Luxury ship operator, Los Angeles, California-based Crystal Cruises has added exotic ports and special savings to its 2013 Mediterranean cruise season. For the first time ever the line will make calls at Çanakkale, Turkey; La Spezia, Italy; and Castellón de la Plana, Spain. The seven- to 13-day itineraries surrounding the new destinations also offer cultural capital overnights and extra port intensiveness.
Highlights of the seven to 13-day itineraries include:
Canakkale: A popular vacation getaway for local Turks, the harbor city also offers easy access to the archaeological site of Troy and Gallipoli’s historic battlefield and monuments.
- May 9, Crystal Serenity –– 9 days: Rome, Sorrento (overnight), and Sicily/Taormina, Italy; Santorini, Greece; Kusadasi, Çanakkale, and Istanbul (overnight), Turkey
- July 25, Crystal Symphony – 9 days: Istanbul (overnight), Çanakkale, and Kusadasi, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; Sicily/Taormina, Sorrento (overnight), and Rome, Italy
La Spezia: Balcony-lined streets and a palm-lined promenade usher travelers into Italy’s Liguria region where you can stroll around the picturesque Cinque Terre, or enjoy a less-touristy day of sampling fine museums or delicious local cheese stalls in the town’s outdoor market.
- Sept. 28, Crystal Serenity — 7 days: Monte Carlo (overnight), Monaco; Genoa and La Spezia, Italy; St. Tropez and Marseille, France; Barcelona (overnight), Spain
Castellon de la Plana: This Valencian town is the capital of one of Spain’s most mountainous provinces, offering a range of rural tourism, a Gothic and Renaissance-architecture “old quarter,” and fragrant orange trees that blossom in fall.
- Nov. 2, Crystal Serenity — 13 days: Rome, Florence, and Porto Venere, Italy; Monte Carlo (overnight), Monaco; Palamós, Barcelona (overnight), Castellón de la Plana, and Cartagena, Spain; Gibraltar, UK; Cadiz/Seville, Spain; Lisbon (overnight), Portugal
“New adventures are part of Crystal’s signature travel experience, even in such a popular cruising area as the Mediterranean,” says Jack Anderson, senior vice president sales and marketing. “After sailing for more than two decades, we’re thrilled to still be finding novel destinations for our guests to discover, and combine them with much beloved locales to which they also love returning, time and time again.”
Crystal offers all-inclusive fares with such complimentary amenities as all spirits, water and wine, tips, and alternative dining experiences. Book Now fares start from $3,11o per person with up to $1500/person in savings if booked by December 28, 2012.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.