What a way to see the USA, by sea, aboard Crystal Cruises’ luxurious Symphony.
You can head up and down the New England coast with four sailings between September 13 and October 15, 2011(New England and Canada Sailings) and sit on your balcony (or go exploring) as your ship sails past (and stops) at historic colonial landmarks, and idyllic seaside towns that dot the coastline. You’ll also witness the changing of the leaves, the fabulous fall phenomenon. Ports include: New York (overnight), Newport, Boston, Bar Harbour, Saint John, Montreal (overnight), Halifax, and Quebec (overnight). Fares start at $3940 per person.
Or sail from New York to Miami on the Pink Sands and White Beaches cruise, October 25 – November 6, 2011 (12-days) which pulls into five Caribbean ports. I love sailing out of Manhattan and this one is the perfect option for sybarites seeking sun and relaxation on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here’s a chance to check out Bermuda’s famed barrier coral reef from a glass-bottom boat, snorkel in the sparkling, translucent water that surrounds St. Maarten, zip line through Antigua’s lush rainforest, or view miles of offshore reefs and wrecks from a helicopter in Grand Cayman. Fares start at $2,995 per person.Ports: New York City, Hamilton, Bermuda, St. Maarten/Philipsburg, Antigua/St. John’s, West Indies, Aruba/Oranjestad, Dutch West Indies, Grand Cayman/George Town, British West Indies, and Miami.
If you live on the west coast and want to just jump on the ship, the Pacific Sunsets, December 4 – 11, 2011 (7-days), might be your ticket to ride. This one offers beautiful beaches and a climate that is often described as Mediterranean has earned the Pacific Coast the nickname of “America’s Riviera.” Spectacular sunsets, seaside horseback riding, wine tasting at some of California’s finest wineries, and an overnight in the City by the Baymake this seven-day round-trip Los Angeles voyagefeel like an enchanting foreign escape. Fares start at $2,400. Ports: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco (overnight), Ensenada, and San Diego.
Or head from Los Angeles through the iconic Panama Canal (Trans-Canal Passage), April 21 – May 8, 2012 (17-days, for a chance to, explore the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, and lounge on the beautiful beaches of the British West Indies on this South American sampler sailing. Fares start at $5,545 per person.Ports: Los Angeles/San Pedro, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Caldera, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; Grand Cayman/Georgetown, British West Indies; Ft. Lauderdale; Charleston; New York City.
For more information go to http://www.crystalcruises.com.