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CARIBBEAN CORNUCOPIA

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Round-trip Miami on Crystal Symphony
DATES : November 14 - 28, 2015 (14 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $4,520 Per Person

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With its sugar-soft sands, crystalline turquoise waters and endless sunshine, the Caribbean tugs on the heartstrings of every world traveler seeking a rejuvenating holiday in paradise.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Nov 14, Saturday
Miami, Florida, USA »   7 pm

It has the largest city population in Florida, is the third most visited American city among international travelers and showcases an Art Deco Historic District encompassing one of the largest neighborhoods entered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Miami certainly boasts its share of impressive characteristics, even before adding to the list its gorgeous beaches, spirited Cuban population and ritzy enclaves of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Miami wasn't always the glamorous and energetic city you see today. Until the late 1800s, it was mostly swamp, disconnected from the rest of the country thanks to its position on the edge of the continent and lack of the essential link of the day: a railroad. All that changed in 1896, when the railroad in northern Florida was extended to the latent tropical paradise of the south.

The rest, as they say, is history, as Miami has since seen recurrent booms fueled by surges of immigration, perennially good weather and an insouciant refusal to do anything halfway. Admire the full glory of Miami Beach with a stroll along South Beach's famous Ocean Boulevard, where splendidly restored art deco buildings compete with fashion models and sun worshipers for attention. For a taste of Cuban cuisine and culture, visit Little Havana on the mainland (Miami Beach is separate both in its municipality and its geography: it sits on a barrier island four miles off the coast, and is reached by a causeway). Also outside mainland Miami are the acres of rare tropical plants nurtured to their fragrant and beautiful best in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The aforementioned slice of heaven known as Coral Gables lies to the southwest. A gem of 1920s city planning, the city unfurls impressive boulevards and features the alluring Venetian Pool, where waterfalls and underwater caves offer the chance for a uniquely refreshing dip.

Nov 15, Sunday
Key West, Florida, USA » 8 am 3 pm
In the past, Key West was the winter home of Ernest Hemingway, John James Audubon and President Truman. Today it is a stylish retreat for writers and artists. Its atmosphere is reminiscent of the Caribbean, yet it is the southernmost town of the continental United States. Take a stroll along Duval Street, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, or explore its interesting art galleries and boutiques.
Nov 16, Monday
Cozumel, Mexico » 12 n 6 pm

Just 11 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico lies Cozumel, the country's largest island and the gem of the Caribbean for water sports. Relax and bask in the sun on pristine palm-lined beaches or snorkel amid intricate coral formations at nearby Palancar Reef. On the island's west coast lies the bustling town of San Miguel, which boasts deluxe hotels, inviting shops and tempting restaurants.

Off the island of Cozumel is Playa del Carmen, your gateway to the Mayan mysteries of the intriguing Yucatán. Inland lies Cobá, a splendid reminder of a civilization that existed thousands of years ago. Closer at hand lies Tulum, a massive fortress built in 564 AD and the only Mayan site to overlook the Caribbean Sea.

Nov 17, Tuesday
Grand Cayman/George Town, British West Indies » 2 pm 9 pm
Grand Cayman boasts endless beaches that are encircled by coral reefs teeming with an abundance of marine life. On shore, affluent colonial neighborhoods dominate the West Bay area, while the East End affords natural attractions such as spectacular blowholes and fragrant botanical gardens. Its quaint capital, George Town, offers British charm and tempting duty-free bargains. Shopping highlights include black coral fashioned into exquisite jewelry, imported woolens, elegant china and gleaming silverware. After shopping and sightseeing, enjoy relaxing on that magnificent crescent of sand, Seven Mile Beach.
Nov 18, Wednesday
Jamaica/Montego Bay » 10 am 6 pm

Located on Jamaica’s north shore several hours west by car from Ocho Rios, Montego Bay (or Mo Bay, as it is often called) is renowned for its fabulous golf courses (some of the best in the Caribbean) and, of course, its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Adding to the captivating palette of whites and blues are the greens of the mountains and the bright, primary hues of unique souvenirs sold by the locals. Your most precious take-aways very likely will be memories of plantation house visits, scuba diving expeditions or lazing about on Mo Bay’s famed beaches. Doctor’s Cave Beach offers prime snorkeling, while Walter Fletcher Beach boasts fun-filled Aquasol Theme Park.

Nov 19, Thursday
Cruising the Caribbean Sea  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day 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; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Nov 20, Friday
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic » 7 am 4 pm

Take a look at a map of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and you’ll see Cuba to the west and Puerto Rico to the east. But a geographical fix is only the beginning of understanding this island destination. During your call, you’ll discover a city that in certain parts is reminiscent of New Orleans’s French Quarter and in others looks like the country that first landed here—Spain.  Three centuries of Spanish rule has imbued Santo Domingo with a fascinating history and rich architectural heritage, not to mention a long list of “firsts.” Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World and home to the first cathedral in the Americas, America’s first monastery, America’s first fortress and America’s first convent.  The Alcázar de Colón, considered America’s first castle, was the residence of Don Diego Colón, a son of Christopher Columbus. Take a step back in time in the city’s Zona Colonial district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and treasure trove of colonial buildings.

Nov 21, Saturday
San Juan, Puerto Rico » 9 am 11 pm
The dramatic sandstone fortress of El Morro, begun by the Spanish in 1540, was built to guard the harbor against Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. Stroll the breezy boulevards of Old San Juan, lined with five centuries of palaces and great homes, as well as outdoor cafés where you can sample the island's famous coffee and seafood delicacies.
Nov 22, Sunday
Tortola/Road Town, British Virgin Islands » 8 am 6 pm
The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648 and later annexed by the English in 1672. Tortola, the capital, is the largest of the 50 British Virgin Islands. In Road Town, the seat of government, the Union Jack proudly flies above the residence of the British-appointed governor. As part of the turbulent history of this region, pirates and other European adventurers, famous seamen such as Blackbeard, Kidd and Francis Drake, plied the waters of this magical area. Although diminishing levels of fishing and native farming are still in evidence, tourism and offshore finance are the principal industries of the territory today.
Nov 23, Monday
St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies » 8 am 12 m
St. Barts forms part of the French Overseas Region of Guadeloupe. Descendants of settlers from Brittany and Normandy operate its tiny inns, shops and restaurants. This charming, slow-paced island attracts tourists year-round to its shores. The graceful meadows surrounded by low stone fences, spectacular beaches, the small volcanic mountains and the quaint Creole-style villages are just several of the alluring aspects of this tranquil island.
Nov 24, Tuesday
St. Kitts/Basse Terre, West Indies » 8 am 9 pm
Although discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, St. Kitts was settled by the British and the French more than a century later. Known as the Mother Colony of the West Indies, today the island is an independent nation. British influences abound in Basse-Terre, the capital of St. Kitts. Featured here is the domed Treasury Building, now a national museum, the Circus, which was modeled after Piccadilly in London, and the St. George's Anglican Church. Christened Notre Dame in 1670 by the French, the church was destroyed four times before it adopted its present Georgian-style structure in 1869. Its graveyard, however, boasts stones dating back to the early 18th century. Explore the traditional white-sand beaches on the southeast peninsula, or admire breathtaking views of verdant mountains, expansive sugar cane fields and exotic gardens from the interior.
Nov 25, Wednesday
Cruising the Caribbean Sea  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day 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; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Nov 26, Thursday
Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK » 8 am 4 pm
Although there are numerous spots on land that invite relaxation and exploration, the Turks and Caicos are really all about the water. More specifically, they're all about what's beneath the water. These islands have some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere, courtesy of one of the world's largest network of coral reefs, easily accessible off the islands' shores. One reef, aptly called the Wall, is particularly spectacular; it drops 7,000 feet-straight down. Between the shore and the reef, the water is only waist deep, providing a perfect place for beginning snorkelers to get their feet wet.
Nov 27, Friday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day 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; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Nov 28, Saturday
Miami, Florida, USA » 8 am  

It has the largest city population in Florida, is the third most visited American city among international travelers and showcases an Art Deco Historic District encompassing one of the largest neighborhoods entered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Miami certainly boasts its share of impressive characteristics, even before adding to the list its gorgeous beaches, spirited Cuban population and ritzy enclaves of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Miami wasn't always the glamorous and energetic city you see today. Until the late 1800s, it was mostly swamp, disconnected from the rest of the country thanks to its position on the edge of the continent and lack of the essential link of the day: a railroad. All that changed in 1896, when the railroad in northern Florida was extended to the latent tropical paradise of the south.

The rest, as they say, is history, as Miami has since seen recurrent booms fueled by surges of immigration, perennially good weather and an insouciant refusal to do anything halfway. Admire the full glory of Miami Beach with a stroll along South Beach's famous Ocean Boulevard, where splendidly restored art deco buildings compete with fashion models and sun worshipers for attention. For a taste of Cuban cuisine and culture, visit Little Havana on the mainland (Miami Beach is separate both in its municipality and its geography: it sits on a barrier island four miles off the coast, and is reached by a causeway). Also outside mainland Miami are the acres of rare tropical plants nurtured to their fragrant and beautiful best in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The aforementioned slice of heaven known as Coral Gables lies to the southwest. A gem of 1920s city planning, the city unfurls impressive boulevards and features the alluring Venetian Pool, where waterfalls and underwater caves offer the chance for a uniquely refreshing dip.

All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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