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.
Although California’s third biggest city with an ever-increasing population of more than a million, San Diego prides itself on its small-town ambience, with very little of the pollution, highway congestion and raciness of Los Angeles. In 1769 a Spanish missionary by the name of Father Junipero Serra established a Catholic mission and fortified settlement in what was later to become San Diego; it was the first permanent European settlement on the West Coast of the United States.
The city is a vibrant collection of colourful neighbourhoods and communities. It has award-winning restaurants, trendy shopping districts, attractions such as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, and a dynamic downtown district that includes the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. There are numerous indications of its Mexican and Spanish heritage in the traditional architecture, typical Mexican cuisine, and strong links with the town of Tijuana just across the Mexican border.
San Diego is also rich in art and culture, and the city boasts the largest urban cultural park in the US, with beautiful gardens and Spanish architecture featuring 17 museums, art galleries and theatres to be found in Balboa Park. More than 70 miles (113km) of beaches around the city offer superb surfing and beach activities and provide the perfect introduction to this accessible and laid-back city.
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.
Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian Islands to be discovered by English explorer Captain James Cook in 1778 when he landed at Waimea on Kauai’s southwest coast. There is evidence, however, that he was not the first European in Hawaii; some Spanish sailors may have paid a visit about a century earlier.
Today Kauai is popular with visitors, but tourism development is concentrated in just a few prime locations such as the Princeville resort on the north coast. The main attractions on Kauai are its natural beauty and the unassuming lifestyle of the people.
Holidaymakers who opt for Kauai’s raw wilderness are rewarded with some of the most secluded, pristine beaches in the Hawaiian Islands and marvellous natural wonders like Waimea Canyon, covering 14 miles (23km) on the west side. There are also some restored historic sites to explore, like the Alekoko Fishpond near Nawiliwili Harbour on the southeast coast, regarded as an engineering wonder of ancient times.
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.
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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