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All Inclusive Arrives in Elegant Fashion To Crystal Cruises

Johannesburg, March 20, 2012 – After a year of planning, Crystal Cruises has now officially begun its transition to an all-quality “All Inclusive” offering. This translates into an incredible fusion of luxury, adventure and value for money, making a cruise the obvious vacation choice. 

“Everything from accommodation to dining to entertainment, and even airfares and prepaid gratuities, will now be included in the price of the cruises on offer,” said George Argyropoulos, managing director of Cruises International, which operates Crystal Cruises in South Africa.

Guests sailing aboard the Crystal Symphony can now enjoy a generous and impressive selection of complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, as well as open bar service in all lounges. Crystal Serenity follows suit with her spring Trans-Atlantic sailing on May 8.

To satisfy the most discerning of palettes, Crystal’s gratis “well” liquors include superior international brands. Wines and champagnes include higher-end vintages from both boutique makers and big-name wineries.

Dinner restaurants offer recommended pairings nightly, and sommeliers certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers remain on hand to assist with wine selections. There is no corkage fee on board if one wishes to enjoy wine purchased ashore.

An optional Connoisseur menu features award-winning, renowned and/or rare vintages, select single malt whiskeys and other aged spirits at reasonable in-store prices, as opposed to traditional upscale restaurant and hotel rates. Vintage Room experiences further tap into Crystal’s extensive wine cellar.  Silver and Gold Connoisseur Packages of four and six fine wines, respectively, are also available for on-board gifts.

“Our ‘All Inclusive’ offers a luxuriously comfortable guest experience that focuses, as always, on incredible quality and impeccable execution,” Argyropoulos said. “This ‘All Inclusive’ transition further enhances the extraordinary ease and value of a Crystal vacation.”

Until April 30, “Book Now” fares start at $4 965 (approximately R37 627) per person/double occupancy for seven days in the Mediterranean, with additional savings available for combining select luxury cruises.  Attractive air add-ons are also available from more than 90 North American airports.

Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.

For more information or to make a booking call Cruises International on +27 327 0327 or visit

Created: 06 June 2012  [Travel | Tourism | General Lifestyle]