Plenty of cruisers dream about taking a luxury world cruise, but for most of them, the cruise fares are out of reach. There are ways, however, to enjoy a piece of a world cruise to exotic destinations at a fraction of the cost for the whole shebang. Crystal Cruises is among the lines offering world cruise segments and its 2017 voyage, called Southern Celebracion, will take intrepid travelers to South America and Antarctica, among other places.
The cruise segments, ranging from 10 to 23 days and each featuring at least one overnight stay, will offer concentrated routes that highlight the distinct culture and natural and historical wonders that enrich each of the countries visited. Focused on the metropolitan cities, quaint villages, less-visited islands and up-and-coming destinations of South America and the Caribbean – plus the first World Cruise visit to Antarctica in 10 years – the 94-day journey sails roundtrip from Miami aboard the 655-guest Crystal Serenity, embarking on Jan. 10, 2017.
The segments are open for booking now, with all-new low fares in most categories starting at $3,865 per person when booked by Dec. 30. A complimentary extended land program is available to guests sailing in Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah and Penthouse category accommodations. For those who’ve saved up, the all-inclusive full World Cruise fares begin at $35,340 per person, also when booked by Dec.30 and include special onboard programs, two exclusive shoreside events, and $1,000 As You Wish Shipboard Credit.
“The 2017 World Cruise and its segments are the ultimate opportunity for travelers to experience varied nuances of the destinations with a prolonged amount of time exploring several ports in nearly every country visited,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “Guests who enjoy delving deeper into locales will find that a Crystal World Cruise is the ideal way to do it, with enriching experiences designed by destination experts, plus the luxury and attention to detail that makes Crystal the number one choice of discerning travelers.”
Check out these cruise segments:
Jan. 11 (11 days) – From Miami to Colon, Panama, the cruise explores Mayan ruins sites in ports along Mexico’s coast, plus the coral reefs of Honduras and jungles of Costa Rica.
Jan. 23 (20 days) – After an overnight in Colon, Panama to explore the bustling town surrounding the famed canal, the ship transits through the locks en route to Ecuador then on to several Peruvian ports (including two maiden calls) and concluding with four days in Chile highlighted by a three-night inclusive exploration of Machu Picchu.
Feb. 8 (23 days) – The adventure begins even before boarding the ship, with an inclusive pre-cruise three-night Extended Land Program to Machu Picchu, then continues as the voyage embarks on 11 days exploring Chile and Argentina, before cruising Cape Horn, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands before returning to Uruguay and Argentina.
April 5 (10 days) – The final segment of the World Cruise departs Barbados after an overnight stay, then sails to Caribbean gems like St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Barts, Samana, Grand Turk and Key West, before concluding in Miami.