Crystal Augments European Shore Excursions

Flying in a MiG fighter jet is just one of the new excursions Crystal Cruises is adding to its European itineraries this summer. The luxury cruise line is adding more than 100 new Crystal Adventures to its stable of land tours and, effective Feb. 15, all 679 shore excursions will be posted on Crystal's web site for viewing and booking. Highlights include a visit to the new Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany, a speedboat adventure in Helsinki and exclusive cooking lessons in Sorrento. Everything--including shore tours--is offered in U.S. dollars. One euro currently equals $1.29 U.S. dollars. "The luxury traveler wants more choices, so we have challenged our tour operators to provide more boutique excursions. There is no limit to what can be done. If you make a tour great, people will buy it. We also think our Crystal Adventures are a great tool for travel agents, even though they aren't commissionable, because it's another way to get excited about a destination," says John Stoll, Crystal Cruises' director, land programs. Visit [].

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