Crystal Cruises has unveiled the latest version of its guide to global itineraries, theWorldwide AtlasWorldwide Atlas for 2018 and 2019. The brochure features the comprehensive collection of voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity including itineraries ranging from six to 129 days.
Within its 212 pages, the atlas also details the varied activities on board the ships.
“The Worldwide Atlas is the ultimate planning tool for travellers, comprising the entirety of the Crystal experience, beyond itinerary details to the nuances of the personalized service, and the experiences on board and ashore that enrich the journey,” says Carmen Roig, SVP marketing and sales.
Destination and itinerary highlights featured in this edition of Crystal’s atlas include:
2018 – 54 total voyages
Two World Cruise voyages that bring the sister ships together for a soiree in Sydney, allowing guests to continue their global journey from there on the opposite vessel;
An overnight maiden call to Manila on an immersive Southeast Asia voyage;
A return to the Holy Land, Arabian Gulf and Egypt, with a maiden call in Doha and overnights in Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Dubai and Ashdod;
A varied North American selection in Alaska, New England and Canada, affording convenient domestic air travel and maiden calls in Rockland, Trois-Rivières and Bimini;
Luxury African safaris on an itinerary that explores the Indian Ocean isles;
Boutique, specialized itineraries exploring the North Cape, Amazon, Persian Gulf and Red Sea.
2019 – 65 total voyages
A world cruise aboard Crystal Serenity that follows a tropical route from Hawaii and Australia to the wilds of Africa and on to the glamour of Monte Carlo;
An expanded Mediterranean season from APR through OCT, maximizing the choices in the European summer playground;
New Far East routes through Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and China;
A fascinating itinerary exploring Japan, then to Petropavlovsk, Russia and crossing the International Dateline en route to Alaska;
Warm-weather sojourns along the North American Gulf Coast and South America that overnight in lively hubs like New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires;
Remote, less-visited sites, like Siberia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and the Cook Islands’ Aitutaki Island;
Monumental itineraries featuring a focus on cultural powerhouse sites, including a full three-day stay in UNESCO-listed Bordeaux.
Crystal’s collection of more than 2,000 ‘Crystal Adventures’ ashore is also outlined in the atlas. These range from VIP, interactive culinary pursuits to high-adrenaline active adventures.
Crystal says the focus is on offering guests authentic experiences that showcase the destinations in ways that are most meaningful to them, with complimentary voluntourism options enabling guests to contribute a helping hand in select locales. There are also ‘Overland Adventures’ taking cruisers to inland marvels like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat and Victoria Falls; and ‘Boutique Adventures,’ enriching experiences available only to Crystal guests.
Crystal’s Worldwide Atlas also includes details of what travellers can expect on board during their journeys. Recent enhancements made aboard Crystal Symphony during her stunning redesign will also debut aboard Crystal Serenity in November of 2018 including expanded specialty dining options, an open-seating dining concept, technological upgrades, and more butler-serviced penthouse accommodations.
Those interested in voyages aboard Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises can also find information in the atlas.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.