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ORIENTAL EMBRACE: CRYSTAL GETAWAYS

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Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong on Crystal Symphony
DATES : March 16 - 22, 2015 (6 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $1,730 Per Person

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Enjoy cocktails on the rooftop at the Rex Bar in Ho Chi Minh City and visit China Beach in Da Nang – both were favorite wartime R&R spots for U.S. military and journalists.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Mar 16, Monday
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (overnight) »   Embark pm
Ho Chi Minh City, known universally and affectionately by residents as Saigon, offer a stimulating insight into Vietnam's eventful past and a glimpse into its hopeful future. Over two decades have passed since American forces left these shores. Since then, Ho Chi Minh City has regained a prosperous air of thriving activity. Rice boats float down the waterways, streets bustle with commerce, scooters speed by and a sense of history fills the air. There are quiet temples to discover, French colonial public buildings to admire and numerous street markets to stroll. Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City can be assured of a friendly and hospitable welcome. Ho Chi Minh City serves as our main gateway to the alluring wonders of Cambodia (Kampuchea).

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Mar 17, Tuesday
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam »   3 pm*
Ho Chi Minh City, known universally and affectionately by residents as Saigon, offer a stimulating insight into Vietnam's eventful past and a glimpse into its hopeful future. Over two decades have passed since American forces left these shores. Since then, Ho Chi Minh City has regained a prosperous air of thriving activity. Rice boats float down the waterways, streets bustle with commerce, scooters speed by and a sense of history fills the air. There are quiet temples to discover, French colonial public buildings to admire and numerous street markets to stroll. Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City can be assured of a friendly and hospitable welcome. Ho Chi Minh City serves as our main gateway to the alluring wonders of Cambodia (Kampuchea).

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Mar 18, Wednesday
Cruising the Coast of Vietnam  »

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Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Mar 19, Thursday
Da Nang, Vietnam » 8 am 8 pm
Beside the South China Sea, the port city of Da Nang was the former stronghold of the Champa kingdom. During the Vietnam War, this strategically important center was the site of a large U.S. military base. Today, it seems little touched by this momentous chapter in its history. To venture outside Da Nang is to discover a colorful world of diversity and tradition. The specter of bicycles laden with produce, rustic bamboo-framed houses, carts laboriously drawn by water buffalo and rice drying in the sun has changed little in a century. Beyond lie ancient treasures including the revered Marble Mountains and enchanting Hue, Vietnam's former capital.
Mar 20, Friday
Sanya, China » 8 am 4 pm

On the southern edge of the southernmost province of China, Sanya has a distinct place on the map, and in the minds of travelers. Coming here to enjoy Sanya’s tropical clime, sojourners have made the city a favorite destination. In fact, Sanya sits across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam and is equally warm, breezy and balmy, prompting some to compare this coastal region to the South Pacific and call Sanya and its environs the “Oriental Hawaii".

No doubt you will find this appraisal to be apt as you discover scenery of mountains, sea, river, beach and city. Explore the area’s three photogenic bays, Yalong Wan, Dadonghai and Sanya, and head out to Wuzhizhou Island in Haitang Bay to appreciate natural landscapes and well-developed facilities. The beautifully located Buddhist Nanshan Temple, located about 25 miles from Sanya, is well worth a visit, as is Monkey Island, a nature reserve that is home to approximately 2,000 monkeys and China’s longest over-water cable car.

Mar 21, Saturday
Hong Kong, SAR, China (overnight) » 3 pm  
Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. The bustling city streets are lined with teeming markets and sophisticated boutiques tucked tightly into any available crevice. Some of the world's best shopping is found in Central, located on Hong Kong Island and only a short ferry ride away. Discover the beauty and magic of Hong Kong today!
Mar 22, Sunday
Hong Kong, SAR, China » Disembark am  
Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. The bustling city streets are lined with teeming markets and sophisticated boutiques tucked tightly into any available crevice. Some of the world's best shopping is found in Central, located on Hong Kong Island and only a short ferry ride away. Discover the beauty and magic of Hong Kong today!
*  Arrival and departure times will depend on tidal restrictions.
All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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