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April 12, 2010

Crystal Cruises Debuts Holy Land Visit

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Los Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

This fall, ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises introduces its first-ever overnight visit to Ashdod, Israel to its aptly named “Ruins & Relics” Mediterranean itinerary. The expanded call in Israel, along with an overnight stay in Egypt, gives luxury travelers the opportunity to more fully immerse themselves in the ancient cultures of the Holy Land, including such archaeological wonders as the Great Pyramid, King Herod’s tomb and Pompeii and Herculaneum. The 12-day cruise aboard Crystal Serenity departs Athens for Rome October 19, also visiting Naples and Sicily, Italy and Valetta, Malta.

Ashore, guests have dozens of options to visit significant historic sites where Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions were founded. Suiting most any interest, Crystal Adventures offer a birds’ eye view of Masada or Mount Etna from a helicopter, visits to Israel’s Western (formerly Wailing) Wall and Temple Mount, and even three-night excursions to the Rose City of Petra. Archaeology buffs can visit sites including the excavations at Pompeii and Caesarea, the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamen and Athens’ lofty Acropolis.

“The destinations featured on this voyage offer more than five millennia of history and culture to explore,” says Bill Smith, Crystal’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Given our guests’ penchant for enriching exclusive and unforgettable travel experiences, the additional time to enjoy the rich heritage of the destination is significant.”

On board, experts in world affairs, including former White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater, will host enriching presentations and workshops.

Per person, promotional Two-for-One cruise fares start at $5,940, double occupancy, and include free air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways – free Business Class Air for penthouse guests, and $1,000 per person ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard credits.

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