If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, why not consider a trip that’s a little more exotic than your average holiday? To make this a bit easier, we’ve put together our top 3 extra-ordinary Crystal cruises for the year. You’ll be hard-pressed to choose! Tahiti & the Cook Islands 7 March 2019 Papeete … More New Year, New Discoveries
This month saw Crystal River Cruises win the Luxury, Dining and Staterooms categories in the 2018 Cruise Critic’s ‘Editor’s Picks’ awards, therefore we saw it fitting to tell you why Crystal River Cruises is so amazing. Whether you’re accustomed to the Crystal Cruises ocean fleet, or you’re a first-time cruiser and you’re wondering if river cruising is up your … More What makes Crystal River Cruises so good?
Paul Gauguin Cruises are renowned for taking their guests around the crystalline waters that surround Tahiti, the Society Islands, the Tuamotu archipelago, the Cook Islands and the Marquesas. During the latter half of 2019 and throughout 2020 however, the m/s Paul Gauguin will also transport guests to the bucket-list destinations of Fiji, Tonga and Bali on … More Unique itineraries for 2020 with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Paul Gauguin Cruises’ welcoming troupe of local Tahitians, better known onboard as Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins, immerse guests in Polynesian culture by leading exotic activities and classes based on the regional culture. On Tahitian night, local Mamas come onboard with fresh flowers from the islands so you can make your own hei (flower crown) … More Make a lei, drink out of a coconut & immerse yourself in Polynesian culture with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Already feeling overwhelmed trying to organise your Christmas plans this year? Let Crystal take the hard work out of the festive season next year, and save your energy for topping up your tan or exploring the picturesque Christmas markets of Europe… A sunny escape… How does Hawaii sound? Let the warmth of Pacific trade winds … More Escape, explore and celebrate next Christmas with Crystal
Over the summer, I was lucky enough to fly out to Venice over three weekends to showcase the stunning Crystal Esprit to some of our fabulous travel agent partners. I mean, if you are going to do a whirlwind weekend in Italy, then a ship tour and lunch onboard a 62-passenger yacht is a pretty … More She loved it so much, she went three times – Megan visits Crystal Esprit in Venice
It’s been a while since our last TCP On the Road post, but the team has been busier than ever! Read on to find out all about what our man in the north, Jon, and our woman in the south, Nat, have been up to for the past couple of months. Nat’s great escape…. As … More TCP On The Road Again
Day 1 – Tahiti So, starting with the journey, I have to say I was really impressed by Air Tahiti Nui. They had everything you need: generous leg room; delicious food; on-demand movies; and free flowing wine! The moment you step onto Tahitian soil and are greeted by the Gauguin bands and singers at the … More A Polynesian Adventure with Paul Gauguin Cruises: Nat & Jenna’s Diary
Suite Elevation Crystal Serenity, will see 36 new Seabreeze Penthouses and two new Seabreeze Penthouse Suites. While this transformation effectively decreases the ship’s overall capacity, the number of dedicated crew at your service will, in fact, increase. New accommodations offer personal butler service and conveniences including walk-in closets, spa like bathrooms with separate shower and … More Crystal Serenity® Re-imagined in November 2018
Even if you’ve never scuba dived in your life, Paul Gauguin Cruise’s instructors will have you floating effortlessly over rainbow-coloured coral reefs in a matter of hours! Scuba diving is a surreal, awe-inspiring experience. Diving in the South Pacific is one of the best places to explore the ocean in the world due to its … More Dive with the world’s best and witness spectacular marine life up-close within a matter of hours with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Day 1 – Koblenz Accompanied by three members of The Cruise Portfolio team, Mick, Bernadette and Laura, on the 14th May 2018, I was lucky enough as a first time river cruiser, to have the opportunity to experience a two night taster onboard the newest addition to the Crystal River Fleet, Crystal Ravel. Excited was … More TCP’s Intern Penny Shares her First Cruise Experience on Crystal Ravel
Crystal Cruises – voted World’s Best more times than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history – offer not only the best value for money for the discerning solo traveller, with low solo supplements, but also the best experiences too. Enjoy the opportunity to join art classes, lectures, wine tastings, cookery demonstrations, trivia … More The World’s Best cruise for sailing solo
Say hello to a reduced guest count, more choices for dining and technical upgrades! This October, Crystal Serenity will enter dry dock for a three-week refurbishment that mirrors the dramatic changes that debuted last year aboard Crystal Symphony. With an aim to elevate onboard guest experience by expanding the space and choices that have been … More The Evolution of Crystal Serenity – 4 months to go!
After a two hour delay into Vienna due to fog, we were met outside baggage claim by a very friendly representative who, as we had missed the scheduled coach transfer by now, whisked us straight to the VIP Transfer counter and minutes later on to a private Mercedes mini-van for the 30 minute transfer to … More 10 nights onboard Crystal Mozart
Well the last few months have flown by and rather than winding down for Christmas all of us here at TCP are gearing up for the New Year! The team have been busy travelling through rain, wind and snow to visit our fabulous travel agent partners across the country. Jon has been to awards and … More TCP on the road in December…
On Saturday 4th November a handful of the TCP team set our alarms bright and early to head to Amsterdam for a ship visit on-board one of Crystal River Cruises’ newest additions, Crystal Bach. On arrival into Schiphol airport we took a short taxi ride to the pier and embarked in the classic river style, … More TCP Visit Crystal Bach in Amsterdam
It’s been a busy few weeks for the TCP team and after the fabulous summer showcasing Crystal Symphony during our UK ship visits, it was back to reality! Throughout October the industry came together to celebrate cruising and the fabulous destinations a cruise can take you to with CLIA Plan a Cruise Month. It was … More TCP on the road in October…
On the 28th October 2017, just one week after Crystal Symphony left the shipyard in Germany after her longest every dry dock (33 days), the TCP team flew out to Barcelona to see her brand new look. This large refurbishment has bought significant changes to the ship including open-seating dining, new dining venues, more state-of-the-art technologies, … More The Evolution of Crystal Symphony
Getting back on-board Crystal Symphony was like being welcomed home, in fact many of the staff said just that! From the moment we set foot onto the pier everything was taken care of… but that, I’m coming to learn, is just the Crystal way. The staff, who I already knew were amazing, surpassed my expectations … More Good Food, New Friends and French Delights – Onboard Crystal Symphony
Onboard a Paul Gauguin cruise, you can learn to dive in some of the World’s most renowned spots! Float effortlessly through the reefs and lagoons and come nose to nose with the most magnificent marine life on the planet; parrotfish, clownfish, giant clams and sea turtles. Dive even deeper, and you will swim alongside colourful … More Deep Diving Delights onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises – Learn how to dive like a pro!
Crystal Cruises – voted World’s Best more times than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history – offer not only the best value for money for the discerning solo traveller, with appealingly low solo supplements, but also the best experiences too. Guests can enjoy the opportunity to join art classes, lectures, wine tastings, … More Sailing Solo with Crystal Cruises
The summer holidays arrived but that’s not an excuse for our team to have a break, it’s been a busy few months for us all here at TCP! Our man in the north has been a busy making his way round to our many fabulous agents! He’s had lots to celebrate too with plenty of … More TCP on the road in August…
Have you recently booked your first Crystal cruise or are thinking about booking one and wondered if there’s enough to do onboard? Well wonder no longer… as The Cruise Portfolio have put together our list of must-see, must-taste and must-do things onboard a Crystal cruise! After hearing all of the amazing recommendations team TCP had, … More TCP’s Crystal Checklist: Our list of unmissable experiences onboard Crystal Cruises!
We understand that cruising may seem a tad more expensive than your typical holiday choice. But when you actually look at the price and break it down, you will see that cruising is not as expensive as you might think… In this blog, we are comparing an exotic Paul Gauguin cruise to an island-hopping experience … More The Value in Luxury Cruising: Paul Gauguin Cruises – Island Hopping vs a Luxury Cruise
Yes you heard us correctly! You must be thinking how can Crystal Cruises get any better?! In this post we are going to give you the low-down on what to expect after the first dry-dock that takes place from 19th September to the 21st October 2017 onboard Crystal Symphony. Read on to find out about … More The World’s Best Cruise Line is about to get EVEN better – the evolution of Crystal Cruises
Day 6 – Saint-Petersburg We hadn’t booked any excursions for our last day in Russia and so we had the day to enjoy the ship almost all to ourselves while our fellow travellers enjoyed their last few hours ashore. We had breakfast in the Lido buffet which had a great variety of cereals, fresh fruit, … More Eating our way around the Baltic Sea onboard Crystal Symphony – Part 2
I have been lucky enough to sail on a good variety of cruise ships so far in my life, but this was my first time experiencing the 6-star luxury of Crystal Cruises… and boy was I impressed. You never forget your first cruise ship and for my sister Rachel, who was travelling with me, this … More Eating our way around the Baltic Sea onboard Crystal Symphony – Part 1