Crystal Expands The Depth And Breadth Of St. Petersburg Adventures

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LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2008 – Three brand new Crystal Adventures in St. Petersburg, Russia enable Crystal Cruises guests to bicycle through Krestovsky Island; juxtapose St. Petersburg’s grand palaces with the more modest memorial apartment of author Fyodor Dostoevsky; and journey to Moscow for two nights. In all, the luxury line is offering more than 30 decidedly distinct ways in which to experience Russia during the lengthy St. Petersburg calls during its summer Baltic season.

The stylish, award-winning Crystal Symphony will make six Baltic cruises from June through August. Ranging in length from seven to 11 days, each of the cruises features at least two days in St. Petersburg. Five of the six cruises boast three-day stays, providing guests with the opportunity to dig deeper into the destination.

“St. Petersburg is undeniably one of the most fascinating and culturally rich cities in the world,” said John Stoll, director, land programs. “Today, Crystal’s guests are more diverse and more active. From global families traveling together to repeat guests who are on their third visit to the region, our guests are looking for shore-side experiences that satisfy a variety of personal interests. Each year, we try to expand the choices.”

The new tour options join a host of other St. Petersburg Crystal Adventures, ranging from culturally enlightening outings to thrilling MiG jet flights:

  • *NEW* Krestovsky Island by Bicycle – This invigorating excursion gives you the chance to experience Krestovsky Island. Surely, there could be no better way to explore this scenic area of the historic city than by bicycle.
  • *NEW* An Overnight in Moscow – Explore the imposing Kremlin and its Armory Chamber with its royal crowns, jewelry and priceless Fabergé eggs; and the Cathedral of the Assumption and Grand Kremlin Palace – which is typically off-limits to visitors. The world-famous State Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are among the other wonders of the Russian capital you will visit.
  • Pushing the Envelope: Flight on a MiG Fighter – Literally zoom over Russia’s landscape at over twice the speed of sound.
  • Concert and reception at Yusupov Palace- Feel like royalty when entering the palace’s private theater for an exclusive classical music performance, followed by an extravagant dinner catered by Potel & Chabot, one of France’s most respected culinary establishments.
  • St. Petersburg Sights & Hermitage Visit- Soak in the astounding collection of the Hermitage Museum, browsing among the works of Rembrandt, Gauguin, Da Vinci and Van Gogh on this full-day excursion.
  • Evening Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre – Home to Russian opera and ballet, the theater was immortalized by dancers Pavlova and Baryshnikov, as well as by the symphonies of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

Crystal Adventures range from less than $50 to as much as $38,695 for the ultra-exclusive MiG flight.

Crystal Cruises’ 2008 Baltic cruises depart from London, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Cruise fares begin at $3,395 per person, double occupancy.

The Crystal Difference

Aboard the ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, 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 superior quality, providing worldwide vacations of seven to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea. Grounded in more than a decade of accolades, Crystal has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.

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