Sydney Harbour Officials Short-List Crystal Cruises-Appointed Vessels in the “Best Dressed” Award Category for the Sydney New year’s Eve Celebration

As an Exclusive Short-Listed Participant, a Preeminent Viewpoint is Assured for the World’s Best New Year Eve Fireworks Display

LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2012 –  Adding to the exclusivity of Crystal Cruises’ guest participation in Sydney, Australia’s over-the-top New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration this year, the city’s Harbour of Light Parade™ committee has chosen Crystal Cruises’ appointed vessels to be among its top-ranked participants.  The committee has short-listed Crystal’s exclusively-appointed, luxurious, glass-walled cruising vessels (for its guests in the evening’s grand flotilla) in the “Best Dressed” group.  The  vessels have been further designated a viewing spot on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove— considered the premiere vantage point for the fireworks spectacle. Crystal’s ultimate holiday “boat party,” entirely complimentary, occurs during its Christmas/New Year’s guests sailing from Auckland to Melbourne.

To be evaluated for the “Best Dressed” designation, the flotilla’s 52 select vessels submitted proposals for rope light ship decorations related to the evening’s official theme of “Embrace.”  Based primarily on color and design, 10 vessels were then short listed for consideration as “Best Dressed.”  Crystal’s appointed-vessels’ design won two of the coveted slots for a motif of pulsing hearts and fiery red lights adorning the ships’ wraparound decks and open rooftops.  After parading around the Harbour, the two cruising vessels  will settle inside an exclusive “off limits” Exclusion Zone on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge adjacent to Sydney Cove, near the famous Opera House and Bridge, for the city’s premier viewpoint of the midnight pyrotechnics.  Premium open bar, live music, dancing, and gourmet food will add to the posh, private party.

Kylie Minogue, Australia’s Queen of Pop and Creative Ambassador for the city event, is encouraging revellers to embrace Sydney, embrace the possibility, embrace love, and embrace the moment on New Year’s Eve.

“We’re providing a premier vantage point and an intimate atmosphere for travellers to embrace once-in-a-lifetime memories with loved ones this New Year’s, in what may be our most lavish Eve celebration yet,” says John Stoll, Crystal’s vice president of land and port operations.

The exotic, warm-weather luxury cruise begins December 20 with an overnight in Auckland before calling in Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch, and Dunedin, New Zealand, then spends two nights in Sydney and one in Melbourne.  The recently-redesigned Crystal Symphony will be lavishly trimmed for the holidays, setting a spirited stage for carols, Santa, religious services, and extravagant meals featuring all the traditional fare.

Until October 31, all-inclusive “Book Now” fares for the 16-day cruise start at $8,505, with additional perks and savings for groups of six+ via the Crystal Family Memories Program.

Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.

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