It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, at least to Crystal Cruises. The luxury cruise operator has already wrapped the gifts and planned the parties for the December holiday season.
Globe trotting friends, families and couples can escape the cold and snuggle up in a penthouse suite or luxury stateroom with a balcony on a pair of warm weather Christmas and New Year’s cruises.
The award-winning line will offer new exotic holiday options through Australia and New Zealand aboard the re-designed Crystal Symphony, complete with a complimentary over-the-top New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration in Sydney’s famed harbour.
Travelers seeking a tropical Christmas/New Year’s getaway round-trip from Miami can enjoy the holidays aboard Crystal Serenity as she sails to eight ports in Tortola, St. Lucia and other coveted Caribbean locales.
The ships will be lavishly outfitted with holiday trimmings and décor, from fantastical forest-themed atriums with pines covered in snow and shimmering lights, to Santa’s Bakery inside Bistro Cafés. Elaborate, hand-painted accoutrements and ornaments will adorn areas throughout the ships, creating a romantic, nostalgic winter wonderland.
Santa Claus will be on hand for any last minute wishes from junior cruisers, along with other specially planned activities and parties. Christmas days at sea offer traditional culinary delights, including Christmas goose, roast turkey, and chestnut stuffing, plus religious services; New Year’s Eve dinner and champagne countdown celebrations are followed by Bloody Mary parties and mimosa brunch on New Year’s Day.
December 20 (16 days) – From Auckland (overnight),
Crystal Symphony calls at Tauranga, Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin, New
Zealand, spends two nights in Sydney and cruises the awe-inspiring Millford,
Dusky and Doubtful Sounds before arriving for an overnight stay in
December 21 (14 days) – Crystal Serenity sails from Miami and explores the picturesque islands of Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Lucia, Barbados, and Guadeloupe, West Indies; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Ponce, Puerto Rico (a maiden call); and Key West, Florida.
Until August 31, all inclusive “Book Now” all-inclusive (wines, tips, admission to alternataive dining venues) fares for 2012 Holiday voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity begin at $8,505 and $7,060, respectively, with additional perks and savings for family and friend groups of six or more via the Crystal Family Memories Program.