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Shortly after launching its new Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and announcing its upcoming Crystal AirCruises inaugural itinerary, Crystal Cruises is expanding on the routes for each into 2017 and 2018.
August 31, 2017 will mark Crystal’s very first 27-day The Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise roundtrip from New York with its custom-configured luxury Boeing 777, and all-inclusive flight paths and, on average, two- to three-night destination stops to follow will range from 15 to 29 days in length.
“Crystal AirCruises will push the boundaries of what luxury travelers have traditionally thought possible within one vacation experience, as our guests will be able to span the globe in the course of a few weeks without sacrificing the ease and stylish comfort they expect from a Crystal vacation,” said Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “For instance, wine lovers need not choose just one exceptional winegrowing region, but can immerse themselves in several of the most acclaimed areas with the benefit of our luxury aircraft to whisk them easily to the next destination. Likewise, travelers need not limit their exploration of the world’s ancient icons due to distance, as Crystal AirCruises provides the ability to contextualize the history and significance of many in one vacation.”
The approach taken for each itinerary is to include four curated destination experiences from which to choose or blend: “Exhilarating Adventures,” “Personal Connections,” “Cultural Discoveries” and “Tantalizing Gastronomy.” And for total customization, the “Designed by You” option can be arranged by the ultimate Crystal AirCruises Director concierge.
The initial itineraries beyond the inaugural run are outlined here:
October 21, 2017 ~ Around the World: Iconic Sites & Legendary Locales
(Roundtrip Los Angeles for 29 days) – Visiting Los Angeles; Lima, Peru; Easter Island, Polynesia; Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Lhasa, Tibet; Jaipur, India; Mauritius, East Africa; Victoria Falls, Zambia and Prague, Czech Republic
June 1, 2018 ~ Savoring the Winelands
(Roundtrip San Francisco for 16 days) – Visiting San Francisco; Santiago, Chile; Mendoza, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Tuscany, Italy; Bordeaux and Champagne/Paris, France
June 24, 2018 ~ Sacred Sites, Seashells & Safaris
(Roundtrip New York City for 22 days) – Visiting New York City; Tokyo, Japan; Yangon, Myanmar; Gan Island, Maldives; Agra, India; Victoria Falls, Zambia; Cape Town, South Africa and Vienna, Austria
September 8, 2018 ~ Exotic Adventures
(Roundtrip New York City for 22 days) – Visiting New York City; Lima, Peru; Easter Island, Polynesia; Cairns, Australia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Lhasa, China; Agra, India; Cape Town, South Africa and Abu Dhabi, UAE
October 13, 2018 ~ South Pacific Explorer
(Roundtrip Los Angeles for 15 days) – Visiting Los Angeles; Easter Island, Polynesia; Bali, Indonesia; Cairns, Australia; Queenstown, New Zealand and Bora Bora, French Polynesia
READ MORE: What's Next For Crystal Cruises?
Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises
Meanwhile, as determined by guest and travel partner feedback, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises will redeploy its 62-passenger Crystal Esprit luxury yacht (pictured above in the Seychelles) to the West Indies starting in November of 2017 through all of 2018, in order to be closer to major travel hubs. Additionally, the new routes will be scheduled conveniently as alternating 7-day roundtrips, that can be combined, beginning on Sundays from Marigot Bay, St. Martin.
“The decision to reposition Crystal Esprit to the West Indies is one that was made with our guests’ expressed wishes in mind, as more luxury travelers seek curated adventure with the seamless ease and convenience that Crystal’s attention to detail provides,” said Rodriguez. “While long coveted by celebrities and other selective travelers, the West Indies remain largely exclusive, hidden gems that will almost certainly top Crystal guests’ bucket lists.”
The new Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises are as follows:
British Virgin Islands & Saint-Barthélemy Yachting Escape
Marigot Bay, St. Martin; Gustavia, St. Barthélemy; Anegada, Scrub Island (overnight), Jost Van Dyke, Great Harbor (overnight), Salt Island, Tortola/Road Town, Peter Island (overnight), The Indians, Virgin Gorda, Gorda Sound (overnight), British Virgin Islands
West Indies Yachting Explorer
Marigot Bay, St. Martin (overnight); Sandy Ground, Anguilla; Saba, Netherlands Antilles; Falmouth Harbor, Antigua & Barbuda; Nevis; Gustavia, St. Barthélemy (overnight); Orient Bay, St. Martin.