YESTERDAY Crystal Cruises kicked off an upcoming series of roadshows with an exclusive seaplane flight and lunch at Sydney’s Cottage Point restaurant on the Hawkesbury River.
The experience is one offered to passengers on Crystal Cruises when the line’s ships visit Sydney as part of the Crystal Adventures program – and the company’s senior vice president Karen Christensen took the opportunity to provide an update on the company’s many-faceted and fast growing portfolio.
Crystal will be firmly in focus in Australia on 17 Feb next year when Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity meet for the first time in Sydney Harbour – with Symphony arriving fresh from a massive multi-million dollar makeover.
Christensen told Travel Daily the refurbishment will include the creation of new penthouse accommodation, complementing the on-board staterooms and further appealing to the strong multi-generational travel market.
Crystal’s all-inclusive offering also features high-speed wi-fi throughout the ships at no extra cost as well as other thoughtful touches like new release movies.
The cruise ships are just part of the burgeoning Crystal range, with the company also rolling out five European river cruise ships, a luxury yacht, a polar expedition ship and Crystal Aircruises using a custom-designed Boeing 777 which was christened in Las Vegas during Virtuoso Travel Week.
The river cruise product includes on-board speedboats which can be used for private excursions, and the offering features areas such as the Palm Court and Waterside venues which are also available on Crystal’s ocean ships.
Meanwhile, the 62-passenger Crystal Esprit yacht is currently operating in the West Indies, but will next year cruise the Adriatic on a series of seven-night voyages between Venice annd Dubrovnik.
The range will be showcased to travel agents next week in a series of events which mark the first major roadshow since Crystal’s Australian office was established in Jan this year.
Pictured above at Cottage Point are Crystal’s Amber Reid, Karen Christensen and Kim Taylor.