Thursday, 1 March 2012

Crystal Add More Port Over-Nights

As Crystal Cruises prepares to go “All-Inclusive” next month, the ultra-luxury line has decided to focus on significantly more local shipboard overnights at the beginning of cruises. 

For the upcoming European season, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have doubled the number of voyages that begin with days (and nights) in port. The move eases the worry of late flight arrivals, lost luggage, relocating to/from hotels, finding quality restaurants and settling in prior to sight-seeing. This move also enhances recreational choices due to more extensive options being available onboard Crystal’s ships than can be found at hotels on land.

Overnights at the disembarkation ports of Venice, Barcelona or Istanbul, for example, allow guests to see significantly more of the final destination without having to move to a hotel or rush to the airport. Crystal has also added overnights to the middle and/or end of the majority of cruises this year. 

Some 26 large cultural capitals and smaller destinations renowned for their charm are featured in North America, the Pacific and Europe from March through December, with 69 overnights planned in Europe alone. A sample includes: 

  • MEDITERRANEAN, including the BLACK SEA and MIDDLE EAST (43 overnights/10 ports): Venice, Ashdod, Istanbul, Odessa, Barcelona, Lisbon and Monte Carlo.
  • BALTIC and NORTHERN EUROPE: (21 overnights/4 ports): Stockholm, Copenhagen and St Petersburg, with five cruises featuring two nights (“double overnight”) in the latter.
  • WESTERN EUROPE and UK (5 overnights/4 ports): Edinburgh, Bordeaux and Reykjavik.
  • NORTH AMERICA: (9 overnights/4 ports): New York, Quebec City, San Francisco and Montreal
  • SOUTH PACIFIC, AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND: (6 overnights/4 ports): Papeete, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney, with a huge complimentary VIP New Year’s Eve celebration during a double overnight in the latter.
 For booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's luxury cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.