An Unexpected and Authentic Mix for Crystal Cruises’ 2005 Fall Foliage Crystal Adventures Ashore

33 New Shore Tours Explore New England/Canada With Surprising New Twists

LOS ANGELES, May 10 /PRNewswire/ — Tired of the bus tour? Try Halifax by Hummer instead. Rather than looking up at Manhattan’s skyscrapers, soar above the skyline by helicopter. Don a kilt and bonnet from Queen Victoria’s 78th Regiment and guard the Citadel. Spend an afternoon tasting scotch in an old Scottish fort in Nova Scotia. These are just a few of the unexpected new ways to explore old cities during Crystal Symphony’s 2005 fall New England/Canada season.

Of the 72 Crystal Adventures offered from September through November, 33 are new, offering a wide variety of unusual and intriguing experiences.

Some are authentic:
* A trip to Boston’s Fenway Park;
* A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge;
* A Broadway performance and private lunch with the cast of Wicked; and,
* Lessons in Charleston’s Lowcountry cookin’.

Some are fun:
* Evening theater outings in Boston to see Blue Man Group or Shear
Madness (in conjunction with itinerary’s new Boston overnight);
* A land/sea tour of Boston aboard a WWII amphibious “Duck;” and,
* A visit to TV-famous “Cheers,” the neighborhood brewery of TV fame.

And others are active:
* Bicycling through Boston’s Back Bay, Beacon Hill and along the Charles
* Horseback riding in Quebec’s Jacques Cartier Park; and,
* Coastal kayaking along Bar Harbor’s Frenchman’s Bay.

“Well traveled people are eager for shoreside enrichment that is fresh, intriguing and fun,” says John Stoll, Crystal’s director, land programs. “Whether it’s active or cultural, they want personal experiences that speak to their individual interests and hobbies, and Crystal Cruises’ fall collection of Crystal Adventures provides them with unexpected and authentic new choices.”

The luxury line’s renowned “Wine & Food Festival” is featured on three Fall Foliage itineraries spotlighting the culinary talents of visiting chefs David and Michelle Myers of Los Angeles’ hot new Sona, Dominique Filoni of Philadelphia’s cutting-edge Bianca and Celestino Drago, chef/owner of several favorite Los Angeles restaurants. These voyages are enriched with culinary shoreside experiences including:

* Lobsterbakes at Peggy’s Cove in Halifax and Acadia National Forest in
Bar Harbor;
* A proper Victorian Tea and a Regimental Dinner served amidst the
history of Halifax’s Citadel;
* Wine tastings and walking tours in Quebec and Halifax;
* A flavorful visit to the Island of Orleans to sample delectable
mustards, duck pates, preserves, cider wines and maple taffy; and,
* A visit to Boston’s Union Oyster House (est. 1826), the country’s
oldest operating restaurant, for some New England clam chowder and
warm cornbread.

The fall splendor and rich history of New England and Canada is showcased on five itineraries ranging from seven to 11 days exploring the great cities and treasured harbors of North America. Three 11-day cruises travel between New York and Montreal (September 17 and 28; October 16), a seven-day escape cruises round-trip from New York (October 9), and a 10-day colonial coast itinerary travels from Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale (October 27).

Depending on itinerary, ports of call include Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts (overnight); Charleston, South Carolina; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Newport, Rhode Island; and Quebec City, Quebec (overnight). Seven-, 10- and 11-day fares begin at $2,195, and $2,995, respectively, based on per person, double occupancy accommodations.

The Crystal Difference

Aboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony 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.

The 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony is among the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising in the luxury market. Its unique size allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The Six-Star rated liner features grand lounges, a lavish spa outfitted in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, extensive exercise facilities, complimentary golf, yoga and Pilates instruction, Asian and Italian specialty restaurants, the only Caesars Palace at Sea(R) casino afloat, and the popular Computer University@Sea(R), offering 24-hour e-mail and internet access, as well as hands-on instruction, expansive decks, two pools, award-winning cuisine and entertainment, and exquisitely appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs.

Crystal Cruises has consistently earned the travel industry’s most distinguished hospitality awards and guidebook ratings, including the best large-ship line award in the most recent readers’ surveys conducted by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.

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