Crystal Cruises is expanding its uber-exclusive collection of intimate “Boutique Adventures” during summer Northern Europe cruises with two new experiences in Belfast and Berlin. The shoreside outings – none of which are available on any other cruise line – offer intimate access to Northern Ireland’s political leadership and Germany’s Soho—Soho House, that is, along with visits to film locations around the city.
The excursions—which are limited to 15 guests max—will be held during five June to August Crystal Serenity cruises visiting:
* Belfast: Go behind the closed doors of Stormont, the seat of Northern Ireland’s governing Legislative Assembly, and symbol of hard-won peace solidified by 1998’s “Good Friday Agreement.” A friendly three-course lunch with an Assembly member follows, at an almost 200-year-old Georgian manor and working farm.
* Berlin: From the port city of Warnemunde, travel to Berlin to be led by a local film expert through the city’s most famous movie locations, from films such as The Bourne Supremacy, Inglourious Basterds, and Run, Lola, Run. A champagne “wrap party” and private screening of Billy Wilder ‘s One, Two, Three will be held at the ultra-swanky Red Room inside members-only Soho House, formerly the home of the Soviet Politboro.
Launched in the Mediterranean this spring, Crystal’s new “Boutique Adventures” are crafted just for Crystal guests and provide opportunities for deeper cultural connections when visiting destinations.
“Oftentimes, there’s no better way to understand a place than by talking to its people,” says John Stoll , vice president, land and port operations. “These excursions not only offer ample opportunity for conversation on very niche topics, but also take travelers inside the hidden halls of these countries’ tastemakers, be they the most private of club members to lawmakers on a national stage.”
The Belfast excursion is offered during August 26’s 7-day Dublin to London British Isles voyage. The excursion from Warnemunde to Berlin is offered on four, 10-day Baltic sailings between Copenhagen and Stockholm departing June 15 and 25 and July 20 and 30. All-inclusive fares for the sailings start at $4,145, with up to $1,500 in savings on select voyages, if booked by June 28. Boutique excursion rates vary depending on access fees and distance traveled.
Crystal’s passion for creating exclusive, eye-opening luxury shore-side experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures program, earning the line top ratings for two decades.