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When parent company NYK entered the luxury cruise business in 1988, the "Crystal Difference" was but a distant concept. Today, Crystal Cruises ranks at the top of the industry in their category. For more than ten years, discriminating readers of such prestigious publications as Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveller have accorded Crystal Cruises the industry''s most coveted ranking: World''s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for eleven consecutive years. The company''s first ship, Crystal Harmony, entered service in 1990, and in November of 2005 left the fleet to join Crystal Cruises'' parent company Japan''''''''s NYK''''''''s cruise division. Crystal Symphony, Crystal Harmony''s sister ship was launched in 1995. A third ship, Crystal Serenity, was introduced in July 2003.

The “Crystal Difference” is reflected by a feeling of spaciousness and the highest quality furnishings, including Riedel leaded crystal wine glasses, Wedgwood bone china tea service, Frette table linens, and Brown Jordan Mission teak deck furniture. Most importantly, it is reflected in the utmost care, attention, and warm hospitality. In addition in 2007, the readers of Condé Nast Traveller named Crystal Cruises the Number One Cruise Line Spa in the magazine''''''''s prestigious 2007 reader''''''''s poll. Superior service and state-of-the-art facilities and amenities propelled the Crystal Spa into first place.

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity each feature an exceptional variety of dining options including their main Crystal Dining Room, two specialty restaurants and Room Service available 24 hours. The alternative specialty dinner restaurants offer exciting variety at no additional cost. Both ships feature contemporary Asian cuisine in the specialty restaurant Silk Road and The Sushi Bar; also on both ships, Italian restaurant Prego offers elegant dining with a spectacular view and unique Italian cuisine.

In addition to the range of activities for adults, kids also have a variety of great activities to choose from on select Crystal sailings! During holiday cruises and most summer sailings, junior activities feature games, arts and crafts, and other programs under the supervision of experienced Junior Activities Directors. Plus, they offer a children''''''''s playroom and babysitting services on all cruises.

First and foremost, however, luxury Crystal-style is neither stuffy nor intimidating. It represents the very best personal experience a cruise can deliver, from experienced captains, officers, and staff to crew and shoreside personnel who genuinely look forward to welcoming guests into the Crystal family. Through its uncompromising focus on classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and quality, Crystal Cruises is one of today’s great cruise lines.

Verdict

Slightly larger ships than Regent Seven Seas and Silversea but of a similar vein and well known for their exceptional service. Slightly negative point is Crystal still only offer two sittings for dinner and not “open” similar to other luxury cruise lines. If they decided to become “all inclusive” and offered “open” sittings then they would be Six Star!

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