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November 30, 2016

The All-Inclusive Cruise Lines

The Ships, River Ships & Yachts of  Crystal Cruises,

World Cruise Voyages &

Cruises with a Price Tag of $25,000+


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About Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises consistently ranks among the top luxury cruise lines in the world, having won an unprecedented number of major awards. They have been voted World's Best by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort.

There are good reasons for these accolades. While other cruise lines renovate ships every few years or when the ships begin to look tired or shabby, Crystal ships are refreshed and updated often, sometimes every year.

Staterooms are elegant, and the Crystal Penthouses are drop-dead gorgeous, with furnishings that wouldn't be out of place in a Manhattan penthouse, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Many verandah staterooms have medical-grade air purifiers; all have top quality bedding, good-size closet space and luxurious marble bathrooms.

Multiple all-inclusive dining options include restaurants by celebrity chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio, as well as several casual dining venues.

The award-winning Crystal Spa & Salon, where highly-skilled estheticians use Elemis skincare products, equals land-based spas at top resorts. Crystal ships have excellent fitness and sports facilities offering Nordic Walking classes and other instruction.

Entertainment options might justifiably be said to include something for everyone. Music programs range from classical to popular and contemporary. Celebrity performers enhance these programs to a higher-than-average level. There are multiple bars and lounges, each providing a different vibe. There's a glittering casino and a very well-stocked library. And for solo female travelers who like to dance, there are skilled ballroom dancers called Ambassador Hosts. Equally important: the distinguished lecturers and teachers who provide the line's renowned cultural enrichment.

Crystal ships sail worldwide itineraries.

Crystal Cruises is best for:

Discerning adults who have high expectations and want exceptional service, high-level enrichment programs and the opportunity to explore interesting destinations.
Though most passengers fall into the 55+ category, the line has made efforts to attract family (and multi-generational) groups by offering a "Kids Sail Free" program on select cruises, as well as a multi-tier program for ages 3 to 17.

The atmosphere and experience onboard Crystal Cruises:

Crystal Cruises sails mid-size vessels with a relaxed but sophisticated ambience. The ships have generous, well-appointed common areas; cabins at the higher levels are quite spacious. Crystal's shore excursions are highly rated. Rather than "one size fits all," guests may choose from the standard type (similar to what is offered by other lines, (small group (more personalized) or private (for groups of 4 or more). The excursions cater to various interests, including culinary, active/adventure, cultural and scenic.

Resort wear is appropriate for most daytime activities, comfortable clothes for shore excursions, elegant/casual wear for evenings. During one-week (to 10-day) cruises, there is one Black-Tie optional evening; longer cruises may have as many as three. As formal wear is optional, elegant informal dress is also acceptable.

While the Crystal experience is mainly tailored for adults, there may be a significant number of children onboard during school vacations.

Onboard enrichment is first-rate and may include classes in wine-tasting, languages, Photoshop, etc.

The clientele of Crystal Cruises:

Crystal's passengers tend to be older, affluent, well educated, active and seasoned travelers who are accustomed to and expect the finer things in life.

Regarding children onboard Crystal Cruises: Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate children younger than 6 months of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those younger than 3 years of age aboard the ships.  There are various children's programs for children ages 3 to 17. Babysitting is available on both ships.

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Living A Life of Luxury.... At Sea.  Cruises Over $25,000

Crystal Cruises, Crystal Symphony
114 nights Stunning Skies & Halcyon Harbors Cruise from $38140 pp plus OBC

114 Nights - 8201-8208 - World Cruise 1: Stunning Skies & Halcyon Harbors - 114 Days - Starting in Cape Town with stops in Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Cruising the Coast of Africa, Durban, Richards Bay, Maputo, Taolanaro, Port Reunion, Port Louis, Cruising the Indian Ocean, Broome, Cruising the Coast of Australia, Geraldton, Perth, Bunbury (Margaret River), Albany, Esperance, Cruising the Great Australian Bight, Melbourne, Burnie, Hobart, Sydney, Cruising the Tasman Sea, Cruising Doubtful, Stewart Island, Dunedin, Akaroa, Nelson, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Cruising the Pacific Ocean, Lautoka, Yasawa-I-Rara, Nuku'alofa, Crossing the International Dateline, Alofi, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Cruising the South Pacific Ocean, Nuku Hiva, Cruising Pitcairn Island, Easter Island, Robinson Crusoe Island, Valparaiso, Coquimbo, Cruising the Coast of South America, Iquique, Cruising the Coast of Peru, Pisco, Callao, Guayaquil, Cruising the Coast of Colombia, Transit the Panama Canal, Colon, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Oranjestad, Cruising the Caribbean Sea, Gustavia, Cruising the Atlantic Ocean, Key West, Miami
2018 Sails: Jan 7 Get a Quote
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SeabournSeabourn Sojourn
72 night Africa & the Pacific Realm Cruise From $33272 pp
72-DAY AFRICA & THE PACIFIC REALM - 72 Days - Starting in Cape Town with stops in Passing the Cape of Good Hope, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Tolanaro, La Possession, Port Louis, Crossing the Equator, Male, Colombo, Galle, Thilawa, Similan Islands, Phuket, Porto Malai, Port Klang, Singapore, Laem Chabang, Ko Kood, Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City, Semarang, Surabaya, Celukan Bawang, Benoa, Palopo, Darwin, Bandanaira, Ambon, Ternate, Puerto Princesa, Coron, Boracay, Manila, Hong Kong
2018 Sails: Feb 11 Get a Quote
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seven Seas Mariner
21-night Vineyards & Fjords Cruise From $36799 pp plus OBC
21 Nights - Lima (Callao) Peru to Buenos Aires Argentina on Seven Seas Mariner - 21 Days - Starting in Callao with stops in Pisco, Matarani, Iquique, Cruising the Pacific Ocean, Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, Cruising the Chilean Fjords, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cruising the Atlantic Ocean, Port Stanley, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Buenos Aires
2017 Sails: Feb 4 Get a Quote
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World Cruises, The Ultimate Luxury Vacation

World Cruises are the ultimate travel gift to yourself; a unique package of exotic travel that includes a variety of remarkable ports. Long considered the penultimate travel experience, World Cruises offer an exceptional opportunity to immerse oneself in our planet’s varied beliefs, customs, cuisines, and languages. 

The length of these cruises vary, ranging from short jaunts called segments to a full World Cruise, which generally last 100 days or more.  Whatever your preference, there is a World Cruise option available to meet your needs, but now is the time to book, say the cruise experts at Cruise Compete.  World Cruises departing in 2017 are almost full, and the lines are now booking for 2018 and beyond.

Cruise Compete has a full listing of available World Cruises, take a look at the options here.  

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2016 Family Friendly Cruise Travel Planner [PDF] or Online book

While there is a perfect cruise vacation for everyone, not every cruise line is the ideal match for every family. Some lines have minimum age requirements for children (and pregnancy policies for expectant parents!), and others don't permit children to sail at all. In addition, while a line may allow children to sail, it’s not a given that the line has specially designed children’s programs in place. 

With these things in mind, determining the best cruise line for your family takes careful research, preparation and planning. The travel experts at CruiseCompete have composed the “2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner,” which details every aspect of the family cruise vacation experience.

The “2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner” is designed to kick-start your cruise vacation planning, and covers the entire spectrum of options with information on mainstream lines like Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as unique alternatives like luxury, river and small ship excursion companies.

All information has been compiled in an easy-to-read format, with brief “at-a-glance” summaries to see if the cruise line fits your basic requirements, followed by more detailed information about the atmosphere on board, the destinations you can travel to and the specific programs available for children.

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