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Entertainment

Crystal has long been renowned for our lavish entertainment, with large-scale productions uniting West End and Broadway, intimate lounges cabarets and karaoke, and dance clubs for disco and hip-hop.

In virtually every industry poll, Crystal Cruises ranks number one for our exceptional entertainment. With the most diverse activity and entertainment programs afloat, even the most discerning theatre-goers, concert-lovers and dance aficionados will appreciate the musical styles that range from nostalgic and classical to popular and contemporary.

Bars & Lounges

The all-inclusive Crystal Experience adds a dash of joie de vivre to the variety of bars and lounges aboard our ships. Each venue features a unique style and atmosphere as well as differing hours of service, with fine wines and premium spirits included in your cruise fare. In addition, each stateroom is equipped with a refrigerator, stocked with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks. You may have alcoholic beverages delivered to your stateroom by calling Room Service. Wines and specialty spirits from our Connoisseur Menu will be charged to your shipboard account.

Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served wine and beer, and at least 21 years old to be served spirits. When docked or anchored in U.S. ports, within the three-mile limit, guests must be at least 21 years old to be served any alcoholic beverage.
Avenue Saloon

Crystal’s signature cocktail and piano bar is known for its intimate "clubby" atmosphere on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

Connoisseur Club

With an impressive selection ranging from Monte Cristo to Davidoff, this refined club-like cigar lounge is ideal for after-dinner drinks and conversation.

Luxe

From its polished aluminum Philippe Starck bar stools to the glass Bisazza mosaics, Crystal Symphony’s modern nightclub is a sophisticated spot for drinks, dancing and conversation. Adjacent to the Crystal Casino, a dazzling lighting system flashes electric colors off shimmery finishes and stunning shades of black, silver and white.

Pulse
Located near the Avenue Saloon and Connoisseur Club aboard Crystal Serenity, this high-energy dance club plays all the latest hits with a mix of long-time favorites.
Starlite

Centrally located in the middle of Crystal Symphony’s main activity deck, a dramatic round bar takes center stage in this stylishly open environment offering panoramic sea views.  With window walls sparkling with Swarovski crystals, the new Starlight Club is the place to see and be seen, featuring lectures by day and dancing by night.

Stardust
This welcoming and comfortable lounge on Crystal Serenity is the perfect place for a pre-dinner dance and aperitif, and after dinner dancing as well. Throughout your cruise, here you will also enjoy intimate performances, recitals and special lectures.
Crystal Cove

Located just off the two-story Crystal Plaza in the very heart of both ships, the Crystal Cove piano bar is a perfect spot to enjoy an aperitif or specialty drink any time of day.

Crystal Cove Connoisseur Menu

Palm Court

With panoramic sea vistas enjoyed through vast floor-to-ceiling window walls, this delightfully airy forward lounge hosts Afternoon Tea daily, evening dancing and entertainment, classical music concerts and special parties.

Galaxy Lounge (showroom)

The main showroom for Crystal’s award-winning Broadway-style production shows and headline entertainers features exceptionally comfortable seating and a hydraulic-rising stage for optimum viewing from anywhere in the room. In addition to the sophisticated staging, the acclaimed shows each feature elaborate costumes and sets created by renowned designers with decades of theatrical experience.

Hollywood Theatre

Enjoy a selection of popular recent-release and classic films in the ultra-comfy confines of our shipboard theatres featuring Dolby sound and multi-lingual translation systems. Devices for the hearing impaired are also provided.

Crystal Casino

Glittering and stylish with fabulous chandeliers and an air of energized excitement, the Crystal Casino offers thrilling games of chance featuring Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, 3 Card Poker*, Ultimate Texas Hold’em* and Mini-Baccarat (on request), as well as slot and video poker machines.

A casino shipboard advance of up to $300 per person, per day (up to a maximum of $3,000 per cruise), may be charged to your shipboard account. A line of credit may also be established prior to your cruise by completing an online application at the Priority Check-in & Planning Center. Click here for PCPC. To download a .pdf version of the application, click here . Please allow 2-3 weeks processing time prior to the start of the cruise. Please contact our Casino Coordinator at 310-203-4372 if any further assistance or information is required.

New! Effective October 15, 2014, Crystal Casino patrons' enjoyment is further enhanced with the convenience of Global Cash Access— a service that enables our guests to obtain cash advances using their credit or debit cards directly at the Casino Cage. The guests' credit or debit cards must be presented to our cage personnel at the time of cash advance request. Cash advance limits will apply and are dependent on the guests' personal daily allowable withdrawals as determined by the (card) issuing financial institution. A nominal fee will apply for using this service.

Crystal Casino General Guidelines:

  • Guests must be at least 18 years of age to enter the gaming areas, or to play any monetary-based games of chance (including Bingo) on board. 

  • Effective on voyage 3303 sailing on February 2, 2013  from Callao to Buenos Aires on Crystal Serenity, as we sail the coast of Chile from February 5-17, 2013, Crystal Cruises will be the first ever cruise line authorized by the Chilean government to operate its casino onboard while sailing in Chilean national waters. The license granted by the Superintendent of Casino Gaming, in accordance with the new law passed in 2011, restricts gambling operations only while the ship is in port or within three nautical miles from port facilities. Prior to this, all cruise lines were required to close casinos while sailing in Chilean national waters. This latest approval afforded to Crystal Cruises by the Chilean government eliminates the necessity to cease our casino operations as we sail along the coast of Chile, ensuring a more enjoyable onboard experience for our guests.

The Crystal Casino offers Nevada-style gaming and is subject to closure in various ports, with or without notice.

* Proprietary game and trademark used under license from SHFL entertainment, Inc.

Waves / Fantasia

Each ship features dedicated play areas for both young kids and teens. Fantasia welcomes children ages 3-7 and 8-12, with tables and chairs for arts and crafts, popular Sony PlayStation® game titles, a large screen television set and board games. A video arcade at Waves keeps teens ages 13-17 entertained as well.

Library

Our well-stocked Library contains over 2,000 books on subjects ranging from classics to popular biographies, history to contemporary mysteries. There is also an entertaining selection of over 1,000 movie titles on DVD and board games which may be borrowed without charge for your enjoyment during the cruise.

Ambassador Hosts

Dancing to live music is a nightly highlight aboard both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. Whether traveling alone or with others, we invite you to hone your skills at dance classes taught by award-winning international dancers.

On every sailing, Crystal is pleased to offer a host program that includes carefully screened gentlemen with interests and backgrounds similar to those of our guests. Each distinguished Ambassador Host is cultured, well traveled and an accomplished ballroom dancer.

Celebrity Entertainers and Speakers

The stars shine brightest at sea. Crystal Cruises is proud to feature exciting celebrity entertainers on board such as Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Joel Grey, Maureen McGovern, Lorna Luft and John Davidson -- among many others -- all part of the diverse spectrum of entertainment options available to our guests.

We also offer a galaxy of celebrity speakers to further enrich many sailings. See the Entertainment & Programs section listing in each itinerary for cruise-specific entertainers and enrichment personnel.

Celebrity Participants

American Icons:

Barbara Eden        
Barbara Walters
Buzz Aldrin
Dorothy Hamill
Frankie Avalon

Jack Hanna
Kirk Douglas
Regis Philbin
Rita Moreno

Movie Stars, Broadway & Television Stars:

Ava Astaire-Mackenzie
Bill Hayes
Susan Seaforth Hayes
Bruce McGill
David Ogden Stiers
Didi Conn
Doris Roberts
Jerry Hardin
John Ratzenberger
Jonathan Winters

Kevin Carlisle
Linda Winer
Marion Ross
Eva Marie Saint
Michael York
Monty Hall
Richard Herd
Rick McKay
Tab Hunter
Willard Scott

Journalists,  Novelists & Critics:

Alvin Shuster                       
Bill Boggs
Bill Harris
Dan Morgenstern
David McCullough
Diana Wentworth
Edwin Newman
Frank Deford
Garrick Utley
Jack Perkins
Jan Wahl
Judith Krantz
Ken Blanchard
Ken Walsh
Lillian Ross

Linda Ellerbee
Martin Bernheimer
Mike Stoller
Nando Parrado
Pat Conroy
Paul Theroux
Rex Reed
Richard Lederer
Hugh Downs
Robert Stovall
Robin Cook
Stephen Schwartz
Tom De Frank
Trey Wingo

Athletes & Olympic Stars:

Bart Conner                                
Billy Casper
Billy Mills
Bobby Clampett
Cathy Rigby
Dan Jansen
Don Shula
Dwight Stones

Earl Morrall
Janet Evans
Jim Tunney
John Naber
Louis Zamperini
Marty Schottenheimer
Mary Lou Retton
Nadia Comaneci

Singers, Entertainers, Music & Comedy:

Anne Jeffreys                     
Arte Johnson
Carol Channing
David Shire
Harvey Schmidt
Joel Grey
John Lahr
Mary Rodgers-Guettel
Michele Lee
Phil Schapp
Regina Resnick
Debbie Reynolds
Richard Maltby, Jr.
Roger Mcguinn
Ruthie Henshall
Tom Jones
Tommy Tune
Yakov Smirnoff

Diplomats, Political Experts & Current Affairs Analysts:

Bill Bennett                                                    
Christopher Ogden
Clint Van Zandt
Dr. Harm J. De Blij
General Michael Hayden
George McGovern
Greg Doyle
Howard Fineman
Jack Carter

James Carville & Mary Matalin
Major General Perry Smith
Marc Ginsberg
Marlin Fitzwater
Scott O’Grady

Chefs, Food & Wine Experts:

Andre Soltner                    
Andrew Rochat
Anton Edelmann
Azmin Ghaherman
Chrisitan Moueix
Dale DeGroff
Heinz Beck
Henry Brosi

Jon Ashton
Lettie Teague
Luca Fantin
Marc Cummings
Nobu Matsuhisa
Piero Selvaggio
Sam Choy
Suzanne Goin
Tony Abou-Ganim


Scientists, Environmentalists & Medical Experts:

Carolyn O'Neil
Dr. Dale Atkins
Dr. Sonya Friedman
Jack Weatherford



Artists & Photographers:

Guy Buffet
Kenny Fallin
Neil Leifer


Finance & Economics:

Bob Froehlich