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March 20 - April 03, 2020

Timeless Treasures & Ancient Cultures

Singapore to Mumbai

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Cross the Bay of Bengal to enjoy multiple overnight stays in fascinating lands. Discover Phuket’s imaginative culinary scene; explore the many UNESCO sites of Sri Lanka; and take in Mumbai’s captivating blend of glittering nightlife, hidden temples, exotic wildlife and urban vigor.

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 20

Singapore

March 21

Singapore

March 22

Kuala Lumpur/Port Klang, Malaysia

March 23

Penang, Malaysia

March 24

Phuket, Thailand

March 25

Cruising the Andaman Sea

March 26

Cruising the Indian Ocean

March 27

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

March 28

Colombo, Sri Lanka

March 29

Colombo, Sri Lanka

March 30

Cochin, India

March 31

Cochin, India

April 01

Cruising the Coast of India

April 02

Mumbai (Bombay), India

April 03

Mumbai (Bombay), India

March 20 - 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 21 - Singapore

Depart 6 PM

March 22 - Kuala Lumpur/Port Klang, Malaysia

7:30 AM to 6 PM

Bustling Port Klang is the principal port of entry for Malaysia. The country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a suprisingly modern city of domes, minarets and spacious, tree-lined avenues. Her symbols of faith are visible at the Jamek Mosque, the city's birthplace.

March 23 - Penang, Malaysia

8 AM to 6 PM

Located on the spice routes, the British East India Company established a colony on Penang Island in 1786. Chinese, Indians and Sumatrans soon settled the island, yet the European influence remains strong. Enjoy the Chinese embroidery and Malay daggers in the Penang Museum, marvel at the Penang Bridge (third longest in the world), or view the harbor from breezy Penang Hill.

March 24 - Phuket, Thailand

7:30 AM to 6 PM

Residents call Phuket "The Pearl of the South," and one visit to this green, sun-soaked island in the Andaman Sea will show you why. The coast is a succession of magnificent beaches, the forested interior boasts virgin rain forests and numerous plantations-cacao, pineapple, rubber. The culture is a distinctive blend of Portuguese, Chinese and indigenous Chao Naam, a proud seafaring people.

March 25 - Cruising the Andaman Sea

March 26 - Cruising the Indian Ocean

March 27 - Hambantota, Sri Lanka

6 AM to 6 PM

Formerly known as Magampura, in ancient times it was part of a flourishing civilization in the Ruhuna Kingdom, which became a prominent center for Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Located on the southeastern tip of Sri Lanka, about 124 miles south of the capital city of Colombo, Hambantota is perhaps best known for its salt flats that run along the coast, collecting seawater which eventually evaporates in the mostly arid climate, leaving behind significant salt deposits. Cultural heritage attractions include well-preserved colonial buildings and religious temples and shrines. Located nearby is Kataragama, a major pilgrimage site sacred to Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The city is also a gateway to such nature sanctuaries as Yala National Park, home to dozens of different species of wildlife including crocodiles, leopards, elephants, sloth bears, peacocks and more.

March 28 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive 7 AM

Sri Lanka’s capital until recent times, this fascinating city is filled with an intriguing blend of cosmopolitan buildings and ancient temples. Enjoy the effects of Colombo’s melting pot of cultures, as Portuguese, Dutch, and British trading companies from earlier times have left behind churches, monuments, religions, and costumes, as well as smatterings of their languages, that have been incorporated into the speech and daily routine of the local Sri Lankans.

March 29 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Depart 6 PM

March 30 - Cochin, India

Arrive 2 PM

Cochin, the commercial hub of the Indian state of Kerala, has a magnificent natural harbor which has attracted overseas traders for hundreds of years. Ancient mariners from Arabia, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this cosmopolitan city, which is often called the "Queen of the Arabian Sea." This diverse influence has generated Cochin's uniquely cosmopolitan atmosphere and interesting architectural styles. Crystal Serenity's premier call at this city of peninsulas and islands will introduce you to a region rarely visited by cruise ships.

March 31 - Cochin, India

Depart 6 PM

April 01 - Cruising the Coast of India

April 02 - Mumbai (Bombay), India

Arrive 8 AM

India contains a bewildering variety of tribes, religions, cultures and languages-and most are present in Mumbai, one of the world's most densely populated cities. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods.

April 03 - Mumbai (Bombay), India

Disembark AM

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Penang

Historic Georgetown Highlights

March 23

Boarding your air-conditioned motor coach at the pier, travel to Chung Keng Kooi Mansion with a transfer of approximately 15 minutes. Become immersed in the milieu of times gone by as you explore this formerly private home that once belonged to a Chinese captain. After removing your shoes as a courtesy, investigate this restored Georgetown jewel containing treasures of decorative woodwork, antique furniture, delicate porcelain, elaborate clothing and art brought from China and Europe.

Enjoy another glimpse into old Penang with a visit to Khoo Kongsi, considered the most beautiful Chinese clan house outside of China. Clan houses such as these were places where Chinese with the same surname could gather and socialize, remembering days in their native country while building a life in their new home. Khoo Kongsi boasts ornate architecture with intricate wood and granite carvings.

En route to the pier, stop at one of Georgetown’s many clan jetties located on the shoreline. Walking over the narrow, wooden platform, you will appreciate the humble beginnings of Penang’s immigrant Chinese.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking and negotiating steps at various sites, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear lightweight clothing, a hat and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

PEN-AW

Level:

Soft

Highlights:

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended. Colonial buildings, Chinese shop-houses and a historic waterfront make Georgetown one of the most interesting cities in Asia. In fact, Georgetown’s well-preserved inner city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the town’s charms for yourself with this engaging outing.

Duration:

Approximately 3 hours

Price:

$49

Availability:

Limited

Hambantota

A Day in the Wild - Yala National Park

March 27

 Leave the pier behind and proceed to the rustic Cinnamon Wild resort bordering Yala National Park. Lunch awaits you here!

After lunch, head for an afternoon game drive. Get up close and personal with wildlife as you traverse through the beautiful natural landscape of Sri Lanka’s foremost national park.

Being the second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala houses a plethora of wildlife like elephants, spotted deer, sambur, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose and crocodiles to name a few. The wealth and diversity of birds is just as staggering as the mammal population – over 130 different species have been identified including 6 endemic species of Sri Lanka. But of course, it is the leopards that everyone comes to see! And seeing these magnificent animals in the wild is a fantastic experience. Yala is one of the best locations to get a view of these elusive felines as they slide like shadows across the undergrowth or perch across the branch of a tree. Those lucky may catch a close view or perhaps even a glimpse!

Diverse habitats ranging from forest to swamp, grassland to brackish lagoons make this an exciting area to explore. The many different habitats provide a unique experience to anyone visiting the park and support a great variety of animals. The often low-density vegetation provides ideal conditions for safaris as it allows a clear and unobstructed view of the wildlife.

Stop at a local hotel for a quick comfort stop before driving back to the pier.

Important Notes:
Guests should consider the heat during the game drive. Roads in the park are rough, dusty and can be bumpy. There will be one guide assigned in each coach and we’ll try for one ranger/tracker in each jeep. Trackers are under the Government Wildlife authorities and limited in number. Government does not have as many rangers as number of jeeps permitted in the park daily. One tracker will have to be shared between two jeeps. The rangers are locals who speak very basic English. Matches, lighters and cigarettes and flash photography are all strictly prohibited inside the park. For personal consumption it is recommended to avoid carrying any food items with a strong smell. Feeding animals is also strictly forbidden. The restaurant is not air-conditioned. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

HBA-BW

Level:

Extreme

Highlights:

Cinnamon Wild Hotel, game drive at Yala National Park.

Duration:

Approximately 5.5 hours

Price:

$319

Availability:

Limited

Cochin

The Cultures of Cochin

March 31

Today’s excursion gives you the chance to experience the bustle of commerce that continues to make Cochin one of the world’s most lively destinations.

Departing the pier by motor coach, enjoy the approximately 30-minute journey to the seaside town of Fort Cochin. Perhaps the most iconic feature of Fort Cochin is the Chinese fishing nets. Said to have been introduced between 1350 and 1450 by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, the nets are strung on wooden forms and dramatically cantilevered over the harbor. The ingenious system utilizes weights and levers, allowing fishermen to raise the nets periodically to check the catch.

Continuing your walk through town, stroll along leafy streets to a typical English village green. In one corner stands the Church of St. Francis, the first European church built in India. It is a beautifully simple structure, adorned only by handsome floor tiles lining the interior’s main aisle. Another nod to architectural simplicity are the church’s punkahs, or large cloth fans. Suspended above the congregation and operated manually from outside the church, the fans are a holdover from colonial times.

Rejoining your motor coach, depart Fort Cochin and travel a short distance to the Jewish settlement of Mattancherry. Here you will visit Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, an oriental-style structure built by the Portuguese in 1555 AD. Inhabited neither by the Portuguese nor the Dutch over the ensuing centuries, “Dutch Palace” may seem a bit of a misnomer. But certainly the description of “remarkable” is apt, as you will discover on entering the palace’s wooden interior, which is decorated with a series of murals. In the royal bedroom alone there are 45 murals depicting the great Indian epic, the Ramayana. The palace also boasts an interesting collection of Dutch maps, coronation robes belonging to the maharajas, along with royal palanquins, weapons and furniture.

Spend some time independently exploring the surrounding neighborhood, with its mix of antique shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms, before returning to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves extensive walking and some stair climbing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress appropriately for their visit to St. Francis Church. Shorts, halter tops or beachwear should not be worn. Guests should also wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring insect repellent. Shoes must be removed to enter the Synagogue and also at St. Francis Church if guests wish to walk down the central tiled aisle. Photography is not allowed in the Dutch Palace. The order of sights visited may vary. These Crystal Adventures MUST be Pre-Reserved.

Excursion Code:

COC-CW

Level:

Moderate

Highlights:

St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace and Jew Town.

Duration:

Approximately 3.5 hours

Price:

$59

Availability:

Limited

Mumbai

Everyday Life in Mumbai

April 02

This comprehensive excursion offers a glimpse of a Mumbai that is on the move, with historic monuments such as the Gateway of India proudly guarding the city’s past while the local people carry on with the business of today. No survey of Mumbai is complete without a look at the famed Gateway of India, the archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. The arch was originally conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England. Today, it is remembered more often as the place from which the British staged their final departure.

Pause at the Gateway for photographs before continuing to the Prince of Wales Museum. Housing many interesting artifacts, the museum structure itself is a work of art. Designed by architect George Wittet, who also designed the Gateway of India, the museum is crowned by a white Mughal-style dome.

Next, make your way to the Church Gate Station and spend some time watching the Dabbawalas – the members of the Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association. Every day, some 5,000 of these members deliver fresh home-cooked food from 200,000 suburban kitchens to offices in the downtown area. Each meal is prepared by a loving wife or mother and packed into a set of stackable aluminum boxes. The meals, dangling from shoulder-poles and bicycle handlebars and stacked on decorated handcarts, are transported to their hungry recipients. Tins are rarely, if ever, lost, and always find their way home again to be washed up for the next day’s lunch.

For a chance to become immersed in the daily routine of the locals, board a train and take the short ride to Mahalaxmi Station, one of Mumbai’s busiest hubs on the local train network.

Even if you do not possess an interest in laundry, you will be fascinated with your next stop, the dhobi ghats. Each morning, washing from all over Mumbai is brought here to be soaped, boiled, beaten and thrashed. After being aired, pressed, folded and wrapped, the clean bundles are returned to their owners. Pausing here for photos, you will capture images you won’t be able to duplicate anywhere else.

En route to the pier and your Crystal ship, venture past Victoria Terminus, the Victorian-Gothic-Baroque-style train station built during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year. Half-a-million commuters now use the station every day.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves extensive walking to fully explore the museum and train station, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. Local railway stations and train may be crowded. Dabbawalas do not operate on Sundays and holidays, therefore this tour cannot operate on those days. The first-class compartment of the local train are non air-conditioned. The trains and stations are very basic - hygiene standards will not be the same as Western countries and there will be pesky hawkers and beggars at the stations. Photography is prohibited at the local railway stations. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

Excursion Code:

MUM-GW

Level:

High

Highlights:

Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, the dabba-wallahs at Church Gate Station, train ride to Mahalaxmi Station, dhobi ghats and Victoria Terminus.

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$69

Availability:

Limited

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: $770

* 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)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 4,399
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 4,799
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 5,149
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,149
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 6,299
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,449
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,549
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,649
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,749
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,849
PH, SH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 10,099
PS, SP (10, 11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 13,699