It’s hard to think about next Christmas when the temperatures are in the 80s in much of the US and summer hasn’t even started. But Crystal Cruises executive elves have been busy putting together a list of exciting experiences to give passengers for Christmas and other seasonal holidays. The ever-expanding luxury travel conglomerate will offering vacationers four distinctive sailings. In addition to journeys on the luxury-plus Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, there will be yacht trips on Esprit (which launched during the 2015 holiday season) and river cruises on the Crystal Mozart (which makes her bow in July as the first of five upcoming river yachts). Once on board passengers will find that the line’s little elves have decorated the vessels with all the trimmings while the chefs prepare holiday meals laced with Champagne, cocktails and festivities. (All beverages are included in the fare). “The intimate family atmosphere and traditional celebrations found on a Crystal holiday voyage, plus the adventure of exploring new places and cultures creates a truly compelling opportunity for travelers seeking new experiences to enjoy with their loved ones,” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez.
Plan ahead for Christmas 2016 with a 14-day, Dec. 20 Crystal Serenity round-trip cruise from Miami through the balmy Caribbean. The ship stops in Mexico, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Barts, Grand Cayman, San Juan, Montego Bay and Martinique; allowing for ample time spent on the white sandy beaches, under the blue water along the coral reefs, or in the treetops exploring the lush flora and fauna.
- December 21, Crystal Symphony 15-day Auckland to Melbourne voyage that explores the vast wine country, rolling farmland, sculpted mountain ranges and pristine beaches of New Zealand and the Outback makes for an outdoorsman’s ideal holiday. In addition to the combination of intrepid wilderness and cosmopolitan culture found in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga, and Wellington, guests will enjoy an enviable spot in Sydney Harbour for the spectacular New Year’s Eve display.
- December 22, Crystal Mozart magical round tripper from Vienna—a fantasyland in winter. .This thirteen day mystical journey takes you through holidays past and present with visits to typically charming European gems that come to life with twinkling lights, traditional music and merchants of all things festive in holiday markets in Austria, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. Three overnight stays – plus one two-night stay provide plenty of time to get lost in the winter wonderlands.
- December 23, Crystal Esprit sails from Dubai providing a multi-cultural flavor to the traditional holiday season, Crystal Esprit will travel to and from Dubai, the “city of gold,” through some of the Cosmopolitan Emirates most iconic hubs. Visits to Doha, Muscat, Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi allow travelers to immerse themselves in the contrasts that are artfully exhibited by the sleek, brand new modern structures that pay homage to the region’s ancient masterpieces, including the IM Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi (opening 2016) and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (opening 2017).
Holiday fares for 2016 begin at $6,595 aboard Crystal Serenity, $7,785 aboard Crystal Symphony, $4,465 aboard Crystal Mozart and $11,130 aboard Crystal Esprit. Included in the price are all drinkables except for premium wines, tips, and exceptional food and service.