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Old 11-23-2004, 03:47 AM
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CRYSTAL CRUISES' FIRST-EVER LAND PACKAGE TO TIBET

EXPANDS 2005 ASIA CRUISE PROGRAMS



Early Booking Discount Extended on Four Far East Departures



LOS ANGELES - November 22, 2004 - Crystal Cruises has introduced a brand new eight-night excursion into the sacred land of Tibet, featuring a flight over the Himalayas and a visit to the Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. Offered with Crystal Harmony's spring 2005 Asia cruises, the journey is one of three seamless and enriching land programs revealing the mysteries of the Orient. Other pre- and post cruise options, in addition to the line's complimentary three-night Beijing program, include a cruise through the Yangtze River and the legendary Three Gorges and/or a trip to Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors.

Showcasing over-the-top luxury, Crystal has also added a new optional Rolls-Royce or helicopter transfer between the Hong Kong International Airport and The Peninsula Hotel for guests participating in the Crystal "Classic-Plus" Hotel Program. A trademark of the Peninsula, the helicopter service provides spectacular views of Hong Kong's celebrated skyline.

From March-April 2005, the award-winning Crystal Harmony will offer four cruises through China, Japan and Taiwan, as well as two Trans-Pacific cruises between North America and Asia. Departing March 15 and 22, April 5, 13 and 26, the 13- or 14-day Asia itineraries from either Hong Kong or Beijing feature a complimentary, inclusive 3-night stay in Beijing. Trans-Pacific voyages depart on February 24 from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and on April 26 from Yokohama to Vancouver.

As a special bonus, a 10% savings off cruise fares is available for bookings made by December 31. The savings are available on the March 22, April 5, 13 and 26 departures.

"Today's luxury traveler is looking for total immersion and destination enrichment, and Crystal Cruises offers a wealth of opportunities to experience more of Asia by land and sea in exceptional comfort and style," says John Stoll, director of land programs for Crystal.

"For the last few years, we have been building on our collection of worldwide land programs to continuously exceed the growing interest in more profound experiences beyond the cruise ports."

Created by Crystal Cruises' team of seasoned destination experts, the Extended Land Programs are crafted with an exceptional eye toward detail, with all hotel, meal and transfer arrangements attended to, ensuring a seamless experience. Highlights of the Asia Extended Land Programs are listed below.



Tibet (8 nights from Beijing) - This extensive journey into Tibet reveals a land so revered that visitors have only recently been allowed to enter. Guests will experience:

the ancient Tombs of the Tibetan Kings in Congue;

Potala Palace, the 1,000-room former winter home of the Dalai Lama, and the Norbulingka Palace, also known as the Summer Palace;

Jokhang Temple, considered the spiritual center of Tibet, and the

Drepung Monastery, Tibet's largest and richest monastery, and the Sera Monastery, also known as the Wild Rose Garden;

Barkor Bazaar, the oldest street in Lhasa where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and art assemble; and

a dramatic flight over the Himalayas providing spectacular views of Mt. Everest

Yangtze Splendor (8 nights from Beijing) - Following a flight from Beijing to the riverfront city of Chongquing, travelers will:



cruise the fabled Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world after the Nile and Amazon, for three nights aboard a deluxe riverboat; and,

travel through the legendary Three Gorges, including the Wu and Xiling gorges, site of the controversial Three Gorges Dam project, considered China's greatest construction initiative since the Great Wall.

Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors (5 nights from Hong Kong) - Travelers will journey to the tranquil region of Guilian to enjoy:

a riverboat excursion on the River Li, traveling through limestone mountains topped with curls of mist.

an adventure to Xi'an, capital of 11 dynasties and home to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, the ancient burial-site of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuangdi.

Exceptional Value

"Timeless Tibet," "Yangtze Splendor" and "Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors" program fares are $2,750, $2,995 and $2,795 per person, double occupancy, respectively. Extended Land Programs are all-inclusive with air and land transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and destination guides.

With the early booking promotion, the 14-day cruise itineraries that include the Beijing land program start at $3,166 per person, double occupancy. The 14-day April 26 cruise from Tokyo to Vancouver includes a pre-cruise overnight in Tokyo and, until December 31, is available beginning at only $2,630 per person, double occupancy. Trans-Pacific Value Collection fares begin at only $2,695 per person, double occupancy. Business class air upgrades are also available at reduced fares.

At 50,000 tons and carrying 940 guests, the award-winning Crystal Harmony is one of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Its 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 floating resort features 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(r) afloat, the innovative Computer University@Sea, offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, gourmet dining including Japanese and Italian specialty restaurants, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.
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Join Date: Jun 2002
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CRYSTAL CRUISES' FIRST-EVER LAND PACKAGE TO TIBET

EXPANDS 2005 ASIA CRUISE PROGRAMS



Early Booking Discount Extended on Four Far East Departures



LOS ANGELES - November 22, 2004 - Crystal Cruises has introduced a brand new eight-night excursion into the sacred land of Tibet, featuring a flight over the Himalayas and a visit to the Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. Offered with Crystal Harmony's spring 2005 Asia cruises, the journey is one of three seamless and enriching land programs revealing the mysteries of the Orient. Other pre- and post cruise options, in addition to the line's complimentary three-night Beijing program, include a cruise through the Yangtze River and the legendary Three Gorges and/or a trip to Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors.

Showcasing over-the-top luxury, Crystal has also added a new optional Rolls-Royce or helicopter transfer between the Hong Kong International Airport and The Peninsula Hotel for guests participating in the Crystal "Classic-Plus" Hotel Program. A trademark of the Peninsula, the helicopter service provides spectacular views of Hong Kong's celebrated skyline.

From March-April 2005, the award-winning Crystal Harmony will offer four cruises through China, Japan and Taiwan, as well as two Trans-Pacific cruises between North America and Asia. Departing March 15 and 22, April 5, 13 and 26, the 13- or 14-day Asia itineraries from either Hong Kong or Beijing feature a complimentary, inclusive 3-night stay in Beijing. Trans-Pacific voyages depart on February 24 from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and on April 26 from Yokohama to Vancouver.

As a special bonus, a 10% savings off cruise fares is available for bookings made by December 31. The savings are available on the March 22, April 5, 13 and 26 departures.

"Today's luxury traveler is looking for total immersion and destination enrichment, and Crystal Cruises offers a wealth of opportunities to experience more of Asia by land and sea in exceptional comfort and style," says John Stoll, director of land programs for Crystal.

"For the last few years, we have been building on our collection of worldwide land programs to continuously exceed the growing interest in more profound experiences beyond the cruise ports."

Created by Crystal Cruises' team of seasoned destination experts, the Extended Land Programs are crafted with an exceptional eye toward detail, with all hotel, meal and transfer arrangements attended to, ensuring a seamless experience. Highlights of the Asia Extended Land Programs are listed below.



Tibet (8 nights from Beijing) - This extensive journey into Tibet reveals a land so revered that visitors have only recently been allowed to enter. Guests will experience:

the ancient Tombs of the Tibetan Kings in Congue;

Potala Palace, the 1,000-room former winter home of the Dalai Lama, and the Norbulingka Palace, also known as the Summer Palace;

Jokhang Temple, considered the spiritual center of Tibet, and the

Drepung Monastery, Tibet's largest and richest monastery, and the Sera Monastery, also known as the Wild Rose Garden;

Barkor Bazaar, the oldest street in Lhasa where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and art assemble; and

a dramatic flight over the Himalayas providing spectacular views of Mt. Everest

Yangtze Splendor (8 nights from Beijing) - Following a flight from Beijing to the riverfront city of Chongquing, travelers will:



cruise the fabled Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world after the Nile and Amazon, for three nights aboard a deluxe riverboat; and,

travel through the legendary Three Gorges, including the Wu and Xiling gorges, site of the controversial Three Gorges Dam project, considered China's greatest construction initiative since the Great Wall.

Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors (5 nights from Hong Kong) - Travelers will journey to the tranquil region of Guilian to enjoy:

a riverboat excursion on the River Li, traveling through limestone mountains topped with curls of mist.

an adventure to Xi'an, capital of 11 dynasties and home to the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, the ancient burial-site of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuangdi.

Exceptional Value

"Timeless Tibet," "Yangtze Splendor" and "Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors" program fares are $2,750, $2,995 and $2,795 per person, double occupancy, respectively. Extended Land Programs are all-inclusive with air and land transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and destination guides.

With the early booking promotion, the 14-day cruise itineraries that include the Beijing land program start at $3,166 per person, double occupancy. The 14-day April 26 cruise from Tokyo to Vancouver includes a pre-cruise overnight in Tokyo and, until December 31, is available beginning at only $2,630 per person, double occupancy. Trans-Pacific Value Collection fares begin at only $2,695 per person, double occupancy. Business class air upgrades are also available at reduced fares.

At 50,000 tons and carrying 940 guests, the award-winning Crystal Harmony is one of the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising the world. Its 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 floating resort features 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(r) afloat, the innovative Computer University@Sea, offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, gourmet dining including Japanese and Italian specialty restaurants, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.
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