Asia Africa and Middle East: From Asia to Africa Cruise

Crystal Cruises

Across the Indian Ocean, discover Malaysia’s multicultural heart in Kuala Lumpur and Penang; visit Sri Lanka’s many UNESCO sites; and explore the spectacular Maldives and Seychelles. Post-cruise safari options await in Mombasa.

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

  • Member Exclusive: Costco members receive a shipboard credit on every Crystal Cruises sailing†

 

Executive Member Benefit

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

  • Receive a $100 shipboard credit per stateroom††

Sailing Itinerary

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

Day 1Port of Call SingaporeDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia's most modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing and culinary opportunities from which to choose. A full calendar of traditional festivals and holidays celebrated throughout the year adds to its cultural appeal. In addition, Singapore offers luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and great shopping! Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore's tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travelers year round. The island republic's excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport provides airlinks to major cities around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of call on any Asian cruise itinerary. In the city, there is no need for a car. Public transportation is excellent and walking is a good way to explore the city . All major attractions are also accessible by tour bus. Since the city is only 60 miles (100k) from the equator, the tropical temperatures do not vary much. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed through the year. No matter when you choose to visit, warm weather will be abundantly available. The visitor is struck immediately by Singapore's abundance of parks, nature reserves, and lush, tropical greenery. Singapore's progress over the past three decades has been remarkable, yet the island has not been overwhelmed by development. Visitors will discover a wealth of historical treasures from the past, in the beauty of older buildings, values and traditions that have survived in the face of profound social and geographical change. Lacking any noteworthy natural resources, Singapore's early prosperity was based on a vigorous free trade policy, put in place in 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles first established it as a British trading post. Later, mass industrialization bolstered the economy, and today the state boasts the world's second busiest port after Rotterdam, minimal unemployment, and a super efficient infrastructure. Almost the entire population lives in upscale new apartments, and the average per capita income is over US$12,000. Singapore is a clean, safe place to visit, its amenities are second to none and its public places are smoke-free and hygienic. Forming the core of downtown Singapore is the Colonial District. Each surrounding enclave has its own distinct flavor, from the aromatic spice stores of Little India, to the tumbledown backstreets of Chinatown, where it is still possible to find calligraphers and fortune tellers, or the Arab Quarter, whose cluttered stores sell fine cloths and silks. North of the city, are two nature preserves, Bukit Timah and the Central Catchment Area, along with the splendid Singapore Zoological Gardens. The east coast features good seafood restaurants set on long stretches of sandy beach. In addition there are over fifty islands and islets within Singaporean waters, all of which can be reached with varying degrees of ease. Day trips are popular to Sentosa, the island amusement arcade which is linked to the south coast by a short causeway and cable car. Music, theater, nightlife: all are abundant in this remarkable city. Singapore used to be considered a "stop over" on the way to larger Asian cities. This is no longer true! Visitors seek out Singapore for business and finance and also for a fascinating and satisfying vacation for the whole family. Strategically located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula sixty miles from the equator, Singapore has for centuries been a crossroads between East and West. Chinese traders en route to India had navigated its waters from at least the 5th century. In the 14th century it was part of the powerful Vijayan Empire and was known as Tenmasek or Sea Town. Legend has it that it was renamed Singa Pura or Lion City after a visiting Sumatran prince saw an animal he mistook for a lion, an animal considered a good omen. Modern Singapore came into being in 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles claimed what was then a small fishing village as a regional base for the East India Company. The island's natural harbor and location made it an ideal site for a trading post serving British trade interests between China, the Malay world and India. Singapore flourished as its free trade policy attracted merchants and residents from all over the world. Raffles initiated a town plan which included leveling one hill to form a new commercial district (now Raffles Place) and constructing government buildings around another hill (now called Fort Canning Hill). The British plan also involved separating the population according to ethnic categories with Europeans, Indians, Chinese and Malays each living and working in their own distinct quarters of the city. Revenues soared in ensuing years from the production of opium and rubber. Millionaires were made overnight. Immigration rose steadily. The island became Britain's strategic defense base in the Far East but fell to the Japanese in 1942. After the world war ended in 1945, Singapore became a crown colony. It gained self governing status in 1959 and independence in 1965 when it became part of the new state of Malaysia which united Malaya with Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak. The alliance did not last. Singapore was used to being on its own, and within two years the island set up its own stable government and became known as the Republic of Singapore. Under Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's leadership, Singapore continued to strengthen its infrastructure and its industrial base. Housing and urban renovation kept pace with population growth. The areas of health and education are strong. Singapore's leaders have also brought order and progress through strict regulation of social behavior. Smoking in public was banned, as was gum chewing. High economic growth rates have supported political stability. Singapore is the world's second busiest seaport, has an airport served by over 50 major airlines. It has state of the art communication and mass transit systems. It is Asia's premier center for finance and business and the world's third largest oil refining center. Over 7 million visit the tiny island every year.

Day 2Port of Call Port Klang Arrival 8:00amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. Known during colonial times as Port Swettenham but renamed Port Klang in July 1972, it is the largest port in the country.

Day 3Port of Call George Town/Penang Arrival 8:00amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Georgetown is a historic neighborhood and a commercial and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River.

Day 4Port of Call Phuket Arrival 7:30am

Overview

Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.

Day 5Port of Call PhuketDeparture 5:00pm

Overview

Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.

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Day 8Port of Call Colombo Arrival 7:00am

Overview

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

Day 9Port of Call ColomboDeparture 8:00pm

Overview

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

Day 10 Cruising
Day 11Port of Call Male Arrival 7:00amDeparture 4:00pm

Overview

Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King's Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. The city was also called Mahal. Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates (doroshi). The Royal Palace (Gan'duvaru) was destroyed along with the picturesque forts (kotte) and bastions (buruzu) when the city was remodelled under President Ibrahim Nasir's rule after the abolition of the monarchy. In recent years, the island has been considerably expanded through landfilling operations.

Day 12 Cruising
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Day 14Port of Call Victoria/Mahe Arrival 9:00am

Overview

The capital city, Victoria, is the seat of the Seychelles government and has a population of about thirty thousand - which represents just under half of the entire population of the islands. Also one of the most impressive islands of the group, it has the highest mountains in the archipelago - stretching 900 meters into the blue Seychelles skies, and setting a dramatic backdrop to more than sixty white-sand beaches. In the markets one can sample a vast selection of fresh fruit and fish, or just chat to the locals - who are always happy to tell you a tale about the "whale-sized" fish that was caught last week. Mahé is also the cultural capital of Seychelles: The Natural History Museum and The Codevar Craft Centre are located there, and local artists such as Tom Bowers and Michael Adams exhibit their work informally all over the island. The Botanical Gardens, with their fantastic collection of tropical plants, are a must for every nature lover. There are about 75 plant species native to the rain forest that are found nowhere else in the world.

Day 15Port of Call Victoria/MaheDeparture 6:00am

Overview

The capital city, Victoria, is the seat of the Seychelles government and has a population of about thirty thousand - which represents just under half of the entire population of the islands. Also one of the most impressive islands of the group, it has the highest mountains in the archipelago - stretching 900 meters into the blue Seychelles skies, and setting a dramatic backdrop to more than sixty white-sand beaches. In the markets one can sample a vast selection of fresh fruit and fish, or just chat to the locals - who are always happy to tell you a tale about the "whale-sized" fish that was caught last week. Mahé is also the cultural capital of Seychelles: The Natural History Museum and The Codevar Craft Centre are located there, and local artists such as Tom Bowers and Michael Adams exhibit their work informally all over the island. The Botanical Gardens, with their fantastic collection of tropical plants, are a must for every nature lover. There are about 75 plant species native to the rain forest that are found nowhere else in the world.

Day 15Port of Call Praslin Arrival 7:30amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Praslin is the second largest island (38.5 km2) of the Seychelles, lying 44 km (27 mi) northeast of Mahé. Praslin has a population of around 7,533 people and comprises two administrative districts: Baie Sainte Anne and Grand' Anse. The main settlements are the Baie Ste Anne, Anse Volbert and Grand' Anse.

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Day 18Port of Call Mombasa Arrival 6:00am

Overview

Mombasa is a city on the coast of Kenya. It is the country's oldest and second-largest city, after the capital Nairobi, with an estimated population of about 1.4 million people in 2016.

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 harbors 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

Seahorse Pool

  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Movies
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • 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 Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Center
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Crystal Life Spa

Crystal Life Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Internet Center
  • Babysitting
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • 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

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 favorites 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

Prego

Specialty Dining

Prego: Charming and romantic, Prego brings the flavors of Italy to Crystal Symphony. Savor intimate table side service and a seasonally changing menu of traditional favorites such as Scaloppine Di Vitello Servite Con Capelli D'angelo and Linguine Con Aragosta E Zucchini. Serving dinner only. Priority Check-in Planning Center 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 Center 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

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 favorites. 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 favorite, 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

Penthouse Suite with Verandah (Category: PS)

Category: PS

Crystal Penthouse with Verandah (Category: CP)

Category: CP

Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (Category: SH)

Category: SH

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Sun Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
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.

†Shipboard credit is per stateroom based on cruise-only fare. Value of shipboard credit is determined by the specific category booked for 1st and 2nd passengers only. For bookings made within three weeks of departure, shipboard credit is not guaranteed.

††Executive Members receive a $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: CRYSYMASI20210219