While relishing a Crystal cruise, we’ve all been faced with the urge to immediately plan the next one. The Crystal Experience™ is one of those things that is nearly impossible to leave behind, and it helps greatly to have another one on the horizon to look forward to. Today, aboard Crystal Serenity’s current World Cruise, Crystal president & CEO, Edie Rodriguez, spoke to guests about what’s next for Crystal – and for travelers who love Crystal – including a special World Cruise announcement.
You might find yourself having a difficult time keeping all of the groundbreaking Crystal news and upcoming developments straight. I understand. It’s been a whirlwind of announcements and long-anticipated new vessels for the last several months, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this particular kind of “game-changing” growth. We also understand that you, like many discerning luxury travelers, already have your next favorite Crystal experience dreamt up, and we absolutely don’t want you to miss out.
To this end, today I’m delighted to announce the unveiling of our epic 2019 World Cruise “Grand Continental Odysseys”, along with a timeline of important “Save the Dates” for the newest members of the Crystal fleet.
First, with the release of the 2019 World Cruise, we’re offering you unprecedented (nearly three full years!) lead time to plan for this extraordinary voyage. Kicking off 2019, Crystal Serenity will sail from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo on January 14, exploring Hawaii; Australia and New Zealand; South Africa; and the Mediterranean by way of the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. For 84 days (available in four segments), you’ll be able to discover your “wild side,” as these regions are legendary for wilderness adventures, wildlife and extreme heights and depths (literally) just waiting to be conquered.
Big Five safaris, treks throughout the Outback and Madagascar and Hawaiian adventures to the top of volcanoes and the colorful bottom of the ocean, are all on the to-do list for days spent in these magnificent ports. Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll also want to mix in some decidedly cosmopolitan luxury and iconic experiences between the ruggedness. VIP access to Sydney’s Opera House, getting lost in the wonder of Barcelona’s Sagrada Família and relishing the glamour of the Palais Princier de Monaco in Monte Carlo (or really all things in Monte Carlo) will fit this bill perfectly.
The 2019 World Cruise is available for booking now, and I cannot wait to see you all on board. But, as you’ve likely heard, you don’t have to wait until 2019 for the Crystal vacation of your dreams. Since July 2015, we’ve announced an exponential expansion of the Crystal brand and the luxury offerings we’ll bring to your global travel plans. Crystal Yacht Cruises launched in December, with Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal Exclusive Class, Crystal Residences and the latest expedition luxury yacht, Crystal Endeavor, all close at hand.
I urge you to mark your calendars and join me in the thrilling anticipation of the new era of Crystal:
Crystal Luxury Air ™– Available for booking now. This month, a beautifully equipped 12-seat Bombardier Global Express XRS jet will take to the skies to transport Crystal guests to meet virtually any Crystal voyage, anywhere. Of course, accommodations and onboard amenities are true to Crystal’s superior standard of excellence and convenience. Leather executive seating; cabins configurable for conferencing and business, or simply relaxing with friends; sleeping quarters; a full galley; and all the technological features needed for conducting business will await you for your flight.
Crystal Mozart™ – July 13, 2016. The first, and largest, of our posh river ships will embark on itineraries along the Danube, taking guests to picture-perfect locales throughout Austria, Hungary, Germany and other charming European gems.
Crystal Debussy™ – June 4, 2017. Taking guests on Parisian escapes to and from Paris along the Seine River, focusing on the art, light and iconic masterpieces surrounding the heart of France.
Crystal Bach™ – June 18, 2017. Sailing along the Rhine on itineraries that highlight the magic of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Basel, Switzerland; and Ruedesheim, Germany plus a storybook-worthy Christmas route visiting the famous holiday marketplaces in Switzerland.
Crystal Ravel™ – August 8, 2017. Delving into the heart of France’s renowned wine region of Bordeaux, and other charming French locales along the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers and Gironde Estuary.
Crystal Mahler™ – August 29, 2017. Offering the longest itinerary of the Crystal River Cruises fleet at 16 days, the luxury river yacht will transit the Rhine-Main-Danube Locks that connect Europe’s two mightiest rivers, visiting Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Netherlands along the way.
Crystal AirCruises – 2017. Our twin-aisle Boeing 777-200LR will take to the skies on exclusive 14 and 28-day around-the-world itineraries to coveted destinations not typically served by major airlines. The luxury aircraft will be redesigned to accommodate just 88 guests with all flat- bed exclusive class seating and boast premium luxury that global travelers have come to expect from Crystal, including copious amounts of guest space, plush amenities and our world-class service and crew. Trips will include accommodations at the world’s most luxurious hotels, the finest Michelin star-level cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs and fabulous local cultural entertainment.
Crystal Endeavor™ – August 2018. Crystal Yacht Cruises will chart a new course with the first-ever purpose-built expedition megayacht, able to reach every corner of the earth with its Polar Class 6 designation. Two helicopters, two landing pads, two submarines, plus Zodiacs, jet skis, and equipment for scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing will all be on hand for new experiences in new destinations.
Crystal Exclusive Class™ and Crystal Residences™ – Fall 2019. These remarkable ocean ships will set a new standard of luxury travel in every sense, as Polar Class vessels that include all the signature features and amenities of a luxury ship or private yacht. Also, for the first time ever, you’ll have the chance to truly call a Crystal ship “home,” as the top deck of these extraordinary ships will boast opulent Residences, which will enjoy their own private facilities, dining venues and amenities.
As you can see, we’ve got you covered for virtually any luxury vacation experience you can dream up for the next few years…and far beyond. So, please join me in saving these exciting dates, as they are each milestones in the journey ahead for Crystal and our valued guests.
I look forward to seeing you on board.
President & CEO, Crystal