Saturday, September 17, 2011

Luxury Operator Crystal Cruises Reveal 2012 Theme Cruises

Addressing the desires of niche-interest travelers, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces 25 Experiences of Discovery® cruises for 2012. Twelve different themes on more than one-third of next year’s voyages are planned for various global locales. Due to increased demand, Crystal’s stimulating and topical Ocean ViewsTM program will be offered on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony sailings.

The full list of theme voyages includes:

  • · Ocean Views: New this year, 2012’s program expands to not only again include World Cruise segments, but also Trans-Atlantics. During the sailings, expert thinkers from various fields (ambassadors, professors, military leaders, foreign correspondents, etc.) meet for several panel discussions debating current events and/or global issues.
  • · Big Band & Ballroom Dance: Crystal is doubling its number of Big Band and Ballroom Dancing cruises, so guests can dance and swing across the Atlantic on both ships in 2012.
  • · Emerging Artists: A huge sensation during Crystal’s 2011 Alaska season, Europe-bound guests next summer will now be the first to discover new, rising talent, fresh from Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight program.
  • · Wine & Food Festival: Expert chefs, wine authorities, mixologists, and other culinary pros unite to create special meals, cocktails, and presentations related to the region.
  • · Film & Theater: Stars and industry experts bring Hollywood and Broadway to life while sailing from LA to New York.
  • · Golf: Luxury play on some of Europe’s most prestigious championship courses.
  • · Jazz: Dozens of jazz artists performing, with insider extras.
  • · NFL Legends: Motivational talks by football greats.
  • · Floral Design: Expert-led how-to classes.
  • · Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute: An expanded curriculum of music, language, computer, fitness, and other enrichment classes.
  • · President’s Cruise: Crystal President Gregg Michel hosts a voyage packed with special guests, events, and receptions.
  • · Crystal Society: A celebratory gathering of veteran Crystal cruisers.

“Many travelers love spending their vacation indulging in a special interest or meeting others with similar passions,” says Bret Bullock, vice president entertainment. “On Crystal’s ‘Experiences of Discovery’ cruises, sophisticated explorers can expand their knowledge and connect in a luxury environment.”

Limited-time fares offer Two-for-One prices starting at $2,760/person (double occupancy), including free airport/ship transfers and round-trip air from 24 North American hubs (or substantial air credit). “All Inclusive—As You Wish” shipboard credit of $1,000-$2,000/couple is included on select sailings in the first quarter of 2012. Beginning in the spring, Crystal Cruises’ sailings will include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.

Crystal’s award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive on board choices for cultured world travelers.


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