From San Francisco’s Golden Gate to Hawaii’s tropical isles, take an ocean voyage of your dreams on the elegant, Six-Star Crystal Symphony. Expert speakers, Drs. Michelle Thaller and Andrew Booth, NASA astronomers, will inspire your curiosity of today’s discoveries in space.
Sunday, July 15, 2018 San Francisco, California - SAIL
Aloha to the beautiful Crystal Symphony for a voyage across the Pacific to Hawai’i.
Monday-Thursday, July 16 -19, 2018 Cruising the North Pacific Ocean
Days at sea with time to relax and sail, Crystal Symphony offers many activities. Join the Tai Chi , Yoga classes or learn the latest dance step from the on-board dance hosts. There are expert speakers and panel discussion on world affairs and politics.
Our astronomy experts, Drs. Michelle Thaller and Andrew Booth, will offer enrichment talks on the latest NASA discoveries. A private MWT excursion to Mauna Kea and the Keck Observatory is included.
Friday/Saturday, July 20/21, 2018 Oahu/Honolulu, Hawai’i
With an overnight at Oahu, plenty to see and do. Take a commemorative visit to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial followed by an exclusive lunch in the Captain’s Cabin aboard the Battleship USS Missouri.
Sunday, July 22, 2018 Maui/Lahaina, Hawai’i
Beautiful waters around the Island of Maui offer the world’s best location for whale-watching the majestic humpback. Take an optional excursion to the Haleakala Crater with lunch in the Ali’I Kula Lavender Garden.
Monday, July 23, 2018 Hawai’i/Hilo, Hawai’i
Hilo is the oldest city in the Hawai’ian archipelago and still has its original wooden buildings. The orchid garden is nearby or travel to the volcano or visit the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Keck Observatory Kona, Hawai’i
For a deeper perspective, we have included a private visit to the summit of Mauna Kea where astronomers use the W. M. Keck Observatory to probe the near and distant Universe with unprecedented power and precision
Wednesday/Saturday, July 25/28, 2018 At Sea
More days and nights of indulgence! Spoil yourself in the spa or take a lounge chair on deck. Don’t forget afternoon High Tea in the Palm Court. An ocean crossing on a Crystal ship is the most wonderful treat you can give yourself.
Sunday, July 29, 2018 Ensenada, Mexico
A fun stop in Ensenada affords time for shopping in the quaint shops for Mexican silver, Christmas nativity pottery, or wine tasting at the nearby winery.
Monday, July 30, 2018Coast of California
Only one more ‘no worries’ day at sea.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 San Francisco, California Cruising the
Alas, it is time to disembark and wave good-bye to your Crystal home.
Your Cruise Includes
Your cruise includes:
MWT Astronomical Activities
*Private Excursion to Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea
The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious and luxurious cruise ships at sea. Onboard amenities feature grand lounges, a full-service fitness facility, exciting casino, a lavish spa, expansive decks, a swimming pool with an extra-large Jacuzzi, award-winning cuisine and entertainment. To top it off, exquisitely-appointed staterooms, more than half of which offer private verandahs. Considered to be the finest shipboard staff afloat, it is their goal to anticipate your every need and to make this a vacation to remember.
Stateroom w/ Window
Stateroom w/ Verandah
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