Luxury Line Debuts New Three-Night Overland Journey to Machu Picchu=20
LOS ANGELES, August 10, 2005 - Two new Amazon itineraries and an overland adventure to Machu Picchu distinguish a new South America season for luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises in 2006. From the wilds of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego to the cosmopolitan beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, Crystal reveals the passion of South America on six eco-rich itineraries.
From January through April, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer a diverse collection of South America cruises ranging from 11 to 16 days, departing from Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Manaus, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Valpara=EDso, Chile. Maiden calls to the Brazilian ports of Alter do Ch=E3o and Boca de Valeria spotlight Crystal Symphony's two Amazon cruises, a region regarded as the most diverse ecosystem on the planet.
The season's highlights include itineraries around Cape Horn, offering excursions to Antarctica, overnight stays in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Chile; Lima, Peru; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, Brazil; and extended land programs including:
* A new three-night journey to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham train, with accommodations in Cuzco's Hotel Monasterio (from Lima or Valpara=EDso);=20
* A five-night excursion to Iguaz=FA Falls, featuring spectacular vistas from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides (from Buenos Aires); and,=20
* A four-night adventure to the Galapagos, featuring the lunar landscape of Bartolome Island and the endangered tortoises on Santa Cruz (from Valpara=EDso)
"South America is a land of diversity - the mysteries of the Amazon, the drama of the Chilean fjords, the sophistication of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires - and a vacation with Crystal Cruises affords travelers a chance to explore both the rugged and posh with seamless luxury and attention to detail," says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing.
The 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity kicks off the South America seasonon January 18 with a 14-day journey from Los Angeles to Lima, celebrating Aztec and Inca treasures with port calls at Acapulco and Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Guayaquil, Equador (overnight); and an overnight in Lima, Peru.
The 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony follows with five cruises - including two journeys through the Amazon, a destination Crystal =
originally explored in 2001 - with each itinerary offering opportunities for unique adventure:
* February 18; AMAZON - Miami to Manaus; 11 days; ports of call include Antigua/St. John's and Barbados/Bridgetown, West Indies; Devil's Island, French Guyana; Alter do Ch=E3o and Parintins, Brazil.
* March 1; AMAZON - Manaus to Buenos Aires; 15 days; ports of call include Boca de Valeria, Santar=E9m and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
* March 16 - Buenos Aires to Valpara=EDso; 14 days; ports of call include Montevideo, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt Chile; and cruising Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel and the Chilean Fjords.
* March 30 - Valpara=EDso to Buenos Aires; 14 days; ports of call include Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas, Chile; cruising the Chilean Fjords, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn; and Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
* April 13 - Buenos Aires to Miami; 16 days; ports of call include Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Fortaleza, Brazil; and Barbados/Bridgetown, West Indies.
As part of the line's renowned Crystal Visions=AE Enrichment Program, experts from the Sotheby's Institute, Smithsonian Associates and other prestigious institutions will travel aboard most itineraries sharing insight into the cultures and histories of the diverse continent. For example, Professor Maxine Margolis will discuss the results of her research on Brazilian culture and society.
Fares for Crystal's South America cruises begin at $2,995 per person, double occupancy, depending on itinerary and do not include taxes or fuel, port, security and handling charges.
The Award-Winning Crystal Difference
This month, Crystal received an unprecedented tenth consecutive "World's Best" award from the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, attesting to the consistent excellence of its luxury travel experience. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, Crystal is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices, and superior quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.
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