LOS ANGELES, CA – As the 2016 Presidential Election wages on, Crystal Cruises presents several enlightening opportunities for inquisitive travelers to immerse themselves in the history of the United States and its patriotic milestones.
Aboard Crystal Serenity’s 14-day journey from New York to Ft Lauderdale (departing October 25), more than a dozen of the most significant sites in the American history books are showcased during comprehensive and informative Crystal Adventures. During calls to New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia, guests can explore modern centers of legislature with visits to the U.S. Capitol and White House, as well as those of yesteryear, including Charleston’s Old Exchange, where George Washington greeted citizens and where the Declaration of Independence was first read.
The luxury ship will spend the latter week of the voyage exploring Caribbean locales in Aruba, Willemstad, Dominican Republic and Grand Turk before returning stateside on November 8, just in time for Election Day.
“This year is a particularly intriguing time to visit the sites of some of the most pivotal points in our nation’s history,” says Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez. “With convenient domestic air travel for our North American guests, this voyage offers a wonderful glimpse into the beautiful locales that make America great.”
Visiting military training grounds and war memorials and walking in the footsteps of the American presidents – through the Revolutionary-era buildings that George Washington visited and the Capitol Building hallways – guests will gain profound perspective on the people and places that shaped the country’s history. American heritage excursions include:
Wartime points of prominence
• Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, where the War of 1812 saw a 25-hour battle with the British, from which the American flag emerged and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the “The Star-Spangled Banner”;
• The battlefield at Gettysburg, where soldiers fought the largest battle in history on U.S. soil and considered the turning point of the Civil War; and
• Charleston’s Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, which waged battle with the Union side at sea before sinking, only to be recovered in 2000.
• Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of soldiers from the Civil War to present rest, as well as presidents, the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger and other notable Americans; and
• The National Mall, where World War II and the Korean and Vietnam War memorials are housed.
• The Citadel, South Carolina’s famed military academy and alma mater of some of the country’s bravest heroes; and
• The Capitol Building in Washington D.C., plus stops at the White House, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and Washington Monument.