In 2009, Crystal Cruises is launching two Ancient
Civilizations-themed Experiences of Discovery itineraries through the
Middle East, Holy Land and Mediterranean.
Guest historians, archeologists and a foreign
correspondent will bring new and substantive perspective to Cairo,
Jerusalem and Jordan’s archeological site of Petra.
Referred to as the “Cradle of Civilization”, the
destinations offer more than five millennia of history and
cultural heritage. In addition to onboard presentations, guest
experts will accompany Crystal Adventures ashore.
The Ancient Civilizations voyages include
Crystal Symphony’s May 17 sailing from Dubai to Athens and Crystal
Serenity’s October 8, Athens to Venice cruise.
“The ‘Ancient Civilizations’ voyages are
designed to add relevance and perspective to ports and countries
that’s have shaped world history,” said John Stoll, director, land
programs. “Visiting these destinations in the company of renowned
experts will arguably deepen our guests understanding and
appreciation of different cultures – and how those cultures have
impacted the evolution of civilization.”
Guest experts will offer commentary and insight
to select Crystal Adventures, including:
• Exploration of Luxor &
Valley of the Kings – A full-day Egyptian excursion
visiting the Pharaoh’s tombs, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the
Temple of Luxor and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities,
accompanied by archeologist and professor Bridget Buxton, an
expert on the treasures of the Middle East and Greece;
• Rose City of Petra
– An excursion out of Aqaba, Jordan, exploring this 2,000-year-old
city, also accompanied by Buxton.
Full Day in Cairo – An intimate look at the world’s most
famous monuments of antiquity, the pyramids and the Sphinx,
accompanied by Ken Rees, a veteran broadcast journalist and
foreign correspondent for the Middle East and Mediterranean, on
the May 17 cruise, and historian and author Diana Preston on the
October 8 itinerary.
• Full-Day Tour of
Jerusalem – From Ashdod, Israel, guests can explore this
sacred city with insight from Rees.
The cruises will also feature theme-related
films in staterooms and the Hollywood Theaters.
The 14-day Dubai to Athens voyage transits the
Suez Canal, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden and calls in Salalah,
Oman; Luxor and Cairo, Egypt and Aqaba, Jordan.
The 12-day Athens to Venice itinerary calls at
Santorini, Rhodes and Corfu, Greece; Ashdod, Israel; Cairo, Egypt
and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Cruise fares begin from US$5,690 per person,
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