Crystal Harmony Bids Farewell With a Season on the Mexican Riviera

Ana Figueroa For the first time ever, Crystal Cruises will offer a dedicated season of Mexican Riviera roundtrip cruises from Los Angeles this fall. The cruises will mark the last season for Crystal Harmony, which is scheduled to join the Japanese division of Crystal’s parent company in December. The Ha

By: Ana Figueroa

For the first time ever, Crystal Cruises will offer a dedicated season of Mexican Riviera roundtrip cruises from Los Angeles this fall. The cruises will mark the last season for Crystal Harmony, which is scheduled to join the Japanese division of Crystal’s parent company in December.
The Harmony’s Mexican Riviera cruises will take place from September through November, and will call at a number of Mexican ports. Four seven-day cruises depart on Sept. 28, Oct. 15, Nov. 1 and Nov. 18. Three 10-day cruises depart on Oct. 5, Oct. 22 and Nov. 8.

Itineraries will feature maiden calls at Loreto, Santa Rosalia and La Paz, Mexico, as well as the popular ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, and Manzanillo, depending on itinerary and date of departure. While Crystal has offered select Mexican Riviera cruises in the past, this is the first year that the line has dedicated a full season to the region.

The 50,000-ton, 940-passenger Harmony was the first ship to launch Crystal’s fleet in 1990. More than half of the staterooms offer private verandahs, and the ship has been a consistent award winner over the years. She was refurbished as recently as the fall of 2002, when a Feng Shui-inspired spa and fitness facility were added.

The Harmony’s Mexican Riviera cruises will feature a myriad of themes. For example, the Sept. 28 trip will be a health and fitness cruise with a Pilates focus. The Oct. 5 cruise will be one of Crystal's highly regarded Wine & Food Festival itineraries featuring, among others, Jeff Morgenthal of Santa Monica's Drago Restaurant.

On Oct. 15, passengers will be treated to Crystal's Comedy Club at Sea, spotlighting comedians from some of the nation's most well-known clubs. The Oct. 22 sailing is another health and fitness cruise, focusing on Tai Chi with instructors from Los Angeles' Tai Chi Cultural Center.

The Nov. 8 cruise will have a nature and wildlife focus, thanks to the expertise of UC Berkeley research fellow Gary Langham and Tom Logsdon, an award-winning scientist from Seal Beach. The Nov. 18 cruise features Crystal's innovative Creative Learning Institute, providing progressive instruction in Spanish language by Berlitz, as well as piano lessons by Yamaha.

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