LOS ANGELES, CA, January 3, 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.
Every detail of the optional shoreside golf excursions - from tee times, tipping and transportation to caddies and carts - is included and handled by Crystal's expert staff. Storage and cleaning of guests' golf clubs and shoes are also provided after each round.
Celebrity PGA pros will be joining Crystal guests at such courses as:
* The Monte Carlo Golf Club perched 3,000 feet above the French Riviera;
* Spain's El Saler Golf Course, rated by Golf Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Courses in the World, and
* Lisbon's Penha Longa Golf Course at the foot of the Sintra Mountain Range, among others.
Blending onboard enrichment with optional shoreside golf adventures, these cruises feature golf clinics, group and private instruction from the visiting PGA professionals, celebrity hosts and the unique opportunity to golf in as many as three different countries on a single voyage, while only having to unpack one's suitcase once.
"The challenge and excitement of playing these world-class courses is every golf enthusiast's dream," says John Stoll, Crystal's director of land programs. "The attention to detail ensures that our guests' expectations are consistently met, whether they play some of the world's finest golf courses, or simply sharpen their short game with tips from our PGA Golf Instructors on board."
Crystal's exclusive partnership with Taylormade, the best performance golf company in the world, enables guests to practice their swing with the No. 1 driver on the PGA tour. The line features right- and left-handed TaylorMade clubs for men and women, a putting green, and golf driving ranges aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
Crystal's 2008 Golf Theme Cruises:
* April 26 - May 7 aboard Crystal Serenity
Rome to London, calling in Monte Carlo, Monaco; Valencia, Spain; Gibraltar, United Kingdom and Lisbon, Portugal.
* September 27 -October 8 aboard Crystal Symphony
Montréal to New York, calling in Québec, Canada; Corner Brook, New Foundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bal Harbor, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.
* October 30 - November 11 aboard Crystal Serenity
Barcelona to Lisbon, calling in Valencia, Spain; Málaga, Spain; Cádiz/Seville, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Canary Islands, Spain and Madeira, Portugal.
Cruise fares begin at $3,780 per person, double occupancy, depending upon itinerary and suite selected. Golf excursion rates vary by course, and must be pre-reserved. Golf excursions can be pre-reserved through Crystal Cruises' website, crystalcruises.com.
Crystal recommends that golfers bring their own clubs, as their rental at the courses is based on availability. For added convenience, guests can ship their golf clubs with their luggage from the U.S. through Crystal's partnership with Luggage Concierge. For more information and arrangements on golf club and luggage shipping, contact Luggage Concierge at luggageconcierge.com or call 877-231-6408.
In addition to the courses included on the Golf Cruises, Crystal's concierges can arrange private tee times and play throughout other cruise itineraries. Other customized shore-side programs can be arranged in advance through Crystal Private Adventures.
The Crystal Difference
Aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, 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 superior quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea. Grounded in more than a decade of accolades, Crystal has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.
For additional information on Crystal Cruises, please contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit the luxury line's website at crystalcruises.com.