The Best Gifts Go Beyond Boxes and Bows
Sometimes, it’s impossible to find the perfect thing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to brainstorm a tangible item that properly expresses a shared sense of adventure or desire for more time together, or commemorates an occasion in grand enough measure. It’s in these such instances, when the standard holiday gift guide won’t do, that Crystal really excels. If those on your gift list are travelers – wanderers with a penchant for Michelin-inspired cuisine and personal butler service – we have your gift guide.
Even if the traveler on your list is, well, you… at least you’ll know you’re getting exactly what you wish for.
Those whose greatest joys in life are roasted, seared, sautéed, sauced, stewed, garnished and paired with the perfect wine can dine their way through Italy and France. Fresh Ligurian focaccia and the crisp seafood of Cinque Terre, Bistecca alla Fiorentina and Papardelle al Cinghiale, Rome’s Supplì – plus a traditional ratatouille in Nice, or a Socca while strolling the Côte d’Azur – all on the menu aboard Crystal Esprit’s June 2, 2019 “Riviera Rendezvous” sailing.
For Spiritual Seekers
For travelers who seek deeper meaning and profound reflection, look no further than Southeast Asia. Myanmar’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda and thousands of Temples of Bagan represent some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, while Mumbai’s Caves of Elephanta and Malaysia’s Batu Cave near Kuala Lumpur hold tremendous Hindu treasures. True to form in Singapore, an international mix of temples, mosques and churches grace the skyline, all featured on Crystal Symphony’s November 21, 2020 “Lands of Enlightenment” voyage.
For Hopeless Romantics
Flowers are always a lovely gift, but take it a step further and walk among the millions of blossoms of the most famous tulip fields in the world. Share coffee for two along the canals of Amsterdam, stroll hand in hand through the diamond district of Antwerp, bicycle through windmill-laden countryside of Kinderdijk and dazzling skyline of Rotterdam. The romance of the Rhine River comes alive on Crystal Bach’s April 16, 2020 “Tulips & Windmills” voyage.
For UNESCO Collectors
When one’s wish list matches UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, one heads to the Mediterranean. Begin in Barcelona – one city, nine World Heritage Sites – and continue to Florence (from Livorno) and Rome – cities so full of world-changing treasures that they are World Heritage Sites. En route, explore Marseille, France’s oldest city, and the royal heritage of Monaco. Crystal Serenity’s October 3, 2019 “Mediterranean Arts” sailing is packed with bucket-list experiences.
Great Outdoorsmen & Women
Glacier trekking, sea kayaking, rainforest zip lining, Gold Rush railroading, helicopter soaring and fly fishing… the gifts of the Last Frontier. Alaska’s magnificent landscapes can cause even the most adventurous outdoorsmen and women to pause and catch their breaths, with one awe-striking wonder after another, and Crystal Symphony’s July 2, 2019 “Majestic Midnight Sun” voyage offers almost endless daylight to pursue them all.
For those seeking a rare experience that brims with cultural importance so great that actual lives are believed to depend upon it, Crystal River Cruises presents exclusive (meaning extremely limited space) opportunities to attend the decennial Passion Play performance in Oberammergau. For approximately 40 years, the villagers of the town have performed an epic display of the crucifixion of Christ, holding up their end of a bargain made with God to spare their residents from the death of the Plague. Give the gift of an 11-night package to witness the historic event with select 2020 voyages on the Danube and Rhine rivers.
Fill your wish list and those of the ones you love most on the Crystal Experience of your dreams.