Crystal River Cruises Unveils Comprehensive New Collection Of Curated Destination Experiences

Line Debuts More Than 225 Excursions Designed To Cater To Travelers’ Personal Tastes In Europe’s Most Beautiful Locales

Crystal River Cruises today announced details of its new collection of destination experiences for voyages along Europe’s Danube, Rhine and Main rivers. By sea, river, land or air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Crystal will expand its fleet with the upcoming Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships, the Crystal Endeavor expedition yacht and an entirely new class of ocean ships over the next five years.

Crystal River Cruises

Crystal River Cruises

Debuting in 2018, the newly added offerings focus on authenticity and are tailored to travelers’ individual interests, featuring smaller group sizes and unique details. Nearly 200 enriching excursions are included, with additional pursuits also available at a cost. The shore-side excursions highlight the multi-faceted character of each destination and comprise five types of experiences including:

  • Personal Connections – Those looking to explore the culture of a destination can enjoy a one-of-a-kind tour hosted by local residents, artisans and experts;
  • Tantalizing Gastronomy – Guests can relish in the signature culinary styles and specialties of the destination with a variety of dining and hands-on cooking opportunities;
  • Cultural Discoveries – Guests will enjoy comprehensive insight from expert guides into historical landmarks, museums, iconic sites and architectural marvels;
  • Exhilarating Adventures – Active cruise travelers can participate in a selection of invigorating pursuits that combine historical and cultural experiences;
  • Design Your Time – For a more tailored vacation, guests can choose this option, which features a concierge service that designs unique private tours as well as a menu of customized choices.

“Every detail of the Crystal River Cruises’ curated destination program has been revamped to focus on choices, and offer more intimate, immersive experiences that perfectly suit travelers’ preferences and properly showcase the charm and beauty of the destinations,” says Walter Littlejohn, managing director and vice president of Crystal River Cruises. “While each locale offers its own distinct ‘can’t-miss’ experiences, we recognize that every guest brings his or her own distinct style of exploration, and we strive to cater to that individuality.”Crystal River Cruises-Crystal-Bach-Danube-River

With many destinations offering more than a dozen choices for shore-side discovery, some of the new experiences featured on voyages in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia include:

Nearly 200 Inclusive Adventures including:

  • Immersive culinary experience in the foodie haven of Rotterdam;
  • String & opera performance in a historic Antwerp cathedral;
  • A full day exploring Salzburg from Linz;
  • Horse show & carriage ride at Lázár Equestrian Park;
  • An owner-hosted tasting at Schlagkamp Winery in Cochem;
  • Cycle to Veitshochheim Castle and its Rococo Garden in Wurzburg;
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Amsterdam’s greenhouses, where the famous tulips are cultivated.

Dozens of Optional Experiences including:

  • Vintage photography adventure in Vukovar;
  • Hands-on instruction in Linzer torte baking;
  • Private home cooking lesson in Kehl;
  • Wine tasting in the renowned cellars of Vienna’s Palais Coburg;
  • Canoe through the romantic canals of Strasbourg;
  • Explore Budapest by Trabant Cars;
  • Hands-on creativity in one of Novi Sad’s last remaining tapestry workshops;
  • Horseback riding through the forests of Novi Sad’s Fruška Gora National Park.

Each river itinerary will also feature inclusive Signature Events – special events that offer rare access and musical performances in iconic landmarks including Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, Linz’s St. Florian Monastery, Rüdesheim’s Monastery Eberbach, and others.

To ensure that every detail of each experience is in line with Crystal’s exacting standards of service, excursion group sizes are limited to no more than 15 guests; for larger groups, guides are available to lead the tours in German, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages upon request. Crystal Collection shore excursions offer guest transport to iconic sites and regions via spacious motor coaches that include free WiFi.

Guests can fully embrace the culture, flavors, history and activities of each destination with the expansive selection offered aboard Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel. Fares for Crystal River Cruises start at $3,175 per person including Early Booking Savings of up to $1000 per suite.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.

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A World of Adventure Awaits: Royal Caribbean Brings Together Bold Itineraries and Unrivaled Innovations for 2019-2020 Season

Cruise Line Inspires Adventure with Industry-Changing Ships Sailing to More Destinations than Ever

Royal Caribbean International‘s expanding global footprint is evident in the 2019-2020 deployment plans, thanks to having unparalleled product offerings in the Caribbean, four new ports of call in Europe, and the first-ever Quantum Class ship to visit the Alaskan frontier. Combined with newly transformed ships designed to offer an unmatched short Caribbean vacation, Royal Caribbean is offering more adventures than ever for guests of all ages.Royal_Caribbean_International_logo

More Ways to See the Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is changing the game when it comes to short Caribbean cruise vacation offerings. Newly modernized and purposefully redesigned with families in mind, two of the cruise line’s Voyager Class shipsMariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will sail 3- and 4-night itineraries to The Bahamas. Touting favorites unique to Royal Caribbean, and new features catering to emerging trends and traveler preferences, both ships will represent the best product in the industry offering short, weekend vacations to the Caribbean. Mariner will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, while Navigator will be based in Miami where guests will be welcomed through Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in PortMiami. Voyager Class changed the industry by introducing unexpected activities and adventures, including the rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and Royal Promenade. Together with some exciting new features, they will be perfect introductions for first-time guests and families, who are short on time, to experience the best of the Caribbean in a weekend.

Travelers from the Southwest also seeking short Caribbean getaways can take advantage of 4- and 5-night sailings on Enchantment of the Seas from Galveston, Texas to various destinations in Mexico, year-round. Short Caribbean itineraries will be available to book the week of Nov. 20, 2017. All itineraries will be available to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.

All four of the world’s largest cruise ships – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas – will set sail from Florida in 2019 through April 2020. Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in its class, will undergo a bow-to-stern transformation before homeporting at Royal Caribbean’s custom-built Terminal A at PortMiami for the fall and winter seasons, alongside her newest record-setting sister ship, Symphony of the Seas, which will be a year-round Miami resident. Continue reading

Crystal Cruises Announces Expanded Collection Of 2017 & 2018 ‘Crystal Getaways’

More Convenient Global Ocean Escapes Added To Suit Any Travel Schedule

In its continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices, Crystal Cruises has unveiled an expanded selection of Crystal Getaways – abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries – for both 2017 and 2018. New to the roster of Getaways are eight shortened segments of Crystal Serenity‘s 2018 World Cruise voyages, exploring Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, South America, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and the Caribbean. The global voyages range from four to 17 days in length, providing busy travelers options for luxury vacations with reduced investment of time and funds.

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Crystal Cruises Logo (PRNewsfoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Getaways are perfectly suited to modern luxury travelers, whose calendars are packed but who relish opportunities to discover new cultures and adventures,” says Carmen Roig, Crystal’s Senior Vice President Of Marketing And Sales. “These shortened itineraries help our guests make the most of their travel time, with the same standard of Crystal’s award-winning luxury and enriching experiences, at a fraction of the fare of the full voyage.”

Combined with existing 2017 Crystal Getaways exploring the Arabian Coast, South Africa and the Caribbean, the newly added 2018 itineraries round out a total of 15 abbreviated worldwide journeys. Guests can discover the glamour of the United Arab Emirates and the wilds of the African savannah; the bustling marketplaces and sacred temples of Vietnam and the famous giant pandas of Chengdu; the crystalline waters of Fiji and waterside jungles of Phuket; and the biological wonders of the Galapagos Islands and colorful culture of Chile. The new collection of Crystal Getaways includes:

2017

  • November 22, Dubai to Abu Dhabi, 4 days, Crystal Symphony
  • November 26, Abu Dhabi to Mahé/Victoria, 5 days, Crystal Symphony
  • December 1, Mahé/Victoria to Port Louis, 8 days, Crystal Symphony
  • December 6, Fort Lauderdale to Barbados/Bridgetown, 8 days, Crystal Serenity
  • December 9, Port Louis to Maputo, 7 days, Crystal Symphony
  • December 14, Barbados/Bridgetown to Charleston, 6 days, Crystal Serenity
  • December 16, Maputo to Cape Town, 6 days, Crystal Symphony

2018

  • January 30, Honolulu to Sydney, 17 days, Crystal Serenity
  • March 15, Hong Kong to Singapore, 14 days, Crystal Serenity
  • March 28, Singapore to Colombo, 12 days, Crystal Serenity
  • April 6, Valparaíso to Lima, 6 days, Crystal Symphony
  • April 9, Colombo to Mumbai, 6 days, Crystal Serenity
  • April 12, Lima to Colón, 7 days, Crystal Symphony
  • April 23, Aruba to Fort Lauderdale, 7 days, Crystal Symphony
  • May 26, Honolulu to Vancouver, 8 days, Crystal Symphony

All-inclusive cruise fares for Crystal’s 2017 and 2018 Crystal Getaways abbreviated voyages start at $940 per person. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Condé Nast Traveler Reveals the All-New 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Airlines, and Cruise Lines

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports–thereby creating our largest-ever list of Readers’ Choice Award winners. The Readers’ Choice Awards will be announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. (The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.)

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THE 2017 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS:

  • Top Large and Small U.S. Cities: Chicago for the first time ever and Charleston, S.C., for the seventh year in a row!
  • Top Hotel in the U.S.: Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Top Resort in the U.S.: The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyo.
  • Top Island in the U.S.: Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Top Island in the World: Boracay, Philippines
  • Top Hotel in Europe: La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
  • Top Hotel in South America: Fasano, São Paulo
  • Top Airline in the World: Air New Zealand
  • Top U.S. Airline: Virgin America
  • Top U.S. Airport: Indianapolis (IND)
  • Top Airport in the World: Singapore (SIN)
  • Top Large Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
  • Top Midsize Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
  • Top Small Cruise Line: Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Top River Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 83 million tourists went to France in 2016, making it the most popular country in the world to visit.
  • 12 new hotels that opened in 2017 have already made it into this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Colorado is so popular that it now has its own hotel and resorts lists.

NEW TRAVEL TRENDS

  • The popularity of holistic spa resorts is on the up, especially those that tap into their local surroundings.
  • We’re aching for simplicity when we travel. Instead of multidestination, run-around-see-everything spots, we’re looking to kick back, relax, and enjoy the place.
  • Smaller airports and secondary cities are both more popular than ever.

Celebrity Cruises to Offer Legal Same-Sex Marriages Onboard

The Historic First For The Brand Was Made Possible Following A Monumental Vote In The Fleet’s Country Of Registry

Celebrity Cruises is proud to announce that same-sex marriages performed onboard are now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the modern luxury brand.

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Celebrity Cruises Logo

The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country’s parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.

Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “This is one for the history books!

The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, bottle of Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony.

Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal,” said Barbara Whitehall, Managing Director, The Wedding Experience. “We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.

To learn more about the Celebrity Weddings program and The Wedding Experience, visit www.celebrityweddings.eweddingcalendar.com.

Silversea Unveils Grand Asia Pacific Voyage In Partnership With The Peninsula Hotels

Silversea Cruises has announced a partnership with The Peninsula Hotels that will enhance the programming for Silver Muse‘s 73-day Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, departing on February 2, 2019, as part of the First Quarter Itinerary for 2019 now open to reservations. The two renowned luxury brands will also collaborate on other Asia-focused itineraries.

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Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse at Sea. The ship will embark on a 73-day Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, departing on February 2, 2019, as part of the First Quarter Itinerary for 2019.

Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud joining the Expedition fleet in 2018, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and 1,000 fascinating destinations in between.

The Grand Asia Pacific Voyage will sail from Sydney to Tokyo, visiting 39 enchanting destinations in 12 countries. On this extraordinary journey, Silver Muse will trace a path through lands Down Under, revealing its unique cultures and breath-taking scenery — from Sydney’s iconic Opera House to the green-draped fjords of New Zealand‘s Milford Sound. The adventure then continues to the timeless treasures and futuristic vision of Asia, with a trio of segments encompassing Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

The Peninsula Hotels will enrich the experience for Silversea guests with insider knowledge provided on the exotic Asian destination by an on board team of local specialists and chefs. Guests will also enjoy exclusive events in select Asian cities, arranged in collaboration with The Peninsula Hotels.

Providing the perfect finishing touch will be a three-night post-cruise stay at The Peninsula Tokyo, where guests will be treated to a Japanese-themed dinner event in the hotel’s elegant Grand Ballroom.

We are delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to partner with such a legendary brand,” said Mr Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman. “The Peninsula Hotels shares our commitment to excellence and providing the highest level of personal attention, and we are certain this will be reflected in every detail of their contributions to our guests’ travel experience.”

Aboard Silver Muse guests enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine at eight dining venues, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programs; roundtrip transportation into town (in most ports); on board gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments); and one hour of complimentary Wi-Fi per day for all guests.

We are delighted to announce this partnership with Silversea, which marks an exceptional and personalised travel opportunity. Silversea is globally recognised as an innovative leader in ultra-luxury cruising and The Peninsula is renowned as one of the world’s finest ultra-luxury hotel brands. By coming together, the two companies will offer a seamless and exquisite journey on sea and on land for our discerning guests,” said Mr Clement Kwok, CEO of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels. “We look forward to developing personalised programmes that will provide Silversea guests with truly memorable and authentic experiences of Asia’s culture, history and traditions.”

Crystal River Cruises Unveils Authentic, Inspired Culinary Concepts For Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled detailed highlights of the culinary concepts and offerings to be featured aboard Crystal Bach, the first of the company’s “Rhine Class” river yachts, debuting in August. Sailing routes along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers, the all-balcony, all-suite vessel will offer sophisticated menus of cuisine inspired by the region, artfully crafted by a team of expert European chefs. And while the specialties themselves will be creatively designed specifically for Crystal Bach’s stunning itineraries, the philosophy of culinary excellence remains rooted in Crystal’s commitment to using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers and serving dishes that authentically represent the destinations visited.

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Crystal River Cruises logo

As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a new standard of luxury in river cruising on many fronts, including the culinary concept and innovative experiences found on board,” says Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Crystal. “While we are always pursuing new and distinctive experiences on each of our luxury vessels, our overall dedication to unsurpassed quality and abundant choices remains constant.

Guests will dine on fresh fish and seafood from Holland, seasonal fruits and vegetables from Germany and the Netherlands, meat and poultry from farmers in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps, along with wine, beer and cheese specific to the region. Uniquely European delicacies will also be featured on the expansive menus, including sturgeon caviar from Eindhoven and river crawfish from the Rhine. Additionally, as aboard Crystal’s first luxury river ship, Crystal Mozart, coffees and teas by Julius Meinl, a prestigious Vienna-based company who has crafted the beverages since 1862, will be served on Crystal Bach.

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Artist Concept of Waterside Restaurant on Crystal Bach

Crystal chefs will create dishes that have been favored by local people and nobility for centuries, as well as some options that boast a modern twist on the classics. From the elegant Waterside Restaurant – the main dining room aboard Crystal River vessels – to the relaxed Bistro Café and the exclusive Vintage Room, guests will find farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine that complements the cultural discoveries of their journey.

Dutch herring on dill mousse and German green split pea soup with smoked duck join other European delicacies like Dornfelder braised oxtail ragout and Boeuf Bourguignonne. Mouthwatering dishes such as truffle spring chicken cassoulet “En Croute,” broiled dover sole “Meuniere” and cold-water lobster served with a creamy leek risotto are also among the culinary palate pleasers.

A brand new dedicated selection of vegetarian dishes will also be offered aboard Crystal Bach, which will offer the same fresh and authentic approach to the overall menu.

The culinary experience aboard all Crystal vessels is meant to inspire travelers to discover more about the world they explore, as food and the camaraderie of dining is such an integral part of the travel experience,” says Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations. “Guests aboard Crystal Bach will not only enjoy extraordinary new and classic flavors, but also a taste of the history and culture of this beautiful region.

In addition to the inspired cuisine served on board the luxury river yacht, guests can indulge in exclusive dining experiences at Michelin star-awarded restaurants in select destinations. Each 2017 itinerary will feature at least one opportunity to indulge in signature fare of renowned eateries ashore, the first of which will be complementary.

The vessels will be the river cruising industry’s first all-balcony, all-suite designs boasting every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. Every suite will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.