Crystal Cruises release 2015-2016 itineraries

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The line will sail all seven continents before celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 with 64 voyages calling at 248 ports in 79 countries — with its MOST EVER maiden calls!

In 2016 the line will send Crystal Symphony to South America and Antarctica, while Crystal Serenity will sail the Panama Canal.

We already know that Crystal Cruises will send two ships to Asia in 2015, and that the company will sail a 108-day “Silver Celebration” World Cruise circumnavigating the globe round-trip from Miami.

Highlights for 2015 include:

  • 22 maiden visits – the ships will call at some lesser-known ports, including Albany, Australia; Ambodifotatra and Taolanaro, Madagascar; Burgas,Bulgaria; Chania/Souda, Greece; Macapa, Brazil; Richards Bay, South Africa; Rijeka, Croatia; Sanary-sur-Mer, France;Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Aomori, Japan; Archangel, Korsakov and Solovetsky Islands, Russian Federation; Belawan, Indonesia; Bodo, Narvi and Oye/Hjorundfjord, Norway; Helgoland, Germany; Kochi, Japan; Sanya, China and Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • More overnight stays – most itineraries will offer more overnight stays, often conveniently scheduled in the port of embarkation or disembarkation.   Several voyages feature up to three days in Shanghai, Bordeaux’s port of Bassens, Hong Kong, Monte Carlo, St. Petersburg, and Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Convenient round-trips – round trip voyages from the world’s most coveted destinations, including New York, Dover (UK), Monte Carlo, Singapore, Los Angeles and Montreal.  For the first time, Crystal will also cruise round-trip from Copenhagen for a new Baltic route, and from Istanbul for a new Black Sea cruise.
  • Brand new Reykjavik cruise – Crystal will offer a new 18-day tour of the North Cape & White Sea cruising from Reykjavik and featuring five maiden calls.
  • Brand new Holy Land & Mediterranean cruise – with visits to Ashdod and Haifa, Israel.
  • New European cruises – including sailings to and from both Amsterdam and Marseille.
  • New TransAtlantic cruise – with an overnight calling in Bermuda.
  • Cruises of the British Isles  – guests can enjoy a new combination of ports.
  • Mexico cruises tours – this wonderful country is back on the roster!
  • Caribbean offering expanded – a convenient new collection
  • Cruises that are 10 days or less – approximately a third of the cruises are 10 days or less!
  • A new Christmas/New Year cruise  – travel from San Juan to Rio de Janeiro as part of Crystal’s popular holiday roster.

Crystal is also revealing details for spring 2016.  Details include:

  • Two exciting cruises cruising Antarctica and South America, including a new round-trip from Buenos Aires.  This is set to take place in January/February.
  • Holidaymakers can enjoy one of the new Panama Canal cruises, and travel from Chile to Miami or Miami to San Francisco.
  • There will also be a selection of new Caribbean cruises that begin and/or end in Colon, Panama.

102-day World Cruise

For the first time, the World Cruise will follow a round-trip route from San Francisco, with segments beginning in Sydney,Bali, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Richard Boyce is a cruise travel specialist for Cruise1st Australia.

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