From soaring high over Bora Bora by helicopter to swimming with â€“ or simply viewing â€“ the diverse sea life that inhabit the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, Crystal Cruises is offering nearly three dozen Crystal Adventures revealing the South Pacificâ€™s breathtaking natural beauty. Crystal Serenityâ€™s 12-day, January 30 voyage sails from Papeete to Auckland, featuring different perspectives on the regionâ€™s famous tropical culture.
Visiting the Society and Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Auckland, shoreside adventures highlight the untouched landscapes and lush vegetation, indigenous wildlife and even 3,000-year-old local villages, including:
o Hike into Rarotongaâ€™s Takitumi Rainforest, where conservation efforts continue to preserve the islandâ€™s native plants and animals like the rare ground orchid and the long-tailed cuckoo;
o Climb to Bora Boraâ€™s Pahonu Hill for panoramic views of the islandâ€™s reefs and lagoons, or snorkel on the barrier reef past Toopua Point;
+ Experience Aucklandâ€™s west coast, with forests teeming with native wildlife, one of the worldâ€™s most awe-inspiring black-sand beaches and cascading waterfalls pouring into a rainforest; and
+ Meet local families and join a traditional kava ceremony at the Viseisei Fijian Village, where the first settlers of Fiji landed 3,000 years ago.
â€œThis itinerary offers so many opportunities for nature lovers,â€ says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations. â€œChoices are a key component of the Crystal Experience, and we strive to offer numerous choices ashore to suit most any interest, from spectator activities to the most adventurous.â€
Guests can also expand their awareness with onboard presentations from acclaimed earth and environmental scientist David J. Drewry.
Promotional Two-for-One segment fares start at $6,910, per person, double occupancy, including complimentary air transportation from many North American gateways and up to $1,000 per person â€˜All Inclusive â€“ As You Wishâ€™ shipboard credits. Crystalâ€™s Save Now, Save Later promotion offers guests who book any World Cruise segments by September 30 two-for-one fares, plus 20% savings on virtually any 2011 or 2012 cruise. Guests can also earn $400 in shipboard credits for each new-to-Crystal guest they refer who sails on the same voyage with Crystalâ€™s new Bonus Share the Experience program.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.