Crystal Cancels AirCruises Program For 2017 And 2018

by Cheryl Rosen
Crystal Cancels AirCruises Program For 2017 And 2018


Crystal AirCruises has canceled its six-figure-price-tagged luxury Air-Cruise Program, apparently in favor of using Crystal Skye, its converted Boeing 777, for whole aircraft private-jet charters instead.

Travelers booked on all previously scheduled Crystal AirCruises in 2017 and 2018 will receive a full refund and a complimentary experience on a Crystal ocean or river cruise in either year, the line said in a press release in response to an inquiry by TMR.

Seven voyages had been scheduled, priced at six figures per person. They were:

In 2017:
Peninsula Grand Inaugural Crystal AirCruise, August 31

Around the World: Iconic Sites, October 21

Holidays Around the World, December 22

In 2018:
Temples, Treasures & Safaris, March 31

Savoring the Winelands, June 1

Exotic Adventures, September 8

South Pacific Explorer, October 13

“As Crystal expands its portfolio of global travel experiences, the shift of Crystal Skye to special interest charters provides a distinct luxury option that is in great demand and is unmatched by any hotel, resort or cruise line in the world,” the press release said, noting that Crystal Skye already has been chartered for an inaugural 10 Day/9 Night beginning September 29, during the Golden Week celebration in China. That charter will be managed by Genting Hong Kong, Crystal’s parent company.

Genting Cruise Lines president Kent Zhu noted that particular itinerary "will be attractive to all Asians, including three-generation families, who often travel together during this extended holiday period.”

When Crystal takes delivery of Crystal Skye on August 1, it will be the largest global private jet tour travel option, with the highest crew-to-passenger ratio of any twin-aisle aircraft and room for 84 guests. It sports a social lounge with a stand-up bar where travelers can mingle, an executive chef, two state-of-the-art galleys and a premium wine list from the Crystal Skye Cellar.

“The seamless luxury of the celebrated Crystal Experience has long extended to corporations and private charter groups seeking the most enticing incentive experiences possible for chartered travel and events,” said Crystal president and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “Our growing fleet of luxury vessels only increases the options available for these guests, as the standard of customized luxury and personalized service remains unparalleled throughout the Crystal fleet.”

  4
  2
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Most Useful Twitter Accounts for Travel Agents

1. AskTSA

2. FlightRadar24

3. Department of State

4. CLIA Global

5. ASTA

Source: TMR

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=01926fc8-d3f7-e711-80eb-782bcb667b27

Look to Luxury Land Clients When Filling Luxury Cruise Ships

Capturing the ‘not-so-new’ luxury travelers and converting them to luxury cruise passengers can lead to big business for travel agents.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
10 of the Most Highly Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings in 2018
10 of the Most Highly Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings in 2018

New high-end properties are cropping up all over the world to cater to the growing demand in the luxury segment.

Seabourn’s Austin to Agents: Try This Tactic for New-to-Cruise Luxury Clients
Seabourn’s Austin to Agents: Try This Tactic for New-to-Cruise Luxury Clients

Want to sell a luxury cruise to a dubious luxury land client? Don’t lead with the word “cruise,” instead pique their curiosity first, advises Seabourn’s sales VP Chris Austin.

Exploring Europe’s Christmas Markets on an AmaWaterways River Cruise
Exploring Europe’s Christmas Markets on an AmaWaterways River Cruise

Christmas market sailings are quickly becoming one of the most popular itineraries in river cruising, and an increasingly easier product for travel agents to sell.

Ireland’s Ashford Castle Soars Under TTC’s Tollman Family
Ireland’s Ashford Castle Soars Under TTC’s Tollman Family

A $75-million restoration of the 800-year-old castle is overshadowed only by the majestic 26,000 acres of woods and gardens that surround it.

Marriott to Open 40 Luxury Hotels in 2018
Marriott to Open 40 Luxury Hotels in 2018

From new builds and renovations in established regions, to expansions into new markets, the hotel conglomerate gets even stronger as a dominant player in luxury.

Travel Market Report Releases First Outlook on Luxury Report
Travel Market Report Releases First Outlook on Luxury Report

Travel Market Report designed the TMR Outlook On Luxury to provide travel sellers and suppliers a look under the hood.

News Briefs
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Scenic Cruises