LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2007 – In addition to visiting the world’s great coastal cities, luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is taking guests deep into Europe’s interior in 2007, a departure from the typical pre- and post-cruise hotel stay. Via four- and five-night luxury hotel programs from Venice and Rome, Crystal guests can enjoy extended stays in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Lake Como. Crystal Cruises is also offering luxury rail travel options aboard the Orient-Express.
In grand style, the programs feature stays at the award-winning Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, the sumptuous Hotel Imperial in Vienna and coveted Four Seasons Hotels in Budapest and Prague.
“For the past several years, we have greatly expanded our shoreside opportunities before, within and after the cruise experience,” says John Stoll, director, land programs. “While we cannot take our ships to Austria, for example, we have designed a program that takes the Crystal experience into the interior with one-of-a-kind accommodations, enriching guides and personal attention to deliver the same level of style, luxury and service that our guests have come to expect aboard our ships.”
From spring through fall, the extended land programs, available with select European cruises aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, include:
Prague & Budapest
Five nights, with cruises beginning/ending in Rome
Vienna & Salzburg
Five nights, with cruises beginning/ending in Venice
Lake Como, Villa dÃ¯Â¿Â½Este & Milan
Four nights, with cruises beginning/ending in Venice
Two to four nights, with cruises beginning in London and Venice and cruises ending in London
Most programs include tours to compelling cultural attractions, breakfast daily and several meals. Extended land programs begin at $2,815. Crystal Cruises’ European cruise fares begin at $2,780. Fares are based on per person, double occupancy accommodations.
The Crystal Difference
Aboard the ultra-luxurious ships of Crystal Cruises, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices, and quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.
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 Conde 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.