Company Watch - Crystal Cruises.
This fall, Crystal Cruises is offering agreena shore excursions in Malta. For a $95 fee, passengers can plant trees in the islandas only national park, donate food at a local charity and learn eco-conscious planting and harvesting practices at a local organic farm. The optional excursion is available on Crystal Serenityas 12-day Oct. 19 Mediterranean/Holy Land voyage from Athens to Rome, and the 11-day, Oct. 31 Mediterranean/Spain voyage from Rome to Barcelona. The nearly eight-hour excursion begins with a visit to Taa Qali National Park, where guests will plant trees and learn about the parkas conservation efforts. Following a guided tour and lunch at eco-conscious Taa Zeppi Organic Farm, guests will visit a local orphan refuge, where they will donate time and food for the young residents. The Valetta excursion highlights Crystalas efforts to bring global awareness to its vacation experiences and is a prelude to its global aYou Care, We Carea program debuting in 2011. Promotional two-for-one cruise fares begin at $5,940 and $5,080, respectively, per person, double occupancy. Both sailings include complimentary air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways -- business-class air for Penthouse guests -- and $1,000 per person shipboard credits. For bookings made by Aug. 31, Penthouse guests on both sailings save an additional $2,000 per person and deluxe stateroom guests can upgrade to business-class air for as low as $899 per person, one way, on the Oct. 31 sailing only. For more information, call 800-446-6620 or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Aug 18, 2010
Crystal Cruises drops itineraries to Mexican Riviera. Crystal Cruises has become the latest cruise line to cut back on its trips to the Mexican Riviera. The luxury cruise line is opting for voyages along the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada instead of sailings to the Mexican region. Cruise lines have been making itinerary changes because they have struggled to fill ships heading to the Mexican Riviera. Aug 13, 2010
Crystal Cruises is offering two new seven-day cruises along the Pacific Coast in April. Sailing between Los Angeles and Vancouver aboard the Crystal Symphony, the northbound and southbound aPacific Escapea and aCoastal Explorationa itineraries visit Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Astoria, Ore.; and Victoria, British Columbia. Departing on April 10 and April 17, the new voyages replace two Mexican Riviera itineraries. aThe beauty of a floating resort is that you can move your hotel to other destinations when there is demand,a said Bill Smith, senior vice president of sales and marketing. aWe are keeping several fall 2010 itineraries through the Mexican Riviera, in addition to others in spring and fall 2011. The West Coast and Northwest itineraries add dimension and scope to the worldwide destinations weare offering in 2011.a Promotional two-for-one cruise fares start at USD2,695 per person and include USD500 per person shipboard credit. For bookings by Sept. 30, guests receive complimentary air transportation from more than 20 North American gateway cities. For more information, call 800-446-6620 or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Aug 13, 2010
Crystal Cruises is offering an escorted three-night, pre-cruise land package to the Taj Mahal before its March 29 aSafaris and Seashellsa voyage from Mumbai to Cape Town. The land program costs USD599 per person and includes Oberoi Hotel accommodations in New Delhi and the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel in Agra, sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal, a tour of Mumbai, meals, transfers and transportation between Delhi, Agra and Mumbai. The Taj Mahal tour augments Crystalas 19-day World Cruise segment that begins in Mumbai and visits Marmagoa, India; Republic of Maldives; Mauritius; Reunion; Durban, South Africa; and two nights in Cape Town. More than a dozen safari options are available in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The cruise segment features guest lecturers, including Ambassador Tony Leon, who was a member of Parliament in South Africa recognized by President Nelson Mandela. Optional extended land programs in South Africa are also available. Promotional two-for-one segment fares start at USD13,045, per person, double occupancy, including complimentary air transportation from many North American gateways and up to USD1,000 per person shipboard credit. For more information, call 800-446-6620 or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Aug 11, 2010
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