Alaska’s majestic landscapes and seemingly untouched terrain continue to beckon travelers to explore and discover in new ways, an area in which Crystal Cruises – the world’s most awarded cruise line – has pioneered throughout its 25 years of ultra-luxury cruising. In 2016, the line’s Crystal Serenity will sail seven voyages of seven and 10 days, offering intrepid luxury travelers literally hundreds of opportunities to immerse themselves in the countless facets of Alaska’sculture, outdoor adventures and resident wildlife, while enjoying the exclusivity and elegance for which Crystal is known.
Alaskan Brown Bear
“With all of our Crystal Adventures, it is our goal to bring the destinations to life for our guests by offering authentic, memorable experiences,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “The spirit of adventure permeates every part of life in Alaska, naturally, we strive to showcase this culture to travelers in every possible way.”
Offering experiences that cater to virtually every interest, Crystal’s roster of Alaskan adventures in 2016 can be enjoyed from virtually any vantage point, by air, sea, land and glacier, with many adventures combining several of these. Just a sampling of the intrepid highlights includes:
Heli-Hike and White Pass Railway, which takes guests high above the Sawtooth Mountains, through the wilderness via train, and on a four- to five-mile hike along the Skagway River to the magnificent Laughton Glacier. Bears, moose and mountain goat sightings are an added perk (from Skagway, Alaska).
Glacier flightseeing and dog sledding, another combo adventure that highlights two of Alaska’s most popular sports, taking travelers via helicopter to the top of Denver Glacier, where they’ll marvel at the endless sea of peaks and glaciers beyond before entering the world of mushing, guided by the professionals of the Iditarod Dog Races (from Skagway). *A second “musher’s camp” dog sledding adventure is offered from Juneau.
Whale-watching eco-adventure, combining a favorite activity in Alaska’s waters with the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation’s efforts to preserve the wilderness shorelines; affording views of orcas and humpback whales, as well as Stellar sea lions, harbor seals and more. All while educating participants about how the animals are identified and protected.
ATV adventure through the Tongass National Forest, allowing travelers the opportunity to visit Alaskan Brown Bears and Sitka Black Tail Deer in their common habitat as they cruise along the rough terrain via 4×4, stopping for sea views of whale spouts and sea otters in the distance (from Sitka).
Fly fishing by floatplane, flying far into the Alaskan wilderness to a remote spot not accessible to road access, where the catch-and-release fishing expedition begins in pursuit of salmon, Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout or steelhead.
Dozens of other Crystal Adventures offer numerous glacier treks, kayaking excursions, photography-focused expeditions, highlights ofAlaska’s Russian and native heritage, zipline thrills, wildlife encounters and preservation education, and even crab feeds. Travelers can even enjoy observing nature from the comfort of the luxury ship as it transits Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier. Additionally, a five-night Extended Land Program through Denali National Park will be offered for guests sailing on the August 16 Northwest Passage voyage from Anchorage to New York.
Crystal Serenity’s 2016 Alaska cruise season runs from June 19 through August 16, with a spring Asia voyage and a late-August Northwest Passage route also featuring Alaskan calls and adventures. For bookings by December 31, 2015, travelers can enjoy additional “Book Now” savings, with all-inclusive cruise fares starting at $2,915 per person.
Crystal Cruises is the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, having earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 21 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for two-consecutive years (2014 & 2015). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, which will introduce three new classes of cruising – Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (March 2017), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (late 2018)– and Crystal Luxury Air (fall 2017).
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