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Crystal Symphony: Good time, good deeds

August 06, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
(Harvey D. Egan )

Social change can be part of the itinerary on a Crystal cruise from New York to Montreal. The Lighthouses to Lobsters cruise aboard Crystal Symphony in September offers a free shore excursion for those who want to help the Boston nonprofit Cradles to Crayons organize and distribute items to homeless children. The three-hour volunteer session is free and good for adults and children.

This story incorrectly says staterooms starting at $4,495 per person didn't include airfare and instead included an airfare allowance of $500 per person. The price cited does include airfare from selected cities with the cruise. --

Itinerary: The cruise starts in New York City and stops in Newport, R.I.; Boston; Bar Harbor, Maine; and Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal in Canada. The cruise is one-way and ends in Montreal. (Other cruises also include different volunteer opportunities as part of the company’s "You Care, We Care" program.)

Dates: Sept. 13-24.

Price: A stateroom starts at $4,495 a person, based on double occupancy, and includes an airfare allowance of $500 a person. The price also includes meals, entertainment and services aboard the ship. Airfare to New York and from Montreal is not included.

Contact: Crystal Cruises, (888) 799-4625, or contact a travel agent.

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