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WHITE SEA EXPLORATION

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Reykjavík to London on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 8 - 26, 2015 (18 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $8,435 Per Person

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Travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the Land of the Midnight Sun on a voyage hosted by Crystal's Chairman, Nobuyoshi Kuzuya, and boasting five maiden calls to scenic ports in Russia's White Sea as well as little-explored towns and fjords in Norway.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Jul 8, Wednesday
Reykjavík, Iceland (overnight) »   Embark pm
Isolated in a northern landscape of icy tranquility, Iceland is a land of volcanoes, hot springs, mountains, glaciers and northern lights. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík reflects this natural diversity with ancient maritime history as well as a thriving modern energy and sophistication.
Jul 9, Thursday
Reykjavík, Iceland »   12 n
Isolated in a northern landscape of icy tranquility, Iceland is a land of volcanoes, hot springs, mountains, glaciers and northern lights. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík reflects this natural diversity with ancient maritime history as well as a thriving modern energy and sophistication.
Jul 10, Friday
Akureyri, Iceland » 10 am 5 pm
Iceland’s second largest city sits on one of the most magnificent fjords in the country, bounded by snow-capped mountains and gently sloping pastures. Despite being just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, the weather in Akuereyri is actually quite moderate, as evidenced by the over 2,000 species of plants in the Botanical Gardens, which thrive without the benefit of a greenhouse. Visitors can also discover the charm of this city with a stroll past the exquisite period houses or a stop at one of the many historical museums.
Jul 11, Saturday -
Jul 12, Sunday
Cruising the Norwegian Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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?

Jul 13, Monday
Cruising the Coast of Norway  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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?

Jul 13, Monday
   Cruising by Archangel, Russian Federation  »
Cruising along the shores of what is known locally as “Arkhangelsk,” Archangel sits on the northern-European side of Russia, running along the banks of the Northern Dvina River and over several delta islands near the White Sea. Its Europe-adjacent location made the city an important, and indeed the only, Russian port until the founding of St. Petersburg in 1703.

Archangel’s tangible history has seen cycles of use, reuse and reinvention. Having escaped the consequences of severe weather or fire, what remains of the city’s wooden buildings is precious to the locals and intriguing to visitors. Well worth a look is Wooden Arkhangelsk, where you’ll find characteristic wooden houses and wooden sidewalks.  Another example of architectural preservation (or in this case, rebuilding) is the Assumption Church on the Dvina Embankment. The original, which dated to 1742, was taken down during Stalin’s rule and rebuilt in 2004. Another interesting site is the Solovetsky Monastery, used during the Stalin era as a concentration camp and “gulag”  (Soviet labor camp). Today, the island-located monastery is once again fulfilling its original monastic role.
 
Cruising the White Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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?

Jul 15, Wednesday
  Solovetsky and Zayatsky Islands, Russian Federation » 7 am 10 pm
A collection of six islands in Russia’s Onega Bay, the forest-covered  Solovetsky Islands stand testament to a fascinating and sometimes cruel history. During Lenin’s era of Soviet Russia, the islands were used as the country’s first prison camp in a system known notoriously as the Gulag. But in recent years, people have been coming here on their own  volition, drawn by striking natural beauty, an interesting network of canals, whale watching and most especially, the Solovetsky Monastery. Situated on the shores of Prosperity Bay on Solovetsky Island, the 15th-century Christian citadel complex is hailed as a marvel of design and sheer size. Massive walls surround the numerous religious buildings, many of which feature the typical Russian-style, tapered domes. The site today is a historical and architectural museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Russia’s first.
Jul 16, Thursday
Cruising the Coast of Russia  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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?

Jul 17, Friday
Murmansk, Russia » 8 am 6 pm

Murmansk is a place of extremes. It is perched on the northwest coast of Russia, next door to Finland and on the Arctic Ocean—a cold and generally inhospitable location where winters bring nearly 24 hours of darkness and summers, lasting only a few weeks in June and July, bring 24 hours of daylight. Here above the Arctic Circle, sub-zero temperatures are the norm. During your summer visit, however, you will find Murmansk to be considerably warmer and quite pleasant indeed. This city, 620 miles north of St. Petersburg, is worlds away from the common vacation experience, with a history connected to World War II and chances to connect with the local people.

Jul 18, Saturday
Honningsvåg, North Cape, Norway » 7 am 2 pm
In the early afternoon your Crystal ship docks at the peaceful town of Honningsvåg set on Mageroy or "Meager" Island. Fishing is the dominant industry for the island's 3,500 inhabitants.

Honningsvåg is your gateway to the North Cape plateau, Europe's northernmost promontory, with its infinite views over the vast expanse of the Artic Ocean.

Jul 19, Sunday
Leknes, Norway (overnight) » 3 pm  
Leknes is located in the middle of the Lofoten archipelago, affording access to the natural splendors of this super-northern clime (the islands sit well above the Arctic Cirlce). Majestic peaks complement deep fjords and jut high from the gentle roll of farmland. Quaint fishing villages dot the coastline and white-sand beaches edge sparkling waters, making for eye-pleasing photos and memorable excursions. You might relish the scenery at one of Lofoten’s famed beaches, catch a whale safari, go for a mountain trek or try your hand at fishing. No matter where your adventures take you, you will understand why the archipelago is considered one of the most beautiful locales in Norway, if not the world.
Jul 20, Monday
Leknes, Norway »   4 am
Leknes is located in the middle of the Lofoten archipelago, affording access to the natural splendors of this super-northern clime (the islands sit well above the Arctic Cirlce). Majestic peaks complement deep fjords and jut high from the gentle roll of farmland. Quaint fishing villages dot the coastline and white-sand beaches edge sparkling waters, making for eye-pleasing photos and memorable excursions. You might relish the scenery at one of Lofoten’s famed beaches, catch a whale safari, go for a mountain trek or try your hand at fishing. No matter where your adventures take you, you will understand why the archipelago is considered one of the most beautiful locales in Norway, if not the world.
 
  Bodø, Norway » 8 am 6 pm
Say “Norway” and immediately what comes to mind is breathtaking, fjord-carved scenery. Bodø is no exception, with a coastal setting that boasts sparkling waters and majestic peaks. What is unique to Bodø is its famed maelstrom. Formed in the waters that connect the Saltfjord and the Skjerstadfjord, this large, swirling whirlpool is the strongest in the world. Other wondrous sights include the midnight sun, visible from June 1 to July 13; an archipelago rich in birdlife, and the beautifully situated and well-preserved trading village of Kjerringøy. Bring along a windbreaker for your explorations; Bodø’s location on an unsheltered peninsula makes it a spot known for powerful winds.
Jul 21, Tuesday
  Narvik, Norway » 8 am 6 pm
Situated at the deep indentation of the Ofatfjord, Narvik is within 30 miles of the northern Swedish border. As an ice-free port, Narvik’s proximity to Swedish Lapland proved ideal for Swedish exports of iron ore, bringing Narvik its official founding and growth in the early 20th century. What puts this above-the-Arctic-Circle realm on the map these days is its exquisite scenery. The spectacular Ofotbanen Railway to Sweden escorts wide-eyed travelers through a majestic landscape. Those who wish to stay in Narvik and its immediate surrounds are treated to no less a dramatic setting, with towering mountains and magnificent fjords prompting goggling and picture taking. A cable car takes visitors to Fagernesfjellet, where stunning views can be appreciated, and wildlife safaris offer glimpses of the creatures of the wild north. City museums reveal Narvik’s history, including five years of German occupation during World War II.
Jul 22, Wednesday
Cruising the Coast of Norway  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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?

Jul 23, Thursday
Geiranger, Norway » 7 am 1 pm
Geiranger village is located along the picturesque snow-covered Geirangerfjord in central Norway. One of the most dazzling of all Norwegian fjords, the Geiranger has been visited by touring ships for more than 100 years. Impressive mountains, numerous waterfalls and farms clinging precipitously to steep hillsides combine to give this area its unique character.
 
  Øye/Hjørundfjord, Norway » 5 pm 8 pm
A small town near the head of the Norangsfjord, Øye, is big on scenery — truly breathtaking with impressive fjords, rugged peaks and majestic valleys. Travelers from far and wide come here to take in the land’s beauty, and find challenge and satisfaction in active pursuits, such as hiking, fishing for trout and salmon, and bicycling through the pristine Nordang Valley. With such natural grandeur and small-town appeal, it is no wonder that Øye has attracted stopovers by royals. Distinguished guests such as Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, King Oscar II of Sweden and Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany have laid their heads at the city’s Union Hotel, which dates to 1891.
Jul 24, Friday
Bergen, Norway » 8 am 6 pm
Bergen, "Capital of the Fjordland" and Norway's second-largest city, was founded in 1070 AD. In its heyday, Norwegian Kings resided here. It was the largest city in Norway and there were no less than 27 churches and abbeys.

Bergen is an immaculate city, set between the mountains and the sea, where traditional values hold firm over transitory ways. The local people take great pride in the rich heritage of this, one of Norway's premier cities.

Jul 25, Saturday
Cruising the North Sea  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

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?

Jul 26, Sunday
London/Dover, England » 6 am*  
For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England's royal fortitude. The port's legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. London's legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End, lie just 80 miles from historic Dover.

Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
*  Arrival and departure times will depend on tidal restrictions.
  Maiden call for Crystal Cruises
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