Crystal Cruises Portree

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“World’s Best” Crystal Cruises has unveiled its 2016 and early 2017 itineraries, besting several of its own industry-leading records: more maiden calls (41), more overnights (119, 40 of them “double” overnights), more shorter (five- to 10-day) cruises, and an earliest-ever itinerary announcement – with fares available and open for booking — for the ultra-luxe line.  Highlights for the luxury cruises include returns to AlaskaNew Orleans, and the Philippines; expanded West Coast, Central American, and Caribbean; choices; three trips through Antarctica; inclusive land programs in Berlin and Montreal; a pan-Pacific Grand Cruise; and two completely different World Cruises (in 2016 and 17).  In total, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will sail 74 five- to 102-day voyages around the world over the approximately 15-month period.


Year Overview:

  • 60 cruises, 77 countries, 86 overnights in 48 ports, and 245 ports around the world
  • Almost half of the year’s itineraries (29) are 10 days or less, including one five-day and two six-day cruises for the first time ever, along the Pacific Coast.
  • New overnights ports, such as Antwerp, Ibiza, Papeete, Bora BoraBerlin/HamburgBali, Punta del Este, Colon, Ushuaia, and Haifa.
  • A record number of double overnight (two nights in a row) ports (14), including San DiegoAmsterdamNew Orleans,StockholmSt. PetersburgIstanbulVeniceLondonLisbonBarcelonaSydney, and Melbourne.
  • 27 Maiden Calls include Aitutaki, Cook Islands; Arendal, Norway; Bandol, FranceCatalina IslandCalifornia; Corinto,Nicaragua; Crotone, Italy; Easo, New Caledonia; Fukuoaka, JapanGaspe, PQ; Hoonah, AlaskaIsla Margarita, Venezuela; Karlskrona, Sweden; Kavala, GreeceKirkwall, UK; Klaksvik, Faroe Islands; Korsakov, Russia; Mystery Island,VanuatuNanaimo and Prince Rupert, BC; Port Canaveral, Florida; Portree, Isle of Skye, UK; Port d’ Alcudia,Majorca/Balearic Islands, SpainSan Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Sibenik, Croatia; Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe, French West Indies; Samana, Dominican Republic; and Virgin Gorda, BVI.
  • Returns to less-visited destinations: Argostoli, Kefalonia Island, Greece; Chania/Souda, Crete, Greece; Kralendijk,BonaireNetherlands Antilles; Gdansk, Poland; La Rochelle/La Pallice, France; Mariehamn, FinlandMontego Bay andOcho Rios, JamaicaNuku’Alofa, Tonga; Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands; Ponta Delgada,The Azores; Puerto Quetzal,Guatemala; Rangiroa, French Polynesia; Sanary-sur-Mer, France; Tarragona, Spain; Sarandë, Albania; Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Itinerary Highlights:

  • A 102-day World Cruise sailing round-trip from San Francisco for the first time, with five segments beginning in Sydney,BaliSingaporeShanghai, and Tokyo.
  • The line’s first summer Alaska season in five years, only this season with shorter seven and 10-day itineraries.
  • Two new Northern Europe cruises to/from Berlin, with a complimentary three-night Berlin land package.
  • Two January/February voyages cruising Antarctica and South America, including a new route round-trip from Buenos Aires.
  • Eight five- to 22-day cruises to or from California in the winter, spring, and fall including:
    • New Hawaiian islands itinerary round-trip from San Francisco.
    • New San Diego round-trip, visiting Catalina Island for the first-time ever.
  • Two new Panama Canal cruises: from Chile to Miami and Miami to San Francisco.
  • New Caribbean & Central America cruises:
    • A return to New Orleans after a decade-long absence, with three voyages (one round-trip)
    • Two voyages to/from ColonPanama
    • Sailings featuring rarely-visited islands like Jamaica and Bonaire, plus luxurious favorites such as Turks & Caicos, St. Barts, and Virgin Gorda for the first time.
    • Expanded explorations of Central America in both years, with visits to NicaraguaGuatemalaHonduras, and moreMexico again.
  • New England-Canada season with a local overnight on land in Montreal, plus seven, eight, nine-, and 10-day voyage options, including a round-trip from New York.
  • 10 seven-, nine-, and 12-day Mediterranean cruises in spring and fall, featuring a return to Israel and to Athens as a “turnaround” port.
  • Five voyages to or from Asia, with multiple ports in South Korea back on the calendar,
  • A return to Sydney for its world-famous New Year’s fireworks display on an AucklandMelbourne holiday cruise, with a second holiday voyage round-trip from Miami.

2017 (1st Quarter) Summary:

  • 94-day “Ultimate South America” World Cruise round-trip from Miami starting January 10, comprised of six segments sailing on Crystal Serenity through Antarctica, the Amazon, and to/from Colon, ValparaisoBuenos Aires, Rio, andBarbados.
  • 99-day pan-Pacific Grand Cruise aboard Crystal Symphony, starting January 5, and comprised of seven segments sailing to/from MelbourneSydney (round-trip), BaliSingaporeHong Kong, Incheon, and Tokyo, and featuring several new and rarely visited Polynesian ports and Crystal’s first return to the Philippines in 18 years.
  • 14 Maiden Calls: Alotau and Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea; Boracay and Romblon Islands, Philippines; Iquique and Castro, Chiloe Island, Iquique, Chile; Isle of Pines, New CaledoniaMatarani, Peru; Champagne Bay, Vanuatu; Portobelo,PanamaSanto Tomas de CastillaGuatemalaStewart IslandNew Zealand; Takamatsu, Japan; and Trujillo, Peru.
  • Ports less visited: Antofagasta, Chile; Guadalcanal, Honiara, Solomon IslandsPort Vila, Vanuatu; Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; and Yasawa-I-Rara, Fiji

The 2016 and early 2017 cruises are now available for booking with limited-time, all-inclusive Book Now fares starting from$1,785/person until June 30 at

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