LOS ANGELES, August 29, 2011 â€“ Addressing the desires of niche-interest travelers, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces 25 Experiences of DiscoveryÂ® cruises for 2012. Twelve different themes on more than one-third of next yearâ€™s voyages are planned for various global locales. Due to increased demand, Crystalâ€™s stimulating and topical Ocean ViewsTM program will be offered on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony sailings.
The full list of theme voyages includes:
Ocean Views: New this year, 2012â€™s program expands to not only again include World Cruise segments, but also Trans-Atlantics. During the sailings, expert thinkers from various fields (ambassadors, professors, military leaders, foreign correspondents, etc.) meet for several panel discussions debating current events and/or global issues.
Big Band & Ballroom Dance: Crystal is doubling its number of Big Band and Ballroom Dancing cruises, so guests can dance and swing across the Atlantic on both ships in 2012.
Emerging Artists: A huge sensation during Crystalâ€™s 2011 Alaska season, Europe-bound guests next summer will now be the first to discover new, rising talent, fresh from Los Angeles Music Centerâ€™s Spotlight program.
Wine & Food Festival: Expert chefs, wine authorities, mixologists, and other culinary pros unite to create special meals, cocktails, and presentations related to the region.
Film & Theater: Stars and industry experts bring Hollywood and Broadway to life while sailing from LA to New York.
Golf: Luxury play on some of Europeâ€™s most prestigious championship courses.
Jazz: Dozens of jazz artists performing, with insider extras.
NFL Legends: Motivational talks by football greats.
Floral Design: Expert-led how-to classes.
Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute: An expanded curriculum of music, language, computer, fitness, and other enrichment classes.
Presidentâ€™s Cruise: Crystal President Gregg Michel hosts a voyage packed with special guests, events, and receptions.
Crystal Society: A celebratory gathering of veteran Crystal cruisers.
â€œMany travelers love spending their vacation indulging in a special interest or meeting others with similar passions,â€ says Bret Bullock, vice president entertainment. â€œOn Crystalâ€™s â€˜Experiences of Discoveryâ€™ cruises, sophisticated explorers can expand their knowledge and connect in a luxury environment.â€
Limited-time fares (valid until Oct 31) offer Two-for-One prices starting at $2,760/person (double occupancy), including free airport/ship transfers and round-trip air from 24 North American hubs (or substantial air credit). â€œAll Inclusiveâ€”As You Wishâ€ shipboard credit of $1,000-$2,000/couple is included on select sailings in the first quarter of 2012. Beginning in the spring, Crystal Cruisesâ€™ sailings will include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.
Crystalâ€™s award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive on board choices for cultured world travelers.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.