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

What makes Crystal River Cruises so good?

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?

Unique itineraries for 2020 with Paul Gauguin Cruises

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

Make a lei, drink out of a coconut & immerse yourself in Polynesian culture 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

Escape, explore and celebrate next Christmas with Crystal

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

She loved it so much, she went three times – Megan visits Crystal Esprit in Venice

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

A Polynesian Adventure with Paul Gauguin Cruises: Nat & Jenna’s Diary

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

Crystal Serenity® Re-imagined in November 2018

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

Dive with the world’s best and witness spectacular marine life up-close within a matter of hours with Paul Gauguin Cruises

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

TCP’s Intern Penny Shares her First Cruise Experience on Crystal Ravel

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

The World’s Best cruise for sailing solo

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