LOS ANGELES -- Luxury line Crystal Cruises is adding variety to its
lineup next year by introducing sailings between Vancouver and
Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver and San Francisco.
In total, the line will offer three 10-day itineraries between
Vancouver and Seward and Vancouver and San Francisco in addition to
six 12-day roundtrip Alaska sailings from San Francisco aboard the
Crystal Harmony. In all, Crystal will offer one more itinerary to
the "Last Frontier" next year, compared with last summer. Next
year's departures are scheduled for June 14 and 24; July 4, 16 and
28; Aug. 9 and 21, and Sept. 2 and 14.
Depending on the itinerary, the line's Crystal Harmony will visit
the Alaskan ports of Skagway; Juneau; Sitka, and Ketchikan; head to
Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and cruise the Gulf of
Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage.
Several of next year's voyages will be marketed as theme cruises,
including Yoga, Health and Fitness (June 24); Crystal Wine &
Food Festival (July 4, 16, 28 and Sept. 14), and Classical Music
Crystal said it is in the process of creating more than 50 shore
excursions and extended land programs in conjunction with its
Alaska sailings. Crystal also set new Perfect Harmony fares that
are 40% off previously published brochure prices.
For the Sept. 14 Value Collection sailings, Alaska cruise prices
start at $2,085 per person, double. Perfect Harmony pricing is
offered on all other departures. With the promotion, cruise prices
for the 10-day sailings in June start at $2,575 per person, double,
and the 12-day roundtrip San Francisco cruises begin at $2,975 per
For the first time in four years, the luxury line is offering an
extended Denali Park package, available only in conjunction with
its first Alaska sailing on June 14. In addition to exploration of
the park's mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and wildlife, the
five-night program features overnight stays in Anchorage and
Fairbanks. At the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, for example,
the package costs $2,570 per person, double, including most
Crystal once again will offer its Wine-Making Traditions of Napa
Valley prior to all cruises starting in San Francisco. The
three-night program includes visits to the Trefethen, St. Supery,
Niebaum-Coppola and Domaine Chandon wineries; gourmet fare at the
Culinary Institute of America and Auberge du Soleil, among other
restaurants, and accommodations at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel
and Yountville's Vintage Inn for $2,170 per person, double.
Clients who want to spend more time in Vancouver or San
Francisco can add pre- or post-cruise hotel stays of one to three
nights at Vancouver's Four Seasons Hotel or the Ritz-Carlton San
Francisco, starting at $245 for the first night and $150 for each
additional night. Hotel prices are per person, double, and include
hotel tax, porterage and airport-hotel-ship transfers.
For details and reservations, call Crystal Cruises at (800)
446-6620 or log on to www.crystalcruises.com.