We at Crystal have much for which to give thanks this and every year. We have enjoyed continued success and accolades that are growing and expanding right alongside our Crystal family and fleet. More profoundly, we enjoy loyalty and acclaim from the world’s most discerning travelers. You, who seek to discover new corners of the globe, and rediscover your favorite places with new perspectives. You, who possess discriminating tastes for the finest pursuits and know where you’ll always find them. We are tremendously thankful for you.
I, personally, am most thankful for what drives the massive scope of Crystal’s developments in the recent past, present and in the future: a love and desire for travel.
It is the passion for travel that has fueled my career, and that I know fuels many of your most cherished memories and aspirations. This love for travel offers us more than countless photo ops and stories that are certain to inspire (and impress) our friends. Travel offers us the chance to live greater and more meaningful lives by adding a new layer of understanding with each encounter we have with a new destination, culture, people, or even food.
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “A mind, once stretched by a new experience, can never go back to its old dimensions.” This is the greatest gift of travel, the new dimensions of our minds each time we dare to dive deeper beneath the Indian Ocean than we ever have before, or soar high over Himalayas – and allow ourselves to look down.
After more than 35 years in the travel industry, I have been fortunate to continually enjoy such new dimensions, sometimes pushing my own comfort level further than I had hoped! I’m thankful for every one of those experiences and how they have shaped me. I am thankful for the mouthwatering coffee in Italy; the heart-pounding thrill of climbing Sydney’s iconic bridge; the spiritual force of the temples of Angkor Wat. I am thankful for the many expansive views I enjoy from the windows of airplanes, and even more so for the magnificent views from the decks of Crystal ships and river yachts.
I am thankful that I am able to share these life altering experiences with my husband, Tom and my son Max, and that I share the extraordinary process of Crystal’s expansion with the most talented crew and team members in the world. But mostly, I am thankful that we all share this passion for travel, as I believe that it’s a perpetual curiosity about the world that makes life beautiful.
I cannot wait to welcome you aboard your next Crystal Experience, whether it’s a first-ever river cruise or yacht expedition, a 100th milestone ocean voyage, or extravagant global Crystal AirCruise. Each new adventure adds a new layer, and we’re honored to be part of yours.
I wish you all a joyful Thanksgiving holiday filled with new adventures.