Crystal Cruises is making some staterooms fitter for families. In the wake of the surge of more multi-general travel, the Los Angeles, California-based cruise line has begun taking what, senior vice president of marketing and sales for the line, Jack Anderson says is ”significant steps to the nurture the burgeoning market.”
“Discerning families appreciate Crystal’s unique combination of extraordinary service, superb quality, diversified choices and the sheer spaciousness of our ships,” continues Anderson. “In the luxury cruise market, there isn’t another line that caters to multi-generational families as seamlessly, stylishly and attentively.”
On June 4, 2013, just prior to its summer season, the cruise line will debut nine new adjoining staterooms on Crystal Symphony. Ideal for use as family suites, the accommodations will feature connecting rooms with sofas as third berths to accommodate parents with more than 2 children.
Crystal is refitting 18 verandah and deluxe outside staterooms to enable connections, when desired. Guests will have a choice of verandah and non-verandah accommodations in several stateroom categories, in addition to two existing Penthouse Suite/Penthouse and Verandah combinations.
In 2012, Crystal hosted 20% more family groups on than in 2011. Underscoring the increasing trend, as of March, the line has more family groups booked to date for 2013 than were booked for all of 2012. The company also offers free berths, shore excursion credits and other amenities for family groups. The two ships (Serenity and Symphony) both sport popular playrooms and video game rooms for junior cruises. On cruises with more than 10 children, junior activities directors supervise an array of games, crafts and behind-the-scenes learning programs. Even teens can learn to make sushi from Nobu-trained chefs.
Connecting rooms aren’t limited to just families with children; they can also be requested by adults traveling together who prefer their own rooms.
“Today, there are many combinations of families – adults and their in-laws, grandparents with grandchildren, same-age cousins, and even four generations traveling together,” says Anderson. “Crystal strives to create an environment and activities that allow each guest, of any age, to begin a new story, create new cherished memories, make new friends, and explore new experiences.”
All-inclusive fares for Crystal Symphony’s 2013 voyages start from $1,630 if booked by June 28, 2013.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.