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Monday, 29 September 2014

CRYSTAL CRUISES - Casual Luxury, Evening Elegance

Hi Guys,

Crystal Cruises is the world’s leading luxury cruise provider, having earned more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises was created in 1988 with a vision to set a completely new standard in luxury travel and world exploration. Crystal Harmony, the first ship debuted in 1990 remembered for its tremendously spacious public areas reminiscent of grand ballrooms, lavish casinos and splendid dining rooms. Crystal Harmony was retired in 2005. 

Today, Crystal Cruises operates the two top-rated luxury ships in the world: the 922-guest Crystal Symphony (launched in 1995) and the 1,070-guest Crystal Serenity (launched in 2003). Crystal is wholly owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), one of the largest shipping company in the world. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm operates over 800 ships. Crystal Cruises Is “Editors’ Choice” In 2014 Bon Voyage Awards also.

Sometimes in life the luxurious stuff makes your life even more difficult even on a holiday for which you have paid a lot of money. Hence, Crystal Cruises is introducing a simpler evening dress code, beginning 21 December 2014 aboard both its award-winning ships. While casual daytime attire is acceptable on board any time before 6 p.m., the suggested evening dress code simplifies the current options of Resort Casual, Elegant Casual and Black-Tie Optional and will now feature only two preferences:
New “Crystal Casual” – A dressed-up version of casual attire, the new designation for evenings applies to all areas of the ships after 6 p.m. and includes dresses, skirts, dressy slacks and blouses or sweaters for women, and dress shirts and sport coats (no tie required), open-collar or collared polo shirt and dress pants/smart trousers for men.
Black Tie Optional – More formal evenings boast the celebratory ambiance of a special occasion, calling for dark suits with ties or tuxedos for men and formal cocktail or evening dresses, or formal evening separates for women.

Crystal President and COO, Edie Rodriguez says, “With just two straightforward evening attire preferences, we ease the stress of packing and planning, and put the focus on the excitement of the voyage ahead.”

With the new evening dress code policy, guests can expect one “Black Tie Optional” for seven- to 10-day cruises, and two on 11- to 13-day cruises.  These estimates are subject to change depending on itinerary details, while World Cruise, Holiday sailings and ocean crossings may be scheduled differently. The new guidelines do not apply to daytime hours, when guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and appropriately for their chosen activities. 
Crystal Dining Room attire is casual during the day, and those not wishing to change ensembles for evening dining may opt for dining on the ships’ spacious indoor/outdoor Lido decks.  On Black Tie Optional evenings, jeans are not allowed in any dining venues or lounges, including the Crystal Casino.
Until 31 October, all-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares start at just $1,400/person, double occupancy.  Aboard the all-inclusive, ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, superior quality and extensive choices.  Crystal sails to all seven continents, providing worldwide vacations of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea. 
I have never been on a cruise till now in my life but after working through Crystal Cruises website and other social media channels, I really want to pack my bags and go on a trip asap. 
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact your travel agent or Cruises International on 011 327 0327 / reservations@cruises.co.za. Check their website Follow them on twitter & facebook.

Cheers!!!

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