The luxury segment of the cruise market is doing well and growing faster than the consumption of luxury goods

My introduction to upscale cruising took place in the early 1990s aboard the Crystal Harmony during a Port Everglades luncheon and ship’s tour for travel media. (It was also my introduction to karaoke, but that’s a tale for another time.) The beautiful ship had a visceral feel of luxury, grace and comfort. Yes, it oozed “harmony.” At a panel on upscale cruising at Cruise Shipping Miami, execs from Silversea Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Seabourn cruises discussed this …

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Crystal Cruises Annouces 2013 Repositioning Cruises

I’ve talked a bit on the site about repositioning cruises, and the value they offer as a unique experience.  They are a wonderful option for those of you who enjoy those long, calm days at sea.I recently got information on the repositioning offerings for ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises.  They have an impressive amount of cruises throughout 2013, and will be offering new itineraries on 60% of the voyages.   Even for seasoned Crystal cruisers, there’s a whole new …

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Consider a repositioning cruise for a new experience

Looking for long wonderful days at sea to relax and rejuvenate, paired with deep discounts on cruise pricing? Consider a repositioning cruise. Repositioning cruises (one of the best kept secrets in the cruise industry,) consist of one–way itineraries scheduled when ships relocate to new destinations based on the season. Ships that winter in the Caribbean or Hawaii will often move to Alaska, Europe or Canada/New England in the spring and then reverse course back to warmer climates …

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Crystal Cruises New “Extreme Makeover – Ship Edition” brochure

I will admit, that occasionally (now just occasionally, mind you) I do get sucked into late night TV-watching that features someone’s inspiring journey towards a better life through health and fitness.  (Does anyone else do this while eating ice cream?) Well, here’s an interesting twist on that self-improvement theme: Crystal Cruises has introduced a New “Extreme Makeover – Ship Edition” brochure.  It’s a new publication that shows all the reasons that ultra luxury line is such an award winner. …

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New “Crystal Adventures” await travelers to Northern Europe

Crystal Cruises, whom I love for their sophistication and attention to service and detail, is also well-known for their comprehensive and unique shore excursion program.  And those who adore their shore excursions have reason to celebrate; Crystal has added 100 new “Crystal Adventures” to their lineup.  These bold new excursions (whose locations from western France, up to the Arctic Circle and over to Iceland in areas of stunning natural beauty) offer a wide variety of options for …

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The “Ocean Views” Debates on Crystal Cruises

Are politics your passion?  You won’t want to miss the “Ocean Views” program on Crystal Cruises in 2012.  “Ocean Views” brings together renowned experts from both sides of the aisle in a moderated debate of global issues and news items, followed by live Q&A.  Prominent political and world affairs pundits James Carville, Mary Matalin, former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, and 4-star General Hugh Shelton will part of a discussion panel moderated by British foreign correspondent Ken Rees. The …

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Baby Boomers and Gen Y Coexist- On Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises: Baby Boomers: Crystal Cruises, popular among the 50-something’s, is well suited to those who enjoy elegant surroundings and style — not usually a priority for the college age or 20-something’s. The line caters to a more upscale crowd, and includes subtle amenities, like Aveda products and Scandinavian bedding, and more obvious luxuries, like magnificent accommodations, golf lessons with PGA pros, and special wine and food cruises.  After all, this is the line that has been …

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Crystal offers three new golf cruises, all hosted by Billy Casper

People who know me well know that if I am not cruising, then chances are I’m playing golf. These do seem to be my two passions. And whenever a cruise lines puts these together then they get my attention. Here is the newest golf offering from Crystal Cruises: In the game of golf, when is water a lux ury and not a hazard? When you’re sailing with Crystal Cruises on a golf-themed itinerary to an idyllic island …

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Crystal Cruises to go all-inclusive in the spring of 2012

Crystal Cruises is enhancing its already expansive host of luxury services and amenities. Effective spring 2012, vacations on the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff. The complimentary gratuity amenity also includes Penthouse butler service as well as service in all of Crystal’s fine specialty restaurants and sushi bar. “Our ‘All Inclusive’ …

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Here’s a look at the updated, and still very stylish, Crystal Symphony

Yesterday, during Cruise Shipping Miami, Chet and I toured the Crystal Symphony cruise ship which was in Miami for the day. We have cruised on this ship twice, once in the Mediterranean and once through the Panama Canal. We looked forward to seeing all of the changes that were made to the ship when it went into an extensive drydock in November 2009. This ship, which was built in 1995 – making it one of the older …

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