Amour. Sayang. Ást. Die Liebe. Ahave. Amore. No matter how you say it in any of the 75+ countries Crystal Cruises visits, love is in the air in February. So, starting Valentine’s Day, the ultra-luxe line is inviting its travelers past and present to share an essay of Crystal-adulation on its Facebook page, with the chance to win a free cruise for two worth up to $15,000. The “Crystal Love Stories” essay contest—the company’s first-ever Facebook “competition”—calls for 100-500-word personal stories about cherished Crystal experiences, either shared with a loved one while vacationing aboard Crystal Symphony or Crystal Serenity, or made special because of Crystal, thus creating a lovely, touching memory.
“Our past guests are passionate about their Crystal experiences, and love to tell their friends, family, and us about all the little details, and big experiences, that made their vacations so memorable,” says Jack Anderson, crystal’s senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Now, travelers can share those stories with the world and possibly win a free cruise for having the most beloved story of all.”
Examples of potential story topics include a romantic memory with a loved one, a Crystal Adventure ashore, pampering service, a learning experience, cuisine, the spa, entertainment, or just a magical travel moment with Crystal anywhere in the world.
Entrants from the U.S., U.K. (excluding Northern Ireland), and Canada (excluding Québec) will have two months to submit their story, after which submissions will be available for Facebook users to read and vote upon for two weeks. The two top vote-getters will be guaranteed a spot in the “Final Five”; a panel of Crystal-selected judges will select the remaining three finalists and the Grand Prize Winner.
- · Submission Period: Mon., February 14, 9 am PST to Mon., April 16, 12 pm PST
- · Voting Period for Facebook Users: Mon., April 16, 12:01 pm PST to Mon., April 30, 5 pm PST
- · Crystal Judging Period: Tue., May 1, 9 am PST to Mon., May 7, 12 pm PST
- · Five Finalists Announced: Mon., May 7, 12:01 pm PST
- · Grand Prize Winner Announced: Mon., May 7, 12:01 pm PST
In addition to the cruise for the Grand Prize winner, all five finalists will receive a $500 shipboard credit.
No purchase necessary; entrants must be Crystal Society members to win. Further contest details will be available on Crystal’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/crystalcruises, starting February 14. Terms and conditions apply.