Crystal creates World Cruise history, featuring the best of both ultra-luxe vessels with dual-ship global voyages
LOS ANGELES, March 9, 2015 – For the first time in Crystal Cruises’ history, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will each embark on World Cruises in 2018 – offering travelers four separate global itineraries aboard the award-winning ships.
Video of the four epic routes can be viewed online at www.crystalcruises.com
The concurrent world cruise routes for 2018 begin in January, with both ships simultaneously arriving in Sydney on February 17. This rare meeting allows the exciting opportunity to combine the itineraries of the two ships, as guests can switch vessels for a new odyssey. Ranging from 97 to 129 days, the innovative voyages will travel to a combined 111 destinations in 45 countries, featuring 16 maiden calls and 50 overnights. During the ship’s rendezvous in Sydney, full World Cruise guests will be treated to a spectacular gala celebration.
Crystal’s 2018 World Cruise collection includes Crystal Symphony’s first full World Cruise since 2003; Crystal Serenity’s 15th global expedition; and the unprecedented ability to begin on Crystal Symphony then switch to Crystal Serenity in Sydney for a journey through Asia, India, and Holy Land; or set sail on Crystal Serenity before joining Crystal Symphony in Sydney for a South Pacific route to Miami.
“Crystal Cruises has long been celebrated for cultivating original, captivating itineraries throughout the world’s most beloved destinations, as well as less visited gems,” says Crystal’s president, Edie Rodriguez. “The 2018 World Cruise voyages are a true testament to Crystal’s continued innovation and creativity, and our commitment to guests in broadening their luxury travel experiences.”
With the announcement of four spectacular world cruises for 2018, the luxury cruise leader becomes the first cruise line to have a collection of World Cruises printed and available for booking for the next three years (2016 – 2018).
2018 World Cruise Itineraries include:
World Cruise One/Cape Town to Miami/January 7 to April 30, 2018
Crystal Symphony departs Cape Town, South Africa on a 114-day sailing covering much of the Southern Hemisphere, including South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific/French Polynesia; and South America before exploring the Caribbean. The journey will make six maiden calls including: Geraldton, Bunbury, and Esperance Australia; Burnie, Tasmania; Fakarava, French Polynesia, and Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile.
World Cruise Two/Los Angeles to Rome/January 23 to May 16, 2018
Crystal Serenity embarks on a 112-day scenic exploration of the South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, Dubai and the Mediterranean. The journey is highlighted by maiden calls and overnights in Manila, Philippines, and Mumbai, India. Other overnight highlights include Muscat, Oman; Dubai, UAE; and Sáfaga, Egypt – the gateway to the Temple of Luxor.
World Cruise Three/Cape Town to Rome/January 7 to May 16, 2018
Aboard the longest duration of the itineraries with 129-days, guests set sail on the first part of Crystal Symphony’s World Cruise segments from South Africa through Australia before continuing their adventure aboard Crystal Serenity on a journey bound for Asia, India, Egypt, the Holy Lands and Italy.
World Cruise Four/Los Angeles to Miami/January 23 to April 30, 2018
Following 24 days of navigating the islands of Hawaii, Fiji and other exotic beach destinations aboard Crystal Serenity, guests can join Crystal Symphony for a unique West to East coast voyage. The full 97-day sailing will travel through the Milford Sound, French Polynesia, Easter Island for Easter and Panama Canal.
The ground-breaking World Cruise revelation comes on the heels of Crystal’s parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), announcing it entered into an agreement with Genting Hong Kong (GHK) on the sale of Crystal Cruises, Inc. (CCI). With the support of GHK’s financial resources and expertise in ship design, Crystal Cruises’ fleet size will expand with the build and delivery of a new ship in 2018, elevating the standard of luxury cruising and luxury cruise ships. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.
As with each annual Crystal World Cruise, the epic 2018 voyages are also available for booking in shorter segments. Beginning today through April 30, 2015, full World Cruise book now fares start at $47,150 per person with Crystal Society (repeat guest) savings of up to $9,335 per person. The 2018 Full World Cruise program includes two exclusive shore side events, $2,000 per person “As You Wish” shipboard credits, special onboard events, and complimentary chauffeured private car transfers between the airport to ship and ship to airport and more.
The all-inclusive Crystal Cruises is the world’s leading luxury cruise provider, having earned more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 21 years; voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 19-consecutive years; the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso, Specialists in the Art of Travel; and both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity were rated as two of the “Top 5 mid-size ships” by the 2015 Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships.
For more information about Crystal’s World Cruise Collection for 2016 – 2018 and reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.
About GHK and the Genting Group
Genting Hong Kong Limited is primarily listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, secondary listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and is part of the Genting Group (www.genting.com), a global company founded in 1965 operating destination resorts in Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the Americas. The Genting Group has substantial investment in the cruise industry through GHK and its wholly owned Star Cruises and now Crystal Cruises brands, and is a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line. Additionally, the Genting Group has interests in agriculture, real estate, oil exploration and bio-medical industries. Genting has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality and leisure industry and collectively employs approximately 60,000 people. Genting properties offer an unparalleled resort experience to over 50 million visitors a year.
About Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) is one of the largest and most successful shipping companies in the world. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm operates nearly 900 ships and has offices around the globe.