discover the quiet beauty and urban sophistication of canada from the teak decks of crystal symphony this fall

July 26th, 2012

From the idyllic archipelagos along the St. Lawrence River to the grandeur of the Basilica Notre Dame de Montreal and the unspoiled beauty of the Magdalen Islands, experience the fall foliage, natural wonder, and cosmopolitan elegance of Canada aboard Crystal Symphony’s “Treasures of Canada” sailing. This seven-day, round-trip Montreal cruise, departing on September 30, 2012, is a brand new itinerary for the award-winning cruise line and has three maiden calls, including one in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, North America’s last vestige of the French Republic and Al Capone’s “home-away-from-home” during the island’s golden era of Prohibition profiteering. Other ports-of-call include Sept-Îles*, Magdalen Islands*, and Quebec City, Canada. With Crystal Symphony fresh from a $15 million “Extreme Makeover,” sailing aboard the très chic ship is more luxurious than ever.

Book by August 31, 2012 for all-inclusive rates as low as $3,055 per person (not including port, security, and handling charges). This cruise-only fare includes all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities for all room categories, dining, and bar staff; specialty on board dining, including Prego and Silk Road and The Sushi Bar by Nobu Matsuhisa; 24-hour room service; fitness and enrichment workshop classes, and much more. For additional information, please visit www.crystalcruises.com.

*Denotes maiden call for Crystal Cruises

crystal cruises’ short & sweet sailings – book by june 30 for limited time savings!

June 20th, 2012

Shorter can be sweeter! Ultra luxe Crystal Cruises is offering 12 new, five- to eight-day sailings from July through December 2012. To accommodate today’s time-strapped traveler, these shorter sailings showcase the favorite must-see destinations and charm-filled gems of Southern Europe while “tasting” the Crystal difference.

The “Crystal Getaways” sale offers new and returning guests the chance to experience Crystal’s award winning, all-inclusive service for as little as $262/person per day if booked by June 30. The sailings available for this first-time offer are:

Starting at just $1,310 per person, the rate for these all-inclusive sailings includes luxurious accommodations; gourmet dining including Nobu’s Silk Road and Piero Selvaggio menus at Prego; fine wines and premium spirits; gratuities for housekeeping, bar, and dining staff throughout the ship; all fitness classes; inspirational enrichment activities; a variety on onboard entertainment; and much more!

For Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

extreme makeover: cruise ship edition

June 19th, 2012

Sure, Ty Pennington may be able to remodel a home in one week, but could he do the same for a 77,319 square foot cruise ship in two? Well, the interior designs teams at Adfecto and SMC Design from London and KNA Design from Los Angeles have done just that to Crystal Cruises’ award-winning ship, Crystal Symphony.

The completion of the recent $15 million dry dock reveals chic new public spaces aboard the ultra-luxe ship, including the Avenue Saloon, Palm Court Lounge, Galaxy Lounge, Hollywood Theatre, Bridge Lounge, Fantasia and Waves “junior cruisers” entertainment centers, and the Tender Landing/passenger boarding area.  The final step in a five-year plan, Crystal Cruises has now redesigned every room aboard the prized ship, to the tune of $65 million.

Now that the dry dock is complete, Crystal Symphony is showing off her new look while she explores the Baltic and Northern Europe before crossing the Atlantic in September to experience the brilliant foliage and infamous beauty of fall in New England and Canada.

For more information on Crystal Cruises and upcoming itineraries, please visit www.crystalcruises.com.

rocket man: crystal cruise’s tribute to elton john

June 6th, 2012

“Saturday Night’s Alright” aboard Crystal Cruises!  Crystal recently took the idea of entertainment to a higher level with their newest show, “Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John.”

British impersonator Jonathan Kane exceptionally mimics Sir Elton’s unique style – from his piano playing, voice, and mannerisms, to his unmistakable on-stage persona (Kane wears a shiny gold tux, a perfectly shaped wig and funky glasses, need we say more?).  Kane’s masquerade is flawless, bringing guests along for an entertaining, sensational ride.

Taking place in Crystal’s award winning showroom, the Galaxy Lounge, the lounge features a hydraulic-rising stage along with comfortable seating, giving everyone a taste of Crystal’s own “Rocket Man.”  Grab your passport and hop on board because Crystal’s taste in entertainment is only becoming more spectacular.

making the world a better place one port at a time

April 18th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Inc.com and Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is surely doing their part to help make the world a better place. It all started in January 2011, when they introduced the “You Care, We Care” voluntourism program where guests and crew can be directly involved in worthwhile causes in the destinations they visit, including opportunities such as assisting with poverty relief, education, cultural preservation, environmental conservation, animal welfare, and more. In May, Arun Gandhi joins guests aboard Crystal Symphony for a Iberian Peninsula sailing.

Few names in world history evoke such powerful images of integrity, courage, social harmony, and – perhaps most of all – hope. Arun Gandhi carries within himself the same guiding principles as his grandfather, the legendary peace-maker and spiritual leader, Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A speaker of international acclaim, Gandhi has spoken at hundreds of colleges and universities, and corporate and civic organizations. His unique talents and cross-cultural experiences have brought him before governmental, social, and educational audiences in countries all over the world. Arun is a cultural treasure, offering firsthand insights into one of history’s most influential leaders.

From May 9 – 21, 2012, join Gandhi aboard Crystal Symphony’s  ”Iberian Journey“ sailing from Barcelona to London, with calls in Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, and Málaga, Spain; Tangiers, Morocco; Lisbon and Oporto/Leixoes, Portugal; and Bordeaux, France. You too can help make the world a better place!

travel like a rock star with crystal cruises

February 29th, 2012

Crystal Cruises’ guests can travel like rock stars with the new, 24/7 luxury amenity, “Crystal VIP Airport Service.” With door-to-gate porter and escort services, fast-track processes through security, immigration and customs, and access to VIP and Business Class Lounges, guests will be able to bypass the stress associated with flying and let the luxury begin before they even board the ship.

Bypass the lines and get to the luxury

Crystal VIP Airport Services may include:

-Greeting upon airport arrival (inbound, outbound, and connecting flights)

-Luggage porter service

-Flight tracking and handling, including assistance with delayed or cancelled flights and related lodging, transportation, meals, etc.

-Escorted and expedited check-in, security, customs, and immigration

-Entree to restricted-access airport lounges

-Preferred boarding

-Limousine/town car transfers between airport, home, day room, and/or ship

For more information and Crystal reservations call 888-799-4625 or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

 

crystal love stories facebook essay contest

February 15th, 2012

Crystal Cruises launched its “Crystal Love Stories” Facebook contest yesterday, offering Crystal Society members the chance to win a free cruise for two worth up to $15,000.

For two months, Crystal’s past and present guests can submit their 100–500 word personal stories about their most cherished moments with Crystal Cruises. Entrants have until noon PST on April 16 to submit their love story, whether it be a romantic evening onboard, a lovely moment of relaxation at one of Crystal’s onboard spas, or a beloved experience on a shore excursion.  If you loved something about your cruise, make sure to let Crystal know!

Contest Entry Instructions:
1. Like the Crystal Cruises Facebook page.
2. Fill out the brief entry form.
3. Submit your inspiring essay of 100-500 words.

After the two month submission period, Facebook users will read and vote on the loveliest story of all. The two top vote-getters will be guaranteed a spot in the “Final Five” – a panel of Crystal judges will choose the remaining three finalists and the Grand Prize Winner. All five finalists will receive $500 in shipboard credits.

For additional contest details, visit Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page: www.facebook/crystalcruises

cruise the seven seas in downward dog

January 6th, 2012

It’s the beginning of a new year, and a new you! If you’re resolving to be healthier this year, why not kick start your new fitness regimen on board an ultra-luxe cruise ship? Crystal Cruises is now offering complimentary Pilates and yoga programs on board both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity on nine sailings each throughout the year. Travelers can attend several classes per day during their cruise, or arrange private one-on-one sessions of either interest (for a fee), as well as men- and couples-only yoga instruction.

Every Crystal Cruise offers a host of complimentary classes such as stretch, spinning, abs, circuit training/boot camp, and more. Crystal’s state-of-the-art fitness center, the only Feng Shui spa and gym at sea, features Kinesis strength training equipment, LifeFitness® treadmills with individual flat-screen TVs, cross trainers, recumbent and upright life cycles and steppers, free weights, and other strength-training equipment. Golf instruction, tennis, Nordic Pole walking, WALKVEST® Training, personal trainers, and a bevy of dietary choices offer the perfect opportunity to kick-start, or comply with, your healthy lifestyle.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012 aboard Crystal Cruises!

For more information on Crystal Cruises, visit www.crystalcruises.com

crystal serenity rescues capsized rowers!

December 14th, 2011

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity rescued two rowers this morning while en route to St. Maarten from the Canary Islands.  The rowers’ small boat capsized 480 miles west of the Canary Islands after a large wave sunk their boat. Twenty-three-year-old Tom Fancett from the U.K. and Tom Sauer from the Netherlands, competitors in the 2011 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Race to row across the Atlantic, were huddled on a tiny life raft for 10 hours before being picked up by Crystal Serenity at 6:00 a.m. local time. The ship was 120 nautical miles north of the rowers when it received the rescue assist call from the Falmouth (U.K.) Coast Guard.

Sailing at full speed to the boaters, Captain Økland maneuvered Serenity through the remaining Atlantic Challenge racers and worsening weather. With lookouts posted throughout the night, Crystal Serenity located the boaters’ flare five hours later, hoisting them directly onto the ship.  After a checkup in the ship’s medical center, the survivors appear to be healthy.  Crystal Serenity expects to arrive on schedule in St. Maarten on Sunday.

“Both individuals are in good spirits and, of course, very happy to be alive,” says Crystal’s President Gregg Michel.  “We are so proud of the quick reaction and skilled seamanship of our crew that enabled them to save these brave men.  While these young men hoped to cross the Atlantic in a most basic fashion, they are certainly experiencing the crossing in the most luxurious environment – an ironic, and heartwarming, turn of events.”

wonderful, wonderful copenhagen

December 12th, 2011

Image courtesy of cntraveller.com

Mark Bittman knows food, and he’s picked Copenhagen as the newest breakout culinary city. Serious foodies will be already be familiar with Noma, the two Michelin star restaurant run by chef Rene Redzepi (and Restaurant Magazine’s Best Restaurant in the World the last two years running), but Bittman’s recommendations don’t stop there: there’s also Relae (run by Noma alumni), Geist, Paustian, Schonnemann, and Kodbyens Fiskebar. From the Robuchon-style mashed potatoes with pickled brown crab at Geist, to the herring smorrebrod sandwiches at Schonnemann, each restaurant serves up traditional Danish fare with a modern twist.

It’s not only the restaurants in Copenhagen that are cool—the city is also home to its very own Ice Bar, where everything from the walls and furnishings to the cocktail glasses the vodka libations are served in are made from ice specially imported from the Tome River in Jukkasjarvi, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. The bar’s kept at a crisp 23 degrees Fahrenheit—so bundle up!

If your appetite’s been whet for the latest in creative Nordic cuisine, Crystal Symphony will be making six calls to Copenhagen in 2012, including three overnights, giving you plenty of time to sample the best the city has to offer. Book Now All-Inclusive fares start at just $5,890/person, double occupancy, through December 31. And for an even greater in-depth tour of Scandinavian gastronomy, Crystal’s Wine & Food Festival-themed August 14 sailing from Stockholm to London will feature two renowned Nordic chefs on board.

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