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Crystal Cruises Extends Voluntourism Program to New Destinations

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 9 February 2012

Crystal Cruises is extending its You Care, We Care voluntourism program with new hands-on opportunities throughout 2012.

This year, every Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony voyage offers one complimentary shore excursion in which both guests and crew can give back to a local community-in-need, with Crystal handling all the arrangements.

With more than 45 socially-responsible excursions completed last year, several philanthropic destinations are back on the 2012 calendar, accompanied by new international additions such as:

Cambodia: Teach children the arts and plant a vegetable garden at an orphanage
British Colombia: Stock, pack, and distribute food and toys at a local food bank
Singapore: Help literacy-challenged children to read
South Korea: Bring goodwill to a home for underprivileged children

The feedback from this program has been incredible, with stories of tears, hugs, penpals, and generosity above and beyond anything we could have hoped for, said Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president operations. We are thrilled to continue to pay it forward as we sail the world in 2012.

Additional locales featuring the program in 2012 include Cartagena, Colombia; Willemstad, Curaao; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; Livorno, Italy; Athens, Greece; Tallinn, Estonia; Rostock, Germany; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Honolulu; and Boston, among others.

In 2011, participants fed homeless donkeys in Antigua; supported conservation efforts at an Oregon state park; tended to rescued sea turtles in Athens; helped garden outside area at an elderly domicile in Dubrovnik; rehabbed an educational salmon hatchery in Alaska; planted trees in New Zealand and Australia; bonded with disabled adults in Tuscany and the Canary Islands; played with underprivileged children in Uruguay, Peru, St. Martin, Rio, Fiji, and South Africa; and gathered and distributed food and supplies in Israel, Santa Barbara, Nova Scotia, Boston, Estonia, and New Brunswick.

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