Friday, December 12, 2008

New Global Explorer Lets Crystal Guests Fine-Tune Online Tour Searches

Crystal Cruises is introducing a dynamic new online feature to help travelers select the Crystal Adventure that suits them best. Via a user-friendly search window and dozens of icons to assist in customizing searches, the Crystal Global Explorer classifies each Crystal Adventures shore excursion by Activity Type (from archaeology to zip-lining), Activity Level (from soft to extreme adventure) and Age Appropriateness (beginning at age 3 & above). The Crystal Global Explorer will be available for booking Crystal Adventures on 2009 itineraries under the Shore Excursions Pre-Reservation section of Crystal Cruises' website.

"The Global Explorer provides guests with the freedom to easily locate the Crystal Adventure that best meets their specific needs and desires," said John Stoll, director, land programs. "The excursions are categorized in a way that allows guests to efficiently 'explore' by voyage, destination or activity in any port. It's an invaluable tool for families with children, multiple generations, or travelers seeking active and more daring excursions."

How it works:
-- Guests click on the Crystal Adventures logo on the Crystal website, which guides them to the Shore Excursions Pre-Reservations section.
-- They then choose a specific category to narrow their search results for the excursions of their choice. Excursions with that category's icon are listed by port.
-- When the guest clicks the mouse over "Walking Level," "Activity Type," "Activity Level" or "Age Appropriateness" excursion categories, the description appears in a pop-up window.

The line's Crystal Adventures, of which there are more than 1,500, feature more than three dozen categories, including hot-air ballooning, historical sites/UNESCO, river rafting, horseback riding, wine and spirits tastings, golf, 4x4 off-road, art and architecture, and more. In 2009, the Crystal Global Explorer will be available with Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity excursions in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Middle East, Panama Canal, New England/Canada, North Cape and South America.

Guests who wish to further customize their experiences ashore can take advantage of Crystal Private Adventures, allowing them to create specially tailored excursions that suit their needs. For more information, visit the line's website,

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