This ship represents Crystal's first launch since 2003, and it's a big departure. Unlike the line's other, 1,000-passenger ships, this one holds just 62 guests. It's a small luxury yacht that was previously part of the parent company Star Cruises' fleet in Asia.
Because it's so small, you shouldn't board expecting all the same amenities you would find on the line’s larger ships. There are no specialty restaurants, but with one of the best dining rooms at sea, you won't miss them. There are few onboard activities during the day unless weather cancels the shore excursions, and in the evening the only scheduled entertainment is in the main lounge, where you'll find The Newlywed Game and an engaging pianist singing standards and show tunes. If you want to head to your room early, the crew will keep your in-room bar stocked with snacks and the wine of your choosing, and the in-room TV system has a catalog of recent and classic films.
Since it is an older ship, some kinks are still being worked out — the air-conditioning doesn't work as well as it should in cabins, the phone systems occasionally go out, and the self-serve laundry machines are not hooked up yet. But Crystal has more than compensated by making laundry service complimentary until they are working, and passengers raved about going home with suitcases full of clean clothes.