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6-24-05 Weekend Cruise News *** Pride of America is continuing her voyage towards Hawaii. This week the morning show "Live with Regis and Kelly" was broadcast from the ship as it visited Boston, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Charleston and Miami. The next leg of the journey starts tomorrow when NCL America's newest vessel heads for Los Angeles on a 13-night Panama Canal cruise.
*** Holland America Line's new Noordam will sail from New York next year. Eleven sailings will depart New York for the Southern and Eastern Caribbean, beginning with the maiden voyage of the 1,848-passenger Noordam on February 22, 2006. The 10-night Eastern itinerary calls at Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and San Juan, Puerto Rico with departures on February 22, March 15, April 5, October 25, November 15, December 6 and 27, 2006. The 11-night Southern Caribbean itinerary calls at Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and San Juan, Puerto Rico with departures on March 4 and 25, October 14; November 4 and 25; and December 16, 2006. Noordam is the fourth and last in a series of 81,769-ton Vista class ships. Eighty-five percent of its staterooms are outside, with 67 percent of all staterooms sporting verandahs. The ship will be delivered with Signature of Excellence amenities in place, including Euro-top mattresses and flat panel TVs and dvd players in all cabins, new dining options, and the pampering Greenhouse Spa and Salon.
*** MSC Cruises has a number of baseball theme cruises planned for the 2005-2006 Caribbean season. The line is deploying the 1,590-passenger MSC Lirica and 1,756-passenger MSC Opera on Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings departing Ft. Lauderdale from December 2005 to April 2006. Hall of Fame players will be onboard for Baseball theme cruises which feature baseball trivia games, a pitching and hitting clinic, passenger pitching accuracy test, baseball player Q & A, autograph session, and talks with the players on hitting and defensive strategies. Baseball cruises sail aboard MSC Lirica on December 10, 2005 (seven nights) and April 22, 2006 (11 nights) and aboard MSC Opera on January 28, February 18 and March 11, 2006 (seven nights).
*** Silversea has a new optional excursion to the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, located on the northern coast of the Italian island of Sardinia. Founded in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan, who is still the president, the YCCS is a non-profit club which hosts several events in international sailing, including the Sardinia Cup, the Swan World Cup and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Silversea's three-and-a-half-hour excursion to the Yacht Club is offered on cruises calling in Poltu Quatu, which means "hidden port" in the Sardinian dialect. It includes a guided tour of the YCCS Clubhouse and collection of ancient maps, sailing memorabilia and trophies. Passengers can relax with an aperitif at the club before enjoying a casual lunch at the Ristorante Terrazza. The $138 tour debuts on Silver Wind's sold-out cruise of July 1, 2005, and will also be offered on the following voyages: Silver Shadow, August 5, 2005, seven nights, "In the Wake of Medieval Adventurers" from Venice to Barcelona; Silver Wind, April 18, 2006, seven night "Artistic Impressions" voyage from Barcelona to Rome and August 15, 2006, seven-night "Focus on Mediterranean Isles" from Barcelona to Genoa; Silver Whisper, May 29, 2006, seven-night "The Romantic Mediterranean," from Nice to Rome.
*** Radisson Seven Seas has 12 Holiday sailings planned, including special cruises for Thanksgiving. The seven- to 26-night holiday sailings cruise the Caribbean, South Pacific, Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal. Six voyages will feature complimentary Club Mariner children's programs for youngsters aged five to 17. Jean-Michel Cousteau will join Paul Gauguin's November 19, 14-night cruise and the final segment of Seven Seas Mariner's November 21, 19-night South Pacific Thanksgiving cruises to give a series of lectures and accompany guests on several dives. Naturalists from Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will also sail the Seven Seas Navigator's 26-night cruise on November 8 to discuss the ecosystems of destinations visited. Seven Seas Mariner's Thanksgiving cruise will be a Spotlight on Film featuring New Zealand and Australian movies, with commentary by Silver Screen critics. The ship's chefs will recreate film meals like Babette's Feast and the towering timpano from Big Night and passengers can hone their cooking skills in optional six-hour, hands-on Le Cordon Bleu culinary workshops ($395 per person). The 14-night December 27 New Year's cruise aboard Seven Seas Voyager will have Florida Senator Bob Graham aboard as the special-guest. The former two-term governor and 18-year senate veteran will discuss his political career, experience as the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and his new book Intelligence Matters. Select Holiday sailings feature up to 50% savings with per person fares starting at $2,248.
*** Holland America Line has a number of special Holiday sailings from December 17 through 30 this year. The seven to 20-night cruises sail the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and South America/Antarctica. For families planning on spending the Holidays together, the line's Family Reunion Program rewards those who book five staterooms or more with special pricing and extra amenities such as unlimited soft drinks, family photos, and dinner in the line's specialty Pinnacle Grill Restaurant. Caribbean-bound families might enjoy free rentals of snorkel gear and swim mats or banana boat rides on Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private island. Each holiday voyage features clergy to conduct Catholic, Protestant and Jewish services as well as holiday decorations, special movie showings, traditional dinner selections, a visit for the kids from Santa - sometimes arriving by parasail - activities and crafts for the Club HAL kids program, and a Christmas show by the crew on Christmas Eve. The line also holds a New Year's Eve Gala and arranges to broadcast some college bowl games on board the ship. Per person fares start at US$999 for a seven-night Caribbean cruise.
*** Princess has released details of its 2006-2007 Asia and South Pacific sailings. Pacific Princess and Sapphire Princess will sail the Asian routes which feature the new ports of Kagoshima, Japan, known for Iso Garden, beautifully designed in 1660 by the Shimazu lord of the time, and Sihanoukville, Cambodia, the gateway for an overland tour to the temple of Angkor Wat. Five ships will sail the South Pacific: Sapphire Princess, Island Princess, Tahitian Princess, Pacific Princess and Dawn Princess. New ports are the city of Napier, New Zealand, and a WWII battle site, Chuuk (Truk) in Micronesia, added to the new Sydney to Osaka sailing of the "Islands of the Pacific Theater" cruise. Dawn Princess will offer a true "Aussie" experience on her first season sailing for the Australian market which includes a 28-night "Around Australia" sailing. Tahitian Princess will add six Hawaii/Tahiti voyages to her year-round French Polynesian routes. The sailings between Papeete and Honolulu call at ports in the Hawaiian Islands and French Polynesia as well as Christmas Island. Once again, Island Princess will sail round-trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii while Sapphire Princess returns for 12-night Australia/New Zealand cruises between Auckland and Sydney. Back to Top
6-17-05 Weekend Cruise News *** Pride of America was christened in New York this afternoon during a live webcast. The first new ocean-going passenger ship in nearly half a century to sail under the U.S. flag was christened by U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, during ceremonies on the pool deck. A video of the event will be available soon for viewing at NCL's Web site, www.ncl.com. After a series of coastal sailings, Pride of America will arrive in her homeport of Honolulu on July 23, 2005 where she will begin sailing seven-night cruises to all four islands. The itinerary features up to 100 hours in port and calls at Hilo, Hawai'i; Kahului, Maui (two days); Kona, Hawai'i; and Nawiliwili, Kaua'i (two days).
*** The former Royal Princess has been refitted and renamed for P&O Cruises. Yesterday the vessel was christened Artemis1,200-passenger vessel is now the smallest in the P&O fleet. The 600 guests attending the christening ceremonies celebrated the event with afternoon tea, a picnic supper and fireworks on the Isle of Wight, in the grounds of Osbourne House, the former summer residence of Queen Victoria.
*** Oscar-winning Italian-American actress, Mira Sorvino, has been chosen as godmother for Carnival Liberty. The 110,000-ton 2,974-passenger vessel will be named at ceremonies in Civitavecchia, Italy on July 19. Carnival Liberty will commence the line's first ever Mediterranean cruises from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, on July 20, 2005.
*** Cruise passenger numbers continued to grow in the first-quarter of 2005 according to The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). During the first-quarter of 2005, the association's 19 cruise lines carried 2.63 million passengers worldwide, an increase of 8.9% over first-quarter 2004. North American passengers numbers increased by 12.9% to 2.34 million.
*** Celebrity Cruises is adding "The Outer Limits of Siberia" to its lineup of Xpeditions shore excursions in 2006. The six-night Xpedition from Anchorage travels to the Kamchatka Peninsula, an area so remote it has been called "Siberia's Siberia". The excursion includes hiking, rafting and off-roading and wildlife spotting. The Xpedition series of excursions offer unique, and often extreme experiences in Celebrity's ports of call. A visit to the Kremlin in Moscow, exploration of Easter Island or the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, marlin fishing in Mexico, zodiac and helicopter tours in British Columbia, bear watching in Alaska and a private tour of the space center in Houston are among the tours offered. Excursions are described online at www.celebrity.com and can be reserved by calling 866-973-8466.
*** Silversea has added pre and post cruise tours to its transoceanic crossings in 2005 and 2006. The voyages cross the Atlantic from Southampton to Boston or Lisbon to Barbados in 2005 and from San Juan to Las Palmas and Barbados to Lisbon in 2006. Also included is a voyage from Singapore to Sydney in 2005 and Tokyo to Anchorage in 2006. Available pre and post-cruise tours are: From Singapore, six nights, "Cambodia and the Mysteries of Angkor Wat"; From Sydney, four nights, "Outback Discovery" to Ayers Rock and Alice Springs; From Southampton, four nights, "The English Manner" to estates of British gentry, hosted by their owners; From Tokyo, four nights, "Imperial Japan" to Nara and Kyoto; From Lisbon, three nights, "Portugal's Royal Past" to Roman ruins, gothic monasteries, medieval castles with overnight stays in Portuguese palaces. The optional pre- and post-cruise land programs in combination with the voyages, feature deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices start from $2,095 per passenger.
*** Crystal Cruises will offer a variety of theme cruises again next year. Topics include Big Band, Health and Fitness, Golf and Jazz. As well Crystal will host two Film & Theater Festivals, the Distinguished Speaker Series, The Smithsonian Associates destination-specific lecture series and Sotheby's Institute culture and art cruises. Crystal Wine and Food Festivals will take place on 12 sailings. Crystal Cruises' President Gregg Michel and his family will host Crystal Serenity's August 30 British Isles sailing. For a complete list of Crystal's theme cruises see CruiseMates' Theme Cruises page. Back to Top
6-10-05 Weekend Cruise News *** Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of Pride of America which is currently en route to New York where naming ceremonies will take place on June 17. A new feature onboard is the use of flat screen technology around the ship showing restaurant availability and wait times. Red, orange and green color-coding indicates the availability of various types of tables in each of the ships' restaurants. It also enables restaurant managers to make bookings at other venues. The new system has been successfully tested on Norwegian Spirit and will be operational on Pride of America following the call at Miami. Norwegian Jewel will enter service in August sporting the new flat panels. The system will be added to the rest of the fleet over time.
*** A protest by longshoremen in Whittier, Alaska, disrupted Carnival Spirit's turnaround at the port on Wednesday. Five men were arrested when they blocked tour buses carrying passengers. About 30 demonstrators came from Alaska, the West Coast and Canada to protest Carnival's employment of shipboard staff to handle baggage once it is aboard the ship. Normally the longshoremen work on the dock, however, on Wednesday they stopped work and disrupted operations. The men are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, however the union did not organize the protest and the men were acting independently. They were later locked out. The union has been trying to resolve the issue with Carnival. Other lines calling at Whittier do allow longshoremen onboard to handle luggage.
*** Princess has more than 430 shore excursions available in Europe this year, including 73 new tours. The new "Elite Collection" of 11 tours visit sites which cannot handle large groups while 21 new "EZ Tours" cater to passengers with limited mobility. Private cars and vans are available in 16 ports. New tours include a hike to the crater of Santorini's volcano; kayaking in Norway's Geirangerfjord; a visit to Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea) in Rome by train from Civitavecchia; and learning the art of brandy-making at the Hennessy Cellars in the Cognac region of France. Tours are described and can be booked online at www.princess.com. The three, 2,600-passenger sister ships Grand Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess and the 1,950-passenger Sea Princess, which recently returned to the Princess fleet, will sail to the Mediterranean, Baltic, Western Europe, British Isles, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland this year
*** British comedian John Cleese is one of the special guests aboard Queen Mary 2 for its current transatlantic crossing. Cleese is famous in North America for his roles in Fawlty Towers, Monty Python's Flying Circus and the film "A Fish Called Wanda" among others. The Cambridge scholar joins the Cunard ConneXions enrichment program for this crossing. Cunard ConneXions features classes and lectures by leaders in fashion, music and the arts; historians and scientists; leading chefs, college professors and top diplomats. The Oxford Discovery Program features lectures in association with Oxford University. Some of the notable speakers on upcoming sailings are maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham, author of "The Only Way to Cross", aboard the July 5 and 11 crossings; Bill Miller, an authority on ocean liners, July 17 and August 3 transatlantic crossings, the July 23 Norwegian Fjords sailing and the December 20 Holiday cruise from New York; crime fiction author PD James aboard the August 27 crossing while on the September 8 crossing she will be joined by crime writer Dick Francis.
*** Jazz Cruises LLC have chartered three Holland America for jazz themed cruises featuring guest artists. The Jazz Cruise, will operate aboard Zuiderdam on a seven-night sailing, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale October 29 2005, calling at Aruba, Curacao, Half Moon Cay. Warren Hill's Smooth Jazz Cruise, sails aboard Zuiderdam for seven nights, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale on January 21, 2006, calling at San Juan, Nevis, St. Barts, Half Moon Cay. Dave Koz and Friends at Sea sails aboard Oosterdam for seven nights, round-trip from San Diego on November 5, 2005, calling at Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas. For details and a list of participating musicians see: The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com); Warren Hill's Smooth Jazz Cruise (www.warrenhillcruise.com); and Dave Koz and Friends at Sea (www.davekozcruise.com).
*** Crystal Cruises 2006 Atlas is now available. The 128-page, full-color guide illustrates the luxury line's 63 itineraries, visiting 168 ports in 79 countries. Divided into three sections, "The Crystal Experience," "Destinations 2006" and "Cruise Information," the Atlas opens with a cruise calendar for each ship that is color-coded by destination to be more easily read at-a-glance. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will sail worldwide next year. (Crystal's first ship, Crystal Harmony will leave the fleet in December.) To order a 2006 Atlas, contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625.
*** Star Princess and Sea Princess will sail the Canada/New England routes in 2006. New for Princess is the port of Ville Saguenay in Quebec, on the Saguenay River. Star Princess will sail round-trip from New York on seven-night cruises calling at Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston and Newport, Rhode Island. Sea Princess will sail the 10-night itinerary between New York and Quebec City (overnight onboard) calling at Ville Saguenay, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia. Sea Princess completes the season with a 14-night sailing from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale, which calls at Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, New York City, Philadelphia, Norfolk and Charleston. The Canada/New England sailings will operate from September 18 through Oct. 28, 2006, following both ships' European seasons and transatlantic crossings. The early-booking fares start at $995 for seven-night cruises and $1,495 for 10-night cruises. Back to Top
6-6-05 U.S. Disability Laws Extend to Cruise Ships The U. S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that foreign cruise ships that sail in U.S. waters and stop at U.S. ports can be sued under a federal civil rights law for discriminating against disabled passengers. The high court extended the reach of a key part of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to foreign-flagged cruise ships in U.S. waters. A lower-court ruling that foreign-flagged cruise ships are not covered by the law barring discrimination at places of public accommodation and in public transportation services was overturned by the Supreme Court in this decision. The opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said foreign cruise ships that sail in U.S. waters and stop at U.S. ports can be sued under a federal civil rights law concerning discriminating against disabled passengers. The ruling was made by a divided Supreme Court. While cruise lines have always done well accomodating special needs, even though it was not required, and the vast majority of cruise ships available to the North American market already had extensive facilities for people who are physically challenged, including special cabins, elevators, ramps, etc., this decision may cause some turmoil. Some aspects of cruising are simply very difficult to adapt, such as stairways leading to tenders when ships are required to anchor off shore rather than pulling up to a dock. Another unusual aspect of this decision is that it imposes U.S. jurisprudence on vessels that have been traditionally ruled by foreign laws. The vast majority of cruise ships visiting U.S. ports, and carrying mostly passengers of U.S. citizenship on a regular basis are not U.S.-registered vessels, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, NCL, Holland America and most common cruise brand names. This ruling sets a precedent for imposing U.S. law on foreign-flagged vessels that most cruise lines have resisted due to the possibility of future rulings imposing U.S. laws of a different nature on the cruise lines, such as levying federal taxes or requiring U.S. employment standards such as withholding or a minimum wage. The cruise lines have been very comfortable with their foreign vessel status and have not expressed any interest in changing the status quo for decades. The list of requirements for U.S.-flagged vessels are considered to be so comprehensive that the majority of cruise lines believe they could not offer a competitive product if they were required to adhere to them. Back to Top
6-3-05 Weekend Cruise News *** Celebrity Cruises' Century will undergo a $55 million refurbishment next year which will see many features of the Millennium-class vessels added. The 77,713-ton vessel will emerge from a five-week drydock period on June 2, 2006, with 314 new verandas, 14 new suites, 10 new staterooms ranging from inside to veranda category, an expanded number of ConciergeClass category staterooms and a new specialty restaurant. The "Casual Dining Boulevard" on the lido deck will be expanded to offer a Sushi Cafe, made-to-order Pasta and Pizza Bar, a small ice cream parlor, along with buffet breakfasts, themed lunches, and dinner service with a casual dress code every night. A new Spa Cafe will be introduced, offering light, healthy spa cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other additions include the Cova Cafe Milano, new Champagne Bar, new Martini Bar, a "High Seas Computing" center and a permanent space dedicated to the "Acupuncture at Sea" program. Both the spa and children's facilities will be expanded. Following the drydock, Century will sail in Europe on Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Western Europe and Mediterranean itineraries. From November 2005 through April 2007, Century will sail four and five-night Caribbean cruises round-trip from Miami.
*** Carnival Cruise Lines is introducing the Carnival Comfort Bed ensemble to staterooms fleetwide. Manufactured in Europe, the new beds feature an eight-inch spring mattress specially designed for the line, a duvet made from 100 percent hypoallergenic down and sheets made of a high quality cotton blend. The duvet covers and pillowcases are of an ultra-fine, ring-spun, satin-striped cotton blend. New Generation Pillows, made of non-allergenic micro fiber to create a fluffy, down-like consistency, will be featured in all staterooms. In suite accommodations, a special "suite pillow menu" will offer guests the choice of a variety of different pillow types for their sleeping comfort, including a luxury goose down and a firm latex pillow. The Comfort Bed is part of the "Today's Carnival" program of cabin enhancements. Other stateroom upgrades that have been incorporated on Carnival's ships are high-quality bath and hand towels, terrycloth bathrobes in all ocean view staterooms, in-shower soap and shampoo dispensers, and in-cabin amenities baskets containing a variety of name-brand product samples. Introduction of the new bedding system, already on several ships, is ongoing and is expected to be implemented fleetwide by the end of the year.
*** Ports around the globe continue to expand their facilities in order to serve more, and larger, cruise ships. A modern terminal building opened last month at Kusadasi, Turkey's second largest cruise port and the gateway to the city of Ephesus. The new terminal building is part of a multi-million dollar improvement and enlargement of Kusadasi Port's facilities which welcomes more than 300,000 cruise ship and ferry passengers annually. Kusadasi can handle nine cruise ships at one time. The new facility includes a selection of duty-free shops and the enlarged parking lot can accommodate up to 50 coaches. Two more structures will be added, which will house a retail and entertainment complex for passengers and land-bound tourists, the two piers will be lengthened and other improvements made to better accommodate the trend toward super-sized cruise ships. This week the port of New Orleans announced plans to create the city's third cruise terminal by renovating the Poland Avenue storage warehouse. The $6 million project will create a facility to handle the city's largest cruise ship, Golden Princess, which arrives in December, 2006 to sail three Western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans. The 2,600-passenger ship will be the first Princess ship to call at New Orleans.
*** Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf sails the Southern Caribbean next winter from December 2005 to April 2006. The 308-passenger motor sailing yacht's new routes sail round trip from Bridgetown, Barbados on seven-night cruises to either Nevis, St. Martin, St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Iles des Saintes and Pigeon Island (St. Lucia), or, Tobago, Grenada, Bequia, Roseau and Cabrits (Dominica), and Mayreau (Grenadines). Passengers can sail back-to-back cruises for a 14-night cruise. Two 10 and 11-night holiday cruises depart December 18 and December 28, 2005. Available excursions include a private picnic for two in Nevis, a catamaran cruise along the coast of St. Barts, snorkeling in the Grenadines, or horseback riding in Barbados. When at anchor, the Wind Surf's aft water sports platform gives passengers the complimentary use of sailboards, sailboats and kayaks, as well as water-skiing and rides on the ship's "banana boat." Snorkeling equipment can be checked out for the week and is also complimentary. Windstar's staff of PADI-certified instructors lead dives on underwater adventures featuring some of the best sites in the region. Dives are available for a fee for both novice and experienced divers. A Discover scuba diving program teaches the basics in a classroom and pool session followed by an open water dive with the instructor.
*** Carnival Cruise Lines' second annual Mind/Body cruise will take place October 23-30, 2005, aboard Carnival Pride. The seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, round-trip from Long Beach, will call at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Experts from "Shape" and "Men's Fitness" magazines will be onboard to present a series of workouts and body-sculpting classes, including Beach Body Workout, Pilates Sculpt, Strength Training and Circuit Training. Home-based gym workout plans will provide participants with fitness regimens to continue after their cruise. A series of interactive, informative and motivating nutrition lectures, including "The Real Simple Diet" and "How to Age-Proof Your Body," will also be presented as well as tai chi, qigong and yoga classes taught on the open deck. Sponsors taking part in the cruise include Special K, Pria, Campbell's, Lipton Ice Tea, Yasmin, Uniball Pens, Snickers Marathon and Cuervo. Cruise fares begin at $799 per person, double occupancy. Request fare code CSSH when booking.
*** New shore excursions and special guest speakers highlight Crystal Serenity's fall Mediterranean cruises from September through November. Five 11- and 12-night itineraries are available from Venice, Athens, Rome or Barcelona to the Eastern or Western Mediterranean. Each features at least one overnight and evening stays in port and the following shore excursions and guest speakers:
- Crystal Adventures ashore in the Mediterranean number almost 200 with 40 new culinary, adventure, cultural and golf tours added this year. The new offerings include Amarone wine tasting and local fare at a renowned Tuscan villa (from Venice); A private tour of the Vatican Museum (from Rome); Advanced and beginning scuba diving in Sorrento's Punta Campanella; Helicopter tours of the Dolomites (from Venice) and the Amalfi Coast (from Sorrento); Off-road 4x4 excursions in Valletta and Funchal; and, zipping around Nice on a Segway Human Transporter. Golfers can play at Málaga's Real Club de Campo; The Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Montecastillo Hotel & Golf Resort in Cádiz; The Green Course at Casablanca's Dar Es-Salam Royal Golf Club; The Real Club de Golf de Tenerife; and Lisbon's stunning Penha Longa Golf Course. All shore tours can be researched and pre-reserved online at www.crystalcruises.com prior to departure.
- Speakers joining the Crystal Visions Enrichment Program lecture series include Dr. Lewis A. Sussman, professor of Classics at the University of Florida; Linda Ellerbee, multi-Emmy Award-winning television producer, author and breast cancer survivor; Paul Theroux, travel novelist; Dr. Howard Clarke, professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Old Master paintings expert at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London; Corrado Amice, Italian tenor; Susan Reed, editor in chief of Golf for Women, is joined by a PGA golf pro to host play at the courses listed above.