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June 22, 2006

Crystal Cruises Returns To Asia In 2007

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Luxury Line Celebrates 10th Season In Asia With New Singapore To Dubai Itinerary

LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2006 - Crystal Cruises returns to Asia in 2007 for the first time in two years with a collection of four destination rich itineraries, including its first-ever cruise from Singapore to Dubai. Savvy travelers eager to explore the allure of the East in greater depth will appreciate the luxury line's increased offering of overnight stays in renowned destinations. An expanded collection of extended land programs also includes a new six-night adventure to Tibet.

From March through May, 2007, the award-winning Crystal Symphony offers two 14-day journeys exploring China, an 11-day cruise spotlighting Vietnam, and the new 16-day Singapore to Dubai itinerary that features three days in Myanmar. During the line's 10th season in Asia, Crystal Symphony will visit 17 cities in nine different countries, including a maiden call at Chan May, Vietnam. Overnight stays in some of the world's most intriguing cities - Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Osaka, Japan; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Yangon, Myanmar; and Dubai, UAE - afford travelers the luxury of time to immerse themselves in the cultural nuances of each destination.

"Crystal's 2007 Asia season offers travelers the enviable combination of a distinctively rich onboard experience aboard Crystal Symphony, fascinating itineraries with time to explore the exotic destinations, and the seamless luxury of visiting as many as five different countries and only having to unpack once," says Bill Smith, Crystal's senior vice president, marketing and sales.

With an emphasis on destination enrichment, Crystal incorporates a complimentary three-night land program to Beijing as a pre- or post-cruise component of the season's first two cruises. Showcasing the Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Sacred Alley, and concluding with a private dinner at the Great Hall of the People, the all-inclusive "Adventures in Beijing" features accommodations, sightseeing and transportation, porterage, gratuities, and tour escort.

Crystal Symphony's 2007 Asia series includes:

Ancient Dynasties: March 29 - April 12; 14 days; Hong Kong (overnight) to Beijing, China. Visiting Taipei, Taiwan; Kagoshima, Japan; Shanghai (overnight) and Dalian, China. Complimentary "Adventures in Beijing" land program included post-cruise.

Mysteries of Asia: April 6 - 20; 14 days; Beijing to Hong Kong (overnight), China. Visiting Shanghai (overnight), China; Nagasaki and Osaka (overnight), Japan. Complimentary "Adventures in Beijing" land program included pre-cruise.

Kingdoms of Jade & Gold: April 20 - May 1; 11 days; Hong Kong to Singapore (overnight). Visiting Chan May (maiden call) and Ho Chi Minh City (overnight), Vietnam; and Bangkok (overnight), Thailand.

Exotic Asian Odyssey: May 1 - 17; 16 days; Singapore to Dubai (overnight), UAE. Visiting Phuket, Thailand; Yangon (two nights), Myanmar; Cochin and Mumbai, India.

Guests wishing to extend their Asia odyssey may also consider a new six-night "Journey to Tibet" excursion offering extreme enrichment and an opportunity to travel to the top of the world. Offered as an optional pre- or post-cruise extended land program on select itineraries, the new program is added to a roster of established favorites including a five-night "Yangtze Splendor" program exploring the riverfront city of Chongquing and a Yangtze River cruise through the dramatic Three Gorges (from Beijing); and the "Xi'an and the Terra Cotta Warriors" excursion, a comprehensive five-night program to Xi'an and Guilin from Hong Kong featuring the famed sculptures and the enduring magic of the River Li.

In conjunction with the cruises, Crystal is developing more than 100 optional shoreside Crystal Adventures. Guests also have the opportunity to tailor their own Asian experience through the luxury line's Crystal Private Adventures program.

With rates beginning at $4,295 per person, double occupancy, a cruise to Asia aboard Crystal Symphony provides extraordinary value and exceptional opportunity for discovery.

The Award-Winning Crystal Difference

Aboard the 940-guest, 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, extensive choices, and quality, providing worldwide vacations that bridge the best of land and sea.

Together with the 1,080-guest, 68,000-ton Crystal Serenity, the ships of Crystal enjoy an unrivaled reputation for excellence, having received "World's Best" awards from the readers of both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines for 10 consecutive years.

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