Of the 219 Destinations in Store, These ‘Top 10’ are Just the Beginning of the Journey
It may be nearly three years away, but we’re already daydreaming of the adventures that are coming in 2022. Just announced, 67 unique voyages to 219 destinations in 83 countries will transport you to the places you’ve always wanted to explore, and some you didn’t even realize you were missing. As always, our destination team has scoured the earth and its endless possibilities to curate the 2022 luxury cruises offered aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and, experts that they are, they have some valuable insights into the journeys ahead.
Here, we’re sharing the “Top 10” highlights of 2022. Add them to your list and start packing!
Amsterdam’s Expo Floriade, the once-in-a-decade horticultural World’s Fair of sorts returns from April to October of 2022 with a “Growing Green Cities” theme. Every 10 years, the expo transforms the city into a wonderland of conceptual green experiences that invite you to become part of nature.
Rouen, France, where some of history’s greatest figures made their mark. Richard the Lionheart was crowned here, Monet was inspired to create an entire series dedicated to the town’s cathedral, Joan of Arc met her dramatic fate and Julia Child first fell in love with French cuisine. Cruise here via the River Seine and fall in love for yourself.
Le Lavandou, France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the gateway to Provence, fittingly called the “Flower of the Côte d’Azur,” in part thanks to its proximity to Domaine du Rayol, where verdant gardens representing the regions of the world can be explored. That is, if you can tear yourself away from the beaches here. The port is known for its pristine Blue Flag Beaches – designated as such for their eco-friendly and sustainable status… perfect for swimming in the French sunshine.
Marina di Carrara, Italy, the birthplace of Michelangelo’s David, in a sense, as this is where the Renaissance genius quarried the precious stone for the famed statue, as well as Pietá. It is also a gateway to the Chianti region, where you can enjoy masterpieces of a different kind, and the UNESCO-listed village of Lucca.
From Cádiz, journey to Seville, where tapas were born, Christopher Columbus is laid to rest, the oranges make the perfect marmalade, and movies like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones” were filmed. Cádiz itself is a gem to explore, the starting point of two of Columbus’ New World voyages and also a star filming location, set as Havana in “James Bond, Die Another Day.”
The legends of Troy from Kepez, Turkey, which were thought to be just that – legend – for hundreds of years until archaeologists excavated the ancient cities. This is also your gateway to Gallipoli, just across the Dardanelles Strait, where during World War I thousands of Australians and New Zealanders stormed the beaches on what is remembered as ANZAC Day. *Crystal’s visit comes just days after the 107th anniversary of this day.
The Garden Island of Kauai is lush and green, as the nickname implies, thanks to its mild climate and plenty of rain and humidity to nurture tropical foliage. But it’s also packed with sprawling sands along its 111 miles of coastline, with more accessible beaches than any other Hawaiian island. Also, keep an eye out for the wild chickens that roam the island.
Galle, Sri Lanka’s deep roots, notably steeped in colonial history and, further back, as an important ancient trading port. Not to be missed is the UENSCO-listed Galle Fort and Lighthouse, which was built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch and modified by the British.
Low Country charm in Charleston, South Carolina, where Southern Hospitality is a thing and the cuisine is as rich as the history. An overnight stay on Halloween showcases the town’s creativity and adds an eerily festive ambience to the city that marked the first Revolutionary War victory and the beginning of the Civil War, and is home to America’s first museum.
Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater glacier will take your breath away. At 76 miles long and 1,200 feet deep, it has been steadily thickening and advancing into Disenchantment Bay since measuring began in 1895.
What destinations will top your travel list in 2022? It’s time to start planning your next great adventure aboard Crystal’s 2022 luxury cruises.