Crystal Cruises' unveil 2004 itineraries

Feb 5, 2003
Author: P$S

Crystal Cruises, operator of the magnificent Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony, has unveiled its 2004 itinerary, which reveals a series of ultra-luxurious cruises to 178 ports in 56 countries on six continents.

Topping this is a 106-day World Cruise westward from Los Angeles and ending in New York on board the third and latest member of the fleet, Crystal Serenity.

For the first time, the luxury line is offering a selection of seven-day cruises on all three ships - including cruise destinations in the Mediterranean and Canada/New England, as well as in the Caribbean. Another new cruise offer is a northern winter series of 10-day Hawaiian island cruises, operating roundtrip out of Honolulu.

Guests who like to spice up their vacations with world-class events can experience the Cannes Film Festival during Crystal Symphony's overnight stay in Cannes, or the acclaimed Military Tattoo during two northern summer calls in Edinburgh, or the majesty of Cutty Sark's Tall Ship parade in Antwerp.

Among the maiden calls scheduled for the 2004 World Cruise by Crystal Serenity are visits to Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati, Nuuk in Greenland, Calvi on France's island of Corsica and Zadar in Croatia.

“2004 marks the first, full year with a three-ship fleet,”' says George Argyropoulos, local General Sales Agent (GSA) for Crystal, and MD of Cruises International. “As a result, passengers will have more choices than ever before, either in the selection of any of the three luxuriously-appointed ships to any one of their 89 global itineraries.”'

Crystal Cruises was formed in 1988 as a division of NYK Line to provide passengers with the best large-ship, luxury cruise experiences available. The first two ships, the 48,621-gt Crystal Harmony and the 51,044-gt Crystal Symphony, built in 1990 and 1995 respectively, have since earned the industry's highest accolades from critics and guests alike for exemplary attention to detail and warm and friendly personal service. This pampering combination is designed to create an environment for the ultimate luxury vacation experience and this expectation is expected to continue with Crystal Serenity.

The 6-Star ships are large but cater for in the region of 950 passengers each (Crystal Serenity is slightly larger at 1,080 passengers) and thus never feel overcrowded, providing considerable public room and deck space. Crystal Symphony has been a regular caller at South African ports in recent years although she is not scheduled during 2003.

Crystal Serenity will perform her inaugural sailing from London on 7 July, 2003 for cruises in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean ahead of a trans-Atlantic crossing starting 6 November, after which the ship embarks on her first series of Caribbean cruises.

Crystal Cruises has been winner of the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings and was named best large cruise line in the 2002 readers' surveys conducted by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines for the seventh consecutive year.

Details and bookings of Crystal Cruises are available exclusively from professional travel agents. The latest cruise catalogue is now available and can be obtained by calling Christine at Cruises International on (011) 327-0327. Please mention Ports & Ships Website when phoning or making reservations.

- The picture above shows Crystal Symphony on a previous visit to Durban

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