Crystal CEO to host first voyage to Holy Land since 2012
Edie Rodriguez, the chairman, president and CEO of the World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio™ will host the annual “President’s Cruise” in 2017 aboard Crystal Symphony, as the award-winning ship sails from Rome to Dubai on November 4. The voyage marks the return of Crystal’s ocean ships to the Holy Land – the last voyage being in 2012 – and Arabian Peninsula, featuring calls to Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa and Ashdod, Israel; transit of the Suez Canal; Aqaba, Jordan; and Salalah and Muscat, Oman. For the 18-day sailing, Rodriguez and her husband, Tom, will join guests for festive receptions and parties, as well as specially planned experiences ashore.
“It is always a privilege to sail with members of the Crystal family and something to which I look forward each year,” says Rodriguez. “I am especially eager to experience this particular itinerary with our guests, and have the opportunity to explore Jordan.”
The itinerary is packed with momentous occasions and opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from the Rose City of Petra, where a special President’s shore excursion will take place, to an overnight stay in Muscat in time for the Sultan’s extravagant birthday celebrations. Adventurous archaeological expeditions, rugged rock climbing and Indian Ocean scuba dives in Salalah are balanced by indulgent experiences like Sky Tea at the opulent Burj Al Arab and Sunset at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
As it expands its reach to all luxury travelers across the globe, Crystal evolves to The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality and Lifestyle Brand Portfolio™. Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016). The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Only Luxury River Cruise Line™, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class™ with Crystal Residences.
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