Crystal Cruises Reveals New ‘Diamond Class’ Ships

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Crystal Cruises shared exterior renderings of their new ‘Diamond Class’ fleet with the first ship to be released in 2022. Incorporating pristine amenities and luxurious design elements, the 67,000-ton ships will comfortably accommodate 800 passengers taking once-in-a-lifetime voyages.

“Our ocean ships are the heart of the Crystal brand and have been loved by our guests for more than 28 years,” says Tom Wolber, Crystal president and CEO. “We are delighted to expand this celebrated fleet with amenities and spaces that our guests have come to love, along with more choices and new experiences that will take luxury to the next level. We look forward to sharing more details next year with our guests and travel partners.”

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September 28, 2018   No Comments

Crystal River Cruises Unveils New Crystal Collection Excursions

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Crystal River Cruises recently announced its new Crystal Collection excursions – culturally significant experiences for sailings along Europe’s Danube, Rhine, and Main rivers. These brand new experiences are scheduled to debut in 2018, and will focus on authentic cultural experiences for travelers. Close to 200 excursions will be available to travelers and extra excursions can be purchased at an additional cost.

The new excursions are designed to help Crystal guests have the river cruise experience of a lifetime and dive into the rich cultures of these destinations.

“Every detail of the Crystal River Cruises’ curated destination program has been revamped to focus on choices, and offer more intimate, immersive experiences that perfectly suit travelers’ preferences and properly showcase the charm and beauty of the destinations,” says Walter Littlejohn, managing director and vice president of Crystal River Cruises. “While each locale offers its own distinct ‘can’t-miss’ experiences, we recognize that every guest brings his or her own distinct style of exploration, and we strive to cater to that individuality.”

Crystal Collections are available on Crystal Mozart.

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December 15, 2017   6 Comments

Kevin McCollum, Award-winning Broadway Producer, Partners with Crystal Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

This summer, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will welcome multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, Kevin McCollum, into its theaters as Crystal Cruises introduces an exclusive new partnership featuring guest singers, dancers, choreographers, directors, designers and other artists on select sailings. “Crystal on Broadway” will highlight the very best from the theater industry with top-notch performances, lectures, Q&A and other enrichment programs.

Crystal Cruises - Crystal Production

Kevin McCollum boasts a 25-year career in theater with credits in the following:

  • Avenue Q
  • Rent
  • In the Height
  • Motown: The Musical
  • Something Rotten!

Crystal Symphony - exterior

Join Kevin McCollum and fellow industry professionals on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity as they elevate Crystal Cruises’ onboard theatrical performances with elegance and excellence. Check back with us for updates on specific sailings and destinations.

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April 11, 2017   No Comments

Explore ‘Holy Land and Suez Canal’ on Crystal Symphony’s 2017 President’s Cruise

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Join Crystal Cruises on a special 2017 President’s Cruise to the Holy Land and Arabian Peninsula aboard Crystal Symphony. This 18-day voyage marks the cruise line’s return to the Holy Land and its surrounding regions for the first time since 2012. Edie Rodriguez, CEO and President of Crystal Cruises, together with her husband, will join guests for receptions and parties that showcase different cultures and history of the region.

Crystal Symphony - Exterior

Discover Aqaba, the fabled desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, and the mountainous surroundings that is still home to Bedouin tribes during this President’s Excursion. Get ready to be fascinated by the exposure to authentic cultural display and specially prepared cuisine during an exclusive and festive evening.

More adventure lies ahead in archaeological expeditions, rugged rock climbing, Indian Ocean scuba diving, Sky Tea at lavish Burj Al Arab and Sunset at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Other enlightening experiences include exploration of the lost Rose City of Petra and an overnight stay in Muscat in time for the Sultan’s extravagant birthday celebrations.

This incredible “Holy Land and Suez Canal” cruise on Crystal Symphony departs in November 2017. Plan on being a part of this life-changing excursion by giving us a call today on 1-800-377-9383.

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March 13, 2017   No Comments

Crystal Cruises’ Second Northwest Passage Set for August 2017

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

In August of 2016, Crystal Cruises traversed the seldom seen Northwest Passage on a 32-day voyage from Seward, Alaska to its final docking in New York City aboard Crystal Serenity. Following the outstanding success of this voyage, the cruise line is set to venture out to the once unpassable polar region with a comprehensive team of Arctic experts from Canada-based Arctic Kingdom in August 2017! Get ready to explore the region by kayaking in protected bays, trekking the tundra with an expert guide, taking helicopter flights to view the Arctic landscape from the air, and scouting for wildlife like polar bears and whales.

Northwest Passage

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February 15, 2017   No Comments

The Luxurious Crystal Mozart Christened in Vienna

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

The “queen of European Rivers” was officially welcomed into the Crystal River Cruises fleet on July 11, 2016 with a fabulous, overtly sophisticated christening in Vienna, Austria. Thanks to the spectacular amenities and all-suite accommodations featured on this world-class cruise, Crystal Mozart has positioned herself as the largest of all European river vessels with the highest guest-to-crew ratio in river cruising.

Crystal Mozart exterior

During the event, 175 VIP guests were treated to a cocktail reception with a traditional Viennese Brass Orchestra playing in the background. Guests were then given the opportunity to experience the amazing works of Mozart and Strauss at the Belvedere Palace; an event available to all guests sailing with Crystal Mozart.

The hallmark of this stunning river vessel complements Crystal Cruises’ image as an all-inclusive luxury brand with the most technologically advanced features in the river cruising industry. With Apple iPads that serve as directories for dry cleaning and room service requests to digital signage used for weather updates, dining reservations and spa appointments, each guest is in for a truly personalized service that raises the bar in elegance and excellence.

Crystal Mozart bistro

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July 19, 2016   2 Comments

Crystal River Cruises Sets the Bar with the NEW Crystal Mozart

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Crystal Mozart, the first vessel in the Crystal River Cruises fleet is set to elevate the Crystal Experience. Named after the famous Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this spacious, state-of-the-art river vessel is the largest river cruise ship on European rivers, and has a crew-to-guest ratio of approximately 1:1.75. Crystal Mozart exudes every ounce of luxury that truly represents the legacy of Crystal Cruises with plush fabrics, timeless color palette intended to transcend seasons, and calming foundations of cream, gray and white sparkling marble bathrooms.

Expect nothing short of the classic Crystal standard of luxury cruising with a touch of ultra-chic contemporary décor, exclusive to Crystal River Cruises. As she sets sail on July 13, 2016 on a roundtrip voyage from Vienna, check out the magnificent views of the destination ports from the top “Vista” deck in a pop up bar, or enjoy nature in the living rooftop garden area as the ship sails along the Danube River. [Read more →]

June 3, 2016   2 Comments

Crystal Cruises to Debut World’s Largest Megayacht

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Expedition luxury cruising is advancing to the next level with Crystal Endeavor, the world’s largest, most innovative polar class megayacht from Crystal Cruises. Setting the record as the largest and most spacious megayacht afloat with a 1:1 passenger-to-crew ratio, this purpose-built expedition cruise ship will head to the Arctic, Antarctic and tropical regions for significant explorations. Highlights of these voyages will include trips to sunken galleons, warships and passenger ships like the Titanic, as well as remote islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans rarely included in itineraries of other cruise lines. Crystal Endeavor’s state-of-the-art offshore dynamic positioning technology will automatically maintain her position while floating atop these sunken treasures and coral reefs without deploying anchors.

The 200-guest capacity of Crystal Endeavor will make way for spectacular views of whales and other wildlife in the 270-degree panoramic signature Palm Court. Plus, Crystal Cruises’ widely-acclaimed butler service will be featured in all 100 guest suites, in addition to a full-service spa, salon, wellness center and infinity pool.

The guest suites will range from 400 square feet to 3,122 square feet; exceeding the minimum and maximum standard measurements for all existing expedition and luxury cruise ships. The two Owner Suites will feature a master bedroom, two guest bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living areas, private conservatory, garden and outdoor Jacuzzi, private spa and gym, steam room and treatment room. When connected with a penthouse suite, the total square footage of the Owners Suite will amount to 3,928 feet, surpassing any cruise ship accommodation to date. Now this is ultimate luxury!

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March 22, 2016   No Comments

Crystal Cruises to Sail the Northwest Passage in 2016

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Crystal Serenity in the ArcticCurrently only available to Crystal Society members (Crystal Cruises‘ past passengers), a once-in-a-lifetime chance to traverse the seldom seen Northwest Passage is now available for 2016 with Crystal Cruises. Once considered impassible by seafarers, this maiden voyage for Crystal Cruises will blend the remote beauty of this isolated voyage above Canada, with the luxury Crystal Cruises is known for. The cruise reservations will open to non-past Crystal passengers on September 1, 2014, but space is extremely limited!

Departing from Anchorage, Alaska and sailing 900 miles to New York City, this voyage is the first of its kind aboard the amazing Crystal Serenity. Along the way you will experience fjords, untouched glaciers and a backdrop of breathtaking beauty.

It’s taken over two years to plan this voyage with the utmost attention to safety for both the passengers and local ecosystems. Guest speakers throughout this tour will deliver lectures on climate change and how it has already impacted the sites on this voyage. Here are some of the new experiences in store for Crystal Cruises’ passengers.

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July 30, 2014   2 Comments

Crystal Cruises Revamps with Food, Beer and Running

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Crystal Cruises is keeping up with the times and hoping to please their customers in three major ways:

  • Updating their menus to offer innovative courses using the latest in culinary technology.
  • Introducing a variety of shore excursions for runners to explore ports as they break a sweat.
  • Offering a cruise focusing on the growing interest in craft brewed beers.

Chocolate Dessert. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises.Menus

Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s Vice President of Hotel Procurement and Food and Beverage Operations, has said that their customers are looking for new dishes to delight in. “In recent years, seasoned diners’ palates have become increasingly more sophisticated, wanting more than grilled porterhouses and butter-drenched lobster tails for gourmet foodie experiences,” she said.

To keep up with the palates of its cruisers, the line has introduced 100 dishes that are sure to astound. These dishes are made with ingenuity, creativity, local ingredients and high-tech tools. Those tools include high emulsion blenders, smoke guns and pacojets. This allows the chefs to change the look and feel of foods, like creating raspberries into noodles, without losing the flavor. [Read more →]

June 6, 2014   No Comments