LOS ANGELES, December 14, 2009 â€“ As Crystal Cruises commemorates its 20 year milestone in 2010, the ultra-luxury lineâ€™s annual Presidentâ€™s Cruise, hosted by Crystal President Gregg Michel, will have a decidedly festive feel. Kicking off the May 12 voyage through the Middle East is a new two-night optional pre-cruise hotel program in Dubai featuring a lavish welcome dinner at a Bedouin camp in the desert dunes with traditional Arab music, henna artists and belly dancers.
An illustrious group of notable insiders are set to present, along with specially arranged â€œPresidentialâ€ events, including:
* Peter Bergen â€“ CNN terrorist analyst and author;
* General Hugh Shelton â€“ Former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff;
* John Hanny â€“ Former White House chef;
* Presidentâ€™s Shore Excursion â€“ The optional tour, accompanied by Michel, explores Luxor and the Valley of the Kings;
* Presidentâ€™s Cruise Alumni Party â€“ Hosted by Michel for past Presidentâ€™s Cruise guests; and
* Question & Answer session with Michel
Aptly named â€œArabian Treasures,â€ the 14-day 2010 Presidentâ€™s Cruise aboard the elegant, recently redesigned Crystal Symphony visits Dubai, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Aqaba, Jordan; Luxor/Safaga and transits the Suez Canal to Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt; and Athens, Greece.
â€œI look forward to engaging with our guests each year and sharing these fascinating historical destinations together,â€ says Michel. â€œIntelligent and successful, our guests have an insatiable curiosity for history. The rich itinerary provides a wondrous historic backdrop to the insightful conversations that will occur on board with our guest experts.â€
In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Crystal is offering compelling value-added promotions. New 2010 two-for-one, 14-day cruise fares start at $7,200 per person, double occupancy, and include $1,000 per person, All Inclusive â€“ As You Wish shipboard credits and complimentary air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways. The two-night pre-cruise inclusive hotel program in Dubai is $599 per person.
Crystal Cruises is consistently the winner of the hospitality industryâ€™s most coveted awards. In 2009, Travel + Leisure and CondÃ© Nast Traveler readers voted Crystal Cruises #1, Zagat surveyors named Crystal as their favorite and Cruise Critic editors named Crystal â€œBest in Luxury,â€ among many other accolades.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit crystalcruises.com.