Crystal Offers Four 2018 World Cruise Itineraries
PHOTO: Both Crystal ships will operate World Cruises in 2018. (Courtesy of Crystal Cruises)
Turning the traditional World Cruise on its ear, Crystal Cruises is offering four — count ’em, four — three-month-long global voyages in 2018.
What’s more, the two ships will meet in Sydney, Australia, giving guests a chance to switch ships. It’s the first time the luxury line has operated simultaneous World Cruises on both its ships and the first global voyage for the Crystal Symphony since 2003.
The voyages range from 97 to 129 days and will visit 111 ports in 45 countries, with 16 maiden calls and 50 overnights. The 2018 itineraries are detailed in a print brochure, as well as online, and are open for booking. Crystal also promotes the 2018 global voyages in a video:
“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,” said Crystal President Edie Rodriguez.
Here’s a summary of the four global voyages.
World Cruise One / Cape Town to Miami / Jan. 7-April 30, 2018: The Crystal Symphony departs Cape Town, South Africa, on a 114-day voyage covering much of the Southern Hemisphere, including South Africa, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, 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 / Jan. 23-May 16, 2018: The Crystal Serenity embarks on a 112-day cruise to the South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, Dubai, and the Mediterranean. The journey is highlighted by maiden calls and overnights in Manila, the Philippines, and Mumbai, India. Other overnights are planned for Muscat, Oman; Dubai, UAE; and Sáfaga, Egypt.
World Cruise Three / Cape Town to Rome / Jan. 7-May 16, 2018: The longest itinerary at 129 days, this voyage starts with the first part of Crystal Symphony’s World Cruise segments from South Africa through Australia. In Sydney, guests will switch to the Crystal Serenity for its journey through Asia, India, Egypt, the Holy Land and Italy.
World Cruise Four / Los Angeles to Miami / Jan. 23-April 30, 2018: The selection starts with a 24-day cruise through Hawaii, Fiji and other exotic beach destinations on the Crystal Serenity before switching to the Crystal Symphony to explore the South Pacific, South America and the Caribbean. The full voyage is 97 days long.
Through April 30, full World Cruise “Book Now” are priced from $47,150 per person with repeat guest savings of up to $9,335 per person. The 2018 full World Cruise program includes two exclusive shoreside events, $2,000-per-person shipboard credit, special onboard events, and complimentary private car transfers between the airport and ship. The 2018 World Cruises also are available for booking in shorter segments.
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