January 25, 2013 |
Crystal Cruises , the small-ship luxury line that receives high marks from travelers, will offer one-of-a-kind shore excursions on its Mediterranean sailings this spring. Boutique Adventures, as Crystal calls them, take passengers behind the scenes at museums, castles, jewelry workshops, chefs' private kitchens and other venues. The idea is to create intimate experiences that go deeper into local culture and provide a singular experience for passengers, according to a statement from the cruise line.
August 8, 2012 |
Crystal Cruises, consistently rated among the world's top luxury lines, upped its game this year by making its voyages “all-inclusive,” with wine and bar service, gratuities for dining and housekeeping staff and more included in fares. Such pampering does not come cheaply. Even with sale pricing, 12-day voyages often start near $4,000 per person. But by choosing shorter trips, you can cut your outlay by half or more. The deal: “ Crystal Getaways ” are voyages of five to eight days that start as low as $1,310 per person, double occupancy, plus port charges and other fees, for the cruise only; airfare is extra.
February 9, 2012 |
For football fans, it's a cruise dream come true: NFL greats including former coaches Don Shula and Dick Vermeil, past Super Bowl MVP Larry Csonka and NFL referee Jim Tunney will set sail in May on a Crystal Cruises journey from New York to Dover, England. During the 16-day New World to Norway cruise, each sports figure will host an individual presentation and talk about their football years, then team up for a sports-themed panel...
January 22, 2012
Here is some information from Cruise Lines International Assn. members that offer world or "grand cruises. " A few lines based in other countries also offer similar voyages. Most 2012 world cruises started in January, but there may be availability on some segments. For information, check with the line or with a travel agent. Routes and prices are subject to change. Costa Cruises: The line, owned by Carnival Corp., caters to Europeans. Because of the recent accident of the Costa Concordia, plans may be changed.
August 6, 2011 |
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. FOR THE RECORD: 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.
May 6, 2011 |
Crystal Cruises' 12-day "Islands & Glaciers" cruise will feature the Vancouver TheatreSports League comedy troupe performing improv and conducting humor workshops. Dine in the Symphony's upscale Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road and Piero Selvaggio's Prego, or take in the scenery, including the Misty Fjord or the bald eagles and brown bears of Admiralty Island. Itinerary: San Francisco to Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Haines, the Inside Passage and Sitka, Alaska; Vancouver and Victoria, Canada; and back to San Francisco Dates: July 20-Aug.