In an industry first, Crystal Cruises has teamed up with the esteemed University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts – alma mater of Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas, among many other film and media-makers – to present “Digital Filmmaking: The iPad iMovie Video Course” through the line’s exclusive Creative Learning Institute.
Crystal Cruises already charges one of the lowest rates in the luxury cruise industry for sole occupancy of a double occupancy room, but with a new solo travelers’ sale on fall Mediterranean voyages, guests traveling alone can enjoy even lower fares to vacation in ease through one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world. A significantly-reduced solo supplement of just 10% can save individuals up to almost $900 off a private, deluxe outside stateroom (Category C) of their own.
First-time visits to the Chilean Fjords and Puerto Chacabuco, plus nearly 100 Crystal Adventures ashore highlight Crystal Serenity’s brand new itinerary around the tip of South America next winter. Sailing from Lima to Buenos Aires for the first time February 2, 2013, the Crystal World Cruise segment takes guests on an immersive, 24-day journey to some of the most awe-inspiring and culturally exciting sites in the Southern Hemisphere
Louis XIV’s marital stomping grounds, puffins’ Icelandic party pad, a former Prussian capital, Napoleon’s birthplace, and the gateway to Norway’s most scenic vistas are among seven European ports-of-call Crystal Cruises will be visiting for the first time this year.
Crystal Cruises has released its latest Worldwide Cruise Atlas for all of 2013 and winter/spring 2014, becoming the first luxury cruise line to offer a published guide for those years. The ultra-stylish, 170-page book showcases the line’s innovative new brand campaign, “Begin a New Story,” which shares personal travel stories, images, and mementos in journal-like form.
Crystal Cruises is offering almost 30% more Crystal Adventures exploring Europe’s extensive Jewish heritage in 2012. A predecessor to the ultra-luxe line’s new Christian heritage tours, the popular program gives Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony travelers the opportunity to intimately experience Jewish culture and history.
Adrenalin junkies; shutterbugs; film, theater and jazz buffs; foodies; political opinionators; whole body lifestylists; amateur gardeners; lifelong learners; golfers; ballroom dancers; and other zealous hobbyists need only look to Crystal Cruises for luxury vacations that indulge their passions next year.
Due to political unrest and uncertainty in Egypt, Crystal Cruises has revised its October 12 “Ancient Land and Cultures” voyage to replace its call in Alexandria with a visit to Haifa, Israel and Bodrum, Turkey. Crystal Serenity’s amended itinerary extends guests’ experience in Israel to three days – two previously scheduled days in Ashdod and one additional day in Haifa.
After a year of planning, Crystal Cruises has now officially begun its transition to an all-inclusive brand. Launched with the start of Crystal Symphony’s Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise this month, passengers can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, butler, bar and dining staff.
After a year of planning, Crystal Cruises has now officially begun its transition to an all-quality “All Inclusive.” Launched with the start of Crystal Symphony’s Miami to Lisbon Trans-Atlantic cruise today, guests can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for all housekeeping, butler, bar and dining staff. Crystal Serenity follows suit with her spring Trans-Atlantic sailing on May 8.
As Crystal Cruises prepares to segue to ‘All-Inclusive’ starting next month, the ultra-luxe line has also been transforming in another big way: to a focus on significantly more local shipboard overnights at the beginning of cruises.
For its upcoming European season, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering new, interactive ways to explore the rich Christian history of the continent via new Christian Heritage Tours. Travelers cruising to the Mediterranean, western Europe, or the North Cape will have nine new opportunities to make a pilgrimage, attend mass, contribute to charitable works, or learn about the relics and architecture of centuries-old sites of religious renown, with more tours still in the works.