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Crystal curates the fine ‘art’ and food of cruising

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Cruising the East Coast and New England just got artier aboard Crystal Cruises which is offering esthetic excursions during the Crystal Serenity’s season in the east. Consider a tête-à-tête with Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, sharks and champagne and/or smelling the roses at Charleston’s most famous private garden. Crystal has mastered the fine art of cruising with seamless service, excellent food, all-inclusive fares, penthouse deck butlers fit for royalty and impeccable style, and now these are six Boutique Adventures raise the bar on the land portion a fall cruise:

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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple with:

A private tour of an empty MoMA-although the Museum of Modern Art is closed to the public, a local art historian will take the small group on a private tour, followed by independent exploration, through an unparalleled collection of masterpieces by such greats as Van Gogh, Rousseau, Chagall, Dalí and Warhol.

A skybox at Daniel: Manhattan’s exclusive Chef’s Table – the line has reserved seats for just four culinary connoisseurs to not only dine at Chef Daniel Boulud’s three Michelin-Starred DANIEL, but indulge in an eight-course tasting menu at the chef’s table—a glass-enclosed Skybox suspended above the main dining room and open kitchen. It’s only one of New York’s finest, just saying.

Back in Boston you will:

Go behind the Scenes at the New England Aquarium – An expert museum educator will walk guests through how the aquarium is run behind-the-scenes, from feeding to nursing sick fish, with opportunities to pet sharks and stingrays, then sip champagne at “America’s Oldest Restaurant.”

Sample flavors of Boston’s North End – A local Italian foodie expert will guide travelers’ stomachs through Boston’s Little Italy with a “cuisine crawl” of authentic neighborhood markets, and a climatic final meal at award-winning local fave, Antico Forno restaurant.

While in the Magdalen Islands

Take a cooking Lesson with Locavore Chef Johanne Vigneault – Îles de la Madeleine’s most renowned regional gourmet chef and restaurateur will teach participants secrets only the locals know for preparing the islands’ delectable giant and princess scallops in a comprehensive gastronomic experience that travels from epicurean marketplace to hands-on kitchen to tasty table.

During Charleston

Check out “Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden” – an incredibly-manicured backdrop of this renowned book, with a private garden tour personally led by Mrs. Whaley’s daughter.

“Whether it’s VIP treatment for a sought-after luxury experience, or simply the opportunity to gain insights only a local expert would know, the Boutique Adventures allow our well-traveled guests to experience destinations in ways that most travelers cannot, and band with each other in the shared intimacy of the adventure,” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs.

These excursions are available on five, seven- and 10-day cruises on Crystal Serenity voyagesl from Boston, New York City and Québec City on September 19 and 29; October 6, 16 and 26, calling in Baie-Comeau, Magdalen Islands, Sept-Ĩles, and Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saint-Pierre & Miquelon, France; Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island. A sixth East Coast cruise sails from New York to Miami for fourteen days starting November 5, visiting Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Turks & Caicos, Caraçao, and Aruba. Until August 29, “Book Now” cruise fares start at just $2,830 per person. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

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