Like other high-end lines, Crystal draws a lot of repeaters. On most cruises, more than 50% hail from affluent regions of California, and many are Crystal fans who have sailed with the line numerous times. There's commonly a small contingent of guests (about 15% of the mix) from the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Europe, South America, and other places. Most are well-heeled couples ages 55 and over. A good number step up to Crystal from lines such as Princess and Holland America.
Many Crystal guests place great emphasis on the social scene before, during, and after mealtimes, and many enjoy dressing up (sometimes way up) for dinner. Although the scene is way less formal than in the line's early days, you'll see no shortage of diamonds and gold Rolexes, and it's obvious that women on board have devoted much care and attention to their wardrobes and accessories. The onboard jewelry and clothing boutiques also do a brisk business, and a guest forking over $50,000 for a diamond-encrusted watch isn't uncommon. On formal nights -- two or three of which occur during every 10- or 12-day cruise -- most men wear tuxes and many women wear floor-length gowns, although your classic black cocktail dress is just fine. As on all ships, dress codes are much more relaxed during the day.
Though not a kid-centric line compared to the mainstream lines, of the high-end ships, Crystal is the most accommodating for families with kids. Each ship has a dedicated playroom called Fantasia, a teen club, and supervised activities are held for kids ages 3 and up when demand warrants it. During holidays and the summer months of July and August, 100 or so kids on board is not that unusual. Junior activities directors are on board during these cruises to organize dedicated programming for children.
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