Continuing on its upward trend to surprise and impress ultra-deluxe Crystal Cruises today, Feb. 11, announced exciting new ports of call for 2017 during Crystal Serenity’s “Southern Celebración” voyage (which sails in full, 94 days round-trip from Miami on January 10). Designed to inveterate travelers the marathon sailings take an intensive direction through some of the most historically and culturally rich cities and ports in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, the Caribbean and Antarctica (the hottest destination for seafarers today). “Whether one is venturing to a region for the first time or is seeking new ways to explore long-beloved destinations, there are always new places to see and new cultures to encounter,” says Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “The 2017 World Cruise voyages offer guests the valuable opportunity to experience a diverse and holistic journey, with the varied history and traditions among the countries visited, while also fully engaging with the customs and beauty of South America as a region.”
What to expect:
In Chili–a trip to Iquique, Chile (see video)– which holds a mining history that evokes a vibe reminiscent of the American Old-West, while restored Georgian and Victorian architecture, duty-free shopping, wide swaths of beach and a sea with terrific surfing and paragliding, balance the atmosphere with that of a classically welcoming Latin beach community. The ship will also stop in Chile’s third oldest city, Castro Island (Chiloé), Chile –a resplendent UNESCO World Heritage Sites, its palafitos, or traditional wooden houses built on stilts, and renowned archaeological and contemporary art museums showcasing the island’s diverse and innovative culture.
Guatemala–a chance to visit Santo Tomás de Castilla– on the Caribbean coastline between Honduras and Belize, this relatively remote spot boasts a down-to-earth atmosphere that will give travelers a glimpse of the authentic Guatemalan lifestyle, complete with rugged adventures, ancient UNESCO-listed Mayan ruins, and exotic foliage and wildlife at one’s fingertips. Among the ways to immerse oneself in the local culture are snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach and kayaking in the warm coastal waters.
Peru highlights include a stop in Matarani – a small fishing port which is one of the most exciting spots on the Peruvian map with Arequipa, the UNESCO-listed town surrounded by three volcanoes, each towering at heights of around 20,000 feet. An adventurous, architectural and intellectual hub, Arequipa boasts a pretty town center featuring brilliant white buildings made of volcanic stone called sillar, and famously draws thinkers and diplomats, along with climbers and adventurers to its iconic sites.
Bookings are now open for Crystal’s 2017 “Southern Celebración” World Cruise for the entire journey or in six segments of 10 to 26 days, with all-inclusive segment cruise fares starting at $3,765 per person when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. If you want to take the whole cruise expect to pay from $35,130 per person and up. While that may sound steep it actually represents a savings of up to $8,500 per person when booked by Feb.29, 2016 and it comes with extra amenities such as exclusive events on board and ashore, specially selected gifts, private chauffeured transfers between the ship and airport, and $1,000 per person in “As You Wish” shipboard credits—those are in addition to gratuities and all drinks that are also part of the fare.
Of course sailing on any Crystal Cruises ship: Serenity, Symphony or the Esprit yacht, you will experience seamless service, top quality meals, enlightening diversions and a redefined elegance unmatched by any ships in its category.