Crystal Cruises’ Top Brass of Past and Present Headline 2015 Silver Anniversary Theme Cruises

October 13, 2014

Luxury Line Celebrates Milestone with Special Parties and Special Guests.

Ultra-luxury Crystal Cruises announces a celebratory twist for its Experiences of Discovery theme cruises for 2015, when the line will mark its 25th anniversary of cruising.  During six designated sailings – in addition to more than a dozen themed cruises focused on culinary, musical, theatrical, political and athletic pursuits – Crystal guests will be treated to commemorative parties and receptions, where they will rub shoulders with Crystal’s top leadership.  Of these, four voyages will be Crystal’s first-ever “Captain’s Cruises”, wherein former captains will join Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity again to regale travellers with their Crystal memories.  The four cruises, and hosts, include:

11th April, Asia (Hong Kong to Tokyo) with Captain Reidulf Maalen, the captain of Crystal’s first ship, Crystal Harmony, when the company began sailing in 1990.

4th May, Southern Trans-Atlantic (Miami to Lisbon) with Captain Glenn Edvardsen, a 21-year Crystal veteran and the youngest Crystal captain when he joined the line in 1999.

12th June, Northern Trans-Atlantic (New York to Dover) with Captain Helge Brudvik, captain of Crystal Symphony in its inaugural year, retired from Crystal since 2000.

19th December, Caribbean/Brazilian Holiday (San Juan to Rio de Janeiro) with Captain John Økland, who retired in 2012 after 15 years with Crystal.

“We’re thrilled to welcome some of our most beloved captains back onboard to celebrate this milestone, as they have each played a significant role in our 25-year history of extraordinary worldwide explorations,” says Crystal President and COO Edie Rodriguez.  “Our anniversary theme cruises will be like Crystal family reunions, made even more special with our ship ’masters’ returning home to celebrate with us.”

In addition to the Captains’ cruises set for the anniversary year, Crystal’s annual President’s and Chairman’s voyages will also feature additional programming and celebrations, hosted by Rodriguez on Crystal Serenity’s 13-night 12th July Western Europe cruise; and Crystal Chairman Nobuyoshi “Nōb” Kuzuya on Crystal Symphony’s 18-night 8th July North Cape/Arctic Circle cruise.

Crystal’s Experiences of Discovery theme cruises set throughout 2015 also include two Wine & Food Festival voyages in Asia (5th and 29th January) and one in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands (13th November); music-focused programming on two Trans-Atlantic Ballroom at Sea sailings (12th June and 11th December), a Jazz cruise down the Pacific Coast (11th May), and two back-to-back Mediterranean voyages featuring Emerging Artists from the acclaimed Music Centre of Los Angeles (31st May and 12th June); plus a Trans-Atlantic Film & Theatre cruise (4th May); and a Golf-themed British Isles sailing (25th July).  Three segments of the 108-night “Silver Celebration” World Cruise also offer an Ocean Views theme, featuring debates and interactive discussion with some of the most knowledgeable world affairs experts of today.

All-inclusive “Book Now” fly/cruise fares for the Experiences of Discovery cruise series start at just £2,518 per person, double occupancy, with up to £1,152 per person in savings if booked by October 31.

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.  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 holidays of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea.

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