These are Just Some of the Places You Must Include on Your 2020 Luxury Travel List
Each year, Crystal’s team of destination experts has the enviable task of imagining, creating and planning innovative itineraries that span the globe. Dozens of logistical considerations are involved – weather, tides, world events and so on – and each voyage is meticulously designed to offer travelers new and renewed perspectives on each destination, even those they may have visited previously. Our team is dedicated and tireless, and they know travel. They have scoured the museums, the late-night cafes, the morning sunrise viewpoints, the historically profound and the futuristically astounding (we did mention this job is enviable). And their work fuels your wanderlust.
As we unveil the complete deployment of Crystal’s ocean-going vessels for 2020 today – Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Esprit – we’re also revealing our team’s list of “can’t miss” destinations for your 2020 luxury travel list. Of course, with more than 100 new worldwide voyages over the year, such a list could easily surpass five globally captivating cities, but we had to stop somewhere. This is also why the destinations below are only the beginning – the first in a three-part series of Crystal’s pro picks. We also encourage you to explore further down your own travel lists, and when you reach the end, begin again.
Until then, here are the first “Top 5” destinations for 2020 worldwide voyages with Crystal Cruises, aboard the reimagined, redesigned Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
1 | Da Nang
Beyond the majestic Marble Mountains, caves and pagoda of Da Nang itself, this fascinating city also leads you to the UNESCO-listed imperial city of Hue and its Royal Citadel near the Perfume River.
2 | Oporto, Portugal
Known affectionately as Porto, rising on the Rio Douro, this medieval UNESCO city is famous for its port wines, progressive culinary styles, historical architecture and thriving art scene since the 1930’s.
3 | Yangon, Myanmar
Gilded and bejeweled, the Shwedagon Pagoda dominates this colorful city formerly known as Rangoon, home to glistening temples and a formerly isolated way of life. Since opening its doors to the world, Yangon has developed everything the largest hub for commerce, art and cuisine could possibly need, including mouthwatering street food.
4 | Calvi, Corsica
The “Island of Beauty” is as much posh French Riviera as it is an ancient historic port. Calvi’s white beaches, azure seas and red-orange granite Les Calanches offer natural beauty, while the 15th-century citadel and upscale seaside brasseries nod to its cultural past and present.
5 | Palermo, Sicily – Rich with a complex history as a crossroad of Byzantine, Arab and Roman influences, this cultured and intriguing city is a dream destination for foodies and a canvas of three-dimensional art in the form of mosaic-covered structures and frescoed walls of baroque churches.
Crystal Symphony’s and Crystal Serenity’s 2020 worldwide voyages to these must-see destinations and many others will be open for booking on May 1, 2018.
Look for Part II of our destination experts’ 2020 top cities next week!