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Our First-Ever Concurrent World Cruises Set Sail in 2018

Symphony and Serenity at Sea

Our first-ever concurrent World Cruises are setting sail in 2018, giving you the rare opportunity to switch from one luxury cruise ship to another.

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will embark on global voyages in January of that year, with both ships arriving in Sydney on February 17. If you started out on Crystal Symphony, you can switch to Crystal Serenity for a journey through Asia, India and the Holy Land. Or, if you started your voyage on Crystal Serenity, you can switch to Crystal Symphony for a South Pacific route to Miami. This means that, all together, you have four World Cruises from which to choose. This brief video summarizes the four routes.

Ranging from 97 to 129 days, the cruises will travel to a combined 111 destinations in 45 countries, featuring 16 maiden calls and 50 overnights. The 2018 World Cruise Itineraries are:

Crystal Symphony sailing from Cape Town
Crystal Symphony sailing from Cape Town

World Cruise One: Cape Town to Miami, January 7 to April 30, 2018. Crystal Symphony departs Cape Town, South Africa, on a 114-day sailing covering much of the Southern Hemisphere, including South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific/French Polynesia, and South America before exploring the Caribbean. The journey will make six maiden calls, including: Geraldton, Bunbury, and Esperance, Australia; Burnie, Tasmania; Fakarava, French Polynesia; and Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile.

World Cruise Two: Los Angeles to Rome, January 23 to May 16, 2018. Crystal Serenity embarks on a 112-day scenic exploration of the South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, Dubai and the Mediterranean. Maiden calls and overnights will be in Manila, Philippines, and Mumbai, India. Other overnight calls will include Muscat, Oman; Dubai, UAE; and Sáfaga, Egypt (the gateway to the Temple of Luxor).

World Cruise Three: Cape Town to Rome, January 7 to May 16, 2018. Guests on the longest World Cruise itinerary, at 129 days, sail on the first part of Crystal Symphony’s voyage from South Africa through Australia before continuing their adventure aboard Crystal Serenity on a journey bound for Asia, India, Egypt, the Holy Lands and Italy.

Crystal ship in Panama Canal locks
Going through the Panama Canal’s locks

World Cruise Four: Los Angeles to Miami, January 23 to April 30, 2018.Following 24 days of navigating the islands of Hawaii, Fiji and other exotic beach destinations aboard Crystal Serenity, guests on this itinerary then join Crystal Symphony for a unique West to East coast voyage. The full 97-day sailing will travel through the Milford Sound, French Polynesia, Easter Island (for the Easter holiday) and the Panama Canal.

These epic 2018 voyages can be booked in shorter segments. Guests who book full World Cruises will be treated to a spectacular gala celebration in Sydney, when the two ships rendezvous.

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