Crystal Cruises to visit Seven Continents in 2009


In 2009 Crystal Cruises will be venturing to all seven continents, from Antarctica to the Polar Ice Cap, circling the Pacific and featuring new itineraries in South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Sailing to 185 ports in 57 countries on 57 voyages, Crystal Cruises’ 2009 programme will focus on more port intensive itineraries with overnight port stays on most cruises. Itineraries range from seven to 106 days, from the exotic to convenient European departures.

Among the 2009 highlights are:

  • 106-night Pacific Circle Celebration World Cruise round-trip from Los Angeles, including the inaugural ports of Rangiroa, French Polynesia; Komodo, Indonesia; Napier, New Zealand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; and Petropavlosk, Russia. Also featured is the 150th birthday of the Port of Yokohama and a return to Alaska.
  • Return to cruising the Amazon for the first time since 2006.
  • New autumn cruise to Israel and Egypt.
  • Dubai overnight stays on two cruises.
  • European maiden calls to Kotor, Montenegro; Lipari, Italy; Patmos, Greece; Sinop, Turkey; Alesund, Norway and Kiel, Germany.
  • Virtually all Mediterranean cruises feature overnight calls in cities such as Barcelona, Istanbul, Monte Carlo, Venice and/or Sorrento.
  • Two ships cruising Asia, including cruises in China/Japan, Southeast Asia and India with overnight stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Osaka, Kobe, Bangkok and many others.
  • Baltic cruises of seven and 11 nights with overnight calls in Copenhagen and Stockholm, plus double overnights in St. Petersburg.
  • North Cape cruise to Spitsbergen and the Polar Ice Cap.
  • British Isles cruise featuring the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh.
  • Black Sea cruise with a new overnight stay in Odessa and maiden call in Turkey.
  • Five voyages starting or finishing in the UK.
  • 26 voyages starting or ending in Europe.
  • Choice of exotic and tropical Christmas / New Year voyages: South America and Antarctica or Caribbean.
  • More than a dozen “career-friendly” voyages beginning or ending on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.