – Surf Runner or Teen Scene, depending on their age – letting them know of the next day’s adventures. The hours of operation vary depending on the itinerary and number of children on board.

Scavenger Hunts
Hide and Seek
Story Times / Ice cream / Pajama Parties
Stretch-ercise / Dress-up Playtime
Bridge / Galley tours
Cookie Baking / Pizza making
Fashion Shows / Coke-tails / card games
Karaoke / Special Artists' Performances
Mask Parade / Trivia
Movies / Dancing
Mini Olympics / Relay Races
Pool Games / Paddle tennis
Water Polo / Swimming
Shuffleboard / Volleyball
Late Night Pool Parties / Teen disco
Trivial Pursuit Teen karaoke
Twister Popcorn Parties
Pizza Parties Computer University@Sea®
E-mail Services


Kids of all ages will enjoy a special Junior Cruiser's menu, and Crystal's executive chefs and culinary staff are always pleased to prepare custom dishes. The Trident Grill serves complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and more.

Babysitting Services

In-stateroom babysitting services are available onboard for your convenience. Arrangements can be made through the Concierge located at the reception desk. Crystal kindly asks that should you require babysitting services, one days notice would be greatly appreciated. Fees are $10 per hour for one child, $15 per hour for two children and $20 per hour for three children. To satisfy safety concerns, the maximum number of children/babies watched by one babysitter is three.

Family Savings

Children 11 and younger pay 50 percent of the minimum fare when accompanied by two full-fare paying adults. Throughout the year, the line occasionally sets special promotions in which children can sail free when sharing a room with two adults.


Crystal Symphony offers ten connecting staterooms and 89 staterooms with a third berth available. On Crystal Serenity, there are 50 connecting staterooms and 154 staterooms with a third berth available.

Please note: Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate children less than six months of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those less than three years of age aboard the ships.

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