Explore places that sparked the imagination of writers and artists, such as Melville, Stevenson, and Gauguin. Our South Pacific adventure will excite your senses and provide a deeper appreciation of these magnificent islands and their remarkable cultures, and lectures by astronomer Carolyn Petersen
will enhance your understanding of the southern skies.
Begin your adventure in Papeete, Tahiti, the vibrant capital of French Polynesia. Then board the six-star Crystal Symphony
and set sail for Bora Bora, one of the Society Islands and an oasis of tranquil turquoise waters, majestic mountain peaks, and pristine beaches. Continue to Rarotonga, an exotic paradise in the Cook Islands, where you'll gaze upon exotic flowers, tranquil lagoons, and 2,000-foot-high peaks. Cruise to Nuku'Alofa in the tiny kingdom of Tonga. On Lautoka, the largest of Fiji's 300 islands, discover why islanders proudly claim, "Fiji is the way the world ought to be." Your voyage concludes with a day in friendly Auckland.
Discover why Crystal Symphony
is renowned for excellence. Enjoy award-winning entertainment, specialty restaurants, classes and expert speakers. Take advantage of 2-for-1 pricing and a host of amenities, including flexible dining times, open bar service, and gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff. Special air add-ons are available from select gateway cities.Itinerary
January 19 - 20 — U.S. to Papeete, Tahiti, Embark Crystal Symphony
Depart for Papeete, Tahiti and upon arrival transfer to the pier and embark Crystal Symphony
. Sip a glass of welcome champagne and enjoy leisure time to familiarize yourself with the ship's many amenities as you set off on your all-inclusive cruise through the South Pacific
. This evening gather for dinner aboard ship.January 21 — Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Flaunting flawless white sand beaches, lush tropical slopes and a tranquil lagoon, enchanting Bora Bora is the definition of an island paradise. Mount Otemanu
pierces the sky and thatch-roofed villas lie cradled beneath shady palms. Take a complimentary shuttle to the town center, then soak in the sun and the scent of hibiscus as you explore the island that Captain James Cook dubbed "the pearl of the Pacific." Multiple shore excursions are offered at an additional cost.
Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an exclusive Welcome Reception. (B,L,D)January 22 — At Sea
A day at sea is as relaxed or as action-packed as you desire due to the many amenities aboard Crystal Symphony
. Enjoy a refreshing walk along the 360-degree Promenade Deck as you watch the sunrise. Exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness center, which offers cardiovascular and strength-training equipment as well as yoga, Pilates, and other fitness classes. Feel the warm sunshine and cool ocean breezes as you play a doubles or singles match at Wimbledon Court.
In the evening, gather for the Captain's Welcome Reception. (B,L,D)January 23 — Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is an oasis of sun-soaked beaches, dense jungle, and enchanting Polynesian culture. The beauty of this tropical paradise is enhanced by the smiles that greet you at every turn. Give in to the carefree manner and exuberance for life that embody the friendly, hospitable Rarotongan spirit. Take a complimentary shuttle to the town center, then swim in underground caves, explore the craggy mountains that rise 2,000 feet above the sea, or snorkel with turtles in the cerulean waters of the Muri Lagoon
. Multiple shore excursions are offered at an additional cost. (B,L,D)January 24-26 — At Sea, International Date Line
Cruise the South Pacific as you enjoy a wide variety of activities aboard ship.
Cultivate your mind with fascinating lecture series and interactive discussions — different on each journey — with celebrities, journalists, diplomats and destination experts. Teach yourself something new with complimentary lessons in art or dance, foreign language instruction by Berlitz, piano classes with Yamaha, or a session with the onboard PGA golf pro.
Your all-inclusive cruise experience means that every meal, cup of coffee, and snack is complimentary, and open bar service is always available. Plus your cruise includes gratuities for housekeeping, dining, and bar staff. In the Crystal dining room, savor inventive, regionally inspired cuisine and continental favorites by Crystal's acclaimed chefs. Master chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers incredible Japanese cuisine at both Silk Road and Sushi Bar, while at Prego, the cuisine of Piero Selvaggio brings the flavors of authentic Italian regional cuisine to life. Or spend the night in and enjoy complimentary in-stateroom dining, served 24 hours a day. (Throughout your cruise, dining attire in the evenings ranges from Resort Casual to Black Tie Optional.)
For breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner as the sun slips below the horizon, try casual alfresco dining at the Trident Bar and Grill. Enjoy elaborate breakfasts and a lunch buffet at Lido Café, whose sumptuous dessert bar showcases the delicate confections of Crystal's award-winning pastry team. Savor a mouth-watering selection of rich pâtés, an array of charcuterie, international cheeses, freshly baked desserts and specialty coffee drinks at The Bistro, a Parisian-style café. (B,L,D each day)January 27 — Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitting just east of the International Date Line, Tonga is where time begins. It was also one of the first Pacific islands to be settled by immigrants from Southeast Asia, and it is the only remaining kingdom in the South Pacific. Take a complimentary shuttle to the town center of Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga on the island of Tongatapu
. Explore palaces and tombs, blowholes and sandy coves, wave-swept coastal cliffs and jaw-dropping coral reefs. Multiple shore excursions are offered at an additional cost. (B,L,D)January 28 — At Sea
Enjoy a wide variety of activities aboard ship during a day at sea. (B,L,D)January 29 — Lautoka, Fiji
Fiji fully lives up to its reputation of pristine beaches, swaying palm trees, and dazzling sunsets. Learn why the islanders proudly claim, "Fiji is the way the world ought to be." Take a complimentary shuttle to the town center of Lautoka, a bustling port town cradled on the western shore of Viti Levu
, the largest of Fiji’s 300 idyllic islands. Indulge in water sports, marvel at the rare orchids in the botanical gardens, visit the Lautoka Sugar Mill, partake in a traditional kava ceremony or shop for shell jewelry, wood carvings, woven mats, basketry and masi, the traditional painted bark cloth. Multiple shore excursions are offered at an additional cost. (B,L,D)January 30-31 — At Sea
Cruise the South Pacific as you enjoy a wide variety of activities onboard the ship.
Visit the Studio, home to Crystal's revolutionary Creative Learning Institute, including digital filmmaking. At Computer University@Sea, design a slide show of your South Pacific adventures, update your travel blog, connect with loved ones or learn the basics of computer technology.
Converse and sunbathe next to the Seahorse Pool and hot tub. Pamper yourself at the Crystal Spa, which blends ancient therapies with modern-day philosophies. Watch classic and recently released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, hang out with friends in the Bridge Lounge, and enjoy afternoon tea at the Palm Court. This evening, gather for the Captain's Farewell Reception. (B,L,D each day)February 1 — Auckland
Dock and spend the entire day at leisure in Auckland, situated at the narrowest point of the North Island of New Zealand. Explore the City of Sails, from its beautiful rugged coast, lush rain forest, and rolling surf beaches to its unforgettable dining and shopping venues. Take a complimentary shuttle to the town center. Here, visit the islands of Hauraki Gulf, board a yacht and cruise the sheltered waters of Waitemata Harbour
, see the city highlights aboard the Auckland Explorer Bus, or journey to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland and climb aboard Watercare’s Rain Forest Express
, a narrow-gauge railway. Visit the Auckland Zoo, Auckland Museum, or the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
A 12-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland takes you to the seaside village of Devonport. While there, relax in a café or chocolate shop, stroll through local art galleries and antique stores and explore the maze of tunnel networks and fortifications at North Head.
Auckland is also famous for outdoor adventuring, from scuba diving, sea kayaking, and kayak fishing to skydiving, sky jumping, mountain biking, or quad biking. Board a plane or helicopter for a scenic flight over Auckland, or take a whale- or dolphin-watching tour. Multiple shore excursions are offered at an additional cost.
Join your fellow travelers for an exclusive Farewell Reception
. (B,L,D)February 2 — Auckland to U.S.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Auckland airport for return flights home.
Passengers who opt for the post-trip extension will depart for Queenstown today. (B)