Crystal Cruises is planning a magical winter wonderland holiday with a new Antarctica Christmas/New Year cruise. In addition to three days sailing Antarctic waters, the 21st December 2013 Buenos Aires-Valparaíso voyage onboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony sails through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords, with multiple excursions to the Antarctic continent. Savings of up to £387 per person are available until 30th August for the unique voyage - the only one of its kind for 2013 and 2014.
Crystal is one of the few cruise lines permitted to sail to Antarctica, due to the strict environmental regulations, for which Crystal has incurred extra cost and planning efforts. “We are always very environmentally conscious of the destinations we visit,” says Philip Ordever, Crystal’s Vice President of International Sales & Marketing. “We’re thrilled to be able to meet the new standards required to bring guests to this spectacular region this year.
Guests can fly, hike and zodiac over and on the icy continent, viewing Air Force homes, penguin breeding grounds and the gorgeous glacial scenery of King George and Ardley Islands. Extremely-limited Crystal Adventures also explore more of Antarctica, a taste of local specialties and overnight at the Chilean Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base (INACH).
The 18-night cruise is filled with opportunities to explore nature in all ports, from seeing volcanoes, waterfalls, humpback whales and marine elephants to kayaking the Strait of Magellan and visiting working farms in the Falklands and Patagonia, as well as to explore wine, cuisine and culture in major South American cities. Onboard speakers include an Antarctic expedition author, climate change researcher, shark conservationist and CBS News correspondent.
The cruise starts in Buenos Aires on 21st December and visits Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Ushuaia (overnight), Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt before finishing in Valparaíso. As guests’ home for the festive season, Crystal Symphony will be luxuriously decorated throughout, offering abundant space to celebrate with gourmet Christmas feasts, a champagne New Year’s gala, religious services, junior cruiser events (including Santa) and more.
The renowned Crystal Experience has been voted “World’s Best” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for 19 years and Travel + Leisure for 17 years, more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.
For further information and reservations please call Crystal Cruises on 020 7399 7601 or visit www.crystalcruises.co.uk