Sneak Peak 2007: 257 World Cruise Crystal Adventures Ashore Now Available Online at

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ — With interest in world cruising at an all time high, this week luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises becomes the first cruise line to post its 2007 shore excursion details online. All 257 Crystal Adventures for Crystal Serenity’s 109-day World Cruise, January 12 – May 1, 2007, may be reviewed at, with complete pricing and the option to book ready by April 1.

“The detailed information provided for each Crystal Adventure makes the destination come alive,” says John Stoll, Crystal’s director of land programs. “Historically, we have been sharing details of our shore programs earlier and earlier, allowing guests already booked on a World Cruise the opportunity to plan their shoreside excursions in advance, and providing those not yet booked with compelling insights on the Crystal Adventures that are possible.”

Of the 257 Crystal Adventures 41 are brand new, showcasing active and authentic enrichment, including:

* A helicopter adventure over Israel to Jerusalem and the UNESCO World
Heritage site of Massada (from Ashdod);

* A journey by boat of Palm Island, the world’s largest man-made islands
under construction off the coast of Dubai;

* Visits into the heart of Avignon, Chateau Neuf du Pape and Arles, and
the Bullet Train to Paris, all from Marseilles.

Crystal Cruises’ rich collection of overland tours allows for true cultural immersion. An expanded roster of one- to four-night adventures showcase the best of treasured destinations and acclaimed properties, such as the award-winning African safari lodges Singita and Mala Mala. Highlights for 2007 include:

* Five new African safaris, including excursions to the Londolozi and
Tswalu Kalahari private game reserves, are among the more than ten
safaris on offer from Cape Town, South Africa; Walvis Bay, Namibia; and
the maiden call of Maputo, Mozambique;

* A new three-night adventure into the heart of Patagonia (from Puerto
Montt, Chile); and,

* Journeys to the Galapagos and Machu Picchu (from Guayaquil, Ecuador).

“By tailoring our itineraries with more overnight stays and more time in each port, we are able to give the guests what they want — the opportunity to experience a destination in a more relaxed and authentic manner,” Stoll continues. “By tailoring excursions to the evolving interests of our guests — and sharing the information with them sooner — we are able to offer great value, enriching experiences and all the luxury of Crystal Cruises.”

Crystal Cruises’ 12th annual World Cruise travels from Miami, Florida to Southampton, England, exploring 45 ports of call in 27 countries on five continents — its most extensive global crossing ever offered. Considered the grandest of voyages, the “Treasures of Sun & Sea” itinerary includes a return to Israel, a visit to Carnaval in Rio, three days in Antarctica and transits of such coveted world attractions as the Chilean fjords, the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, Cape Horn and the Bosporus.

The Crystal Difference

The 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity 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.

For the past ten consecutive years, Crystal Cruises has been voted “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines — the only cruise line, resort or hotel to have achieved such distinction.

For additional information, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line’s website at

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