Lines – To Suit Your Style
If you book a
cruise on one of Crystal Cruises’ deluxe vessels, you just might run into
Regis Philbin or Walter Cronkite. Their accommodations might be
top-drawer suites—while yours is a standard inside cabin—but you
can rest assured that once you enter the ship's public areas, you will enjoy
the same level of ambiance and service as the rich and famous.
No longer divided
into the “classes” of old, modern cruise ships are sea-going
Every passenger can expect the same amenities and choices. So, are all
cruise lines alike? No, not at all. Some of the differences are
subtle, but today’s cruise lines fall into three categories—Mainstream,
Premium, and Luxury.
Cruise lines in
this classification have a little something for everyone.
ships include those that are big, bigger, and the biggest afloat.
They also carry the highest number of passengers per available
décor runs the gamut from glitz and glitter to nautical kitsch.
range from inside cabins for three and four to a variety of
outside cabin configurations with or without balconies.
Top-notch suites may, or may not, come with numerous extra
activities are on their schedules to keep even the most
hyperactive passenger content.
tends to be high energy Las Vegas style production shows, lounges
and discos for dancing, and piano bars for quieter pursuits.
spas with fully equipped gyms, exercise rooms, and jogging tracks
are as common as the multiple swimming pools and hot tubs.
is generally shipboard traditional with two assigned seatings in
the main restaurant. However, mainstream cruise lines are
experimenting with variations of open-seating dining and
alternative restaurant options that allow passengers to dine when
and with whom they please. Choice is the keyword and you’ll
always find something to eat, either from 24-hour room service or
a variety of locations. Food is often likened to banquet style
is friendly but not necessarily polished or overwhelming.
for families, these cruise lines offer some of the most extensive
programs for children and teens.
you find? Soft drinks
& bottled water aren't complimentary.
repeat passengers, young and old alike. Mainstream cruise lines are
ideal for singles, families, and groups—anyone who is looking for a
fun and exhilarating vacation.
A more subdued
atmosphere and refined style dominate cruise lines in this category.
tend to be newer mid-size to large vessels that carry fewer
passengers and are more spacious feeling.
a glamorous subtle décor with toned-down colors and extensive art
range from inside cabins for three and four and outside cabins
with or without balconies to suites with numerous amenities,
including butlers on some lines.
addition to traditional cruise activities, on board lectures are
common. Port talks often include history and cultural topics in
addition to the usual shopping advice.
shows are somewhat more sophisticated and gentlemen hosts on some
sailings keep single ladies dancing the night away.
exercise regime is a pleasure in the fully outfitted gyms and
custom reigns in main restaurants with traditional two seatings.
High marks are afforded the quality cuisine and presentation. Many
ships have upscale bistros or specialty restaurants and many
command an additional charge. Plus, the option of a casual
alternative is often available.
service is polished and unobtrusive.
for children and teens are well run but not as comprehensive as
those found on mainstream ships.
you find? The cruise
staff doesn’t bombard you with noise—announcements are kept at a
board? First-timers and
experienced passengers who enjoy a more upscale experience in lower
key surroundings. Premium lines attract families, singles, and groups;
however, as a rule of thumb—the average age ratio will be higher on
sailings longer than seven to ten days.
The air on these
luxurious vessels is as rarified as the champagne and caviar.
range from mega-yachts for only a hundred or so privileged guests
to mid-size vessels, which, in this category are considered
“large.” Space is
so abundant that you might wonder where everyone has gone.
and elegant surroundings might include such touches as authentic
antiques and priceless art collections.
staterooms are often termed “all-suite.” On the newest ships,
all suites feature an ocean view or balcony. Look for designer
toiletries in the bath and extra touches such as fine linens and
fresh cut flowers. Some lines include complimentary in suite bar
set-ups for all categories and butlers attend to the needs of
guests in exclusive top category suites.
programs with celebrity and scholarly guest speakers and culinary
classes augment traditional shipboard activities. Libraries are
well stocked with books and videos.
entertainment varies by ship size, from cabaret to stylish
clubs and spas are fully equipped and staffed with professionals
that bring new meaning to indulgence. After jogging or a serious
workout, guests can wind down with a swim or savor a relaxing soak
in generous hot tubs.
seating is the norm and guests dine where and with whom they
please during restaurant hours. Top international chefs are tapped
for their culinary expertise in designing menus to please the
palate, using the freshest high quality ingredients. Prepare to
savor meals prepared à la minute and presented with flair.
Complimentary wines accompany meals on most lines.
this level, the service staffs anticipate their guests’ desires
and it’s rare that a special request goes unfulfilled.
luxury cruise lines are usually inappropriate for children and
teens. The lack of organized activities makes them undesirable for
you find? Groveling for
gratuities. If they aren’t included in the fare, they are quietly
Well-heeled couples and singles accustomed to the best travel
accommodations and service. Small groups and families gravitate to the
larger vessels in this category. Traveling in style to far-flung
corners of the globe is highly prized by fellow luxury-minded
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