In February of this year, Crystal Cruises relaunched under Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group. The company’s new name: Crystal — Exceptional at Sea — is both on brand and on point, given the company’s dedication to exceptional experiences, both onboard and onshore.
Refurbished in 2023, Crystal Symphony offers suites and guest rooms focused on craftmanship and comfort. In fact, the ship’s recent remodel reduced capacity in an effort to provide more elbow room for passengers. New categories include the 645-square-foot Junior Crystal Penthouse Suite, which combines two staterooms into one spacious suite, complete with separate dining and living areas, private veranda, and dedicated butler service. The Crystal Penthouse Suite is even more expansive at over 900 square feet. All accommodations are designed to maximize in-room relaxation with ample space, contemporary refinement, and elevated details.
A reimagined spa and fitness center complement the full-sized paddle tennis and pickleball courts. And while pickleball might be a popular attraction, it’s unlikely to be the most enticing onboard. That’s because Crystal is once again partnering with Michelin-star chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, making it the only cruise line to offer Nobu restaurants at sea. Depending on their itinerary, guests can enjoy complimentary reservations at the famed dining establishment.
Crystal Symphony will set sail from Athens in September of 2023. Planned voyages include travel throughout the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada, New England, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Top itineraries include:
Embark on an odyssey setting off in Mumbai. Explore the many flavors of Sri Lanka before visiting the warm white beaches that await in Phuket and Penang. The architectural eye candy of Singapore is a dazzling way to end a magical two weeks.
Traverse the spectacular waters of the Pacific Ocean on this 30-night cruise. Tasmania is home to vast national parks and artisanal heritage, while the majestic fjords of New Zealand are a sight to behold. Don’t miss the UNESCO world heritage sites and intricate coral reefs in Cairns and Alotau, Papua New Guinea before visiting Komodo Island and disembarking in Benoa, Bali.
This journey across cultures sets sail from Istanbul, making stops in the Turkish cities of Dardanelles and Kusadasi before cruising to the white sand beaches of Mykonos and Corfu. In Dubrovnik, Slavic tradition meets decorative Venetian design, the perfect prep for disembarking in Venice.