Chris Chrystal ACC, MCC

Menlo Park, CA United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Food & Wine
  • Family Travel
  • Beach & Sun

  • Italy
  • Greece
  • France
  • United States - All
  • Canada
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have been an advisor for 36 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Palo Alto. I’ve been leading and hosting Virtuoso groups on cruises for many years – a group called Chris’s Cruises! I have sailed to seven continents and just returned from my 7th – Antarctica – amazing

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Why You Should Use Me:

I know cruising extremely well – I’ve been on 107 cruises and counting. I strive to create the ideal, memorable vacation for clients. When people say “Why not do it yourself,” my answer is “Let an expert do it faster, better, and even cheaper without mistakes and confusion!”

My Favorite Travel Destinations:

I love China cruises on the Yangtze River and Vietnam on the Mekong River. There’s so much to see with the temples and history. I also love Thailand and Bangkok as a starting point for many Asian itineraries. I love these itineraries because it’s different, exotic, and helps you to understand the world today. I also love Europe.

Recent trips: Lisbon, which is one of my favorite destinations now. We caught a Crystal Cruise to France, Bordeaux wine region, Bilbao and the wine region of Spain. The highlight of the trip was going to Normandy, which was really powerful.

My Specialties:

River cruising is one of my major focuses and it is so popular right now. You don’t have to unpack and repack.

Recognitions: I am a certified Master Cruise Consultant (MCC).

My “Wow” Travel Moments:

  • Going to Beijing for a few nights and catching a cruise two hours south to cruise through Asian cities like Singapore and Shanghai.
  • Staying at The Raffles Hotel in Singapore and having a Singapore Sling.
  • Visiting Hong Kong, which is such an incredible city.
  • Eating paella and fried zucchini blossoms in Spain.
  • You can’t beat the pasta in Italy – gnocchi with pesto and pine nuts.

Places I Have Traveled

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Regent Cruise in Alaska & Land Extension

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

We enjoyed our 4th trip to Alaska on Regent. The service, food, accommodations were excellent. The only problem is that the Navigator does not have the quality of food that is served on the other two ships. It may be the German Chef. Of course, they are missing the French restaurant Signatures. Next year the Mariner will be in Alaska, so it may be better. The land excursion to Denali was very good, especially the night at the Alyeska Resort and the train trip to Denali. We were blessed with perfect weather...not a rain drop at all and the mountain was in full view at all times. Our flight from SFO to Vancouver on West Jet was less that we could expect...narrow seats, no space for carry on luggage. However, it was on time, so maybe we should not complain. The Denali Grande Lodge is in a beautiful location, but the accommodations i.e. rooms are about Holiday Inn quality. When you have a monopoly, you do not have to keep up standards.

Thourough Review of My trip

By: Dave

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2015

My trip is On October 24th, so I cannot review this trip. I went on the same itinerary in February on the Noordam and it was so pleasing I booked on this upcoming cruise on the Oosterdam. Chris has been my agent for many years, and I usually cruise once per year. She has done an outstanding job for me.

Knowledgeable, friendly, prompt travel service and agency

By: Traveler100

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2015

Chris Chrystal always does a consistently great job of investigating and setting up great itineraries for cruises and land trips internationally and domestically. She follows through and checks on the details in a timely manner. A pleasure to do business with year after year after year! We've referred several friends and colleagues to her who have been equally pleased.

Very professional

By: Warwar

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2015

Did a great job with booking both the tour and the airline reservations

Recent Cruise

By: Ijazbo

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

Had a good trip up the Mississippi River. All arrangements were just what we wanted

Chris is a great agent!

By: Connie

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2016

Chris has caught errors that would have affected our travels, and corrected them. She is on top of the minute details that will affect the enjoyment of our vacations. I have total confidence in her judgement. She has prepared trips for us all over the world, and that's why we have kept her as our agent for 10 years.

Excellent Planning

By: travel4us

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Chris did an outstanding job helping us plan our trip to the East Coast and Canada. There were many choices of travel companies. She took the time to explain the benefits of each and made out choice simple. We choose a travel company within our budget. We had a wonderful hassle free trip. We appreciate all her hard work and follow through.

What an upgrade!

By: Warwar

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2016

Chris did a great job booking all our vacation needs, including getting us an upgrade in a wonderful hotel in Amsterdam. She is currently working on our trip to New Zealand and to Costa Rica and we are planning more. We have worked with Chris many times and keep coming back

Great Holiday

By: Dave

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2016

The trip went off without a snag. I only would recommend not going thru New York in either direction. New York's Kennedy airport is a disaster trying to connect flights. It took almost 2 and 1/2 hours and we almost missed our flight. The cruise was outstanding, ports of call were superior and best of all was the cuisine. The food was top of the line. The ship was immaculate with attentive people when you had a question. I definitely would recommend the Riviera again.

Helpful, friendly cruise specialist

By: Cruiser

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2017

Chris is a helpful cruise consultant for the major cruise lines and specializes in cruise bookings. She is responsive and available for questions regarding cruises and is friendly and easy to work with regarding cruise planning.

Costa Rica trip

By: Shandi

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Chris has planned many amazing vacations for us over the years at various virtuoso properties. She always seems to know just what we are looking for in a vacation. Whether its couples trips or family centered getaways we always know they will be perfect. All the details are taken care of and we never worry something has been missed. This last trip to the Four Seasons Costa Rica was fantastic as always!


By: len

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

very good.very knowlegable about cruising. Advised well on transportation and connecting flights.

Flt res for cruise

By: susie

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2017

very efficient-always on top of changes and communicates on time.

Working with Chris

By: Bob Allen

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

Ver easy to work with. Unbelievable amount of knowledge. Very flexible. Listened to what we wanted and designed our trip around our requirements.

Panama Canal

By: Christy

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2018

Excellent. Prompt and professional. Fun to work with.

Fairmont Mont Tremblant

By: Shandi

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

We have worked with Chris for many years and have always been impressed by her professionalism, prompt service with regard to bookings and answering questions and her attention to detail. She has been invaluable in helping to plan large family trips that can be complicated. In short, we would never think of using another agent.


By: len

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2018

very very very good


By: Shandi

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2018

Chris has been planning amazing vacations for us for many years. She ensures every detail is looked after for a perfectly planned vacation. She has been flexible with working with large groups for great multiple family and mulgeneration trips. I would never use another travel agent!

Travel agents that make a difference

By: Bobbie

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2018

Easy to work with. No matter the problem Chris was there to help.

Master Cruise Consultant

By: Chris Cruiser

Reviewed on: 19 May 2018

She is an experienced and knowledgeable cruise consultant.

Wild cruise down the coast of California

By: Bob Allen

Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

She is amazing. Great attention to detail. Checked in often with all members of our party to make sure we were taken care of. It would not have been a great trip without her.

CA Coastal Cruise

By: The J's

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

We found Chris to be very professional. She went out of her way to make sure everything on our trip was exactly what we expected and more. She gave great attention to every detail and made sure we were having a smooth experience. In our opinion she is top notch and we would not hesitate to recommend her to other travelers or use her again ourselves.

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