Thursday, 21 November 2013

Crystals Black Rhino Cruise Excursion

Flying in a helicopter high above South Africa’s lush Maputaland, one can’t help but marvel at the black rhino – classified as “critically endangered” – resting below.  Crystal Cruises’ newest Boutique Adventure promises an ultra-intimate and exclusive, hands-on “Rhino Conservation Experience” in Africa, with tales to tell afterward that could rival any Ernest Hemingway novel. Offered with Crystal Serenity’s 10th March voyage from Singapore to Cape Town, the excursion gives guests to opportunity to be a part of the vital local tracking and protection efforts aimed at keeping the animal from extinction. From helping locate rhinoceroses to notching their ears while anaesthetised (enabling researchers to identify the animal and aide in the repopulation process), participants will assist the expert anti-poaching team from beginning to end.

“How many times in one’s life do you get to stand right next to a one-ton+ wild animal in Africa and feel its skin, study its valued horn and know you’re part of an effort that will hopefully help this creature, and its descendants, survive?” says Philip Ordever, vice president of international sales and marketing. “This is an experience that promises to be beyond rewarding and memorable – and that has been created exclusively for Crystal guests.”

Crystal’s “Rhino Conservation Experience” is available only to guests also participating in Crystal’s mid-cruise, off-ship Overland Adventure to the Phinda Private Game Reserve. The Overland Adventure, which departs from Durban and returns to Port Elizabeth, features two nights of luxury accommodation and game drives in search of lions, elephants, buffalo and leopards.  The line’s Boutique Adventure collection, first introduced in January, features shoreside experiences that are extremely limited in participation and not available with any other cruise line.

The 21-night sailing departs Singapore for Jakarta, Mauritius, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town (overnight) with a two-night, inclusive pre-cruise programme to Bangkok and Cambodia beginning on 7th March. All-inclusive fly/cruise prices start from £6,344 per person if booked by 3rd January 2014.  The “Rhino Conservation Experience” costs $1,287 per person.

Crystal’s passion for creating exclusive, eye-opening luxury shoreside experiences are cornerstones of its Crystal Adventures programme, helping earn the line top ratings for two decades. 

For further information and reservations please call Crystal Cruises on 020 7399 7601 or visit

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