Europe and Mediterranean: Essential European Holiday Cruise

Crystal Cruises

From Rome's colossal history and Sorrento's flowered hillsides, explore Le Lavandou, discover Michelangelo, Donatello and Botticelli in Florence, and Montserrat in Barcelona.

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • Fine wines, Champagne and premium spirits

  • Gratuities for dining, bar, housekeeping and Penthouse butler staff

  • Specialty dining celebrating the cuisines of Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio

  • Enrichment programs featuring the innovative Creative Learning Institute®

  • Fitness programs with classes in yoga, Pilates and Spinning®, and more

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a US $ 100 shipboard credit per stateroom††

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Members receive a Costco Shop Card with every Crystal sailing†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Monte Carlo

Overview

With more than 300 days a year of sunshine, residents in Monaco can take advantage of the Mediterranean, and all of its seaside activities. Moreover, Monaco's close proximitiy to the Southern Alps, which are only 1 hour away by car, allows for easy access to the ski slopes.

Day 2Port of CallMonte CarloDeparture 6:00p.m.

Overview

With more than 300 days a year of sunshine, residents in Monaco can take advantage of the Mediterranean, and all of its seaside activities. Moreover, Monaco's close proximitiy to the Southern Alps, which are only 1 hour away by car, allows for easy access to the ski slopes.

Day 3Port of CallLe LavandouArrival 7:30a.m.Departure 6:00p.m.

Overview

Le Lavandou is a seaside resort town, with all the trappings, such as discos and crowds, but also fine sandy beaches right along side. It was a lovely seaside fishing port, built in 1880, destroyed in 1944, and rebuilt after the war. Today it has an active yacht marina, with the nearest section reserved for the fishing boats still plying their trade. A fish market is held there every morning from 8h-11h, unless the weather prevents the boats from going out. Le Lavandou is on the "Corniche des Maures", where the sides of the Massif des Maures mountains join the sea. The area along the coast there is very built-up, but the Maures are directly behind and easy to get to. First record, about 1700: Lauvandoun. This is a variation of Lavadou, a synonym of Lavoir, or of Lavandula stoecha, a very Provencal flower.

Day 4Port of CallBarcelonaArrival 8:00a.m.

Overview

Barcelona is a charming, cosmopolitan port on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. This prosperous and bilingual (Spanish and Catalan) metropolis measures up to a city such as Madrid: its museums, theatres, art galleries and nightlife area of an impressive high standard. Besides that, this art and design centre has a lot of interesting sights to offer to its visitors. The best place to watch people go by, to stroll or simply relax, is 'Las Ramblas', a pedestrian street with dozens of outdoor cafes. Here, you’ll find flower-stands, book kiosks and small market stalls where they sell birds and small animals. You’ll also find an endlessly fascinating flowing receptacle of pageant-jugglers, singers, dancers, puppeteers, sidewalk artists, living statues and assorted oddballs on parade. Nearby is 'Plaça Real', with plenty of bars and restaurants, and 'Palau Guell', built by the Catalan architectural genius Antoni Gaudi in his undulating art-nouveau style. After having seen these sights, stroll the narrow winding streets of the 'Barri Gotic', the medieval Gothic quarter full of interesting tapas bars and cafes. Check out Picasso’s old hangout, 'Els Quatre Gats', which has been renovated without losing its bohemian charm. Or head for the old Barceloneta section on the waterfront. This working-class area, which was always slightly rundown and scruffy-looking, is now packed with paella restaurants. The new beach area, which runs from Barceloneta to the Olympic village, is much cleaner than the old beach area. Although some people believe that it has been cleaned up considerably, it might be a wise idea to stay out of the water. Fortunately, the beach itself is already a feast for the eyes (and ears), with its huge and roaring waves.

Day 5Port of CallBarcelonaDeparture 3:00p.m.

Overview

Barcelona is a charming, cosmopolitan port on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. This prosperous and bilingual (Spanish and Catalan) metropolis measures up to a city such as Madrid: its museums, theatres, art galleries and nightlife area of an impressive high standard. Besides that, this art and design centre has a lot of interesting sights to offer to its visitors. The best place to watch people go by, to stroll or simply relax, is 'Las Ramblas', a pedestrian street with dozens of outdoor cafes. Here, you’ll find flower-stands, book kiosks and small market stalls where they sell birds and small animals. You’ll also find an endlessly fascinating flowing receptacle of pageant-jugglers, singers, dancers, puppeteers, sidewalk artists, living statues and assorted oddballs on parade. Nearby is 'Plaça Real', with plenty of bars and restaurants, and 'Palau Guell', built by the Catalan architectural genius Antoni Gaudi in his undulating art-nouveau style. After having seen these sights, stroll the narrow winding streets of the 'Barri Gotic', the medieval Gothic quarter full of interesting tapas bars and cafes. Check out Picasso’s old hangout, 'Els Quatre Gats', which has been renovated without losing its bohemian charm. Or head for the old Barceloneta section on the waterfront. This working-class area, which was always slightly rundown and scruffy-looking, is now packed with paella restaurants. The new beach area, which runs from Barceloneta to the Olympic village, is much cleaner than the old beach area. Although some people believe that it has been cleaned up considerably, it might be a wise idea to stay out of the water. Fortunately, the beach itself is already a feast for the eyes (and ears), with its huge and roaring waves.

Day 6 Cruising
Day 6Port of CallAjaccioArrival 1:00p.m.Departure 6:00p.m.

Overview

Located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, the capital city of Ajaccio is famous as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. This Mediterranean port town enjoys an exceptionally mild climate and offers travelers a number of cafes, restaurants and shops to enjoy in addition to a number of interesting sites, including the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Misericorde, where Napoleon was baptized in 1771, and the Chapelle Imperiale, built in 1855 by Napoleon III to accommodate the tombs of the Bonaparte family. Impressive views of the town can be enjoyed from the Jetee de la Citadelle, located next to the 16th-century citadel currently occupied by the army.

Day 7Port of CallLivornoArrival 7:00a.m.Departure 7:00p.m.

Overview

Livorno is situated along the coast of the Ligurian Sea, is one of Italy’s most important ports, both as a commercial and touristic port of call, an industrial centre of national importance and, among all of the Tuscan cities, it is generally considered the youngest, even though its territory holds historical testimonies of remote times that have survived the mass bombings of the Second War World. The city, developed from the end of the XVI century upon request of the Medici family, is famous for being the birthplace of prestigious personalities such as Amedeo Modigliani, Pietro Mascagni and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In the past, until the first years of the 20th century it was also a tourist destination of international importance for the presence of important seaside and thermal establishments, that give the city its the name of Montecatini-on-the-sea. Livorno, which at the end of the XIX century counted around 100,000 inhabitants and was the 11th most populated city in Italy and the 2nd in Tuscany, in the last decades has had a notable decline in the number of inhabitants and now is the 3rd most populated city in Tuscany after Florence and Prato.

Day 8Port of CallRome/CivitavecchiaArrival 6:00a.m.

Overview

Located about 80 kilometres northwest of Rome, the Port of Civitavecchia is the port of Rome and a busy ferry and cargo port serving Italy and southern Europe. Lying on Italy’s eastern shores on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Port of Civitavecchia has excellent direct connections to Rome. It is an important cruise and ferry port with regular passage to Sardinia, Malta, Sicily, Tunis, and Barcelona. Fishing is of secondary importance to the Port of Civitavecchia. In addition to ocean-going traffic, the Port of Civitavecchia also contains a thermoelectric centre and metallurgical works. In 2006, over 51 thousand people called the Port of Civitavecchia home. The Port of Civitavecchia was built on an earlier Etruscan settlement. Emperor Trajan founded the Port of Civitavecchia in the early 2nd Century, calling it Centumcellae. Today, Trajan’s Port is preserved within today’s Port of Civitavecchia. A busy growing town during the late Roman era, the Port of Civitavecchia was attacked by Vandals and then destroyed by the Saracens in 828 AD. Residents escaped to the nearby Allumiere Mountains where Pope Leo IV built a walled town in 854. Eventually, the people returned to Civitavecchia (the name means “old city”). At the end of the 15th Century, the Port of Civitavecchia was under frequent attack by pirates. The naval arsenal was constructed in 1508. Pope Paul III commissioned the building of the keep, which was designed by Donato Bramante and then finished by Michelangelo in 1537, to protect the Port of Civitavecchia from the pirate attacks. In 1696, Civitavecchia became a free port under Pope Innocent XII. Because it was Rome’s main port, the French occupied the Port of Civitavecchia in 1849. The Port of Civitavecchia was linked to Rome by the Rome and Civitavecchia Rail Road in 1859. When the Port of Civitavecchia became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1870, it was one of the Papal State’s most strongly-fortified towns when Papal troops welcomed General Nino Bixio on behalf of the Italian unification forces into the Port of Civitavecchia fortress. World War II brought destruction to as much as three-quarters of the Port of Civitavecchia. Reconstruction enlarged the Port of Civitavecchia beyond its pre-war area. The Autorita Portuale Civitavecchia (Port of Rome) is responsible for managing and operating the Port of Civitavecchia as well as the ports of Fiumicino and Gaeta. The modern Port of Civitavecchia is at the centre of rail, road, and air networks that link it with central Italy and the world. The Port of Civitavecchia has capacity to handle about 11 million tons of cargo per year and over 1.5 million passengers. Cargoes include forest products, cereals, iron and steel, chemicals, automobiles, containers, and liquid bulk. In 2007, the Port of Civitavecchia welcomed 856 cruise vessels carrying 1.6 million passengers, and the total number of passengers using ferries and cruise vessels was 3.8 million. In 2007, the Port of Civitavecchia handled a total of 7.7 million tons of cargo. This total included 1.5 million tons of liquid bulk, 1.7 million tons of solid bulk, 4.6 million tons of packages, and 31.1 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. The Port of Civitavecchia contains 28 berths of a total 5.6 thousand metres in length with alongside depths from 6 to 18 metres. Port properties include five warehouses containing 36 thousand square metres for handling and storing cargoes. The intermodal terminal includes seven thousand square metres of storage space and 12.5 thousand square metres for loading/unloading rail cars and parking. The Port of Civitavecchia is one of the busiest ferry ports in the world. Just 80 kilometres northwest of Rome, it is the main tourist destination for people traveling to the Eternal City. It is also a central port for ferries carrying passengers to more local destinations. The ferry terminal offers a complete line of amenities. Different ferry companies offer services to the various destinations. Moby Lines handles crossings to Olbia, Sardinia. Corsica Sardinia Ferries runs services to Golfo Aranci. Grimaldi Ferries carries passengers to Barcelona and Tunis, and Grand Navi Veloci operates a route to Tunis. Ferrovie dello Stato operates a combined rail-ferry service to Golfo Aranci.

Onboard the Crystal Symphony

Ship Rating

4.5 of 5 stars

Costco Member Rating:
4.6/5 (80 Ratings)

With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony® finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbours and idyllic ports of call. Graciously attended to by a world-class crew, your every conceivable need is fulfilled with expert care. Crystal Symphony invites you to explore the world in an ambiance of understated elegance, sophistication and style.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Seahorse Pool

  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Movies
  • Theatre/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Educational Programs
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Golf Driving Net
  • Putting Green
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Centre or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Centre
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Crystal Life Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Internet Centre
  • Babysitting
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Infirmary/Medical Centre
  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Waterside

Main Dining

Waterside: Dine at your leisure and enjoy open seating at Waterside for breakfast, lunch and dinner; no reservations are required. With its chic décor and sophisticated ambiance, Waterside offers an abundance of intimate tables for two and four. With our signature focus on choice, Waterside showcases exceptional menus of classic favourites served alongside a selection of progressive Modern Cuisine specialties. Guests have the freedom to join Waterside for dinner anytime between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm, enjoying the flexibility of dining when and with whom they wish. Actual times may vary by itinerary and are printed in Reflections on board.

Prego

Specialty Dining

Prego: Charming and romantic, Prego brings the flavours of Italy to Crystal Symphony. Savour intimate table side service and a seasonally changing menu of traditional favourites such as Scaloppine Di Vitello Servite Con Capelli D'angelo and Linguine Con Aragosta E Zucchini. Serving dinner only. Priority Check-in Planning Centre offers pre-cruise reservations for this restaurant.

Umi Uma and Sushi Bar: Umi Uma & Sushi Bar serves the inspired cuisine of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, prepared by his personally trained chefs. The Sushi Bar offers an assortment of Nobu's inventive sushi and sashimi, including Salmon Tartar and Yellowtail sashimi, while Umi Uma presents his celebrated Japanese-Peruvian dishes. Open for dinner only. Priority Check-in & Planning Centre offers pre-cruise reservations for this specialty restaurant.

The Vintage Room: Inspired by the rich tradition of wine makers to gather and showcase their most treasured vintages, dinners served in the elegant Vintage Room are the ultimate experience for wine enthusiasts. Offered several times during each voyage, guests may reserve a seat at the Vintage Room table for an all-inclusive cost (wine, cuisine and gratuity), joining a minimum of 10 other guests for an extravagant culinary experience.

Trident Bar Grill

Casual Dining

Marketplace: Marketplace (formerly the Lido Café) is an entirely re-imagined space featuring casual breakfast and lunch presentations of fresh, flavorful food and made-to-order options. Marketplace is open seating and no reservations are required.

Silk Kitchen and Bar: Newly adjacent to the existing Trident Grill on the Lido Deck, Silk Kitchen & bar offers full service dinner dining on modern Chinese-inspired fare with family-style dinner plates ideal for sharing. For breakfast and lunch, guests may enjoy self-service options ranging from dumplings and a soup and noodle bar to other Asian favourites. Open seating is available for breakfast and lunch and no reservations are required. Reservations are required for dinner only.

Trident Bar Grill: A Crystal classic favourite, this venue offers classic hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs, tuna melts, wrap sandwiches and more.

The Bistro: This European-inspired café is the ideal spot to enjoy a freshly baked morning croissant with espresso before venturing out for your shore-side adventures. Later in the day, relax with an exotic coffee drink or premium wines by the glass as you nibble on delectable pâtés, international cheeses and freshly baked desserts. Distinctive to Crystal, The Bistro's exclusive porcelain is created by celebrated artist Guy Buffet. Serving breakfast and lunch.

Scoops Ice Cream Bar: Perfectly located just off the pool area where plush sofas and armchairs invite laid back relaxation and conversation. Teak decking and mosaic tiles help define the space.

Room Service: Complimentary 24-hour dining in the comfort of your stateroom.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (extremely limited view) (Category: E2)

Category: E2

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (limited view) (Category: E1)

Category: E1

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (Category: D)

Category: D

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (Category: C2)

Category: C2

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (Category: C1)

Category: C1

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: B2)

Category: B2

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: B1)

Category: B1

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: A3)

Category: A3

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (slightly limited view) (Category: A2)

Category: A2

Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Category: A1)

Category: A1

Penthouse with Verandah (Category: PH)

Category: PH
Sizeable living area; Queen-size bed or twin beds, and third berth; Full Jacuzzi® bathtub; Separate shower; Walk-in closet; Private verandah; Colour TV with remote & DVD player; Refrigerator; Security safe; Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation; Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and bottled water in the room; Personal butler service; Total area: 367 sq.ft.

Penthouse Suite with Verandah (Category: PS)

Category: PS
Spacious living area; Queen-size bed or twin beds, and third berth; Full Jacuzzi® bathtub; Separate shower; Bidet; Walk-in closet; Private verandah; CD player; Colour TV with remote & DVD player; Refrigerator; Security safe; Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation; Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and bottled water in the room; Personal butler service; Total area: 491 sq.ft.

Crystal Penthouse with Verandah (Category: CP)

Category: CP
Spacious living room; Dining area; Guest bathroom; Large bedroom; King-size bed or twin beds, and third berth; Master bathroom with Jacuzzi® and ocean view; Separate shower; Bidet; Walk-in closet; Large private verandah; CD player; DVD player; Large flat-screen TV; Refrigerator; Security safe; Cordless phone; Data port for laptop computer hook-up; Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation; Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and bottled water in the room; Personal butler service; Total area: 982 sq.ft.

Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (Category: SH)

Category: SH

Deck Plan

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Third berth available; as well as in all Penthouses (CP, PS, and PH) with the exception of 1002, designed for guests with disabilities. Note: Third berth waiver is required.Third berth available; as well as in all Penthouses (CP, PS, and PH) with the exception of 1002, designed for guests with disabilities. Note: Third berth waiver is required.
Stateroom for guests with disabilitiesStateroom for guests with disabilities
Connecting stateroomsConnecting staterooms

Ship Facts

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  • Ship Name: Crystal Symphony
  • Year Built: 1995
  • Year Refurbished: 2017
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 1995
  • Maximum Capacity: 848
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 8
  • Number of Crew: 566
  • Officers' Nationality: European
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 196
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 148
  • Tonnage (GRT): 51,044
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 848
  • Country of Registry: The Bahamas
  • Total Staterooms: 449
  • Suites with Balcony: 105
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: European/International
Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the hotel, resort or cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the provider without notice. Hotels, resorts, ships or accommodations designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Available Dates & Prices

Departure Date

Inside Stateroom

Ocean View Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom

Suite Stateroom

Terms & Conditions

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy, is valid for select stateroom categories only, and does not include government taxes/fees and gratuities. Click on Terms & Conditions link below for details.

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††Executive Members receive a US $ 100 shipboard credit per stateroom based on double occupancy. Executive Member benefit is valid for primary cardholder only. Shipboard credit will be applied to your onboard account. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Reservations must be made at least four weeks prior to sailing to receive this benefit.

Ship's registry: Bahamas

    Package ID: CRYSYMEUR20210606