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EPIC EVENTS WORTH PLANNING YOUR VACATION AROUND

Add these global events to your Crystal Calendar

Travelers who are driven to explore the world by an intense FOMO (fear of missing out), take note. While luxury vacations through Europe’s greatest cities and sites are certainly eventful in their own right, there are some destinations that become heightened versions of their already fascinating selves when certain marquee events take place. Some of these are remarkable for the legendary grandeur they bring only every 10 years, others are epic in their spectacle and exclusivity, and still others are just so delightful that missing the chance to attend may stir genuine regret in the hearts of cultural explorers.

Fortunately, Crystal has you covered. Mark your travel calendars to include these can’t-miss world events:

Oberammergau’s Passion Play – A rare experience that brims with cultural importance so great that actual lives are believed to depend upon it, Crystal River Cruises offers guests opportunities to attend the decennial Passion Play performance in Oberammergau in 2020. For approximately 400 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. Rhine and Danube voyages aboard Crystal Ravel, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Mahler offer 10-night inclusive packages from Munich to attend this elaborate performance, complete with 5-star accommodations, walking tours of Munich and Oberammergau and transfers from ship to shore.

Monaco Grand Prix, one of Formula 1’s most glamourous spectacles of extreme speed, is a heady mix of adrenaline and ultra-exclusive access when you attend with Crystal Cruises in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Several options immerse guests in the elite Monte Carlo racing scene, ranging from private viewing from the Belvedere Terrace of the Automobile Club of Monaco (complete with Pit Lane access, 360-degree views and catered champagne feast) to VIP upper grand stand seating with catered lunch or reserved seating near the start/finish line that positions you in the heart of the action to cheer along with the crowd.

Edinburgh’s annual Royal Military Tattoo festivities at the Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo, a dramatic display of pomp and pageantry that features Scotland’s military bands and regiments performing traditional dances and historical reenactments, concluding with a lone bagpiper’s haunting tune. Reserved VIP seats in the Royal Gallery of Edinburgh Castle, pre-Tattoo drinks and canapes on the Castle Embattlements, three-course feast in the Castle Gatehouse and post-event champagne reception make this an event to mark in bold on your travel calendar. Schedule under Crystal Symphony voyages in 2020 and 2022.

Feria de Abril festival, one of Seville, Spain’s loveliest and liveliest events, where dining, drinking, dancing and all-might merriment is the only item on the to-do list. Crystal Endeavor will spend three full days in the city during the 2022 celebration along the Guadalquivir River, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in one of the biggest parties the Andalusian capital has to offer. Look for avenues lined with casetas, striped tents serving tapas and drinks throughout the day and night, daily parades of horse-and-carriage splendor and plenty of Sevillanas, the official genre of folk music in Seville.

Mark your calendar, book your suite, and prepare to be swept up in the thrill of some of the world’s greatest events.

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