Crystal offers Great Barrier Reef escapes

Guest Writer

Hong Kong - 2 February, 2010 - What is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space?  Answer:  The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

This March, Crystal Cruises is introducing a new opportunity to explore this region’s remarkable sea life, rainforests and wildlife via a three-night “Great Barrier Reef Escape” Extended Land Program available before and after four Crystal Symphony voyages beginning or ending in Sydney, Australia.  The program flies guests more than 1,200 miles from Sydney to Cairns to some of the most breathtaking locations on the Australian coast, including:

?    The Great Barrier Reef -Guests can swim and snorkel, or view the abundant coral and sea life via the underwater theater or a semi-submersible vessel.  The reef comprises more than 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays developed over centuries of natural evolution.

?    World Heritage Rain forestation Nature Park - Guests will explore lush tropical rainforest and visiting resident crocodiles, wombats, wallabies, snakes, dingoes and kangaroos.

?    Kuranda Scenic Railway - From the rainforest back to Cairns, and traveling at 34 kilometers above sea level, the rail showcases the region’s rainforests, plus steep ravines and cascading waterfalls and rivers.

“Australia’s environmental culture is fundamental to its heritage and lifestyle,” says John Stoll, director, land programs.  “With continuing comfort and ease, the escorted Great Barrier Reef program allows Crystal guests to more deeply explore one of the earth’s most spectacular natural gifts.” 
The three-night optional land program is offered post-cruise for Crystal Symphony’s February 28, Los Angeles-Sydney cruise and March 30 Auckland-Sydney cruise; pre-cruise with the March 18 Sydney-Auckland and April 11 Sydney-Singapore voyages. 

The “Great Barrier Reef Escape” land option, including air transportation from Sydney, hotel accommodations at Sydney’s Intercontinental and Cairns’ Shangri-La hotels, many meals, tours, transfers and more, starts at US$3,699 per person, double occupancy.  Two-for-One cruise fares for applicable voyages start at US$3,790 per person, double occupancy, and include up to US$1,000 per person All Inclusive - As You Wish shipboard credits.  The March and April voyages also include complimentary airfare from more than 20 North America gateways.

The Crystal Difference

In 2010, Crystal Cruises is celebrates 20 years of luxury cruising.  Its cruises to six continents range from seven to 108 days.  Among the highlights of the year is the World Cruise, which can be enjoyed in individual voyages of 12 to 21 days, and the annual Presidents’ cruise, which in 2010 travels from Dubai to Piraeus.

Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are the two highest rated ships in the world, ranked #1 and 2, respectively.  Aboard the ultra-luxurious vessels, refined elegance meets casual simplicity.  With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by warm, gracious service, abundant space, extensive choices and superior quality.  Crystal Cruises was honored as “The World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.

For additional information or booking, please contact Miramar Express at +852 3960-0388 or email to; visit also the luxury line’s website at

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