Sailing on the Ship

From suggestions on what to wear on board to how to store your valuables to tips on healthy travel, here you will find details and guidelines to help you prepare for your voyage.

As a guest aboard Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony or Crystal Esprit, we want you to feel completely at home as we explore the world together. For guests sailing aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, the following sections provide you with the necessary information to plan your vacation aboard our award-winning ships. For guests sailing aboard Crystal Esprit, view the Yacht Guidebook for yacht-specific informaton, you can access it here: Sailing on the Yacht

Clothing Suggestions / Dress Codes

Daytime Dress Code

Throughout the day, our guests wear a mix of active resort wear. Dining room attire is casual during the day; however, swimsuits, cover-ups/robes and baseball hats are not appropriate. If you do not wish to change for a meal in the afternoon or evening, alfresco dining on deck is available. After 6 pm, casual daytime attire is not appropriate. Shorts and baseball caps are not permitted for men or women.

For days in port, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. Check with your travel agent for special items you might want to pack for your destination and the time of year you are traveling.

There are bathrobes, kimonos and slippers in each stateroom for your use during the cruise. Other amenities include a clothes brush, shoehorn, hair dryer, soap, Aveda shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, sewing kit and umbrella.

Evening Dress Code

Keeping in line with the continually evolving, more relaxed dress codes reflected throughout the world today, we have simplified our preferred evening dress codes to two types: Crystal Casual and Black Tie Optional. Please refer to the dress codes described in detail below. After 6 pm, casual daytime attire is not appropriate. Shorts and baseball caps are not permitted for men or women.

Crystal Casual

Crystal Casual calls for a dressed-up version of casual looks. 

Women’s Crystal Casual includes:

  • Blouse
  • Sweater
  • Dressy slacks
  • Skirt
  • Dress

Men’s Crystal Casual includes:

  • Open collar shirt
  • Collared polo shirt
  • Button-down shirtDress shirt (no tie required)
  • Dress pants or European smart trousers
  • Sport coat (optional) 

Crystal Casual Attire Images
Black Tie Optional

A Black Tie Optional evening offers our guests a celebratory opportunity to dress more formally.  Guests dining in the restaurants, with the exception of Tastes, are asked to adhere to the Black Tie Optional dress code.  We ask that at least a jacket be worn by men for dinner.  On Black Tie Optional evenings, if you choose to change your attire following the evening dinner festivities, please maintain a minimum style of dress in keeping with the dress code described above in Crystal Casual.

Women’s Black Tie Optional includes:

  • Formal cocktail dress
  • Evening gown
  • Dressy evening separates

Men’s Black Tie Optional

  • Dark suit with/without a tie
  • Tuxedo

Black Tie Optional Attire Images

With this new policy, guests can expect the following:

  • 7- to 10-day cruises: Up to 1 Black Tie Optional evening  (based on itinerary, see dress code for your specific cruise for details)
  • 11- to 13-day cruises: 2 Black Tie Optional evenings
  • World Cruises, Holiday voyages and Crossings may be scheduled differently.

For your convenience, the recommended dress code for each evening of your cruise is listed in the daily itinerary section of the Priority Check-in and Planning Center (PCPC)  accessible at checkin.crystalcruises.com.


For gratuity guidelines on board the ship, please visit our Gratuities section.

Electrical Appliances

Both 110-volt (American current) and 220-volt (European current) outlets as well as two hair dryers and an alarm clock are provided in each stateroom. If you have any questions about compatibility of appliances, please ask your Stateroom Attendant.

Travel Tips

Crystal Cruises is pleased to have partnered with Cleveland Clinic – a recognized medical institution with expertise in health and medical issues related to travel – to offer articles that may help you prepare for your travels. Click each title to view that article.

Founded in 1921, Cleveland Clinic provides award-winning clinical and hospital care with staff members consistently recognized as experts in their respective fields. In 2006, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cleveland Clinic the third-best hospital in the nation and the number one cardiac care center.

Food and Water Considerations While Traveling
Immunization Considerations When Traveling Abroad
Overcoming Jet Lag
Travel Medical Kit
Traveling with Asthma

Note: Crystal Cruises has made no independent evaluations of the efficacy or accuracy of the information contained in Cleveland Clinic’s articles, and can take no responsibility for the contents of the Cleveland Clinic publications. Crystal Cruises and Cleveland Clinic continue to believe that, with respect to health and medical issues, it is advisable to contact your own physician.

Visitors On Board

Whenever conditions allow, visitors will be permitted on board.  Requests may be made through the Guest Check-In/Priority Check-in and Planning Center (PCPC) portal  by a guest with a valid booking number, or requested on board, through the ship’s Reception Desk.  All requests and supporting information must be submitted through PCPC  no later than seven (7) days prior to the intended visit day (or arrival into port, if requested while on board). The number and types of visitor allowed are capacity-controlled and subject to the security level at the port of call.  Due to changing world conditions, Crystal Cruises may institute a no-visitor policy onboard its ships from time to time.  This policy is subject to change, without notice, at any time.

Onboard Visitor's Request Online Form:  
To access the visitor request form, booked Crystal guest must log-on to Guest Check-In / Priority Check-in & Planning Center (PCPC) portal and complete the Onboard Visitor’s Request form located under the “Other Crystal Services” tab.