The all-inclusive cruise line, Crystal reports that growing numbers of families and multigenerational groups are opting for the line’s six-star service and designated spaces for kids and teens — rare at this level.
The line's two main ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, carry between 900 and 1,100 passengers with all of the amenities you’d expect on a cruise line touting luxury, service, space and enrichment programs. Kids ages 11 and under are charged 50% of the minimum cruise-only fare when accompanied by two full-paying adults. The line is also expanding opportunities for family travel with the return of its “Kids Sail Free” offers.
In December 2015, Crystal Esprit, Crystal’s newest ultra-luxury ship, was christened and is ready for sail. Additionally, new to Crystal Cruises, four luxury river yachts will sail the European rivers beginning in summer 2017 as their innovative river cruise program gets fully introduced. Offering longer and overnight stays, and less-traveled routes, the vessels will feature six-star service. Crystal Cruises is also expanding their luxury air service with the addition of two ultra-long-range-aircrafts that will service private charters and transport guests to their destinations from any point in the United States to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
For kids & teens
Fantasia, Crystal's junior activities program, welcomes kids ages 3-12. Activities for children ages 12 and under include arts and crafts, roving reporter, scavenger hunts, fort building and more.
Waves, for ages 13-17, is a separate teen club and video arcade with Xbox 360s and Playstations, late night pool parties, movies and more.
Around the ship
Digital filmmaking, tai chi instruction, wellness seminars, wine tasting, and art workshops are among dozens of classes offered through Crystal Cruises’ Creative Learning Institute (CLI). Golf clinics and lessons from pros are available on most sailings. The Library offers more than 2,000 titles, including a selection of children’s books and children’s DVDs for use in the cabins. In-room sitting is available ($10/hour for 1 child, $15/hour for 2 children, $20/hour for 3 children).
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