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Crystal Expands Worldwide Jewish Culture Exploration in 2011

Crystal Expands Worldwide Jewish Culture Exploration in 2011

With increased participation in Jewish heritage tours, luxury seafarer Crystal Cruises is expanding its related programming in 2011. 

Scheduled are over a dozen Crystal Adventures that explore Jewish life, past and present, around the world: in/near Mumbai, Miami, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Rome, Dublin, Jerusalem/Ashdod, and Odessa.

Each tour gives an overview of a culture within a culture, while also providing intimate connection with spaces, exhibits, artefacts, traditions, and people that bring the international Jewish narrative to life.  Among the highlights:

  • St. Petersburg: Discover how this resilient Russian Jewish community survived Communist oppression, war, and hardship to flourish today, as demonstrated through its people, community centers, music, and an intimate home visit.

  • Mumbai: Visit three synagogues, ranging from Baghdadi to Bene-Israel congregations.



    Copenhagen: Learn how 99% of Denmark’s Jews survived the Holocaust, at the Museum of Danish Resistance.

  • Dublin: Take in the social, legal, and political contributions of the Irish-Jewish community; see the first dedicated day school and home of Israeli ex-President Chaim Herzog.

  • German Concentration Camps: Explore Neungamme, which housed 100,000 prisoners outside Hamburg, and Berlin’s Sachsenhausen, which became the blueprint for all other camps.

  • Rome: Walk through the 2000+ year-old Jewish Quarter of Rome.

    While most 2012 excursions are still in development, Crystal is planning a Jewish heritage tour of Shanghai for its 2012 World Cruise.

    “These experiences offer meaningful opportunity for education, understanding, and reflection, for Jews and non-Jews alike,” says Vice President, Land and Port Operations John Stoll. 

    Crystal Cruises’ passion for creating unique and impactful luxury shore-side experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures program, and have earned the line top ratings from international travelers for two decades.

    The excursions, starting at $46 per person, are available as half-day or full-day adventures with the worldwide, value-rich itineraries aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.  Cruise promotions include up to $2,000/couple “All Inclusive—As You Wish” spending credit, up to $8,000/couple Verandah and Penthouse savings, Fall Fare Sale, Crystal’s Family Memories programs, and New-to-Crystal, Bring-a-Friend, and Crystal Society benefits.  All cruises include free air from many North American gateways (or generous air credits).

    For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625 or visit