Crystal Cruises soothes mind, body, spirit and wallet in 2013


HONG KONG – Luxury travelers can rejuvenate, reduce stress, improve balance and get motivated in 2013 with Crystal Symphony’s first cruise of the new year, a brand new Experiences of Discovery itinerary through southern Australia. With a Mind, Body & Spirit focus, the luxury cruise to set sail on January 5 from Melbourne to Brisbane will feature health and wellness experts leading complimentary classes and seminars — appropriate for beginners making a new fitness resolution, or those looking to continue their regimen without missing a beat on vacation.

Guest experts joining Crystal’s own onboard health and fitness specialists include:

· World-class ultra-runner, adventure racer, and Seven Summits mountaineer Marshall Ulrich, sharing experiences and motivational tips.

· Legendary founder of the Tai Chi Institute, Dr. Martin Lee, teaching classes in the ancient discipline.

· Spiritually-inspiring yoga instructor Lisa Goodwin, leading various sessions.

“A Crystal vacation is already one of the ‘World’s Best’ ways to relax and refresh,” says Chris Corrigall, Crystal’s entertainment manager. “Adding motivational on-board programming to these beautiful and active destinations seemed like the perfect way to help travelers recover from the holidays and support a wellness focus for the year ahead.”

During the two days in each of the eastern territories’ biggest cities — Melbourne, Victoria; Adelaide, South Australia; Brisbane, Queensland; Hobart, Tasmania; and Sydney, New South Wales — travelers can further inspire their minds with a day of Aboriginal art or communing with koalas; challenge their bodies by rock climbing Blackman’s Bay or hiking to the top of Sydney Harbor Bridge; or let their spirits soar with an aerobatic G-Force 4 flight.

Crystal offers a bevy of complimentary wellness choices on every voyage, such as dance classes, pro golf lessons, Feng Shui spa and fitness center, personal trainers, Kinesis™ strength-training equipment, “Tour de Cycle” Spinning, Nordic Walking Poles, Walk-On-Water® weighted Walkvests, a 360-degree promenade deck, and dietary-restriction support at each of the vessels’ many gourmet dining venues.