Happy New Year…2015! Prime Hong Kong Berth Puts Crystal Cruises Front-Row for Next Eve Spectacle

Southeast Asia Holiday Sailing is Crystal’s First-Ever Round-Trip from Bangkok

Before the bubbles have settled in this year’s champagne glasses, Crystal Cruises has set party plans to spend next New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong, home of one of the most spectacular Eve bashes on the planet.

From December 30, 2014 through January 1, 2015, Crystal Symphony will be docked at Ocean Terminal in KowloonCRYSTAL-CRUISES-LOGO1 for a bird’s eye view of the famously elaborate countdown celebration and musical pyrotechnics display in Victoria Harbour.  The prime spot also provides the perfect vantage point for viewing the massive skyscrapers specially illuminated for the holidays and the nightly Symphony of Lights – the largest permanent light show in the world.

This is a ‘bucket list’ opportunity for guests to enjoy a truly over-the-top New Year’s, in one of the world’s grandest ports, steeped in exotic traditions and history, while surrounded by the comfort of Crystal’s ultra-luxury handling,” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs.  “For anyone whose New Year’s resolution includes traveling more, this entire itinerary is a great way to commit.”

The “China Sea Holiday Spectacular” Asia cruise boasts several holiday celebrations.  Christmas and Hanukkah will be celebrated with traditional feasts, parties, holiday shows, and religious services amidst Crystal’s lavish seasonal décor.  On New Year’s Eve, besides taking in Hong Kong’s holiday festivities in  luxurious comfort on board, Crystal guests can also enjoy a multi-course gourmet dinner, champagne, live music, and a festive balloon drop.

The 15-day holiday voyage begins December 21 and sails to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (overnight), Chan May, through Halong Bay, and on to Hanoi’s port of Hongai, and Hong Kong (two nights), conveniently round-trip from Bangkok’s port of Laem Chebang.  All-inclusive fares begin at $7,425/person, with $600/person air allowance if booked by February 28.

U.S. News & World Report Votes Crystal Cruises #1 In Luxury And Romance

ULTRA-LUXE LINE BOASTS INDUSTRY’S MOST WINS IN PUB’S INAUGURAL CRUISE RANKINGS

SHIP ITINERARIES IN EUROPE, THE PACIFIC, AND CARIBBEAN ALSO TOP SURVEY

Crystal Cruises Sommelier

Crystal Cruises Sommelier

Consumer advice and news magazine, U.S. News & World Report, has voted Crystal Cruises #1 in seven categories of its first-ever “Best Cruises” rankings– more than twice the first-place wins of any other line.  Crystal won “Best Luxury Cruise Line” and “Best Line for Romance” in the overall Best Cruise Line categories, and dominated several ship itinerary-based rankings within Region, Traveler Type, and Budget categories, winning “Best Cruises…”: “…for Couples“; “…for Luxury; and “…in the Caribbean,” “…in Europe,” and “…in thePacific,” respectively.  The 2014 survey also praised the company’s “unparalleled customer service,” called out its “distinct voyages around the world,” and gave Crystal Symphony perfect 5’s in its Health and Overall Ratings within several lists.  The complete results, profiling lines that “consistently meet the highest expectations of passengers and critics,” are now available at the magazine’s website, http://travel.usnews.com/cruises.

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Boasting a long-earned reputation for high standards of unbiased methodology in its polls, the now-online publication added cruises to its venerable roster of “Best” schools, hospitals, and more to “help travelers find a cruise that caters to their specific needs.”  The “Best” were chosen based upon expert editors’ evaluations of onboard amenities, customer service, and lodging and dining options; customer satisfaction, including traveler approval MIDSIZE_SHIP_13ratings and reviews; and health ratings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The rankings were then determined by lines’ Overall Score and quality combined with analysis of upcoming itineraries, price class, and reputation among specific traveler types, such as popularity among couples for the “Romance” category.

The magazine does their due diligence.  We appreciate their considering both guest experience and judges’ opinions, and the strict health evaluations by the U.S. Government–an arena in which we consistently earn high scores for cleanliness, maintenance, and health standards,” says Crystal President Edie Bornstein.  “After winning top honors within the travel industry for twenty+ years, it’s extremely gratifying to also be WBCS5recognized as such by, arguably, the top consumer industry surveyor in the world.”

The latest victories cap off a huge winning year for Crystal, with more than 35 awards in 2013, including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Cruise Line” (20th year), Gold List, and #1 and 2 “Top Cruise Ships in the World” (Midsize); Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” (18 consecutive years) and “World’s Best Service” (Large-ship); and numerous international accolades for the line’s service, spa, dining, entertainment, design, marketing, and overall experience.  As a leader in the luxury hospitality industry, the company has earned more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.

Aboard the ultra-chic Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, luxury and romance abound, with offerings such as all-inclusive dining, serving fine wines and Nobu Matsuhisa cuisine at a candlelit table for two; dancing, including lessons, in several intimate venues; a 360-degree promenade deck for handCrystal_Cruises_Waiter30005-in-hand strolling; in-Penthouse couples massage; quiet lounges and comfortable relaxation spaces throughout the ship; completely customizable Crystal Adventures ashore; fresh flowers, chocolates, and champagne delivered to one’s Penthouse by a personal butler; and in-suite breakfast enjoyed in a plush Egyptian Cotton linen bed or in a fresh Frette bathrobe, while enjoying one’s private verandah view.  This fall, the line introduced Crystal Celebrations as a unique way to capture the magic of a milestone with loved ones, from a wedding to big birthday, via custom destination event planning around the world.

Providing worldwide vacations of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea, itineraries through early 2016 sail to the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, North Cape & Arctic Circle, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and a sumptuous annual World Cruise.  Until January 3, all-inclusive “Book Now” fares start at $1,215/person.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Crystal Cruises has 19 Ways to “Getaway” to Asia in 2014

Guests around the jacuzzi on Crystal Symphony

Guests around the jacuzzi on Crystal Symphony

Crystal Cruises (www.crystalcruiese.com) has created 19 new “Crystal Getaways” in Asia and surrounding region for 2014.  Time-strapped travelers now have almost twice as many options to enjoy an ultra-luxe, all-inclusive, exotic cruise in Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Mauritius, Africa, and Australia next year.  The Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyages range from five- to ten-days—making them ideal to either enjoy on their own or combine with time ashore.  Carved out from longer sailings, the “Getaways” start as low as $1,520 per person, double occupancy, if booked by January 3’s “Book Now” deadline.

Crystal Symphony Guests in Pool Pods

Crystal Symphony Guests in Pool Pods

Packed with local overnights, the choices include:

5-day: from $1,520

Feb 17: Shanghai (overnight)–Hong Kong (two nights)

Feb 23: Darwin–Komodo I.–Lombok (maiden call)–Bali (two nights)

Mar 5: Bangkok (overnight)–Sihanoukville–Singapore (overnight)

6-day: $2,685

Apr 3: Ho Chi Minh City (overnight)–Chan May–Hong Kong (overnight)

7-day: from $1,585

Feb 10: Tokyo’s port of Yokohama (overnight)–Osaka (overnight)–Nagasaki–Shanghai

Feb 15: Nagasaki–Shanghai (overnight)–Hong Kong (two nights)

Feb 16: Sydney–Cairns (overnight)–cruising the Great Barrier Reef–Darwin

Apr 19: Beijing–Dalian–Shanghai (two nights)–Nagasaki

Dec 7: Bali (overnight)–Semarang–Jakarta–Singapore (overnight)

Dec 14: Singapore–Koh Samui–Sihanoukville–Bangkok (overnight)

 

8-day: from $2,420

Feb 22: Hong Kong (overnight)—Hanoi (overnight)–Chan May–Ho Chi Minh City (overnight)

Feb 28: Bali (overnight)–Surabaya–Semarang–Makassar (maiden call)–Kota Kinabalu

Mar 2: Ho Chi Minh City (overnight)—Bangkok (overnight)—Sihanoukville–Singapore (overnight)

Mar 20: Mauritius—Durban—Port Elizabeth–Cape Town (overnight)

Mar 26: Singapore (overnight)–Bangkok (overnight)–Ho Chi Minh City (overnight)

Apr 19: Beijing–Dalian–Shanghai (two nights)–Nagasaki—Osaka

April 23: Shanghai (overnight)—Nagasaki—Osaka (overnight)—Shimuzu—Tokyo (overnight)

9-day: $4,620

Feb 13: Osaka (overnight)—Nagasaki—Shanghai (overnight)–Hong Kong (two nights)

10-day: $4,180

Mar 10: Singapore (overnight)—Jakarta–Mauritius

Whether craving a warm weather escape in winter, planning a family vacation over school break, or some inspiration and pampering in a region that does both so well, we have a plethora of choices for travelers,” says Crystal President Edie Bornstein.

New “Zensational” Air Allowance With Crystal’s Asia Cruises

Low Single Supplements and Third Berths Add Value to Expanded Asia Season

Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces an airfare allowance of up to $800 on select Asia cruises that enables worldwide guests to fly for less, whether air is purchased through Crystal or independently.  Available in conjunction with “Book Now” savings, the special offer expires January 3, 2014. The air credit is available with eight 12- to 15-day Spring and Fall cruises that depart from Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Bali and Bangkok, several of which are completely new Crystal itineraries.

Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Additional value promotions are set for many of the diverse Asia cruises. Depending on the sailing, these special offers include:

Reduced Single Supplements – Guests can enjoy sole occupancy accommodations for only a 10% surcharge, the lowest in the industry.

Kids Sail Free – Enabling junior cruisers (age 17 and under) to sail for free when sharing a third berth accommodation with two adults.

“Book Now” Fares – Offering savings up to $2,500 off the cruise fare for voyages booked by January 3, 2014.

Complimentary Hotel Programs – 3-day inclusive land programs in Beijing and Angkor Wat/Thailand.

Crystal Family Memories – Enabling families/friends to enjoy perks and even free berths for groups.

Fourteen 12-22-day cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are available in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei in early and late 2014. Cruise fares begin at just $3,165.

Crystal’s itineraries were meticulously crafted to combine a diverse selection of Asian regions that are steeped in history, beauty and culture,” says Edie Bornstein, Crystal’s president.  “For history buffs to foodies to photographers to spa enthusiasts to even shopaholics, Asia provides a veritable feast for the senses.  And, whether traveling solo or with loved ones, with this range of promotions, everyone can find a way to save on a most exotic and luxurious Crystal journey.”

For more information on the various Asia promotions and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Crystal Cruises Wins 20th Year As Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Best Cruise Line

2013 Score is Highest of All Small, Midsize, and Large-Ship Cruise Lines

For a record 20th year, Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises the industry’s “Best Cruise Line” (Midsize).  Crystal’s winning score of 94.4 is the company’s highest since 2004, second highest ever, and highest overall score of all Small, Midsize, and Large-ship cruise lines.  Crystal significantly outranked its luxury peers in

Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.  (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

almost all the voting categories, including Itineraries, Excursions, Service, Food, Activities/Facilities, and Design.  The line also bested its own previous top scores in the Service and Food categories, and tied its past personal best in Itineraries.  All Readers’ Choice winners and scores are listed at www.cntraveler.com/rca will be featured in the U.S. magazine’s November 2013 issue.

With ground-breaking enhancements to its vacation experience and $120 million invested in redesigns, while retaining the service, choices, and quality for which the line has been known, Crystal’s ratings have consistently climbed in recent years.

To earn this award once is an incredible achievement; to be recognized by discerning travelers for an unprecedented 20 years is astounding,” said Edie Bornstein, Crystal’s new president and chief operating officer, who joined the company today.  “While I have long admired Crystal from afar, it was only when I recently sailed that I fully grasped why this experience receives such consistent accolades.  Every single member of the Crystal team works incredibly hard to give discerning vacationers a Six-Star standard of luxury travel that is unwavering, while leading new developments within cruising.  I want to personally thank all of Crystal’s crew, employees, associates, and guests for their part in this humbling, momentous win, and look forward to leading the company into the next two decades of record-breaking awards.”

The Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are among the most preeminent in travel, honoring the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies, and islands from around the world.  Almost twice as many readers voted this year as last — a record 79,268 — ranking their personal experiences with cruise lines’ Itineraries, Excursions, Service, Food, Activities/Facilities, Staterooms, and Design.

The renowned Crystal Experience has been rated “World’s Best” more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.  The newest “Best” award is but the latest in a string of readers’ choice awards Crystal has won it its size category this year, including Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 and #2 cruise ships, Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Cruise Line and Service and Cruise Critic’s Best Dining, Entertainment, and Public Rooms. Continue reading

Crystal Cruises Launches Custom Celebration Services Around The World

ULTRA-LUXURY, INTERNATIONAL PARTY-PLANNING ASSISTANCE IS INDUSTRY FIRST FOR SHIP AND SHORE

AN ELEGANT WEDDING IN THE HILLS OF TUSCANY. A BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT ON A BEACH IN BALI. A RETIREMENT ROAST AT ONE OF CAPE TOWN’S TOP WINERIES. A RENEWAL OF VOWS “ON TOP OF THE WORLD” AT SEA.

With Crystal Cruises’ new Crystal Celebrations Soiree Service, almost anything is possible just about anywhere CRYSTAL SYMPHONY and CRYSTAL SERENITY sail. CRYSTAL CRUISES (http://www.crystalcruises.com) sails to all seven continents, with voyages of 5-108 days in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, North Cape & Arctic Circle, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and a sumptuous annual World Cruise.

Crystal guests enjoy a private moment on the deck of Crystal Serenity.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Crystal guests enjoy a private moment on the deck of Crystal Serenity. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Already known for an ultra-personalized approach to unforgettable travel experiences, Crystal has teamed with premier global event company Imagine VIP to create a first-of-its-kind bespoke event-planning service – only available with Crystal’s worldwide cruises.

Imagine VIP is a premier global event-planning company, with expertise in facilitating special celebrations with exacting detail. Experienced in creating hundreds of events all over the world, Imagine VIP’s Crystal Celebration consultants will help design and create tailor-made events, fulfilling their promise to impress guests with uniqueness, special touches, and highly personalized service. Continue reading

Crystal’s Expanded 2014 Asia Season: Two Ships, 34 Voyages, Four Maiden Calls And Countless New Highlights

New 2-for-1 Air Promotion and Big Savings with Limited-Time Book Now Fares

Crystal Cruises (www.crystalcruises.com) is vastly expanding its presence in the exotic ports of China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei next year.  With a choice of 34 voyages (vs. just four in 2012), the five- to 29-day luxury Asia cruises offer a host of itinerary firsts and varied options, as well as tremendous added value, including a brand new 2-for-1 airfare bonus for select Crystal Symphony Asia cruises and Book Now bonus savings of up to $2,500 per person for bookings made by August 30, 2013.

CRYSTAL CRUISES HONG KONG: Both ships overnight in Hong Kong on several cruises in 2014, including an exotic holiday voyage round-trip from Bangkok (and in Hong Kong on New Year's Eve!).  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

CRYSTAL CRUISES HONG KONG: Both ships overnight in Hong Kong on several cruises in 2014, including an exotic holiday voyage round-trip from Bangkok (and in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve!). (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

The 2014 Asia collection offers a feast of new choices for guests returning to the region and extraordinary experiences for those visiting for the first time,” says Jack Anderson, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales. “Bonus air, land and Book Now fare promotions offer savings that are astounding.  Some cruises are priced less than those in 2013, but Book Now prices are only guaranteed through August 30.” Continue reading