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August 03 - 15, 2017

Northern Europe

Antwerp to Honfleur

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

An inclusive two-night trip to Paris caps this voyage rich with tradition and culture and art, including overnights in Antwerp, Edinburgh (a highlight is seeing the world-renowned "Tattoo Festival") and Amsterdam.

For even more good times, join Roberta and Arnold on both this and the following cruise, Honfleur to London, back-to-back! (Note: The 2-Day Paris Land Program cannot be included when doing the back-to-back cruises)

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All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

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ITINERARY

August 03

Antwerp, Belgium

August 04

Antwerp, Belgium

August 05

Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

August 06

Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

August 07

Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

August 08

Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 09

Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 10

London/Tilbury, England

August 11

Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

August 12

Honfleur, France

August 13

Honfleur/Paris, France

August 14

Paris, France

August 15

Paris, France

August 03 - Antwerp, Belgium

Embark PM

Antwerp is home to the world's largest diamond industry. Diamonds are mined all over the globe, but they are cleft, sawed, polished, refined and resold in Antwerp. The golden era of Antwerp was the 16th century, from which many of its monuments and architectural highlights date. The famous Brabo fountain, a monument to the city's mythical hero Silvius Brabo, is located in the heart of the city. The city is proud of its artistic heritage, particularly its strong link with Rubens, who was born there and spent most of his life painting in and around the port. Visit his old house, the Rubenshuis, which has been well renovated and serves as a good introduction to the painter's work. Another important piece of Belgium's artistic heritage is the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Katedraal, an impressive Gothic structure. This church is home to three fabulous Rubens canvases.

August 04 - Antwerp, Belgium

Depart 5 AM

After leaving Antwerp, enjoy a full day at sea.

August 05 - Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

Arrive 10:30 AM (Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.)

Dominated by a medieval castle on a towering crag, Edinburgh is the celebrated capital of Scotland and boasts more than a thousand years of vibrant historical heritage. The Exchange building, the famous Royal Mile featuring St. Giles Cathedral and John Knox House, as well as Palace of holyroodhouse, the Queens official, are only a few of the architectural masterpieces found in this delightful Scottish city.

Your overnight stay gives you an opportunity to join Roberta and Arnold in seeing the awesome "Tattoo Festival"!

August 06 - Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

August 07 - Edinburgh/Queensferry Landing, Scotland

Depart 5 AM

After leaving Edinburgh, enjoy a full day at sea.

August 08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive 10 AM

Amsterdam derives its name from a 13th-century protective dam. Itis a beautifully preserved city with quaint architectural styles, priceless art treasures and welcoming people. Many of its wondrous highlights are located within the five concentric canals that gird the city's older neighborhoods and business districts. Whether cruising its waterways or visiting its exquisite galleries and museums, you will discover a wealth of fascinating sightseeing opportunities. A short drive away, characteristic towns preserve their traditional Dutch ways with intricate national costumes, sturdy wooden shoes and purposeful windmills.

August 09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Depart 4 PM

August 10 - London/Tilbury, England

8 AM to 7 PM

With a history thought to date to Roman times, Tilbury has long been a center of politics, travel and trade. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I came ashore on official army-related business, and in 1852, an Act of Parliament initiated the construction of the Tilbury Docks. Four years later, the docks welcomed their first vessel, making Tilbury the main port for London. Indeed, Tilbury is part of the wider Port of London, with the great city itself just 25 miles away. You might take in Tilbury sights such as the Tilbury Fort, originally built by Henry VIII, and the Tilbury Docks, used as a location for the films Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman Begins, before heading off to explore London. Legendary landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Tower of London and the fashionable West End will prove exceedingly fascinating, whether this is your first trip or a long-anticipated reprise.

August 11 - Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands

12 Noon to 6 PM

Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers.

Join Roberta and Arnold in tracing the best-selling book about Guernsey during World War II, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society!

August 12 - Honfleur, France

Arrive 3 AM (Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.)

Honfleur's unique character and atmosphere has inspired painters, writers and musicians over the ages. Nestled at the mouth of the Seine River, this small fishing port is renowned for the glorious voyages of discovery by its 17th century mariners, and has blossomed into one of Normandy's most appealing harbors. Honfleur became a center of artistic activity in the 19th century. Eugène Boudin, the painter of stirring seascapes, was born here in 1824 and artists such as Courbet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir and Cèzanne have visited Honfleur. Preserved from World War II's destruction, this quaint old Norman town has managed to retain its charm of yesteryear. The "Old Dock," narrow jetty houses, the museums and monuments are witness to a rich heritage of art and history.

Our overnight stay gives you a memorable opportunity to explore the beaches of WWII Normandy with Roberta and Arnold!

August 13 - Honfleur/Paris, France

Disembark AM for Inclusive Two-Day Paris Land Program!

August 14 - Paris, France

August 15 - Paris, France

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 05

This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

The word “tattoo” derives from the closing-time cry of the Low Country innkeepers during the 17th and 18th centuries. At that time, it was customary for the local regiment to march through the streets playing their fifes and drums, signaling the soldiers’ return to their quarters. During this display, the shout would go up – Doe den tap toe, or “Turn off the taps.”

A masterpiece of performance, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is filled with music, color and movement, commanding worldwide attention and admiration. The range of music presented at this exhibition is as diverse as the many counties represented.

From your grandstand seats, this internationally acclaimed event unfolds before you as nearly 800 men and women perform in front of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. The Tattoo celebrates the Army in Scotland and features the largest gathering of pipes and drums ever to grace the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. They may be joined by the regimental bands of the Swiss Guards and the Coldstream Guards, Switzerland’s awesome Top Secret Drum Corps, the New Zealand Army Band, display teams and dance troupes from around the world, as well as the haunting sound of the Lone Piper.

After enjoying the musical heritage that is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, rejoin your motor coach for the return journey to the pier in South Queensferry and your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

As the Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place on the Castle Esplanade, motor coach parking is restricted. Depending on traffic congestion, guests may have to stand in line and walk a long distance from the motor coach parking area, which is located below the castle. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing, wear flat, comfortable shoes and bring along a sweater and raingear (umbrella use is not permitted while seated). Guests may wish to bring a small blanket for their knees. The grandstand is not covered and the grandstand seats offer limited leg room. Performing regiments on date of program are subject to change without notice. Wheelchair and disabled seating is very limited and is only confirmed on a request-only basis, with no guarantee of confirmation. Please contact the shore excursion desk to pre-arrange services. See information concerning special cancellation conditionsbelow. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

SPECIAL CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

If cancellation of the above Crystal Adventure is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest’s shipboard account. In the event guests cancel their cruise within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, this cancellation fee will be charged throught the Crystal Cruises corporate office.

Excursion Code:

EDI-N

Highlights:

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this evening’s special event, is one of the finest exhibitions of military pomp and splendor in the world. Join your fellow Crystal guests for this special experience at mythical Edinburgh Castle.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Strenuous

Duration:

Approximately 5½ hours

Price:

$239

Availability:

Limited

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam City & Canal

August 08

A canal boat will be waiting for your one-hour sightseeing cruise in front of the terminal. Some of the 100 canals and 1,000 bridges of Amsterdam will open up to you as your private canal boat quietly passes by beautiful gabled houses, elegant merchant’s mansions and carillon-crowned churches dating to the 16th and 17th centuries.

As your canal boat glides gently across the water, you will view the Anne Frank house, the Westerchurch, the “Golden Bend” and City Hall. Slip silently by the river Amstel with its Skinny Bridge, the Twin Houses and the harbor of Amsterdam.

After your delightful cruise, join your motor coach for a scenic drive through the heart of Amsterdam. Pass by Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk located in Dam Square, and proceed to the museum area for a drive past the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Passing the Concert building, return to your Crystal ship via the Leidseplein entertainment area.

Important Notes:

The canal boat is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to embark and disembark canal boats that sit low in the water. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should bring raingear in case of inclement weather. Although it is not anticipated that you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

Excursion Code:

AMS-A

Highlights:

Enjoy the sights and sounds of historic Amsterdam by motor coach, as well as by canal boat, on this enlightening city overview.

Activity Level:

Soft Adventure

Walking Type:

Very Little

Duration:

Approximately 3 hours

Price:

$59

Guernsey, Channel Islands

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

August 11

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

This three-hour tale, as told during today’s engaging outing, begins as you depart the pier and head to the memorial dedicated to the local people who lost their lives during the German bombing raid of June 28, 1940. The last evacuation of the island’s children to the schools and families of mainland United Kingdom had occurred just one week earlier. You might recall that, in the novel, the young boy Eli was one of the children sent to a safer locale across the channel.

Next, journey along the seafront enjoying views of Castle Cornet and Havelet Bay en route to the Jerbourg area of La Bouvee, where many scenes from the book took place. With your expert guide referencing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, you will get a sense for the daily turmoil and danger in which the characters found themselves. See where Elizabeth, Lord Tobias, Isola Pribby and Dawsey Adams lived their lives in this work of fiction, which detailed the very real times of World War II.

You might wish to take the short cliff walk to where Elizabeth met her German lover Christian, and ponder the views from where Elizabeth and John watched the German bombers flying over to drop their bombs on London. Meanwhile, your guide will inspire you with real-life stories of heroism and triumph.

Re-boarding your motor coach, travel to the little church that Dawsey showed Juliet. Considered the smallest consecrated church in the world, the structure is also special for its decoration of shells and broken pieces of pottery. Juliet was delighted to be able to step right inside this beautiful church.

Venturing down the west coast, your motor coach will treat you to lovely views. Pause for refreshments of tea or coffee and a piece of Guernsey Gache before returning to your Crystal ship, spying the witches stone and Les Trepieds Dolmen, additional Guernsey sights Dawsey pointed out to Juliet, along the way.

Important Notes:

It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

STX-F

Highlights:

Inspired by the best-selling epistolary novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, this excursion brings to life the beloved story of the hardship of war and the warmth and lasting power of friendship and love.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 3½ hours

Price:

$109

Availability:

Extremely limited

Honfleur, France

The 73rd Anniversary of D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy

August 12

This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

Departing the pier by motor coach, travel on an approximate two-hour panoramic drive through Normandy’s countryside, where memories will be evoked of D-Day.

At Arromanches-les-Bains, situated close to the famous Gold Beach, you will discover the seafront with traces of old tanks used by the allied to build the famous artificial “Mulberry Harbor”.

On June 6th, 1944, the largest amphibious assault with combined forces of over 190,000 troops invaded the Beaches of Normandy. Arromanches owes much of its fame to the “Mulberry” operation, the Allied establishment of an artificial prefabricated port. Some elements of the Normandy invasion remain and visits to the Landing Museum gives helpful insights into the Allied strategy.

Afterward, proceed by motor coach to Port-en-Bessin for lunch at a charming restaurant.

Rejoining your motor coach, journey to Point due Hoc. Heavily fortified by the German troops, Pointe du Hoc was located to the west of Omaha beach landings and was the position of six 155mm cannons with a range of 25,000 yards. These cannons had a commanding view of both Omaha and Utah beaches and the potential to cause much damage to the invading force. The point stood on cliffs between 85 to over 100 feet high. At the base was a very small rocky beach that offered no protection. The 2nd Ranger Battalion comprised of 3 Companies (D, E, and F) of 225 men were assigned the difficult task of scaling the cliffs to destroy the guns emplacements and move inland to cut off the coastal highway that connected Grandcamp and Vierville. The American Troops suffered 70 percent casualties in triumphantly overtaking this important post. Today, visitors can appreciate the risk and scale of the operation by seeing the site, still pockmarked with bomb craters, and many of the original fortifications also still in place.

We then proceed to Omaha beach where the amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored divisions took place.

A profoundly moving experience then awaits you at the American Cemetery in Colleville St. Laurent. Here, over 9,000 soldiers were laid to rest, marked by the iconic marble crosses that stand in orderly ranks over Omaha Beach. In memorial of those lost, flowers will be laid to rest followed by the traditional flag folding.

Pondering the great importance and sacrifices of D-Day, begin the approximately 90-minute return journey to your Crystal ship. If you wish to remain in Honfleur for independent sightseeing, you may disembark your motor coach during a brief stop in town and make your way to the ship later on your own.

Important notes:

Guests should be aware that there is an approximately 3½-hour, round-trip drive to the Normandy Beaches at Arromanches-les-Bains; however, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and more than compensate for the length of the journey. As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Should Château La Chenevière restaurant not be available on the day of your excursion, a lunch venue of similar quality will be substituted. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. To avoid crowding, order of sights visited may vary. See information concerning special cancellation conditions below. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

SPECIAL CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

If cancellation of the above Crystal Adventure is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest’s shipboard account. In the event guests cancel their cruise within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, this cancellation fee will be charged throught the Crystal Cruises corporate office.

Excursion Code:

HNF-I

Highlights:

2017 marks the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day. Today we visit the famous landing beaches of Normandy where you will experience the history of one of the largest amphibious invasion in world history, comprised of over 190,000 troops and successfully executed by land, sea, and air. Although thousands of troops lost their lives, D-Day’s success allowed the allies to achieve a foothold in Europe, which some historians considered to be the turning point in European Theater in World War II. WWII veterans and guests with interest in the events of World War II will not want to miss this journey to the site of the D-Day Invasion that took place in Normandy at “H” hour on June 6, 1944.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 11 hours

Price:

$279

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E2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Extremely Limited View)
$ 3,450 ( $ 5,675)
E1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Limited View)
$ 3,450 ( $ 5,675)
D (5)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 3,450 ( $ 5,675)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 3,450 ( $ 5,675)
C1 (7,8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 3,450 ( $ 5,675)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 3,950 ( $ 6,425)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 3,950 ( $ 6,425)
A3 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 3,950 ( $ 6,425)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 3,950 ( $ 6,425)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 3,950 ( $ 6,425)
PH (10)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 12,615 ( $22,825)
PS (10)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 15,815