Crystal Cruises makes transition to all inclusive
Luxury cruiseliner Crystal Cruises has begun its transition to an all-inclusive brand. Launched with the start of Crystal Symphony’s Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise this month, passengers can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium 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 Crystal Symphony with her spring Trans-Atlantic sailing on May 8th 2012. Crystal’s all-inclusive liquors include superior brands such as Grey Goose, Maker’s Mark, Macallan Select, Hennessy V.S.O.P., and Herradura Silver.
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 Sommelier 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 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.