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.

Crystal AirCruises’ Reveals ‘Holidays Around the World’ Journey, Enticing Travelers to Make Next Year’s Adventure This Year’s Best Gift

Lavish Winter Itinerary Spans The Wonders Of India, Australia/New Zealand, French Polynesia, And UAE

As the holiday season quickly approaches, Crystal has unveiled an extraordinary itinerary that will make global luxury travelers start to look ahead to next year’s festivities. Crystal AirCruises Holidays Around the World journey offers 16 days of exceptionally luxurious exploration of far-off locales, departing from Los Angeles on December 22, 2017. The private jet journey begins with Crystal AirCruises’ signature Launch Day & Bon Voyage dinner and accommodations at the Montage Beverly Hills. This magical holiday journey has been specially curated to cater to the spirit of wanderlust and warm-weather dream destinations that many travelers desire during the winter months, featuring two- and three-night stays in Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Queenstown/Christchurch, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Jaipur, India; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.crystal_aircruises_boeing_777

The holiday season and Crystal AirCruises share the common spirit of dreaming big and fulfilling wishes, making this particular itinerary an ideal adventure for an extraordinary holiday next year, or as the grandest gift under the tree this year,” says Crystal chairman, CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez.Holiday voyages aboard our ocean ships have always been a special occasion for travelers seeking adventure along with the traditions of the season. A Crystal AirCruise takes holiday travel to a new level, with the opportunity to celebrate the season while discovering several new destinations aboard a luxury private jet, with the added gift of exclusive Christmas and New Year festivities that only Crystal can offer.cc_aircruises_logo_2016_v-sc-black

Along the way, guests will be treated to all-inclusive Crystal Experiences™ that reflect the natural and cultural allures of each destination. Experiences for intrepid adventurers, history buffs and foodies are in store for gallivanting holiday travelers in 2017, while Crystal AirCruises’ Design Your Time option allows for a fully customized holiday.

Among the events and exclusive experiences planned by Crystal’s expert destination team:

  • Bora Bora/Papeete, French Polynesia (Accommodations at Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa) – An exclusive holiday dinner and celebration kicks off the island visit. During their stay guests will dive into the tropics with lagoon discoveries, soar over island peaks by helicopter, and indulge in world-class cuisine and Polynesian culture at hot spots like Maikai Bora Bora.
  • Queenstown/Christchurch, New Zealand (Accommodations at Hotel St. Moritz) – Highlighting the adventurous outdoor lifestyle of New Zealand, Crystal guests will enjoy a welcome reception at Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre, then explore Fiordland National Park by helicopter and 4×4 and ride horseback through Doonholme Farm. A master culinary class in Central Otago Wine Region and a boutique experience at Chard Farm Vineyards will showcase the flavors and vintages of the region.
  • Sydney, Australia (Accommodations at Sheraton on the Park) – Considered one of the world’s great cities for its nightlife, food scene and world-class shopping, Sydney is also an outdoorsman’s paradise. Crystal guests will be treated to VIP positioning for the ultimate New Year’s Eve soiree and fireworks extravaganza over Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge.
  • Jaipur, India (Accommodations at Oberoi Rajvilas) – During a full day at the Taj Mahal, guest will explore the pink city. Here guests can take in superb views of the city and historic palaces, or take a Personal Connections experience joining the locals as they start their day with a morning Aarti (devotion the Gods). Old World meets exotic adventure with sunrise yoga led by an acclaimed Guru and a Hindu art ceremony.
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE (Accommodations at The Emirates Palace Hotel) – From sparkling skyscrapers that rise along the Gulf to the Bedouin camel herds in the surrounding desert, Crystal guests can immerse themselves in the exotic thrills of one of the UAE’s most famous gems. Travelers can live out high-speed dreams with a Formula 1 racing experience at Yas Marina, plus privileged access to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and an exclusive “1001 Arabian Nights” Bedouin camp dinner reception.

Throughout the journey, guests’ every wish will be attended to by Crystal’s own expert crew, destination specialists and concierge. The luxuriously designed aircraft is larger and newer than any global jet tour travel option, appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private jets. The Crystal Exclusive Class seats are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds. The expansive social lounge with stand-up bar and dedicated table seating fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travelers. Cuisine will be prepared by a dedicated executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine list. Continue reading

Crystal Elevates Global Luxury Travel to New Heights with Crystal AirCruises Innovative Itineraries for 2017 & 2018

Lavish, Specialized Itineraries Now Available For Booking, Opening A World Of Options For Luxury Travelers

On the heels of the landmark announcement of Crystal AirCruises’ inaugural journey, Crystal revealed more of its 2017 and 2018 global itineraries for its privately owned Boeing 777-209LR, which are now open for booking.cc_cruises_logo_2015_v_150712

Each innovative Crystal AirCruises itinerary is based on four curated all-inclusive destination experiences from which guests can choose, as well as mix and match to create their ideal vacation: “Exhilarating Adventures,” “Personal Connections,” “Cultural Discoveries,” and “Tantalizing Gastronomy.” For the ultimate custom Crystal AirCruises voyage, Crystal’s Designed by You option offers travelers the services of the Crystal AirCruises Director, the expert concierge who hosts the entire AirCruise and land experience, attending to guests’ individual needs and wishes throughout. Designed by You goes beyond the extensive selection of curated experiences, allowing guests to create unstructured programs customized to their wishes.

The luxuriously appointed jet will transport travelers on all-inclusive journeys of 15 to 29 days, visiting the world’s most coveted destinations, both exotic and remote. Along the way, guests will enjoy five-star accommodations in each destination. Crystal AirCruises’ itineraries focus on luxury travelers’ interests, with options curated for culinary enthusiasts, history buffs, adrenaline seekers and exotic explorers. Guests will spend an average of 2 to 3 nights in each destination, staying at the finest hotels, resorts, safari lodges and eco-villages, chosen for their ideal location, luxury service and unique connection to the culture of the surrounding landscapes.

The luxuriously designed aircraft is larger and newer than any global jet tour travel option, appointed with features rarely found in even the most luxurious private jets. The Crystal Exclusive Class seats are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds. The expansive social lounge with stand-up bar and dedicated table seating fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travelers. Cuisine will be prepared by a dedicated executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine list.

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The itineraries set for fall 2017, and spring and fall 2018 include:

August 31, 2017: The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise

(Round-trip New York, 27 days) – Visiting New York, Chicago, Los Angeles; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, China; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; and Paris, France

October 21, 2017: Around the World: Iconic Sites & Legendary Locales

(Round-trip Los Angeles, 29 days) – Visiting Los Angeles; Lima, Peru; Easter Island, Polynesia; Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Lhasa, Tibet; Jaipur, India; Mauritius, East Africa; Victoria Falls, Zambia; and Prague, Czech Republic

June 1, 2018: Savoring the Winelands

(Round-trip San Francisco, 16 days) – Visiting San Francisco; Santiago, Chile; Mendoza, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Tuscany, Italy; Bordeaux and Champagne/Paris, France

June 24, 2018: Sacred Sites, Seashells & Safaris

(Round-trip New York City, 22 days) – Visiting New York City; Tokyo, Japan; Yangon, Myanmar; Gan Island, Maldives; Agra, India; Victoria Falls, Zambia; Cape Town, South Africa; and Vienna, Austria

September 8, 2018: Exotic Adventures

(Round-trip New York City, 22 days) – Visiting New York City; Lima, Peru; Easter Island, Polynesia; Cairns, Australia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Lhasa, China; Agra, India; Cape Town, South Africa; and Abu Dhabi, UAE

October 13, 2018: South Pacific Explorer

(Round-trip Los Angeles, 15 days) – Visiting Los Angeles; Easter Island, Polynesia; Bali, Indonesia; Cairns, Australia; Queenstown, New Zealand; and Bora Bora, French Polynesia Continue reading