Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted Crystal Cruises first in Service, Cuisine, and Design, and #1 overall, among all small-, mid-, and large-size cruise lines in the magazine's 2013 Gold List. Crystal's Service and Design scores are not only its highest ever, the ultra-luxe line was also named a "superstar" in the U.S. magazine's "Platinum Circle" for having made the Gold List every year for the past five years running.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Crystal Cruises is unveiling a new collection of early 2013 "Crystal Getaways": 5- to 11-day segments that pack a tremendous amount of luxurious value into convenient, shorter itineraries. Ten voyages aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony offer shorter versions of published cruises from January through May.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering a bevy of innovative repositioning cruises in 2013, with new itineraries on 60% of the voyages. As year-round, worldwide cruise ships, the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity usually move to different regions (i.e., "reposition") seasonally.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Shorter summer voyages with more overnight calls highlight Crystal Cruises' Baltic, Scandinavian, and British Isles cruise collection. Beginning June 8 aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, three new seven-day itineraries and five 10-day luxury cruises will take guests to some of the region's most beautiful, culturally significant cities and landscapes in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Russia and the UK, including Ireland.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Aboard two Northern Europe cruises next summer, Crystal Cruises' guests will have the rare opportunity to enjoy live performances from some of tomorrow's brightest stars at the beginning of their professional careers. Continuing its exclusive partnership with the Music Center of Los Angeles' distinguished Spotlight Program, the ultra-luxury line will showcase the talents of the program's most acclaimed young artists on its 2013 "Emerging Artists" Experiences of Discovery voyages.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Crystal Cruises is offering exceptionally low single occupancy fares on an increased number of cruises to more destinations in 2013. Solo travelers have a choice of a different worldwide cruise in almost every month from April to November. With single supplements of just 10%, travelers can save as much as $1,000 for a private, deluxe outside stateroom on 10 varied cruises of seven to 18 days.
Friday, November 9, 2012
World-famous bebop/hard bop saxophonist, composer, and arranger Benny Golson will thrill music lovers as the headliner aboard Crystal Cruises' April 29 jazz-themed voyage from Vancouver to Los Angeles. Throughout the seven-day sailing, nearly a dozen internationally-renowned jazz artists will perform with, and pay tribute to, the Jazz Hall-of-Famer, who counts Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane among his contemporaries and former band mates.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Crystal Cruises is expanding its luxury golfing opportunities around the world with a 25% increase in international course offerings in 2013, many of them new-to-Crystal. With three golf-themed cruises boasting new itineraries in the British Isles, New England/Canada, and the Canary Islands/Iberia, the Experience of Discovery voyages offer both exotic and close-to-home immersion in the regions' best and most breathtaking courses (more than a dozen total), as well as onboard clinics, classes, and mingling to improve one's game.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Crystal Cruises is taking guests off the ship and through Beijing's most historic and cultural sites for three nights next spring, as part of two new 2013 cruises to China. For the first time in four years, the all-inclusive Overland Adventure will be featured as a complimentary pre- and post-cruise package on two different luxury cruises, both sailing aboard Crystal Symphony for 10 days before and after the unique land trip.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is providing a uniquely verdant perspective on the Mediterranean with a new Garden & Floral Design-themed voyage sailing from Barcelona to Venice on April 21. Aptly named "La Dolce Vita," the Crystal Serenity cruise offers more than 15 serenity-filled Crystal Adventures visiting some of the most renowned, romantic, and private gardens that epitomize the Catalan coast and French and Italian Rivieras.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has been voted "Best Cruise Line" (Mid-Size) by Condé Nast Traveler (U.S.) magazine readers, winning the victorious cruise industry crown for a record 19th time. Crystal's triumphant score of 94.2 is the highest of any small, large, or mid-size ship line. It is also the line's highest in almost a decade, and one of its highest ever, reflecting travelers' appreciation for the consistency of the Crystal experience, as well as a bevy of exciting vacation enhancements made over the past year+.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
In a luxury industry-first, award-winning Crystal Cruises unveils, and opens for booking, its full year of ultra-luxe, worldwide voyages for 2014, plus itineraries up to mid-April 2015. New 7- to 89-day cruises in 2014 are among the 61 sailings aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, with 16 maiden calls, 194 total ports and 68 countries - including a glamorous World Cruise.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Tokyo star chef Luca Fantin, of the 5-Star Bulgari Ginza Tower restaurant, Il Ristorante, has been added as a guest expert to Crystal Cruises' January 17 Wine & Food-themed voyage. The Crystal Symphony "Koalas & Kiwis" cruise sails through some of Australia and New Zealand's hottest destinations, such as Lonely Planet "Top 10" travel cities Newcastle and Wellington.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Ultra-luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has tripled the number of its Ambassador Host dance partners, from the normal four aboard every sailing, to 12 for its March 31 "Big Band and Ballroom Dance" voyage. The Experience of Discovery cruise will also have double the usual amount of dance instructors on board, along with the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra to keep toes tapping. The Miami-Lisbon voyage aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity provides an easy U.S. departure for Americans and easy return home for Europeans, with an average all-inclusive - yet value-priced -- rate starting at just $221/person per day.
Friday, October 5, 2012
A brand new optional Crystal Overland Adventure takes Crystal guests deep into the heart of landlocked Laos during a March 7, 2013 Southeast Asia cruise. The three-night Laos Overland Discovery offers an intimate window into the rich history, secluded culture, and stunning scenery of the former French colony and UNESCO World Heritage site, Luang Prabang, considered the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Adding to the exclusivity of Crystal Cruises' guest participation in Sydney, Australia's over-the-top New Year's Eve fireworks celebration this year, the city's Harbour of Light Parade™ committee has chosen Crystal Cruises' appointed vessels to be among its top-ranked participants. The committee has short-listed Crystal's exclusively-appointed, luxurious, glass-walled cruising vessels (for its guests in the evening's grand flotilla) in the "Best Dressed" group.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has been awarded eight Travel Weekly magazine Magellan Awards this year - the most of any luxury line. The esteemed industry honors for 2012 - which salute "the best in travel" -- include six Gold and two Silver Awards for Crystal, in categories for design, marketing, and overall ship experience.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
For inquisitive travelers, even one "segment" of a Crystal Cruises' World Cruise can be a voyage of learning and self-discovery. While this winter's 74-day World Cruise aboard the ultra-luxe Crystal Serenity treats guests to literally hundreds of hours of expert instruction, one need only sail on a single leg -- such as the February 2, 24-day segment from Lima to Buenos Aires -- to enjoy dozens of stimulating experiences.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Discerning readers of the UK's Condé Nast Traveller magazine have voted ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises as the best large-ship cruise line in the world, and rated the line highest of any ship size, large or small, for 2012. Readers also ranked Crystal's service the best in the cruise industry.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Crystal Cruises' alluring new publication illustrates why the ultra-luxe line has been reaping awards lately for its smart spaces and chic cruise experiences. Styled like a traveler's vintage photo journal, the six-page brochure builds on the company's fresh, contemporary Begin a New Story brand campaign.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Reservations for Crystal Cruises surged this summer as the ultra-luxe line finished the month with its highest ever August booking week and month in its history. With the expiration of its August 31 "Book Now" fares, travel agents booked more than 110% more revenue than any prior year during the same week and for the entire month of August.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Live jazz brings an energetic beat to Crystal Cruises' November 25th South Pacific voyage. From Los Angeles to Hawaii and French Polynesia, a host of prolific guest musicians will treat sea-goers to daily live music, ranging from ragtime to swing, while Louis Zamperini, Olympic champion and subject of the bestseller Unbroken; American musical theater author Herb Keyser; Clint Van Zandt, former Chief Hostage Negotiator and "Silence of the Lambs"-style profiler for the FBI; and General Nick Halley will also be aboard to rivet audiences as Crystal Visions Enrichment guest speakers.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Luxury travelers can rejuvenate, reduce stress, improve balance and get motivated in 2013 with Crystal Symphony's first cruise of the new year, a brand new Experiences of Discovery itinerary through southern Australia. With a Mind, Body & Spirit focus, the January 5 luxury cruise from Melbourne to Brisbane features health and wellness experts leading complimentary classes and seminars -- appropriate for beginners making a new fitness resolution or those looking to continue their regimen without missing a beat on vacation.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Australasian and Balinese culinary arts will kick off ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises' 2013 Wine & Food-themed series, with regional star chefs and wine experts headlining two new, 12-day Crystal Symphony itineraries: Australia/New Zealand departing January 17 and Australia/Bali leaving February 11.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
More than a dozen jazz musicians will provide a rhythmic soundtrack for Crystal Cruises' American Thanksgiving-time voyage up the stunning West Coast of North America. The convenient one-week/Sunday-to-Sunday round-trip cruise from Los Angeles departs November 18 and features complimentary live performances by internationally-acclaimed jazz pianists, vocalists, bassists, drummers, horn players and more.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
While a vacation with Crystal Cruises always presents a tremendous value, the ultra-luxury line has sweetened the deal for its fall season. Beginning in September, nearly a dozen Mediterranean, South Pacific and trans-ocean voyages aboard Crystal Serenity and a freshly-redesigned Crystal Symphony offer several new opportunities to save on luxury.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Crystal Cruises' fall voyages through America and Canada's "East Coast" roots offer dozens of new boutique adventures ashore; new chic spaces on board; and a brand new, exotic Québécois itinerary with three off-the-beaten-path maiden calls. Beginning September 19 aboard Crystal Symphony - freshly redesigned during a $15 million extreme makeover - five seven- to 11-day cruises will sail between Boston, Manhattan and Montréal.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has pulled the ultimate rabbit out of a hat with a new, industry-first program entitled "Magic Castle at Sea." Thanks to an exclusive arrangement magically orchestrated by Master Magician Rich Bloch, magicians from Hollywood's renowned private magicians' club, the Magic Castle, will come aboard to entertain and mystify guests of all ages.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This holiday season, globe-trotters and their families have two ultra-luxe, warm weather opportunities to celebrate Christmas and New Year's with stylish Crystal Cruises. With expanded options for the holidays, the award-winning line will offer a brand new exotic holiday option through Australia and New Zealand aboard the newly redesigned Crystal Symphony, complete with a complimentary over-the-top New Year's Eve fireworks celebration in Sydney's famed harbour.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Crystal Cruises is looking far into the future, sans crystal ball, revealing early details of its 2015 World Cruise. In honor of its 20th World Cruise, and 25th anniversary of the company, the ultra-luxe line will be offering a brand new route: a full circumnavigation of the globe conveniently round-trip from Miami starting January 15, 2015.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Crystal Cruises has yet again claimed the crown as World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line in the annual Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards readers' survey -- making the win Crystal's seventeenth consecutive triumph. The ultra-luxury vacation company is the only cruise line, hotel, or resort to win its category every year since the awards began.
Monday, July 9, 2012
New in 2012, carefully-selected curators, officials, and doyens are bringing an ultra-insider's perspective to Crystal Cruises' European port calls. The exclusive program, called "Local Insights," brings aboard native experts to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination's art, politics, archaeology or history.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In an industry first, Crystal Cruises has teamed up with the esteemed University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts - alma mater of Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas, among many other film and media-makers - to present "Digital Filmmaking: The iPad iMovie Video Course" through the line's exclusive Creative Learning Institute. Just launched aboard Crystal Symphony, the five-hour, complimentary course teaches professional filmmaking tools and techniques to create one's own films, from pre-production to final cut.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Crystal Cruises already charges one of the lowest rates in the luxury cruise industry for sole occupancy of a double occupancy room, but with a new solo travelers' sale on fall Mediterranean voyages, guests traveling alone can enjoy even lower fares to vacation in ease through one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world. A significantly-reduced solo supplement of just 10% can save individuals up to almost $900 off a private, deluxe outside stateroom (Category C) of their own.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
First-time visits to the Chilean Fjords and Puerto Chacabuco, plus nearly 100 Crystal Adventures ashore highlight Crystal Serenity's brand new itinerary around the tip of South America next winter. Sailing from Lima to Buenos Aires for the first time February 2, 2013, the Crystal World Cruise segment takes guests on an immersive, 24-day journey to some of the most awe-inspiring and culturally exciting sites in the Southern Hemisphere, including the breathtaking Seno Eyre Fjords - even the birthplace of the tango.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces 12 new, short Mediterranean itineraries sailing from July through December 2012. The "Crystal Getaways" sale showcases favorite must-see destinations and charm-filled gems in and near southern Europe for as little as $262 per day for Crystal's "World's Best" luxury resort experience.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Crystal Cruises continues to expand its complimentary "You Care, We Care" voluntourism program with new opportunities for guests and crew to give back in Europe. This year, participants can spend a small portion (4-7 hours average) of their luxury vacation time aiding those less fortunate in the Ukraine, Italy, and Spain. The offerings add to a calendar of European goodwill opportunities already established for Greece, Estonia, Norway, Croatia, Germany, and Ireland in 2012.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Crystal Cruises is honoring heroes past and present with on-board get-togethers for veterans and loved ones of all nations on every luxury cruise. Activities planned for the upcoming American Memorial Day weekend promise to be extra special, with a unique Crystal Adventure to the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, and each ship remembering those who have died in service of their nation.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
With increased overnights and more time in port, Crystal Cruises is expanding its regional entertainment programming -- and all inclusive ease. On every European voyage in 2012, the ultra-luxury line is bringing aboard the highest caliber of gifted dancers, singers, and musicians whose art reflects their homeland's culture and traditions.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Just months after being voted the world's top mid-sized cruise ships by the well-traveled readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the magazine's discerning audience has ranked Crystal Cruises' Crystal Spa and Salon aboard Crystal Serenity the best of any medium-sized cruise ship, with a score of 94.0. Crystal Serenity's sister ship, Crystal Symphony, also enjoyed a high score (91.4), making Crystal the only line with its entire fleet included in the esteemed list of top 10.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Louis XIV's marital stomping grounds, puffins' Icelandic party pad, a former Prussian capital, Napoleon's birthplace, and the gateway to Norway's most scenic vistas are among seven European ports-of-call Crystal Cruises will be visiting for the first time this year. From Crystal Serenity's current trans-Atlantic voyage to Crystal Symphony's reverse pond crossing in September, guests will be among the first Crystal travelers to stop in quaint communities, centuries-old fishing villages, and trendy cosmopolitan centers in Lithuania, Norway, France, Iceland, and Spain.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
In a luxury cruise industry first, Crystal Cruises has created an iPhone app to help travelers literally and figuratively share custom postcard images of their journeys via social media, email and even "snail mail." Incorporating the personalized memoir look and feel of the line's just-launched "Begin a New Story" brand campaign, "The Storyteller" photo-customization app is available for free download from iTunes.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Crystal Cruises has released its latest Worldwide Cruise Atlas for all of 2013 and winter/spring 2014, becoming the first luxury cruise line to offer a published guide for those years. The ultra-stylish, 170-page book showcases the line's innovative new brand campaign, "Begin a New Story," which shares personal travel stories, images, and mementos in journal-like form.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Whether tapping one's toes to a soulful beat, or enjoying a prima ballerina dance high upon hers, guests on three ultra-luxe European Crystal cruises this summer will be treated to some of the richest rising young talent from the performing arts world. Continuing its esteemed partnership with The Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the "Emerging Artists"-themed North Cape and Mediterranean cruises feature winners of the Music Center's annual Spotlight Awards.
Monday, May 7, 2012
View of Venice from your private balcony? Check. Butler inside your chic suite pouring your chilled champagne? Check. Saving money on the whole extravaganza? You bet -- thanks to a rare Penthouse sale from Crystal Cruises, offering big savings on the ultimate of luxury Mediterranean sailings this fall.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Crystal Cruises' largest ultra-luxe ship, Crystal Serenity, has won its seventh award since undergoing a $25 million redesign last year: Hospitality Design (HD) magazine's "Judges Award for Distinctive Cruise Design." This is the first time a cruise line has ever been recognized in the premier trade publication's annual awards.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Crystal Cruises has lined up 10 of Europe's most spectacular championship golf courses for exclusive, luxury play during two limited-access "Experiences of Discovery" golf-themed cruises this summer. Hosted by 51-time PGA tour-winner Billy Casper, travelers can strike balls in Spain, Portugal, and Monaco during July 13's Crystal Serenity voyage or throughout the British Isles on Crystal Symphony's August 25 sailing.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
CRYSTAL CRUISES and Y&R:CALIFORNIA jointly announced the launch of their highly anticipated brand campaign, "Begin A New Story," the first work produced by Y&R:CALIFORNIA since winning the Crystal Cruises' advertising account in September 2011.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Crystal Cruises is offering almost 30% more Crystal Adventures exploring Europe's extensive Jewish heritage in 2012. A predecessor to the ultra-luxe line's new Christian heritage tours, the popular program gives Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony travelers the opportunity to intimately experience Jewish culture and history.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Adrenalin junkies; shutterbugs; film, theater and jazz buffs; foodies; political opinionators; whole body lifestylists; amateur gardeners; lifelong learners; golfers; ballroom dancers; and other zealous hobbyists need only look to Crystal Cruises for luxury vacations that indulge their passions next year. Fourteen "Experiences of Discovery®" themes are being offered on 28 Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony voyages in 2013, expanding 2012's program with two new themes and more theme cruises overall.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Due to political unrest and uncertainty in Egypt, Crystal Cruises has revised its October 12 "Ancient Land and Cultures" voyage to replace its call in Alexandria with a visit to Haifa, Israel and Bodrum, Turkey. Crystal Serenity's amended itinerary extends guests' experience in Israel to three days - two previously scheduled days in Ashdod and one additional day in Haifa. The new destinations offer remarkable ancient history, such as Bodrum's Mausoleum, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, in addition to legendary beauty and culture among unspoiled beaches and charming whitewashed houses.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Hike, drive, ride, fish, climb, sail, row, bob, fly or surf in locales from western France up to the Arctic Circle and over to Iceland with Crystal Cruises in Northern Europe from May to September. The ultra-luxe line has set more than 100 new boutique Crystal Adventures to take maximum advantage of the region's abundant outdoor opportunities and stunning natural beauty.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Gandhi, U.S. Generals, novelist Jeffrey Archer, and the casting genius behind Modern Family are just a few of the highly-esteemed enrichment speakers scheduled to appear aboard ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises in Europe this year. The top-caliber Special Interest, Destination and Celebrity Guest Speakers will provide insight into global topics, local culture or their own life and wisdom on individual Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony voyages from May through December.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
After a year of planning, Crystal Cruises has now officially begun its transition to an all-quality "All Inclusive." Launched with the start of Crystal Symphony's Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise today, guests can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, butler, bar and dining staff.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Croatian noble lands, Crimean Tartars' stomping grounds, Madrid and Odessa's art worlds, colorful Italian Riviera cliffs, and Dubrovnik-by-air are just a few of the worlds to be explored in more than 45 new "Crystal Adventures" shore outings offered during Crystal Cruises' 2012 Mediterranean season. With 19 voyages planned from the Canary Islands to southwest Russia this March to December, travelers have plenty of 7- to 14-day (or longer, if combined) options to explore the region from the luxurious base of the world's best cruise ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The inspiring couple of American astronaut Mark Kelly and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are boarding a ship of another kind this summer: Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity, for a luxury Mediterranean voyage sailing from Lisbon to Rome on July 25.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Multi-award winning Crystal Cruises capped February with its highest ever weekly revenue gain. When previously published pricing expired on February 28, Crystal gave travelers a one-day fare extension, then raised rates from $200-$1,000 per couple on 19 cruises for 2012 and 2013.
Friday, March 2, 2012
With other luxury cruise lines yet to dip their bows into 2014's seemingly far-off waters, Crystal Cruises' early-2014 preview itineraries are now open for booking. Seventeen voyages visiting 74 ports in 34 countries are available for January to April 2014 on Crystal Serenity and January through May on Crystal Symphony.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Crystal Cruises' guests can sail through airports in VIP fashion, bypassing the customary stress associated with flying. Door-to-gate porter and escort services, fast-track processes, and access to VIP/Business Class Lounges, where available, are all part of the groundbreaking, new "Crystal VIP Airport Service" - the first of its kind offered by a cruise line.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
As Crystal Cruises prepares to segue to "All-Inclusive" starting next month, the ultra-luxe line has also been transforming in another big way: to a focus on significantly more local shipboard overnights at the beginning of cruises. For the upcoming European season, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have doubled the number of voyages that begin with days (and nights) in port.
Friday, February 17, 2012
For its upcoming European season, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering new, interactive ways to explore the rich Christian history of the continent via new Christian Heritage Tours. Travelers cruising to the Mediterranean, western Europe, or the North Cape will have nine new opportunities to make a pilgrimage, attend mass, contribute to charitable works, or learn about the relics and architecture of centuries-old sites of religious renown, with more tours still in the works.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
For those for whom Super Bowl fever lingers well after the Big Game, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering a showdown of gridiron greats during a spring "NFL Legends"-themed voyage. The May 8, port-packed Trans-Atlantic sailing from New York to Dover features a football-focused "Ocean Views" panel discussion and each guest individually sharing inspiring personal stories from decades on the field.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The sophisticated readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have chosen Crystal Cruises' fleet as 2012's top mid-sized cruise ships. The February issue's list of "Top 100 Cruise Ships in the World"-up from 80 last year--ranks the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity and 922-passenger Crystal Symphony as the number one and two vessels, respectively, in the medium category.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Amour. Sayang. Ást. Die Liebe. Ahave. Amore. No matter how you say it in any of the 75+ countries Crystal Cruises visits, love is in the air in February. So, starting Valentine's Day, the ultra-luxe line is inviting its travelers past and present to share an essay of Crystal-adulation on its Facebook page, with the chance to win a free cruise for two worth up to $15,000.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Never one to rest on its laurels, Crystal Cruises is introducing "A Year of New Developments" for 2012. Each month, the ultra-luxury line is introducing new destinations, shore-side adventures and an array of new product enhancements that add even more choices in wining, dining, evening and daytime entertainment, enrichment and fitness.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
With almost a dozen dining choices on each ship, Crystal Cruises' most popular daytime gathering spot, The Bistro, is expanding to evening hours. Reflecting the space's European-style sidewalk café ambiance, the complimentary menu will offer "small bites," desserts, and "midnight" snacks, along with premium wines and flavored coffees. The new nightly café debuts in April on Crystal Symphony and June on Crystal Serenity, shortly after the ships go all-inclusive.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is coming aboard Crystal Serenity this May to serve as in-person Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, his specialty restaurants with ultra-luxe partner Crystal Cruises. The world-famous Japanese chef plans to give cooking instructions, personally prepare dishes, take pictures with guests, and sign autographs during a 12-day western European/Mediterranean voyage departing May 24.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Crystal Cruises, known for its ultra-hands-on service, announces a first-of-its kind check-in process that eases embarkation procedures for all guests. Effective today in every Crystal embarkation port, "Crystal Fast-Track Check-In" eliminates 100% of ship check-in procedures in port terminal waiting areas, transitioning guests from dock security to the Six-Star comfort of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity lounges.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
In accordance with Crystal Cruises' tradition of bringing high-quality, authentic international experiences to its guests in unique ways, the luxe line announces the addition of "Chinese comfort food" to its Crystal Serenity cruise ship.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Several of Crystal Cruises' signature spaces aboard Crystal Symphony will be remodeled during a major $15 million dry dock scheduled for June 2012. In just 15 days at Germany's Blohm + Voss shipyard, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is redesigning the ship's Avenue Saloon, Palm Court lounge, Galaxy showroom, Hollywood Theatre, Bridge Lounge, and Fantasia and Waves "junior cruisers" areas in ways that are stylishly modern, yet in keeping with each space's spirited atmosphere beloved by guests.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Crystal Cruises closed the year with its highest ever December booking week for its subsequent year of cruises - more than double the revenue of any prior year for the last week in December. With the December 31 expiration of "Book Now" fares, travel agents rushed to book 2012 cruises at the ultra-luxury line's lowest rates.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Effective January 1, Crystal Cruises increased fares for as many as 19 cruises and set a new booking deadline of February 28, 2012 for 2012 and 2013 Book Now fares. Current Book Now fares, available at www.crystalcruises.com, offer compelling early booking special offers -- as much as $2,000/person, or $4,000/couple, off extraordinary 2-for-1 fares.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
On the eve of New Year's Eve, Crystal Cruises is reminding travelers it's not too early to start planning next year's holiday, with an ultra-luxe, private floating party in Sydney Harbour welcoming in New Year's 2013. The over-the-top celebration offers exclusive front-row "seats" to the world's biggest New Year's fireworks, gratis for guests of all ages on Crystal Symphony's lavish culinary-themed holiday cruise through New Zealand/Australia beginning December 20, 2012.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity rescued two rowers this morning who had capsized their small boat 480 miles west of the Canary Islands overnight. 23 year-old Tom Fancett from the U.K. and Tom Sauer from the Netherlands, who were competing with 16 other boats in the 2011 Atlantic Challenge Race to row across the Atlantic, spent 10 hours in a tiny life raft after a large wave sunk their boat.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has launched its complete 2013 worldwide cruise collection -- becoming the first of the luxury cruise lines to release its entire 2013 calendar and fares, as well as open all cruises for bookings.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Crystal Cruises is putting its trademark elegant spin on cruise vacation memories by featuring award-winning Master Photographers to shoot guest portraits on eleven 2012 sailings. "The Master Collection" line-up consists of top-tier professional portrait photographers who have the distinction of being Fellows (highest certification possible) of the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA).
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
In its international relaxed, yet sophisticated, style, Crystal is transforming its ships into whimsical holiday wonderlands, with more than $100,000 in new decorations. Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are honoring Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year's with festive trimmings, ranging from elegant Victorian to merrily modern.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
With today marking Regis Philbin's last day on television's popular daytime talk show, Live with Regis and Kelly, rumors are rampant about what he'll be doing next. Here's one truth: come March 13, he'll be heading east-the Far East that is, as a guest speaker aboard Crystal Cruises' Hong Kong to Osaka voyage of its World Cruise.
Monday, November 21, 2011
On the heels of winning both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines' top Readers' Choice awards yet again (16th and 18th years, respectively), ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is adding more "World's Best" to its roster by sailing to most of the magazines' readers' top-choice destinations worldwide.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Prominent political and world affairs pundits James Carville, Mary Matalin, former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, and 4-star General Hugh Shelton will square off exclusively aboard Crystal Cruises in 2012, as part of the ultra-luxe line's hit "Ocean Views" program.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
On the heels of announcing new "Book Now" deadlines for its 2012 cruises, Crystal Cruises reports its highest ever October booking week and highest ever booking month for its subsequent year of cruises. The week ending October 31, 2011 also marks the ultra-luxury line's second greatest booking week for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity since January 2005, when the line had three ships.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Crystal Cruises announces a new booking deadline of December 31, 2011 for revised 2012 Book Now fares. Current applicable Book Now fares, available at www.crystalcruises.com, still offer as much as $2,000/person, or $4,000/couple, in early booking savings on select sailings -- but also reflect higher rates for more than 20 other cruises.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Adding to its previously-released early 2013 schedule, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces 63 more, exciting itineraries, filling the rest of '13, plus early 2014--the line's earliest-ever advance schedule announcement. In all, 269 ports in 75 countries, with more than a dozen maiden calls and 146 local overnights, comprise the May to May schedule, which will be open for booking later this fall.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
In a huge affirmation of cruise industry excellence, Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the "Best Cruise Line" (Mid-Sized) for 2011 and rated the line higher than any cruise line, large or small. The ultra-luxe line's victorious score of 93, its highest in years, marks the 18th time the company has won its category--more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in the magazine's history.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Crystal Cruises has been awarded three Travel Weekly magazine Magellan Awards for this year's $25 million redesign of its largest ship, Crystal Serenity. Given for top design in the luxury cruise ship category, Crystal Serenity earned Gold Awards for both its Penthouses and Non-Suite Staterooms, and a Silver Award for Overall Ship.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
With classic dance moves currently taking center stage on "Dancing with the Stars," Crystal Cruises has expanded its live Big Band and Ballroom Dance theme cruises for 2012. Guests will feel like stars themselves as they swing, cha-cha, and tango across the Atlantic accompanied by two old-school favorites: the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Crystal Symphony's March 19th Miami-Madeira-Lisbon voyage, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra on Crystal Serenity's Barcelona-Canary Is.-St. Maarten-Miami cruise on December 9.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering two new four-day overland adventures that intimately explore the unique natural beauty and history of South Australia's picturesque outback and 170 year-old wine country.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
With Crystal Cruises' 2011 "Film & Theatre Festival" recently wrapping to rave reviews, the ultra-luxe cruise line announces a rousing program for 2012's theme sailing. Tippi Hedren, Kate Burton, members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, and "Edith Head" are among the talented "cast" scheduled for perform, present, and mingle with guests during Crystal Serenity's April 21 LA-NY voyage.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
With two itineraries through Brazil during Carnival in 2012, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces four new opportunities for guests to experience the legendary Carnival spectacle during the cruises' overnights in Rio de Janeiro. From grandstand seating and front-row box seats to luxury VIP sky box suites with gourmet goodies, guests have a choice of several fully escorted, reserved seating programs at the Sambadrome.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Crystal Cruises' first year of its "You Care, We Care" voluntourism program has added eight more excursions to wrap up 2011. With all Mediterranean and U.S. Pacific Coastal cruises this fall, new hands-on volunteer opportunities will assist people-in-need in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Israel, the Canary Islands, and southern California--plus Mediterranean sea turtles.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Crystal Cruises is launching its luxe collection of worldwide 2012 cruises with compelling Book Now fares, available for a limited time. Until October 31, 2011, all sailings will continue to feature 2-for-1 prices and free round-trip air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways (or generous air credits). On select sailings, travelers can also enjoy additional Book Now Savings - with as much as $4,000/couple in fare reductions.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Addressing the desires of niche-interest travelers, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces 25 Experiences of Discovery® cruises for 2012. Twelve different themes on more than one-third of next year's voyages are planned for various global locales. Due to increased demand, Crystal's stimulating and topical Ocean ViewsTM program will be offered on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony sailings.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Atlantis. The "Old City." Constantinople. The modern Middle East conflict. Olive Oil. Throughout time, the eastern Mediterranean has been an epicenter of historic significance. This fall, former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, historian and National Geographic author Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, and Persian winemaker Darioush Khaledi are among the distinguished experts to help illuminate that significance aboard Crystal Cruises' October 24 ultra-luxe sailing through the region.
Monday, August 29, 2011
As always-innovative Crystal Cruises sails around the globe from Akureyi to Zadar in 2012, the ultra-luxe line is upping the originality with 20 new ports-of-call, a dozen new itineraries, more shorter-length cruises, and an almost 50% increase in overnights in dazzling waterfront idylls around the world. Strategic planning has most of 2012's cruises beginning with a shipboard overnight stay in port, while 86% of the voyages include at least one two-day call.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
With 2011 marking the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's foundation as an independent nation, it's only fitting that Crystal Cruises is making a maiden call there this fall. As part of its November 16 "Italian Splendor" sailing, ultra-luxe Crystal Serenity will visit medieval Koper, Slovenia's largest coastal town.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
For early 2013, Crystal Cruises announces an atypical calendar of ultraluxe cruises visiting more than 40 countries, 100+ ports-of-call, 37 overnights in "star" destinations, and a dozen+ renowned waterways on various rich cruise itineraries - all within a span of less than six months. Among the new selections is a comprehensive 74-day, 14-country World Cruise circling South America.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Ultraluxe Crystal Cruises is encouraging family and friends to celebrate the festive traditions of the 2011 holiday season together with a sweetened Crystal Family Memories program for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's holiday travel.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is introducing 18 brand-new shore-side excursions with its two unusual seven-day Crystal Symphony sailings round-trip from Los Angeles up the California and northern Baja coasts this fall. Crystal Adventures will showcase the unique outdoor opportunities, culinary arts, and varied scenery local to the remarkable Golden State region during cruises departing November 20 (American Thanksgiving week) and December 4.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Due to increased demand for a tropical, warm weather itinerary in North American waters for the 2012 holiday season, Crystal Cruises is moving its 2012 holiday cruise on Crystal Serenity from the Holy Land to the Caribbean. With Crystal's "Save Now, Save Later" promotion, travelers can save 20% on the 2012 all-inclusive Christmas/New Year's sailing by also booking one of this year's holiday voyages by September 15, 2011.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
With busy professionals' vacation breaks (and attention spans) getting shorter, ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises is offering new six- and seven-day fall Mediterranean getaways that are high on port content and value but low in hassle and cost.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Whether you think you can dance, or know you really can't, avid and novice dancers alike will have the opportunity to show off, and hone, their dancing skills aboard Crystal Cruises' "Big Band and Ballroom Dance" fall voyage from Lisbon to Miami. With the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra headlining, guests can waltz their way across the southern Atlantic, accompanied by the classic and retro sounds of a 20-piece live orchestra-or just enjoy the magical moves and mesmerizing music from the sidelines.
Friday, July 15, 2011
This September/October, Crystal Cruises' guests and staff will help international refugees resettle in Canada, Massachusetts children-in-need survive winter, feed the hungry in Halifax, and care for stray/rescued donkeys in Antigua-all as part of the ultraluxe cruise line's "You Care, We Care" program in New England, Canada, and the Caribbean this fall.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
As if Crystal Cruises' big fall sale wasn't already big enough, the ultraluxe cruise line has marked down its October 25 New York-Miami Caribbean cruise even further, with savings of up to 67% off brochure fares. Fares for the 12-day sailing on Crystal Symphony now start at $2,995 per person, including $1000/couple "As You Wish" shipboard spending credits.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Television legend Regis Philbin, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron (baseball) and Don Shula (football), Olympians Dorothy Hamill (ice skating) and Cathy Rigby (gymnastics), and astronauts "Hoot" Gibson and Rhea Seddon join a cadre of political insiders, military leaders, and foreign correspondents on Crystal Serenity's 94-day 2012 World Cruise.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
On the eve of America and Canada's birthdays, Crystal is skyrocketing toward a bright and colorful fall with a burst of Crystal Adventures featuring the neighboring countries' early histories and architecture. Patriotic shore excursions span four 10- or 11-day Crystal Symphony sailings between NYC and Montréal in September/October, and include a dozen new historical sparklers.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
With summer heating up, Crystal is introducing attractive New Bonus Savings for travelers interested in staying warm during winter 2012. New bookings made by August 31, 2011 can save couples up to $4,000 off select January-April Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity Panama Canal and South America cruises-double the published savings of previous "bonus" promotions for the seven voyages.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
With 42 bestselling books to her name, novelist Mary Higgins Clark, a.k.a. the "Queen of Suspense," knows a thing or two about keeping audiences on the edges of their seats. Now, lucky fans can hear her spin tales about her life, career, and suspense-writing secrets, live and in person on Crystal Cruises' "Beyond the Bosporous" sailing from Venice to Istanbul on September 7.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Do you love to see legendary sites, but dislike group tours? Renowned for unique and creative land tours that complement its ultra-luxury cruise experience, Crystal Cruises is introducing a private shore excursion alternative for individualistic adventurers. Crystal's new "Private Adventure Option" enables guests to take already-organized group excursions - in a more intimate fashion.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Two Generals + two Ambassadors + two award-winning journalists = four intimately cerebral and worldly "insider" cruises through New England and Canada on Crystal Cruises this fall. Spanning from September 13 to October 25, 2011 on Crystal Symphony, the ultra-luxe line's complimentary "Distinguished Speaker Series" promises to give guests frontline insights into world affairs, U.S. politics, military operations, and leadership from top experts whose range of experience stretches from Nixon to the Bush eras.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Two guides are now available profiling Crystal Cruises' complete 2012 ultra-luxe cruising calendar: 1) A 2012 Winter Collection guide outlining January through April voyages that will be the last chance to experience Crystal's "All Inclusive--As You Wish" shipboard credit promotion; and 2) A 2012 Cruise Guide covering March through December sailings, all of which will be "All Inclusive."
Thursday, June 2, 2011
One Hamburg shipyard, two weeks, several talented designers, 500+ international staffers, 606 crew, and $25 million. Such are the ingredients for the ultra-luxurious redesign of Crystal Cruises' largest ship, Crystal Serenity. Just completed after a round-the-clock remodel at Germany's Blohm + Voss shipyard, the dry dock was the company's longest ever. All 535 staterooms, retail centers, outdoor pool deck, corridors and other spaces received a dazzling facelift, in addition to general sprucing of the entire outside and inside of the vessel.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Broadway greats both current and classic will be featured in more than two dozen performances and presentations on Crystal Cruises' "Film and Theatre"-themed voyage from San Francisco and Tinseltown to the Big Apple departing August 25, 2011 on Crystal Symphony.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ever the gourmand cruise line, this fall Crystal Cruises has cooked up more than 30 experiences throughout southern Europe that will give intimate and savory insights into the diversity of the area's culinary cultures.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
In a real "hole-in-one" for golf fans, Crystal Cruises is adding a golf theme to its 12/21-1/4 Hawaiian holiday sailing. The round-trip-LA Crystal Symphony voyage joins two other golf-themed cruises already scheduled on Crystal Serenity in 2011: 7/22-8/2 in Britain and 11/27-12/8 in Portugal/Spain. Legendary pro golfer Billy Casper will headline all three.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Lights! Camera! Action! Guests on Digital Film Pros To Teach Travel Video Mastery On 2011 Crystal Cruise' October 24 "Digital Filmmaking"-themed voyage will get to hone their production skills with an intense video production program that focuses on creating extraordinary travel videos.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Classic and "off-the-beaten-path" destinations are among the 400+ shore excursions planned for Crystal Cruises' southern European series from August through November. The 11- and 12-day Crystal Serenity sailings stretch from the Canary Islands to Yalta, offering intimate and unique outings for rugged explorers and multi-generational families alike.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
With multi-generational family bookings on the rise, Crystal Cruises is putting a special focus on "family-friendliness" for its Alaska summer series, with all-ages excursions, an extended Junior Activities program, and an alliance with the National Park Service for a "Junior Rangers" program.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Crystal Cruises is announcing a rare "Standby" program that enables last-minute travelers to sail the ultra-luxe line at up to 75% off brochure fares on five May-June sailings in Alaska, the Baltic and North Cape. Greatly reduced tiered pricing offers fares as low as $2995 for 12-day cruises.
Friday, April 8, 2011
This June 2-14, legendary National Football League (NFL) pros will quarterback an inspiring guest speaker series on Crystal Cruises' "Klondike Explorer" voyage to Alaska. Team roster highlights for the Crystal Symphony sailing include the NFL's "winningest coach," and only perfect season coach, Don Shula, and 30-year NFL Official veteran, a.k.a. "The Dean of NFL Referees," Dr. Jim Tunney, amongst others. The legends will not only take time out to share rousing tales from the field with guests, but also tackle motivational topics that are applicable to success in any industry, such as team-building, victory, and leadership.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
As part of its gratifying new "You Care, We Care" program, Crystal Cruises announces seven more spring-summer voluntourism excursions focusing on both conservation and helping disadvantaged children. Scheduled with voyages through Africa, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Pacific Coast aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailings, the complimentary shore excursions offer hands-on opportunities for guests and crew to aid communities-in-need.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Crystal Cruises is bringing the Canadian improvisational comedy troupe, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League's (VTSL), to Alaska this summer. With their own brand of hilarious interactive improv, the band of merry-makers will regale guests with evening performances, participatory improv workshops, and other impromptu fun on Crystal Symphony's July 8 and July 20 Alaska cruises.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Crystal Cruises is enhancing its already expansive host of luxury services and amenities. Effective spring 2012, vacations on the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staf
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Amidst increased reports of violence in the Mexican port town of Mazatlán, Crystal Cruises is canceling its scheduled April 4 visit there on Crystal Symphony. The roundtrip Los Angeles "Treasures of Mexico" voyage will now adjust its itinerary to allow guests more time in other ports-of-call.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
With increased participation in Jewish heritage tours, luxury seafarer Crystal Cruises is expanding its related programming in 2011. Scheduled are over a dozen Crystal Adventures that explore Jewish life, past and present, around the world: in/near Mumbai, Miami, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Rome, Dublin, Jerusalem/Ashdod, and Odessa.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Due to the recent turn of events in Libya, Crystal Cruises will cancel its call in Tripoli and revert to the original itinerary set for its November 16 "Italian Splendor" European cruise from Venice to Barcelona. The 11-day itinerary through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas aboard Crystal Serenity will feature a maiden call in Koper, Slovenia, in addition to visits to Dubrovnik, Catania, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno and overnight stays in Venice and Barcelona.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Whether one is hooked on American Idol or an elite patron of the arts, music and dance buffs love to discover new talent. This summer, Crystal Cruises is treating guests to its own performance series of high-caliber "Emerging Artists" during its new Alaska season.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Food writer/personality Mark Bittman, a Michelin Star chef, Bocuse d'Or World Championship of Cooking winners, and even an Italian wine heiress are among the international culinary luminaries set for Crystal Cruises' 15th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery series in 2011. Six ultra-luxury cruises will spotlight the artistry, craftsmanship and practiced palette of celebrated chefs, wine experts and mixologists that reflects each itinerary's geographical region.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Smell fresh-cut grass while swinging your 9-iron across championship golf courses in Ireland. Hear the Russian Imperial Guard march to symphonic crescendos while welcoming you to the royal Catherine Palace. Taste homemade goat caramel amongst Norwegian fjords. View Stockholm by hot-air balloon. These are but a sampling of the extraordinary sensory adventures travelers can savor as part of Crystal Cruises' Northern European voyage collection beginning this May.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
¿Se habla Español? Crystal Cruises does! And with Crystal's new, 211-page, full Spanish-language Atlas outlining its entire 2011 cruise line-up, now the more than 400 million Spanish-speaking people in the world can fully access itineraries, pricing, and complete information about the world's most luxurious cruise line's offerings for this year.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Crystal Cruises is marking its first season back in Alaska since 2005 with excursions that extend way beyond shore. Think air, sea, and ice -- with more than half its 100+ Crystal Adventures brand new.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
While Crystal Cruises' ocean resorts have racked up countless awards since entering service, the ultra-luxury line has never been one to rest on its laurels. This spring, Crystal will be spending $25+ million dollars to keep its largest ship, Crystal Serenity, on the cutting edge of luxury style.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
While many travelers are digging themselves out of record-setting winter weather, Crystal Cruises is offering six warm-weather getaways through the Panama Canal in 2011, the first departing as soon as February 23. With four of the tropical voyages leaving from easy-to-get-to U.S. cities such as Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and several recently announced savings promotions, the winter and fall sailings offer a stress-free, luxury escape to see the historic locks for less.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Crystal Cruises' fall voyages are now on sale with newly reduced fares from as low as $2,400 per person and new Penthouse and Verandah savings up to $8,000 per couple. Beginning with its August 26 Mediterranean cruise on Crystal Serenity and its first 2011 Canada/New England cruise on Crystal Symphony, Crystal is offering new savings on every one of its 22 fall cruises, including both Christmas/New Year departures.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Crystal Cruises has set dozens of Crystal Adventures ashore for its spring voyages along the Pacific Coast--many of them brand new. Designed to suit a broad range of interests, excursions explore the historical, culinary and outdoorsy culture of the area.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Mexico has become the land of buried treasure as luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises announces dramatic discounts for its 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise sailing round trip from Los Angeles. Departing March 31, the getaway offers new per person tiered rates at 30-45% less than previous fares: $1995 for Deluxe Outside Staterooms with large windows, $2995 for Verandah Staterooms, and $5995 and $7995 for its butler-serviced Penthouses and Penthouse Suites, respectively - plus $500 "All Inclusive - As You Wish" shipboard spending credits
Thursday, January 20, 2011
In record-setting fashion, Crystal Cruises has posted on its website more than 300 Adventure shore excursions for its January 18-April 21, 2012 World Cruise, more than a year in advance of sailing. This is not only the earliest that top-rated Crystal has ever made its World Cruise excursion options available to guests, but also the earliest any cruise line has ever made them available-by months.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Crystal Cruises is removing the cloak of mystery surrounding Libya as a travel destination by adding its historic capital, Tripoli, to its fall season. Libya's doors have been closed to American tourists since the U.S. imposed sanctions on the country almost 20 years ago. With Libyan authorities lifting its ban on tourist visas, Crystal has added Tripoli to its November 16 "Italian Splendor" Mediterranean cruise.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
On Crystal Symphony's first-ever Golf Experiences of Discovery to the Hawaiian Islands, golfers can tee off at three of the region's most stunning courses, and perfect their swings with instruction from PGA pros on the way. The 14-day itinerary conveniently sails round-trip from Los Angeles April 24, with play in Kauai, Oahu and Maui.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Travelers aboard Crystal Symphony's February 7 South America voyage have two brand new options ashore for further exploration of Brazil. Adventurous types can enjoy a four-night jaunt to Pantanal - UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest wetlands - for horse-back riding, canoeing, hiking and even piranha fishing is the perfect way to fully experience the destination. Travelers seeking pampered relaxation may opt for the one-night escape to the Pousada Vila D'este resort in the once quiet fishing village of Buzios, where lounging on breathtaking beaches along protected waters can be a full day's activity.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Crystal Cruises' "Epic Islands & Empires" 2012 World Cruise around the Pacific Rim is now online and available for booking. Travelers can view the complete day-by-day voyage at www.crystalcruises.com, along with valuable offers.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
With the continued trend in multi-generational family travel, Crystal Cruises invites kids 17 and under to cruise for free on three Crystal Symphony Pacific Coast voyages next spring and fall. The new offer, valid for children sailing in a third berth with two full-fare adults, is available for the seven-day sailings between Los Angeles and Vancouver: April 10 and 17, plus a seven-day Thanksgiving cruise sailing round-trip from Los Angeles November 20.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Guests on Crystal Symphony's February 7 cruise will be treated to distinctly South American flavors, both on and off the ship. Sailing from Buenos Aires to Miami, Brazilian and Argentinian culinary and wine experts will spice up Crystal Cruises' South American and Caribbean Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery itinerary with tastings, demos, and specially crafted menus.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Recognizing that even one day of assistance can make a difference, Crystal Cruises introduces a complimentary, participatory shore excursion program that enables its guests and crew to assist with charitable projects in destinations they visit during their cruise. Beginning in 2011, the line's "You Care, We Care" initiative is designed to assist a local project and educate participants on local community needs, as well as enhance travelers' personal growth and their intimate connection with a destination.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
With lush forested fjords, quaint coastal architecture, and expansive glaciers bathed in an almost mystical light, it's no wonder that the Crystal Cruises' North Cape cruises have been among the first to sell out each year. In 2011, Crystal Cruises is doubling its summer North Cape cruises with two departures cruising Norway's western coast, to the Polar Ice Cap and across the Arctic Circle.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Due to popular demand, Crystal Cruises is offering luxury travelers more opportunities to explore California's coastal cities with two additional Pacific Coast voyages added to the fall 2011 calendar. Conveniently sailing round-trip from Los Angeles aboard Crystal Symphony, the seven-day "Coastal Escape" and "Pacific Sunsets" cruises feature Crystal's first ever itineraries with overnight stays in San Francisco, plus visits to Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Due to popular demand, Crystal Cruises is offering luxury travelers more opportunities to explore California's coastal cities with two additional Pacific Coast voyages added to the fall 2011 calendar. Conveniently sailing round-trip from Los Angeles aboard Crystal Symphony, the seven-day "Coastal Escape" and "Pacific Sunsets" cruises feature Crystal's first ever itineraries with 2-day, 2-night overnight stays in San Francisco, plus visits to Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Crystal Cruises' 2011 Worldwide Atlas is now available to luxury travelers and travel professionals. At 212 pages, the Atlas is Crystal's most extensive promotional publication to date, and features detailed sections dedicated to the line's most recent developments. Boasting 59 global itineraries - including new locales in West Africa and the line's long anticipated return to summer Alaska cruising - plus programming, value and ship information, the brochure is a comprehensive resource for planning the luxury vacation experience heralded as the "World's Best" year after year.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Three Star Michelin chef Heinz Beck, Master Chef Andre Soltner and colorful celebrity chef Jon Ashton are among the international culinary stars set for hands-on cooking classes and other savory presentations aboard Crystal Cruises' 15th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery series in 2011. Seven ultra-luxury cruises through South America, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska and the Mexican Riviera will spotlight the artistry, craftsmanship and practiced palettes of celebrated chefs, wine experts and mixologists.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
For an unprecedented 17th year, Crystal Cruises has been voted the "Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" for 2010 by the influential readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.). The ultra-luxury line holds the distinction of having won the award more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.
Friday, October 15, 2010
In an industry first, Crystal Cruises announces complimentary Pilates group reformer classes. New men's-only yoga and couples/partner yoga also join the roster of complimentary wellness programming for the ultra-luxury line's 2011 World Cruise beginning January 17.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Celebrating an unprecedented 16 years of awards as the #1 cruise line in the world, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces its 2012 deployment with an increased presence abroad.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces reduced Business Class air add-ons for nine 2011 Mediterranean, Baltic and North Cape voyages aboard Crystal Serenity. Guests booking verandah and deluxe staterooms can upgrade their complimentary coach air transportation to Business Class for only $999 each way from more than 20 North American gateway cities.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
With its return to cruising Alaska for the first time since 2005, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces Experiences of Discovery options designed to entertain and inspire. In addition to wellness programming for the mind and body, and creative culinary offerings, seven 12-day itineraries sailing round-trip from San Francisco will feature a performing arts focus, with an expanded series of Emerging Artists cruises.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces new bonus savings - $2,000 per couple on penthouse accommodations and $1,000 per couple on verandah staterooms - for its March 31 Mexican Riviera cruise. For bookings by December 31, 2010, guests can enjoy the additional savings on the award-winning Crystal Symphony's plush, butler-serviced penthouses and deluxe staterooms with private verandahs, on the 10-day itinerary, sailing round-trip from Los Angeles.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
To jump start New Year's resolutions, best-selling fitness author and head trainer for "Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge," Robert Reames, along with guest specialists in Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi and even paddle tennis, will headline Crystal Symphony's December 5 ultra-luxury Mind, Body & Spirit voyage. The Experience of Discovery cruise, with comprehensive wellness programming and complimentary instruction throughout, departs round-trip from Los Angeles for Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
From soaring high over Bora Bora by helicopter to swimming with - or simply viewing - the diverse sea life that inhabit the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, Crystal Cruises is offering nearly three dozen Crystal Adventures revealing the South Pacific's breathtaking natural beauty. Crystal Serenity's 12-day, January 30 voyage sails from Papeete to Auckland, featuring different perspectives on the region's famous tropical culture.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The discerning readers of Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine again voted Crystal Cruises their "Favourite Cruise Line: Large Ship." Crystal Cruises also received the highest scores for "facilities/activities" and "value for money." The award marks the second time the ultra-luxury line has won in three years. The publication's 12th annual Readers' Travel Awards were announced in London this week and will be published in the October 2010 issue.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
In its traditional six-star style, Crystal Cruises is introducing extravagantly redesigned décor aboard its two award-winning ships this holiday season. With each ship boasting distinctly different themes, thousands of glittering lights, ribbon-wrapped wreaths, reindeer in faux mink swags, candy canes, crystal ornaments - even feathers - will adorn Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity for the 2010 Christmas/New Year cruises. Respectively, the vessels sail round-trip from Los Angeles on a December 22 voyage to the Hawaiian Islands and round-trip from Miami on a December 21 Caribbean itinerary.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Cape Town's chic, contemporary Cape Grace Hotel is now available as a pre- or post-cruise "Classic Plus" Hotel Program with Crystal Cruises' ultra-luxury cruises to and from South Africa in the spring 2011. With "Classic Plus," Crystal guests can enjoy five-star hotel accommodations before or after their cruise, private car transfers, meet and assist arrangements, porterage, full breakfast and other perks at destinations around the world.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES, August 16, 2010 - This fall, Crystal Cruises' guests have the opportunity to give back and see Valetta, Malta from a different point of view on award-winning Crystal Serenity voyages this fall. A brand new Crystal Adventure invites travelers to "Go Green" in Malta, by planting trees in the island's only national park, donating food at a local charity and learning eco-conscious planting and harvesting practices at a local organic farm. The optional Crystal Adventure is available on Crystal Serenity's 12-day, October 19 Mediterranean/Holy Land voyage from Athens to Rome, and the 11-day, October 31 Mediterranean/Spain voyage from Rome to Barcelona, and is $95 per person.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces two brand new seven-day getaways exploring the Pacific Coast for April 2011. Sailing between Los Angeles and Vancouver aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony, the northbound and southbound "Pacific Escape" and "Coastal Exploration" itineraries visit Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Astoria, Oregon; and Victoria, British Columbia.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
For only $599 per person, Crystal cruise guests can add a fully escorted three-night, pre-cruise land package to the Taj Mahal prior to the line's March 29 "Safaris and Seashells" voyage from Mumbai to Cape Town. Valued at more than $4,000 per person, the program includes Oberoi Hotel accommodations in New Delhi and the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel in Agra, spectacular sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal, meals, transfers, transportation between Delhi, Agra and Mumbai, and a panoramic tour of Mumbai.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This fall, Crystal guests can see what backstage life is like at the Monte Carlo Ballet, how the ponies live at St-Tropez's Polo Club, view Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains from a private plane and Copper Canyon by privately chartered rail, among other "private access" experiences. The ultra-luxury line is offering nearly 100 brand new Crystal Adventures with its fall itineraries, offering travelers distinctly new perspectives on the destinations.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The newest development from Crystal Cruises is now available to ease travel planning. Crystal's Priority Check-in & Planning Center launched today, allowing guests or their travel agents to complete tasks prior to sailing, from submitting guest immigration information and airport/ship transfer requests to booking spa treatments and shore excursions.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Crystal Cruises announces its 2012 World Cruise, a 94-day epic journey exploring the diverse cultures of the Pacific Rim. On a rare course round-trip from Los Angeles departing January 18, 2012, Crystal's 17th annual World Cruise will visit 35 ports in five segments, with multiple overnight stays on Crystal Serenity's route through Hawaii, the South Pacific, eastern and western Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Alaska, British Columbia and San Francisco
Thursday, July 29, 2010
While a Crystal Cruises vacation is inherently loaded with inclusive value, the ultra-luxury line is offering travelers generous savings opportunities and perks for the remainder of 2010. From getting there to being there, Crystal's promotions range from complimentary air travel to family incentives, shipboard spending credits, extended vacation options and huge savings off current and future cruises.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
With its most significant referral benefit program, Crystal Cruises is dramatically increasing the incentive for guests to share the renowned Crystal Experience with new-to-Crystal travelers.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A Distinguished Speaker Series through New England/Canada and a new focus on sophisticated floral design in Europe are among the more than two dozen 2011 Experiences of Discovery vacations on Crystal Cruises. Other enriching 2011 worldwide special interest cruises include the ultra-luxury line's popular Wine & Food Festival; Mind, Body & Spirit; Emerging Artists (set for seven consecutive Alaska voyages); Science & Technology; Jazz; Golf; Film & Theater Festival; Big Band & Ballroom Dance.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This September, in keeping with Crystal Cruises' penchant for quality, choices and innovation, its popular Computer University@Sea will boast brand new, state-of-the-art iMac® workstations with 27-inch glossy, widescreen LED screens and the ability to use and learn both Windows® 7 and Mac® OS X 10.6 operating systems. In addition to the new hardware and a selection of almost two dozen complimentary CU@Sea classes, Crystal is adding five free new classes, taught on both Mac and Windows platforms, when applicable.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
For a record 15th consecutive year, Crystal Cruises has been voted "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The ultra-luxury line is the only vacation experience - cruise line, hotel or resort -- to have been voted #1 by for 15 years, each year since the awards' inception.
Friday, July 9, 2010
In its dedication to protecting marine environments and preserving their habitats, Crystal Cruises has committed to serving only sustainable seafood aboard its award-winning vessels. Renowned for the sophisticated fare served in the Crystal Dining Room and specialty restaurants Silk Road and The Sushi Bar and Prego, Crystal is the first cruise line to publicly commit to such a policy.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Through its distinguished alliance with the Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, Crystal Cruises will showcase the Center's young talent aboard its October 8 Mediterranean cruise.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Crystal Cruises has published its 2011 Cruise Guide, featuring the 59 worldwide cruises, 167 ports and savings and innovations for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in 2011. A full page details Crystal's extensive value propositions, including Two-for-One promotional pricing, 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard spending credits, 'Save Now, Save Later,' and its Crystal Family Memories program. Special attention is given to newly introduced programs Perfect Choice Dining™ featuring Open Dining by Reservation, and the Priority Check-in and Planning Center.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces its best ever fall/winter sale for Penthouses and verandah staterooms offering savings of $1,000 or $500 per person for a Christmas/New Year cruise, Thanksgiving cruise and fall Mexican Riviera cruises on the highest rated cruise ships in the world.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
With exceptional results, Crystal Cruises' award-winning Crystal Serenity passed an intensive audit this month by a team from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), the independent risk management organization that certifies the line's ISO 14001 compliance program.
Monday, June 28, 2010
From both sides of the proverbial aisle, world affairs experts will square off on defense policies, international conflicts and even geographical illiteracy in a new series of events launching in 2011 on Crystal Cruises' award-winning Crystal Serenity. Lively, engaging and interactive, Ocean Views will feature panels of distinguished ambassadors, professors, foreign correspondents, four-star generals and other veteran strategists to debate current events and global issues, along with an audience of Crystal guests.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces a brand new online tool to simplify check-in and pre-cruise operations for its worldwide itineraries. Effective this July, the Priority Check-in & Planning Center will allow guests expanded options to complete tasks prior to sailing, from submitting guest immigration information and airport/ship transfer requests to booking spa treatments and shore excursions.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
As cultural and heritage tours become increasingly popular in West Africa, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has set more than a dozen shoreside options in Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Principe for Crystal Serenity's "African Adventurer" voyage departing Cape Town April 17, 2011.
Monday, June 21, 2010
A brand new Experiences of Discovery voyage will focus on highlights and breakthroughs in science and technology, from space travel to the latest in medical technology, aboard Crystal Cruises' November 28 Mexican Riviera voyage.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Crystal Cruises is sweetening the deal for families on Crystal Serenity's Christmas/New Year cruise through the Caribbean. In addition to Two-for-One cruise fares, generous shipboard credits and Crystal Family Memories program offering perks for groups of six or 10, children age 17 and under can sail free with two full-fare adults aboard the award-winning ship's 14-day, December 21 "Tropical Holiday" voyage roundtrip from Miami.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces new significant savings for select September-November 2010 Mediterranean cruises including $4,000 per couple off its ultra-plush Penthouse accommodations.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
This December, nearly two dozen jazz artists will dazzle music lovers aboard Crystal Cruises' Experiences of Discovery Jazz Cruise. With live performances from piano solos to harmonious trios, quartets and full seven-piece bands, the 10-day Caribbean itinerary roundtrip from Miami aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity December 11, 2010.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
This December, on a new 10-day itinerary, the U.S. Ambassador of Tequila and Latin American master sommeliers and chefs will showcase the essence of Latin flavor aboard Crystal Cruises' Wine and Food Experiences of Discovery voyage.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Foodies seeking a traditional Thanksgiving feast in an exotic holiday setting will savor Crystal Cruises' November 22 Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruise to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal. The head chef from Portugal's two Michelin Star restaurant, a James Beard award-winning author/wine expert and an innovative New York mixologist join Crystal's talented culinary team for a nine-day cruise itinerary round-trip from Lisbon aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Serenity.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Crystal Cruises announces premier golf courses for its October 22 Experiences of Discovery Golf cruise exploring New England & Canada. With tee times at six courses, golf enthusiasts can play in nearly all of the picturesque cities on the 11-day itinerary from Montréal to New York. On board, veteran PGA champion Billy Casper and PGA member coach John Clark will host golf clinics on board the award-winning Crystal Symphony, with tips for recreational players and avid golfers.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The mouth-watering combination of Heinz Beck's signature pasta Fagotelli La Pergola with a 2006 Gaia Rey chardonnay, and black cod with a 2004 Corton Charlemagne were among the extraordinary flavors showcased during Crystal Cruises' Ultimate Vintage Room experience this Sunday aboard the ultra-luxury Crystal Serenity. For the intimate winemakers' dinner with just ten guests, a variety of rare fine wines was selected by world-renowned Master of Wine Philip Goodband, and then expertly paired with a menu specially created by three Michelin Star guest chef Heinz Beck of La Pergola restaurant in Rome.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
With its November-December Mexican Riviera series, Crystal Cruises becomes the only luxury cruise line to sail round-trip from Los Angeles to western Mexico's tropical resort towns in 2010. Beginning with a seven-day Thanksgiving Holiday cruise, the four voyages aboard the recently redesigned Crystal Symphony will visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta; a 10-day itinerary also calls in La Paz, Loreto, and a maiden call to Topolobampo.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
A new overnight stay in New York and a maiden visit to Portland, Maine are among the highlights of Crystal Cruises' New England & Canada series in fall 2010. Four 11-day cruises aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony will sail between New York and Montréal beginning September 19, each with two overnight calls and nearly 100 Crystal Adventures ashore to showcase the region's natural beauty and rich history.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has partnered with Clean the World to recycle Crystal's unused onboard soap and shampoos and distribute them to impoverished people around the world. Through a proprietary purification process, Clean the World sterilizes and repackages hygiene products donated by Crystal Cruises and dozens of hotel partners in the U.S. for distribution to charitable foundations.
Friday, April 23, 2010
This summer, Crystal Cruises' guests on Mediterranean voyages can explore UNESCO declared national parks, the fragile ecosystems of a Spanish nature reserve and various wildlife habitats with Crystal Eco-Adventures. Several options ashore highlight Southern Europe's environmental treasures and natural wonders on dozens of Crystal Serenity voyages from May through October.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Teens can learn to make sushi like a professional Nobu-trained chef, take a golf lesson with PGA pro instructors, and language classes with Berlitz educators on Crystal Cruises' award-winning ships this summer. Renowned for Six-Star enrichment for adults, the luxury line offers younger guests opportunities to enhance their travel experiences with onboard programming that is sophisticated, entertaining, and complimentary.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This fall, ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises introduces its first ever overnight visit to Ashdod, Israel to its aptly named "Ruins & Relics" Mediterranean itinerary. The expanded call in Israel, along with an overnight stay in Egypt, gives luxury travelers the opportunity to more fully immerse themselves in the ancient cultures of the Holy Land, including such archaeological wonders as the Great Pyramid, King Herod's tomb and Pompeii and Herculaneum. The 12-day cruise aboard Crystal Serenity departs Athens for Rome October 19, also visiting Naples and Sicily, Italy and Valetta, Malta.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
For the third consecutive year, the port of Venice has awarded Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity the environmental Venice Blue Flag award. The prize recognizes the ship's voluntary efforts to safeguard the city of Venice, reducing air emissions by burning low sulfur fuel in port. The luxury line began using low sulfur fuel in consideration of the port city's location in an urban environment, and the need to protect its artistic and architectural treasures for future generations.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Following 22 months of planning, preparation and meetings with local dignitaries and officials, Crystal Cruises hosted its second and final shoreside event for full World Cruisers this week at Israel's 2,000-year-old Bell Caves. With strong support and cooperation from the management of Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park, the caves were reserved for the Crystal event in spite of traditionally being available only to religious visitors and tourists during Passover.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has extended the added value incentives for its 2011 World Cruise. With a new booking deadline of September 30, 2010, the recently announced Save Now, Save Later promotion offers guests on Crystal's 110-day World Cruise - or any of its seven segments - two-for-one fares and value-added bonuses, plus 20% savings on virtually any 2011 or 2012 cruise - even the 2012 World Cruise.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The year 1990 was extraordinary for wine. Think Krug, Brut, Reims, France 1990 and Barbaresco, Angelo Gaja, Piedmont, Italy 1990 and Dominus, Dominus Estate, Napa Valley, California 1990. These and other celebrated selections born 20 years ago star in Crystal Cruises' Vintage Room experiences debuting this month in celebration of Crystal's own 20th anniversary.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
From Picasso to paella, Spain's rich history, art, architecture and cuisine is the focus of Crystal Cruises' new Mediterranean itinerary in October. Award-winning Crystal Serenity sails a new route from Rome, calling in Barcelona, home of Gaudí's masterpieces; Valencia, where classic Spanish paella was first perfected; MÁlaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and a maiden visit to Almería, known for its expansive coastline and beaches.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
As dance pros, celebrities and hopeful champions samba into living rooms worldwide, Crystal Cruises announces its own "Dancing with the Crystal Stars." Featured on Crystal Serenity's December 1 Big Band and Ballroom Dance Experiences of Discovery Transatlantic voyage, Crystal's 'That's Ballroom!' specially-themed production showcases crew members who will perform with professional dance instructors after completing an intense Ballroom Boot Camp to master the steps, grace and nuances of various dance styles.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Crystal Cruises is expanding its fine dining options in 2011 with Perfect Choice Dining, an innovation in the ultra-luxury sector of the cruise industry. Offered complimentary in the Crystal Dining Room, Perfect Choice Dining maintains Crystal's classic dining experience, while adding greater flexibility and choices.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces the opening of reservations for 2011 with value added for all of its worldwide cruises
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is adding valuable incentives for its 2011 World Cruise. A new Save Now, Save Later promotion invites travelers to book the 110-day World Cruise - or any of its seven segments - by April 30, 2010 and enjoy two-for-one fares and value-added bonuses, plus save 20% on virtually any 2011 or 2012 cruise.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Crystal Cruises is announcing yet another industry first: one-night excursions to Russia's former top secret Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City. From extreme G Forces and weightlessness to the "Final Challenge" in the world's largest hydrospace laboratory, intrepid Crystal guests can train like modern Russian Cosmonauts on some of the largest, most advanced space equipment in the world.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
On Crystal Cruises' two 2010 Fashion & Style Experiences of Discovery voyages, veteran hair, makeup, and fashion professionals share their "tricks of the trade" and expand the personal complimentary services at Crystal's Style Desk. One-on-one consultations, runway-style fashion shows, insights on the influence of European fashion, and fashion-focused films up the glamour quotient on Crystal Serenity's June 6 "Culture & Couture" cruise from Barcelona to Athens and September 29 "Fashion Capitals" itinerary from Venice to Monte Carlo.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Comprehensive wellness programming, dozens of special interest classes, plus visits to Dublin, Iceland, and Greenland are among the highlights of Crystal Symphony's September 5 voyage from London to New York. Leading experts and instructors from The Mayo Clinic, Tai Chi Cultural Center, and even the world of professional baseball are on the roster.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Michelin Star chefs Michael Mina and Tom Aikens are among an impressive roster set to share their specialties aboard two Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery Crystal cruises this fall. Aboard the back-to-back Mediterranean voyages, foodies can sate their palates with cuisine and demos from the chefs, savor the nuances of wine pairings with guest sommeliers and wine experts and learn the art of the perfect cocktail from guest mixologists. The 12-day, star-studded sailings depart September 5 and 17 on award-winning Crystal Serenity.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Beginning today, Crystal Cruises is introducing its Shore Excursion Finder, a dynamic new online feature allowing travelers to search and sort more than 1,500 Crystal Adventures ashore by specific parameters they choose.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Due to strong demand, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer. The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This spring through fall in Europe, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is rolling out nearly 800 boutique shore excursions, dozens of which are brand new.
Friday, February 12, 2010
For travel-savvy golf enthusiasts this summer, Crystal Cruises is introducing an ultra-exclusive opportunity to be a part of the ultimate competition in the birthplace of the game. During the new three-night Extended Land Program from Edinburgh, Crystal guests will be treated to VIP access and the highest level of service at the 150th British Open Championship at famed St. Andrew's Golf Club, before joining Crystal Serenity's July 19 Black Sea voyage to Istanbul.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises reports that soaring sales for its 2010 cruises continued through the end of January. Bookings for the month were 205% greater than for the same month in 2009. Additionally, to date, new-to-Crystal guests booked for 2010 are 89% of totals for all of 2009.
Friday, February 5, 2010
This July, guests aboard Crystal Cruises' award-winning Crystal Serenity will be treated to one of Italy's most popular Venetian traditions. The ultra-luxury line is introducing a new cruise for 2010 that sails into Venice just in time for the annual Redentore Festival, a spectacle of brightly colored boats, gondola races, costumes and traditional feasts culminating with a magnificent fireworks display. The 12-day Mediterranean/Adriatic voyage, departing from Athens on July 7, marks Crystal Cruises' first ever itinerary with two shipboard overnights in Venice.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
VIP access to the most famous tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships in London, is the latest in Crystal Cruises' roster of one-of-a-kind shoreside experiences. In keeping with its penchant for choices, this year the ultra-luxury line is offering a choice of two posh Extended Land Programs. A one-night option is available following Crystal Symphony's June 14, seven-day British Isles cruise, with all of the opening day, Centre Court action. For guests wishing to see the dramatic ladies' and men's finals, a three-night option is available following Crystal Symphony's June 21, 11-day Baltic itinerary.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The ships of Crystal Cruises have once again earned top honors from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, who named the ultra-luxury vessels the best large ships in the world. Of 90 worldwide ships, Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony were voted #1 and #2 with overall scores of 93.0 and 92.4, respectively.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Crystal Cruises reports record bookings for its week ending January 11. For same year bookings, the multi award-winning line enjoyed its highest January sales in more than five years. While the record bookings were primarily for Baltic and Mediterranean cruises, Crystal enjoyed a surge of reservations for closer-in World Cruise segments, as well as strong sales for fourth quarter cruises in New England/Canada and its 2010 holiday cruises.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This March, Crystal Cruises is introducing a new opportunity to explore The Great Barrier Reef's remarkable sea life, rainforests and wildlife via a three-night "Great Barrier Reef Escape" Extended Land Program available before and after four Crystal Symphony voyages beginning or ending in Sydney, Australia.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Pierre New York and the King George Palace in Athens are among the plush properties added to Crystal Cruises' roster of 2010 "Classic" and "Classic Plus" Hotel Programs ashore. From Venice's venerable Hotel Cipriani to the celebrated Dorchester in London, Crystal is inviting guests to extend their cruise vacations with pre- and post-cruise stays at the world's most exclusive hotels and resorts. The Crystal Adventures Hotel Program features a collection of 33 renowned hotels and resorts in 21 cities around the world, including three new properties.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Who says fitness and luxury vacations don't mix? Crystal Cruises' professional fitness directors suggest numerous ways for travelers to maintain or even start a fitness regime on any one of the ultra-luxury line's worldwide vacations. Besides a myriad of healthy dining options, even Crystal's cocktails use only the freshest purees and juices.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In celebration of its 20 milestone, Crystal Cruises has partnered with renowned Champagne maker Billecart-Salmon to create a commemorative bubbly especially for the line's 20th Anniversary in 2010. Available only in 2010, and only on Crystal Cruises, the Brut Réserve is a light blend aged in the Billecart-Salmon House's traditional cellars.
Monday, January 4, 2010
For 2010, Crystal Cruises is planning festive Passover seders as Crystal Serenity sails to Ashdod, Israel and Crystal Symphony cruises New Zealand. In keeping with Jewish tradition, there will be a seder plate blessed by a rabbi, along with a participatory recitation of the Passover Haggadah, sing-a-longs and a lavish four-course holiday feast.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Books are now open for Crystal Cruises' 16th annual, 110-day 2011 World Cruise. Fares for the "Grand Exotic Expedition" World Cruise aboard Crystal Serenity are now available online, along with Full World Cruise and segment itinerary details, and attractive promotional and savings information.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The deadline is fast approaching for guests to book their 2010 birthday Crystal cruise, and save 50% on a second cruise before their next birthday. In celebration of its 20th Anniversary in 2010, Crystal's Birthday Bonus promotion presents guests who book a cruise for their 2010 birthday by December 31, 2009 with a certificate for 50% savings on another voyage before their 2011 birthday, even 2011 World Cruise segments.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Crystal Cruises invites kids 17 and under to cruise for free on two Crystal Symphony European voyages this summer. The new offer, valid for children sailing in a third berth with two full-fare adults, is available for Crystal Symphony's seven-day British Isles and Baltic itineraries.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
As Crystal Cruises commemorates its 20 year milestone in 2010, the ultra-luxury line's annual President's Cruise, hosted by Crystal President Gregg Michel, will have a decidedly festive feel. Kicking off the May 12 voyage through the Middle East is a new two-night optional pre-cruise hotel program in Dubai featuring a lavish welcome dinner at a Bedouin camp in the desert dunes with traditional Arab music, henna artists and belly dancers.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Steeped in ancient wellness practices, Thailand, Myanmar and India are featured destinations on Crystal Cruises' April 26 "Mind, Body and Spirit" Experiences of Discovery voyage. Optional Crystal Adventures explore the spiritual heritage of the region via personal meetings with Buddhist monks, therapeutic spa rituals and a visit to a meditation center, while guest health experts share insights on life balance, Tai Chi, yoga and family health.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
From kangaroos to koalas to crocodiles, Crystal guests can closely encounter some of the wildest residents of Australia and Singapore. On Crystal Symphony's April 11 sailing from Sydney to Singapore, dozens of Crystal Adventures explore some of nature's most treasured habitats and species, trekking through rainforests, jungles, wildlife conservatories and sanctuaries.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
On March 30, from New Zealand to Australia, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is showcasing the epicurean appeal of the region on a 12-day Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruise. Master Sommeliers Robert Bath and Cameron Douglas - New Zealand's first and only Master Sommelier - will guide guests through the nuances and pairings of New Zealand's finest vintages, while optional Crystal Adventures take guests to celebrated Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Hawke's Bay and Marlborough.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Zagat recently released the results of its first cruise line survey revealing that travelers named Crystal Cruises as their "favorite" among mid-sized ships. The ultra-luxury line was also the winner for Top Facilities and Top Activities.
Monday, November 23, 2009
In an industry first, Crystal Cruises announces the recognition of its onboard photographers by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). After a year of hands-on training from a highly credentialed Fellow at the BIPP, the photographers aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are now recognized as Licentiates in the BIPP tiered program.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is offering more seven-day options than ever for 2010 European cruises. Six itineraries in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Baltic and British Isles allow travelers to enjoy the award-winning Crystal Experience and a wealth of intriguing ports in a shorter time than Crystal's more prevalent 11- and 12-day European cruises.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What does a $25 million makeover get you? Swarovski Crystal chandeliers, cashmere throws, sunken Philippe Stark Duravit Jacuzzi bathtubs, chic new pool deck furniture, works by famed Venetian artists, service islands with top-of-the-line pizza ovens and woks, and dozens more upscale and behind-the-scenes embellishments. So encompasses the striking results of award-winning Crystal Symphony's extensive drydock in October. Following the makeover, the vessel boasts completely transformed Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café and pool areas, elegantly redesigned Penthouses and Prego Italian restaurant, and dozens of behind-the-scenes improvements.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
For 2010, Crystal Cruises is offering numerous optional Crystal Adventures that focus on destinations' Jewish Heritage. The excursions enable travelers to absorb a region's diverse spiritual culture, explore Judaic history and even trace their roots in the cities of Jerusalem, Berlin, Odessa, Rome, St. Petersburg, and even unexpected places like Stockholm, Dublin, Mumbai and Montevideo.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, Sicilian-style cooking classes in Italy and paragliding over the Spanish countryside are among the 400 Crystal Adventures in store for guests on Crystal Cruises' 2010 World Cruise. The excursions, nearly 100 of which are brand new, allow guests to experience destinations in one-of-a-kind ways.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
For the week ending Tuesday, October 20, Crystal Cruises announces a surge of new bookings for 2010 since the luxury line announced reduced and value-added pricing. The ultra-luxury line enjoyed a 70% increase in new bookings since four weeks ago.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Michelin Star-awarded chefs Michael Mina and Heinz Beck, Master sommelier Robert Bath, and mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim are part of the distinguished roster of food, wine and spirit experts aboard Crystal Cruises' 14th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery cruises in 2010. Aboard seven Wine & Food itineraries, the special guests will draw inspiration from the destinations visited, as well as their own expertise in worldwide specialties to lead demos and lectures, tastings and pairings, and cocktail and pastry making classes.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Just weeks after announcing dramatic new value offers for 2010, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has published a new 2010 Cruise Guide and will debut its comprehensive 20th Anniversary Worldwide Cruise Atlas by the end of October. Both brochures emphasize the line's new Two-for-One fares, 'All Inclusive - As You Wish' shipboard spending credits, free airfare, and price guarantee, along with the line's global itineraries.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Crystal Cruises announces an inspired collection of 2010 Experiences of Discovery theme cruises designed to enrich more than two dozen Crystal cruises with a special-interest focus. Special classes, events and, in most cases, a destination program will augment voyages throughout the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Panama Canal and beyond.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Hugh Downs, Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Prince of Tides author Pat Conroy are among influential leaders in media, sports, arts, sciences and international politics set for lectures and interactive workshops on Crystal Cruises' 108-day "Exploration of Ancient Empires" World Cruise in 2010. With nearly 200 guest presenters offering hundreds of classes and workshops, Crystal's sophisticated onboard enrichment is as stimulating as the awe-inspiring destinations.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Crystal Cruises introduces "Learn for Life," a service evolution through the understanding and influence of culture. The ongoing program of classes and workshops provides shipboard management and staff with global skills and behavior required to serve discerning Crystal guests and to help them live in the diverse environment on board.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Luggage Concierge, Crystal Cruises' exclusive partner in door-to-door luggage delivery service, is offering the line's guests the convenience of shipping their luggage to and from every Crystal cruise in 2010 at reduced two-for-one pricing. In fact, the new pricing for shipping two bags in 2010 is even less than shipping one bag in 2009.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In yet another industry first, Crystal Cruises is partnering with the Travel Channel Academy to teach its guests how to produce, direct and edit professional travel films. Taught by Travel Channel producers and directors, the comprehensive curriculum mirrors the Academy's respected land-based program, embellished with camera equipment and editing software available exclusively to Crystal guests.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
In response to recent research on today's affluent travelers' cruise decision-making priorities, Crystal Cruises announced a complete revamping of its 2010 pricing and promotions with extended value-added features. With these new promotions, offered in conjunction with Crystal's 20th Anniversary of luxury cruising, 2010 cruises will be as much as 15-20% lower than comparable cruises in 2009 - whether one takes advantage of the free air/sea package, including transfers, or opts for the cruise-only credit.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In advance of its much-anticipated Panamera launch, European luxury automobile manufacturer, Porsche, chartered Crystal Cruises' award-winning Crystal Serenity for comprehensive training of more than 1800 worldwide dealers. The new Panamera automobile is Porsche' first four-door, four-seat luxury sports car. Hundreds of subcontractors completely emptied Crystal Serenity's deck areas and public rooms to make way for five cars and thousands of pounds of special equipment, furniture and exhibits for the intensive training in July.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Crystal Cruises' 2009 World Cruise created more than a lifetime of memories. It also raised the hopes and dreams for underprivileged children. Since Crystal Cruises became a founding partner of the Condé Nast Traveler Five & Alive Fund in 2008, the line's repeat guests and shipboard and shore-side employees have banded together to raise in excess of $80,000 to improve the health of children age five and under in developing countries around the world.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is expanding its innovative Computer University@Sea programming with the brand new Windows 7® operating system, and more options for guests earning college credit during the World Cruise.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
In an industry first, Crystal Cruises is offering just six intrepid holiday travelers a new two-day excursion to the windiest, coldest and least populated continent on the planet. In below freezing temperatures, the brand new rugged and rare overland excursion will take Crystal guests to King George Island, Antarctica. Brave adventurers will trek through remote villages and a petrified arctic forest once covered by glaciers, to scientific research bases, and to the breeding and stomping grounds of three species of penguin, elephant seals and fur seals.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Befitting its upcoming President's Cruise, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has arranged an exclusive event at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. The optional shoreside experience features a private tour of the impressive library escorted by Crystal's own president, Gregg Michel and his wife, Adriana, followed by a private evening reception at the nearby Massachusetts State House.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Crystal Cruises is unveiling its first ever Crystal Overland Adventures from Ashdod on its Holy Land cruise this fall. A choice of three three-night journeys transport travelers to such revered sites as the 2,000 year old Rose City of Petra, the Pharaohs' tombs in Luxor's Valley of the Kings and the Dead Sea, among other astonishing destinations where Christian, Jewish and Islamic civilizations took root. The 12-day cruise sails from Athens to Venice October 8 aboard Crystal Serenity, with visits to Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu and Dubrovnik.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises unveils its 2011 season with returns to Alaska and West Africa, among the 58 cruises visiting 163 ports in 67 countries. From Trabzon, Tallinn and Tauranga to Lomé, Loreto and Liverpool, the ultra-luxurious, award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will embark on global journeys throughout the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic, Alaska, New England/Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, India, South America and Africa.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
From lions to leopards, white rhinos to wildebeest, a record number of safaris will highlight African wildlife with Crystal Cruises' 2010 World Cruise. Eighteen Crystal Overland Adventures allow adventurous guests to closely encounter Africa's "Big Five" - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - throughout Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The two- to five-night adventures take guests from port to some of the most celebrated game reserves in Africa, and then return them to the ship in another port. The 21-day cruise aboard Crystal Serenity departs Cape Town for Mumbai February 9, 2010, the third segment of the epic 108-day World Cruise.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
From Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery at sea to regional culinary adventures ashore, Crystal Cruises is offering food lovers a myriad of luxury vacation choices in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Amazon. On board, guests can sate their palates with the cuisine and instruction by acclaimed guest chefs aboard back-to-back Crystal Symphony Wine & Food cruises through the Caribbean and Amazon. With Crystal Serenity Mediterranean voyages, aficionados can enjoy cooking lessons in Barcelona, wine tasting in Italy, authentic Turkish feasts, and other culinary indulgences.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This November, guests aboard Crystal Cruises' Ballroom Dance-themed Transatlantic voyage will be swept off their feet on and off the dance floor. By day, the Ballroom Dance theme features dance classes with professional dancers, afternoon tea dances, and even presentations from Town & Country editor Janet Carlson about her book, "How Ballroom Dancing Saved My Life."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
For its fall New England and Canada itineraries, Crystal Cruises has set nearly 100 diverse Crystal Adventures ashore. With dozens of options to suit most any interest, and 18 brand new excursions, nature-loving adventurers can ride reversing rapids in St. John; foodies can perfect their preparation of croque-monsieur in Montréal; and history buffs can re-visit immigrants' tales from Ellis Island in New York City. The seven- and 11-day voyages, aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony, begin October 1 with a new seven-day cruise from Boston.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
High-rolling luxury travelers can enjoy an expanded focus on gaming in the land where it originated. Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises' Chance & Fortune Experiences of Discovery cruise will sail throughout the Greek Isles, revisiting the origins of gambling and Tycho, the goddess of Chance, and her son, Fortune. Departing September 26, the 12-day cruise will host extra tournaments in Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack and Slots, with cash prizes and waived entry fees for Blackjack and Slot tournaments.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This September, following a $25+ million makeover, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is unveiling dramatic new interiors and deck spaces for its sophisticated and stylish Crystal Symphony. The 922-guest, 50,000-ton ultra-luxury ship will boast redesigned Penthouses (including its uber-plush Crystal Penthouses), pool areas, Prego Italian restaurant, Lido Café as well as guest elevators and numerous of behind-the-scenes upgrades.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
From up to $3,000 off per couple and up to $2,000 per couple in shipboard credits to group and family incentives, Crystal Cruises is providing exceptional value and variety, as well as luxury, for discriminating travelers.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Crystal Cruises is celebrating the world of film aboard Crystal Serenity, arriving in Venice just in time for guests to enjoy the glamorous buzz surrounding the 66th annual Venice Film Festival, beginning September 2. Acclaimed film critic Rex Reed and Academy Award-winning film and theatre legend Rita Moreno will entertain guests with inside stories and experiences from their respective careers, aboard the 12-day August 21 "Red Carpet Riviera" voyage from Barcelona to Venice.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
For a record 14th year, Crystal Cruises has been voted "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The ultra-luxury line is the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have won the prestigious award each year since the awards' inception.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Crystal's youngest luxury travelers have more options this summer. Given the surge of multi-generational travel, Crystal is expanding the hours and programming of its Junior Activities Programs. From designing their own "Sistine Chapels" while cruising Italy, to photo sessions in traditional Russian costumes en route to St. Petersburg, kids on board the award-winning Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony this summer will enjoy creative, sophisticated programming that highlights the ships' destinations.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
For three days only - July 8, 9 and 10 - Crystal Cruises is offering 25% additional savings off of its low special savings fares on five varied itineraries this fall and winter. New savings - from $885 to $2,000 per person - apply to all deluxe outside and verandah category staterooms on its September 26 Mediterranean cruise, a November itinerary from New York to Bermuda and the Caribbean, a November 12 Transatlantic voyage, a December 5 South American and the Amazon journey and a December 10 Panama Canal transit.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Veteran wardrobe stylists and designers will host a complimentary "Style Desk" aboard Crystal Cruises' new "Sun, Sea and Euro-Style" sailing this fall. Crystal's Experiences of Discovery program promises an experience to remember as fashion experts offer one-on-one consultations, answer fashion dilemmas and help travelers enhance their own personal sense of style. Setting the stage for the ultra-luxury line's new Fashion & Style cruise is Crystal Serenity's 12-day Mediterranean itinerary from Venice to Barcelona on October 20.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
New luxury packages to Spain's Costa Brava and Madrid and Segovia are among several pre- and post-cruise hotel and land programs Crystal Cruises is offering with 15 Mediterranean cruise itineraries this summer and fall. From inland journeys through Prague and Budapest to Italy's posh Lake Como, each carefully crafted program provides in-depth experiences that allow guests to extend their vacation and immerse themselves in a destination. Available with Crystal Serenity's Mediterranean, Black Sea and Canary Islands cruises from June through October, the optional three- to five-night programs depart from Barcelona, Venice and Rome.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Crystal Cruises is introducing three new courses to its top-tier golf program aboard Crystal Symphony's 14-day transatlantic cruise this fall. Departing September 3 from London to Boston, the Experiences of Discovery golf cruise allows guests to tee off in Scotland, Iceland and Nova Scotia. As part of the comprehensive Nordic golf program, former Yankee and Dodger baseball star and legendary celebrity golfer Rick Rhoden and former Canadian P.G.A. director Bruce Murray, will accompany golfers to courses and offer tips and insight into improving one's game during clinics on board.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Crystal Cruises announced record bookings for the week ending June 2 - the highest booking week since the luxury line expanded its "All Inclusive - As You Wish" program. The number of guests booking and revenue was more than 100% higher than the average weekly totals since the beginning of 2009.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Crystal Cruises is offering discerning travelers two compelling Experiences of Discovery cruises sailing from Miami this Thanksgiving. The Duke Ellington Alumni Band - featuring several of the original members of Ellington's orchestra - will headline Crystal Serenity's roundtrip, seven-day Caribbean Jazz voyage roundtrip from Miami.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
For the second year, the port of Venice has awarded Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity the environmental Venice Blue Flag award. The prize recognizes the ship's voluntary efforts while in Venice, to reduce air emissions by utilizing low sulfur fuel in port. The luxury line began using low sulfur fuel in consideration of the port of the city's location in an urban environment, its artistic and architectural value, and the need to protect these treasures for future generations.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Today Crystal Cruises is leading the way in luxury travel with the launch of a dynamic new website. Crystalcruises.com boasts richer content and a broad layered structure for easy access to the most comprehensive information to plan a Crystal cruise.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This holiday season marks the last call for Crystal Cruises' award-winning ships to Antarctica. Beginning in 2011, a proposed ban on the carriage of certain fuel oils on board will effectively prohibit the sailing of most passenger vessels in the Antarctic. Crystal Symphony's December 20 Christmas/New Year cruise is the only time Crystal will be cruising the region in 2009 and 2010.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Through a new cultural partnership with the Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, Crystal Cruises is showcasing some of tomorrow's brightest stars "today." Beginning this summer, Crystal's new Emerging Artists Experiences of Discovery cruises will boast performances by Grand Prize Finalists of the center's coveted Spotlight Awards.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Following an intensive inspection by a team of environmental health officers, Crystal Cruises' ultra-luxurious, award-winning Crystal Serenity received a "perfect" score of 100 from Health Canada. The unannounced audit occurred during Crystal Serenity's May 3 call in Victoria, British Columbia on the final segment of the line's World Cruise.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Always improving its game, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has added four new exclusive golf clubs to its heady roster of courses with Crystal Symphony's August 23, Experiences of Discovery Golf cruise through the British Isles. In addition to Scotland's Gleneagles King's Course and Northern Ireland's Royal Belfast Golf Club, the new clubs include Carden Park Golf Club (Liverpool); Mount Juliet (Waterford); Druid's Glen (Dublin); and Gleneagles Queen's Golf Course (Edinburgh).
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This summer, Gena Rowlands, Susannah York, Patricia Neal and some of the finest names in theater will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Theatre Guild on Crystal Symphony's Theatre at Sea Experiences of Discovery cruise. The August 12, 11-day sailing from Stockholm to London will feature live performances from some of the Guild's most famous productions, including Porgy & Bess, Oklahoma and Carousel.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Capitalizing on Northern Europe's robust cultural assets and spectacular options for nature lovers, Crystal Cruises is introducing 50 brand new Crystal Adventures to its roster of nearly 300 in the region this summer. Options to glacier trek, cycle, flight-see and snowmobile complement sightseeing of historic treasures and ballet theatre. In 2009, Crystal will offer Northern Europe and Baltic itineraries of seven to 14 days aboard Crystal Symphony from June through August.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Due to the overwhelming response to its recent All Inclusive - As You Wish spending credits for Europe, Crystal Cruises has expanded the offer to most of its cruises in 2009, as well as most of 2010. Guests can enjoy a shipboard credit of up to $2,000 per couple for most 12+-day voyages, and up to $1,000 per couple for most shorter cruises.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
With the most picturesque and architecturally significant destinations as a backdrop, Crystal Cruises is introducing Photography Experiences of Discovery theme programming on two Mediterranean cruises this summer and fall. During a series of workshops, renowned guest photographers will teach guests valuable techniques to effectively and artistically capture their vacation experiences.
Friday, April 24, 2009
On the heels of the recent electric and historic Presidential election, Crystal Cruises is reaching out to both sides of the aisle. Provocative Democrat and Republican political insiders - and husband and wife - James Carville and Mary Matalin will give candid opinions of current newsmakers, debate hot topics and analyze top headlines with their famous fervor on Crystal Serenity's July 28 Mediterranean sailing.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
To celebrate its 20 years as a leader in luxury cruising, Crystal Cruises is launching its 2010 fares with its most dramatic and compelling promotional savings ever. Crystal's gifts to guests offer special anniversary pricing in advance of the vacation, spending credits during the cruise, and birthday programs for big savings in the future.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Take two Michelin Star-awarded chefs. Fold in a Bocuse d'Or winner and one French Laundry sous chef. Add a Nobu executive chef. Stir in two James Beard Award-winning wine experts, a couple of Masters of Wine, and blend well with leading mixologists. These are the key ingredients for Crystal Cruises' worldwide 13th annual Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery, served aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In its inimitable fashion, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is giving technology a big dose of individual attention. Introducing a groundbreaking service - Technology Concierges on each of Crystal's ultra-luxury ships to train and educate guests on their latest gadgets.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
For the third year, The Ports of Stockholm awarded Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony as the winner of The Environmental Buoy Diploma for its environmental efforts. Crystal Symphony was chosen from among 80 vessels.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Master Chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa is joining Crystal Serenity's July 28 Mediterranean cruise to create a week of menus exclusively for Crystal Cruises guests. Nobu will prepare a week of Omakase dinners - or chef's choice menu - each night in Silk Road, the complimentary shipboard restaurant that has featured his signature cuisine since 2003.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Due to the overwhelming response to the introduction of its recent "Celebration" savings and shipboard credit promotions for Europe, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is expanding the offers to its Amazon and South America itineraries later this year. On three Crystal Symphony voyages ranging from 13 to 15 days, guests can save up to $1,500 per couple, and customize their vacation with a $2,000 per couple All Inclusive - As You Wish spending credit. The Amazon cruises mark the first time Crystal has cruised that region since 2006.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
With a stylish twist, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is offering guests the thrilling opportunity to participate in the annual Fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona - known familiarly as the Running of the Bulls festival. From an exclusively reserved balcony directly above the action, Crystal guests will enjoy a prime location to cheer the legions of runners in the fast-paced, centuries-old event. Crystal is the only cruise line to offer the adventure -part of a four-day program including the sights and sounds of Madrid and Barcelona.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Designed to sate virtually any palate or lifestyle, Crystal Cruises' Baltic, Mediterranean and Northern Europe excursions for 2009 run the culinary gamut. An expanded selection of savory options includes cooking lessons of regional specialties in Portugal and Monte Carlo, private wine tastings in Italy, and tapas tasting in Spain. Europe itineraries of seven to 14 days are available from May to November.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has added the newly-opened Atlantis, The Palm Hotel & Resort in Dubai to its 2009 roster of hotel partners. The optional Crystal Adventures "Classic-Plus" Hotel Program is available following Crystal Symphony's May 1 Singapore-Dubai cruise, or before the May 17 Dubai-Athens voyage.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In 2009, Crystal Cruises is offering guests more time to discover one of Europe's most rapidly-growing hot destinations - the Dalmatian Coast. Emerging as the "new Riviera," the region offers luxury and adventure travelers a vacation playground featuring stunning 13th-century walled cities, medieval villages, outdoor cafes and sun-bleached beaches reminiscent of the Italian and French Rivera's.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
In conjunction with its Celebration Fares, Crystal Cruises is announcing its most dramatic promotion for Europe 2009: a $2,000 per couple - or $1,000 per person - shipboard spending credit for discerning travelers who want to design their own vacation experience.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is taking guests to the end of the world on its only 2009 North Cape itinerary, where only the Norwegian Svalbard Islands stand between them and the North Pole. The July 11 "Arctic Expedition" itinerary aboard Crystal Symphony departs Copenhagen for Stockholm, stopping in several charming Norwegian ports, including Honningsvag, the country's northern most fishing village, then to the Polar Ice Cap in search of the Ice Barrier.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Luxury and adventure specialist Crystal Cruises is introducing 100 new Crystal Adventures in the Mediterranean for 2009. Besides hundreds of carefully crafted cultural and historic excursions, the line is offering its largest selection ever of active outdoor pursuits. Thrilling options such as paragliding, rock-climbing, windsurfing and hiking allow guests to explore daring new territory. All told, Crystal will offer more than 500 Mediterranean Crystal Adventures - 25 percent more than last year - in ports in Italy, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Portugal from June through October on seven- and 12-day voyages.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The ships of Crystal Cruises have once again earned top honors from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, who named the ultra-luxury vessels the best medium-sized ships in the world. Of nearly 100 ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony were ranked #1 and #2, respectively, in the magazine's ninth annual "Best Cruise Ships in the World" issue.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
In an industry first, Crystal Cruises is introducing an unparalleled six-night, tennis-themed, post-cruise land program - with VIP access to the Wimbledon Championships semifinals and finals. The program is available following Crystal Symphony's June 19 cruise from London to Stockholm, which features tennis-themed Experiences of Discovery programming.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Trogir, Sinop and Kotor may sound like three characters in a bizarre fairytale, but they're actually the new offbeat dream destinations set for Crystal Cruises' 2009 Mediterranean cruises.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
In 2009, Crystal Cruises is introducing two Ancient Civilizations-themed Experiences of Discovery itineraries through the Middle East, Holy Land and Mediterranean. Guest historians, archeologists and a foreign correspondent will bring new and substantive perspective to Cairo, Jerusalem and Jordan's archeological site of Petra.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Fostering a commitment to progressive programming, Crystal Cruises is enhancing its Mind, Body & Spirit itineraries with a prestigious new partnership. The luxury line is teaming up with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, whose mission is improving health, well-being and quality of life by blending the best of Eastern and Western medicines.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
While a Crystal Cruises vacation is inherently loaded with inclusive value, the luxury line is sweetening the cruise savings for 2009 and beyond. From getting there to being there, Crystal's significant savings promotions range from upgraded and complimentary air travel to family incentives, extended land programs and dollars off.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Crystal Cruises returns to Alaska for the first time since 2005 with a single early season itinerary departing Yokohama April 16. The 22-day voyage also marks the first time Crystal Serenity has ever visited the Great Land, with calls at Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Seward and Ketchikan. Crystal Adventures will highlight the region's magnificent scenery and wildlife - taking guests zip lining through the Tongass National Forest, flightseeing above the Misty Fjords and yachting off Kodiak to view the region's wildlife.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Through a charitable donation program extending from its shore-side headquarters to its worldwide ships, Crystal Cruises is inviting its employees, guests, travel agents and the general public to help save the lives of children under five around the world.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
With its most aggressive promotional offer to date, Crystal Cruises is introducing a compelling savings opportunity designed to reap travelers rich rewards in 2009 and 2010. When guests sail on any 2009 Europe, Transatlantic or Crystal Symphony Asia cruise, they'll be guaranteed 20 percent savings on almost every cruise in every category in 2010.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Considered the most popular and sought after Big Band in the world today, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is set to get Crystal guests In the Mood for concerts and ballroom swing dancing on a 10-day Transatlantic Big Band cruise from Miami to Lisbon on May 23. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is regarded as one of the greatest dance bands of all time.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Celebrating an unprecedented 15 years of awards as the #1 cruise line in the world, Crystal Cruises has created a global collection of 2010 cruise itineraries spanning 174 ports in 70 countries on 62 voyages. New offerings range from maiden calls in Iran, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on the World Cruise to new North American cruises to the Sea of Cortez and Hawaii. Crystal has set 17 cruises at 10 days or fewer - almost double those in 2009.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Crystal Cruises is introducing a dynamic new online feature to help travelers select the Crystal Adventure that suits them best. Via a user-friendly search window and dozens of icons to assist in customizing searches, the Crystal Global Explorer classifies each Crystal Adventures shore excursion by Activity Type (from archaeology to zip-lining), Activity Level (from soft to extreme adventure) and Age Appropriateness (beginning at age 3 & above).
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Following months of negotiation, Crystal Cruises has become the first line to debut an exhilarating three-night Crystal Overland Adventure allowing the most adventurous and fit guests the option to scale Mt. Huashan's South Peak, the highest peak of China's Five Sacred Mountains.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Celebrating a record 15th year of being named Best Large-Ship Cruise Line by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Crystal Cruises is offering savings up to $1,500 per person on most 2009 European sailings.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is expanding its 2009 Wine & Food Experiences of Discovery to include cocktail and mixology curriculum in addition to its wine and food focus. More than two dozen of the world's most intriguing and topical names on the culinary, wine and cocktail scenes will offer insights and instruction. The co-proprietor of the renowned Grgich Hills Estate, famed Hawaiian restaurateur Sam Choy, Master Sommelier Robert Bath and Tim Hollingsworth of The French Laundry are among the impressive lineup scheduled on board to share their tasty talents, plus added expertise from Crystal's own creative chefs, sommeliers and bartenders.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Teeing off near the dramatic cliffs at New Zealand's Cape Kidnappers; rafting the raging waters of New Zealand's Rangitaiki River and feeding kangaroos and koalas are a sampling of the new outdoor adventures on Crystal Cruises' February and March Australia/New Zealand itineraries. Whether bicycling through Australia's famed Barossa Valley or wine tasting in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay, wine enthusiasts can explore the region's striking scenery while indulging their culinary passions.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
In keeping with the traditions of a region steeped in spirituality and ancient wellness practices, Crystal Cruises is announcing a "Mind, Body & Spirit" focus on its March 27 Asia cruise. Complementing the destination's heritage, the Experience of Discovery sailing will feature guest experts for yoga, Pilates, stress management and general physical and mental health classes.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is expanding its "Experiences of Discovery" Golf theme cruises into Asia, giving golf enthusiasts the rare opportunity to play at four world-renowned courses in Thailand and Vietnam. Guests will be able to sharpen their skills on board and ashore with instruction from a guest celebrity golfer and PGA golf pro. Crystal Symphony's 11-day itinerary from Hong Kong to Singapore offers a roster of onboard lectures, clinics, contests and events, including the chance to win a free Crystal cruise.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Extending the same care for the environment as it does for guests on its luxury cruises, Crystal Cruises has partnered with the Hanger Network - the creator of EcoHangers - to green the guest staterooms on its ships.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
For a record 15th year, and by one of its widest margins, Crystal Cruises has once again been voted the "Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.). Crystal's overall score of 93.1 topped all cruise lines in both the large and small-ship categories. The luxury line's 15 "wins" is unprecedented by any cruise line or hotel in the world.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
As savvy travelers continue to seek secure return on their investments, Crystal Cruises is introducing a collection of incentives to support its commitment to its guests' satisfaction. In combination with its existing price guarantee, the line is reducing cruise fare deposits and cancellation periods.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Crystal Cruises is now accepting reservations for its 15th annual, 108-day 2010 World Cruise. Departing Miami on January 10, 2010, the epic "Exploration of Ancient Empires" voyage will call at 41 ports in 37 countries. For the first time, the award-winning Crystal Serenity will call in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, in addition to South America, Africa and India, the Red Sea, the Black Sea, and several European ports in the Mediterranean Sea en route to London.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Luxury - and adventure - specialist Crystal Cruises is introducing an unprecedented number of Crystal Adventures shore excursions for its 2009 World Cruise. Sailing roundtrip from Los Angeles January 21, 2009, the 106-day expedition boasts more than 300 tours in all, including 125 brand new, which are designed to sate guests' appetites for vigorous activity, as well as peak their intellectual and cultural curiosities.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Crystal Cruises is the first line to feature professionally trained and certified cheese sommeliers who, rather than simply suggesting cheese selections, ascertain the finer nuances of guests' palates. In true Crystal luxury fashion, sommeliers will introduce travelers to samplings of new flavors, textures and cheese combinations that compliment food and wine - adding sophistication and knowledge to guests' culinary experiences.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Enriching its portfolio of wellness opportunities, Crystal Cruises is introducing onboard acupuncture, along with a menu of Chinese herbs revered for restoring and enhancing health, beauty and longevity. A menu of optional acupuncture treatments, launching this month on Crystal Serenity, focuses on weight loss, pain management, stress reduction, detoxification, smoking cessation, facial rejuvenation and even sea sickness.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Crystal Cruises is offering new stateroom upgrades worth more than $1,800 and Penthouse savings of $2,000 with select 2009 Asia cruises departing March and April aboard Crystal Symphony. Additionally, Crystal is the only cruise line to offer complimentary three-day land programs in Beijing in conjunction with its spring China/Japan cruises.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
With its highest score in five years, Crystal Cruises has been voted the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for a 13th consecutive year. The ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises is the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have won the prestigious award each year since the awards' inception.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In an industry first, in July 2008, Crystal Cruises is debuting revolutionary Kinesis fitness equipment aboard its ultra-luxury ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The equipment capitalizes on the use of cable resistance in all planes of movement, and simultaneously incorporates several areas of fitness: strength, flexibility and balance.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
For 2009, Crystal Cruises is unveiling "Experiences of Discovery," an inspired collection of theme cruises designed to enrich more than two dozen Crystal cruises with a special-interest focus. Stylish and sophisticated, the newest of the theme topics are pegged to global events (think Wimbledon and Venice Film Festival) and the arts (like Emerging Artists and Fashion & Style).
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Crystal Cruises' 2009 Worldwide Cruise Atlas is now available to travel agents and luxury vacationers. The luxury line's 174-page, full year compendium - its largest and most comprehensive brochure to date - showcases the luxury line's 61 itineraries, ranging in length from seven to 106 days and visiting 185 ports throughout the world.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Crystal Cruises, winner of the industry's most distinguished awards, has announced its 2009 Value Collection sailings, allowing savvy luxury travelers the opportunity to plan ahead and realize extraordinary savings of up to 50% off regular cruise fares aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Crystal Cruises is unveiling its largest ever family and multigenerational group promotion, 'Crystal Memories,' which is valid on virtually all the line's 2009 itineraries. The promotion, which was first introduced this year as 'Mediterranean Memories' on select 2008 Mediterranean sailings, has been expanded fleet wide as Crystal continues to tap into unprecedented growth of family and multigenerational travel.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Some of the finest names in the theater and film worlds are joining forces to star in Crystal Cruises' brand new Theatre at Sea itinerary. Individual artists will perform throughout the 12-day "Italian Treasures" itinerary from Venice to Monte Carlo, departing September 12, 2008, aboard award-winning Crystal Serenity.
Friday, May 23, 2008
"Wellness, wellness, wellness" is one of the top trends for 2008, reports SpaFinder magazine. In keeping with this global trend, Crystal Cruises is introducing two "Mind, Body & Spirit" cruises this December. Holistic, comprehensive programming incorporates lectures, classes and workshops given by leading experts and instructors from The Cleveland Clinic, Tai Chi Cultural Institute and the line's exclusive Walk on Water program.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
For summer 2008, Crystal Cruises has expanded its Jewish Heritage programs in Northern Europe. The luxury line has set five excursions, including a new tour in Berlin that transports guests on a heartrending excursion to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Orianenburg, which served as a prototype for all the camps that followed. These thought-provoking and eye-opening excursions - which will prove fascinating to Jews and non-Jews alike - are also available in Dublin, St. Petersburg and Stockholm aboard virtually all of Crystal Symphony's Northern Europe itineraries from June through August.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Crystal Cruises announces a new post-cruise land program enabling guests to immerse themselves in the beauty and culture of Spain's Costa Brava, or "wild coast." Following Crystal Serenity's October 18 voyage from Rome to Barcelona, an optional four-night, five-day program offers historical, architectural and culinary enrichment in Barcelona and the Spanish countryside.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
With today's culinary artists becoming international celebrities, the route to the kitchen is the new red carpet. Tapping into this trend, Crystal Cruises has secured star guest chefs and wine experts for the stages and galleys of its October Wine & Food Festival cruises in the Mediterranean and New England.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Demonstrating an increased commitment to health and fitness, Crystal Cruises is launching "Tour de Spin," a complimentary indoor cycling program that mirrors stages of the Tour de France. The program, inspired by top cyclist Lance Armstrong and led by onboard instructors, will utilize Le Monde Life Fitness Bikes and include three virtual Tour de France rides.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Singer Frankie Avalon, celebrity speakers and an exclusive evening gala cocktail party at the Ephesus archeological site are among the festivities set for Crystal Cruises' annual "President's Cruise." Hosted by the line's president Gregg Michel and his wife, Adrianna, the 12-night "Isles of Antiquity" cruise departs August 24 from Athens to Rome aboard Crystal Serenity, recently awarded "Best Mid-Sized Ship" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has published its 2009 Cruise Guide, the line's first publication of next year's entire fleet-wide schedule, featuring new itineraries, new ports of call and the World Cruise. A preview to the 150+-page Crystal Cruises Worldwide Atlas available in May, the 21-page, full color brochure lists the 61 worldwide cruises, ports and fares for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
From sampling fresh oysters from the famed Ston oyster beds in Dubrovnik, to private cooking instruction in the South of France, Crystal guests will savor 14 carefully crafted culinary excursions during Crystal Serenity's Wine and Food Festival cruise this summer. A delicious tour of coastal France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Croatia, the voyage maneuvers through the region known for its bountiful delicacies.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Three brand new Crystal Adventures in St. Petersburg, Russia enable Crystal Cruises guests to bicycle through Krestovsky Island; juxtapose St. Petersburg's grand palaces with the more modest memorial apartment of author Fyodor Dostoevsky; and journey to Moscow for two nights. In all, the luxury line is offering more than 30 decidedly distinct ways in which to experience Russia during the lengthy St. Petersburg calls during its summer Baltic season.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Catering to discriminating palates, Crystal Cruises will once again feature some of the world's rarest and most prominent wines in two 2008 Ultimate Vintage Room Dinners. For an intimate spring dinner for just 12 guests, Piero Selvaggio of the famed Valentino restaurants will present creative culinary specialties with 13 vintages from his coveted private wine collection, including a "Super Tuscan" 1997 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido and a Piedmontese 1964 Barolo Riserva Granbussia Aldo Conterno.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is raising its own shore-side bar with lavish, over-the-top Crystal Adventures in Europe. New "extreme luxury" tours, designed for a discerning few, boast European sports cars, helicopters and private yachts to explore European destinations in extravagantly different ways.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
As a result of guest demand, Crystal Cruises has crafted an unusual 10-day Portugal/Spain overland tour in connection with Crystal Serenity's October Mediterranean/Canary islands cruise and November Transatlantic crossing. The overland program is designed to sate its guests' interests in longer Crystal cruise and land experiences - and appeal to those who want to reduce their air travel.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Crystal Cruises is making it easier for its global guests to stay in touch, whether cruising off the coast of Salalah or Sorrento. The luxury line is introducing "Newspaper Direct," a same-day service enabling guests to receive a choice of more than 370 full-format newspapers from 65 countries. Effective immediately with the World Cruise on Crystal Serenity and later in the year on Crystal Symphony, the papers are ordered on board and delivered directly to one's room.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
In keeping with increasing demand for extraordinary experiences, Crystal Cruises is introducing VIP access to the British Open and excursions to four of the world's finest and most prestigious British Isles courses. Available during Crystal Symphony's 12-day sailing roundtrip from London on July 13, the golf excursions offer play at Gleneagles King's Course, The Royal Belfast Golf Club, and other coveted courses.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Due to increased demand, Crystal Cruises is introducing new Crystal Adventures in Italy that enable guests to cover more ground - by way of the sky. The helicopter excursions, which range from $1,995 to $3,268, include adventure options that fly over the Amalfi Coast, Mt. Etna, the Dolomites and myriad portions of the Italian countryside.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The ships of the Crystal Cruises fleet have once again been voted by the travel-savvy readers of Condé Nast Traveler as the best medium-sized ships in the world. Ultra-luxury Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony were ranked #1 and #2, respectively, in the magazine's eighth annual "Best Cruise Ships in the World" issue.
Monday, February 11, 2008
As family and multigenerational travel continues on its meteoric rise, Crystal Cruises is unveiling a "Mediterranean Memories" family package, which features a host of highly attractive amenities, including one complimentary berth accommodation for every 10 paid berths. The program, which is available on virtually all Crystal Serenity itineraries from May 19 to October 30, also includes pre-paid gratuities for the group, $100 per person shipboard credits, one group portrait per stateroom, free third berths for guests aged 17 and under; and a $500 credit toward a Crystal Private Adventure of $2,500 or more.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade will headline a program of distinguished artists and composers on Crystal Cruises' new Classical Music cruise to Scandinavia and Russia this summer. Live performances and guest lectures highlighting the music of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart will transform the ultra-luxury Crystal Symphony into a floating concert hall on an 11-day, June 7, 2008 voyage to the Baltic's imperial cities.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Bicycling in Barcelona, cliff climbing in Croatia, and a self-driven off-road Jeep adventure in Mykonos, are among the new active outdoor excursions joining Crystal Cruises' extensive line-up of 2008 European shore tours. From May through November the award-winning Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will offer guests 28 unique voyages showcasing the best-loved cities of Europe and the Mediterranean, now with an expanded roster of Crystal Adventures shore excursions that allow guests to live the experience in a dynamic new way.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
World-class master chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa will travel aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony this spring to officiate the opening of two new restaurants. Silk Road and The Sushi Bar were conceived in partnership with luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises and will feature the coveted cuisine of this legendary chef.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Crystal Cruises has tapped award-winning international authors on Asian culture and a chef with global passions to join guests and add their regional insights to several compelling tours in Vietnam, India and Thailand.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
From new strategies for heart-healthy living to understanding how the mind/body connection affects wellness, Crystal guests aboard six worldwide cruises in 2008 can learn about the latest health trends and treatments from the medical luminaries of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation's most respected academic medical research centers.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Beginning in May, Crystal Cruises is prohibiting smoking on verandahs of all staterooms and suites aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
An unprecedented number of wine and food-themed excursions and onboard presentations by the culinary world's brightest stars set the stage for Crystal Serenity's May 2008 Wine and Food cruise. Highlighted by a two-day overnight call in Bordeaux, the 12-day voyage from London to Rome offers 18 epicurian Crystal Adventures in the French wine country, Portugal, Spain and the French Riviera, as well as onboard events with Master Chef André Soltner and Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Travelers now have the ability to carry records of their entire medical history and health needs anywhere in the world. Luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises has partnered with PocketMD to offer guests a service that uses exclusive, state-of-the-art technology to store one's complete medical record on a CD the size of a credit card.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Building on the popularity of its 2007 Golf cruises, luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its Golf Theme Cruises for 2008. During three 11- and 12-day Golf Cruises, guests can tee off and perfect their swings in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, and the maritime coast of Canada and New England. In addition to enjoying championship golf ashore and special onboard events, golfers can compete in Hole-in-One competitions for a chance to win a free Crystal cruise.
Friday, January 4, 2008
For its 2008 Western and Northern Europe cruises, Crystal Cruises is expanding its air/sea program with two new air upgrade options. A partnership with Eos Airlines provides a corporate jet-like experience, while Premium Economy service through British Airways and Scandinavian Airways offers more legroom and comfort than coach. The services are available from specific U.S. gateways in addition to Crystal's coach air/sea fares.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
From Antarctica to the Polar Ice Cap, in 2009 Crystal Cruises is venturing to all seven continents, circling the Pacific, and featuring new itineraries in South America, Europe and the Middle East for its ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Sailing to 185 ports in 57 countries on 57 voyages, Crystal Cruises' 2009 program focuses on more port intensive itineraries with overnight port stays on most cruises. Itineraries range from seven to 106 days, from the exotic to convenient North American departures.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
From money management and memoir writing to photography and the science of sleep, Crystal Cruises' 108-day 2008 World Cruise features an expanded curriculum of "how to" lectures and instruction. Best-selling biographer and former chief foreign affairs correspondent for Time magazine, Chris Ogden; economist Jane Bryant Quinn, named one of 25 of the World Almanac's most influential women in America; nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune and his Manhattan Rhythm Kings; and Academy Award-winning actress and History of the World, Part I star Cloris Leachman headline the entertainment and educational lineup of dozens of lecturers for more than 200 classes on board Crystal Cruises' 14th annual World Cruise from Los Angeles to London departing January 19, 2008.
Monday, December 17, 2007
World-class master chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa is partnering with Crystal Cruises for two new restaurants aboard the award-winning luxury ship, Crystal Symphony. Silk Road and The Sushi Bar will debut during Crystal Symphony's March 3, 2008 Trans-Pacific cruise from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Nobu will join the ship in March to personally oversee the launch.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Crystal Cruises announces an unprecedented savings opportunity for its 2008 Mediterranean cruises. For new bookings made by February 29, the luxury line is offering 10 percent off all verandah and non-verandah staterooms and five percent off Penthouse accommodations for virtually all of Crystal Serenity's European cruises departing May 19 through September 5. The promotion offers savings of up to $1,650 per couple on 10 cruises leaving from Rome, Venice, Athens, Barcelona and Monte Carlo.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Fresh mango, muddled raspberries and the spicy zest of ginger are infusing Crystal's cocktails with a host of fresh flavors. The luxury line has teamed up with celebrated "Modern Mixologist" Tony Abou-Ganim to completely remake its bar menus to feature only fresh ingredients, premium liquors, inventive combinations and a signature drink designed to complement the mood of different lounges.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
For those aboard Crystal Cruises' 2008 voyages, all of the onboard wine sommeliers will be certified by the revered Court of Master Sommeliers and certified Cheese Sommeliers will be introduced on the luxury line's 60+ voyages in destinations around the world.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
From ancient temples and villages untouched by time to tours of verdant spice plantations and the life along the Mekong Delta, luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises is offering guests more of Asia than ever before with 120 unique shoreside adventures exploring the region's famed wonders and hidden treasures off the beaten path.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
With one of its highest scores ever, Crystal Cruises has once again been voted the "Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.). Crystal's overall score of 94.1, the highest for any cruise line, was more than five points ahead of its nearest competitor in both the large and small ship categories.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Hall of Fame baseball legend Hank Aaron will kick off Crystal Serenity's first cruise of 2008 to share insight into his life and times as one of Major League Baseball's greatest players. On Crystal Cruises' January 4 Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Los Angeles, Mr. Aaron will share his inspiring achievements, professional milestones and life experiences.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
How can travelers eliminate the hassles of airport baggage check-in and long waits at baggage claim? Luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises has entered into a new exclusive alliance with Luggage Concierge, offering guests easy door-to-door baggage service between their homes and Crystal's exotic ports of call around the world.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has significantly upgraded its onboard computer network with new state-of-the-art technology and applications that enable guests to optimize their time online with faster connections and quicker downloads regardless of where in the world the ships travel.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
A nearly impossible-to-get 1961 German Riesling and a 1959 Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (rated 100 by Robert Parker) are among the seven superb wines to be showcased during Crystal Cruises' second Ultimate Vintage Room Dinner.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
In spring 2008, Crystal Cruises will take guests into the high Himalayas to explore the remote, land-locked Kingdom of Bhutan. Following is another unprecedented journey into the heart of India to showcase Delhi, the fabled pink city of Jaipur, and Agra and the Taj Mahal.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
For the first time, the readers of Britain's Condé Nast Traveller voted Crystal Cruises their "Favourite Cruise Line: Large Ship." Crystal Cruises also received the highest scores for "environmental friendliness" and "standard/comfort of cabins."
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
As savvy consumers continue to customize their lifestyles and personal experiences, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises reports a 55% increase in its Crystal Private Adventures. From a birthday picnic atop the rock of Gibraltar to an ancestral tour of Jewish points of interest in Shanghai, highly customized shore experiences are providing intimate and enriching perspectives of the world on a very personalized level.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Crystal Cruises, voted World's Best more than any other cruise line by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, has set a new course for its 14th annual 2009 World Cruise.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Citing earlier booking patterns, Crystal Cruises has published its 2008 Europe Crystal Collection brochure several months ahead of schedule. Released earlier than ever, the 57-page, full color catalogue details the 29 European itineraries to 84 ports and 30 countries aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity from late April through November 2008.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
As a result of record participation in 2007, Crystal Cruises announces its largest-ever collection of luxury Overland Adventures available with its 2008 World Cruise.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises announces new savings promotions for 2007 and 2008. The new offers and insider tips - as well as abundant complimentary services and amenities - provide exceptional value for discriminating travelers seeking exotic and close-to-home vacations.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
From the venerable Hotel Hassler atop Rome's Spanish Steps to the secluded oasis of Hotel Bel-Air in Beverly Hills, luxury travel specialist Crystal Cruises has doubled its number of luxury hotel partnerships for 2008, inviting guests to extend their travels with pre- and post-cruise stays at the world's most exclusive hotels and resorts.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
To accommodate increased demand, Crystal Cruises has added to Crystal Serenity 20 third berth accommodations, representing a 15% increase. In time for the busy summer season and the rise in family travel, Crystal is introducing new in-room sofas that fold out to single beds in the sitting areas of several categories of staterooms.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
For a record 12th consecutive year, Crystal Cruises has been voted the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. While there are several new winners in the various travel categories, Crystal Cruises is the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have won the prestigious award each year since the awards' inception.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has announced its 2008 Value Collection sailings, allowing savvy travelers the opportunity to plan ahead and realize extraordinary savings of up to 52% off regular cruise fares aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Crystal Cruises has announced its 2008 lineup of theme cruises, headlined by an all new Arts & Antiquities program, a Classical Music voyage with distinguished performers, and an expanded series of Golf cruises with play at some of the world's most exclusive courses.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises will feature two new itineraries to and from Istanbul this fall aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity. Offered as part of the line's 2007 European season, the 12- and 11-day voyages end or begin in Istanbul, a city named as a European Capital of Culture by the EU. Istanbul was also the highest rated port of call on Crystal Cruises' recently concluded 2007 World Cruise, which included 45 ports of call.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
This November travelers can choose to leave hectic holiday schedules behind for Crystal Cruises' rejuvenating Caribbean journey of Mind, Body and Spirit. Programming will be led by renowned Tai Chi and yoga masters, fitness expert Debbie Rocker, and a health and prevention specialist from the esteemed Cleveland Clinic.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
While summer 2007 air bargains to Europe are hard to find, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is extending its reduced business class air promotion on select 2007 summer European cruises booked by June 30, 2007. The special business class air upgrade fares of $999 and $1,998 are one way and round trip, respectively, and are in addition to Crystal Cruises' published coach class add-on fares.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
From solo piano performances to trios, quartets and full seven-piece bands, the many sounds and styles of jazz will take center stage aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony's December Jazz theme cruise. As the ship embarks from Miami on this seven-day voyage through the Caribbean, the entertainment lineup features noted jazz performers and five times its usual complement of musicians.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Hotel Bel-Air and Crystal Cruises announce a new partnership, allowing guests to enjoy a seamless transition from one luxury experience to another.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Crystal Cruises invites children 11 and under to cruise for free on two Panama Canal cruises this Thanksgiving when sharing a stateroom with two adults. Part classroom, part adventure, children of all ages will marvel at the science of transiting the Canal and the drama of experiencing nature from the wilds of Costa Rica to the tranquility of the Caribbean.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Crystal Cruises' 2008 Worldwide Cruise Atlas is now available to travel agents and luxury vacationers. The 162-page, full-color guide showcases the luxury line's 61 itineraries, visiting 167 ports. From shipboard life to shoreside adventures, every detail of a Crystal vacation is presented in a clear and concise format. The layout of the Atlas is as spacious and inviting as the ships themselves, setting the tone for the vacation that lies ahead.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Fans of Big Band music and ballroom dancing can swing to the live riffs of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on a trans-Atlantic Big Band & Ballroom Dance theme cruise aboard Crystal Serenity this fall. Led by the inimitable Buddy Morrow, the orchestra returns for its fourth cruise with Crystal to perform tunes of the 40s, from swing and Dixieland to jazz, rhythm and blues, and set the beat for ballroom dance competitions.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Crystal Cruises has released the survey results of its Top 10 rated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in the Caribbean. Based on surveys of guests on the luxury line's 2006 and early 2007 Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises, more than half of the excursions on the list were rated a perfect 10.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
A new 11-day itinerary and nearly 100 shoreside Crystal Adventures highlight Crystal Cruises' fall 2007 season in New England and Canada. With its signature focus on active and cultural enrichment, Crystal Cruises explores the region's history, cuisine and recreation on five September and October cruises originating in New York or Montréal.
Friday, May 4, 2007
The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have named Crystal Cruises the Number One Cruise Line Spa in the magazine's prestigious 2007 reader's poll. The Crystal Spa, the only Feng Shui-designed spa at sea, was awarded its highest score yet to date with an overall rating of 90 points, more than six points ahead of its nearest competition.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Crystal Cruises is paying tribute to character actors: the villains, sidekicks, familiar faces and unforgettable characters who have made their mark on film and theatre history. Aboard the luxury line's August 31 Film & Theatre Festival voyage on Crystal Symphony, the tribute features noted actor Bruce McGill, along with theatre lecturers, producer Steven Rivellino and author and historian Robert Kimball.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
In addition to visiting the world's great coastal cities, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is taking guests deep into Europe's interior in 2007, a departure from the typical pre- and post-cruise hotel stay. Via four- and five-night luxury hotel programs from Venice and Rome, Crystal guests can enjoy extended stays in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Lake Como. Crystal Cruises is also offering luxury rail travel options aboard the Orient-Express.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Some of the hottest names in food - Christophe Emé of LA's hip Ortolan and Iron Chef America Beau MacMilllan of the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort - join recently knighted Master Chef Anton Mosimann and Master Chef André Soltner for Crystal Cruises' 2007 Wine & Food Festival.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Ice climbing on a prehistoric glacier in Norway. Pushing the envelope on a MiG jet flight over Moscow. Golfing at four championship courses in the British Isles. This summer, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is debuting 63 new Crystal Adventures showcasing Northern Europe with a continued focus on active experiences.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Luxury travel enthusiasts who have not yet booked their summer getaway can save 10 percent on select summer voyages aboard Crystal Cruises' award-winning Crystal Serenity. Two August Mediterranean departures feature overnight calls in Monte Carlo and Venice, visits to Italy's most beloved cities, and for guests booking their travel by April 30, 2007, the chance to save 10 percent per person - for savings of $1,036 to $1,590 per couple, depending on stateroom and itinerary selected.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Venice's venerable Hotel Cipriani and Hotel Danieli, Istanbul's Ritz-Carlton and Athens' Hotel Grande Bretagne are the grand new additions to Crystal Cruises' 2007 European Crystal Adventures Hotel Program. The four new hotels join an expanded collection of Europe's most prestigious properties - 15 in all - offering savvy travelers luxurious options to extend their Crystal vacations with a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
From biking in Funchal to an exclusive dinner at a private Venetian palace, the details of more than 350 Crystal Adventures are now available for online viewing and booking at www.crystalcruises.com. Guests traveling aboard any one of Crystal Cruises' 22 Mediterranean cruises from April through November will discover a rich collection of shore excursions that will bring them closer to the active, cultural and culinary opportunities for which the region is famous.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The award-winning National Public Radio series Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story will take its acclaimed program of performance narratives to sea aboard Crystal Cruises this March. Series Director and radio personality Isaiah Sheffer will host a roster of celebrated actors including stage and screen personalities Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey and The Good Shepherd), Mia Dillion (Gods and Generals), and Stephen Lang (Gods and Generals), as they perform works of classic and contemporary fiction and participate in interview sessions.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Regarded for its contemporary enrichment programming, Crystal Cruises is debuting courses on the new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 software in its Computer University@Sea curriculum. The luxury cruise specialist is the first cruise line to offer guests instruction on Microsoft's new operating system released January 30, showcasing as many as six different courses from novice to expert.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
A true once-in-a-lifetime experience for the golf connoisseur, Crystal Cruises' 2007 golf-themed cruise aboard the luxury line's Crystal Symphony offers guests the chance to play at Scotland's fabled St. Andrews Golf Club and some of the most challenging and scenic courses throughout Ireland.
Friday, February 16, 2007
From high above the Greenland Icecap in a DeHavilland DASH-7 to an exclusive snorkeling adventure in the protected waters of Italy's Bay of Ieranto, Crystal Cruises continues to raise the bar on active and engaging shoreside adventure. This summer, the award-winning luxury cruise line debuts more than 100 new Crystal Adventures in Europe.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
As several politicians have begun to announce their presidential candidacies for 2008, there will be no shortage of debating material for returning Crystal Cruises' lecturers James Carville and Mary Matalin. The engaging husband and wife, Democrat and Republican political commentators will share their famous political passion aboard Crystal Serenity's 12-day July 26 cruise from Venice to Rome, Italy.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
In an industry first, Crystal Cruises has posted most of the details of its 295 World Cruise Adventures online - 15 months in advance. Guests traveling on Crystal's 108-day 2008 World Cruise may now view their shore excursions online at www.crystalcruises.com. A hike through Oahu's Ko'olau Mountains, a culinary journey into New Zealand's Wairarapa region and a river rafting adventure in Borneo's Ulu Temburong National Park are among the 82 new shore tours debuting during the luxury line's 13th annual global odyssey.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Renowned for bringing guests the most innovative gastronomic programs and experiences at sea, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises announces an industry-wide culinary first. Effective immediately, Crystal Cruises is trans-fat free.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
With its inimitable style, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises will conclude its World Cruise 2007 this spring with a stellar line-up of entertaining enrichment. Befitting the final sojourn of Crystal Serenity's 109-day global odyssey, Grammy-nominated songstress/actress Maureen McGovern joins the NFL's winningest coach Don Shula, former Presidential Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater and Chef Christopher Émé of L.A.'s acclaimed Ortolan, among others.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
With a focus on rich destination experiences, Crystal Cruises has set its 2008 collection of ultra-luxury cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Spanning 167 different ports, the 61 worldwide itineraries range in length from seven days to a 108-day World Cruise.
Friday, January 5, 2007
An impressive dossier of distinguished specialists in various fields of health and wellness from the renowned Cleveland Clinic will set sail on eight worldwide cruises with Crystal Cruises in 2007. As part of the luxury line's Creative Learning Institute enrichment program, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of complimentary interactive classes and workshops led by top physicians from one of the country's most prestigious medical centers.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
As Crystal Cruises experiences a surge in multigenerational travel, the luxury cruise line is expanding its website to offer guidance and advice for discerning families seeking to design the perfect family reunion vacation. Effective the last week in December, www.crystalcruises.com will feature a new section under special offers titled, "Family Reunion Cruises."
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
From the ancient cities along the Aegean and Adriatic seas to the polar ice caps of the North Cape, Crystal Cruises will offer 29 destination-rich itineraries throughout Europe in 2007. Voted the world's best large cruise ships by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will unlock the antiquities of Europe on cruises departing April 7 through November 9.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Following a $23 million dry dock, Crystal Symphony has emerged with a dazzling new nightclub, a complete redesign of its main entertainment deck and a decidedly sophisticated and contemporary style. Crystal Symphony's comprehensive refurbishment, its largest ever, has transformed all staterooms and bathrooms, completely reconstructed a social lounge and casino, refashioned boutiques, shops and its famed Bistro café, as well as dozens of behind the scenes improvements.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
As Dubai continues on its awe-inspiring climb as one of the world's hottest travel destinations, Crystal Cruises is expanding its travel opportunities to this stylish emirate with four diverse cruises and a new pre- and post-cruise hotel stay. For the first time, the award-winning luxury line will deploy both of its ships in the region in 2007.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
As Crystal Cruises puts the final touches on its 11th Annual Wine & Food Festival, the award-winning luxury line is serving up the hot new details of its celebrity guest roster for the first half of 2007.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Renowned for its authentic and innovative shoreside excursions, Crystal Cruises is introducing more than three dozen new land adventures as part of the luxury cruise specialist's 2007 return to Asia.
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Befitting the grandeur of the World Cruise, Crystal Cruises has set a roster of award-winning entertainers to join Crystal Serenity's 12th annual 2007 World Cruise, beginning January 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Following the debut of the luxury line's wireless Internet service in September, Crystal Cruises plans to launch cell phone service later this month aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. "Quiet zone" technology enhances the new cell service, allowing select areas of the ship to be cell phone-free.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Crystal Cruises' business class air and luxury cruise savings provide sweet incentives to travel in luxury to Europe in 2007.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
For the first time in three years, Crystal Cruises' 2008 World Cruise will take guests on a 108-day odyssey through Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, India, Northern Africa and the Mediterranean. Responding to travel agents anxious to promote its 2008 World Cruise, Crystal Cruises has set its 13th annual World Cruise earlier than ever.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
From ballroom dancing to wellness, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises will showcase 12 different theme cruise topics on nearly half of its worldwide itineraries in 2007. Together, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will offer 64 destination rich cruises, of which 26 will feature dedicated theme programming.
Thursday, September 7, 2006
Ultra-luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is spending $23 million to enhance the award-winning Crystal Symphony in what will be the cruise line's largest-ever dry dock. In just two weeks, from October 31 through November 12, 2006, nearly 1,300 people will work around the clock on more than 150 separate projects to create what will essentially be a new ship, especially to those familiar with it.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Crystal Cruises is offering travelers the opportunity to experience all of the luxurious trimmings and expanded onboard programming of its renowned World Cruise in a condensed 24-day voyage from Istanbul to London.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Doctors from the renowned Cleveland Clinic will take to sea aboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity this December with experts on yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and even a PGA golf pro. Guests intent on restoring life balance will enjoy progressive seminars, wellness programs and fitness-focused shore excursions during Crystal Cruises' 10-day Caribbean Health & Fitness cruise.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Crystal Cruises has set three popular jazz groups and distinguished industry lecturers for its November jazz-themed Trans-Atlantic voyage from Lisbon to Miami. From the soft and soulful to the bright and energetic, the Michael Royal Trio, the Peter Appleyard Quintet, and the Kit Moran Duo will provide a vibrant range of jazz music throughout the 10-day sailing.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has announced its 2007 Value Collection sailings, allowing savvy travelers the opportunity to plan ahead and realize extraordinary savings of up to 52% off regular cruise fares aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Studies show that creative expression through cultural arts and music improves mental agility, language processing and depression. While Crystal Cruises is not guaranteeing it can heal, the cruise line is promising exceptionally stimulating programming for its 2007 World Cruise.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Crystal Cruises' 2007 Worldwide Cruise Atlas is now available to travel agents and luxury vacationers. The 149-page, full-color guide showcases the luxury line's 63 itineraries, visiting 152 ports in 67 countries.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
For an 11th consecutive year, Crystal Cruises has been voted the "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" in Travel + Leisure magazine's annual readers' survey. Crystal Cruises is the only cruise line, resort or hotel - and one of only three travel companies - to have won the prestigious award each year since the awards' inception.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
For the first time this fall, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises will feature four new cruises beginning or ending in Monte Carlo, allowing travelers more options to extend their travels in the South of France.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
In line with the increased consumer demand for customization and personalization, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has designed a new spa therapy menu exclusively for men. Crystal's "Time for Men" spa therapies offer a masculine focus on what was once primarily feminine territory.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Crystal Cruises is offering a new overland adventure to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The nine-night extended land program debuts in March 2007, and is available pre- or post-cruise in conjunction with two Crystal Serenity itineraries beginning or ending in Cape Town, South Africa.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Renowned for its authentic shoreside programs, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is adding new Crystal Adventures focusing on artisanal experiences in New England and eastern Canada. Offered with cruises during the prime fall foliage season, the new tours explore regional winemakers, yacht-builders, soap-makers, growers and local artisans.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Golf enthusiasts on Crystal Symphony's August 19 cruise from Rome to London can tee off with U.S. Open golf champion Corey Pavin at some of the Mediterranean's most exclusive golf resorts. Pavin will also participate in golf clinics, lectures and a Hole-in-One-Competition for a chance to win a free cruise.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Husband and wife, Democrat and Republican political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin will share their famous political passion aboard Crystal Cruises' 12-day August 19 cruise from Rome to London.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
In keeping with the surge of participation in expanded shoreside experiences, Crystal Cruises has increased the number of extended land adventures available with its 2007 World Cruise program.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises celebrates this Thanksgiving with a tropical flair and extraordinary savings of up to 50% off brochure fares. Families seeking a holiday getaway will appreciate all of the luxury, tradition and savings available with Crystal's Thanksgiving cruises aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Fans of Dan Brown's best-selling Angels & Demons - prelude to his blockbuster The Da Vinci Code - will relish the opportunity to follow the "Path of Illumination" on a new Crystal Adventure in Rome this summer. Given the growing fascination with The Da Vinci Code and works of Leonardo himself, Crystal Cruises will also welcome the author of Math and the Mona Lisa aboard two new Mediterranean cruises this summer.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
For its 2006 New England and Canada season, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is featuring more fall foliage cruises traveling round-trip from New York.
Friday, March 17, 2006
The well-traveled readers of Condé Nast Traveler have cast their votes and awarded Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity with the coveted No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the magazine's 6th annual "Best Cruise Ships in the World" readers' poll.
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
With an emphasis on active enrichment, Crystal Cruises is debuting 80 brand new Crystal Adventures on 11 varied cruises throughout the Baltic and Northern Europe this summer. Savvy travelers seeking unusual and authentic experiences may choose from 333 shore tours ranging from a two-day excursion to Moscow to an afternoon drink at Stockholm's unique Ice Bar.
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Some of the hottest names in food - Lucuqes' Suzanne Goin, Fleur de Lys' Hubert Keller, La Pergola's Heinz Beck, CityZen's Eric Ziebold, and Sam Choy of his eponymous collection of international restaurants, among others - join iconic Master Chefs André Soltner, Anton Mosimann, and newcomer Hiroyuki Sakai, known as the Iron Chef French on the popular TV series - in Crystal Cruises' 10th annual Wine & Food Festival at sea.
Thursday, January 26, 2006