No more chits to sign or tips to pay…..
There is no more need to worry about tipping, paying for wine or cocktails or shelling out extra for alternative dining venues aboard Crystal Cruises’ super luxurious Symphony. The Los Angeles-based luxury cruise operator has gone all-inclusive and it’s a big bonus for passengers.
Not only does the new policy represent significant savings, it takes all the drudgery out of having to sign chits at the bars or decide how much you want to tip your butler, cabin steward and dining staff. It’s all taken care of now, at least on board the Symphony, with the same arrangement coming soon to the Serenity.
After a year in the planning, Crystal officially swung into gear with all-inclusive fares on a Miami to Lisbon cruise on the Symphony last month; the Serenity follows in her wake on May 8.
While some all-inclusive” cruise lines seem to scrimp on the brands, Crystal is pouring free shots of Grey Goose, Maker’s Mark, Macallan Select, Hennessy V.S.O.P., and Herradura Silver. The company is also serving high quality wines and champagnes such as 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. Even better, you can now bring your own wine and bubbly on board with no corkage fees imposed.
There is an optional Connoisseur menu that showcases award-winning, 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. Vintage Room experiences further tap into Crystal’s extensive wine cellar. Silver and Gold Connoisseur Packages of four and six fine wines, respectively, are also available for on-board gifts.
“Our ‘All Inclusive’ offers a luxuriously comfortable guest experience that focuses, as always, on incredible quality and impeccable execution,” says Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, operations. “This ‘All Inclusive’ transition further enhances the extraordinary ease and value of a Crystal vacation.”
From now through April 30, Crystal is offer “Book Now” fares that start at $1,945 per person/double occupancy for seven days in the Mediterranean, with additional savings available for combining select luxury cruises. Attractive air add-ons are also available from more than 90 North American airports.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.