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Beyond the Cover: Surprising highlights of the 2017-2018 Worldwide Atlas

As you might expect, there is much to discover in the 240 pages of the just released 2017-2018 Worldwide Atlas. Our annual glossy collection of voyage details for all 109 Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity sailings is packed with luxury travel tidbits ready to entice you beyond your comfort zone (in the most luxuriously comfortable way possible, of course).  Page after page of the award-winning ships’ alluring amenities, adventures to new destinations, opportunities to return to favorite locales, and a glimpse into the pampered lifestyle awaiting you aboard, will certainly lead to a case of wanderlust. We invite you to order your copy of this master cruise planner from your travel professional or by calling Crystal’s toll free brochure line (866.446.6625) at your earliest convenience, then pour over each page until you have visually packed your suitcase for your dream vacation.

In the meantime, we’re happy to share some fascinating unpublished facts about the itineraries and destinations featured in the Atlas,that might intrigue you to visit all the same…

  • Crystal will make a whopping 57 maiden calls, some of which you’ll have trouble pronouncing. Among these are some exotically desirable – and exotically named – destinations, including Brønnøysund, Norway (pronounced Brū-noy-sünd), Maroantsetra, Madagascar (pronounced maro-ant-setr), and Takamatsu, Japan (pronounced exactly how it’s spelled). What these places have in common is their “gateway” status, in that they each offer a path to coveted adventures beyond their boundaries. Brønnøysund is considered the gateway to UNESCO, as the area’s Vega Archipelago was added to the renowned list in 2004; Maroantsetra is known as a main access point to Masoala National Park, the largest of Madagascar’s reserves; and Takamatsu is a gateway to popular sites in Yashima peninsula and the Japanese mainland.
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman

    You’re invited to the Sultan’s birthday party. Crystal Symphony will call in Muscat, Oman on this special day, which also happens to be a national holiday in the country, specifically, National Day. While National Day (November 18) is actually a celebration of Oman’s independence from the Portuguese in 1650, its correspondence with current Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s birthday on November 19 affords for additional extraordinary celebrations, including fireworks and elaborate displays of the sultan’s portrait and Oman’s flag.

  • “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” is the way to wish someone “happy New Year” in Hawaii, where Crystal Serenity will spend the winter holidays in 2018. While it will take some time to master the phrases made up of a 14-letter alphabet, we’re guessing that ringing in the New Year with your toes in tropical sand with a mai tai in hand will ease the burden.
  • Expect the unexpected on safaris in Mauritius, where Crystal Symphony will call in 2018. The wildlife drives will offer the chance to view the characteristic majestic animals one might expect on an African safari – lions, cheetahs, giraffes – but it turns out you might also find giant tortoises, crocodiles, rare pink pigeons, and the Mauritius kestrel (a fluffy little bird almost too adorable to be the predator it is, until it spreads its wings!).

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    African lion awaiting safari goers in the grass

Whatever your travel wish, Crystal’s 2017 and 2018 cruise seasons have much in store for you to discover. Contact your travel professional or our Crystal offices at 866.409.7111 today to request your copy. You have a dream vacation to plan!

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