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New Crystal Chairman to Host Arctic Voyage

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Theresa Norton | June 02, 2015

New Crystal Chairman to Host Arctic Voyage

PHOTO: The Crystal Symphony will host the July 8 voyage of new Crystal Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. (Courtesy of Crystal Cruises)

Since being purchased by Genting Hong Kong in May, Crystal Cruises has a new chairman, and now he’s going to host a special cruise this summer to meet the line’s loyal passengers.

New Crystal Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay will sail on the Crystal Symphony’s July 8 voyage through the North Cape and Arctic Circle. The cruise will feature receptions and celebrations to commemorate the line’s 25th anniversary.

“We are thrilled that our newly appointed chairman will experience a Crystal voyage that perfectly blends the inherently rugged and far-away adventure of such destinations with unmatched luxury at sea,” said Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez, who will join part of the cruise.

The 18-day voyage from Reykjavík, Iceland, to London/Dover includes Norway’s ancient caves, behind the scenes of the Russian Gulag, Iceland’s whale-feeding grounds, the midnight sun and destinations such as Russia’s White Sea and Norway’s fjords.

Overnights are scheduled in Reykjavík and Leknes, Norway. Maiden visits are planned to the Solovetsky and Zayatsky Islands, Russia; Narvik, Bodø and øye/Hjørundfjord, Norway; and Murmansk, Russia; Geiranger and Bergen, Norway; and Akureyri, Iceland.

Optional new Crystal Adventures include a visit to Russia’s original Gulag prison camp, the UNESCO-designated Solovetsky Monastery, as well as the Holy Lake and Prosperity Bay. Available from Leknes is midnight horseback riding on the beach and golfing at the seaside Lofoten Golf Links. Other excursions offer chances to see brown bears, wolves, polar foxes, reindeer and moose at the world’s northernmost zoo, Narvik’s Polar Park.

Crystal’s all-inclusive luxury voyages start at $1,485 per person if booked by the June 30 “Book Now” deadline.

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