crystal cruises expands its horizons with the addition of seven new european ports of call

June 7th, 2012

European vacations should be filled with limitless experiences and extravagant memories (envision stepping foot in Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste where Louis X1V was married or whale watching on the Norwegian Sea). Well, imagine no longer!  Crystal Cruises has added seven European maiden calls to their 2012 itineraries:

Klaipeda, Lithuania: Surrounded by the Baltic Sea, Latvia, Russia, Belarus, and Poland, the city of Klaipeda is filled with rich attractions and must see sights.  Stroll the cobbled streets or absorb the beauty of the Curonian Spit before heading to the Lithuanian Sea Museum to enjoy several animal exhibits along with a dolphin and sea lion show.

Heimaey, Iceland: Although Heimaey was demolished in 1973 by a volcanic eruption, the reconstructed island still remains a dominant fishing port in Iceland and a popular tourist destination.  Enjoy a day playing golf on one of the 62 courses or book a tour with Glacier Jeeps to explore Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland.

St-Jean-de-Luz, France: Located on the Basque coast, this city is easily one of the most attractive.  Its medieval-esque environment is home to the historic Church of St.John where Louis XIV tied the knot with Marie Thérèse.  After being wooed by the charming ambiance, wind down and stroll along the beach boardwalk.

Leknes, Norway: Surrounded by picturesque mountains and cliffs perfect for climbing, hiking, and cycling, Leknes is blessed with some of the most stunning scenery in the world.  Whether one relaxes on the beach or hits the local shops for some souvenirs, a must-see in this city is the old schoolhouse in the Fygle neighborhood.

Bonifacio/Corsica, France: The town of Bonifacio is the predominant attraction on the French island of Corsica.  It is best known for its immaculate Haute Ville, a series of tall and narrow medieval homes perched high above the sea on the edge of striking white limestone cliffs.  Completely encircled by the citadel walls, the steep walk is worth it for the unparalleled views, as well as the opportunity to meander through the labyrinth of ancient streets and narrow alleyways.

Palamos, Spain: Set right on the coast of Costa Brava, this 800-year-old village is known for its symbolic beaches and particularly exceptional prawns.  Daytrip to Barcelona, head to the fresh fish market, or explore gothic Girona.

Akureyri, Iceland: Iceland’s second-largest city is home to one of its most superb fjords, surrounded by attractive snow dusted mountains and pastures.  Top to-dos include whale-watching, seeing the “Waterfall of the Gods”, and visiting the botanical gardens

Bon Voyage!


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