Crystal Cruises has unveiled three new itineraries this November and December, offering luxury travellers a break from the chill of the season with an island-hopping retreat through the Caribbean. The voyages, each 14 days in length aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, set out on varied island routes that either begin or end with an overnight stay in what is affectionately known as the northernmost Caribbean city, New Orleans. Calls to island destinations in French, Dutch, British and Mexican territories, along with the colorful French influences famous in New Orleans, add a thoroughly international flair to the cruises, while the sun, sand and rhythm of the region remains constant.
“There’s something about travelling to destinations that are entirely different than one’s usual surroundings – from the climate to the cuisine – that creates a true sense of vacation,” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “Many of our guests live in areas that experience snow and ice as early as October, and these itineraries are the perfect luxury escape to rejuvenate oneself and enjoy some tropical refreshment.”
The voyages’ embarkations and debarkations in New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale and Miami mean convenient air travel for guests, as the itineraries and added onboard theme programming (for the latter two cruises) offer wholly enriching vacations. Appropriately, Crystal Adventures ashore will explore the adventure and culture in each destination, with opportunities to experience the Creole and French history of New Orleans’ plantations and famed Latin Quarter. Cruises sailing in the Caribbean and New Orleans in 2016 are:
November 8, Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans – In addition to two maiden calls in the British Virgin Islands and French West Indies, the cruise visits picturesque locales like Turks & Caicos, St. Barts, Montego Bay and Grand Cayman before overnighting in New Orleans. For enriching value, the voyage also offers special low fares for solo travelers and complimentary third berths for children under 17.
November 22, Round-trip New Orleans – Kicking off the vacation with an overnight in New Orleans before travelling on to Mexico by way of the Mississippi River, this itinerary then sails to favorite locales such as Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, San Juan, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Key West. Adding to the already palpable rhythm and flavor of the region are dual Jazz and Wine & Food Festival Experiences of Discovery theme programming featuring leading jazz musicians and a special culinary focus on microbrews and craft beers.
December 6, New Orleans to Miami – Again overnighting in the Big Easy, this cruise continues the French flair with several stops in the French West Indies (St. Barts, Martinique and Guadeloupe), as well as Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman Ocho Rios and Curaçao. Also featuring dual theme programming on board, the voyage offers special instruction, workshops and excursions for golf enthusiasts and general health and wellness with Golf and Mind, Body & Spirit Experiences of Discovery.