The food alone is reason enough to book a Crystal cruise.
Dining in the main restaurants is an event starring a Continental-inspired menu of dishes served by European-trained waiters. Off-menu item requests are honored when possible, and special dietary considerations are handled with ease. Full-course vegetarian menus are among the best at sea. Themed to the region you are sailing, lavish luncheon buffets take place on deck on select days at sea. Casual poolside dining beneath the stars is offered on some evenings in a relaxed, no-reservations option. A variety of hot-and-cold hors d’oeuvres are served in bars and lounges every evening before dinner and again during the wee hours in The Bistro.
But the specialty restaurants really shine. Contemporary Japanese-Peruvian cuisine is served in Umi Uma, featuring the signature dishes of Nobu Matsuhisa. Both ships also have Prego, which serves Northern Italian cuisine. In the evening the Churrascaria serves Brazilian steakhouse favorites in the Lido Marketplace, and Silk offers Chinese-inspired alfresco dining on deck at lunch and dinner.
Exclusive Wine & Champagne Makers dinners are hosted in the Vintage Room. On select evenings, casual poolside theme dinners are served under the stars.
Complimentary wines are poured with meals from Crystal’s extensive wine list, as is common on other luxury cruise lines. You won’t pay extra for any alcoholic beverages, bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees; all are included in your basic fare.
The complete roster of entertainment and activities includes production shows, but where Crystal really excels is in the variety of enrichment and educational programs.
Passengers can participate in the hands-on Computer [email protected], interactive Creative Learning Institute classes, or attend lectures featuring top experts in their fields: keyboard lessons with Yamaha, language classes by Berlitz, wellness lectures with the Cleveland Clinic, and an introduction to tai chi with the Tai Chi Cultural Center. Professional ACBL Bridge instructors are on every cruise, and dance instructors offer lessons in contemporary and social dance styles. Each ship has a large theater where movies are screened.
Fitness & Recreation
Large spas offer innovative pampering therapies, body wraps, and exotic Asian-inspired treatments by Steiner Leisure.
Feng shui principles were scrupulously adhered to in their creation, to assure the spas and salons remain havens of tranquility.
Fitness centers have a range of exercise and weight-training equipment and workout areas for aerobics classes, plus complimentary yoga and Pilates instruction. In addition, golfers enjoy extensive shipboard facilities, including a driving range practice cage and putting green. Passengers can leave their bags at home and rent top-quality TaylorMade clubs for use ashore. The line’s resident golf pros offer complimentary lessons and group clinics.