Kids can take cooking classes onboard with Crystal Cruises. // (c) 2013 Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises is offering its Kids Sail Free program in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean this year. On four June and July voyages, junior cruisers age 17 and under can travel for free when using a third berth stateroom with two adults.
This is the first time that the program has been offered in the Baltic, with three Crystal Serenity sailings, each 10 days, departing from Stockholm (with an overnight) on June 25, July 20 and 30 and calling in Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg (two overnights); Helsinki; Berlin/Warnemunde, Germany; and ending in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition, a seven-day sailing in the Mediterranean from Istanbul to Rome departs July 6 on Crystal Symphony, visiting Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; and Sicily/Taormina and Sorrento, Italy.
Among the luxury lines, Crystal is unusual with its dedicated children's and teens' spaces on board. During summers and holidays, junior activities directors host complimentary supervised activities ranging from behind-the scenes tours to cooking classes and scavenger hunts. The Crystal Visions Enrichment Program also offers entertaining education, including Magic Castle at Sea shows and classes, iPad Digital Filmmaking classes in association with USC's School of Cinematic Arts and presentations from expert speakers. Every cruise also has babysitting services, finicky eater foods, movies, library books, family-friendly excursions, and more.
"With attractive savings for children, combined with incredible opportunities to see and learn about Europe's history firsthand, these cruises offer not only great value, but also invaluable experiences in terms of family bonding, world education and memories," said Jack Anderson, senior vice-president of sales and marketing.