In Gallivanting the Globe

Record-Setting Itineraries Coming in 2016 and Early 2017

Glacier Bay, Alaska

We’ve unveiled our 2016 and early 2017 itineraries, besting several of our own industry-leading records with more maiden calls (41), more overnights (119, including 40 double overnights), and more shorter (five- to 10-day) cruises.

Highlights of the luxury cruises include returns to Alaska, New Orleans, and the Philippines; expanded West Coast, Central American, and Caribbean choices; three trips through Antarctica; inclusive land programs in Berlin and Montréal; a pan-Pacific Grand Cruise; and two completely different World Cruises (in 2016 and 2017).  In total, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will sail 74 five- to 102-day voyages around the world over the approximately 15-month period.

FOR 2016:  We’re offering 60 cruises visiting 77 countries with 86 overnights in 48 ports.  In all, we’ll call at 245 ports around the world. Almost half of the year’s itineraries (29) are 10 days or less, including one five-day and two six-day cruises for the first time ever along the Pacific Coast.

New overnight ports include Antwerp; the Mediterranean island of Ibiza; Papeete; Bora Bora; Berlin/Hamburg; Bali; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Colon, Panama; Ushuaia, Argentina; and Haifa, Israel.  A record number of double overnight (two nights in a row) ports (14) include San Diego, Amsterdam, New Orleans, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Venice, London, Lisbon, Barcelona, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

In addition, we’re making 27 Maiden Calls at ports such as Aitutaki, Cook Islands; Corinto, Nicaragua; Easo, New Caledonia; Isla Margarita, Venezuela; Portree, Isle of Skye, UK; Karlskrona, Sweden; Kirkwall, UK; Klaksvík, Faroe Islands; Mystery Island, Vanuatu; and Samaná, Dominican Republic.

Stand-out 2016 itineraries include:

A 102-day World Cruise will sail round-trip from San Francisco for the first time, with five segments beginning in Sydney, Bali, Singapore, Shanghai, and Tokyo;

In the Americas: We’re offering our first summer Alaska season in five years, only this time with shorter seven- and 10-day itineraries; our New England-Canada season will feature a local overnight on land in Montreal, plus seven-, eight-, nine-, and 10-day voyage options, including a round-trip from New York; and eight five- to 22-day cruises to or from California will sail in the winter, spring, and fall, including a new Hawaiian Islands itinerary round-trip from San Francisco and a new San Diego round-trip visiting Catalina Island for the first-time ever.  “South of the border,” two January/February voyages cruising Antarctica and South America will include a new round-trip route from Buenos Aires; new Caribbean & Central America cruises include three voyages returning to New Orleans after a decade-long absence, two sailings to/from Colón, and a convenient holiday voyage round-trip from Miami; and two new Panama Canal cruises will sail from Chile to Miami and from Miami to San Francisco.

In Europe, two new Northern Europe cruises to/from Berlin will feature a complimentary, three-night Berlin land package and ten seven-, nine-, and 12-day Mediterranean cruises in spring and fall will feature a return to Israel and to Athens as a turnaround port.

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Across the Pacific, five voyages to or from Asia have put multiple ports in South Korea back on the calendar, and a return to Sydney for its world-famous New Year’s fireworks display is included on an Auckland-Melbourne holiday cruise.

FOR 2017 (first quarter): We’re offering 14 Maiden Calls in ports such as Alotau and Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea; Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Stewart Island, New Zealand; and Takamatsu, Japan.

A 94-day “Ultimate South America” World Cruise will sail round-trip from Miami starting January 10, with six segments sailing on Crystal Serenity through Antarctica, the Amazon, and to/from Colon, Valparaíso, Buenos Aires, Rio, and Barbados.

A 99-day pan-Pacific Grand Cruise aboard Crystal Symphony, starting January 5, will feature seven segments sailing to/from Melbourne, Sydney g(round-trip), Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong, Incheon, and Tokyo.  Highlights include new and rarely visited Polynesian ports and our first return to the Philippines in 18 years.

The 2016 and early 2017 cruises are now available for booking with limited-time, all-inclusive Book Now fares and savings.



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