|Headquarters||Century City, Los Angeles, United States|
Crystal Cruise Lines, most commonly seen as Crystal Cruises, is a Japanese luxury cruise line founded in 1988 and notable for its two medium-sized, high-end ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, which each hold about 1,000 guests. The line is a wholly owned subsidiary of the large Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha. The line has its headquarters in Century City, 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. Both ships travel the world and visit destinations. The luxury cruise line also offers a World Cruise on the Crystal Serenity each year of about 110 days in length.
Crystal Cruises has announced that their cruise fares will become all-inclusive starting in the Spring of 2012.
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. Crystal Symphony was last refurbished in 2012. The Crystal Serenity can hold 1,050 passengers and about 650 crew. Crystal Serenity was last refurbished in 2011. The line's original vessel, Crystal Harmony, was retired from the Crystal fleet in 2005. The vessel 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.
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 next two vessels, the Symphony and 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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