From Beijing to Belawan: Crystal kicks off 25th anniversary year with comprehensive 2015 Asia season

LOS ANGELES — From untouched rainforests to a ‘Monkey Island’; from working cacao plantations to pristine R&R beaches; from two thousand-year-old temples to huge metropolises of fine dining, Asia is a continent of contrasts – to be highlighted during Crystal’s 2015 Asia cruise season.

Ten 12- and 13-day itineraries, plus five shortened getaways of six- to seven-days, kick off the line’s 25th year of sailing by cruising through Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia.

Highlights include:

  • Maiden calls to Belawan, Indonesia; Sanya, China; Kōchi and Aomori Japan;
  • Later evening stays in Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Chan May, Vietnam; Bali, Indonesia; Pusan, South Korea; Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan; and Singapore;
  • Culture/region-intensive itineraries, including two all-China cruises, with multiple overnights in the country’s major cities, and other voyages concentrating heavily on Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia;
  • At least two separate overnights offered on every cruise;
  • Calls to gems ‘less-visited’ by the line, such as Yantai, China (Crystal’s first visit since 1996); Malacca City and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; and Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan;
  • Two-night stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon (formerly Rangoon);
  • A three-day pre-/post-cruise overnight land program to Beijing and the Great Wall, included with two March/April cruises.

“The 2015 Asia voyages amount to one of our most immersive, wide-ranging seasons in the region in our 25-year history,” says Crystal President Edie Rodriguez. “All travellers – those cruising Asia for the first time and those who have long loved visiting there – will find something new to broaden their perspectives on these ancient lands.”

Crystal’s 2015 Asia itineraries collectively call in Ho Chi Minh City and Chan May, Vietnam; Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia; Surabaya, Bali, Semarang, Jakarta and Belawan, Indonesia; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Pusan, South Korea; Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan; Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sanya, Dalian, Xiamen, Yantai and Beijing, China; and Kōchi, Osaka, Aomori, Otaru and Tokyo, Japan.

Until June 30, all-inclusive cruise fares for the 2015 Asia season start at US$2,025/person, with up to $1,800/person in credits (for airfare) and savings if booked by June 30.

For more information, call 1-800-446-6620, or visit crystalcruises.com.