In its traditional six-star style, Crystal Cruises is introducing extravagantly redesigned dÃ©cor aboard its two award-winning ships this holiday season. With each ship boasting distinctly different themes, thousands of glittering lights, ribbon-wrapped wreaths, reindeer in faux mink swags, candy canes, crystal ornaments â€“ even feathers â€“ will adorn Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity for the 2010 Christmas/New Year cruises. Respectively, the vessels sail round-trip from Los Angeles on a December 22 voyage to the Hawaiian Islands and round-trip from Miami on a December 21 Caribbean itinerary.
â€œHolidays aboard Crystal ships are always lavish affairs, with unforgettable banquets and parties and decorations planned for families and friends traveling and celebrating together,â€ says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment.
Crystal Symphony will sport a sophisticated palette, beginning with three heralding angels, complete with lushly feathered wings and golden trumpets, overlooking the Crystal Plaza. In the Bistro, an Eiffel Tower Christmas tree with apropos coffee-themed ornaments will be lit from within, while golden- and white-feathered trees are set throughout the Avenue of the Stars and Crystal Cove.
Suiting Crystal Serenityâ€™s Caribbean destinations, tropically dressed penguins and polar bears will serve as Santaâ€™s helpers in the Palm Court lobby, with snowflakes and lighted icicles at virtually every turn. The Stardust lounge will become Santaâ€™s workshop, and a chic, cocktail-themed tree will hang upside-down in Pulse nightclub, while Silk Road and The Sushi Bar display chopstick-laden trees.
Christmas brings traditional feasts, eggnog and holiday shows, while a black-tie New Yearâ€™s Eve party rings in the New Year. Clergy will be on board for religious services.
Both 14-day sailings include $500 per person â€˜All Inclusive â€“ As You Wishâ€™ shipboard credits.
With promotional Two-for-One fares, Crystal Serenityâ€™s Caribbean cruise starts at $7,995 per person, double occupancy. Guests booking by September 30 save $1,000 per person savings on verandah and penthouse accommodations, and kids age 17 and under sail free in a third berth with two full-fare adults.
Crystal Symphonyâ€™s Hawaiian voyage starts at $6,395 per person, double occupancy.
Crystalâ€™s ultra-luxury ships are the highest rated ships in the world. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.