By Murtaza Adamjee

Travel connects us with the world. It satisfies our curiosity, authenticates understanding, and allows us to appreciate acceptance. And over time, the growth and evolution of the cruise ship has served to provide a truly unique and authentic travel experience. It’s no surprise then why the past few issues of the Women’s Post Travel section have taken a look at some of the world’s most contemporary and innovative cruise ships. From Windstar Cruises to the Norwegian Epic, today’s cruise ship industry literally offers a world of luxury – at sea. And in the name of cruise ships, it would simply be a crime to ignore the two highest-rated ships in the world: Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

Voted World’s Best more times than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in the industry, Crystal Cruises’ experience has been unmatched for an incredible 15 years. With a dedicated commitment to excellence, extraordinary service, and exceptional quality, Crystal Cruises’ “Welcome to the World’s Best” adage has a number of awards to validate this bold statement in a constantly competitive tourism market.

In order to fully appreciate the Crystal Cruise experience, it is essential to explore some key features onboard:


Aboard the Crystal experience, stateroom features include a variety of elements. Most suites come with private verandas, and an exquisite view of the vast horizon. Each suite is finished with the finest luxuries: 100% Egyptian cotton linens and bath towels, a menu of pillow options, and Frette bathrobes. And in combination with an ocean view and the necessities of home, the Crystal experience provides ultimate comfort.

Penthouse features also include a 24-hour butler service, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower, private veranda, complimentary wine and beer, and an order-in option from specialty restaurants on board.

Daytime Diversions:

A wide range of activities and interests are available on-board. Guests can plan to pass the time via a large outdoor lap pool, a fully -equipped state-of-the-art fitness centre, golf driving ranges, PGA golf instructors and clinics, full-sized tennis courts, supervised junior activities, professional dance instructors, a luxury shopping arcade, a well-stocked library for those seeking moments of silence, piano lessons, Berlitz language lessons, and a Cleveland Clinic wellness seminar. Endless complimentary enrichment programs await.


The Crystal experience provides a plethora of savoury, exquisite daytime and evening dining options. With up to five dining venues for breakfast and lunch, and up to seven dining venues for dinner, needless to say, there is something for everyone. Speciality restaurants on board include The Bistro, a French-style café, legendary restaurateur Nobu Matuhisa’s cuisine at Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, Piere Selvaggio’s menu of inspired dishes of Italy, and an elegant crystal dining room. Crystal Cruises also offer an extensive wine cellar and special reserve wine list with rare vintages.


Evenings amidst the Crystal experience offer world-class entertainment for guests onboard. Guests can entertain themselves by attending lavish, Broadway-style productions, visiting the crystal casino, or by simply having cocktails with friends in one of the many lounges and bars. Those looking for something else can find solace in the variety of entertainers that include comedians, magicians, ventriloquists, and a talented ensemble of singers and dancers.

In 2011 Crystal Cruises will offer 2-for-1 fares, free business or economy air, an “As You Wish” on-board spending credit, and an all new flexible open dining by reservation. Receive even more on-board amenities when you reserve your 2011 cruise with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Rosedale location at


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