If you've been there and done that, you might want to consider a Crystal cruise for something different. This fall, Crystal passengers can see what backstage life is like at the Monte Carlo Ballet, how the ponies live at St-Tropez's Polo Club, view Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains from a private plane and Copper Canyon by privately chartered rail, among other "private access" experiences. The luxury cruise line is offering nearly 100 brand new Crystal Adventures with its fall itineraries, offering travelers distinctly new perspectives on the destinations.
"Crystal's well traveled guests continually seek fresh and exclusive ways to see destinations," says John Stoll, vice president, land and port operations. "We design our Crystal Adventures to appeal to a broad range of interests and offer travelers more choices."
On 20 distinctive voyages this fall, Crystal's award-winning ships explore the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Holy Land, Canary Islands, British Isles, New England/Canada, Panama Canal and the Mexican Riviera. Many of the latest highlights ashore include VIP access and unique points of view:
-- Private visit to Venice's Doges Palace before it opens to the public for the day;
-- Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Monte Carlo Ballet, including the costume department;
-- Behind-the-scenes visit to the Polo Club St-Tropez, exploring the stables and luxury clubhouse, and visit with the polo ponies.
New Points of View
-- Explore Reykjavik's hot springs, lava fields, trails and mud banks;
-- In a private plane, soar over the Sierra Madre mountain range to Guadalajara to experience its musical, spiritual and artistic culture (from Puerto Vallarta);
-- Bay of Fundy discovery with guidance from a resident marine biologist highlighting the indigenous wildlife (St. John, New Brunswick);
-- Mountain biking adventure featuring spectacular island views on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
For more information, visit CrystalCruises.com.