Crystal Cruises has officially begun its transition to an all-quality “All Inclusive.” Launched with the start of Crystal Symphony’s Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise, guests can now enjoy a selection of complimentary fine wines and spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, butler, bar and dining staff. Crystal Serenity follows suit with her spring Trans-Atlantic sailing on May 8.
Wines and champagnes include higher-end vintages from both boutique makers and big-name wineries, including Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay, St. Michael-Eppan Sauvignon Blanc Lahn, Edge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello di Bolgheri Varvára, Chateau Macquin St. Emilion, and Jacquart Brut Mosaique, Reims, France.
Dinner restaurants offer recommended pairings nightly, and sommeliers certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers remain on hand to assist with wine selections. There is no corkage fee on board if one wishes to enjoy wine purchased ashore.
An optional Connoisseur menu features renowned and/or rare vintages, select single malt whiskeys and other aged spirits at reasonable in-store prices, as opposed to traditional upscale restaurant and hotel rates. Silver and Gold Connoisseur Packages of four and six fine wines, respectively, are also available for on-board gifts.
Until April 30, “Book Now” fares start at $1,945 per person/double occupancy for seven days in the Mediterranean, with additional savings available for combining select luxury cruises. Air add-ons are also available from more than 90 North American airports.
For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com.