Insider's Guide

Discover Something New

The allure of discovering the new and unknown is what piques the adventurous curiosity within each of is the very reason we are inspired to travel. From the simple rhythms of everyday life – tasting new foods, hearing new music, and witnessing new customs, to exploring the world’s most legendary sites – many of them with UNESCO World Heritage† Site designation, there are certain places that must be seen, and certain experiences that must be had, to truly appreciate the uniqueness of a destination. Here we share some insider views to help you plan your journey with Crystal Cruises:

Caribbean and Panama Canal
Asia and the Far East
Northern Europe
New England and Canada
South America and Antarctica
2016 World Cruise

Whether visiting for the first time, or finally revisiting an old-time favorite, we invite you to indulge yourself and embrace the adventures that await you in each spectacular Crystal destination! 



• ARUBA With its Dutch efficiency and Caribbean charm, this is one of the most popular playgrounds in the Caribbean; try “helmet diving— off De Palm Island and walk the ocean floor. Voyages 5228, 5230, 6206

• CURAÇAO† Experience the contrast of urban UNESCO site Willemstad and the spectacular Hato Caves and views from Mount Christoffel. Voyages 5228, 5302 

• GRAND CAYMAN (British West Indies) A paradise for water enthusiasts, snorkel the Stingray City Sandbar or simply relax on the famed Seven Mile Beach. Voyages 5229, 5230

• GRAND TURK (Turks & Caicos) Dive the world’s third-largest barrier reef, go horseback riding on the beach or kayak through mangroves. Voyages 5228, 5229, 5230, 5231, 6206

• OCHO RIOS (Jamaica) A true island paradise of “eight rivers,— this ecological wonderland invites you to hike the Dunn’s River Falls, raft along the Martha Brae River or try a “bobsled— ride through a verdant rainforest. Voyages 5230, 6204

• SAN JUAN† (Puerto Rico) Rich in history, La Fortaleza is the oldest governor’s mansion in the western hemisphere; be sure to see the mahogany clock which stopped in time when the last Spanish governor of Puerto Rico struck it with his sword on his way out, heralding the last moment of Spanish rule in the New World. Voyages 5229, 5231, 5232 

• ST. BARTS (French West Indies) Charming and slow-paced, here you will find spectacular beaches, small volcanic mountains and quaint Creole-style villages. Voyages 5301, 5229, 5231, 6206

• ST. KITTS† (West Indies) Situated nearly 800 feet above sea level, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is one of the most dramatic spots in the entire Caribbean. Voyages 5229, 5231, 5301 

• ST. LUCIA (West Indies) An idyllic Windward Island of quaint bays and lush landscapes defined by the verdant Pitons rising from a crystalline sea; take the Rainforest Aerial tram for a sky-reaching ride through an emerald canopy. Voyage 5301

• ST. MAARTEN For a truly rare experience, set sail aboard a yacht that once competed in the America’s Cup and be trained for a thrilling and enjoyable adventure. Voyage 5301

• TORTOLA (British Virgin Islands) The waters here are revered by sailors and divers the world over, and one particular beachside cove was memorialized in Jimmy Buffet’s Mañana—a visit to Cane Garden Bay is a must. Voyages 5229, 5231, 5301


• CARTAGENA Charming and historical, notable landmarks include the Castle of San Felipe and the San Pedro Claver Church. Voyages 5213, 5230, 5302, 6204, 6206

• SANTA MARTA From South America’s oldest city, journey north to explore the protected coastline of Parque Nacional Taryona, home to the world’s tallest coastal mountain range. Voyages 5230, 5332, 5302, 6204, 6206, 6301


• GOLFO DE PAPAGAYO† Embark on an eco-adventure ziplining over tropical rainforests at this maiden port; journey to the Area de Conservación Guanacaste, a UNESCO site renowned for its intact Pacific marine ecosystem. Voyage 5213 

• PUERTO LIMóN† Visit the Area de Conservación Guanacaste for unparalleled eco-tourism adventure, or take off on a deep-sea fishing trip, ride horseback on the beach, or enjoy a boat trip through mangroves. Voyages 5230, 6205 


• SANTO DOMINGO Discover a city reminiscent of New Orlean’s French Quarter as well as the country that first landed here—Spain; visit the Alcázar de Colón, considered America’s first castle, residence of Don Diego Colón, a son of Christopher Columbus. Voyage 5229


• COZUMEL Journey to Tulúm, a walled Mayan settlement high atop an impressive cliff overlooking the sea; or enjoy a swim with dolphins at the renowned Chankanaab National Park. Voyages 5229, 6205

• HUATULCO This is a nature lover’s paradise with vast, untouched jungles to explore, river rafting on the Copalita River, and ecologically preserved bays to snorkel and swim. Voyages 5213, 6301

• PUERTO VALLARTA Brimming with life, this popular Mexican Riviera resort city is embraced by rugged tropical mountains and the beautiful Banderas Bay; shop for leather goods, shell and silver jewelry, or painted figurines from Oaxaca... or just enjoy the happy sunshine. Voyages 5213, 6301


• SAN JUAN DEL SUR Once a sleepy fishing village, this maiden port has been energized by the discovery of its charming, crescent-shaped bay, excellent surfing and fishing, and authentic, laid-back culture; the hilltop statue Christ of the Mercy gazes upon the bay, similar to Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, but on a much smaller scale. Voyage 6301


• COLóN† Inextricably tied to the history of travel and transportation, the impressive Gatún Locks and Gatún Dam are the entrance/exit point for ships transiting the Panama Canal on the Caribbean side. Here you will also have the opportunity to visit a UNESCO site, Darien National Park, home to people of the Embera tribe among others. Voyages 5230, 6205, 6206, 6301 

• PANAMA CITY† Situated at the narrowest point in the Americas, the UNESCO-designated Casco Viejo has been revitalized with trendy new cafés, bars and shops; be sure to visit the new Frank Gehry-designed BioMuseo. Voyages 5213, 6204 


• KEY WEST  Visit the winter homes of Hemingway, Audubon and Truman, or explore the boutiques and galleries along Duvall Street. Voyages 5229, 6204, 6205

• MIAMI†  Make time before or after your cruise for an airboat ride in Everglades National Park, an endangered natural site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Voyages 5213, 5228, 5229, 5230, 5231, 5301, 5302, 5307, 5308, 5331, 5332, 6204, 6205, 6206, 6207, 6301 



• SIHANOUKVILLE† Phnom Penh is renowned for its beautiful Khmer architecture; visit the Silver Pagoda to see hundreds of gem-adorned Buddhist statues. Voyages 5201, 5203, 5204, 5206, 6305 


• BEIJING† A complimentary three-day immersive overland tour features the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and more. Voyages 5207-post cruise, 5208-pre cruise, 6306 

• DALIAN Practice the ancient art of kite flying at Labor Park, a hobby dating back some 2,000-plus years in China. Voyage 5207

• SHANGHAI† Consider an overnight excursion to Hangzhou to see one of China’s largest temples—the Lingyin Temple once housed 3,000 monks who worshipped in 70 halls; be sure to visit the Jade Buddha Temple and tranquil Yu Garden in Shanghai, too. Voyages 5207, 5208, 5209, 6305, 6306 

• HONG KONG Take the red tram up to the Peak for stunning views over Hong Kong Island; nighttime departures are a magical experience. Voyages 5203, 5204, 5206, 5207, 5208, 5209, 6305

• SANYA Considered to be the “Hawaii of China,— a visit to the Nanshan Buddhist Culture Park is a must during this maiden port call. Voyages 5203, 5204, 5206

• XIAMEN† Travel to Xi’an, China’s capital for 11 dynasties, to see the famed Terra Cotta Warriors unearthed in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Voyages 5207, 5208, 6305


• BALI† Terraced landscapes and water shrines evoke the ancient philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, embracing the realms of spirit, human world and nature; sunset over the cliffside Tanah Lot Hindu temple is stunning, as are the famed beaches. Voyages 5201, 5202, 6303, 6304 

• BELAWAN This maiden port call puts a spotlight on the Great Mosque, the largest in Sumatra, and the beautiful Palace of the Sultan of Deli. Voyage 5202

• SEMARANG† Climbing the steps of the Borobudur Temple, the world’s largest stupa, is said to be a spiritual journey to enlightenment. Voyages 5202, 6304 


• AOMORI The Aomori Museum of Art houses works by Marc Chagall, as well as pop art creations including Nara Yoshitomo’s 28-foot Aomori-Ken dog statue. Be sure to also visit the Munakata Shiko Memorial Hall during this maiden port call. Voyages 5210, 6307

• KOCHI High atop Otakasaka Hill, the Kochi Castle dominates this maiden call city and remains a must-see on many world travel lists. Visit the Makino Botanical Garden and explore the Museum of Art. Voyage 5209

• OSAKA† Venture to picturesque Kyoto, where nearly 11 centuries of Japanese history, culture and architecture remain largely in tact, such as the Nijo Castle and Heian Jingu Shrine. Voyage 5209 

• TOKYO Journey to Kamakura to explore the Kotoku-in Temple and famed Great Buddha, and the magnificent 12th-century Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Voyages 5209, 5210, 6306, 6307


• KOTA KINABALU† Trek the forest of Kinabalu National Park where Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, towers over one of the world’s most biologically diverse landscapes. Voyage 5201 

• KUALA LUMPUR The Batu Caves fascinate with their 272 steps leading to an ornate Hindu Shrine. Voyages 5202, 5205, 6304

• LANGKAWI The Langkawi Cable Car follows a steep 2,323-foot incline to the top of the majestic Gunung Machinchang affording stunning views. Voyages 5205, 6304

• MALACCA† More than five centuries of trade between East and West have left a cultural impression on this UNESCO-designated port; be sure to sample the nyonya cuisine unique to Malaysia. Voyages 5202, 5205 

• PENANG Explore the eclectic architecture of George Town, and be sure to sample the city’s famed “hawker fare— offered at roadside stalls. Voyages 5202, 5205, 6304


• YANGON The Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the world’s oldest, and the Chanmyay Yeiktha Monastery is among the most famous for the study of Buddhist meditation. Voyage 5205


• PETROPAVLOVSK† Take off on a once-in-a-lifetime flight of fancy over the volcanoes of Kamchatka, an extraordinary peninsula of fire and ice where hundreds of summits, both active and dormant, populate the rugged terrain. Voyage 5210 


• SINGAPORE The Botanic Gardens are beautiful in the morning, and the Raffles Hotel is legendary for its high tea and Singapore Sling, but it’s hard to resist the shopping. Voyages 5202, 5203, 5204, 5205, 5206, 6304, 6305


• KOH SAMUI In addition to the famed Big Buddha on the north coast, the Secret Buddha Garden in the island’s interior enchants with majestic views, statues and temples. Voyages 5203, 5206, 6305

• PHUKET Canoeing through the limestone karsts and caves in the emerald green waters of Phang Nga Bay is a breathtaking experience. Voyages 5202, 5205


• CHAN MAY† An overland journey features two UNESCO sites: the imperial city of Hue to see the Thien Mu Pagoda, and the charming town of Hoi An for a visit to China Beach and Marble Mountain. Voyages 5203, 5204, 5206, 6305 

• HANOI†Explore the Ba Hang “three caves— area of Ha Long Bay by kayak and visit the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius. Voyage 6305 

• HO CHI MINH CITY Enjoy cocktails on the rooftop at the Rex Bar, a favorite spot of U.S. military officers and journalists during the Vietnam War. Voyages 5201, 5203, 5204, 5206, 6305



• SARANDˆ Boasting an idyllic location on the Ionian Sea, Sarandë is just opposite the Greek island of Corfu. See Butrint, or ancient Buthrotum, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the Adriatic Sea region known for its ruins and picturesque lagoon. Voyage 5324


• DUBROVNIK†Trek the fortified walls of the Old City, bike the magnificent Konavle Valley, snorkel the caves at Kolocep Island, or savor the local wines and world-famous Ston oysters in the village of Ponikve. Voyages 5311, 5312, 5320, 5324 

• SPLIT† At the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here; today, Diocletian’s Palace is renowned for its level of preservation as is the medieval, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture throughout the city’s historic complex. Voyage 5324 


• LONDON/DOVER† London enchants with Big Ben and its iconic tower, while Westminster Abbey (site of all sovereign crownings since the 11th century), Westminster Palace and St. Margaret’s Church illustrate the historic significance of parliamentary monarchy. Voyage 5317 


• BORDEAUX† The historic Port of the Moon is a gateway to world-famous vineyards such as Médoc, St-émilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes; a visit to the Grand Thé—tre is a must. Voyages 5315, 5317 

• HONFLEUR† An overnight stay allows for adventures to Paris to see Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and more; explore the region’s famed wineries by bike, helicopter or private car. Voyages 5315, 5317 

• ST-MALO† The impressive castle of Mont St. Michel and the surrounding extreme tidal bay is not to be missed. Only accessible during low tide, it’s truly a marvel. Voyages 5315, 5317 


• ATHENS† Transforming what was once a rocky hill into a monument celebrating both thought and the arts, the Acropolis boasts the iconic ruins of the Parthenon and the temple of Athena Nike. Voyages 5323, 5324 

• MYKONOS† According to Greek mythology, the isle of Delos was birthplace to siblings Apollo, god of light, and Artemis, goddess of the moon. Voyages 5311, 5320, 5323 

• SANTORINI Cruise the Greek Isles aboard a private luxury yacht, past Red Beach and White Beach to the islands of New Kameni and Thirassia. Voyages 5310, 5323


• FLORENCE/LIVORNO† The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore stands sentinel over Renaissance art in the Uffizi and Pitti Palace; 72 tower houses in San Gimignano attest to the wealth and power of ancient patrician families; the enchanting medieval town of Sienna is a work of art unto itself. Voyages 5309, 5312, 5318, 5325, 5329 

• PORTOFINO Enjoy a stroll on Portofino’s charming crescent-shaped harbor with colorfully painted boats and buildings lining your way. A few minutes up the coast is Paraggi Beach, where you can take in some sun and have a swim. Voyage 5309

• ROME† With its Pantheon, Forum, Coliseum, temples to ancient emperors, and more, a walk through Rome is a walk through history; visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel after hours. Voyages 5309, 5310, 5318, 5319, 5322, 5323, 5325, 5326, 5329 

• SORRENTO† Explore Ravello, Amalfi and Positano by private car; walk the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum where Mt. Vesuvius still looms on the horizon. Voyages 5309, 5310, 5312, 5319, 5323 

• VENICE† La Serenissima enchants with romantic gondola cruises, morning visits to the Doge’s Palace and exclusive limited nighttime viewings of St. Mark’s Basilica. Voyages 5311, 5312, 5319, 5320, 5324, 5325 


• VALLETTA† A rare example of preservation of original features in their entirety, despite centuries of successive rule from the Phoenicians to the Order of the Knights of St. John, this gorgeous city enchants with its stunning architecture and towering palms. Voyages 5310, 5326 


• BARCELONA† Often referred to as a Mediterranean Manhattan, the iconic architecture of Antonio Gaudí is found throughout Barcelona, the city Picasso, Miro, Dali and Casals also chose to make their home; gateway to nearby Montserrat where the melodic chants of resident monks always enchant. Voyages 5309, 5313, 5314, 5318, 5326, 5327, 5330 

• CÁDIZ† Journey to the heart of Seville to see the world’s largest Gothic cathedral which, following its early 16th century completion, surpassed Hagia Sophia as the world’s largest. See also the Alcázar, Europe’s oldest royal palace still in use. Voyage 5330 

• MÁLAGA† In the heart of the Costa del Sol, explore La Alcazaba, Spain’s best-preserved Moorish fortress, or journey to the palace of Alhambra in Granada. Voyage 5328


• ÇANAKKALE† The inspiration for Homer’s Iliad, Troy is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites—its excavations illustrating the first contact between Mediterranean and Anatolian civilizations. Voyage 5310 

• KUSADASI† Gateway to Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Diana; other remarkable ruins include the Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Baths, Magnesian Gate, the Odeon and more. Voyages 5310, 5323 

• ISTANBUL† Tailor a Crystal Private Adventure to see the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, or drive across the Bosporus Bridge to the Beylerbeyi Palace. Voyages 5310, 5311, 5302, 5321, 5322



• COPENHAGEN† Visit the new Blue Planet Aquarium, Northern Europe’s largest; explore the city’s canals by kayak; visit Kronborg Castle, famous as Hamlet’s Shakespearean fortress and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Voyages 5217, 5218, 5219, 5220 


• TALLINN† Today a European Capital of Culture, Tallinn’s Old Town is renowned for its well-preserved Hanseatic architecture; walk the medieval wall encircling the city, or climb to the top of St. Olaf’s Church for gorgeous panoramic views. Voyages 5217, 5218 


• LONDON/DOVER† London enchants with Big Ben and its iconic tower, while Westminster Abbey, (site of all sovereign crownings since the 11th century), Westminster Palace and St. Margaret’s Church illustrate the historic significance of parliamentary monarchy. Voyages 5214, 5215, 5216, 5217, 5317, 5316 

• PORTLAND† Symbolizing mystery, power and endurance, Stonehenge is among the most famous of the world’s megaliths, an impressive engineering feat given its prehistoric origins; its astronomical significance is still being explored. Voyage 5316 


• HELSINKI† Visit Suomenlinna, the Fortress of Finland, a terrific example of military architecture and site of great history between Sweden, Russia and Finland. Voyages 5217, 5218, 5219 


• BERLIN/WARNEM—NDE† Explore the palaces and parks of Berlin and Potsdam, the summer residence of Prussian kings and emperors; walk Unter den Linden (Under the Linden Trees) following the boulevard from the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag Parliament Building; the Museumsinsel Berlin is a must. Voyages 5218, 5219 

• HELGOLAND Resembling the White Cliffs of Dover—except for their rusty red color—the cliffs of this tiny archipelago are indeed a remarkable sight, rising abruptly in the North Sea. Voyage 5220


• AKUREYRI The wild charms of Iceland’s second city include dramatic geysers, volcanic lakes and spectacular waterfalls such as Gooafoss, or Waterfall of the Gods; the turf homes are an excellent example of how Icelanders used to live in the ground. Voyage 5216

• REYKJAVíK Experience the otherworldly waters of Silfra, try a volcano tour, explore contemporary museums and shop unique Icelandic boutiques. Voyages 5215, 5216


• DUBLIN Featuring one of the loveliest settings in Europe, the city of Dublin is also one of the most walkable—cross the famous Ha’Penny Bridge, raise a pint in Temple Bar, and explore the Gothic-style halls of Trinity College whose graduates range from Swift and Beckett to Stoker and Wilde. Voyages 5214, 5215, 5316


• AKUREYRI The wild charms of Iceland’s second city include dramatic geysers, volcanic lakes and spectacular waterfalls such as Gooafoss, or Waterfall of the Gods; the turf homes are an excellent example of how Icelanders used to live in the ground. Voyage 5216

• REYKJAVíK Experience the otherworldly waters of Silfra, try a volcano tour, explore contemporary museums and shop unique Icelandic boutiques. Voyages 5215, 5216