Cruise operator to replace luxury liner with expedition ship
By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster
Out of Alaska
A misleading promotional email arrived a few days ago with the subject line: “Don’t miss Crystal’s last year in Alaska.” It was a surprising to say the least. Scrolling down the message it said, “ LAST CALL! Crystal Symphony’s Final Alaska Season.
“ The copy went on to say that it was actually the last call for Crystal Symphony’s final Alaska season.
So diligent journalist that I am I called the PR department to find out just what was going on. The spokeswoman replied, “…as you know, we plan our itineraries in advance. For announced itineraries through 2021, Crystal Endeavor will be the ship sailing in Alaska.
She added, “Crystal Endeavor enables us to offer a completely different experience for our guests in Alaska as it is an expedition yacht/experience. We have not announced itineraries for 2022 and beyond. The email shouldn’t have said Crystal’s final season. I’ll note that to marketing.”
The PR spokeswoman didn’t address why the Symphony will no longer ply Alaskan waters after 2019. I tried contacting the president of the line but he hasn’t replied.
‘Crystal Computer U pic by Richard PietschmannCrystal Symphony shines even brighter after a recent refurbishment. She’s been a favorite of mine ever since the line retired the Harmony and she took over. The chic, but casual on board ambiance and great food and service combined with Crystal’s Computer University at Sea, lecture programs, and Broadway-style entertainment create a wonderful cruise experience.
So, all you Crystal Cruises fans who may have been considering a cruise the Last Frontier on the Symphony you better book it for this summer. She won’t be there in 2020. Just call Pavlus at 800-528-9300 and an agent will help get you the best fare. By-the-way, Crystal Cruises fares include gratuities and all beverages hard and soft.