Phone: 516-626-9000

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May 09 - 26, 2019

Accents on the Orient

Hong Kong to Tokyo

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Immersive overnight stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Osaka and Tokyo highlight this Asian odyssey that features maiden calls to scenic Hualien and the unspoiled beaches of Ishigaki.

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
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

May 09

Hong Kong, China

May 10

Hong Kong, China

May 11

Cruising the South China Sea

May 12

Hualien, Taiwan

May 13

Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan

May 14

Ishigaki, Japan

May 15

Okinawa/Naha, Japan

May 16

Cruising the East China Sea

May 17

Shanghai, China

May 18

Shanghai, China

May 19

Cruising the East China Sea

May 20

Pusan, South Korea

May 21

Nagasaki, Japan

May 22

Kagoshima, Japan

May 23

Osaka, Japan

May 24

Osaka, Japan

May 25

Tokyo, Japan

May 26

Tokyo, Japan

May 09 - Hong Kong, China

Embark PM

Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. The bustling city streets are lined with teeming markets and sophisticated boutiques tucked tightly into any available crevice. Some of the world's best shopping is found in Central, located on Hong Kong Island and only a short ferry ride away. Discover the beauty and magic of Hong Kong today!

May 10 - Hong Kong, China

Depart 6 PM

May 11 - Cruising the South China Sea

May 12 - Hualien, Taiwan

8 AM to 6 PM

Hualien County and its commercial and governmental hub Hualien City are a top traveler’s destination, and for good reason. Taroko National Park and Yushan National Park, two of Taiwan’s nine national parks, are jewels of this mountainous east-coast region. Taroko National Park’s claim to fame is Taroko Gorge, a sheer-walled, 12-mile-long river canyon accessed by a scenic winding highway. Eternal Spring Shrine, a picturesque temple complex built over a waterfall, clings to the verdant cliffs of the park’s interior. Yushan National Park offers dramatic mountain landscapes as well, incredibly captivating with more than 30 peaks reaching elevations of more than 9,800 feet. Back in town, Hualien presents an array of historical landmarks and enticing diversions. Tao and Buddhist temples showcase local architecture and culture. The old railway yard, converted into a mini theme park called Solar City, is outfitted with solar panels and frames sea views and slick graffiti art taken into the 21st century with 3D technology. Qixingtan Beach, also spelled Chihsingtan Beach, features hiking trails, ocean-view pavilions and a stretch of black-pebble beach. Whether you are active or laid back, an admirer of nature’s wonders or a partaker of city attractions, you will find Hualien and its surrounds to be a treasure of Taiwan.

May 13 - Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan

7 AM to 7 PM

Across the Formosa Straits from Mainland China lies the island of Taiwan, whose name means "Terraced Bay." Taipei lies just 20 miles from our pier in Keelung. It is Taiwan's largest city and stands on the island's northern tip, where the Tamsui and Keelung Rivers meet. Since becoming the capital of the Taiwanese Republic of China, its population has mushroomed to approximately three million people. That momentum continues today, making this cultural and economic center one of Asia's fastest growing cities. Taiwan is a land of contrasts, from its bustling urban areas to its serene countryside. Explore numerous sites of interest including 19th-century city gates and walls, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial and the famous Grand Hotel.

May 14 - Ishigaki, Japan

6 AM to 6 PM

White, sandy beaches. Clear blue waters. Coral reefs. No, you haven’t stumbled upon a Caribbean isle here in the southernmost region of Japan. What you have encountered is a slice of paradise that merges East Asian culture with tropical bliss, an intoxicating blend of sit-on-the-beach relaxation and Shinto-shrine enlightenment. Ishigaki—which is both the name of the island and the name of the city that covers the entire island—seems ready made for snorkeling, hiking, beachcombing and kayaking. One of the more idyllic spots on the island is Kabira Bay, located on the northwest coast and known for beautiful sands and turquoise waters. Part of the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, the bay is a popular spot for diving, with a chance to see some of the many manta rays that frequent aptly named Manta Scramble. Inland, dense palm forests, jungle-clad mountains and rivers lined with mangrove are a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight. West-facing Sunset Beach, a stretch of sand on the north end of the island, is ideal for—you guessed it—watching the sun dip into the East China Sea.

May 15 - Okinawa/Naha, Japan

9 AM to 6 PM

Okinawa is the southernmost of Japan's main islands and lies 500 miles beyond the archipelago. Unlike other parts of Japan, Okinawa has its own, separate history stemming from the Ryukyu Kingdom of the 15th century. The nostalgia of royalty remains to this day, as sacred temples and an imperial castle blend with imposing skyscrapers and modern freeways. Though poor in natural resources, the people of Okinawa became skillful mariners, turning the island into a thriving center of trade. Today, its unique culture combines influences from Europe, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. During World War II, Okinawa was the only location in Japan where the Allies landed. From 1945 to 1972, the island was under the control of the United States military and numerous US military bases are still active today. Beyond the modern capital of Naha lie peaceful panoramas of hills dotted with blooming bougainvillea. Due to its tropical climate, sugar cane fields, luminous seas and white beaches, Okinawa is sometimes known as Japan's Hawaii.

May 16 - Cruising the East China Sea

May 17 - Shanghai, China

Arrive 12 Noon

Shanghai, located just inside the mouth of the great Yangtze River, marks the point where Asia's longest and most important river completes its 3,400-mile journey to the Pacific. The city's unique location is the source of its existence and has determined what it is today. Until 1842, Shanghai was merely a tiny fishing village. Following the first Opium War, Shanghai became a treaty port, which opened the city to foreign influence and resulted in the development of numerous British, French and American colonial settlements within the city and along the Yangtze River. Today, Shanghai is the center of China's economic resurgence and its skyline attests to this development in the form of towering skyscrapers, brightly lit commercial high-rises and the unsettling Oriental Pearl Tower. A testimony to Shanghai's colonial era, stately European buildings in art deco style line the Bund, the city's spacious waterfront promenade. An endless flotilla of sampans edge the Huangpu River, dividing old and new Shanghai. Beyond the rush of the city, serene ponds and gardens offer a gentle respite. Must-see sights include the Jade Buddha Temple and tranquil Yu Garden, impressive monuments to China's history and style. Inland lies Suzhou, with its majestic Grand Canal and classical gardens, as well as equally significant Hangzhou, terminus of the Grand Canal and the center of China's legendary tea industry.

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

May 18 - Shanghai, China

Depart 5 PM*

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

May 19 - Cruising the East China Sea

May 20 - Pusan, South Korea

8 AM to 7 PM

Pusan, South Korea's largest port city, is the country's second largest city after Seoul and the world's fifth largest port. Even shopping is a huge draw thanks to the world's largest department store, Shinsegae Centrum City, located in Busan.

But this thriving metropolis is a place of smaller pleasures too. Six inviting beaches are ready to accommodate vacationers and day trippers; a trendy university area is alive with cafes, bars and restaurants; and an old central business district features eateries made famous by recipes handed down through the generations.

May 21 - Nagasaki, Japan

7 AM to 9 PM

Nagasaki is a thriving city on Kyushu Island's northwestern shores. As Japan's only access to the West, it flourished during a period of national isolation in the 16th century and continues to be influenced by the ideas and technology of other cultures. Must-see attractions include Japan's oldest gothic-style wooden church and the inspirational Peace Park. Also of particular note is the stately Glover Mansion, an impressive hideaway which was the legendary setting of Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly. A harmonious blend of ancient and modern influences will be yours to enjoy during your sojourn in Nagasaki.

May 22 - Kagoshima, Japan

8 AM to 6 PM

Kagoshima lies cradled within the protective arms of a large inlet on the island of Kyūshū's extreme southern tip. It is Japan's southernmost city and combines slow-paced charm with thriving commercial activity. World-renowned Mount Sukurajima stands less than three miles away. This rare example of a busy metropolitan area coexisting with a volcano has led to comparisons between Kagoshima and the Italian city of Naples. Stroll picture-perfect Japanese gardens, explore an abundance of historical sites or shop for traditional pottery.

May 23 - Osaka, Japan

Arrive 5 PM

Osaka, as it was in the 16th century, still remains a city of commerce. Although the nature of the city hasn't changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution, rejuvenating and redefining itself with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers and towers. During the 4th and 5th centuries, Osaka and its surrounding towns and cities were at the core of the developing Japanese society. It was through these centers that Chinese merchants traded their goods with the rest of Japan. Chinese merchants not only brought goods, but new knowledge, technology and culture, all of which filtered into Japan through the port of Osaka. The effects of this cultural trade remain evident to this day in the form of Osaka's superb restaurants, dedicated theater and collection of impressive temples and steadfast castles. Due to Osaka's prime geography and successful seaport, it provides an excellent base from which to venture inland to some of Japan's most stunning and popular cities. The ancient capitals of sacred Kyoto and tranquil Nara beckon travelers with their power and majesty.

May 24 - Osaka, Japan

Depart 7 PM

May 25 - Tokyo, Japan

4 PM*

Fusing the vitality of a modern metropolis with the stately elegance of yesteryear, Tokyo is truly unique. From the timeless beauty of the Meiji Shrine to the glittering Ginza district and impressive Tokyo Tower, this international giant is a complex blend of East and West. Houses of wood and paper stand beside towering steel skyscrapers, while kimono-clad women stroll beside teenagers who have created a fashion all their own.

The timeless Imperial Palace bears testament to Japan's enduring traditions. Despite encroaching urban development, it continues to exist in a verdant parkland of isolation.

Images of the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo, which is home to more than 11 million people, will create memories of a lifetime.

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

May 26 - Tokyo, Japan

Disembark AM*

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island Drive

May 10

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

From the pier, your air-conditioned motor coach will traverse the harbor tunnel to Hong Kong Island. Continue to the Wanchai District, which was made famous by Suzie Wong, en route to the island’s highest point, Victoria Peak.

Upon arrival at Garden Road, board the Peak Tram, which climbs 1,800 feet to the Peak Tower in about five minutes. At the top, there are spectacular views of Hong Kong, Kowloon, the New Territories and the islands in the South China Sea. Far below, the port bustles with a tangle of brightly colored junks, sampans, water taxis and freighters.

Departing Victoria Peak, continue to the famous fishing village of Aberdeen. This aquatic settlement is the city’s oldest harbor and a haven for Hong Kong’s fishing fleet, as well as home to several floating restaurants. A 25-minute sampan boat ride will acquaint you with a community that remains relatively untouched by time.

Next, continue to Stanley Market, known for its sandy beach and shopping, where you can purchase items such as linen, handicrafts and sportswear as souvenirs.

All too soon, reboard your motor coach and return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

As this excursion involves extensive walking and negotiate a steep walk to the observation platform at Victoria Peak, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, bring a light jacket or sweater, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Due to the popularity of the sights visited, dense traffic, crowding and lines can be anticipated. 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 is the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all 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:

HGK-E

Highlights:

Enjoy Hong Kong’s foremost attractions as you visit Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and the floating village of Aberdeen. Discover these and other highlights on this comprehensive exploration of Hong Kong Island.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4.5 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$79

Shanghai

Acrobatic Performance

May 17

This Crystal Adventures excursion must be pre-reserved.

Witness an original, skillful and unexpectedly beautiful performance at the Shanghai Center Theatre or same class theatre.

An early dinner will be served on board the ship prior to this evening’s show.

This event is one you won’t want to miss!

Important Notes:

Although the sights are manual-wheelchair accessible, guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with little to no assistance. All wheelchair guests should be accompanied by a family member or assistant. All manual wheelchairs must be collapsible and be easily stored onboard the motor coach. There is a journey of approximately 40 minutes to and from the theatre and our pier. Dense traffic congestion can be anticipated. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, bring a light jacket or sweater, and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the unlikely event that the Shanghai Center Theatre is unavailable, a comparable venue will be substituted. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. 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 through the Crystal Cruises corporate office.

All Crystal Adventures with Special Cancellation Conditions can only be canceled in writing to Crystal Cruises. Please e-mail your cancellation to crystaladventures@crystalcruises.com or you may fax your cancellation to (310) 286-2412.

Excursion Code:

SHG-D

Highlights:

To be among the spectators at a dazzling acrobatic show is perhaps the finest way to conclude your first day in Shanghai.

Activity Level:

Soft Adventure

Walking Type:

Very Little

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

3.5 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$79

Shanghai

Shanghai’s Jewish Heritage

May 18

From the pier, travel aboard an air-conditioned motor coach to Huo Shan Park, where a stone tablet memorial honors the Jewish people of Shanghai.

After walking through the old Jewish ghetto area, you will visit Ohel Moishe Synagogue. Built in 1927, Ohel Moishe Synagogue was the centerpiece of the Jewish quarter, where buildings and streets look more European than Chinese. Today, the synagogue houses a museum dedicated to the Jewish experience in Shanghai.

Drive by the magnificent Ohel Rachel Synagogue. Ohel Rachel was the first synagogue to be built in Shanghai (it opened its doors in 1920), and its cavernous space accommodates some 700 worshippers.

Relax back in the motor coach for a drive past the Jewish theatre and Jewish settlement. At its peak, the Jewish population surpassed 31,000 in Shanghai, the largest Jewish community in the Far East. They had their own schools, club, hospital, cemeteries, chamber of commerce, publishing establishment, political groups, etc. Shanghai Jews around the world still refer to themselves as Shanghailanders and consider Shanghai their home city.

Your day concludes with a visit to the Arts & Crafts Research Institute, an innovative enterprise with artisans producing beautiful works right before your eyes. Additional areas support research exploring the country’s various forms of art.

Before you know it, it will be time to rejoin your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

As this excursion involves extensive walking and negotiating approximately 80 steps, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or physical limitations. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. As dense traffic congestion is anticipated, the order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

Excursion Code:

SHG-H

Highlights:

In the mid-19th century, the first of three major waves of Jewish immigration into Shanghai occurred, launching an epic tale of community and brotherhood. The second and third influx coincided with World Wars I and II, with tens of thousands of

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$89

Nagasaki

Introduction to Nagasaki

May 21

The atomic bomb exploded at 11:02 am on August 9, 1945. A permanent exhibition recalling the events of almost 75 years ago is maintained inside the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

After your visit to the museum, proceed to Peace Park, which memorializes the site of this tragedy. Dominating the park is a 30-foot bronze figure dedicated to the everlasting quest for peace.

Continue on to the former home of Thomas Glover, who played a pivotal role in bringing the Industrial Revolution to Japan. His home is acclaimed as Japan’s oldest Western-style structure.

After taking the escalator and stairs to the estate’s commanding hillside location, stroll through Glover Gardens where historic foreign homes from elsewhere in Nagasaki have been moved for preservation.

After your enlightening visit, you will return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

This excursion contains graphic content that may be unsettling to some guests. As this excursion involves extensive walking, standing, and negotiating steep slopes and stairs at Glover Garden, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or physical limitations. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Dense traffic congestion can be anticipated. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all 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:

NGK-B

Highlights:

Nagasaki is one of Japan’s most historic cities. Discover its essential highlights on this comprehensive, half-day excursion.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Strenuous

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4 hours

Price:

$129

Kagoshima

Chiran Discovery

May 22

From the pier, board an air-conditioned motor coach for the journey to Chiran. On arrival, view Samurai houses that give Chiran the look and feel of Kyoto. Ten residences have been preserved, along with several gardens. Built approximately 250 years ago, the homes afford a glimpse into Japan’s storied past. Echoing the Edo period, the house's gates, moss-covered stone walls, distinctive hedges and black tile roofs are of special interest.

Several residences are still being used by Samurai descendants. Seven gardens, however, are open to the public. Though diminutive in size, the gardens are grand in their beauty, as they utilize borrowed landscaping, which incorporates the surrounding scenery into the design.

Not far from the Chiran Samurai residences is the Chiran Peace Museum. Dedicated to the kamikaze pilots who trained near Chiran before embarking on suicide missions against Allied vessels, the museum includes photos and letters of the young pilots.

Following your intriguing museum visit, rejoin your motor coach and return to the pier and your Crystal ship in Kagoshima.

Important Notes:

It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all 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:

KAG-B

Highlights:

Located south of Kagoshima, Chiran is sometimes called “Little Kyoto.” Discover why the charming town has earned its nickname with this half-day sightseeing adventure.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$159

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: $935

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $2,000.

Call us for air fares.

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares: call for discounted fares and availability)
E2 (8)
Deluxe Room, picture window, extremely limited view
$ 6,740
E1 (7, 8)
Deluxe Room, picture window, limited view
$ 7,245
D (5)
Deluxe Room, picture window
$ 7,785
C2 (7)
Deluxe Room, picture window (Forward)
$ 7,245
C1 (7)
Deluxe Room, picture window
$ 8,875
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 9,125
B1 (8)
Deluxe Room, verandah
$ 9,470
A3 (9)
Deluxe Room, verandah (Forward)
$ 9,600
A2 (9)
Deluxe Room, verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 10,015
A1 (9)
Deluxe Room, verandah
$ 10,110
SH, PH (9, 10)
Penthouse, large verandah, butler
$ 14,720
SS, PS (10)
Penthouse Suite, large verandah, butler
$ 19,700