Return to Alaska for Crystal Cruises

With its return to cruising Alaska for the first time since 2005, luxury specialist Crystal Cruises announces Experiences of Discovery options designed to entertain and inspire. In addition to wellness programming for the mind and body, and creative culinary offerings, seven 12-day itineraries sailing round-trip from San Francisco will feature a performing arts focus, with an expanded series of Emerging Artists cruises.

Emerging Artists – Through Crystal’s exclusive partnership with The Music Center, Los Angeles, the brightest upcoming stars and finalists in the center’s annual Spotlight Awards will perform in various musical realms including classical voice, piano, dance and others. (21st May 2011; 2nd, 14th and 26th June 2011; 8th and 20th July 2011; and 1st August 2011)

Mind, Body & Spirit – Guest fitness experts explore wellness through presentation on general health and complimentary classes in Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga and other specialties. (9th May 2011)

Wine & Food – Crystal’s popular culinary-themed voyage features cooking demos and hands-on instruction from guest chefs, wine tasting with sommeliers and guest experts, plus specially prepared menus. (13th August 2011)

The 12-day Alaska voyages visit Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia; Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, with eight itineraries cruising Glacier Bay (the June 2 voyage visits Hubbard Glacier). For bookings by September 30, Two-for-One cruise fares begin at $4,650 per person, double occupancy, with $500 per person ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard credits, and complimentary air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways.

Sailing on worldwide itineraries of seven- to 100+ days, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are consistently distinguished as the highest rated ships in the world.

Comments (4)

  1. John says:

    Let’s hope that Crystal Cruises have raised their game with regard to environmental performance. They scored an ‘F’ rating in the Friends of the Earth 2010 Cruise Ship Environmental Record Card. I am aware that they dispute the way in which the assessment was conducted, but surely their is room for improvement.

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    That’s interesting, John. Do you have a link for those records or are they not published online?

  3. Paul Johnson says:

    Thanks, John. And gosh, that doesn’t make good reading for CC.

    I’m surprised also that FOE gave Princess a C+ in the light of the whale fin impalement that they highlighted last year: http://www.foe.org/whale-impaled-cruise-ship

    Presumably they improved their score in other areas.

    For those interested in Crystal Cruises’ response to the FOE report, see this link:

    http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Environment/2010/05/20/crystalresponds/

    Paul

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