From Ayr & Troon to Zanzibar, Crystal Cruises Announces a More Port-Intensive 2006

LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire/ — Crystal Cruises’ new collection of luxury cruises includes more ports per cruise, more overnight stays and a greater variety of shorter cruises than in previous years. Ranging in length from seven to 106 days, a choice of 63 cruises is available in 2006 aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The award-winning, ultra-luxurious line will visit 168 ports in 79 countries — 15 more countries than the line has scheduled for 2005.

Complementing the majority of 10- to 14-day cruises in Europe, South America and North America are new seven-day cruises in the Baltic, Mediterranean, New England/Canada, Caribbean, and Mexican Riviera and a 106-day World Cruise that can be taken as a whole or in rich segments from Los Angeles, Lima, Papeete, Melbourne, Cape Town, Dubai or Rome. Fourteen maiden calls are scheduled throughout the year, including Ayr & Troon, Scotland; Pisco, Peru; Tripoli, Libya; Gijon, Spain and Les Baie des Ha! Ha!, Canada.

“Like the Crystal Cruises’ product, our 2006 cruise collection is about fascinating choices,” says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales & marketing. “Even never-before cruisers will savor the variety of port-intensive itineraries with many ports per cruise and longer stays in those destinations. Veteran Crystal cruisers will also relish the cruises with several days at sea to further enjoy our ships’ service excellence and stimulating onboard programs. Itineraries can also be combined to enjoy both.”

Highlights of 2006 by destination:

106-day World Cruise
* The ultimate voyage — aboard Crystal Serenity
* January through May from Los Angeles to London’s port of Southampton
* Available in seven segments of 11 to 19 days
* Visits Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Society Islands, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Mauritius, Port Reunion, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, Oman, UAE, Egypt, Libya, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, France and England
* Numerous safari options and overland Crystal Adventures ashore South America
* New Amazon itinerary from Manaus, Brazil to Buenos Aires, Argentina
* Eastern, Western and around-Cape Horn itineraries
* Five cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and one aboard Crystal Serenity
(to Guayaguil and Lima’s port of Callao on the first segment of the
World Cruise from Los Angeles)

Australia/New Zealand and the South Pacific
* World Cruise segment II — features Bora Bora and Raiatea, as ports in Peru and Easter Island, Chile en route to Papeete
* World Cruise segment III — begins in Tahiti and concludes in Melbourne with Rarotonga, Sydney and several ports in New Zealand in between
* World Cruise segment IV — from Melbourne to Cape Town includes several Australian ports and maiden calls in Mauritius and Reunion Island

The Mediterranean and Western Europe
* Crystal Symphony will spend late spring and summer in the Mediterranean, while Crystal Serenity will cruise the region in the fall
* New fall itinerary to Tripoli and Egypt
* Three seven-day cruise options in May and July offered in addition to 10-, 11- and 12-day itineraries
* For the first time, some of Crystal’s Mediterranean cruises will begin
or end in Monte Carlo. Cruises also depart from Venice, Lisbon, Athens, Rome and London
* All offer at least one overnight port stay; several offer two or three
overnight stays and/or late nights in ports
* Intriguing ports in Croatia, Turkey and the Canary Islands are
featured along with the most romantic cities in Italy, France, Monaco,
Spain, Portugal and Greece

The Baltic, North Cape and Northern Europe
* For the first time, Crystal Serenity will cruise the Baltic and North
* New seven-day Baltic itinerary — in addition to 11-day cruises
* Two nights, three days in St. Petersburg on all Baltic itineraries
* Five itineraries conveniently round-trip from London: a cruise in
Western Europe, Northern Europe and three British Isles cruises, one
of which offers a new overnight in Dublin
* North Cape itinerary crosses the Arctic Circle to Spitsbergen, a
maiden call Trans-Atlantic crossings
* Three cruises are scheduled — including a southern crossing with
Bermuda and a northern crossing with Iceland and Greenland

New England/Canada
* Fall foliage itineraries aboard Crystal Symphony
* New 11-day itinerary conveniently round-trip from New York
* For the first time, two seven-day choices round-trip from New York
* Two 11-day cruises between New York and Montreal
* Overnights in either Boston, Montreal or both on most cruises
* Maiden call in La Baie des Ha! Ha!, Canada

Panama Canal/Caribbean
* New Panama Canal cruises to or from Tampa
* Seven Panama Canal cruises aboard Crystal Symphony in winter and late
* Choice of three new Caribbean cruises aboard Crystal Serenity,
conveniently round-trip from Miami
* New holiday destination for Crystal Serenity — 14-day Christmas/New
Year cruise, round-trip from Miami Mexican Riviera
* Two seven-day cruises in January conveniently round-trip from Los Angeles
* New Crystal Symphony holiday cruise — 14-day Christmas/New Year
cruise, round-trip from Los Angeles

The Crystal Difference

Aboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony and 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.

The 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony and the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity are among the most spacious and luxurious vessels cruising in the luxury market. Their unique size allows for smooth sailing and a wide range of innovative facilities, generous amenities and elegant accommodations. The Six-Star rated liners feature 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.

The luxury liners have 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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