By Lucy Bellamy
There’s no feeling on earth like embarking on your six star cruise ship and being shown to your Penthouse, where you Butler awaits! I have to say, after travelling 9 plus hours up to Hong Kong (OK, it was business class, but I was still tired!) I was feeling pretty disorientated and jaded! The embarkation was smooth and very friendly and I was relieved to be shown to my cabin within 15 minutes of boarding. I immediately perked up and rushed to my balcony to catch a glimpse of the famous Hong Kong skyline, as Crystal was in a prime berth overlooking Central. Unpacking didn’t take long and I decided to avail myself of my butler’s services and order some room service. ‘I could get used to this!’ I thought!
From the moment I stepped onto the lavish and luxurious Crystal Symphony, I was in love! She first entered service in 1995, and at just over 51,000 tonnes is just the right size to feel spacious, yet not big enough to be daunting. She holds 922 passengers and 545 crew members. Where Crystal excels is their service, indeed they have won numerous awards for their service, and for the last 17 years straight have been voted the winners of the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards as the best large ship cruise line.
In 2012, Crystal Cruises will become ‘fully inclusive’, so to add to their already generous list of inclusions, guests can also expect complimentary fine wines, premium spirits, open bar, and prepaid gratuities. They also have some fabulous special deals for early bookers including 2 for 1 fares and early payment discounts.
Crystal Cruises defines luxury cruising. Their service, space, quality and choices on board are second to none. The choice of cuisine on board is exceptional, and I fully recommend that you try their Italian Specialty restaurant, Prego. Their specialty entrée of Mushroom soup served in it’s own bread bowl is quite simply unforgettable! I also recommend the Japanese restaurant, Silk Road, which was designed by world renowned celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. In 2010, Crystal’s two ships, the Serenity and the Symphony will visit 66 countries, 183 ports and offer 19 new maiden voyages in places such as the remote Heimaey Island in Iceland. Their voyages are certainly varied and interesting, and it’s worth noting that on most voyages they will have an array of interesting specialty speakers on board.
It’s no accident that they are one of the most awarded cruise lines in the world, and are my firm favourites. I fully recommend that you speak to your travel professional at Cruiseabout to find out more about this exceptional product.
Today's Cruise Specialist:
Lucy Bellamy - Lucy has 15 years experience in the travel industry, with a special interest in luxury travel. Lucy has travelled extensively throughout Europe, North America and has visited the Caribbean 17 times! Lucy works on the ethos that she wouldn't send her valued clients anywhere that she wouldnt stay herself, and that mantra ensures that each and every client has a holiday with exceptional memories that will last a lifetime. Lucy has sailed on or inspected a large number of ships, including, but not limited to: QE2, Crystal Symphony and Serenity, The World, Regent Seven Seas Mariner to name a few.
To contact Lucy, call her on 1300 110 309, or email her at email@example.com