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An Irish Dolphin, Australian Longhorn and Russian Champagne

We could dedicate our whole lives to globetrotting and still not see every place, every pivotal historical site and heavenly natural landscape. Even after more than 28 years sailing the world’s oceans – and now even rivers – there are still places Crystal Cruises has yet to explore. But we’re working on that.

In 2021, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will add nine new ports of call to our own list of fascinating places, and we invite you to discover them along with us.

To get us started and briefly acquainted with these gems – which span from Australia to Eastern Europe; Iceland to Ireland – here are some fast facts to know about Crystal’s 2021 maiden calls as you plan your next great adventure (and perhaps even the one after that):


Seydisfjordur, Iceland (Lead image)

Another tongue – and keyboard – twister! Actually spelled Seyðisfjörður and pronounced sey-dis-fehr-thet, this is where you go to truly unplug. One of the most charming characteristics of Seyðisfjörður is its seclusion, provided by the steep towering mountain peaks that surround the town. Aside from the quaint Icelandic town elements – a couple of convenience stores, library and wonderfully steaming warm swimming pools – visitors to Seyðisfjörður will find more reindeer than people, and more natural beauty than any camera roll could contain. The fact that you’ll arrive here by ship is appropriate, since the water is one of the few ways to even access this remote town, meaning this wondrous mountain village will not appear on everyone else’s travel list.

Fungie the Dolphin, Dingle, Ireland
Fungie, the beloved dolphin of Dingle, Ireland

Dingle, Ireland

Dingle is the place to visit if you want to immerse yourself in Irish culture and tradition, old and modern. The town is the namesake city of the Dingle Peninsula, in the southwest corner of Ireland, an area known for its proud devotion to Irish heritage. Here, you’ll learn about the arts and music of the region from locals happy to share, and will find a large population of residents who still favor traditional Gaelic dialects over English. What you may not expect to find is a thriving surf culture here, as Dingle Peninsula attracts novices and pros throughout the year. Also unexpected but quite delightful in Dingle: Fungie. This bottle-nosed dolphin resides in the harbor and is the town’s beloved “mascot.”

Novorossiysk, Russia

First thing’s first: it’s pronounced Noh-vuh-ruh-seesk. And it’s situated in Southern Russia along the Black Sea, boasting a strong naval history that will prove enlightening to any visitor with a curiosity about European military presence. Novorossiysk’s place along Tsemess Bay has made it a strategic gold mine since the 19th century. Something that is not such a no-brainer about the city? Its clout as a sparkling wine producer. Producer Abrau-Dyurso creates “Russian champagne” that has earned international acclaim (an enviable feat, even if the production of Russian champagne began with some help from a Frenchman).

Novorossiysk, Russia
An anchor marks the harbor of military stronghold Novorossiysk, Russia

Townsville, Australia

This coastal haven is nestled on the northeastern coast of Queensland, adjacent from the central portion of the Great Barrier Reef. However, it holds some sizeable clout in its own right, literally. Townsville is home to some of the “largest” of several notable things. Among them, the longest horns in the world – a title bestowed by the Guinness Book of World Records to JR, a Texas Longhorn steer who was born and raised in Townsville’s Leahton Park and whose horns measure more than 2.8 meters (over nine feet). Additionally, Townsville is the home to the Australian Defence Force’s 3rd Brigade (and the largest army barracks in the country), which holds more than 130 of Aussie military history about which visitors can learn during their visits. Finally, Townsville is home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, Reef HQ. Appropriate, given its geography, but no less impressive.

Crystal’s complete 2021 Ocean deployment is now online and open for booking, with Book Now Savings offering tremendous value for bookings by October 31. Follow the Crystal Insider for Part 2 of the “Weird and Wonderful” 2021 maiden calls that need to be on your travel list, and book your next adventure today!

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Posted on July 11, 2016