Crystal Cruises’ 2018 voyages are open for booking; and it promises to be an extraordinary year for savvy globetrotting luxury travellers. In addition to the groundbreaking four World Cruise itineraries set for Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the two award-winning ships, plus Crystal’s new luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, will spend the year sailing intensive and diverse routes to coveted locales and brand new horizons. There are few things more enjoyable than planning one’s dream ultra-luxury vacation, which is why the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line has unveiled the year’s complete roster of itineraries more than two years in advance.
Altogether, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will sail 54 voyages, calling in 312 ports in 78 countries across the globe. Here are some key numbers to note as you prepare your passports…
31: The staggering number of maiden calls offered on ocean itineraries in 2018. Maiden ports range from remote islands, like that of Norfolk, located 877 miles off of Australia’s Gold Coast, and Fakarava, French Polynesia, a rectangular atoll and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to bustling metropolises like Manila, Philippines, where Spanish colonial architecture meets modern skyscrapers, fascinating monuments and museums, and world-class shopping. Among the other 2018 maiden calls are:
Bimini – A cluster of three Bahamian islands, located about 50 miles east of south Florida, is a sport fishing mecca and known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape in the Bahamas.
Cherbourg – Set in France’s Normandy region on the English Channel, Cherbourg boasts dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches.
Geraldton, Bunbury (Margaret River), and Esperance – Situated along Australia’s west and southwest coast, a major wine-growing region that’s also known for a farm-to-table cuisine.