Twenty-five years since Crystal Cruises introduced redefined luxury to the industry with the launch of its first ship, the Crystal Harmony (on which yours truly was a guest), the Los Angeles, California-based upscale ship operator is offering passengers a chance to join in its anniversary celebration. On Jan. 14, 2014, the Crystal Serenity will embark on a fantastic journey around the world. The 108-day voyage, which sails round-trip from Miami will be filed with festivities.
“A hallmark of Crystal’s philosophy for more than two decades has been to pioneer new programs, amenities, experiences and destinations, offering luxury travelers a truly unique journey each time they step aboard a Crystal ship,” says Crystal president and COO, Edie Rodriguez. “In 2015, we’re continuing that philosophy, pushing the limits and visiting new locales while celebrating the unchanging values that have made us the best in the world.”
In addition to the world cruise, Crystal ships will call at 224 ports in 65 countries in the next year with two dozen of them new to the lie. unprecedented calls include lesser-known locales like Albany, Australia; Ambodifotatra and Taolanaro, Madagascar; Arrecife, Canary Islands; Richards Bay, South Africa; Sanary-sur-Mer, France; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Souda Bay/Chania, Greece; Aomori, Japan; Archangel, Korsakov and Solovetsky Islands, Russian Federation; Belawan, Indonesia; Rijeka, Croatia; Bod¸, Narvik and ¨ye/Hj¸rundfjord, Norway; Helgoland, Germany; Londonderry/Greencastle and Galway, Ireland; Kochi, Japan; Sanya, China and Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago.
Shipboard birthday festivities will include special parties and receptions and European voyages hosted by Rodriguez and the company’s Chairman Nôbuyoshi Kuzuya. More fun will be doled out on four Trans-Atlantic, South America and Asia itineraries hosted by long beloved Crystal captains Glenn Edvardsen, Reidulf Maalen, Helge Brudvik and John ¨kland.
Passengers on the Symphony will get first looks at the ship’s $20 million-plus dry dock redesign that includes a new outdoor Fitness Garden; new equipment in the indoor Fitness Center; new designs in the main lobby area and bar; redesigned spa and casino spaces; additional PURE allergy-friendly staterooms and technological upgrades.
Those on Serenity will get a chance to enjoy the amazing show, “My Life: The Music of Billy Joel,” that pays a musical tribute, by star of “The Piano Man, James Fox, to Grammy award winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee..
Passengers who enjoy sleeping in will also be able to take advantage of the Late Risers’ Adventures–a collection of shore-side excursions scheduled especially for travelers who don’t want to miss the adventures ashore – or their beauty sleep. The “Late Risers” excursion offer the same enriching experiences in the world’s most stunning and significant destinations, beginning at 11:00 a.m. or noon, depending on the itinerary.
Fitness buffs will be able to see sights literally on the run with with Crystal’s new “Site Running” Adventures, while cyber-junky Crystal Society members can get hooked up with 60 minutes of complimentary internet access for every day of the cruise. For example, a 10-day cruise will offer 600 free minutes per person (or 1,200 free minutes per couple), a 12-day cruise offers 720 free minutes per person (or 1,440 free minutes per couple), a 14-day cruise offer 840 free minutes (or 1,680 free minutes per couple), etc., which can be used any time throughout the voyage.
Crystal provides seamless sailing with outstanding service, some of the best food afloat, attractive staterooms and suites and top-notch shows, spa and more. The company is offering special all-inclusive Book Now fares from now to January 2, 2015 all-inclusive for 2015 voyages that start at just $1,730 per passenger. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.