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Luxury - CRYSTAL CRUISES announces expanded collection of 2017 & 2018 CRYSTAL Getaways

CRYSTAL CRUISES´s continued commitment to offer luxury travelers more choices for luxury getaways, CRYSTAL unveiled an expanded selection of CRYSTAL Getaways - abbreviated voyages derived from longer existing itineraries - for both 2017 and 2018. This enables luxury travellers to shorten their buckset lists with CRYSTAL CRUISES. by Earl of Cruise
New to the roster of Getaways are eight shortened segments of CRYSTAL SERENITY´s 2018 World Cruise voyages, exploring Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, South America, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and the Caribbean. The global voyages range from four to 17 days in length, providing busy travelers options for luxury vacations with reduced investment of time and funds. "CRYSTAL Getaways are perfectly suited to modern luxury travelers, whose calendars are packed but who relish opportunities to discover new cultures and adventures," says Carmen Roig, CRYSTAL´s senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Th…

Luxury Cruise Alaska - Kodiak bear, moose, salmon, glaciers, champagne and caviar

Alaska - The Last Frontier

Seeking adventure and the `company´ of kodiak, grizzly, moose, salmon and glaciers in the vast landscape of Alaskas wilderness, accompanied with champagne and caviar.
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY, refreshed and more luxurious, by an over € 20,000,000.00 refit, will take you to a 14 day/night cruise into the Alaskan wilderness for an adventure accompanied by champaign, cavair and refreshed luxurious interiors.
by Earl of Cruise

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Mama grizzly on nosy lookout - courtesy cu-camper
On a 14 night trip CRYSTAL SYMPHONY takes you to breathtaking Alaskan sceneries. While you stay in a class top suite or stateroom CRYSTAL SYMPHONY takes you to from Vancouver in the Inner Passage and beyond, visiting places on this cruise´ roundtrip (ports of call are):
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - at sea Cruising The Scenic Inside Passage - Ketchikan, Alaska - Juneau, Alaska - Hoonah, Alaska - Skagway, Alaska - at sea Cruising Tracy Arm - at sea Cruising The Gulf Of Alaska - Anchorage/Whittier, Alaska - at sea Cruising Hubbard Glacier - Sitka, Alaska - Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada - at sea Cruising The Outside Passage - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The price is ranging from US  $ 4,610.00 to US $ 10,170.00per person.
Note: Subject to permit specifications/approvals. As such, the order of ports and/or cruise itinerary are subject to change at any time
Alaska, the largest federal state of the USA, a nature paradise and last frontier, has long drawn those looking for riches, adventure and the purity of its mountainous and coastal wilderness. And for those seeking a glimpse of scenic teritory, may take a cruise into Alaskan waters. A cruise is the ideal way to explore the wilderness, especially when taking the adventure trip into off board a luxurious cruise ship - CRYSTAL SYMPHONY.

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Alaskan wideness and wilderness. A lone moose stands at the edge of an  forest surrounded by mountains - courtesy TravelAlaska
Review by Julie Ring Keller: "My husband and I have been on a couple of dozen cruises on a total of 12 lines. This CRYSTAL cruise was outstanding in every way. In most ways it was comparable to less expensive cruises such as OCEANIA and AZAMARA, though the enrichment activities were far and away the best we've ever experiences. The cusine was top rate, though the specialty restaurants were, in my view, no better than the main dining room. Even top shelf liquor brands were included in the price, and service was impeccable. Gratuities and internet also were included in the price, so the high ticket was not as bad as it seemed. The ship, while beautiful, was a bit dated (read the paragraph below), but was due to go into dry dock right after our cruise. With the exception of Lisbon, Madeira and Morocco, the island and ports were just so-so; but who cared? We would've been happy to never leave the ship!"

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CRYSTAL SYMPHONY in Alaskan waters - courtesy CRYSTAL CRUISES
Start of 2017 CRYSTAL had already announced the conversion of CRYSTAL SYMPHONY, which cost € 20,000,000.00, in spring under the name "Evolution of CRYSTAL Luxury". This is the first direct intra-group order from LLOYD WERFT Bremerhaven and CRYSTAL CRUISES, both of which belong to the GENTING Group, Hong Kong.
CRYSTAL CRUISES is named the best luxury cruise company (`line´) by US NEWS. CRYSTAL SYMPHONY´s now max 848 guests onboard are served by now 566 engaged crew member. The crew considered to be the finest shipboard staff afloat. It is their goal to anticipate your every need and to make this a vacation to remember.
With this conversion CRYSTAL is the first luxury cruise company that is reducing its passenger capacity on board a ship, instead of squeezing in more passengers.
CRYSTAL still names not all accomodations "suites" but name them what they are "staterooms" a factthat other luxury and so called luxury companies ignore for their ships, to make them "greater" as they are. These staterooms (19m² and 23m²) are as well outfitted with the luxurious standard of CRYSTAL, as the suites and penthouses. Some of the suites but are still not real suites, but vast staterooms, but far better styled and equipped than other self proclaimed luxury companies do.
CRUISES CRUISES is an All-Inclusive offer:
Enjoy unlimited and free exquisite wines, cocktails, aperitifs, digestifs and even champagne on board. The minibar in your cabin is also refilled free of charge.
All tips on board are already included in your travel price.

CRYSTAL SYMPHONY - The Evolution of CRYSTAL Luxury
On September 23rd, the CRYSTAL SYMPHONY, built in Finland 1995, arrived in front of the large Kaiserdock II of the LLOYD WERFT shipyard. The luxury ship arrived September 23trd to remain in Bremerhaven until October 16th for a conversion costing several million euros. However, the order was split up: The interior fittings are carried out directly by CRYSTAL CRUISES or its partner companies. LLOYD WERFT is responsible for the shipbuilding activities and the entire logistical handling of this order. In addition to a large number of LLOYD WERFT employees, several hundred crew members and subcontractors had been working on the shipyard premises in the last few weeks.
In addition to the regular maintenance work for the ship's operation, the ship not only received two new restaurants with a current capacity for 922 passengers until 16 October, but also the technical prerequisites for free WLAN on board will be created. In addition, every cabin is equipped with ultra-thin 42-inch screens. Some of the smaller cabins on deck 9 are converted into luxurious penthouse suites with butler service. A total of 40 new suites with an area of between 34 and 45 square metres was built, reducing passenger capacity to 848 guests as a result of this conversion, CRYSTAL SERENITY, which has been in operation since 2003, is scheduled for a similar major overhaul in the autumn of 2018, although this work has not yet been put out to tender, but it could be LLOYD WERFT again.

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CRYSTAL SYMPHONY´s new deck plan/laayout and stateroom/suite make over - courtesy CRYTAL CRUISES

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Where life is absolutely worth living! Your port of embarkation, a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. Vancover is a Beta global city. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler. The 19th century townsite was made the railhead of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), to take advantage of its large natural seaport to the Pacific Ocean. Vancover soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Orient / East Asia, Eastern Canada, and Europe. Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-large business. Major film production studios in Vancouver and nearby Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and nearby areas into one of the largest film production centres in North America, earning it the nickname, "Hollywood North".
Sail away is apeoximately at 18:00 (6pm).
at sea Cruising The Scenic Inside Passage
Protected from the open sea by forested isles, sheltered from the windy mainland by the tallest coastal mountains in the world, this 1,000-mile waterway seems custom-made by nature for a cruise. The deep, calm waters of the passage meander between dense pine forests where wild game abounds, with occasional rustic towns along the way.

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Your view from you steteroom, suite, balcony or any of the salons onboard CRYSTAL SYMPHONY - courtesy CRYSTAL CRUISES
Cast off! Sailing through the Inside Passage north to Ketchikan, your first shore leave. You are hopefully accompanied by a lot of sunshine and a fantastic sunset and definitely a wonderful landscape.

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Inner Passage, Vancouver Sunshine Coast - courtesy CamperCo
A fantastic journey past almost untouched nature. Every now and then you will be accompanied by dolphin families, whose fins reveal their presence. You will be surprised by the giants of the seas. Small water fountains will rise up from a distance ... again and again. From time to time these wonderful animals show you their beauty. Fins, like a wave, wave against you as if in greeting. It's humpback whales, one or two, three and more at once. Fantastic!

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Alaska Outdoors, two humpback wales jumping out of the water - courtey Investors Edge University

Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan (ˈkɛɪkæn, KETCH-ih-kan) - (Tlingit: Kichx̱áan) is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska.

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View from a cruise ship of downtown Ketchikan in May 2002 - Source: Wikipedia
In the foreground is the intersection of Dock and Front streets. The Tongass Trading Company, which anchors the intersection, has operated in Ketchikan since 1898.
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Alaskan Waters - courtesy Ian D. Keating
Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. "Ketchikan" comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk"; other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle". Ketchikan Creek served as a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives for untold years before the town was established by Mike Martin in 1885. Naughty trivia: the area near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek later earned Ketchikan a measure of infamy during the first half of the 20th century for a red-light district known as Creek Street, with brothels aligned on either side of the creek. According to the U.S. Postal Service, one of Ketchikan's two zip codes, 99950, is the highest-numbered in the United States.

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Panorama of downtown Ketchikan and surrounding terrain from the peak of Deer Mountain - Source: Wikipedia
Taken October 2004. Pennock Island divides the Tongass Narrows on the left, and Gravina Island lies on the distant side of the Narrows.
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Ketchikan's economy is based upon government services, tourism and commercial fishing. Civic boosters have dubbed the community the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fiords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions, and the Tongass National Forest has long been headquartered in Ketchikan, mostly in the city's historic Federal Building. For most of the latter half of the 20th century, a large portion of Ketchikan's economy and life centered on the Ketchikan Pulp Company pulp mill in nearby Ward Cove. The mill closed in 1997 in the wake of the passage of the Tongass Timber Reform Act of 1990, which reduced timber harvest targets in the national forest.Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, found throughout the city and at four major locations: Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, and the Totem Heritage Center. Most of the totems at Saxman Totem Park and Totem Bight State Park are recarvings of older poles, a practice that began during the Roosevelt Administration through the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Totem Heritage Center displays preserved 19th-century poles rescued from abandoned village sites near Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan Totem Pole - Source: Wikipedia

Juneau, Alaska

The City and Borough of Juneau (ˈn JOO-noh; Tlingit: Dzánti K'ihéeni [ˈtsántʰì kʼìˈhíːnì]), commonly known as Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, and it is the second largest city in the United States by area.

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Aerial view of Downtown Juneau, the cruise ship port, and Douglas Island from the Mount Roberts Tramway - Source: Wikipedia
The city is named after the Canadian gold prospector from Quebec, Joe Juneau. The original Tlingit name of the town is Dzántik'i Héeni ("Base of the Flounder’s River", dzánti ‘flounder’, –kʼi ‘base’, héen ‘river’), and Auke Bay just north of Juneau proper is called Áak'w ("Little lake", áa ‘lake’, -kʼ ‘diminutive’) in Tlingit. The Taku River, just south of Juneau, was named after the cold t'aakh wind, which occasionally blows down from the mountains. Long before white man arrived, the Auks, part of Tlingit, the Natives, had summer homes and harvested the area's rich natural resources.
Juneau is rather unusual among U.S. capitals (except Honolulu, Hawaii) in that there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (although ferry service is available for cars). So, not really the location for a `road movie´. The absence of a road network is due to the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city. This in turn makes Juneau a de facto island city in terms of transportation, since all goods coming in and out must go by plane or boat, in spite of the city being located on the Alaskan mainland. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, with tides averaging 16 feet (5 m), below steep mountains about 3,500 feet (1,100 m) to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow; two of these, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Lemon Creek Glacier, are visible from the local road system. The global warming has its impact already, the Mendenhall Glacier, as the Lemon Creek Glacier, has been gradually retreating; its front face is declining both in width and height. It may be an interesting visit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
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Mendenhall Glacier in 2015 with fireweed in the foreground - courtesy Alaska Gallery

Hoonah, Alaska

The Tlingit people gave Hoonah not only its name, which means “where the north wind doesn’t blow, - but also an interesting culture and history with roots going back hundreds of years. Today, carvings and totem sites, including the Huna Tribal House Carving Project in the middle of town, present local legends in fascinating color and detail. Located in Alaska’s panhandle 30 miles west of Juneau, Hoonah also offers an abundance of what this northerly clime is known for: scenery and wildlife.

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Grizzly doing wellness ashore - courtesy rp-online
Pick your statistic and chances are Hoonah holds top honors. For instance, a record 161 humpback whales were identified near Hoonah in 2007. The current record-holding coho salmon was reeled in at the nearby Icy Strait, and a 440-pound world-record halibut was also caught in these environs. As for the area’s four-footed creatures, Chichagof Island (on which Hoonah is situated) is home to the world’s largest brown bear population. No matter how you look at it, Hoonah is a rugged paradise not to be missed.

Skagway, Alaska

Discover the flavor of the gold rush era in Skagway. In its heyday, this atmospheric frontier town was the largest in Alaska. During the height of the gold boom, Skagway was known as the gateway to the goldfields at the Klondike River, and its population went from 2 to 10,000 in a single year. At one time it boasted 80 saloons and was known as the "roughest town on earth." Although its population is now less than 1,000, its rip-roaring past will come alive as you stroll along Broadway or browse through the Trail of '98 Museum's outstanding collection of memorabilia.
at sea Cruising Tracy Arm
You leave Sakagway and sail into the Gulf of Alaska to Glacier Bay National Park, only accessible by ship or airplane. You sail with CRYSTAL SYMPHONY close to the glaciers there. Breathtakingly beautiful!
You sail towards ice floes, in the distance, you hear a thunder - pieces of ice break off from the Gletcher and fall into the depths of the sea.
On ice floes, a Baldeagle and seagulls may float towards you and you think "I could write poems professionally".
Forty-five miles outside of Juneau, this scenic destination has it all — mammoth glaciers, towering granite walls, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and a large variety of wildlife. Tracy Arm is a 30-mile long fjord - a narrow inlet created by glacial activity - formed thousands of years ago. It winds its way past 7,000-foot snow-capped mountains and floating icebergs. At the end of the fjord lies the stunning Sawyer Glaciers, translucent blue mountains rising majestically out of the water. About once every hour, the North Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers “calve” - an awe-inspiring phenomena in which large chunks of ice tumble into the sea below.

South Swayer Glacier calving - Source: Giphy
Tracy Arm is also home to a large variety of wildlife including bald eagles, brown bears, goats, and whales. It provides some wonderful opportunities for capturing beautiful vacation memories.
at sea Cruising The Gulf Of Alaska
Your Story at Sea - Adventure. Romance. Discovery.
Aboard CRYSTAL SYMPHONY and its fleetmate, the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired CRYSTAL Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360° Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our CRYSTAL Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed CRYSTAL Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board? 

Anchorage/Whittier, Alaska


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Prince William Sound at low tide - Source: Wikipedia
The saying "location, location, location" has perhaps never fit a place more perfectly than the small town of Whittier. Sitting on a railroad at the head of a fjord, Whittier offered an ideal strategic location for the military, which set up shop here in the 1940s to protect Alaska, while the outmost Aleutan Islands had been occupied by Japanese forces ... Today, Whittier's position makes it a perfect gateway for adventures on the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. Glaciers are plentiful, as are sea otters, salmon and orcas. When you are not gazing in wonder at rivers of ice and the creatures of the sea, you can ponder the beauty of the Sound's dramatic shoreline and surrounding rainforest.

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Seals at rest - Source: Peaceloveandtrees

at sea Cruising Hubbard Glacier

This stunning amphitheater of glaciers and granite peaks is best viewed from the sea. The ice in Glacier Bay fell as snow centuries ago on the mountains that ring the bay. Compressed by its own tremendous weight, it flows seaward, producing some of the fastest-moving glaciers known. In the summer, rare humpback whales come here to feed – with luck, you'll see one of these gentle giants.

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Bald eagle searching for fish - © Robert Raines

Sitka, Alaska

The symmetrical cone of Mount Edgecumbe (Putauaki) and countless green-tufted islands welcome CRYSTAL SYMPHONY to picturesque Sitka. In its heyday, when Sitka was the capital of the Russian province in the New World, it was referred to as the "Paris of the Pacific" and known for its great prosperity. the city was founded by Alexander Baranof in 1799. It wasn't until 1867, when Alaska was purchased by the United States, when Russia lost "its interest" in this part of the world. Russia was facing a bancrupcy after the lost Crimean war and needed money. Stars and Stripes replaced the Russian flag.
As Russia's former capital in the New World, Sitka still retains its exotic heritage, boasting proud architecture and unique historical sites.

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Totem Pole in Sitka - photo by Joseph
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Sitka Harbour - courtesy John Bromley
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Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka - Source: Wikipedia

Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada

A spot of urban chic in the wilderness, Prince Rupert affords an appealing mix of stunning natural beauty and in-town amenities.
Sport fishing, hiking and exceptional wildlife viewing can be experienced at close and easy proximity, with walks in the rainforest to be enjoyed without leaving city limits. Bend your head upwards to see eagles flying overhead, cast your eye across the horizon (or down one of the winding city streets) to glimpse deer, and join an excursion to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary to observe one of the densest populations of grizzlies in North America.
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The mischievous grizzly - © Jim Lawrence
Jim Lawrence’s photo of the mischievous grizzly bear has gone viral and he hopes his message about banning trophy grizzly-bear hunts will too
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Lucy Island Lighthouse, built 1907 - Source: Wikipedia
A pretty waterfront bordering one of the deepest natural harbors in the world is not only functional with its ferries to Vancouver Island and other destinations but also quite inviting for a leisurely visit. Stroll, dine, and feast your eyes on the scenery, making memories of First Nations culture, railway and cannery history, and mist-frocked forests.

at sea Cruising The Outside Passage

Your Story at Sea - Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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Whale tail - courtesy VisitAlaska
Aboard CRYSTAL SYMPHONY and its fleetmate, the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired CRYSTAL Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360° Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our CRYSTAL Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed CRYSTAL Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Discovered by Captain Cook over two centuries ago, the lovely city of Victoria has successfully nurtured its English ambiance and heritage. Wonderful legacies are preserved with bright red double-decker buses and the delicious tradition of high tea.

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Downtown Victoria's Skyline at twilight in November 2009 - Source: Wikipedia
Shops brim with tartans, china, silver and antiques. From the landmark Empress Hotel to the impressive Parliament Buildings, city streets are filled with gracious architecture. A glorious profusion of colorful flowers abounds within the hanging baskets on every lamppost and at the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
Victoria is an atmospheric city which brims with old-world (European) charm.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Once again Vancover ... the forthnight was short? This day is disembarkation day. Your luggae is packed and will be transported off board, and you have to say good bye to those pampering you on board, as well your home away from home - CRYSTAL SYMPHONY.

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CRYSTAL SYMPHONY your luxurious home away from home - courtesy CRYSTAL CRUISES
Your home for the fortnight just emerged from its longest-ever makeover, CRYSTAL SYMPHONY is featuring now more innovative dining options with expanded specialty venues and open-seating, more state-of-the-art technologies including free, unlimited Wi-Fi, and spacious new suites and penthouses. Replacing existing staterooms, the newly added accommodations will reduce guest capacity to further increase the ships’ already generous service, also by hiring more crew, and space ratios to be among the loftiest in luxury travel. From CRYSTAL´s award-winning fare of Michelin-level envy to hosting Nobu Matsuhisa´s only sea-going restaurants, the Evolution of CRYSTAL Luxury promises more dining experiences to tempt the most discriminating palates, with the added luxury of menu enhancements at Prego, family-style, Chinese-inspired al fresco dining at Silk, and open seating, too.

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CRYSTAL SYMPHONY Dining Room - courtesy CRYSTAL CRUISES
WATERSIDE - New Open Seating!
• Formerly known as the Crystal Dining Room
• An abundance of tables for two and four
• Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Exceptional menus of Classic favorites and Modern specialties
• No reservations required
CHURRASCARIA - New!
• Formerly known as the Lido Café
• Evening Brazilian steakhouse at Marketplace
• Menu of succulent cuts, ceviches, tapas and more
• Open-seating, no reservations required
Silk - New!
• Chinese-inspired al fresco dining on deck
• Authentic delicacies such as dumplings, porridge, and savory crepes for breakfast, and dim sum, noodles and soups for lunch
• A dinner menu of tantalizing family-style sharing plates
• Open-seating for breakfast and lunch; dinner reservations recommended
MARKETPLACE - New!
• Formerly known as the Lido Café
• Fresh and friendly venue for breakfast and lunch
• Open kitchen preparing made-to-order favorites
• A fresh and friendly venue for breakfast and lunch, with an open kitchen preparing made-to-order favorites.
• Open-seating, no reservations required
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Penthouse Suite with Verandah (2) - New!
    538 sq. ft. (50 sq. m.) including verandah
    Same size as existing Penthouse Suite with Verandah (PS)
    Crystal’s butler service
PENTHOUSE WITH VERANDAH (36) - New!
    403 sq. ft. (37.4 sq. m.) including verandah
    Same size as existing Penthouse with Verandah (PH)
    Crystal’s butler service
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During a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Venezia on board the yacht like ANDREA of ELEGANT CRUISES & TOURS one of the beautiful destinations has been Capri ...

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Rudi Schurike `Capri Fischer´, 1943, only a short time after the recording, the song was blocked by the Nazi…

Luxury Cruise Alaska - A 12 night luxury trip to the last frontier

Alaska - The Last Frontier. Twelve nigths, in July 2018, for a luxury cruise to AlaskaAlaska - The Last Frontier. Twelve nights, in July 2018, for a luxury cruise to Alaska - aleutan Alaxsxag "land in whose direction the sea flows", from Vancouver to Seward. As much Alaska as you can get staying in an a luxury class suite on a luxurious cruise ship. Experience untouched scenic wilderness while enjoying superior luxury! A luxurious adventure including the `company´ of kodiak, grizzly, moose, salmon and glaciers in the vast landscape of Alaska's wilderness, accompanied with champagne, caviar and your loved one.
by Earl of Cruise
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Ventures by SEABOURN - courtesy SEABOURN, YouTube SOJOURN´s routingOn a 12 night trip starting June 4th, 2018, SEABOURN SOJOURN takes you to breathtaking Alaskan sceneries. While you stay in a top class suite.
Luxury Alaska cruise with SEABOURN SOJOURN takes you to from Vancouver into the Alaskan wilderness and …

HISTORY - One of the earliest steam ship companies in the world ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD was founded in 1833 - I 1833-55

ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD, in its corporate language Italian, LLOYD AUSTRIACO, was founded in 1833 by 19 insurance and banking companies and 127 private shareholders in Trieste after they got the permission from the government of Austria-Hungary. ÖSTERREICHISCHER LLOYD develped into one of the biggest shipping companies of the world. From the start the corporate language was Italian. After WWI it became LLOYD TRIESTINO and is stillexisting as ITALIA MARITTIMA, a subsidiary of EVERGREEN MARINE. by Earl of Cruise  ARCIDUCA LUDOVICO of 1837 - Source: Civico Museo del Mare Trieste In my previously published article about AUSTRO-AMERICANAI wrote about the naval heritage of Austria-Hungary and my special personal interest in its shipping companies. Austria-Hungary is so far more than what I mentioned there and forgott mentioning its most prominent citizen, Kaiserin Elisabeth, named Sisi, empress of Austria and Apostolic Queen of Hungary. Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich, Apostolic Queen of Hungar…

Design - Is appearance important? Of ships?

Is appearance, the look, important? Of cruise ships? Design is question of taste, which is based on upbringing and is used to see. But there s the "golden cut/ratio", the principles of aesthetics.
First of all for us, the species of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (the modern man) - YES! It makes life easier, the way of life, the choice of a partner ... There are enough and sufficient and good investigations. And why else do we plunge into the fitness studios, why are the casting shows booming for super models (models are actually discovered in other ways), cosmetic surgery...?
But beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
Is appearance important? Especially the look of cruise ships?
by Earl of Cruise
Luxusliner, Kurt Ulrich
Mario Testino Photobooks
Books about Palazzo Colonna
Books about the liner NORMANDIE The Greeks in antique ages, found the principles of aesthetics, and created the rule of.
Just like us, the people, the appearance is also "sales-promoting"- beauty simply inc…

Design - How to design a retro-futuristic cruise ship for families with children

To design a retro-futoristic cruise ship for families with children is and was quite a task, but we see it sailing in a fleet introduced by DISNEY CRUISE LINE. Among the `streamlined me-too´ design, typically choosen, in the mass market a soothing eye candy. Especially for those loving the `old lines´.
Actually to most critics the exterior design of the actual DISNEY fleet is named the most elegant, modern looking liner design - it seems to me a bit of  `Steam Punk´. And indeed the DISNEY vessels have the special look, that is recognized as that of the Golden Era of liners, the 1930s and ART DÉCO. by, editing by Earl of Cruise (in grey)
Early design idea presented by FROG DESIGN to DISNEY - courtesy FROG DESIGN FROG DESIGN was involved in creating the basic ship and brand designfor DISNEY cruises. Frog (styled as frog) is a global design firm founded in 1969 by industrial designerHartmut Esslinger in Mutlangen, Germany as "esslinger design". Soon after it moved…

Cruise - A new MEIN SCHIFF 1 is comming

The new MEIN SCHIFF 1 is comming 2018 to replace the existing MEIN SCHIFF 1 the former CELEBRITY CRUISES vessel GALAXY, later CELEBRITY GALAXY. After a multimillion € refit by transforming normal outside cabins into balcony cabins, and lengthening the up to 262 meter with a new sponson at the stern (beam 32,2m, draught 8,5m).
The existing and the new MEIN SCHIFF 1 are no luxury cruise vessels, but in the mass market a real premium product. The passenger numbers are near to 3,000 and the crew at 1,000, which will be stress for the crew per se.
I want to give a first glimpse at the interiors of the new MEIN SCHIFF 1. In comparison to the WOW and EFFECT hashing cruisers, a calm designed ship interior. by Earl of Cruise The new MEIN SCHIFF 1, rendering - courtesy TUI CRUISES The former GALAXY was the first new ship of the ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES Ltd. and TUI GROUP´s joint venture - TUI CRUISES. GALAXY lost its US American tastes related interiors at BLOHM+VOSS with the consulting of German…

Design - Call me FRANCE again - will the mythical ship be back at sea

Le FRANCE, the famous and mythical French ocean liner, will he be back at sea again? President Charles De Gaulle claimed, during the christening (by Yvonne de Gaulle) ceremony May 11th, 1960, that FRANCE III is a true revival of glamorous NORMANDIE ... Those having sailed on NORMANDIE and had the luck of experiencing his grandeur and then top luxuries on board, named FRANCE "vulgar" ... as my aunt and others able to compare.
Didier Spade, a French naval architect and businessman, connected to FRANCE via his father´s and grandfather´s engagement in the outfitting of the famous and last French Transatlantic liner, created a new interpretation of the famous and still loved FRANCE.
by Earl of Cruise
Didier Spade´s vision of the Nouveau FRANNCE - courtesy Mer et Marine When FRANCE was purchsed by visionairy Kloster, the once liner lost its character after the transforming into the then biggest cruise vessel. What was left was only a last glance of the 1950/60s design and character of…

Liners - A comeback for classic ocean liners not as we know them A suggestion

Can the classic ocean liners make a comeback - No, not as we know these ocean liners with several classes and a huge number of passengers on board. But if these classic styled ocean liners will meet the needs and wishes of a well heeled group of guests, then yes!
My idea is based on researches. by Earl of Cruise My own design draft for le nouveau NORMANDIE (below is the longitudinal cut of the original NORMANDIE) The idea for this design draft started as competition between me and Mike Strasbaugh some time ago These new ocean liners then have to cater voyagers, similar to those that we once have found flying in the CONCORDE. BRITISH AIRWAYS and AIR FRANCE made huge losses in the beginning with the supersonnic airliner. But after a research among their passengers, they made those prices that these passengers thought they have paid, as most of them never booked for themselves, but via their PA´s or Concierge Travel Agencies. The payment was "automatic". And then after both airl…