Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, hike Diamond Heat Crater in Oahu, go on a whale-watching expedition in Maui…or, just relax and take in the surreal beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.
A Perfect Match
High above the sea, where warm rays of sunshine meet cool ocean breezes, Wimbledon Court welcomes doubles and singles matches.
The 982-square-foot Suites aboard Crystal Symphony now feature expanded living space with elegant dining area, state-of-the-art audio-visual system, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a magnificent all-crystal pedestal sink in the powder room.
Open and airy, the breakfast and lunch venue sports a refined yet modern motif with abundant natural light and colors and details inspired by the Hampton seashore
Key among Crystal Symphony’s recent $15 million redesign is the newly styled Avenue Saloon, one of the ship’s most popular venues. The piano bar retains its 19th-century gentlemen’s club feel with rich mahogany woods, buttery leathers, and luxe velvets.
The most attractive of American cities and regularly voted the best city in the USA, San Francisco is adored because of its colourful history, dramatic setting and its laissez-faire atmosphere, a quality missing from synthetic Los Angeles. It is a regular trendsetter in everything alternative, from flower-power to ‘free love’ and gay liberation; it prides itself on being individualistic, down-to-earth and cultured.
Streets rollercoaster up and down the hills, and when not swathed in the city’s trademark fog, there are superb vistas of San Francisco Bay, spanned by one of the world’s most famous sights, the Golden Gate Bridge. Surrounded by hills and urban development, traversed by bridges, dotted with sails and 14 small islands, including the notorious Alcatraz, the bay is the largest inlet on the Californian Coast. Fisherman’s Wharf at the edge of the bay is a popular place to eat, stroll and shop, with its resident seals a favourite photographic subject.
Within the surprisingly compact city are distinct neighbourhoods that reflect the cultural background of diverse communities that were attracted to San Francisco by the discovery of gold in 1848, and the promise of a new life for those desperate to escape their harsh circumstances. Most of San Francisco’s residents were born outside the city and this mix of cultures is reflected in the dragon-studded temples of colourful Chinatown and Japantown, the characteristic bohemian flavour of the Italian pasta restaurants and cappuccino cafes in North Beach, the old Spanish-speaking Mission District that blends with the nightlife of SoMa, the modern Financial District, the gay centre of Castro and The Haight, characterised by the memory of the hippie movement of the 1960s.
The main city on the Island is Honolulu, with Waikiki being the primarybeach and resort hotel area. Among the many popular things to do on Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center and Sea Life Park, on the opposite side of the Island from Honolulu, are very popular.
Lahaina also hosts a roster of innovative restaurants specializing in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a masterful blend of classic Asian and Continental techniques with the unique taste of paradise. More than 40 art galleries offer the works of both acclaimed local artists and masters such as Dali, Chagall and Miro. In fact, art shopping in Lahaina has become so popular that it is celebrated in a weekly event called “Friday Night is Art Night in Lahaina Town.” Art lovers stroll from gallery to gallery viewing finished works, meeting the artists and watching them work amidst an outdoor party atmosphere.
Lahaina is easily accessible from the Kaanapali Resort, just a short three-mile trip via car, or relax and take the complimentary shuttle bus that services Lahaina from several sites within the resort. Many adventurous “commuters” choose to board the Sugar Cane Train from Kaanapali and take the scenic route to Lahaina through the West Maui sugar cane fields.
Hana is an industrial port town on the windward (rainier) side of the island, with several hotels and an airport, although the majority of the resort activity is on the Kona side of the Island.
There are snow-capped 14,038-foot peaks (Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea), vast macadamia nut plantations, as well as black lava, white coral and green olivine beaches–not to mention the fiery landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the island of Hawaii (known as Big Island to avoid confusion) is one of the few places on earth where visitors can go from snowboarding to snorkelling in a single day! Local legend has it that the volcano goddess Pele and the demi-god Kamapua’a, who could control the weather, battled for the island and eventually decided to divide it: Pele took the hot, dry western half and Kamapua’a ended up with the wet, tropical east.
Big Island, however, actually has twelve distinct climatic zones ranging from tropical rain forests in the east to the frozen tundra atop Mauna Kea and the arid desert of Ka’u in the south. This diversity makes Hawaii’s Big Island an unrivalled pleasure ground for active holidaymakers, the island’s resorts offering every type of outdoor activity imaginable. To add to the thrill there is the attraction of two active volcanoes on this island – the Kilauea Caldera is the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world, its present eruptive phase dating back to 1983; Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984. Of the three other volcanoes on the island two, Mauna Kea and Kohala, are extinct, while Hualalai is considered to be dormant. All this volcanic action has meant that holidaymakers can decide on their preferred beach sand tones ranging from white to red, black and even green.
Together with the diverse ecosystems of Big Island is the rich Polynesian Hawaiian culture, a culture that has absorbed some interesting elements from both Asia and Europe, creating a colourful mix. On the coast you can dance the hula at an authentic luau feast, while upcountry you will find a blend of Portuguese and Mexican culture combined with Hawaiian tradition among the ‘Paniolos’ (cowboys) on the giant cattle ranches.
The All-Inclusive Crystal Experience® is a heady combination of indulgent services and enriching discovery. Since our debut in 1990, we have been elevating and redefining the traditional notions of luxury cruising with innovative excellence, exquisitely designed ships, bold itineraries, customized destination immersion, and the highest standards of personalized service at sea and on land. A proven leader in evolving the guest experience to stay ahead of global luxury travel trends, we were the first cruise line to partner with celebrity chefs—our Silk Road and Sushi Bar alternative dining venues are the only sea-going restaurants in Nobu Matsuhisa’s worldwide empire; the first to debut a Computer University@Sea® with personal e-mail and Internet services; the first to launch a now critically-acclaimed Wine & Food Festival; and the soon-to-be first luxury line to transit the Northwest Passage in 2016 and offer four distinct World Cruise options in 2018.
From launching the interactive Creative Learning Institute® with complimentary courses tailored to a guest’s own personal enrichment, to pushing the boundaries of gastronomic discovery with a cutting-edge new Modern Cuisine menu, we are continually adding new programs and features to our award-winning ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. In the last five years alone, Crystal® has invested more than $140 million in the stylish redesign and sophisticated technologies aboard both ships, rewarding our loyal Crystal Society® members and travel agent partners with an experience that is always fresh, new and exciting.
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