LOS ANGELES, January 3, 2005 - Renowned for its service excellence and stimulating onboard programs, Crystal Cruises is placing even more emphasis on destinations in 2006. Crystal's award-winning luxury fleet - Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity - will visit a record 214 ports in 82 countries, representing more than 20% more ports and almost 50% more countries than the line visited in 2004. More overnight stays in port have been scheduled than for any previous year. In all, a choice of 97 cruises are available ranging from a new three-day sampler to new seven-day itineraries on each of the ships to rich 10-, 11- and 12-day cruises, as well as the ultimate voyage: a 106-day World Cruise. Also new for 2006 are new itineraries in almost every destination that Crystal regularly visits, including Alaska, Canada/New England, South America and the Baltic; Crystal Serenity will make her first-ever Baltic cruises, including a new cruise to the Arctic Circle; and an exotic Christmas/New Year cruise for Crystal Harmony in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Seventeen maiden calls are scheduled throughout the year, including Ayr, Scotland; Pisco, Peru; Tripoli, Libya; and Gijon, Spain. "Our 2006 schedule offers a variety of port-intensive itineraries to appeal to those who want to immerse themselves in a destination, as well as cruises with more days at sea for multi-repeaters who relish Crystal's distinctive onboard experience," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales & marketing. "Like the Crystal Cruises' product, our 2006 cruise collection is about choices."
Crystal Harmony Crystal Harmony will kick off the year with a couple of Panama Canal cruises followed by a winter dedicated to South Amer ca's summer, including a new CRuise to the Amazon. In the spring, the 940-guest, 50,000-ton luxury ship will offer a single Caribbean, Panama Canal and two Mexican Riviera cruises and then will head north on a three-day sampler cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver to reposition for her summer Alaska series. In addition to the line's successful 12-day cruises round-trip from San Francisco, Crystal Harmony's Alaska season will feature seven-day and new 10-day cruises round-trip from Vancouver, with new calls in Whittier and stunning glacier cruising in College Fjord, Columbia Glacier and Prince William Sound. In the fall, Crystal Harmony innovates a series of South Pacific and Australia/New Zealand cruises and concludes the year with a new 14-day holiday itinerary Down Under.
Crystal Symphony begins the year with a series of Panama Canal cruises followed by exotic cruises to the South Pacific, China and Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Egypt. She returns to the Mediterranean in the spring and, instead of her previous patterns of heading north to the Baltic, Crystal Symphony will remain in the Mediterranean through the summer with seven- and 12-day itineraries, all of which feature one to three overnight stays - more than ever previously offered. Fall foliage cruises in New England and Eastern Canada include more departures round-trip from New York and new overnight stays in Montreal. Crystal Symphony's Christmas/New Year cruise will be 14 days round-trip from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera.
Following a couple of seven-day Mexican Rivera cruises in January, Crystal Serenity will make her third World Cruise on a an innovative itinerary featuring overnight calls in Gauyaquil, Ecuador; Callao (for Lima), Peru; Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria, Seychelles; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Safaga (for Luxor), Egypt and Bordeaux, France, as well as several maiden calls. Crystal Serenity will spend the spring through summer cruising the Baltic, North Cape, Western and Northern Europe before heading south for fall Mediterranean cruising. A Canary Islands cruise and Trans-Atlantic reposition Crystal Serenity to the Caribbean in late November, where she makes warm weather cruises through December. Crystal Serenity spends Christmas and New Year on a new tropical 14-day pattern through the Caribbean.
For 2006, Crystal is offering a combination of exotic and close-to-home cruises of varying lengths. Of the 97 cruises, 50% sail either round-trip from a domestic port or embark or disembark from a domestic port: 29 sail round-trip from domestic ports, 20 cruises begin or end in a domestic port. 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 spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Crystal Cruises is the recipient of an unprecedented nine consecutive best large-ship cruise line awards from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.