Natural Beauty of the South Pacific Shines on Crystal Voyage

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From soaring high over Bora Bora by helicopter to swimming with – or simply viewing – 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 Pacific’s breathtaking natural beauty. Crystal Serenity’s 12-day, January 30 voyage sails from Papeete to Auckland, featuring different perspectives on the region’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 Rarotonga’s Takitumi Rainforest, where conservation efforts continue to preserve the island’s native plants and animals like the rare ground orchid and the long-tailed cuckoo;
o Climb to Bora Bora’s Pahonu Hill for panoramic views of the island’s reefs and lagoons, or snorkel on the barrier reef past Toopua Point;

+ Experience Auckland’s west coast, with forests teeming with native wildlife, one of the world’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.

“This itinerary offers so many opportunities for nature lovers,” says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations. “Choices 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.”

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 ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard credits. Crystal’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 Crystal’s new Bonus Share the Experience program.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.