Options abound for travelers as the cruise industry enters “Wave Season,” the most common time for cruise bookings due to the diverse selection of value added offers. 2015 was a groundbreaking year for The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, as Crystal unveiled plans for the most significant brand expansion in luxury travel history. Now, the line is kicking off 2016 with the newly introduced “Crystal Exclusive Journeys,” incentivizing discerning travelers to combine their Crystal experiences on the line’s award-winning ocean ships, the newly christened luxury yacht and the five upcoming river yachts.
Crystal Esprit-Crystal Yacht
For the first time, luxury travelers can combine two Crystal travel experiences for additional savings. Guests can book voyages on Crystal’s river yachts by the February 29 “Book Now” deadline – set for embarkation in 2016 and 2017 – and enjoy extra savings on sailings aboard the two ocean ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and Crystal’s luxury yacht Crystal Esprit. For instance, guests booking the October 3, 2017 seven-day river cruise round-trip from Bordeaux through France’s wine country aboard Crystal Ravel can continue their journey aboard Crystal Symphony’s 11-day, October 10 sailing round-trip from Lisbon with 15% savings. Likewise, guests who book the 14-day, July 2, 2017 cruise along the Rhine River from Frankfurt to Amsterdam aboard Crystal Bachwill also save 20% on Crystal Esprit’s weeklong July 16 sailing from Athens to Dubrovnik.
“The expansion of the Crystal brand over the next few years translates directly to the expansion of travelers’ options, and these extended ‘journeys’ offer the perfect opportunity to explore more of the world without sacrificing a bit of luxury, or having to choose just one Crystal vacation!” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “Returning guests will relish the chance to extend their vacations with us, while new guests will be able to enjoy a more comprehensive sampling of the renowned Crystal experience.”
In addition to the Exclusive Journeys, the all-inclusive line is offering added value and compelling savings on some of the most coveted vacation experiences in the luxury travel industry, with cruise fares for its ocean vessels, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, starting at just $1,845 per guest for bookings made by the February 29 “Book Now” deadline. For select 2016 voyages inHawaii, Panama Canal, Pacific Coast, Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, South America, Mediterranean, British Isles, Baltic/North Cape,Caribbean, and New England/Canada luxury travelers can enjoy savings in all categories of accommodations and as much as $5,435per person.
In addition to the “Book Now” incentive fares, Crystal offers a host of opportunities for travelers to realize exceptional value on select voyages around the world, including complimentary third berths and perks for large groups and those traveling with kids through the Crystal Memories special offer; reduced single supplements for solo cruisers, including Crystal Yacht Cruises, low fares for abbreviated Crystal Getaways; additional savings on Explorer Combination Cruises; and even a 2.5% incentive for those who pay in full six months in advance.
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 Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 22 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, introducing three new classes of cruising – the recently launched Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (July 2016), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (late 2018) – and Crystal Luxury Air (March 2016).