Lefebvre, Kent to lead Crystal’s first ‘Chairman’s Cruise’

Six night itinerary from Jeddah to Rhodes with optional AlUla pre-cruise extension

Crystal has unveiled an extraordinary new experience, the Crystal Chairmen’s Cruise, sailing 2-8 April 2024 aboard Crystal Symphony from Jeddah to Rhodes. Guests will have the rare opportunity to sail alongside travel industry titans, A&K Travel Group Executive Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre, and Geoffrey Kent, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Abercrombie & Kent.

The voyage promises an immersive journey, combining unique travel experiences and opportunities to engage with Mr Lefebvre and Mr Kent. Through a series of special lectures, interactive discussions and exclusive meet & greets, the Chairmen’s cruise is an exciting first for the brand. Additionally, both will join a limited-availability pre-cruise trip to AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s desert oasis. This five-day optional overland experience is curated and hosted by Abercrombie & Kent’s knowledgeable insider guides and offers a window into the Middle East’s storied heritage including the iconic Elephant Rock and Hegra — Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. An exclusive dinner on the final night will be hosted by the two luminaries.

Hegra, AlUla, Saudi Arabia

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The Crystal Chairmen’s Cruise will feature a carefully curated program of onboard activities, including a special lecture from Kent, who will share stories of his tenure in the travel industry, spanning more than 60 years. Additionally, Crystal will welcome Peter Maeck, author of Aperture and Zänker, Justice Dennis Curran, who is known for his extensive political speaking career, celebrated artist, Martin Kaye, and Sabrina Aloueche, an English musical theatre actress.

A leader in educational and entertainment-driven experiences, Crystal will also offer guests the best of the arts with award-winning productions such as Icons in Concert, Crystal on Broadway, the Elton John Tribute show Rocket Man and cabaret shows throughout the voyage. Guests will also be able to sign up for enrichment and technology classes, golf instruction, led by a PGA professional, and ballroom dance classes.

Paphos, Cyprus | Credit: Secret Travel Guide/Unsplash

“I’m excited to be aboard Crystal Symphony and share my passion for exploration and adventure with fellow travellers on this remarkable journey,” said Lefebvre. “Geoffrey Kent is a true pioneer in the travel industry and, since our partnership began last year with the purchase of Crystal and returning to the water this summer, we are continuing to see tremendous growth for both brands.”

“The Crystal Chairmen’s Cruise epitomises our commitment to redefining exceptional travel,” said Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel

Group. “This voyage reflects our dedication to providing our guests with unique and enriching experiences, especially iconic land adventures, that elevate the Crystal brand.”

Guests will enjoy the exceptional amenities and world-class service that Crystal is renowned for. From lavish accommodations to exquisite dining options and immersive shore excursions, the Chairmen’s Cruise promises to deliver a unique and unrivaled travel experience.

Prices currently start at AU$5,750 per person twin share for the Chairman’s Cruise. View the itinerary and inclusions here.

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