In Onboard Pursuits

Panama Canal — and All That Jazz

Jazz trumpets

We’re jazzing it up this fall with a new, 11-day jazz-themed voyage sailing through the Panama Canal and Central America. Crystal Serenity sails from Costa Rica to Miami on November 30 with more than twenty of the genre’s most accomplished musicians. Daily and nightly shows will fill the ship’s elegant theatres, posh nightclubs, and intimate lounges with soulful bass riffs, saxophone solos, and sultry vocals.

The Experiences of Discovery luxury cruise will also offer expert theme lectures, with all enrichment

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In Onboard Pursuits

Redefining the “Fine” in Fine Dining

White Chocolate Passionfruit Délice with Baumkuchen Sliver

It’s about contrasts: Hot and cold. Soft and crunchy. Solid and air. It’s about avant-garde works of art that wow as much in their presentation as they do in the mouth. It’s about the most state-of-the-art sciences applied to history’s most timeless notions of quality ingredients. And it’s about experiences: rare, refined, and beyond memorable.

It’s our new, nightly dinner experience now being served in

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In Destination Adventures

See Sites “On the Run” with New Jogging Adventures

Site Running excursion

Active travelers: lace up your running shoes and bring your healthy lifestyle along on your next luxury cruise with our new Site Running Crystal Adventures — an industry first! The escorted experiences offer intimate, invigorating, and scenic 5-10k runs that vary from jogs past historical sites to nature runs through magnificent parks. Available around

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In Gallivanting the Globe

Kyoto Dreaming

By Don George

When I’ve been home too long, a favorite way to assuage my wanderlust is to peruse the Crystal Worldwide Atlas. Riffling through these pages, I sail in mind around the world. This afternoon I decided to play my own version of Spin the Crystal and opened the atlas at a random page to see where serendipity would take me. Much to my delight, I opened to a cruise called “Skyscrapers & Shoguns,” which sails from Beijing to

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The Gift of Ease

Lounging in Crystal bed

By Don George

While this may be yawn-worthy old news to Crystal veterans, for me as a new member of the Crystal community, one of the mind-boggling riches – well, the prime mind-boggling richness, really — of my first cruise on Crystal Serenity was just how deliciously easy it all was.

As with many wonderful things in life, once you become used to this richness, you forget just how extraordinary it is; you start to take it for granted. And so, just to state it plainly and clearly before I started to take it for granted myself, I wrote these…

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Michelin, Military, Monuments and More: European Adventures Get Even More Exclusive

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Want more insider access to Europe’s Michelin-starred restaurants, military pageantry, historic monuments and world-class museums? We deliver this summer with six additional “Boutique Adventures”—extremely limited availability shore-side excursions that delve deeply into the local cultures and destinations in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Sweden. Guests now have 15 “Boutique Adventures,” which are not offered by any other

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In Gallivanting the Globe

2015-early 2016 Worldwide Cruise Atlas Is Here!

2015-early 2016 Crystal Cruises' Atlas Love to plan way ahead? Don’t miss our comprehensive Worldwide Cruise Atlas for all of 2015 and early 2016, just released! Detailing 72 luxury cruises visiting all seven continents aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the 175-page brochure is artfully designed to commemorate our 25th Anniversary next year and filled with cruise planning tools, from info about onboard programming to exquisitely-appointed accommodations. Other features include an enhanced “Destination Insider’s Guide,” conveniently listing ports of call (235 of them) by country (75 total) and more local

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Enter the Game of Thrones

Castle-Ward-320 Love the Game of Thrones? Our new Thrones-focused Crystal Adventure takes guests to iconic production locations near Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they can step into mythical medieval life, shooting arrows, taking photographs with show costumes, and learning how real, centuries-old castles and towers were transformed into sets for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

From Belfast, guests will travel to the shores of Strangford Lough, location of 18th century Castle Ward and estate, which includes Forest Park and Audley’s Castle. The 820-acre landscape and medieval buildings have served as pivotal

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Lovely Lido Moment

Crystal Serenity's Lido Cafe

By Don George

I was fortunate to be on Crystal Serenity’s recent Lisbon-Barcelona cruise when the ship debuted its $17 million redesign. That redesign’s stunning transformations included the Crystal Penthouses, Prego restaurant, Palm Court dance floor, and most of the Lido Deck, including the Trident Grill and Scoops ice cream bar, Tastes restaurant and bar, and the Lido Café.

For me, the Lido Café became a favored symbol of the redesign’s success. Utilizing food islands

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In Onboard Pursuits

Setting Sail

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity

By Don George

Welcome to Crystal Cruises’ new blog!

The goal of this blog is to capture and celebrate the Crystal experience and the Crystal spirit. In the months to come you’ll find here a robust mix of content, from news about the ships and the cruise line, to observations, reflections, and photographs from the cruises themselves, to interviews with passengers, cruise personnel, and upcoming speakers and entertainers, to behind-the-scenes peeks at the meticulous — and sometimes downright mind-boggling — planning and execution that go into creating the Crystal magic.

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