Crystal is a high-end line that operates three relatively small ships: the 940-passenger-apiece Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony, and launched in 2003, its newest, the 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity. The company promotes itself as having a standard of luxury in keeping with Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton hotels, and you will find amenities aboard including Riedel wineglasses, Wedgwood china tea service, Frette table linens, and Brown Jordan Mission Teak deck furniture—all of which, of course, are reflected in the prices these ships charge.
Crystal offers itineraries in traditional locations such as the Caribbean and Mediterranean, along with more exotic cruising grounds such as Hawaii, Africa, Alaska, Australia, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, and South America. Cruises range from two days to a whopping 101-day world cruise. You can also find more typical seven- to twelve-day itineraries, of course.
Crystal 2-Day Cruises
The company promotes a Memorial Day getaway cruise on the West Coast that is one-way southbound from Vancouver, British Columbia, to San Francisco, California. The entirety of the cruise is spent at sea with no ports of call, so your cruise experience will consist entirely of enjoying the amenities aboard the Crystal Harmony.
Inside cabins on this trip start at $805 per person, though you can get special fares for early booking and bring that base rate down to $430 in some cases. The least expensive ocean-view cabin with an unobstructed view starts at $1,070, or $650 with the discounts, and the penthouse on this itinerary goes for a base rate of $3,430, or $2,920 with the special fare discount.
Crystal 10-Day Cruises
The Crystal Symphony offers ten-day itineraries that run one-way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Caldera, Costa Rica, and include a transit through the Panama Canal. Ports of call along the way are Tortola, St. Barthelemy, and Aruba.
For this itinerary, the least-expensive published rate you will pay for a cabin with “extremely limited view” is $5,070, or $2,095 with advance purchase and other discounts. A stateroom with a view starts at $5,270, or $2,860 with the savings, and the penthouse on this ship will run you at least $16,540, or $13,495 with the special fare breaks.
Crystal offers a Cruise Protection Program that includes as much as $50,000 in reimbursed expenses if you have to cancel or interrupt your cruise for a covered reason, such as illness. If your booking costs more than $50,000, the rest of your purchase price is refunded in the form of credit toward a future cruise.
Crystal 19-Day Cruises
One of the great things about luxury lines is that they often cruise to exotic places. Such is the case with this nineteen-day itinerary, a one-way vacation from Melbourne, Australia, across the Indian Ocean to Cape Town, South Africa. Ports of call on this trip include Adelaide and Perth in Australia, and the islands of Reunion and Mauritius.
The lowest published fare you will find for the trip is $14,455, which goes down to $7,950 with the aforementioned discounts. A deluxe stateroom with veranda on this trip will cost you at least $14,999, or $8,995 with the bonus savings, and the luxury penthouse rate starts at $53,890, or $51,515 per person with the discounts.