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Photo Dispatch from Crystal Endeavor’s Maiden Voyage Luxury Iceland Expedition

Crystal Endeavor in Patreksfjörđur

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ new luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor just completed her maiden voyage and first circumnavigation of Iceland. Yesterday she set off from Reykjavík for her second voyage as part of her inaugural Luxury Iceland Expeditions series.

Leading guests on intrepid land and sea adventures were Expedition Leaders and Polar Expedition experts Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm together with a roster of specialists and expert guides including marine biologist Lisa LaPoint, ornithologist Joe Cockram, glaciologist and geologist Bob Gilmore, historian Capt. Ken Burton, artist-in-residence Bruce Pearson and professional photographers Bruno Cazarini and Roger Pimenta.

Cazarini and Pimenta shared a …

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From the Heart of a Volcano to the Arctic Circle, Luxury Iceland Expeditions Deliver Breathtaking Experiences

Crystal Endeavor takes guests on up-close shore excursion adventures to spy sea birds, whales, waterfalls and an active volcano…

Soar above an active volcanic eruption on a helicopter flightseeing adventure or get an up-close look at an active lava flow on a hike through an evolving volcanic landscape. There has never been a more exciting time to visit Iceland as it spectacularly displays how it achieved the name “Land of Fire and Ice”.

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ new polar class expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor will take guests closer to the action than ever before with an inaugural series of 10-night Luxury Iceland Expeditions July …

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LUXURY BAHAMAS ESCAPES: Q&A WITH JOY JIBRILU, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM

One-of-a-Kind Experiences in the Islands of The Bahamas

Like many of our guests, we have been waiting for the day our ships can return to the seas and explore the world’s special places. After more than a year of anticipation, waiting and planning, we are at the beginning of a bright and promising future, and it’s as bright as the Bahamian sunshine. Crystal Serenity recently celebrated the relaunch of its cruise operation on July 3rd with the carefully crafted Luxury Bahamas Escapes itinerary. We have been working with our Bahamian partners to design shoreside experiences that explore these treasured destinations in line with …

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YOUR CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR GEAR GUIDE

What to Pack, What’s Included

The journeys ahead aboard Crystal Endeavor are designed to take travelers beyond paths beaten by them and, in many cases, most others on the planet. By this very nature, guests will encounter experiences and environments they may not have before, amounting to some of the most awe-striking moments to ever grace their camera rolls. Such adventures can also take travelers out of their packing comfort zones.   

To help you plan and pack, the Crystal team has thought of all the details. The comprehensive gear guides provided on the Crystal website carefully lay out what you’ll need for …

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Guests choose “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” medley as the Second Sail-Away Song in the Crystal Endeavor Song Contest

Medley by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole to follow What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong in new extended sail-away tradition

The votes are in, Crystal’s guests have spoken and the Somewhere Over the Rainbow & What a Wonderful World medley by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole will now directly follow Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, as the second song in Crystal Endeavor’s sail-away celebration, giving the intrepid new expedition yacht a sail-away tradition all her own. Nearly 500 guests voted in the contest to choose the second sail-away song which will expand the length of the beloved sail-away celebration on Crystal Endeavor with a new favorite chosen by the …

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The Hemingway Special – A Bold Cocktail for a Bold Adventurer

Hemingway’s namesake drink has a fittingly storied past

Sometimes great things come from unlikely places…. Legend has it that Earnest Hemingway wandered into El Floridita bar in Havana in 1921 to use the bathroom just as bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert was setting up a round of daiquiris. Not one to pass up a drink, Hemingway gave it a try. He declared that it was good but a bit too sweet for his taste, so he asked Vert to make one with less sugar and double the rum and the “Daquiri Like Papa”, later known as the Papa Doble (double the rum!) was born.

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The Cultural Treasures and Natural Wonders of The Bahamas

Crystal Serenity takes travelers off the beaten path for unique island experiences

The Islands of The Bahamas are renowned for their crystal blue waters, sun-drenched beaches, and balmy breezes, but often what warms visitors most is the hospitality and friendliness of the Bahamian people. Whether pointing the way to a favorite local beach or sharing the storied history of the islands they love, their heartfelt pride shines through.

In anticipation of Crystal Serenity’s upcoming collection of Luxury Bahamas Escapes this summer we asked our Bahamian friends if they could share some of cultural and historic highlights of the islands they call home. We …

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Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton: Crispy Coconut Shrimp and Rich Rum Cake

Summer Sights are Set on The Bahamas

Tropical scents of coconut and the toasted aroma of rum coming from the kitchen this week have us thinking about ocean waves, swaying palms, and seafaring voyages. We culminate our Crystal@Home journey with sumptuous island favorites as we set our sights on sun-washed beaches and Crystal’s return to cruising with Luxury Bahamas Escapes beginning in July. Join us for this week’s recipes as we set the clocks to island time, plant our feet in the sand, and let our thoughts wander on the breeze…

Chef Jon Ashton’s Crispy Coconut Shrimp recipe celebrates everything we love most about …

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DIVE INTO RELAXATION WITH EXCLUSIVE BAHAMAS RESORT STAYS

Optional Pre- & Post-Cruise options invite Crystal guests to indulge in Island time

Seasoned cruise travelers know that a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay provides the perfect way to lean into pure relaxation, with added time to unwind and explore at your leisure. This summer The Bahamas offers Crystal guests idyllic settings to put your toes in the sand and set your watch to island time.

In Nassau and Bimini – round-trip embarkation options for Crystal Serenity’s upcoming Luxury Bahamas Escapes – guests have the option to embrace the tropical bliss and diversions of island life with pre- and post-cruises stays at exclusive …

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SAIL-AWAY SONG CONTEST INVITES CRYSTAL SOCIETY MEMBERS TO PICK A SPECIAL SONG FOR CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR

Crystal Extends a Beloved Sail-Away Tradition Aboard New Luxury Expedition Yacht

Imagine a sleek, yacht-like cruise ship departing as the sun sets, guests on the open deck with champagne in hand while the melodies of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World float out across the water. It is the perfect musical backdrop for a sublime moment of emotion and anticipation as travelers toast new adventures to come.

What began as a lovely added touch in 1990, when Crystal Harmony first left San Francisco harbor on its maiden voyage, has become a longstanding tradition beloved by the award-winning line’s loyal guests.

Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World has become a …

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THE 10 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SITES – AND MOMENTS – AWAITING IN ICELAND

Látrabjarg Cliffs Iceland

Photographers both expert and novice will find themselves busy clicking and snapping away while exploring Iceland. We’re sharing our top 10 most Instagrammable sites and sights awaiting you in Iceland, but this list is only the beginning. Prepare to fill your feed with some of your most incredible journeys to date aboard Crystal’s first expedition voyages…

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HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR RUM RUNNER COCKTAIL?

Rum Runner Cocktail

The rum runner cocktail is named for the speakeasy smugglers of the Prohibition era, in homage to the pivotal role they played in the extremely big business of forbidden booze. The name is apropos, given the drink was first created in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, which was one of the main touch points of rum running operations and the epitome of the tropical vibe the fresh fruit and juice bring to the palate…

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CAMERAS READY? THESE ARE THE 10 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS ON THE NEW ‘LUXURY BAHAMAS ESCAPES’

Bahamas Pink Sand Beach

For many, sharing the moments and sights from our most spectacular adventures is part of the joy of travel. And social media is one of the best ways to bring friends, family and followers along with you on the journey, an immediate kind of “wish you were here” postcard. If there ever was a region that lends itself to photo ops that are sure to tempt fellow travelers, it’s The Bahamas…

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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: COCONUT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Chef Jon Ashton Coconut Cake

Springtime has Officially Arrived in the Kitchen

Layer upon layer of creamy, white chocolate frosting are just the beginning of the sweetness coming to your kitchen this week as Chef Jon Ashton shares his recipe for a truly indulgent coconut cake. It’s reminiscent of springtime sailings and Easter holidays aboard Crystal ships, as well as the signature flavors of luxury island escapes (perhaps, to The Bahamas?). Fresh and light, yet somehow also rich and decadent, this cake is everything your springtime sweet tooth is craving.

As we usher in the season of full bloom, it’s time to refresh our dessert menus and start …

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NEW CRYSTAL RIVER DISCOVERIES IN 2022: VINEYARD HARVESTS, SUMMER ESCAPES & AN EPIC CELEBRATION OF NATURE

Crystal Mozart

From the floor-to-ceiling windows and open decks of Crystal River ships, you notice the riverside scenery along the Danube, Rhine, Moselle and Main rolls and changes. It shifts from quaint medieval towns with half-timbered buildings to vineyard-covered hillsides and then again to glittering cities of power and influence. Always changing, yet reliably stunning. Shift your gaze to what’s in store for Crystal River Cruises in 2022 and you’ll find some things have changed in beautifully captivating ways…

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