Aah, to see the world in style on a luxurious ship, dining on gourmet fare, being pampered by a top crew, enjoying enriching experiences and perhaps just sitting back and watching your worries disappear in the wake, that’s what Crystal Cruises is all about. And for 2017-2018 the Los Angeles, California-based cruise/travel conglomerate is featuring exceptional options for seafarers in its newest, glossy Cruise Atlas. Next year and in 2017 the company is offering itineraries in 116 countries and 469 ports of call for you to sit back and consider.
With its growing fleet of stylish yacht/riverboats, a jet plane, a plan to offer residences at sea and more ship builds, Crystal is the fastest growing travel corporations in the industry and one that is recognized as raising the bar on luxury cruises. “For guests seeking the memorable vacation experiences offered aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the new Atlas illustrates the special details of the award-winning Crystal Experience with bold new photography and striking imagery, as well as all the enticing details of the itineraries and life on board the world’s best ships,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO. “All Exclusive embodies the uniquely rewarding experiences guests can enjoy when traveling with us anywhere in the world, from the inclusive Michelin-level cuisine, premium wine and spirits and spectacular entertainment, to the enriching adventures ashore.”
In the new Atlas Crystal actually offers a visual interpretation of All Exclusive as the commissioned work of award-winning photographer Erik Almås portrays the romance and wonder of the Crystal Experience with stunning and creative brilliance. Among the global adventures in store for discerning luxury travelers in the next two years are:
2017 & 2018 Destination Highlights
· 113 Worldwide Itineraries: to Asia, Australia & New Zealand; the Mediterranean and Northern Europe; the Indian Ocean, Africa & the U.A.E.; Caribbean, Panama Canal & Mexican Riviera; South America, Antarctica & the Amazon; Pacific Coast & Hawaiian Islands; New England & Canada; and Alaska and the Northwest Passage.
· 469 unique ports in 116 countries, including 57 maiden calls.
· Alaska seasons each year, with more convenient seven-day departures round-trip from Vancouver.
· First-ever voyages to New Guinea.
· Crystal Symphony among very first cruise ships to visit Doha, Qatar.
· A second 32-day Northwest Passage transit in response to overwhelming demand in 2016.
· Serenity’s Southern Celebración World Cruise, a comprehensive 94-day odyssey through South America.
· A 99-day Grand Pacific Explorer exploring 46 ports in 14 countries, from the land Down Under to the Land of the Rising Sun.
· Inclusive 2- or 3-night pre- and post-cruise land programs to Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, and Paris.
· Themed itineraries that focus on key events such as Midsummer’s Eve in Stockholm, an overnight in Muscat on the Sultan’s Birthday, and the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh.
· First-ever holiday cruise in Africa traveling round-trip from Cape Town, December 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018.
· A history-making four World Cruises in a single year—14 dynamic voyages between Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity can be mixed and matched to create a customized global odyssey.
· Luxury African safaris on an itinerary also visiting Madagascar and Mauritius.
· Boutique itineraries exploring the North Cape, Amazon, Persian Gulf and Red Sea.
· Two extraordinary New Year’s Eve voyages, one a Hawaiian Holiday round-trip from Los Angeles, the other a Creole & Caribbean Celebration from New Orleans.
Like potato chips it’s not easy to pick just one of the above, so maybe you want to do a cruise im 2017 and another the following year. Or even two annually, why ntot? Cruising is the easiest way to explore the world with no hassles of having to pack more than once to go and once to disembark and a limited number of airline flights—one to get to the port of embarkation and another to get you home.