Crystal Symphony

We’re greeted by a pair of executioners. There’s a shoemaker stitching a pointy-toed slipper, a candy maker is stirring sugared almonds in a cauldron and girls dressed in homespun are selling roses. The first people you encounter going through the gates of ancient Tallinn look as …

For fans of fixer-upper home shows, the Gatchina Palace outside Saint Petersburg has got to be the ultimate renovation challenge. Two hundred bedrooms give or take, with ornate plaster work and inlaid hardwood floors everywhere and plenty of lavish party space, not to mention expansive grounds …

How can you top Crystal Symphony? A lot of cruise ship designers have asked that question over the years as they’ve tried to out-do Crystal Cruises’ classic ship. Yet every year, Crystal Symphony and sister ship Crystal Serenity  maintain their lead in customer surveys. The latest …

Following a string of ceremonies in which Crystal Cruises again swept up awards as the number one luxury line, President Edie (Bornstein) Rodriguez, discusses with The Cruisington Times and Travel Industry Today’s Wallace Immen the secrets of the line’s success and reveals the plans for the future, including …

Tastes change and even a cruise ship that’s consistently stayed at the top of the best ship rankings has to keep up to date. That’s why Crystal Cruises just invested $17-million in a massive overhaul of the Crystal Serenity’s Lido Deck and created a new style …

How does a cruise ship stay on top in the face of stiff competition? It takes more than a new coat of paint and a change of wardrobe. Following my recent trip on a newly upgraded Crystal Serenity, I’ve been reflecting on why Crystal Cruises …

WALLACE IMMEN takes a look at ship refurbs that are adding some firsts. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming to many well-loved ships in 2012 and beyond. Ice bars, spa staterooms, multiple alternative restaurants, gastro pubs and wi-fi access everywhere are among the “wow” factors on …

In Venice, Ahi Kawai walked an hour from the ship to the fishing docks in search of the freshest seafood for the Nobu Sushi Bar and Silk Road Restaurant aboard Crystal Serenity. “Japan is my favorite place to buy fish, but Venice is very nice,” …