Crystal Cruises goes green and invites you to stay connected.
The award-winning sister ships of Crystal River Cruises – Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel – have all earned a Green Award certification. The certificate recognizes ships that demonstrate exceptional safety and environmental standards.
"We understand and appreciate the fact that in order to continue to explore the great waterways of Europe and the world, we must help take care of them," said Walter Littlejohn, Vice-President & Managing Director of Crystal River Cruises. "The Green Award certification is a wonderful affirmation that our efforts are making a difference in the communities and the world around us."
Crystal’s newly-build ships, introduced in 2017 and 2018, are designed to meet the highest possible specifications for efficiency in operations, environmental protection, and sustainability standards. Each ship features a diesel-electric power plant; allowing fuel to be consumed more efficiently for propulsion and to generate electricity, and advanced wastewater treatment systems. Captains are also trained to always minimize engine loads and fuel consumption by adjusting ships’ speeds and connecting to shore power when in port.
Crystal has also adopted a comprehensive Crystal Clean policy early in its existence, which includes the minimization of plastic bottles and containers whenever possible. Plus, a fleet-wide ban on all plastic straws, use of reusable cloth laundry and shoe-shine bags in all guest suites, meticulous sorting and recycling processes, and LED lighting throughout all ships.
The company recently announced the introduction of Caudalie bathroom amenities in all guest suites by the end of 2020. The new skin and shower products represent the highest standards of French cosmetics, highly naturally formulated and free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate, synthetic coloring agents, and animal-based ingredients (except honey and beeswax). Caudalie amenities are eco-friendly with packaging that is made with plant-based plastics or recycled paper whenever possible.
With more than 30 years cruising to the far reaches of the world, Crystal has a long tradition of implementing and maintaining the highest health and safety policies at sea.
Health and safety will be a top priority when it’s time to start cruising again. While you patiently wait for your next trip, Crystal has created Crystal@Home, a program that showcases each week a virtual voyage featuring the many different aspects of the Crystal Experience. Details of this week’s virtual voyage can be found here.
Every week, you can expect highlights of select destinations visited by Crystal ships, with immersive imagery and port details taking travelers on a digital journey. As well as a Sunday cooking series with longtime Crystal guest chef; Jon Ashton, who will host demos of dishes inspired by guest favorites, fitness and wellbeing tips and home workouts from Crystal’s certified fitness instructors, cocktail recipes straight from the stylish lounges and bars aboard Crystal ships, and much, much more! It’s an excellent way to spend your time at home while you dream about your next Crystal cruise.