The 116-Day Journey is Indeed Packed with ‘Myths, Marvels & Monuments’
Over the span of 50 ports in 32 countries, travelers are bound to make some fascinating discoveries on Crystal’s 2022 World Cruise. There will be top-of-the-bucket-list sites to explore, like Luxor and the Valley of Kings, the masterpieces of Rome and Florence, and picturesque Sydney Harbour and Opera House. There will be spectacular vistas of island coastlines in Hawaii, Indonesia and Polynesia. The myriad of curiosities that will captivate guests along the way don’t always capture the headlines but will certainly offer a glimpse of a locale’s colorful history.
These kinds of discoveries are what we’re exploring today. Every destination featured on the “Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic” World Cruise boasts distinct character and proud legends that have created its modern identity. But sometimes, it’s the lesser known details that bring a place to life. Here are our first five weird and wonderful facts about some of the 2022 World Cruise destinations:
1) Approximately $17 billion worth of treasure was found in 2015 in a sunken ship off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, one of the most storied destinations along the Caribbean coastline. The San José set sail from what is now Panama for Cartagena in 1708 but was sunken by the British on her way along with her crew, 200 tons of gold, silver and emeralds descended to the sea floor.
2) Life is understandably lived outdoors in Auckland, from sea to summit. With one in three Aucklanders owning a boat, the city earns its moniker “the City of Sails,” while the more than 50 volcanoes surrounding Auckland – all considered dormant – are the perfect option for heart-pounding hikes with sprawling views.
3) The world’s most expensive coffee can be sipped in Bali, where a cup of Kopi Luwak can cost $50. The coffee is considered a delicacy, derived from the undigested beans of Civet Cats, whose highly selective diet comprises only the finest and ripest coffee cherries. Kopi Luwak is found primarily in Bali, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.
4) Mumbai is a pulsing metropolis with city streets packed with people, colorful markets and impressive architecture. It’s also an island – or seven islands, to be precise. Over the span of five centuries, the archipelago’s islands were gradually connected to form the modern city, which boasts an immense coastline of nearly 150 miles.
5) Of the many monumental sites to explore in Odessa, one of the most curious is the towering Darth Vader statue on the outskirts of the city. Originally a monument to Lenin that was condemned after the fall of communism, the piece was instead transformed into the world’s first statue of the famous Sith Lord by local artist Alexander Milov. Further exemplifying its modern identity: the statue is also a Wi-Fi hotspot.
These destinations and their complex histories are just the beginning of the discoveries you’ll make on Crystal’s 2022 World Cruise. Book your suite today and begin your adventure!