Cruising on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend – Part 2

by Jenna Gilson, Cruise Sales Consultant COVID Protocols…Travelling Our trip began with an evening flight from London Heathrow. We checked in online and did the bag drop at the airport, where we had to present copies of our COVID-19 vaccine status. Masks were worn within the airport and for the duration of the flight, except … More Cruising on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend – Part 2

Cruising on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend – Part 1

By Megan Saunders, Business Development Executive After a long hiatus from cruising, when the opportunity arose to join the newly stretched Star Legend on her inaugural sailing, I jumped at the chance to get onboard. After the initial excitement wore off I have to admit there was a bit of trepidation of what cruising and … More Cruising on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend – Part 1

Adventuring in Style – Our visit to Crystal Endeavor

Recently the TCP Team were lucky enough to visit Crystal Expedition Cruises’ brand new ship Crystal Endeavor when she called into Greenwich on her passage from Iceland, where she has just spent her inaugural season, down to Lisbon. Crystal Endeavor has been billed as the world’s largest and most spacious expedition yacht, built to PC6 … More Adventuring in Style – Our visit to Crystal Endeavor

Japan – Five cities in five days…and not a ship in sight!

When you get an email on a cold November day asking if you’d like to join JNTO for a week-long trip to Japan in a few weeks’ time, it was like Christmas had come early…and the only possible answer is ‘Yes’. You then send an email straight back saying ‘thank you’ a million times and … More Japan – Five cities in five days…and not a ship in sight!

Luxury Iceland Expeditions with Crystal Endeavor

Iceland earns its nickname as the “land of fire and ice” with volcanic peaks rising mere feet from glacier-filled seas and soothing hot springs bubbling up from frozen ground and, more figuratively, with some of the warmest hospitality set a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle. Crystal Endeavor’s newly announced Luxury Iceland Expeditions set sail through this majestic region this … More Luxury Iceland Expeditions with Crystal Endeavor

Discover the Seychelles with Crystal Yacht Cruises

The 115 islands of the Seychelles fall under two distinct groups. Over 40 tall, granite, Inner Islands and just over 70 low-lying coralline cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands. This amazing nature’s paradise is lush, mountainous and offers not just white sand beaches but also many marine parks and nature reserves for active pursuits … More Discover the Seychelles with Crystal Yacht Cruises

Your Staterooms and Suites Guide for Crystal Cruises

To continue on from our tour of all our fabulous onboard restaurants, entertainment & enrichment venues and the ways in which you can keep fit, healthy and well while on a cruise, today we have reached our last Ocean guide and are taking you on a tour of our luxurious retreats – the gorgeous Staterooms and Suites – … More Your Staterooms and Suites Guide for Crystal Cruises

Your Wellness Guide for Crystal Cruises

For this weeks guide, we’re encouraging you to take moment to relax as we take you on a tour of all our wellness and fitness venues onboard both our ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony with our handy Wellness Guide. Fuel your spirit at a state-of-the-art fitness centre, invigorate your mind with complimentary yoga, mat Pilates and more, try personal … More Your Wellness Guide for Crystal Cruises

Your Enrichment Guide for Crystal Cruises

To continue on from our tour of all our fabulous onboard restaurants and entertainment venues, today we are talking all things enrichment and taking you on a tour of all the wonderful activities you can enjoy onboard both our ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony with our handy Enrichment Guide. Further your knowledge through enrichment workshops featuring thought leaders, world-class … More Your Enrichment Guide for Crystal Cruises

Your Entertainment Guide for Crystal Cruises

To continue on from our tour of all our fabulous onboard restaurants, we thought we would take you on a tour of all our wonderful entertainment venues onboard both our ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony with our handy Entertainment Guide. Enjoy access to premier entertainment and world-class performances from around the world. Catch A-list movies in the theatre or … More Your Entertainment Guide for Crystal Cruises

Your Restaurant Guide for Crystal Cruises

From the comfort of your desk, we thought we’d take you on a tour of all our wonderful restaurants onboard both our ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony with our handy Restaurant Guide.Indulge in cuisine of Michelin-level envy, crafted by Crystal’s own award-winning chefs showcasing Vintage Room wine-pairing dinners, fine Italian fare, and ever-evolving dishes from around the world. PLUS click … More Your Restaurant Guide for Crystal Cruises

In the Spotlight – an interview with Anna Perrott

In today’s climate, there has never been a better time for a small ship experience. We use the word experience because small ship cruises are more than just a holiday. There are three key points which stand out with the small ship experience: Service, Destination& Experience. Though you would expect to get these points from … More In the Spotlight – an interview with Anna Perrott

Crystal Esprit returns to the Seychelles

We are delighted to confirm that Crystal has been advised by both the Seychelles Public Health Authority and Tourism Ministry that Crystal Esprit will be allowed to sail her January – March 2021 all-Seychelles itineraries as planned, making her the only luxury ship with these permissions. This is the perfect opportunity for you to experience the … More Crystal Esprit returns to the Seychelles

Travel inspiration – travel through your TV, the sequel!

Whilst all our travel plans may have been put on pause, that doesn’t mean we can’t still see the world through the many shows currently on our TV screens – there’s always room on the bucket list for more holiday destinations isn’t there? Here is a selection of the shows we are watching right now, … More Travel inspiration – travel through your TV, the sequel!

Featured Sailing: Delightful Danube (Westbound)

Our featured sailing for March is the wonderful ‘Delightful Danube (westbound)’ voyage which sails from Budapest to Vilshofen (it also operates in the reverse). You can spend 7-nights exploring the majestic river Danube aboard the all-suite, butler-serviced ship, Crystal Ravel, which provides twice the number of crew per guest than the industry average, so you … More Featured Sailing: Delightful Danube (Westbound)

Romance at sea with Paul Gauguin Cruises

From spellbinding beaches and swaying palm trees to lush greenery and soaring mountain peaks, Paul Gauguin Cruises takes you to some of the most romantic islands that seem to have it all. Celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, special occasions or simply just your love for one another onboard the award-winning m/s Paul Gauguin. Marvel at the beauty … More Romance at sea with Paul Gauguin Cruises

Featured Sailing: European Cultural Canvas

Our featured sailing this month is the spectacular ‘European Cultural Canvas’ voyage which sails from Amsterdam to Barcelona. You can indulge in 13-nights onboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony where you will spend overnights in the artistic havens of Lisbon and Honfleur and two nights among Bordeaux’s vineyards at the dawn of the harvest.  Day 1: … More Featured Sailing: European Cultural Canvas

The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 4)

Our Trade Sales Support Executive, Megan, embarked on the ‘Iberian Influences’ cruise from Barcelona to Valencia accompanied by Natalie Read, Regional Sales Manager (South). Read all about what they got up to. Day 1: Barcelona I was very excited to be joining Crystal Serenity in Barcelona as this was my first time sailing on this … More The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 4)

The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 3)

Jenna and Beth were next to embark on the Mediterranean Passage cruise for the remaining 3 nights from Monte Carlo to Barcelona onboard Crystal Serenity. Jenna works on our Reservations team as a Cruise Consultant here at TCP and Beth is our placement student, working on the Marketing team. Please note that the text in … More The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 3)

The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 2)

It was Laura, Vicky and Jon’s turn to embark on the ‘Mediterranean Passage’ Cruise from Rome to Monte Carlo onboard Crystal Serenity. Laura and Vicky work on the Reservations team here at TCP and Jon is our Regional Sales Manager (North & Scotland). Please note that the text in green is from Vicky and the … More The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 2)

The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 1)

The lovely Louise from our reservations team at TCP was the first to embark on the ‘Mediterranean Passage’ cruise onboard Crystal Serenity from Athens to Rome. Day 1 : Embarkation After a very early start this morning I flew from Gatwick to join the Crystal Serenity in sunny Athens. The flight time is just over 3 … More The TCP takeover onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 1)

ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 4)

Day 8 – Piombino Today is another new stop for me, Piombino, a little port on the Tuscan coast, and today we were docked, so no need to get a tender ashore. We had breakfast in our favourite spot – Marketplace – before grabbing our things and heading out. We were docked a little way … More ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 4)

ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 3)

Day 6 – Portofino Today we woke up to our first cloudy morning, and although it wasn’t raining yet, thunderstorms were predicted. After a quick breakfast inside, we decide to get ashore hopefully before the storm came in. Going ashore was again by tender as the little harbour of Portofino is too small for a … More ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 3)

ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 2)

Day 3 – Calvi, Corsica I have never been to Corsica before, and I was eager to get up and away today, so as soon as I woke, I was up and out onto the Promenade deck for my morning walk. It was a beautiful arrival into port with the sun rising over the hilltop … More ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 2)

ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 1)

Day 1 – Monte Carlo It has been a very stressful lead up to my trip onboard Crystal Serenity, as I have had to keep it a secret…I am sure you all feel the same way as me, that one of the most exciting things about going on holiday is the build-up. Talking to anyone … More ROMANTIC RIVIERA – Nat’s Experience onboard Crystal Serenity (Part 1)

Let Paul Gauguin Cruises look after you!

CLIA’s Cruise Month celebrates cruising and why it is such a great choice of holiday, and this year, we are focusing on wellness and sustainability. We are constantly seeking ways to check out from our day-to-day responsibilities in our fast-paced, stressful and busy lifestyles; craving much needed time to rejuvenate and escape from these day-to-day … More Let Paul Gauguin Cruises look after you!

ENCHANTING MOSELLE – Elaine’s Adventure on Crystal Bach (Part 2)

DAY 3 – COCHEM: We woke up this morning fully expecting to be sailing and quite looking forward to a morning on deck as our arrival into Cochem was planned for 2pm. We were in fact already in Cochem….7 hours early! Apparently, we’d run the equivalent river journey of hitting every green light going and … More ENCHANTING MOSELLE – Elaine’s Adventure on Crystal Bach (Part 2)

ENCHANTING MOSELLE – Elaine’s Adventure on Crystal Bach (Part 1)

DAY 1 – TRIER: It was a 4.30 am start – well we wanted to get the holiday started as soon as possible – so after a quick taxi ride to Heathrow, the obligatory holiday breakfast and a short hop across Europe, we arrived in Luxembourg at about 9.30. We’ve flown to Luxembourg as it’s … More ENCHANTING MOSELLE – Elaine’s Adventure on Crystal Bach (Part 1)

Five Reasons to Travel to Tahiti and the Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin is known to be a truly special and unique experience and we thought we would share our top 5 reasons (although we could think of many more!) to embark on a trip of a lifetime to Tahiti and the Society Islands. One – Pristine Beaches With an array of white-sand beaches and crystal … More Five Reasons to Travel to Tahiti and the Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises

The Most Inspirational 2021 Crystal Endeavor Itineraries

2021 Crystal Endeavor sailings are now on sale! So, we thought we’d talk about the most inspirational itineraries taking place during Crystal Endeavor’s first full year of adventure… NEW ZEALAND FJORDS & TASMANIA This itinerary features a trip to Wineglass Bay, an area which will henceforth be limited to cruising… so grab the chance while … More The Most Inspirational 2021 Crystal Endeavor Itineraries

Knowledge Crystalised

At The Cruise Portfolio, we want to provide our agent partners with the best support possible to understand the brilliant Crystal Cruises. To this end, we have launched the #KnowledgeCrystalised campaign to keep everyone up-to-date with all things Crystal. TRAINING EVENTS The campaign will comprise of 2 separate parts: firstly, we have our agent training … More Knowledge Crystalised

Inside Crystal Endeavor

Next year, Crystal Endeavor: the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht, will set sail on her maiden voyage. Before she explores the farthest reaches of Earth, take a sneak peek inside this sleek PC6 polar class yacht. To Eat Crystal Endeavor will continue Crystal’s long-standing reputation for impeccable service and Michelin-inspired cuisine. Umi … More Inside Crystal Endeavor

Nat’s West Indies cruise on-board Crystal Esprit – Part 2

Day 4 – St Barts We wake feeling rather fragile….I cant think why! Probably all the cocktails last night… Oh joy, the note beside my bed reminds me that we have jet skiing at 11.00am! Well you know what they say – no rest for the wicked! After a hearty breakfast and numerous cups of coffee, … More Nat’s West Indies cruise on-board Crystal Esprit – Part 2