Crystalize Your Holiday & Immerse Yourself in a Shipboard Winter Wonderland
While some are knee-deep in snow and winter weather, others embrace a holiday tradition that trades snowflakes for sandy beaches to celebrate the season cruising the blue waters and sun-drenched shores of the tropics.
Others seek the charms of an old-world holiday on a river cruise into the heart of Europe, its iconic cities draped in lights and cobbled squares bustling with festive Christmas and New Year’s markets.
Some bold travelers follow their wanderlust to the ultimate winter wonderland of Antarctica to celebrate the season in an icy realm of penguins, playful seals and snow-covered landscapes unlike any on Earth.
If you’ve never imagined heading to sea for the holidays, then you’ve never seen Crystal’s ships decked out in their merry best. Each December Crystal’s shipboard elves deck the halls, and well, the decks, with holiday displays and special touches throughout, from sparkling trees and garlands to life-sized toy soldiers, reindeer, menorahs and more!
Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony sparkle with the festive wonder of the season!
Celebrating the holidays aboard Crystal’s Ocean ships has become an annual tradition for many who return year after year to be with their loved ones for Christmas and Hanukkah and ring in the New Year with the Crystal Family aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.
Festivities abound, from the grand tree lighting featuring its own snowfall and heartwarming Christmas carol sing-along to holiday movies and fantastic entertainment to help make the days and nights merry and bright.
The ladies of Crystal Symphony’s Entertainment staff share their holiday wishes! We’re sure they’re on the Nice List!
Among the most popular voyages of the year, Crystal’s holiday sailings showcase all the trimmings of the season, with the bonus of balmy breezes, gourmet cuisine and attentive, six-star service from the devoted crew of the world’s most awarded cruise line.
Not only are Crystal’s holiday cruises among the most popular sailings of the year, they are also among the busiest booking days for onboard cruise reservations with holiday revelers eager to secure their favorite suites and staterooms for the following year’s holiday voyages!
If you want to join these merry makers on a Crystal holiday cruise for 2022, consider booking soon for the best chance to secure your favored itinerary and preferred accommodations at the best price.
Favorite spaces like Palm Court invite guests to enjoy a cocktail in the warm glow of the season.
Crystal’s holiday cruise guests have found that the best holiday present is to actually “be present.” Free from the barrage of typical holiday chores, traffic and busy stores, Crystal guests find they can truly relax and relish the season at sea, enjoying quality time with family and the new friends they’ve made along the way.
We couldn’t agree more! Why toil over a turkey in a hot kitchen when you can feast on Michelin-inspired cuisine from Crystal’s incredible culinary team from savory holiday menus to delectable desserts and cookies, all complemented by all-inclusive wine, champagne and cocktails. We’ll toast to that this holiday…or any day really!
Each public space sparkles with decorations that set a mood to match its own distinctive ambiance.
In 2022, Crystal features more than 20 December sailings, from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the famed Christmas Markets of the Rhine and the Danube rivers to storied lands of the Middle East and even expedition voyages to the icy wonderland of Antarctica.
Crystal Serenity’s 14-night “East to West Caribbean Celebration” December 21, 2022 – January 4, 2023, is a grand tropical celebration featuring the convenience and ease of a round-trip Miami departure. Explore the beaches and ancient temples of Mexico’s Costa Maya, snorkel the spectacular reefs of the Turks and Caicos, enjoy Dutch and French flavors in St. Maarten and welcome the new year under Caribbean skies.
Public rooms throughout the ship are draped with lighted garlands and special touches of the season.
Crystal Symphony’s “Dazzling Dubai & Taj Mahal” cruise December 23, 2022 – January 7, 2023, celebrates the winter holidays with exotic flair on an immersive voyage of stunning desert cities from Bahrain to Oman. The 15-night voyage is highlighted by Dubai’s epic New Year’s Eve extravaganza and an included overnight journey to visit the Taj Mahal from Mumbai.
Arab traditions meet modern chic in spectacular Abu Dhabi, with its lavish diversions, sprawling malls and traditional open-air bazaars. From a uniquely Arabian wildlife game drive on Sir Bani Yas Island to a sand dune safari in the Qatari desert, this voyage serves up once-in-a-lifetime experiences daily for a holiday voyage you’ll never forget.
Life-sized toy soldiers stand at attention keeping a watchful eye over Crystal’s holiday festivities!
Crystal Endeavor’s “Holiday Expedition: Falkland Islands & Antarctica” voyage December 23, 2022 – January 7, 2023, celebrates Christmas and rings in the New Year in a wonderland of snowy white. The 15-night expedition adventure explores the incredible seabird colonies and wildlife of the Falklands, the penguins of the South Shetland Islands and the snow-capped wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Witness icy glaciers up-close in a sea kayak, spy spouting whales on a Zodiac cruise and explore beaches of basking seals and curious penguins as you spend an unforgettable holiday exploring nature’s majesty in the icy wilds of Antarctica. If there is an intrepid traveler in your life, this is the perfect opportunity to wrap their holiday in awe-inspiring adventure!
Spend time with family and friends in the warm glow of the holidays on Crystal.
For a holiday steeped in history, charm and spectacle, the 7-night “Spectacular Danube Holiday” aboard Crystal Mozart hits a high note on every level from an exploration of the storybook towns, hilltop castles and monasteries of Austria’s UNESCO-listed “Wachau Cultural Landscape” to a two-night call ringing in the new year in glorious Vienna.
All of Austria revels in the new year’s eve celebration beginning around 2pm on December 31, and reaching a crescendo at the stroke of midnight in Vienna with fireworks lighting up the night sky and the chiming of the bell from St. Stephen’s Cathedral – the largest and heaviest bell in the country which only chimes on catholic feast days and New Year’s Eve.
Experience the festive glow of Crystal’s River ships as you spend the holidays cruising Europe’s most celebrated cities.
Crystal Bach’s 9-night ”Revel on the Rhine” wraps the holidays in the magical beauty of the Rhine Valley. Explore picturesque river towns and gabled houses, fairy-tale castles and iconic cathedrals. Cruise famed Lorelei Rock and the medieval splendors of Boppard and enjoy calls in Germany and the Netherlands.
Departing round-trip from Amsterdam on December 24, the voyage is bookended by overnight calls to welcome both Christmas and the New Year in Amsterdam. Festive lights drape the canals and diversions abound from ice-skating to shopping and festivals throughout the city. On New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the night and the city’s landmark canals ushering in the new year.
Warm up with a cappuccino or hot tea and a sweet treat after a morning exploring city sights!
Legendary cities, UNESCO monuments, and Baroque treasures highlight Crystal Mahler’s 10-night “Holidays on the Rhine” sailing December 23 – January 2, 2022, featuring the scenic Middle Rhine Valley. Discover Strasbourg’s Gothic cathedral and historic Grande-Île, Bernkastel’s Renaissance-era Town Hall and the legendary beauty of Heidelberg during an overnight call in Mannheim, Germany.
Overnight in Amsterdam to celebrate the new year and explore the lighted art installations of the city’s Festival of Lights, Dam Square’s massive Christmas tree boasting 40,000 lights, the atmospheric shops of the Nine Streets and seasonal treats including traditional “Oliebollen” Dutch donuts and mulled wine.
Crystalize your holiday with the warmth and welcome of Crystal!
Whether by Ocean, River or Expedition, Crystal’s spaciously elegant and award-winning ships and attentive and devoted crew offer holiday experiences and memories beyond compare!
Join us in December 2022, as we explore this world’s wonderful places together, celebrating the joy, sparkle and festive flavors of the season in the warm welcome and embrace of the Crystal Family!
Until then, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year!