Crystal is a fine cruise product with excellent service and cuisine, no added cost alternative dining, three dining options (early, late, by reservation) and the best enrichment programs at sea. However, at first glance its prices seem high relative to most other luxury cruise lines; especially when considering the basic accommodations are truly cabins rather than suites.
The one thing that seems to be overlooked is that buried in Crystal's price are significant "As You Wish" onboard credits which can be spent on tours, liquor, spa, shops, etc. which, in reality, brings the net cost of the cruise down. It is sort of a spin on Regent's more inclusive approach, but with the benefit of you spending your money on the things you want rather than, say, tours you have no interest in taking or liquor you will never drink.
What do you think of this concept? Would you prefer lower prices and the elimination of the onboard credits?