June 25, 2008

‘Experiences of Discovery’ to Enrich Crystal’s 2009 Cruises

LOS ANGELES, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- For 2009, Crystal Cruises is unveiling "Experiences of Discovery," an inspired collection of theme cruises designed to enrich more than two dozen Crystal cruises with a special-interest focus. Stylish and sophisticated, the newest of the theme topics are pegged to global events (think Wimbledon and Venice Film Festival) and the arts (like Emerging Artists and Fashion & Style). Special interest classes, events and, in most cases, a destination program will augment 25 cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity in Asia, Europe, Panama Canal and beyond.

Other new "Experiences of Discovery" showcase Photography, Ancient Civilizations, and Chance & Fortune, complementing Crystal's luxury casino. Also returning are Crystal's Wine & Food Festival (set for nine cruises); Mind, Body & Spirit; Jazz; Golf; Smithsonian Journeys; Film & Theater Festival; Cabaret at Sea; Big Band; Ballroom Dance; Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute; and President's and Holiday cruises.

"The 2009 'Experiences of Discovery' offer guests more in-depth exploration of topics about which they're passionate or simply curious," said Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing.

New for 2009 are:

new Fashion & Style -- Fashion shows, themed dinners, cocktail parties, films, seminars, and shopping and design excursions celebrate Asian, Italian and French style.

new Ancient Civilizations -- Expert lectures and optional shore-side Crystal Adventures immerse guests in the history and culture of the Middle East and Holy Land.

new Tennis -- Tennis experts provide onboard instruction and insights in anticipation of one of the world's most prestigious tournaments -- the Wimbledon Championships in London.

new Emerging Artists -- A new generation of rising international artists perform during summer European cruises.

new Photography -- Pros teach how to visually capture the magic of the Mediterranean, and another creative dimension to the digital photography classes offered through Crystal's Computer [email protected]

new Chance & Fortune -- Inspired by Tykhe, the Greek goddess of chance and fortune, Crystal's fall cruise to Greece brings on gaming pros to lead gambling classes and tournaments in slots, poker and specially-procured table games.

Wine & Food Festival -- World-renowned chefs and wine experts share their techniques and specialties at lectures, special menus and tastings both on board and ashore throughout the world.

Film & Theater Festival -- In time for the Venice Film Festival, or en route to Hong Kong, guest film experts salute film and theater through lectures and onboard entertainment.

Mind, Body & Spirit -- In Asia and from the West Coast to the East Coast, expert instructors and speakers focus on wellness through yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and general fitness.

Golf -- Qualified instructors and PGA pros give tips on improving guests' games, plus celebrity players discuss the PGA Tour. Shoreside, Crystal Adventures offer play at some of the world's most exclusive courses.

Ballroom Dance -- Professional ballroom dance instructors and additional Ambassador Hosts lead daily classes and evening dancing, culminating in a friendly competition.

Big Band -- Live daily Big Band performances, guest music lecturers, and additional Ambassador Hosts serve as dance partners on a swinging Transatlantic voyage.

Jazz -- Live performances and discussions about musical legends jazz up a fall Caribbean Thanksgiving cruise.

Cabaret at Sea -- Comedy, song, and theater performances celebrate great composers aboard this Baltic summer sailing.

Smithsonian Journeys -- Destination-specific lectures from the cultural and educational arm of the Smithsonian Institute.

Comprehensive Creative Learning Institute -- Crystal's Creative Learning Institute offers expanded music, language and arts curriculum.

President's Cruise -- Special receptions and activities on board and ashore are hosted by Crystal's President Gregg L. Michel and his wife, Adriana.

Holiday -- Special meals, events and decor create a festive atmosphere for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

"Experiences of Discovery" programs complement Crystal's exclusive ongoing Creative Learning Institute, which presents language classes through Berlitz, keyboard instruction through Yamaha, and an array of stimulating guest lecturers.

For more information or Crystal reservations, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the line's website at http://crystalcruises.com/.

CONTACT: Mimi Weisband 310-203-4302

[email protected]

Crystal Cruises

CONTACT: Mimi Weisband of Crystal Cruises, +1-310-203-4302,[email protected]

Web site: http://www.crystalcruises.com/