|Headquarters||Los Angeles, United States|
Crystal Cruise Lines, most commonly referred to as Crystal Cruises, is an all-inclusive Japanese luxury cruise line founded in 1988 and notable for its two medium-sized, high-end ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, each of which carries about 1,000 guests. The line, a wholly owned subsidiary of the large Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha, has its headquarters in Los Angeles in the United States.
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted the line Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for 16 years. Readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Crystal Cruises World's Best for 16 consecutive years. The cruises offered by Crystal Cruises include an annual World Cruise on the Crystal Serenity of about 110 days in length.
The line's original vessel, Crystal Harmony, was retired from the Crystal fleet in 2005. It was transferred to the parent company, underwent some renovations, renamed the Asuka II, and now caters to the Japanese cruise market as part of Asuka Cruises.
Crystal Cruises operates two vessels:
|Crystal Symphony||1995||Kvaerner Masa-Yards||1995||51,044 tons||Bahamas|
|Crystal Serenity||2003||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2003||68,870 tons||Bahamas|
The Crystal Symphony is the smaller of the two, holding 940 passengers. It was last refurbished in 2012. The Crystal Serenity can hold 1,050 passengers and about 650 crew, and was last refurbished in 2011.
Each Crystal ship features two complimentary specialty restaurants, including the Italian restaurant Prego (overseen by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino restaurants), and Silk Road and the Sushi Bar (overseen by Japanese restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa). Daytime activities include pools, lectures, a movie theater, lessons by Yamaha keyboard instructors, and instruction by Berlitz language teachers.
Crystal Cruises enlisted Caesars World to operate an onboard casino, Caesars Palace at Sea, on its first liner, Crystal Harmony. The partnership continued with Crystal's current vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Each casino had about eight table games and 100 slot machines. Caesars received "minute" earnings from the casinos, but considered them good marketing. The management agreements with Caesars expired in the spring of 2006.
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