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Less Is More: 26 New, Shorter Ways To See Europe On Crystal

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the overwhelming success of Crystal Cruises' new shorter "Getaways" cruises, the ultra-luxury line has added 26 voyage options throughout Europe from April to November this year.  The new five- to eight-day cruise segments provide more opportunities for time-strapped travelers to enjoy Crystal's all-inclusive, luxury vacation experience. 


Twelve Mediterranean, 10 Baltic, and four Western Europe cruise "Getaways" offer a plethora of choice for compact, port-packed visits to the Greek Isles, Eastern Europe, Russia, Italian and French Rivieras, the Iberian Peninsula, French wine country, Scandinavia, Germany, North Cape, and the UK – in addition to 37 seven- to 15-day Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony itineraries already offered in the continent in 2013.  "Getaways" fares start as low as $1,895 per guest if booked by February 28, with one or more local overnights on most sailings, as well as time on board for relaxing rejuvenation and pampering.

"Our 'Getaways' have proven to be very attractive to travelers from all over the world who are younger, busy professionals, first-time Crystal cruisers, and/or want to combine cruising with longer stays on land," explains Jack Anderson, senior vice president of marketing and sales.  "With great destinations, plus the luxury and service for which Crystal is known -- including complimentary beverages and gratuities, a world-class spa, stylish accommodations, and even Nobu's cuisine – our 'Getaways' are a great way to tour Europe while simultaneously indulging in our 'World's Best' vacation experience."

New European "Getaways" set for 2013:

5-day: from $1,895 April 21: Barcelona (overnight)- Monte Carlo-Florence- Rome June 3: Lisbon - Bordeaux (overnight)- London June 25: Stockholm (overnight)- Helsinki- Tallinn- St. Petersburg (overnight) June 30: St. Petersburg (overnight)- Berlin- Copenhagen (overnight) July 20: Stockholm (overnight)- Tallinn- Helsinki- St. Petersburg (overnight) July 25: St. Petersburg (overnight)- Berlin- Copenhagen (overnight) July 30: Copenhagen (overnight)- Berlin- Helsinki- St. Petersburg Aug. 4: St. Petersburg (two overnights)- Tallinn- Stockholm (overnight) Aug. 9: Stockholm (overnight)- Tallinn- Helsinki- St. Petersburg (overnight) Aug. 14: St. Petersburg (overnight)-Visby-Copenhagen- London Aug. 17: Mallorca-Cartagena- Gibraltar- Seville- Lisbon (overnight) Aug. 22: Lisbon (overnight)- Bilbao- Bordeaux (overnight) Sept. 2: London - Guernsey- Bordeaux (overnight)- Lisbon

6-day: from $1,950 April 26: Rome -Sorrento-Sicily-Trogir- Venice (overnight) May 9: Rome -Sorrento (overnight)-Sicily-Santorini- Kusadasi (overnight) June 27 : Rome -Sorrento-Sicily-Mykonos-Santorini- Kusadasi July 13: Rome -Sorrento-Sicily-Constanta- Odessa July 19: Odessa (overnight)-Yalta-Sochi- Istanbul (overnight) July 28: Kusadasi- Malta- Sicily-Sorrento (overnight)- Rome Aug. 27: Bordeaux -Lorient-St. Malo-Guernsey-Honfleur (overnight)- London Oct. 20: Athens -Navplion-Katakolon-Kotor-Trieste- Venice (overnight) Nov. 9: Barcelona - Castellon de la Plana (maiden call)-Cartagena- Gibraltar- Seville- Lisbon (overnight)

7-day: from $2,280 July 13: Tromso-Lofoten-Alesand-Olden-Bergen- Stockholm (overnight) Aug. 10 : Barcelona (overnight)-Palamos-Monte Carlo (overnight)-St. Tropez- Mallorca Nov. 2: Rome -Florence-Porto Venere-Monte Carlo (overnight)-Palamos- Barcelona (overnight)

8-day: from 4,920 July 5: Copenhagen (overnight)-Geiranger-Murmansk-Honningsvag- Tromso

The new European options join other five- to 11-day Getaways already offered in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and North America in early 2013.  Pre- and Post-cruise Hotel Programs further expand vacation options in many coveted European cities. 

Crystal's passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more "World's Best" awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history. 

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