Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is inspiring its guests to relax, refresh and recharge with a new Mind, Body & Spirit-themed exotic cruise through some of the most exquisite waters in the world. Crystal Symphony’s first voyage of the year, a 12-day “Southern Seas Soliloquy” itinerary, begins January 8, 2014 in Valparaíso, Chile, and sails across the southern Pacific to the Society/Tahitian, Easter, and Pitcairn Islands (the latter of Mutiny on the Bounty fame). On the roster are a guest yoga instructor, extreme athlete, health and wellness expert, and ZUMBA® teacher, as well as a repertoire of active excursions and a host of complimentary fitness classes. As a special bonus, cruise fares start at just $247 per person per day, all inclusive, if booked by August 30, 2013.
“This offers a wonderful vacation opportunity to connect with some of the most remote and ancient island cultures in the world, and be as active or relaxed as one chooses over several luxurious sea days of inspiring enrichment – a perfect renewal for the year ahead,” says Scott Douglas, Crystal’s manager of entertainment.
Among those scheduled to motivate travelers are:
· Dane Rauschenberg: Extreme athlete who ran 52 marathons in 52 consecutive weekends.
· Dr. Barbara Udell: Health and wellness expert who’s helped guide the Pritikin Longevity Center, Weight Watchers, and the Diabetes Research &Wellness Foundation.
· Lisa Goodwin: Transformational yoga instructor skilled at teaching both beginners and seasoned practitioners.
· Annie Hoefel: High-energy motivator leading ZUMBA classes on board for guests of all ages.
In addition to the above, complimentary fitness classes and programs onboard include Spinning, Pilates, dancing, stretching, circuit training, Nordic Walking, and Walk-on-Water weight vest power walking on the ship’s 360-degree promenade deck. Additional experts will also stretch travelers’ minds with talks about space exploration, world affairs, and Leonardo da Vinci.
In port, active Crystal Adventures offer snorkeling, scuba diving, ATV-ing, four-wheeling, volcano trekking, helicoptering, and jet skiing with stingrays. Numerous excursions also take guests to ancient Polynesian temples and ceremonial grounds, including Easter Island’s famous Moai statues. When anchored outside Pitcairn Island – considered the most remote and smallest inhabited place in the world – local residents will come aboard, allowing guests to liaise with the mutineer descendants and see their traditional crafts.
In between shore-side and shipboard activities, the Crystal Spa boasts a varied menu of soothing and invigorating massages, treatments and scrubs.
The 12-day cruise sails from Valparaíso to Easter Island, Chile; Pitcairn Island/Adamstown, UK; and Moorea, Society Islands before ending with an overnight in Papeete, Tahiti. All-inclusive cruise fares start at just $2,975/person, with $1,000 in savings if booked by August 30.
Crystal Serenity’s first cruise of 2014, sailing through the Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles starting January 5, also offers a “Mind, Body, Spirit” focus, with all-inclusive, “Book Now” fares of $4,675/person for 13 days. Twenty-one other “Experiences of Discovery” theme cruises are scheduled for 2014.