Crystal Cruises offer 26 new, shorter ways to see Europe


Crystal’s “Getaways” cruises proved so popular it inspired a range of new 26 shorter voyage options throughout Europe between April and November this year.

The majority of Crystal's new European Getaways are just five or six days, including a Black Sea sailing that ends in Istanbul on July 25. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)The new shorter five- to eight-day cruise segments provide more opportunities for time-strapped travellers to visit a range of countries while experiencing Crystal’s all-inclusive, luxury holiday experience.

What’s on offer?

There are twelve Mediterranean, 10 Baltic and four Western Europe Cruise “Getaways” for travellers to choose from, in addition to 37 seven- to 15-day Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony itineraries already offered across the continent in 2013.

Photo caption: The majority of Crystal’s new European Getaways are just five or six days, including a Black Sea sailing that ends in Istanbul on July 25 2013. (© PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Where can travellers explore on the shorter breaks?

There are plenty of places for travellers to discover, and new countries to experience!  Visit the Greek Isles, East  Eastern Europe, Russia, Italian and French Rivieras, the Iberian Peninsula, French wine country, Scandinavia, Germany, North Cape, and the UK.

Specifically, these are the new “Getaways” itineraries that potential guests can sign up for:

5-day cruises: from $1,895

April 21: Barcelona (overnight)-Monte Carlo-Florence-Rome
June 3: Lisbon-Bordeaux (overnight)-London
June 25: Stockholm (overnight)-Helsinki-Tallinn-St. Petersburg (overnight)
June 30: St. Petersburg (overnight)-Berlin-Copenhagen (overnight)
July 20: Stockholm (overnight)-Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Petersburg (overnight)
July 25: St. Petersburg (overnight)-Berlin-Copenhagen (overnight)
July 30: Copenhagen (overnight)-Berlin-Helsinki-St. Petersburg
Aug. 4: St. Petersburg (two overnights)-Tallinn-Stockholm (overnight)
Aug. 9: Stockholm (overnight)-Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Petersburg (overnight)
Aug. 14: St. Petersburg (overnight)-Visby-Copenhagen-London
Aug. 17: Mallorca-Cartagena-Gibraltar-Seville-Lisbon (overnight)
Aug. 22: Lisbon (overnight)-Bilbao-Bordeaux (overnight)
Sept. 2: London-Guernsey-Bordeaux (overnight)-Lisbon

6-day cruises: from $1,950

April 26: Rome-Sorrento-Sicily-Trogir-Venice (overnight)
May 9: Rome-Sorrento (overnight)-Sicily-Santorini- Kusadasi (overnight)
June 27: Rome-Sorrento-Sicily-Mykonos-Santorini-Kusadasi
July 13: Rome-Sorrento-Sicily-Constanta-Odessa
July 19: Odessa (overnight)-Yalta-Sochi-Istanbul (overnight)
July 28: Kusadasi-Malta-Sicily-Sorrento (overnight)-Rome
Aug. 27: Bordeaux-Lorient-St. Malo-Guernsey-Honfleur (overnight)-London
Oct. 20: Athens-Navplion-Katakolon-Kotor-Trieste-Venice (overnight)
Nov. 9: Barcelona– Castellon de la Plana (maiden call)-Cartagena-Gibraltar-Seville-Lisbon (overnight)

7-day cruises: from $2,280 

July 13: Tromso-Lofoten-Alesand-Olden-Bergen-Stockholm (overnight)
Aug. 10: Barcelona (overnight)-Palamos-Monte Carlo (overnight)-St. Tropez-Mallorca
Nov. 2: Rome-Florence-Porto Venere-Monte Carlo (overnight)-Palamos-Barcelona (overnight)

8-day cruises: from $4,920

July 5: Copenhagen (overnight)-Geiranger-Murmansk-Honningsvag-Tromso

Crystal Getaways offered elsewhere in the world:

The new Europe “Getaway” itineraries join Crystal’s already-established and very popular  five- to 11-day “Getaways” breaks in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North America.  These breaks are also on offer during early 2013.

Crystal Cruises, an award winning company:

Crystal love cruising and their passion for taking care of guests shows: the company are the proud recipients of multiple “World’s Best” awards – they’ve won more than any other cruise line, resort or hotel in history.  In fact, during 2012, Crystal took home 24 awards from various trade magazines, consumer publications and industry experts.  This makes the cruise line one of the most celebrated in the world.

Recently, the company have renovated their two ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, spending millions dollars on improvements.

Images courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises


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