Phone: 516-626-9000

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December 22, 2018 - January 05, 2019

The 2018 Holiday Bridge Cruise

New Orleans Roundtrip

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Crystalline waters of every shade of blue, pristine beaches and the charming personalities of welcoming Caribbean isles...the perfect gift to yourself. Between the elegant Symphony, the complete bridge program, and Roberta and Arnold Salob's merriment, you'll have the cruise of a lifetime! Give yourself a gift of the Holiday Bridge Cruise on the Crystal Symphony... Celebrate the warmth of the season as new discoveries are revealed each day. Let's party!

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
Fax: 516.626.7255
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

December 22

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (overnight)

December 23

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

December 23

Cruising the Mississippi River

December 24

Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

December 25

Cozumel, Mexico

December 26

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 27

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

December 28

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 29

San Juan, Puerto Rico

December 30

St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, USVI

December 31

St. Kitts/Basse Terre, West Indies

January 01

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 02

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 03

Key West, Florida, USA

January 04

Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

January 05

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

December 22 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (overnight)

Embark PM

Founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish, and bought by the United States in 1803, New Orleans is known for its distinct Creole culture and vibrant history. Creole cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and Mardi Gras - all these renowned attributes of the city give New Orleans a powerful sense of identity. Explore this utterly original American city that lies at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi and at the beating heart of the Great American story.

December 23 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Depart 4 PM

December 23 - Cruising the Mississippi River

December 24 - Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

December 25 - Cozumel, Mexico

7 AM to 6 PM

Just 11 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico lies Cozumel, the country's largest island and the gem of the Caribbean for water sports. Relax and bask in the sun on pristine palm-lined beaches or snorkel amid intricate coral formations at nearby Palancar Reef. On the island's west coast lies the bustling town of San Miguel, which boasts deluxe hotels, inviting shops and tempting restaurants. Off the island of Cozumel is Playa del Carmen, your gateway to the Mayan mysteries of the intriguing Yucatán. Inland lies Cobá, a splendid reminder of a civilization that existed thousands of years ago. Closer at hand lies Tulum, a massive fortress built in 564 AD and the only Mayan site to overlook the Caribbean Sea.

December 26 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 27 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

8 AM to 5 PM

Duty-free shopping, white-sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, jungle-clad mountains-Ocho Rios is everything a Jamaican town should be. Main Street offers the pleasures of canvassing for bargains, warm waters await diving and snorkeling, bustling restaurants invite the hungry and the weary to sit a spell in shady comfort. It won't be long before you are calling Ocho Rios "Ochi," just as the locals and many returning visitors do.

December 28 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 29 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

9 AM to 6 PM

The dramatic sandstone fortress of El Morro, begun by the Spanish in 1540, was built to guard the harbor against Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. Stroll the breezy boulevards of Old San Juan, lined with five centuries of palaces and great homes, as well as outdoor cafés where you can sample the island's famous coffee and seafood delicacies.

December 30 - St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, USVI

7 AM to 5 PM

Glimmering bays, shining seas, powdery sand beaches, towering green hills and unsurpassed shopping - this is St. Thomas. The Danes originally declared St. Thomas a free port, making it the shopping paradise it remains today. You will delight in exquisite imported goods ranging from Danish silver to French porcelain and Swiss watches. While this mountainous island is one of the loveliest stretches of land in the Caribbean, its offerings are not limited to its idyllic tropical scenery. The former pirate haunts, Danish relics and picturesque old buildings are constant reminders of St. Thomas' exotic history, making this a fascinating place in which to sightsee.

December 31 - St. Kitts/Basse Terre, West Indies

7 AM to 4 PM

Although discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, St. Kitts was settled by the British and the French more than a century later. Known as the Mother Colony of the West Indies, today the island is an independent nation. British influences abound in Basse-Terre, the capital of St. Kitts. Featured here is the domed Treasury Building, now a national museum, the Circus, which was modeled after Piccadilly in London, and the St. George's Anglican Church. Christened Notre Dame in 1670 by the French, the church was destroyed four times before it adopted its present Georgian-style structure in 1869. Its graveyard, however, boasts stones dating back to the early 18th century. Explore the traditional white-sand beaches on the southeast peninsula, or admire breathtaking views of verdant mountains, expansive sugar cane fields and exotic gardens from the interior.

January 01 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 02 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 03 - Key West, Florida, USA

8 AM to 5 PM

In the past, Key West was the winter home of Ernest Hemingway, John James Audubon and President Truman. Today it is a stylish retreat for writers and artists. Its atmosphere is reminiscent of the Caribbean, yet it is the southernmost town of the continental United States. Take a stroll along Duval Street, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, or explore its interesting art galleries and boutiques. And don't forget to try their famous Key Lime pie!

January 04 - Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

January 05 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Disembark AM

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

New Orleans

City Tour and WWII Museum

December 23

Crystal is putting this tour together for us. Details to follow.

Details to follow

Ocho Rios

Mystic Mountain Rainforest Sky Explorer and Bobsled Adventure

December 27

The Rainforest Sky Explorer, a chair lift-style aerial transport system, is located approximately 20 minutes from the pier. Once aboard the lift, you will thrill to views of the lush forest canopy, complete with glimpses of the sea.

The 20-minute Rainforest Sky Explorer experience takes you up 700 feet to the top of Mystic Mountain, where you will disembark for a chance to participate in some of the park’s numerous diversions. One is the educational pavilion, which focuses on Jamaica’s unique culture, history and natural environment. Other activities include contemplating the views from the observation tower, swimming in the pool, taking a ride down the waterslide or stopping at the restaurant and bar for refreshments.

A short walk from these attractions is the mountain’s Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica, a signature ride that takes visitors on a gravity-driven plunge along 3,300 feet of twists and turns aboard specially designed sleds that evoke the glory of the 1988 and 1992 Jamaican Olympic bobsled teams. The track, meanwhile, was laid to avoid disturbing the natural landscape, ensuring both environmental sensitivity and rider excitement as it curves around ancient trees, hugs majestic cliffs and edges the limestone outcroppings that loom over the shoreline.

During your bobsled adventure, you will control your speed with an in-sled handbrake, allowing for either a leisurely tour through the forest or a pulse-quickening descent to the base of the mountain. Once your bobsled comes to a graceful stop, you will slowly be pulled back through the rainforest to the top of the peak, completing the entire circuit in about ten minutes.

At the summit, the Rainforest Sky Explorer awaits to carry you down the mountain, this time gliding just below the treetops yet still high above the forest floor, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the scope of the rainforest and the diversity of as its fauna and flora.

Important Notes: Guests must be able to walk unassisted in order to participate. It is recommended that guests dress in loose, comfortable clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests who wish to participate in waterslide or pool activities should wear a swimsuit and cover-up. Towels will be available at your Crystal ship’s gangway prior to disembarkation for your excursion. As you may 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 operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

OCJ-B

Highlights:

For a relaxing ride up Mystic Mountain and the adrenaline rush of zipping through the forest aboard a bobsled, join this memorable rainforest adventure.

Activity Level:

High Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

Approximately 3 hours

Price:

$69

St. Kitts

Panoramic St. Kitts

December 31

Aboard your air-conditioned vehicle, venture through the capital of Basse Terre, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. Gain insights into its rich history and appreciate the French and British influences revealed in the carefully preserved buildings. Meanwhile, your guide will provide commentary and point out important landmarks such as the Berkeley Memorial, Independence Square, St. George’s Anglican Church and the impressive Catholic Cathedral.

Heading west out of town along the Island Main Road, travel through small villages and soon arrive at the Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden. A fine example of a colonial St. Kitts plantation estate, the 300-year-old property boasts a grand main house and courtyard surrounded by a two-and-a-half-acre tropical botanical garden, lush with fruit trees, palms, shrubs and flowers. A recent restoration has enhanced the estate’s old-world charm and romance, resulting in a magical setting

During your visit, you will learn about Fairview’s previous owners, life on the island during colonial times, as well as the process undertaken to fully restore this historic gem.

From here, continue your scenic journey, hearing more about this captivating Caribbean locale as you glimpse additional iconic sights, including Brimstone Hill Fortress, known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies.

Head to Black Rocks, where you will pause to marvel at this natural wonder. Aptly named, these black coastal rock formations were created from lava flow from the island’s Mt. Liamuiga volcano.

En route back to the ship, enjoy a stop at Timothy Hill. From this inspiring vantage point, you will see the vast expanse of the Frigate Bay Resort area with its long stretches of golden beaches, the foaming crests of the Atlantic waves to the north and the tranquil Caribbean Sea to the south, separated by only a few hundred yards.

Having feasted on the visual treats of St. Kitts, conclude your excursion at the pier.

Important Notes: It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

BAS-A

Highlights:

This easy-going outing affords an acquaintance with some of the isle’s most interesting highlights, including Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden, the volcanically formed Black Rocks and scenic Timothy Hill.

Activity Level:

Soft Adventure

Walking Type:

Very Little

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Accessible

Duration:

Approximately 3.5 hours

Price:

$79

Key West

Trolley Ride & Truman White House

January 03

This enjoyable excursion begins with the highlights described in excursion KEY-A Old Town Trolley Experience.

After the trolley returns you to Mallory Square, you will be met by one of the local guides from the Harry S. Truman Little White House and escorted on a 250 yards walk to the Presidential Museum. The Little White House was built in 1890 as the first officers’ quarters on the naval station. In the beginning of the 20th century, the home was converted into a single family dwelling to house the base commandant.

The house, currently owned by the Florida Department of State, has been host to many distinguished guests. Thomas Edison resided in the house during World War I, while working on depth charge research for the U.S. Navy. In 1946, Harry Truman began visiting the island for relaxation and returned for 175 days during his presidency. Other notable guests have included Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.

In April 2000, the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S., Great Britain, Germany and France had a private dinner at the Little White House. On April 2-6, 2001, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell opened peace talks in this house between the representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

After your guided visit of this remarkable house, a leisurely 15-minute walk returns you to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: As this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking and standing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests are also required to walk approximately 250 yards from the shuttle drop off point to the Truman White House. As the second floor of the White House involves stair climbing, it is not wheelchair accessible. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of the sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

KEY-E

Highlights:

Enjoy this city overview by trolley or train, as well as a visit to the Truman House on this brief excursion.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

Approximately 2.5 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$69

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $574

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $1,500.

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
E2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Extremely Limited View)
$ 5,000 ( $ 6,500)
E1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Limited View)
$ 5,395 ( $ 7,015)
D (5)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 5,830 ( $ 7,580)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 6,700 ( $ 8,710)
C1 (7,8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 6,905 ( $ 8,975)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 7,180 ( $10,050)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 7,290 ( $10,205)
A3 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 7,430 ( $10,400)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 7,615 ( $10,660)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 7,695 ( $10,775)
SH, PH (9, 10)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 11,385 ( $19,925)
SS, PS (10)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 15,370