84 Night Grand Continental Odysseys Cruise departing from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo onboard Crystal Serenity.
The exquisite ambience of the Crystal Serenity leads to an extraordinary experience. Unwind in luxurious and spacious accommodations -- 85% of the staterooms feature private verandahs. Spectacular international fare can be found in elegant restaurants throughout the ship, including celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road. The delightful cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine cellar that features over 150 vintages. And the activities onboard will delight you. Rejuvenate your soul in the Feng Shui-designed Crystal Spa or swing Callaway clubs at the driving range. Glamour and excitement await at the Caesars Palace at Sea casino.
Nothing quite compares to the blissful indulgence of a Trans-Atlantic crossing, where days at sea blend seamlessly together on a voyage of true rejuvenation.
Highlights of this cruise:
The wild beauty and natural wonders of Australia and Africa are revealed with insightful perfection on an epic journey highlighted by idyllic isles throughout the South Pacific and Indian Ocean and cosmopolitan cities from Sydney and Cape Town to Barcelona and Monte Carlo.
Los Angeles/San Pedro, California
Spectacular natural surroundings combined with the vitality of a creative and artistic community make Los Angeles one-of-a-kind. Sunshine, majestic palm trees and the sandy beaches of the Pacific share the spotlight with L.A.'s glamorous movie industry and its world-famous celebrities. Formally founded in 1781, it is now one of the world's largest metropolitan centers. Although there will not be any shore excursions offered in Los Angeles due to our limited time in port, you may contact our onboard Shore Excursion staff for helpful hints or suggestions on things to do while you are ashore.
In addition to possessing marvelous beaches, this second-largest island of the Hawaiian archipelago boasts one of the great natural wonders of the world - Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano on the planet. Nicknamed the Valley Isle, the island of Maui boasts a string of jungle valleys and is flanked on two sides by volcanoes, Puu Kukui to the west and the great Haleakala to the east. According to legend, the Hawaiian demigod Maui pulled up both ends of the island from the sea bottom with his fishhook to create this Pacific paradise. Resting between these two towering craters is central Maui, named after the island's legendary creator. Cradled on its western shore at the foot of Puu Kukui is picturesque Lahaina, now designated a national historic landmark. In days gone by, it was one of the principal whaling centers of the Pacific. Now it brims with reminders of its legendary seafaring past. Beyond Lahaina lie tranquil valleys of serene majesty, the golden sands of Kaanapali Beach and Haleakala's immense crater.
Pago Pago, Samoa
Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa, a verdant chain of seven South Pacific isles covered with ferns, breadfruit and pananus trees. Populated by Polynesians for over 2,500 years, many experts believe this is the birthplace of Polynesian culture. As you tour the picturesque harbor, shopping for native handcrafts, listen for the local greeting, talofa lava: you are welcome here.
Auckland, New Zealand
Welcome to Auckland, the City of Sails. New Zealand's largest city is along the shores of an extinct volcanic cone known as Rangitoto, often visible to the east. Auckland's population of over one million people represents almost a third of the country's total.
New Zealand seems to have a bit of everything: great natural beauty, friendly people, magnificent glacier-studded mountain ranges, sculpted fjords, pristine untouched beaches, lush rainforest, an endless array of sporting activities, and, not to be forgotten, plenty of sheep and rolling farmland.
Auckland is the perfect city from which to experience most of what New Zealand has to offer. The city lies astride a narrow isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean on two harbors, the Waitemata and Manukau. Auckland and New Zealand's geographic and cultural treasures beckon for your discovery.
An enthusiastic welcome awaits you at this thriving city by the sea.
The billowing profile of the Opera House greets us on her return to Sydney's glorious, world-class harbor. Ahead lies the arch of the Harbour Bridge. These twin symbols, more than any other, identify one of the Southern Hemisphere's premier cities.
Sydney is an energetic and exciting metropolis whose nightlife, shopping and fine restaurants compare favorably with the finest the world has to offer. Despite its modern advances, Sydney has lovingly cherished its heritage, for this was the birthplace of the Australian nation.
Combine Sydney's boundless attractions with its superb harborside location, and you have that certain magic that few other cities can rival.
The gracious city of Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. It lies on a narrow plain between the Mt. Lofty Ranges and the Gulf St. Vincent's blue waters. Much of the city's appeal can be attributed to the planning of Colonel Light, who, as Surveyor-General in 1834, showed excellent foresight in providing a profusion of gardens and open space. The city center is completely surrounded by playgrounds, sports fields and colorful flower beds. Laid out on either side of the Torrens River and set against the rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the city is blessed with ample water to maintain its green belt of parks and gardens. Adelaide is affectionately known as the City of Churches. The combination of verdant parklands and stately buildings imbue this prosperous center with enduring grace and character.
Fremantle has welcomed seafarers from around the world for over 150 years. This distinguished port city lies at the mouth of the Swan River and is Western Australia's leading harbor. During the America's Cup Yacht Race of 1986/87, it underwent a dramatic facelift and was transformed into a restored and revitalized mecca of cafes, restaurants, bars and beautiful Federation-style buildings.
Just 12 miles north lies Perth, Fremantle's sister city. This thriving capital billows with an infectious sense of energy and confidence. Its scenic riverside setting is enhanced by splendid parks, restaurants, beaches, galleries, museums and a wonderful Mediterranean-like climate.
Founded by the French East India Company in 1643, Taolanaro (or Taolagnaro) is also known as Fort Dauphin, the name originally given to the settlement to honor the six-year-old crown prince of France, who would later become the 'Sun King,'t Louis XIV. What was once a small French colony is now a gateway to the Madagascar' s famed semi-tropical landscapes, beautiful beaches and surfer' s paradise of an ocean. Several ecotourism destinations reflect the locals' passion for conservation and travelers' interest in discovering the island' s unique fauna and flora. At the Nahampoana Reserve, you can marvel at a vast species of mammals, most promiment being (most, if not all) the species of lemurs native to the southern region of Madagascar. The reserve is also home to reptiles such as chameleons, tortoises, crocodiles to name a few, plus a wide variety of birds.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Port Elizabeth' s location at the end of the Garden Route hints at what makes the town so appealing. Certainly, it has its share of cultural attractions, including the King George VI Art Gallery, which houses treasures such as 19th- and 20th-century British art and Oriental miniatures. But the real gems of the area are of the out-of-doors type. In addition to being famous for its fine beaches and mild climate, Port Elizabeth (often shortened to 'PE't) is considered the water sports capital of South Africa, with scuba diving, game fishing and kiteboarding being ever-popular pursuits. Wildlife is revered and closely observable at numerous eco-centered attractions, including the Oceanarium, showcasing daily dolphin and seal shows, and the Snake Park & Tropical House, home to exotic and indigenous snakes and featuring streams, waterfalls and free-flying birds. The area outside of town offers exciting game-viewing opportunities, with the Addo Elephant Park being a particular highlight.
Cape Town, South Africa
With majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past, in tandem with the 20th century's more functional demands. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved and there are several outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Cobble-stoned streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel houses of the Malay Quarter showcase the city's cosmopolitan ambiance. Nearby, images of seafaring activities from the 1800s are evoked at the recently-restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Magnificent Cape Town is justifiably famous as the Mother City of South Africa.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
The busy industrial town of Walvis Bay lies at the dramatic juxtaposition of ocean and desert. Its development began in 1878, when Commander Richard C. Dryer took possession of the port and settlement in Queen Victoria's name.
In March 1994, following extensive negotiations with the Republic of South Africa, Walvis Bay and its offshore islands were incorporated into the Republic of Namibia.
Highlights of Walvis Bay include an impressive Civic Center and the Rhenish Mission Church, which was build in Hamburg in 1880 before being dismantled and shipped to these shores.
Our visit to Namibia provides rare insight into one of Southwest Africa's most fascinating regions.
Georgetown, Ascension Island
Discovered by the Portuguese in 1501 and claimed for Britain in the name of King George III in 1815, Georgetown, the capital of Ascension Island was established as a naval base. Today, much of its historical attraction is centered on St. Mary' s Church. Among its strikingly beautiful beaches, Long Beach is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents, but it is the 'home' for hundreds of Green Turtles each year, one of the most important nesting sites in the world. An excellent island for walking, with fantastic views and incredible wildlife, and excellent diving and snorkeling, too.
Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain
Santa Cruz de la Palma hugs the east coast of the island of La Palma, part of the Canary Islands, a Spanish-held archipelago wrought from volcanic activity. Add together all those locational and cultural features ' an island, Spanish, volcanic ' and you get a marvelous place to explore and embrace. The old town showcases a Caribbean feel and color palette, with its distinctly balconied buildings painted in hues of blue, green, orange and burgundy. Cobbled streets lead to a marketplace where equally colorful products are sold, including mangoes, papayas, passion fruit and sugar cane. In fact, sugar once was the high-calorie energy source for the local economy. Today, bananas are the main export, along with memories gathered by visitors who happily investigate the city' s historic lanes.
Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, MirA', Dali, Casals and GaudA' and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.
Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy.
Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.