LOS ANGELES, May 3, 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. A Halifax fishing expedition, a beer tasting at Montréal's Unibroue Brewery, and an adventure aboard the only four-masted schooner sailing the Maine coast are among 15 new shore excursions.
The ultra-luxurious, recently redesigned Crystal Symphony kicks off the season on September 14 with a seven-day cruise round-trip from New York, followed by three 11-day journeys between Montréal and New York. A new 11-day itinerary from Montréal to Miami explores the colonial coast and features an overnight shipboard stay in New York and the line's return to Philadelphia for the first time in 10 years.
Among the diverse authentic, exclusive and unusual experiences ashore are:
â€¢ Halifax by Hummer,
â€¢ Nova Scotia or Québec by air,
â€¢ Behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium (with Sept 14 cruise only),
â€¢ Private tours of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and the Institute
of Contemporary Art, exclusively for Crystal guests (from Boston),
â€¢ Coastal kayaking along Maine's Frenchman's Bay (from Bar Harbor) or the dramatic
shores of Nova Scotia (from Halifax), and
â€¢ Hike with a naturalist through unspoiled Bull Island (from Charleston).
Other local flavors include:
â€¢ A wine tasting through Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island wineries (from Newport),
â€¢ Lessons in Charleston's Lowcountry cookin',
â€¢ A Boston pub crawl that ends at the famous "Cheers" bar,
â€¢ A private gourmet lunch and wine tasting in Saint John, and
â€¢ A New England lobster bake in Bar Harbor.
"Our well-traveled guests are eager for shoreside enrichment that is fresh, intriguing and fun," says John Stoll, Crystal's director, land programs. "Whether it's active or cultural, they want personal experiences that speak to their individual interests and hobbies, and Crystal Cruises' fall collection of Crystal Adventures provides them with unexpected and authentic new choices."
Crystal Cruises' renowned Wine & Food Festival is featured on the October 24th colonial coast cruise spotlighting the culinary talents of visiting Chef Beau MacMillan of the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Master Sommelier Eric Hemmer, Educational Director, Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida.
Overnight stays in Boston, Montréal or New York are featured on every cruise. Depending on the itinerary, varied ports of call also include Bar Harbor, Maine; Charleston, South Carolina; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Newport, Rhode Island; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Québec City, Québec; and Saint John, New Brunswick.
Per person, double occupancy fares begin at $2,265, depending on itinerary selected. As part of the Crystal Adventures hotel program, guests can extend their holidays with optional pre- or post-cruise hotel stays at the Mandarin Oriental New York or The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal.
The Crystal Difference
Aboard Crystal Symphony, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices and quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.
Crystal Cruises enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence, anchored in 11 consecutive years of "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" awards by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines - the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved such distinction.
For additional information, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line's website at crystalcruises.com.