Crystal Cruises Announces New Short Cruises

Crystal Cruises, a US-based cruise company, is offering special sale deals for its new voyages.

The company is offering 12 new Mediterranean itineraries, as part of its Crystal Getaways sale. The sale is running until June 30, 2012, for sailings that will operate from July to December 2012.

All-inclusive, five to eight-day vacations on the Crystal Serenity commence at £850 per person, including accommodation, gourmet dining, fine spirits, gratuities, fitness lessons, and inspirational activities.

Jack Anderson, the company senior vice president of sales and marketing, said, ‘Many savvy travellers appreciate the pampering luxury of Crystal Cruises and know how amazing the Mediterranean is as a destination, yet may have very limited time to get away. At the same time, this sale conveniently enables those less familiar with cruising, or Crystal, to dip their toe into our Six-Star waters.’

The Mediterranean program is offering new itineraries, as well a 18 previously-scheduled seven to 12-day itineraries, for prices starting from £1,461 per person, based on double occupancy. The company is also offering round-trip airfare from around 90 North American cities as well as pre- and post-cruise stays at quality hotels in Lisbon, Rome, Barcelona, Venice, Istanbul, and Monte Carlo.

The company has earlier announced an expanded entertainment programme for its European voyages in 2012, including performances by celebrated local performers, showcasing their homelands’ culture and customs.

The cruises also include shore excursions, dining on celebrity cuisine, learning a new hobby at the innovative Creative Learning Institute, spa therapies, and many other pastimes for both entertainment and enlightenment.

Crystal Cruises Expands Voluntourism Programme In 2012

Crystal Cruises, a US-based cruise company, is offering an expanded ‘You Care, We Care’ ‘voluntourism’ programme for its cruises to Europe.

In 2012, the voluntourism programme includes the opportunity to participate in European goodwill opportunities in Ukraine, Italy, and Spain, as well as those currently existing in Greece, Estonia, Norway, Croatia, Germany, and Ireland.

The new humanitarian offerings included in the 2012 European calendar include support to the homeless at a social services centre in Odessa (Ukraine), aiding the charity brotherhood of Pio Monte della Misericordia, while on tours from Sorrento and Naples (Italy), and helping out at gardens producing medicinal plants at Olacau’s AIDEM Association in Spain.

John Stoll, the company vice president, land and port operations, said, ‘Since launching last year, this program has fostered an environment for understanding and caring about cultures, places, animals, and people in a way that traditional shore excursions often don’t. (These are) worthwhile causes that serve the people and the communities in destinations around the world, and enable our guests and staff to help them hands-on during their travels.’

The other voluntourism activities on offer include providing assistance to sea turtles in Athens (Greece), starving families in Tallinn (Estonia), stray cats in Bergen (Norway), deprived youth in Dublin (Ireland), differently able people in Livorno (Italy), aged people in Dubrovnik (Croatia), and underprivileged children in Navplion (Greece).

The company is currently offering a One Week Sales Event until June 9, 2012, offering cruise fares commencing at GBP1,664 per person, and including complimentary shore excursion credits on select, all-inclusive summer and autumn voyages.


Crystal Cruises Offers Entertainment Programme by Local Entertainers for 2012 European Cruise

Crystal Cruises, a US-based cruise company, is offering an expanded entertainment programme for its European voyages in 2012.

The cruise line is offering performances by celebrated local performers, showcasing the culture and customs of their homelands. The cruise entertainment programme will be including Flamenco in Barcelona, Irish step dancing in Dublin, as well as shows by local dancers, singers, and musicians in Italy, France, Spain, Monaco, Ireland, Turkey, Sweden and Ukraine, on 26 luxury cruises aboard the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity ships.

Chris Corrigall, the company entertainment manager, said, ‘Travellers trying to catch a very popular act in a foreign destination can find it challenging and time consuming to research options, buy tickets and travel to the show. Making this kind of inclusive entertainment available on board allows all of our guests to more conveniently enjoy another aspect of authentic local culture, and adds to the signature pleasures of The Crystal Experience.’

The featured artists include Interpreti Veneziani, a string ensemble performing in Venice (Italy), The Chamber Orchestra from the Music School of Stolyarsky for gifted children, in Odessa (Ukraine), Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, a boys’ choir, in Monte Carlo (Monaco), Hodjapasha Culture Center Whirling Dervish ceremonial show, in Istanbul (Turkey), and Teatro Tasso, in Sorrento (Italy). The live entertainment shows are also offered in St Petersburg (Russia), Honfleur (France), and Stockholm (Sweden).

The cruise line is offering all-inclusive, book-now fares until June 30, 2012, for seven to 15-day European voyages, for prices commencing at $1,828.65 per person.

Crystal Cruises Offers New Itineraries in 2013 Brochure

Crystal Cruises, a US-based cruise company, has released its Worldwide Cruise Atlas, detailing its itineraries and services for 2013.

The new 170-page catalogue offers 84 itineraries covering around 75 countries, and more than 250 ports. The brochure, part of the company’s new brand campaign, includes personal travel stories, images, and details of the amenities aboard the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity cruise ships.

Nitsa Lewis, the company vice president of marketing, said, ‘This Atlas showcases the Crystal experience in a very different, emotional, and sensory way, so that, through the personal stories of our own guests, other discerning travellers can embrace the idea that a voyage with Crystal goes way beyond just our ships. Our new campaign invites those who are seeking luxurious adventure to write a new story of their own -an experience ashore, a moment on board-adding yet another great chapter to the story of their lives.’

The brochure provides details of services, total available space, quality of products, and customer choices on offer, as well as current additional features made available to guests. The new gastronomic venues include All Inclusive, Chinese Comfort Food, and a late-night Bistro. The new brochure also includes entertainment options, and details of local visits and excursions.

The cruises include those grouped around regions, such as South America and Australasia for 2013, and LA to London in 2014; new routes introduced for the first time; as well as themed cruises, including the new Photography, Garden Design, and Esprit du Grand Prix Experiences of Discovery itineraries.