16-Day Luxury Cruise Visiting the Cook Islands
March 7, 2019 - march 23, 2019
starting at $3,505* Per person aboard the crystal sYmphony
Save an additional $1000 per person if you book between October 18 and November 6, 2018**
Deep in the South Pacific, explore mesmerizing Polynesian islands as you make your way across the International Date Line to discover the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand.
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, Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands – EMBARKATION
Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, is by no means a sleepy town. With an international airport, wide waterfront-boulevard and new buildings, it boasts all the modern trappings of civilization. Its engaging atmosphere is vibrantly alive, a marvelous potpourri of European manner and carefree island ways. A few steps from our pier, boutiques and galleries abound as Tahitian shopkeepers dressed in bright paréos greet customers with a welcoming iaorana. The nearby open-air market is a bustle of activity. Away from the clamor of town are peaceful fern grottos, tiny villages tucked in verdant valleys and ancient sacred maraes.
Day 2, Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
Day 2, Moorea, Society Islands
As your Crystal ship enters Cook's Bay, the dramatic spire made famous as Bali Hai in the movie South Pacific, towers in the distance and welcomes you to Mooréa. As this island is a jewel of crystalline lagoons, fjord-like bays, azure waters and velvety mountain peaks, it seems only natural that this exquisite island should have been selected as the location of the 1983 movie, The Bounty.
The ancient Polynesians chose Mooréa as their pleasure island. Here, pristine beaches are flanked by groves of pineapple, vanilla and coffee.
Day 3, Bora Bora, Society Islands
James Michener called it the most beautiful island in the world, for Bora Bora fulfills your every fantasy of how an island paradise should be. Majestic 2,000-foot-high peaks tower over its tranquil lagoon, their reflections mirrored in glassy waters. Thatch-roofed huts lie cradled beneath shady palms on sugar-white beaches as the scent of exotic flowers wafts through the air. Colorfully decorated le trucks wait ashore, ready to take you on a discovery of the island's awesome beauty. Nearby, glass-bottom boats lie poised, awaiting the opportunity to introduce you to an undersea world that is rich with vibrant sea life.
Day 4, Bora Bora, Society Islands
Day 5, Cruising the Pacific Ocean
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?
Day 6, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
A real-life version of an idyllic, picture-postcard tropical paradise actually does exist, and it is called Aitutaki. Pronounced Aye-too-tah-ki, the triangle-shaped atoll is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands after Rarotonga, and is famous for its turquoise lagoon, teeming with fish and surrounded by pristine beaches. Whip out your camera and aim it in virtually any direction to capture blue sky, puffy white clouds, sugary sands, azure seas and a leaning palm tree or two for a snapshot of South Pacific perfection. Bring your camera along to One Foot Island, a small islet in the southeast of the lagoon, for incredible water views and an understanding of why it is considered one of the region’s, if not the world’s, best beaches.
Day 7, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Kia Orana and welcome to Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook group. This splendid island chain was named in honor of the great explorer Captain James Cook. Rarotonga's richly covered mountains rise 2,000 feet above white-sand beaches; and its encircling coral reefs create beautiful, safe lagoons. The hospitality here is warm and spontaneous. Smiling faces greet you at every turn of the road. Traditional cultures have been retained on an island where tranquil lifestyles are uncomplicated by the pace of the outside world. You will be captivated by the exuberant dancing and easygoing ways of the gentle islanders.
Day 8, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Embraced by rugged tropical mountains on one side and the beautiful Banderas Bay on the other, Puerto Vallarta is second only to Acapulco when it comes to the Mexican Riviera's leading resort cities. White stucco houses are capped with red-tile roofs and surrounded by bougainvillea-lined cobblestone streets. Native women who beat their laundry along riverbanks as busy fishing boats return to port illustrate a lifestyle that has been maintained for decades. Nearby, sophisticated restaurants, luxury hotels, smart boutiques and lively nightclubs bear testament to the changes wrought on this quiet seaside city since the 1960s. Life here has never been quite the same since the filming of the movie "Night of the Iguana" and the worldwide publicity accorded the romance of its stars, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Puerto Vallarta brims with life. Shop for leather goods, shell and silver jewelry, hand-embroidered blouses or painted figures from Oaxaca. Explore cobblestone streets and picturesque alleyways filled with the scents and bustling energy of Mexico.
Day 9, Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 10, Cruising the Pacific Ocean
Day 11, Crossing the International Date Line **
Whether you’re leaping into the future or reliving the past, the International Date Line is as close to time travel as science has achieved thus far. This imaginary line stretches pole to pole at 180 degrees longitude – a point on the globe arbitrarily chosen by the International Meridian Conference in 1884, but still universally accepted. Spreading across mostly open Pacific Ocean, but conveniently deviates occasionally to allow for various islands and territories. The line effectively created the time zones that savvy travelers navigate easily (if not the jet lag they can cause). What’s most essential to remember is that crossing the International Date Line eastward means you will experience yesterday all over again, while crossing it westward give you a glimpse into tomorrow.
Day 12, Cruising the North Pacific Ocean
Day 13, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Like a stop in Philadelphia or Colonial Williamsburg, a visit to Waitangi lets you trace the founding of a country. It was here that a treaty between the Maori and the British was formed, making New Zealand part of the British Empire. At the Waitangi National Reserve, one of the most important historic sites in New Zealand, visitors can see the Treaty House where the 1840 treaty was signed, and view a faithful replica of the original document. Other attractions of the Reserve include the ornate Maori meeting house and a massive war canoe. Of course, this being New Zealand, there are many natural attractions as well, including lush forest and spectacular coastline.
Day 14, Tauranga, New Zealand*
Sprawling along the sweeping bay, Tauranga is a popular summer resort and one of the country's most important ports for the export of kiwi fruit, timber, and dairy products. It is also the gateway for Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland that is one of New Zealand's most famous attractions.
Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Day 15, Tauranga, New Zealand
Day 16, Auckland, New Zealand
Welcome to Auckland, the "City of Sails." New Zealand's largest city is along the shores of an extinct volcanic cone known as Rangitoto, often visible to the east. Auckland's population of over one million people represents almost a third of the country's total.
New Zealand seems to have a bit of everything: great natural beauty, friendly people, magnificent glacier-studded mountain ranges, sculpted fjords, pristine untouched beaches, lush rainforest, an endless array of sporting activities, and, not to be forgotten, plenty of sheep and rolling farmland.
Auckland is the perfect city from which to experience most of what New Zealand has to offer. The city lies astride a narrow isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean on two harbors, the Waitemata and Manukau. Auckland and New Zealand's geographic and cultural treasures beckon for your discovery.
An enthusiastic welcome awaits you at this thriving city by the sea.
Day 17, Auckland, New Zealand, Disembarkation
Your Accommodations and All-Inclusive Fares
DELUXE STATEROOM WITH LARGE PICTURE WINDOW
Starting at $3,505*
(For Guaranteed Cabin)
Starting at $8,885*
DELUXE STATEROOM WITH Private VERANDAH
Starting at $4,749*
(For Guaranteed Cabin)
seabreeze PENTHOUse SUITE
Starting at $12,240*
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Aboard the crystal sYmphony
Sharing the limelight with her fleetmate, Crystal Symphony 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 $944 per person. Your Crystal Savings are subject to availability at time of booking. Book Now Fares are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy for the first two full-fare guests in suite, include all Book Now Savings, and, do not include taxes, fees or port charges. All fares and savings vary by category and departure date.
**Applies to new bookings only.