Posted by: cruise2 | 15 February, 2011

New, Exclusive Adventures for Crystal’s 2011 Alaska Cruises


Crystal Cruises is marking its first season back in Alaska since 2005 with excursions that extend way beyond shore.  Think air, railway, sea, and ice — with more than half its 100+ Crystal Adventures brand new.

Passengers can explore the state’s waterways by safari boat, private catamaran, white-water raft, canoe, kayak, or WWII duck vehicle.  View the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife by seaplane or helicopter, or stay planted on terra firma in a horse-drawn trolley, ATV, jeep, sled, motorcycle, old-fashioned railcar, private Hummer, or Unimog 4×4. 

Sitka Sound Science Center Volunteering—A new “You Care, We Care” excursion enables guests to assist with the operation/maintenance of a salmon hatchery or marine-life exhibits.

Champagne & Glaciers by Helicopter­—Cascade over mountain passes and alpine meadows before indulging in champagne and chocolate atop a centuries-old glacier.

White Pass Scenic Railway & Bike Ride—Ride 100-year-old parlour cars through vertical granite cliffs before biking down the Klondike Summit.

Extreme adventurists can rock climb, fly-fish, or zip line over rainforest canopies.  Amateur Ansel Adamses can shutterbug away on custom photography excursions.  Families can pan for gold, create 24K gold glass-blown art, golf, or scout for killer whales, bald eagles, or bears.  History buffs will love adventures profiling bordellos and shoot-outs, native traditions, Alaska’s Russian past, and even Sarah Palin’s childhood home.

Gourmet, local cuisine like alderwood-smoked salmon, fresh halibut chowder, and all-you-can-eat crab will be showcased Crystal-style via cooking classes, wilderness camp dining, and a five-course, Alaskan Chef’s Table in Ketchikan.

Guests seeking an ultra-intimate, individualized travel experiences can sail through the island-studded waters of Sitka Sound on a private sightseeing/wildlife expedition via deluxe catamaran—just for you and your loved ones, with personal Captain and expert naturalist to guide you.

Crystal Symphony will make nine 12-day sailings round-trip from San Francisco from May through August to Victoria, Vancouver, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway/Haines, Ketchikan and either Hubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay. 

Per-person, Two-for-One fares begin at $4,650, including free air transportation from many U.S./Canadian gateways (or $400 air discount) plus $500 spending credits.  A Veranda and Penthouse sale, Crystal Family Memories group perks, and bonus Bring-a-Friend programme offer additional savings. 

Diana and I sailed on Crystal Cruises to Alaska when its ships were last there.  Di can be reached on 1-800-961-5536 Ext 24.



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