2006 Theme Cruises On Crystal

The cruise line is looking to cater to more sophisticated travelers

By: Ana Figueroa

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises will showcase 10 different theme cruise topics in 2006. Naturalists from the Smithsonian Associates, experts from Sotheby’s Institute, PGA golf pros, celebrated chefs, jazz artists, fitness gurus and more, will present lectures on board the line’s two ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.  

“Today’s sophisticated traveler is looking to collect more than postcard memories of a destination. They want greater immersion and authentic experiences of their travels,” said Kristin Turner, the line’s manager of enrichment programming.

The programs offered in 2006 include a Smithsonian Associates cruise aboard Crystal Symphony, hosted by the respected naturalist Patricia Hostiuck. The 14-day exploration from Buenos Aires to Valparaíso will take place March 16-30. Other theme cruises will feature experts from the world-renowned Sotheby’s Institute, who will lecture on art history on three voyages to the Amazon, the Mediterranean, and the Mexican Riviera. Two Health and Fitness cruises will feature specialized instruction in yoga, as well as tai chi, provided by the founders of the Tai Chi Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Two Golf cruises, featuring PGA pros and golf celebrities, will afford exclusive opportunities to tee-off at some of the world’s legendary courses in the British Isles and Western Europe. Crystal’s Big Band and Jazz cruises will feature famous names, such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, on Trans-Atlantic crossings; and two Film Festival cruises will spotlight American cinema.

Additionally, Crystal’s Distinguished Speaker Series, featured on two Mediterranean voyages, will offer informative lectures from some of the world’s most noted personalities, including former Carter White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan. And, the cornerstone of Crystal’s theme programming the highly regarded Crystal Wine & Food Festival will celebrate its tenth year on 12 different sailings in 2006.