Cruise news has been flooding the email today with the latest from Crystal Cruises who announced that starting this fall, the Los Angeles, California-based luxury cruise operator will be offering its passengers opportunities to extend their voyage with two profligate programs in Eastern Canada. It’s a chance to really get to see the area with extended shore excursions into Toronto and Montreal with Niagara Falls and the Notre-Dame Basicila thrown in for added enjoyment. “Toronto and Montréal each offer such distinctly elegant experiences, from the palpable history to the world-class cuisine,” says Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “These Extended Land Programs have been carefully curated by our expert team to cater to guests who want to continue their journey ashore while still enjoying all the luxury and attention to detail that draws them to Crystal.”
What guests on the fall cruises can expert are three night, post0course visits during a seven-day September 13 trip that features fFine dining at the Mont-Tremblant Resort; a visit to Montréal’s contemporary downtown hot spot Decca77, 18th-century icon Auberge Saint-Gabriel and a chance to see Old Town French fusion gem Chez L’Épicier. Voyagers will also be able to trek to the summits of Mont-Tremblant and Mount Royal for spectacular views of the villages and cityscapes below. What’s more is an opportunity to traverse the charming and exclusive villages of St-Saveur and Tremblant, as well as the beautifully diverse ethnic heritages within Montréal’s Latin Quarter and St-Laurent Street. For those who enjoy visiting historic monuments, there’s a trip to iconic Notre-Dame Basilica, along with a tour of Old Montréal’s cobbled streets and stunning architecture, dating back to the 17th century. To enhance the comfort, passengers on theseside trip will bed down at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal in the heart of the city’s Golden Square Mile
During the Toronto/Niagara Falls segment of the October 4, 2015 cruise passengers can opt for shore excursions to the falls aboard the Hornblower, a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake where they can sip wines from 28 vintners, lunch at Peller Estates and a sky high dinner, 1,000 feet above Toronto at the CN Tower. For this leg passengers are put up at the posh Four Seasons Toronto. Fares for Crystal’s Canada Extended Land Programs in Toronto and Montréal start at $2,975 and $2,850, respectively and include accommodations, sightseeing, transportation (including coach-class domestic air), featured meals, porterage and gratuities. Pricing for the two cruises start at $2,750 a person for the Sept. 13 journey and $3,980 for the Oct. 4 sailing when booked by August 31,2015.
Crystal Cruises is a highly-rated, award-winning operator of two luxury ships, the Serenity and Symphony, with a third on its way in a couple of years. It has won a whopping number of best honors for its seamless service, on board enrichment programs, cuisine and ships décor and design.