Crystal Unlocks the Secret to Youthful Longevity With Tai Chi, Yoga & The Cleveland Clinic

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2007 – This November travelers can choose to leave hectic holiday schedules behind for Crystal Cruises’ rejuvenating Caribbean journey of Mind, Body and Spirit. Programming will be led by renowned Tai Chi and yoga masters, fitness expert Debbie Rocker, and a health and prevention specialist from the esteemed Cleveland Clinic. The 11-day Thanksgiving voyage features a focus on health and wellness with a full schedule of daily fitness classes and seminars including Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, as well as Crystal’s signature “Walk on Water” program and professional golf instruction by a PGA pro.

From November 19 – 30, the award-winning Crystal Serenity will set sail from Miami on its Tropical Passage cruise, calling upon the islands of Grand Turk, St. Barts, St. Maarten and Aruba, and concluding in Caldera, Costa Rica. The tranquil island setting is an ideal backdrop for embracing the healing traditions of Tai Chi.

A recent study by the National Institute of Health has confirmed the positive effects of Tai Chi, with Tai Chi participants reporting improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. Crystal guests will experience the benefits of Tai Chi first hand during daily classes with Dr. Martin and Emily Lee, noted experts, authors and founders of the Tai Chi Cultural Center. Dr. Lee, a Stanford PhD, will also lecture on the Tao of Youthful Longevity: the Tai Chi Way, blending modern science with the ancient philosophy of Tai Chi.

Guests will have the opportunity to stretch their bodies and minds through daily yoga with 18-year yoga veteran Pat Laster, a specialist in the field of relaxation therapies, and learn to focus their minds to control their muscles during daily Pilates classes.

“Our guests choose Crystal for the meaningful hands-on learning, special encounters and rejuvenating onboard and shoreside vacation experiences,” says Kristin Turner, Crystal Cruises’ manager, entertainment. “Our Mind, Body and Spirit cruise brings together experts in the field of health and wellness, offering guests a chance to enhance their health, strength and vitality with a variety of fitness programs focused on the healthful benefits of a balanced lifestyle.”

For this voyage Crystal welcomes back Debbie Rocker, former professional athlete, creator of the WALKVEST® and founder of Crystal’s “Walk on Water” fitness program, which maximizes the benefits of walking with a revolutionary weighted vest for better support and equilibrium control. Rocker will lead guests in daily sunrise and afternoon walks around the 360° Promenade Deck, lecture on staying fit for the long haul, and discuss her new book, Training for Life, which focuses on improving health and strength to melt away weight for good.

Complementing the physical focus on health and fitness will be lectures on prevention and family medicine by noted physician Dr. Michael Rabovsky, Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health Center.

Active travelers interested in sporting pursuits can take advantage of Crystal’s golf program, hosted by PGA teaching professional Bruce Murray and featuring state-of-the-art TaylorMade equipment. Complimentary clinics feature golf basics, adverse conditions, bunker play, practice methods, putting and chipping, swing analysis and more, with private instruction and shoreside golf arrangements also available.

The perfect playground for the active adventurer, the Caribbean offers a variety of water sports and activities to get blood pumping. Crystal’s specialized shoreside adventures offer guests the chance to dive with reef sharks in St. Maarten, sail a 12-meter regatta aboard an America’s Cup yacht, explore the islands of Aruba and Grand Turk by ocean kayak, and more.

Enhancing Crystal’s total approach to health and wellness is the fully equipped Fitness Center featuring panoramic ocean views and state-of-the-art equipment including LifeFitness® treadmills with individual flat screen televisions, cross trainers, recumbent and upright life cycles and steppers, strength-training equipment, free weights and a Pilates Reformer® machine. The attention of a full-time fitness director and sports director allows guests to continue their at-home workout programs while at sea or start anew with a complimentary orientation.

Guests can also choose a more pampering approach to rejuvenation in the line’s award-winning Crystal Spa, recently voted the No. 1 Cruise Line Spa by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The first Feng Shui spa at sea, the Crystal Spa offers a variety of treatments applying these healing principals to recharge and revitalize mind, body and soul. Treatments range from a Yin Yang Facial with essential oils, to the indulgent Spa Ceremony of Renewal featuring an extravagant Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow followed by a therapeutic deep tissue muscle massage.

Guests embarking on this voyage can choose to end their vacation with an optional post-cruise hotel stay in Costa Rica, and even extend their travels with an optional three-day eco-adventure through Costa Rica’s North Pacific Riviera.

Cruise fares begin at $3,380 per person, double occupancy.

The Crystal Difference

Aboard 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 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 Condé Nast Traveler magazines – the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved such distinction.

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