“Kids Sail Free” on Two Panama Canal Cruises Combining Educational Eco-Adventure with Family Holiday

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LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2007 – Crystal Cruises invites children 11 and under to cruise for free on two Panama Canal cruises this Thanksgiving when sharing a stateroom with two adults. Part classroom, part adventure, children of all ages will marvel at the science of transiting the Canal and the drama of experiencing nature from the wilds of Costa Rica to the tranquility of the Caribbean. With the new promotion and special savings fares, travelers can save up to 60% off brochure fares.

Both of Crystal’s award-winning ships will offer Canal transits on Thanksgiving cruises in 2007:

  • Crystal Symphony travels from Caldera, Costa Rica to Miami, Florida on a 10-day cruise, November 14-24, with calls in Curaçao/Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles; St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies; and Tortola/Road Town, British Virgin Islands.
  • Crystal Serenity journeys from Miami to Caldera on an 11-day cruise, November 19-30, with calls in Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK; St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies; St. Maarten/Phillipsburg, Netherland Antilles; and Aruba/Oranjestad, Dutch West Indies.

The “kids sail free” promotion is capacity controlled and limited to triple-berth staterooms. Per adult, double occupancy fares start at $2,195 and $3,380 for the 10- and 11-day cruises, respectively.

“This Thanksgiving, families can enjoy the luxury of a Crystal cruise and the opportunity of being together at a great value during the holiday,” says Bill Smith, senior vice president, Crystal Cruises. “Guests can share a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, while enjoying all of Crystal’s luxurious amenities and the technical wonder of a Canal transit.”

With its dedicated children’s facilities Crystal is the luxury operator best suited for the family market. Fantasia is outfitted with games, and craft materials, while Waves features Sony Playstation® and personal computers with entertainment and education software. Xbox 360® video consoles are available for open play and onboard video game tournaments. On these cruises, both ships will feature a fully supervised Junior Activities program for kids ages 17 and under.

Depending on the children’s ages, families will also have the opportunity to extend their adventures ashore with such experiences as a ride in a yellow submarine in St. Barts, swimming with stingrays in Turks & Caicos, an elevated canopy walk among the rainforests of Costa Rica or a helmet dive for a walk along the ocean floor in the Caribbean.

The Crystal Difference

Aboard the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity and the 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. The renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by incomparable service, abundant space, extensive choices, and superior quality.

Crystal Cruises enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence, anchored in 11 consecutive years of “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” awards by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines – the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved such distinction.

For additional information, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line’s website at crystalcruises.com.