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 some of the world’s most exclusive hotels and
resorts.The expanded Crystal Adventures Hotel Program welcomes 14 new
hotels in 2008, rounding out a record collection of 37 renowned properties
in 22 cities around the world.
The award-winning Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will embark
upon 61 destination-rich itineraries in 2008, beginning and ending their
travels in the world’s most exciting cities, including Rome, Venice, Buenos
Aires, Sydney, Dubai, Monte Carlo and more.
Among the new hotels for 2008 are:
—Dorchester Hotel (London)
—Hotel Hassler (Rome)
—Hotel Bel-Air (Beverly Hills)
—Molino Stucky Hilton (Venice)
—Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (Mumbai)
—Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong)
—Mandarin Oriental (Singapore)
—Hotel Majestic and Hotel Casa Fuster (Barcelona)
—Westin Hotel (Auckland)
—Hotel Le St-James (Montreal)
Other choices of pre- or post-cruise hotel stays include the Four
Seasons Hotel in Sydney, The Grand Hotel in Stockholm and the Mandarin
Oriental in New York. In some cities, such as Venice, Barcelona, Montreal,
Auckland and Hong Kong, Crystal is able to offer several choices.
Each property in the Crystal Adventures Hotel Program is carefully
selected for its location, level of service, ambience and attention to
detail. Many are destinations unto themselves with rich histories, famed
architecture, and storied pasts of noted guests and celebrities. While some
guests prefer pre-cruise hotel stays to ease jet lag, more prefer to extend
their time in the embarkation or disembarkation city to further explore the
destination. Depending on availability, guests can stay one or more nights
and further personalize their Crystal vacations.
“From the location to the local flavor, historical significance and
charm, the unique properties we feature are in high demand from our guests
who seek a seamless travel experience and the continuation of the style,
service, and luxury that they have come to expect aboard our ships,” says
John Stoll, Crystal’s director of land programs.