Crystal Cruises is planning a winter holiday with a new Antarctica Christmas/New Year’s cruise. In addition to three days sailing Antarctic waters, the Dec. 21, 2013 Buenos Aires-Valparaíso voyage aboard the Crystal Symphony sails through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords, with multiple excursions to the Antarctic continent. Savings are available on bookings made until Aug. 30 for the voyage.
Limited Crystal Adventures are available to explore Antarctica, taste local specialties and overnight at the Chilean Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base (INACH).
The 18-day cruise is filled with opportunities to explore nature in all ports, from seeing volcanos, waterfalls, humpback whales and marine elephants to kayaking the Strait of Magellan and visiting working farms in the Falklands and Patagonia – as well as to explore wine, cuisine and culture in major South American cities. Onboard speakers include an Antarctic expedition book author, climate change researcher, shark conservationist and CBS News correspondent.
The itinerary visits Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Ushuaia (overnight), Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt and Valparaíso. Crystal Symphony will be decorated throughout, offering space to celebrate with gourmet Christmas dinners, a champagne New Year’s gala, religious services, junior cruiser events (including Santa) and more.
Crystal Serenity will spend the holidays cruising the tropics, with a round-trip Miami voyage also departing Dec. 21, and calling in Turks & Caicos; Curaçao; Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; Roatan Island, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Florida.
All-inclusive cruise fares begin at $9,740/person for South America and $7,430/person for the Caribbean and include $600 and $800 per person in savings, respectively, if booked by Aug. 30.
For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com.