LOS ANGELES, July 23, 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. The changes reflect current trends and expand flexible travel options for future sailings, including Crystal Serenity's upcoming Thanksgiving voyage in which kids sail free.
Effective on its July 14 Mediterranean cruise, Crystal Serenity now features 157 flexible third-berth travel options in every category and on every passenger deck, including all Penthouse Suites and many Deluxe Staterooms with private verandas and picture windows. Every passenger deck also offers a variety of staterooms and suites with connecting capabilities, including a number with third berth capacity, expanding the options for extended groups of families and friends traveling together.
"The popularity of family and multi-generational travel is one of the year's top travel trends," says Bill Smith, Crystal's senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Families seeking great style and service, especially in overseas travel, appreciate our spacious ships and destination-rich itineraries. In the luxury sector, Crystal offers an attractive mix of activities, amenities, and shoreside adventures for every age, with the chance to introduce children and grandchildren to the world's great cities and sites while sharing valuable time together."
*Enjoy Third Berths on Thanksgiving Voyage where Kids Sail Free*
Travelers will have the perfect opportunity to take advantage of Crystal Serenity's new flexible accommodations during the ship's upcoming Thanksgiving voyage in the Caribbean and Panama Canal, November 19 - 30, 2007, on which kids 11 years old and under sail for free when traveling with two adults in a third berth suite. The voyage offers the chance to explore the beaches and rainforests of Costa Rica, have up-close encounters with marine life in the Caribbean, and experience the fascination of transiting the Panama Canal.
Offering family friendly activities and interests for all ages, the sailing is also a Mind, Body & Spirit theme voyage featuring instruction in Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates, and lecturers from the Cleveland Clinic, as well as the line's renowned Computer University@Sea®, and the innovative Creative Learning Institute.
Crystal Serenity's 2007 Thanksgiving voyage from Miami to Caldera, Costa Rica, features calls in: Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk; St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies; St. Maarten/Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles; Aruba/Oranjestad, Dutch West Indies; as well as transit of the Panama Canal. Fares begin at $3,380 per person, double occupancy, depending on stateroom selected.
With its acclaimed children's programs and activities, Crystal is the luxury operator best suited for the family market. Crystal Serenity has a fully supervised Junior Activities Program for kids ages 17 and under, and Fantasia - the ship's dedicated children's playroom - is outfitted with games, craft materials, Sony Playstation® and Xbox 360TM video games, and personal computers with entertainment and education software.
The line's highly qualified staff of Junior Activities Directors includes grade school, high school, and physical education teachers on summer holiday, as well as seasoned camp counselors. There is at least one counselor for each 12 participants, a ratio that supports a variety of age-appropriate activities tiered for toddlers through teens.
The Crystal Difference
Aboard the ultra-luxurious ships of Crystal Cruises, 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 12 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.