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The Gift of Spectacular Holiday Sailings for 2014 & 2015

Hong Kong New Year's Fireworks - Crystal Cruises

We’re inviting our nicest guests — and even the naughty ones — to fulfill both their bucket lists and their holiday wish lists with unforgettable luxury cruise experiences for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays this year and next. While experiencing the magic of the season through the eyes of locals in Asia, South America and the Caribbean, you can create your own memories in the luxury we have perfected over the last 25 years.

Crystal Symphony takes travelers to the heart of two of the world’s most dramatic New Year’s celebrations with two very different 15-day voyages:

2014, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore

Sailing round-trip from Singapore on December 21, the “China Sea Holiday Spectacular” offers ample opportunity to immerse yourself in these storied destinations, with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City (including Christmas day/night), two nights in Hong Kong (including New Year’s Eve), and calls in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, from whence travelers can explore Angkor Wat; and Nha Trang, Vietnam, a prime spot for scuba diving and seaside leisure. The itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony situated in the proverbial front row of Victoria Harbour, as fireworks flash across Hong Kong’s skyline, allowing guests to enjoy the elaborate show from the ship.

Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong
Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong

2015, Brazil, Puerto Rico and surrounding islands

Travelers seeking hot sunshine and even hotter cultural highlights will find both aboard the December 19 “Brazilian Holiday” itinerary, marking our first embarkation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sailing to Rio de Janeiro, the cruise focuses on Brazil’s colorful cities, pristine beaches, coral reefs and famous nightlife. An overnight New Year’s Eve stay in Rio allows guests to revel in the fireworks and indulge in flowing champagne at Copacabana Beach for the annual New Year celebration. Afterward, they can spend a day of leisure in Buzios before returning to Rio for the after party on a second overnight call. The voyage also calls in Scarborough (maiden visit), Trinidad and Tobago; Devil’s Island, Iles du Salut, French Guiana; and Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Crystal Serenity’s holiday options focus on the warmth of the season, with two round-trip itineraries from Miami:

2014, Caribbean Islands

Think sand castles, not snow angels. Those who are averse to snow and ice will appreciate the warm festivities of the Caribbean saints — St. Lucia, St. Barts and St. Maarten — plus Barbados, Curaçao, Turks & Caicos and Tortola, on the December 21 “Caribbean Holiday Escape.” Each port boasts historical sites and remnants of its distinct multicultural past, yet all offer guests a taste of the islands’ idyllic, relaxed pace of life. Spend New Year’s Eve meandering the waterfront promenades of Curaçao before returning to the ship for a Six-Star celebration.

2015, Caribbean, South America and Mexican Coast

The laid-back island life of Turks & Caicos and Curaçao, blended with the spice and heritage of Honduras, Colombia and Mexico, create an ideal holiday for those whose New Year’s resolutions include things like exploring Mayan ruins, mingling with wildlife in a coastal Colombian national park, and snorkeling and scuba diving along the world’s largest network of coral reefs. It’s all about balance. The December 22 “Haute Caribbean Holidays” allows for exploration of the past in centuries-old cities like Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia, and Roatán Island, Honduras, then welcomes the unknown of the coming year while decking Crystal Serenity’s luxurious halls.

Celebrating On Board

As we consider our guests part of the Crystal family, our holiday voyages set the perfect stage for groups of multi-generational families and friends to travel together.

Christmas and Hanukkah (aboard the 2014 voyage) will be celebrated with traditional feasts, parties, holiday shows, and religious services amid lavish seasonal décor. On New Year’s Eve, besides taking in the destinations’ customary festivities, you can also enjoy a multi-course, black-tie-optional dinner, as well as champagne, live music and a festive balloon drop.

Until January 2, all-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares start at just $1,730/person.


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