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Luxury Line Features 17 Different Themes on 64 Itineraries

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2004 - Recognized internationally for its progressive enrichment programming, Crystal Cruises is raising the bar with its expanded collection of 2005 theme cruises. Contemporary lifestyle topics were chosen to complement a particular cruise's destination or its additional days at sea. Think Garden Design sailings through the British Isles; a Fashion & Style sojourn in Italy; a Nature & Wildlife program along the coast of Baja California; a Trans-Atlantic Big Band party; and Photography cruises perfectly framing glaciers in Alaska, penguins in Antarctica, the skyline of Hong Kong, and the majesty of Athens and Rome. With more than two-thirds of its 95 worldwide itineraries in 2005 featuring dedicated enrichment programming, these new programs join a roster of proven favorites including Crystal's Health & Fitness series; cruises hosted by The Smithsonian Associates and Sotheby's Institute; and the renowned Crystal Wine & Food Festival, which will celebrate its ninth year in 2005.

In all, Crystal's fleet of three award-winning ships - Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony, and Crystal Serenity - will offer 64 theme cruises representing 17 different topics to all corners of the globe.

"A theme cruise is differentiated by the enhanced attention we pay to specialized topics above and beyond our normal enrichment and entertainment programming," says Bret Bullock, Crystal's vice president, entertainment. "The uniqueness of Crystal is the range of choice available to all of our guests on every itinerary, regardless of a special theme."

Careful consideration is given to the development and timing of each theme cruise, pairing the enrichment topic to the itinerary to allow for greater immersion and appreciation of the topic. By bridging the onboard lectures and interactive presentations with shore excursions, guests are able to more fully experience the nuances of each destination.

Consider, for example, the line's two new Art & Architecture cruises with overnight stays allowing ample time for exploration of some of the world's most prominent architectural capitals, including London, St. Petersburg, Venice, Istanbul and Athens.

The easy-going rhythms of the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera provide a soothing backdrop for nine Health & Fitness cruises in 2005. Each of these cruises will offer specialized instruction in either yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi and are complemented by Crystal's state-of-the-art spa facilities, wide jogging and walking decks, and healthful menus, including low-carb and low-fat selections.

Destination-specific lectures from the cultural and educational arm of the Smithsonian Institute are featured on eight itineraries dedicated to The Smithsonian Associates, showcasing the Panama Canal, the Far East & Asia, South America, and New England & Canada.

Experts from the world-renowned Sotheby's Institute continue the cultural enrichment by illuminating the secrets of art history on seven voyages to the Far East, Russia, and the Mediterranean.

On longer itineraries, including two Trans-Pacific cruises and a Panama Canal transit, the line takes advantage of additional sea days to offer its Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute, featuring extensive studies with progressive curriculums in music through Yamaha, language through Berlitz, wellness instruction through The Cleveland Clinic, and other quality alliances.

Golf enthusiasts will revel in the attention from PGA pros and golf celebrities aboard two Golf cruises, affording exclusive opportunities to tee-off at some of the world's legendary courses in the British Isles and Canary Islands.

The diversity of Crystal's theme cruise programming continues with voyages dedicated to the art of music - with Big Band and Jazz cruises featuring marquee names and hot new talent; the art of comedy - with the Crystal Comedy Club at Sea featuring a selection of gifted comedians from some of the nation's top comedy clubs; and the art of film - with a Film Festival spotlighting lectures and film authorities saluting American films.

The cornerstone of Crystal's theme programming - the highly regarded Crystal Wine & Food Festival - will celebrate its ninth year on 14 different sailings in 2005. Some of the most established names in cuisine and wine share the spotlight with the cutting-edge stars of the culinary world, providing guests with an experience that is both enriching to the mind and pleasing to the palate.

Crystal's theme cruises are a vital component of the Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program of renowned speakers and celebrity guest lecturers offered on every Crystal cruise.

Crystal's three sister ships - the 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Harmony and Crystal Symphony and the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity - are among the most luxurious and contemporary vessels cruising the world. Their unique size in the luxury market allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The Six-Star rated liners feature attentive European-style service, grand lounges, a lavish spa outfitted in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, extensive exercise facilities, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, the only Caesars Palace at Sea® casino afloat, and the innovative Creative Learning Institute. The spacious ships feature expansive decks, two pools, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

The luxury liners have won the travel industry's most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings, including the best large-ship line award in the most recent readers' surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines and Travel + Leisure's 2004 award for "World's Best Service" - cruise lines.

Crystal's new 2005 Cruise Atlas spotlights the themes in an "explore" section and again notes the specific themes on the individual itinerary pages.

For reservations and more information; call the Reservation's Department at 800.446.6620 or log onto the luxury line's website at
2005 Theme Cruise Roster

Art & Architecture (2) July 21 Crystal Symphony Baltic Sea & Russia

Aug 15 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Big Band (2) Apr 25 Crystal Symphony Trans-Atlantic

Nov 16 Crystal Serenity Trans-Atlantic

Crystal Comedy Club
At Sea (1) Oct 15 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera

Comprehensive Creative

Learning Institute (3) Feb 24 Crystal Harmony Trans-Pacific

Apr 26 Crystal Harmony Trans-Pacific

Dec 6 Crystal Serenity Panama Canal

Crystal Distinguished

Speaker Series (2) Sep 3 Crystal Symphony Trans-Atlantic

Aug 27 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Film Festival (1) Sep 3 Crystal Symphony Trans-Atlantic

Fashion & Style (1) Jun 4 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Health & Fitness (9) Mar 10 Crystal Symphony Caribbean

Mar 17 Crystal Symphony Caribbean

Mar 24 Crystal Symphony Caribbean

Sep 28 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera

Oct 22 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera

Nov 1 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera

Nov 26 Crystal Serenity Caribbean

Dec 6 Crystal Symphony Caribbean

Dec 14 Crystal Symphony Caribbean

Garden Design (2) Jun 6 Crystal Symphony Baltic Sea/Russia

Jul 10 Crystal Symphony British Isles

Golf (2) Aug 23 Crystal Symphony British Isles

Oct 25 Crystal Serenity Canary Islands

Jazz (2) Jan 4 Crystal Harmony Panama Canal

Nov 26 Crystal Symphony Caribbean

Nature & Wildlife (1) Nov 8 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera

Photography (5) Jan 21 Crystal Symphony S. America/Antarctica

Mar 4 Crystal Serenity World Cruise/China

Jun 11 Crystal Harmony Alaska/Canada

Jun 28 Crystal Symphony North Cape

Oct 2 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Crystal Reunion Cruise (2) Jun 23 Crystal Harmony Alaska/Canada

May 4 Crystal Symphony Mediterranean

The Smithsonian

Associates (8) Jan 5 Crystal Symphony South America

Jan 26 Crystal Harmony Panama Canal

Feb 22 Crystal Symphony South America

Mar 14 Crystal Harmony China/Japan

Mar 18 Crystal Serenity World Cruise

Apr 14 Crystal Symphony Panama Canal

Oct 27 Crystal Symphony New England/Canada

Dec 5 Crystal Harmony Panama Canal

Sotheby's Institute (7) Mar 22 Crystal Harmony China/Japan

Apr 5 Crystal Harmony China/Japan

Apr 13 Crystal Harmony China/Japan

May 23 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Jun 17 Crystal Symphony Baltic Sea/Russia

Jun 28 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Oct 14 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

Crystal Wine & Food

Festival (14) Jan 28 Crystal Serenity World Cruise

Feb 16 Crystal Serenity World Cruise

Mar 18 Crystal Serenity World Cruise

Apr 5 Crystal Serenity World Cruise

Apr 27 Crystal Serenity Mediterranean

May 26 Crystal Symphony Western Europe

May 30 Crystal Harmony Alaska/Canada

Sep 3 Crystal Harmony Alaska/Canada

Sep 15 Crystal Harmony Alaska/Canada

Sep 17 Crystal Symphony New England/Canada

Sep 28 Crystal Symphony New England/Canada

Oct 5 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera Oct 16 Crystal Symphony New England/Canada

Nov 25 Crystal Harmony Mexican Riviera