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Crystal, owned by NYK Line of Japan and based in Los Angeles, was founded in 1990. The line was long a two-ship fleet; Crystal Cruises has received many of the travel industry's highest awards including "World's Best" Cruise Line and "Best Large Ship Line" in Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Crystal Cruises offers an intriguing hybrid style of cruise experience. Crystal Cruise line is decidedly upscale but its ships, unlike its luxury niche competitors, are big ones, carrying 940 passengers and more.

Crystal Symphony and the newest Crystal Serenity all feature elegantly appointed staterooms and suites (most with private verandahs), as well as two seating dining options, Italian and Asian alternative restaurants, and casual dining in the Trident Bar. Crystal caters to the discriminating traveler, one who expects and appreciates such fine service. Crystal cruises has one of the industry's highest guest-to-staff and guest-to-space ratios, and, perhaps not coincidentally, one of the most loyal repeat passenger bases afloat. Crystal provides award-winning entertainment, the Crystal Spa and Salon with extensive exercise and sports facilities and instruction, and the only Ceasars Palace at Sea casino.

Crystal specializes in integrating destinations and shore excursions into theme-based adventures. About half of Crystal's sailings are themed, including 16 Wine & Food Festival cruises. There are also occasional music-theme cruises with big bands and jazz singers, and such cruises usually involves going to special events on shore in keeping with the theme of the cruise. On other cruises, you can learn to play the stock market more shrewdly, study a language, or gain an increased appreciation for various sorts of art.

Crystal's unique enrichment programs include the Creative Learning Institute, Computer University@Sea and, for the more recreation-minded, a golf program taught by pros.Crystal signature features, such as a sushi bar, a second paddle tennis court, and a boardroom with wine cellar. Serenity boasts a state-of-the-art children's facility called Fantasia; also onboard is a teen center. The ship has an indoor/outdoor pool as well as the standard centerpiece pool.

"World's Best" Cruise Line Crystal Serenity and Symphony Cruise Itineraries include Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Alaska, New England/Canada, The Orient, South America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Transatlantic. There are only very few spots on the globe untouched by Crystal's three-ship fleet.

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