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MIAMI — Crystal Cruises has unveiled its roster of theme cruises for the next three years, and by the early looks of them, clients are in for a real treat.
The 2019, 2020 and 2021 ‘Experiences of Discovery’ voyages take place aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal serenity, and include enhanced programming in specialized subjects. Several of the sailings will feature programming for more than one theme, allowing guests to further expand their interests.
“Luxury travellers expect to be enlightened and stimulated as they explore the world with Crystal, and our ‘Experiences of Discovery’ offer opportunities for them to broaden their horizons even further,” said Carmen Roig, senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Whether piquing guests’ interest in a new area or deepening their fascinations with long-held pastimes, the programming for each of these voyages is designed to spark conversation and an increasing curiosity for travellers.”
Here is the full lineup:
President’s Cruise: Crystal president and CEO, Tom Wolber, and his wife, Sharon, will host special receptions, Q&A sessions and an excursion ashore aboard Crystal Symphony.
Crystal on Broadway: This cruise will feature performances and presentations from the creative talents of stage and theatre, thanks to Crystal’s partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum, on voyages in the Mediterranean and Western Europe, Alaska, South Pacific, Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Pacific West Coast and Hawaii.
Crystal Wine & Food Festival: Accomplished and acclaimed chefs, wine sommeliers, mixologists and other culinary masters share expertise through special dinners, hands-on instruction and demos and tastings in the South Pacific, Australia, North Cape, Asia, Caribbean, Western and Northern Europe, Arabian Gulf, North American East Coast, and South and Central America.
Golf: Golfers can perfect their swing onboard with PGA instructors and learn insights of the PGA tour from guest golf celebrities and experts. Ashore, they can challenge their handicap on renowned courses in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and Pacific West Coast and Hawaii, with Crystal taking care of the details, including club transport, storage and cleaning, plus special onboard instruction from pros and friendly competitions among players.
Big Band & Ballroom Dance: Live daily and nightly performances throughout the ship, plus additional Ambassador Hosts for ladies without dance partners, allow guests to swing, tango, waltz and rhumba their way across the Atlantic and through the Panama Canal.
Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights: Live performances by some of today’s jazz greats and presentations from experts and historians about the legends of the craft on voyages to the South Pacific, North American East Coast, Mediterranean, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Mind, Body & Spirit: Health and wellness experts from Tai Chi masters and yoga gurus to nutritionists and Cleveland Clinic medical minds will share tips for living one’s best life on North Cape, Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Caribbean and Australia and New Zealand voyages.
Magic: Crystal’s exclusive partnership with the renowned Magic Castle presents the sleight of hand and mesmerizing illusions of talented magicians in the Caribbean, New England and Canada.
Film & Theatre: Fans of stage and cinema will be treated to performances and showings of classics, plus entertaining presentations and Q&A with some of show biz’s great minds in Japan, Alaska, Europe and the north American East Coast.
Ocean Views: Acclaimed guest speakers join panel discussions on politics and world affairs, inviting guests to engage in Q&A sessions and real-time debate via interactive polling devices on sailings through the Caribbean, South Pacific, Africa, Western Europe, Holy Land, India, Arabian Gulf, China and Japan.
Crystal Society: Returning guests will be treated to special receptions, excursions and other perks on a celebratory sailing in the Caribbean.