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Crystal Cruises: New land trips and Fall colors

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Those of us who live on the West Coast probably think of cruising to Canada only when we’re passing through Vancouver on the way to Alaska.

But a short flight to the East Coast opens up many more options, especially when Fall colors come into view.

Crystal Cruises, which is consistently voted #1 in the luxury cruise category, is offering new, extended land programs on its Fall itineraries through American and Canadian coastal sailings.

New options allow guests on the Crystal Serenity to add two and three-night packages, either before or after a September or October cruise. Those packages include a two night tour of Toronto and Niagara Falls, or a three night tour of Quebec City and Montreal by train. The train travel is in Business Class and the overnights include stays at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal and the historic Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel in Quebec City.

The land programs range from $1,365 to $2,850 per person, and include accommodations, meals, gratuities and economy air fare between Canadian cities.

The Crystal cruises themselves include seven and 10-day trips from Boston or New York to Quebec, and seven-day Quebec City round trips. Fares are as low as $2,830 per person for the seven-day trips.

Earlier this year, 80,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler responded to the magazine’s “Readers Choice Survey” and rated Crystal Cruises the top choice on the magazine’s “Gold List” of cruise lines. Similarly, readers of Travel+Leisure rated the Crystal Serenity #1 in the “large ships” category (a distinction Crystal has had for over two decades).

The Crystal Serenity is the ship making the East Coast and Canada sailings, and considering it has just had a $17 million dollar facelift, it could be the best way to sail into Fall. ###

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