White Christmas in Antarctica on the Crystal Symphony

July 1, 2013
The Crystal Symphony in Antarctica

The Crystal Symphony in Antarctica

Imagine spending the holidays on an 18-day voyage on the Crystal Symphony that starts in Buenos Aires—sailing through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Drake Passage, Cape Horn, and the Chilean Fjords—with three days in the Antarctic waters before returning to Valparaiso.

Crystal is one of the few cruise lines permitted to sail to Antarctica because it has been able to meet stringent environmental regulations. “We are always very environmentally conscious of the destinations we visit,” says Anita Hodson, Crystal’s director of nautical and port operations.  “We’re thrilled to be able to meet the new standards required to bring guests to this spectacular region this year.

This Christmas/New Year’s sailing offers unique opportunities for nature-lovers (including families with children) to see volcanoes, waterfalls, humpback whales, and marine elephants. Guests will also be able to kayak the Strait of Magellan and visit working farms in the Falklands and Patagonia – as well experience the exceptional wine, cuisine, and culture of several major South American cities.

A holiday cruise on Crystal will be particularly memorable because of the special onboard festivities and seasonal decorations.

All-inclusive cruise fares begin at $9,740/person with a savings of $600 if booked prior to August 30, 2013. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

Read my prior review of a voyage on the Crystal Symphony.

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