The last year, as a travel consultant, I have learned the Crystal Cruise product pretty well mostly by selling, training with my great DSM and reading all the reviews and message boards I could get my hands on. I knew what the cruise line offered pretty well and was very excited to experience it first hand. Crystal Cruises is an exceptional luxury experience. Being an all inclusive luxury cruise line definitely has it’s perks. You don’t have to worry about paying gratuities at the end- although I found that by the last day you wanted to tip a little extra since because you ran into staff who were just that great. There is open bar throughout the ship, along all your regular sodas, juices, coffees etc. Your room has a nicely stocked mini bar and your first reservation in each speciality dining restaurant is included, also depending on the itinerary you may have 2+ included. The itineraries are often unique since the cruise line only has 2 ships the Crystal Symphony and the Crystal Serenity, also since they are smaller ships they are often able to visit ports larger cruise ships cannot reach. My experience on the Crystal Symphony surpassed pretty much every expectation I had. This will be the first of a few blog posts about my experience on both Crystal Cruises and in Southeast Asia and off we go!