Crystal Symphony returns Down Under

Trade and guests excited for Crystal's local sailing options under A&K Travel Group

Crystal Symphony will re-enter Australian waters tomorrow [Wednesday 6 December 2023], with the reborn Crystal luxury ship scheduled to dock in Fremantle (Perth).  The ship returned to service in mid-2023 following a multi-million dollar make-over, under the leadership of A&K Travel Group.

Over five unique voyages Crystal Symphony will make her stops at Freemantle, Busselton, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, with some itineraries continuing to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands and Auckland.

“We knew that Crystal had a loyal following from agents and guests in Australia and New Zealand and the reception we have received so far has confirmed it,” said Tony Archbold, Vice President, Sales APAC for Crystal.

“Both the trade and our guests are excited that under the new ownership of Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group, we have combined two of the most respected brands in travel and the market is responding as we offer guests the best of land and sea. From Australia’s ancient rock art and fine cuisine to New Zealand’s enchanting fjords and legendary Māori culture, Crystal is back and better than ever!”

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Symphony’s five sailings include:

From $6,600pp, departs 6 December 2023

This mesmerising voyage weaves through the beautiful coasts of Australia. From Perth, sail to Busselton and its iconic jetty before an overnight stay in Adelaide where you’ll explore its vibrant coastal culture. Immerse yourself in Melbourne’s eclectic arts scene and renowned coffee culture before concluding your journey in the glittering harbour of Sydney.

From $9,550pp, departs 6 December 2023

This two-week voyage filled with expansive vistas and natural beauty, starts in Perth before heading to Busselton and jolly Adelaide. Continue sailing around Australia to its buzzing cultural hubs, Melbourne and Sydney, before crossing the Tasman to New Zealand for the lush greens of the Bay of Island region. Contemporary Auckland is the last stop, a perfect place to start a true Kiwi exploration.

From $2,800pp, departs 16 December 2023

Embark on a blissful journey from Australia to New Zealand. From Sydney, spend two leisurely days at sea, while meeting like-minded travelers over panoramic ocean views. Upon reaching the Bay of Islands, immerse yourself in NZ’s natural beauty, exploring pristine beaches, historic sites and lush wilderness. This cruise blends relaxation and adventure, offering a perfect escape into serene waters.

From $13,250pp, departs 20 December 2023

This voyage will take you to the impressive landscapes of New Zealand and Australia on a total immersion into culture and wilderness. From Auckland, you will visit the welcoming city of Tauranga, taste the tempting gastronomy of Gisborne and learn about the unique architecture of Napier. Continue to the picturesque city of Dunedin before taking in the stunning scenery of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford sounds. Cruise the Tasman Sea to eclectic Melbourne before exploring Eden and energetic Sydney.

From $13,600pp, departs 4 January 2024

This roundtrip from Sydney takes in the best of the Tasman Sea, starting in gorgeous Sydney before moving down the Australian coast. Quaint Burnie is first with its stunning scenery, followed by Hobart before setting sail across the sea. Milford Sound is the first port in New Zealand, with its captivating fjordic landscapes. Continue to Dunedin, Lyttleton and Pickton, before diving into the culinary delights of Auckland. Your final crossing takes you back to Sydney.

Bookings available. Prices are subject to change and availability.

Meanwhile, Crystal has confirmed Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent, will join a segment of the 2025 World Cruise of Crystal Serenity. Kent will sail from Mombasa, Kenya on 4 April 2025 to Colombo, Sri Lanka over 10 days on the journey.

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