Crystal Cruises Unveils Expanded 2014 Asian Season

Leading luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has announced an expanded Asian presence for 2014, with 2 ships offering 34 voyages to exotic ports in Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will cruise the region, operating a series of 5- to 29-day itineraries.


Bali, Bangkok and Singapore serve as turnaround ports for the ships, giving cruisers more options to package pre- and post-cruise vacations. New to the line will be maiden calls to Malacca in Malaysia, Lombok, Makassar and Surabaya in Indonesia, while less-visited locales including Bandar Seri Begawan, Jakarta, Koh Samui, Komodo, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon return as port calls.


For the first time in five years, 2 voyages will explore more of Japan and China. Crystal Symphony’s “Pearls of China” itinerary charts a course along the Chinese coast from Hong Kong to Beijing via Xiamen, Shanghai and Dalian, while the “Skyscrapers and Shoguns” sailing from Beijing to Tokyo takes in the modernity of Dalian and Shanghai together with the intricate beauty of Osaka, Nagasaki and Shimizu enroute.


Cruisers will also celebrate Christmas and the New Year with a 15-day “China Sea Holiday” sailing roundtrip from Bangkok, where the highlight of the cruise is a spectacular New Year’s Eve light show in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.


Every 2014 Asian sailing onboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity features at least 2 overnight stays in ports including Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Yangon. Crystal Cruises has also lined up a selection of enriching shore excursions to visit sacred and revered sites throughout the region, many of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Created in 1988 with a vision to set a completely new standard in luxury travel, Crystal Cruises has been consistently recognized in the industry for its top-class product and service. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha, the line today operates 2 top-rated luxury ships combined with a carefully curated collection of 2,000 Crystal Adventures shore excursions.


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