July 1, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Crystal Cruises is planning a magical winter wonderland holiday with a new
cruise. In addition to three days sailing Antarctic waters, the
December 21, 2013
voyage aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony sails through
, Drake Passage, Cape Horn, and the Chilean Fjords, with multiple excursions to the Antarctic continent. Generous booking savings are available until
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
, 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
, Crystal's director of nautical and port operations. "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
and Ardley Islands. Extremely-limited Crystal Adventures also explore more of
, taste local specialties, and overnight at the Chilean Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base (INACH).
The 18-day cruise is filled with opportunities to explore nature in all ports, from seeing volcanos, 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 book author, climate change researcher, shark conservationist, and CBS News correspondent.