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CRYSTAL CRUISE OF THE GREEK ISLANDS
 APRIL 27-MAY 4, 2019

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IF OUR  NINE DAY CRUISE OF Italy, Greece, Croatia , Montenegro and Slovenia April 18-27, 2019 has you wanting More, then continue aboard with us for another seven days cruising to see much more of the enchanting Greek islands.
(or if you cannot make it for our nine day cruise just before this one, but still wish to see the Greek islands, then this cruise is for you.)

Seven days to revel in centuries of history and the seemingly infinite gorgeousness of crystalline waters and verdant landscapes. The Venetian roots of Chania, on the island of Crete, the volcanic origins of the Cyclades and its crown jewel islands of Mykonos and Santorini and the archaeological wonders of Paphos on the island nation of Cyprus and Athens inspire breathless wonder.

Sailing on the Crystal Serenity, you will be pampered in the lap of luxury on the cruise line voted best luxury cruise line for 18 years in a row now.  Unlimited drinks, all meals, 2 specialty restaurants, all gratuities and even one hour per day of free wifi are all included. And if you need to do laundry, no need to send out for expensive per piece prices, as most ships make you do, on Crystal, you have the option of a self-serve coin operated laundry room to save you money.


Itinerary

Date

Ports

Arrival

Depart

Details

Apr 27, Saturday

Athens/Piraeus, Greece

9:00 PM

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Piraeus is Greece's largest port and has been a gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC. It lies on the innermost point of the Saronic Gulf and is a short drive from Athens, the cradle of Western democracy and culture. Throughout the ages, Athens' lofty Acropolis has been a source of inspiration. The ancient ruins scattered throughout this legendary city are reminders of Greece's great cultural heritage.

If you are joining us on the back to back sailings, then today is a second full day to enjoy this timeless, historic city.  Don’t forget, on all of our cruises, we offer optional group excursions in each port, so you never need to explore alone.

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Some of our passengers on our last singles trip to Athens in 2016, with the Parthenon in the background


Apr 28, Sunday

Cruising the Aegean Sea



Apr 29, Monday

Paphos, Cyprus

7:00 AM

5:00 PM

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Steeped in mythological history, Paphos offers an abundance of architectural wonders. In fact, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the treasures not to be missed are the spectacular mosaics unearthed in the House of Dionysus, charming Omodos Village and the solid rock catacombs of the Tombs of the Kings. Paphos is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Her spirit lives on in the ancient ruins and temples, as well as the modern harbor and sun-splashed beaches where love is always in the air. Once you have discovered the sites beyond Paphos, you will find the palm-lined waterfront promenade most inviting for a stroll.  The island of Cyprus is actually an island nation unto itself and is truly a gem to explore and discover.


Apr 30, Tuesday

Rhodes/Lindos, Greece

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

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Best known of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is rich with natural beauty, architectural variety and colorful history. The city of Rhodes is architecturally one of the most varied in Europe. Hellenistic, Byzantine, Medieval and Turkish architectural styles freely intermingle. Sunshine and dry air combine to cast such a magnificent light over the island that the ancients dedicated Rhodes to Apollo, the God of Light.


May 01, Wednesday

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece  

   8:00 AM

                                             6:00 PM

Souda Bay

Souda Bay is a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. The bay is about 15 km long and only two to four km wide, and a deep natural harbour. It is formed between the Akrotiri peninsula and Cape Drapano, and runs west to east. The bay is overlooked on both sides by hills, with a relatively low and narrow isthmus in the west near Chania. 

There are three impressive ancient fortresses  here,  as well as an allied War Cemetery which are all worth visiting.

The Leeward beaches are also a beautiful place to relax here.



May 02, Thursday

Santorini Greece

                    7:00AM            10:00pm

 

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, it was known as Stongyle, or the Round Island. In about 1500 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving the haunting submerged crater into which Crystal sails. The island's small villages were preserved in the ashes and recent excavations have uncovered a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,500 years ago.   Santorini's dark landscape offsets its simple, yet refined Cycladic buildings, which glimmer in the sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a cherished crop known for its "special volcanic taste."  Thíra, or Fira Town, is laid out along the edge of a cliff that partially forms the rim of the now extinct caldera. A picturesque site, it exudes charm and an atmosphere of leisure that can be attributed to the easy-going Greek lifestyle.

Our ship does not sail away until 10pm, thus enabling all to watch the sunset from one of the cafes in either the cliff-side villages of Fira or Oia overlooking the sea and the volcanic crater for breathtaking sunset views!

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 View across the volcanic caldera on Santorini

 

May 03, FridayMykonos, Greece           7:30am                      6:00pm                      

Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort. This quintessential Greek island offers a maze of winding streets, graceful windmills, inviting beaches, domed churches and whitewashed houses accented in blue. Dotting the waterfront are cafés, taverns and tempting shops. Guests may spend the day exploring the island independently. Feel free to investigate its fine boutiques and pleasant, labyrinthine streets. For helpful hints or suggestions on things to do while you are ashore, please contact the onboard Shore Excursions staff.

May 04, Saturday             Athens, Greece

Today we arrive back into Athens and disembark from our cruise ship to head to the airport.  Shuttle service to the airport can be purchased from the cruise line for $40.

Route Map
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Crystal Serenity
At 68,000 tons and capable of serving 1,070 guests, Crystal Serenity maintains one of the highest space-per-guest ratios at sea, so you'll never feel crowded.
Crew
655
Guests
1,070
Refurbished
2013
Passenger Decks
9

Your Crystal Cruises® Exclusive Fare includes: all beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Silk Road or The Sushi Bar, 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures by renowned authors, ambassadors, celebrities and destination experts; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.

Description: room view


Deluxe ocean view Stateroom with Large Picture Window
226 square feet with Picture Window
Large picture window
Seating area
Queen-size bed or twin beds
Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water in room
Remote color television & DVD player
Data port for laptop computer hook-up
Full bathtub/shower combination
Refrigerator
Security safe

 

Cruise Prices:

Category C3 ocean view - $3099 per person plus taxes of $315 with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned
Category B3 Balcony cabin - $4099 plus tax of $315 with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned
TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Cruise on the Crystal Serenity April 27-May 4 2019
  • All meals, unlimited drinks, all gratuities, nightly shows, one visit to each of the two specialty restaurants on the ship, one hour of free internet per day per person. 
  • We will enjoy dinners as a group each evening. 

Also included:
•Computer University@Sea® classes with software instruction
•Technology Concierge "how to" tips on latest high-tech gadgets and apps
•Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking classes
•Crystal Visions® Enrichment Series lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts
•Interactive Ocean Views™ , and Local Insights on select voyages where native experts come on board to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination's art, politics, archaeology or history
•Breakout new productions shows including Rocket Man!: a tribute to Elton John, the high-energy, rhythmic6/8 Café, plus piano bars and chic nightclubs
•Magic Castle® at Sea offering intimate up-close performances and educational classes
•Recent-release films in spacious surround-sound Hollywood Theatre
•Dance lessons
•Ambassador Hosts, cultured and well-traveled gentlemen, are available on every cruise to socialize and dance the night away
•Art classes with Odyssey Art At Sea
•Gym with state-of-the art fitness equipment
•Well-appointed separate men's and women's steam, saunas and whirlpools in the only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea
•Fitness classes including yoga, mat Pilates, "Tour de Spin" cycling, cutting-edge Kinesis™ systems and Tai Chi courses
•Golf lessons with PGA instructors
•Exclusive 360º (wraparound) teak Promenade Deck for uninterrupted walks, jogs and sweeping ocean views
•Walk-on-Water® weighted vests and Nordic Pole walking equipment
•Paddle tennis
•In-stateroom satellite TV and movie/DVDs from an extensive onboard movie library
•Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
•Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request
•Kimonos, Frette bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a menu of pillow options
•Self-service launderettes
In each port we will have optional group shore excursions which we will email to all passengers approx. 75 days prior to the cruise with details and prices of each excursion.
 
Optional single room supplement: $875 in category C3 ocean view or $1299 in category B3 balcony.

Deposits and payments:  A $750 deposit is due within seven days of making your reservation.  The balance is due Friday Dec. 14th.

Cancelations
If you have traveled with us on any of our singles trips before then you are part of our Ohana, a Hawaiian term meaning family.  As part of our travel family, you can cancel for a full refund until the cancel date listed for this trip, which is October 18th.  After that date if you cancel, all payments are nonrefundable.

If you have not traveled with us before then you may cancel until the same October 18th cancelation date and your deposit will be transferrable to any one of our singles trips you choose, departing within two years of the date your cancelation.    After October 18th, all payments are non-refundable.


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