Phone: 516-626-9000

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March 01 - 16, 2020

Southeast Asia Highlights

Singapore to Hong Kong

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Explore the idyllic beaches and lively markets of Thailand and Vietnam, the sacred temples of Angkor Wat, and endless flavors at every turn – all embraced by the cosmopolitan thrills of Singapore and Hong Kong.

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

March 01

Singapore

March 02

Singapore

March 03

Cruising the Gulf of Thailand

March 04

Koh Samui, Thailand

March 05

Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand

March 06

Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand

March 07

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

March 08

Cruising the South China Sea

March 09

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

March 10

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

March 11

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam

March 12

Da Nang, Vietnam

March 13

Hanoi/Hongai, Vietnam

March 14

Hanoi/Hongai, Vietnam

March 15

Cruising Hainan Strait

March 16

Hong Kong SAR, China

March 01 - Singapore

Embark PM

Singapore blends the contemporary splendor of a sparkling modern city with influences from throughout the Orient. Its history is one of riches and romance, spice trading and piracy, colonialism and growth. This island state has grown from a small fishing village to one of Asia's greatest success stories. Temples, mosques and churches stand as serene reminders of the varied collection of migrations that have graced its history. Discover the mansions and polo greens of colonial Singapore, the mystique of Chinatown and the heady aroma of spices and curry along Arab Street. You will quickly come to understand why Singapore is acclaimed as the "Crossroads of the East."

March 02 - Singapore

Depart 6 PM

March 03 - Cruising the Gulf of Thailand

March 04 - Koh Samui, Thailand

8 AM to 5 PM

This emerald isle off Thailand's southeast coast, ringed by lovely beaches and gorgeous bays, enjoys both the fun-loving nature of the Thai people, and the peaceful serenity of Buddhism. Visit the beautiful waterfalls at Hin Lut and Na Muang, marvel at the enormous Buddha statue on Fan Isle, or just listen to the breeze whisper in the leaves of a coconut plantation.

March 05 - Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand

Arrive 7:30 AM

The port city of Laem Chabang is your gateway to Bangkok, Thailand's glittering capital. This "City of Angels" is a lustrous city of immense Oriental charm, festooned with ornate temples, shrines and a lacework of canals. Towering golden spires reach for the heavens while sunlight glistens on the majestic Royal Palace and boats laden with produce drift up and down the canals. Shining through this dream-like setting is the hospitality and warmth of the gentle Thais. These talented people have raised folk dance to high art, created mouth-watering cuisine and built a splendid capital, unique in all the world.

March 06 - Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand

Depart 5 PM

March 07 - Sihanoukville, Cambodia

8 AM to 10 PM

Founded in 1964 to be Cambodia's primary deepwater port, Sihanoukville has since become a popular tourist destination. It is no wonder, as this spot on the Gulf of Thailand features tropical breezes and beautiful beaches, while nearby islands promise fantastic diving, snorkeling and game fishing. Just inland is the wonder of Angkor Wat, offering an intriguing glimpse into the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia's greatest civilization. The ruins of this 800-year-old city were rediscovered in the late 19th century and bears testament to the influence this once-powerful city has on Cambodia's modern culture.

March 08 - Cruising the South China Sea

March 09 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Arrive 10 AM

Ho Chi Minh City, known universally and affectionately by residents as Saigon, offer a stimulating insight into Vietnam's eventful past and a glimpse into its hopeful future. Over two decades have passed since American forces left these shores. Since then, Ho Chi Minh City has regained a prosperous air of thriving activity. Rice boats float down the waterways, streets bustle with commerce, scooters speed by and a sense of history fills the air. There are quiet temples to discover, French colonial public buildings to admire and numerous street markets to stroll. Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City can be assured of a friendly and hospitable welcome. Ho Chi Minh City serves as our main gateway to the alluring wonders of Cambodia (Kampuchea).

March 10 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Depart 3 PM

March 11 - Cruising the Coast of Vietnam

March 12 - Da Nang, Vietnam

8 AM to 8 PM

Beside the South China Sea, the port city of Da Nang was the former stronghold of the Champa kingdom. During the Vietnam War, this strategically important center was the site of a large U.S. military base. Today, it seems little touched by this momentous chapter in its history. To venture outside Da Nang is to discover a colorful world of diversity and tradition. The specter of bicycles laden with produce, rustic bamboo-framed houses, carts laboriously drawn by water buffalo and rice drying in the sun has changed little in a century. Beyond lie ancient treasures including the revered Marble Mountains and enchanting Hue, Vietnam's former capital.

March 13 - Hanoi/Hongai, Vietnam

Arrive 1 PM

"In Singapore, at Saigon, one exists; at Hanoi, one lives."-Joleaud-Barral, French geographer. One of the great natural wonders of Asia, the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay, or the "Bay of the Descending Dragon," is outstanding. Speckled with over 3,000 karst mountains bursting from the calm water, is Ha Long Bay. Local myths hold that when the forefathers of the land were fighting foreign invaders from the north, the gods from heaven sent a family of dragons to help defend their land. The dragons descended upon what is now Ha Long Bay and began spitting out jewels and jade, which turned into islands and islets upon hitting the sea. The islands functioned as natural barriers against the invaders and the local people survived and vowed eternal honor to the dragon's mercy. Not only is Ha Long Bay's landscape spectacular, but Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi, is easily within reach. Hanoi lies in sometimes stark contrast with its southern sister city. While in Saigon, one sees Vietnam's future; in Hanoi, one sees its past. In a city with a population of 2.6 million people and approximately 2 million motorbikes, the downtown intersections represent a free-for-all between pedestrians and cyclists. Surprisingly, Hanoians aren't rushed and scrambling as are the Saigonese. Instead, they stroll and linger, converse and reflect. Old-fashioned in style, Hanoi is a city of lakes and parks, tree-lined, bicycle-filled boulevards, elegant colonial mansions and villas, all of which testify of its French legacy. Venturing into the city is a must and will provide you with a microcosm of Vietnamese culture and a truly memorable experience. Enjoy your adventures ashore!

March 14 - Hanoi/Hongai, Vietnam

Depart 7 PM

March 15 - Cruising Hainan Strait

March 16 - Hong Kong SAR, China

Arrive 8 AM

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!

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Sihanoukville

Panoramic Sihanoukville

March 07

Your first stop will be to Wat Krom, a pagoda complex with a temple, residence, dining hall and school for monks, along with stupas and statues. Built in 1963, the site suffered the same fate as many other pagodas during the regime of Pol Pot, with the monks being required to leave and the temples and other structures being destroyed. The pagoda has since been restored by the local people. Today, you will observe monks in yellow robes chanting their daily canons and view some of the many stupas that surround the pagoda.

Leaving Wat Krom, continue to Kamping Chas village for a short visit at a local farmer's house to learn the lifestyle of local people in Sihanoukville. Then visit the Kamping Chas Primary School to observe the children's school activities en route to Psa Leu market. Upon arrival, there will be leisure time to explore the many colorful displays of fish, poultry, palm sugar and many different kinds of fruits at the market.

Before making you way back to your Crystal ship, visit the only 5-star luxury hotel in Sihanoukville Beach Resort for refreshment and relaxation or swim on the resort's beautiful private beach.

Important Notes:
It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests who choose to swim should bring 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. Traffic conditions may affect the duration of the excursion. 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:

KOM-A

Level:

Moderate

Highlights:

Famous for its white-sand beaches and unspoiled landscapes, Sihanoukville is an appealing destination for those who appreciate the beauty of nature. It is also an intriguing place for guests interested in Cambodian history and culture. Step aboard an air-conditioned coach for a chance to discover the many sides of Sihanoukville.

Duration:

Approximately 4.5 hours

Price:

$89

Ho Chi Minh City

Panoramic Ho Chi Minh City

March 09

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

From the pier, make your way to the Reunification Hall, which was formerly the Presidential Palace. Its typical 1960s architecture has changed little since April 30, 1975, that fateful day when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its front gates.

The National History Museum is filled with artifacts chronicling Vietnam’s 4,000-year history. As you peruse its small but interesting collection, discover ancient ceramics, traditional costumes and relics crafted in stone and bronze. You will also become acquainted with the evolution of Vietnamese culture, ranging from the Bronze Age’s Dong Son civilization to present day. The Water Puppet Theatre, a uniquely Vietnamese spectacle, is also housed within the museum. Enjoy a show before heading to the Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral.

A short walk will bring you to the colonial-style Central Post Office, where you can view the rare ancient maps decorating the dome inside.

Re-board your motor coach and continue your sightseeing excursion passing the Continental, Rex and Caravelle Hotels before arriving at Cholon. The city’s Chinatown, Cholon dates to the 18th century and boasts a level of activity that energizes its colorful streets. Your visit here will include a look at the busy Binh Tay market.

At the 18th-century Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the goddess protector of sailors, the heavy scent of incense welcomes you. This commemorative memorial honors the arrival of the first Chinese from Canton. Admire huge burning spirals hanging from the ceiling and impressive ceramic friezes overlooking the courtyard.

Conclude your introduction to Ho Chi Minh City at a lacquer workshop, where you will witness skilled artisans practicing their craft. Before returning to your Crystal ship, browse among a selection of items for sale that range from tiny boxes to full-size furniture.

Important Notes:
Guests should enjoy a hearty breakfast on board as this excursion will operate during the lunch hour and a meal is not included. The Trident Grill will be open upon your return for a casual lunch if you wish. Please check your daily on board Reflections for exact hours for the Trident Grill. 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. 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.

Important: Please Read Before Pre-Reserving the above Crystal Adventure excursion:

1) Although our tour operator has engaged the best available guides, please be aware that their Vietnamese-accented English may not be fully comprehensible.

2) Experienced travelers recommend caution with personal items in Ho Chi Minh City, particularly when walking through crowded areas frequented by tourists. It is also advisable not to wear jewelry ashore.

Excursion Code:

HCM-A

Level:

Moderate

Highlights:

Bustling Ho Chi Minh City boasts elegant colonial architecture and shady, tree-lined avenues. During its years of French influence, it was dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient.” Come along as we explore its highlights aboard an air-conditioned motor coach.

Duration:

Approximately 6 hours

Price:

$59

Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Artists’ Village Visit

March 10

Arrive at the artists’ village after a transfer of approximately 25 minutes and begin to learn the story of its people and their art.

Ten years ago, a group of artists in Saigon decided to move out of the crowded and busy city and resettle along the Saigon River. Here, they could become immersed in nature, find a muse amid their surroundings and nurture their artistic talents. As word spread about this peaceful haven, more artists came to this locale, soon creating a large community of artists hailing from a range of different art schools but coming with a single idea: to create art in an intellectually and geographically supportive atmosphere.

During your visit, you will meet artists and their families, and encounter works varying in type and form, from lacquer to oil, watercolor to wood. Even the artists’ homes display different artistic sensibilities. Some showcase the Mekong Delta style, while others present the Hue, Hoi An or Hilltribe styles.

Practice the art of conversation with an opportunity to get to know the artists over tea at a village tea house.

All too soon, it will be time to return to your Crystal ship.

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. 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.

Excursion Code:

HCM-D

Level:

Moderate

Highlights:

Just over a decade ago, Vietnam opened up to the world, giving the international art market a chance to glimpse the incredible talents of Vietnamese artists. This is your chance to appreciate remarkable Vietnamese art for yourself as you visit an artists’ community, where you will admire works in various media and chat with the artists and their families.

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$79

Hanoi

Ha Long Bay Junk Cruise

March 13

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended

From the pier, embark your motor coach for your brief drive to the junk wharf, where the rust-colored sails of the junks will greet you upon your arrival. On boarding one of these local vessels, you will be treated to a scenic, leisurely cruise.

Savor breathtaking views, featuring intriguing grottoes, peaceful caves, secluded coves, huge rock arches and limestone outcroppings.

Adding to the picturesque quality of your cruise are the numerous other junks sailing between the many isles named after the animals they resemble, including the monkey, toad and turtle.

After your relaxing sail, return to the junk wharf for your return transfer to the pier and your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
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. 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. 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:

HNG-A

Level:

Soft

Highlights:

One of Vietnam's most celebrated attractions, Ha Long Bay has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today, you will discover the bay's timeless appeal as you take a cruise aboard a traditional Chinese-style junk.

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$89

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Call for single fares.)

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

Port Charge: $750

* Fares include the Book Now Savings.

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares: call for discounted fares and availability)
E2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Extremely Limited View)
$ 4,349
E1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Limited View)
$ 4,749
D (5)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 5,199
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 6,099
C1 (7,8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 6,299
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,599
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,699
A3 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,849
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 7,049
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 7,149
PH, SH (9, 10)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 10,949
PS, SP (9, 10)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 15,049