12-Day Luxury Cruise From Barcelona to Dover/London
May 29, 2019 - june 10, 2019
starting at $4,720* Per person aboard the crystal serenity
Save an additional $300 per person if you book between October 18 and November 6, 2018**
From the art-filled museums of Barcelona to the half-timbered town of Honfleur to the hallowed sands of the Normandy Beaches, sail around the Iberian Peninsula to ponder world history and delight in life’s simple pleasures—port wine and apple brandy, for instance.
Included with your cruise
Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water as well as complimentary select beer, wine and spirits upon request
Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the ship
Complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road or The Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.)
Open-bar service throughout the ship
Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship
The Bistro, a European-style sidewalk café, now with extended hours into the late evening
Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service
24-hour room service
Day 1: Barcelona, Spain – EMBARKATION
Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.
Day 2: Mallorca/Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palma de Mallorca, rich in monuments of many ages, was founded by the Romans more than 2,100 years ago. A magnificent rose-colored Gothic cathedral dominates the palm-fringed waterfront of its urban center. Mallorca, known as the "Island of Tranquility," is the largest and most developed of the Balearic group. Steep mountains, serene valleys and wide plains form its varied landscape. Don't miss seeing the island's quaint villages and the monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a winter.
Day 3: Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza’s reputation as the birthplace of the rave and Christopher Columbus reveals its split personality. On the one hand, the island—located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Valencia—is the “Undisputed Party Capital of the World,— where DJs spin their newest mixes and young clubbers revel at parties that rock until the wee hours. But this island and its city Ibiza Town also have deep roots in Mediterranean history, as acknowledged by UNESCO with its designation of large portions of the island and various cultural icons as World Heritage Sites. The local government has demonstrated an interest in making this idyllic destination (indeed, the island is movie-quality photogenic) quieter and more family friendly by passing laws to raise hotel standards and require night clubs to close earlier—by a still eye-reddening 6 am.
Day 4; Málaga, Spain
Prosperous Málaga lies along the beautiful Costa del Sol, approximately 70 miles inside the Strait of Gibraltar. Its wealth of historical sites includes a 16th-century cathedral and the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress. This modern-looking provincial capital was founded by the Phoenicians and later became culturally and economically important as the port of Granada. Sightseeing opportunities abound from Málaga. The charming mountain village of Mijas and the impressive Alhambra are attractions you won't want to miss.
Day 5: Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Like a crouching lion, the Rock of Gibraltar's imposing presence supports the legend that it is one of the two Pillars of Hercules. Dramatically soaring to almost 1,400 feet, it boasts one of the world's most recognizable silhouettes. Over 140 caves have been discovered within its limestone mass. Although linked by land to Spain, the self-governing British colony of Gibraltar maintains a strong allegiance to Britain. Shop the compact commercial center for tax-free treats, or perch atop the summit for thrilling views encompassing Europe and Africa.
Day 6: Portimão, Portugal
The white contour of a church on a hilltop, the narrow streets of the old fishermen and tradesmen quarter, the presence of the sea and the immense beach known as Paria da Roch identify the character of Portimao. The old town is dominated by the architecture of the late 19th and 20th centuries: houses boasting wrought-iron balconies, ornate stonework around the windows and doors, balustrades of stone and tile-covered ceramics and walls. This southern Portuguese port is the gateway to many historic towns of the Algarve region. The town offers a rich heritage of historical monuments and the eternal natural beauty of the Ria de Alvor. Portimao is also known for its extraordinary Portuguese cuisine. To savour the spirit of Portimao, there is nothing better than to sit in the shade of the trees in the gardens of Manuel Bivar, to watch the fishing boats sail by and to walk through streets and squares that exude the ambience of an active, hard-working town.
Day 7: Lisbon, Portugal
Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.
Day 8: Oporto/Leixoes, Portugal
Ideally placed where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, Oporto brings together the best of Portugal: warm sunshine, a relaxed riverside setting, grand churches, winding medieval streets, houses garnished with wrought iron, courtyards filled with geraniums. Perhaps what Oporto is most famous for, however, is its port wine. Crafted in the neighboring Vila Nova da Gaia district, ports from all over the region can be sampled in the lodges just across the river or at Solar Vinho do Porto, an Oporto tasting room housed in a gracious, rose-clad villa. After your wine tasting, wander through historic Ribeira, the recently restored riverside district and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAy 9: La Coruña , Spain
Day 10: Cruising the Bay of Biscay
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 Resorts World at Sea casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?
Day 11: Honfleur, France
Discover Deauville, the seaside resort that is both posh and quaint with its celebrity and royal pedigree and photogenic half-timbered Norman buildings. Added cachet comes from the city’s renowned racetrack and horse breeding—a French version of Lexington, Kentucky. Also marvel at the bare vertical cliffs of Etretat and Yport, natural wonders that inspired artists Boudin, Courbet and Monet. Gain insights into the epic battle launched June 6, 1944, with a tour of the D-Day beaches. See Pointe du Hoc, the 100-foot-high promontory where German forces deployed concrete bunkers and gun pits to keep the Allies at bay. After scaling the cliffs, the U.S. Army Ranger Assault Group captured this. The beauty goes on in this stretch of the Calvados region, rich with the history of William the Conqueror and scenic with its countryside landscapes, the source of Calvados apple brandy.
Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Day 12: Honfleur, France
Day 13: London/Dover, England - Disebark
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.
Your Accommodations and All-Inclusive Fares
DELUXE STATEROOM WITH LARGE PICTURE WINDOW
Starting at $4,720*
PENTHOUSE WITH Private VERANDAH
Starting at $9,810*
DELUXE STATEROOM WITH Private VERANDAH
Starting at $5,740*
Seabreeze PH WITH VERANDAH
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Aboard the crystal serenity
Sharing the limelight with her fleetmate, Crystal Serenity is one of two magnificent ships that has earned Crystal Cruises the distinction of being The World's Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™.
Crystal’s expansive onboard experience begins with personal, genuine service offered by their expertly trained staff at every point in the guests’ voyage. Enhancing this welcoming, homeaway-from-home atmosphere is a host of all-inclusive amenities and experiences designed to create a seamless, unforgettable vacation experience for travelers who seek the very best.
This October, the Crystal Serenity will enter dry dock for a three-week refurbishment that mirrors the dramatic changes that debuted last year aboard Crystal Symphony – and then some. With an aim to elevate the onboard guest experience by expanding the space and choices that have been part of the company’s credo since its inception, the award-winning ship will see a transformation of accommodations, dining options, technological advancements and public spaces.
*All fares and savings are per person, in U.S. dollars based on double occupancy. Cruise Fares and Your Exclusive Fares are cruise only and do not include taxes, fees, and port charges of $540 per person. Your Crystal Savings are subject to availability at time of booking. Your Exclusive Fare includes Crystal Savings as well as any applicable Savings if available and does not include Crystal Society or Early Full Payment savings.
**Applies to new bookings only.